Anthony Hanakovic – Printmaker Interview
Anthony Hanakovic is a featured printmaker in our Second Annual Juried Show: Printmakers. Hanakovic has 3 prints in this show, with Tappan Library shown below. Learn more about the artist from the following interview:
1. Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it?
I do have a nickname it is Hani. It is from high school and I use it to sign my work. I saw the red that Gustave Courbet used to sign his work and liked it but my last name was too long so I use Hani.
2. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Endicott, NY.
3. Who was/is your biggest influence for your art?
I think Orazio Salati my High School Art Teacher was my biggest art influence.
4. Who is your favorite artist and why?
Caravaggio because of his use of light and drama.
5. What color best describes you and why?
Brown. Because that is what you get when you mix all the colors you have together.
6. How would you describe your fashion style?
7. What was the first piece you created/sold?
I won my Junior college art show with a painting and it later went on to be featured in the top 8 of the entire State University of New York System.
8. What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Passion to make things.
9. What’s your favorite piece of artwork?
Zurbaran’s Agnus Dei
10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?
When someone asks how long did it take to make that? I tell them 45 years. It is a culmination of 45 years of practice learning trial and failure. Orazio told me that.