How I See San Francisco: John Iwaszewicz
John Iwaszewicz, a Buenos Aires native raised in San Francisco, joined Creativity Explored in 2016. His love for art can be seen through his various paintings and sculptures. We asked John to share what he thinks makes San Francisco such an amazing city for endless exploration and artistic inspiration.
What is a typical day in San Francisco like for you?
Mellow, calm. I live in the Sunset with my parents and my brother. I plan to use his room as my art studio when he moves out.
Which neighborhood, other than your own, do you like to explore?
Mission District and the Castro. People who dress up in costumes are interesting to me and they do this in those neighborhoods. I fight my fears by talking to people I don’t know in both neighborhoods and learn what they think.
Where do you indulge your artistic side in town?
Golden Gate Park on Fridays. I go to the Botanical Gardens and see the new plants and flowers. It inspires me. Sometimes I draw there. I also enjoy and feel inspired by shows I’ve seen at SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
What do you love about being an artist?
I love art people and celebrating the equality of artists. We are all at the same level. We all put our feelings into our work and it gives us the chance to be thoughtful.
What’s your favorite annual event that happens in San Francisco?
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. I play the guitar and love the blues and bluegrass music. I started with classical guitar and now play electric guitar.
Where and what would you choose for your last meal in San Francisco?
I would eat ice cream at Ghirardelli Square and go to Souvla in the Mission. They have such great Greek food!
Where do you like to view sunrise and sunset?
I like to watch the sunset from our roof. It is up on a hill and I have a beautiful view from there.
What should every visitor to San Francisco do at least once?
People should visit all the museums and all the galleries. When you view art, there are stories behind each piece. Buying original art is a better way to remember a trip than most souvenirs, and it makes a great gift for others.
Any final advice for visitors coming to San Francisco?
Come to Creativity Explored to connect with real artists and see where we are making art in San Francisco.