Arturo Samaniego took a 15-year detour on his way to opening Samaniego Art in North Naples. Today, he wonders why it took him so long to decide to follow his heart and embrace the life of a fine artist.
“From my first art classes at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico when I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be an artist,” Samaniego says. But after obtaining degrees in Art and business from the University of Texas, he put his artistic aspirations on hold to pursue opportunities in the computer hardware business.
“My heart was never in the business world,” he now admits. “I was always frustrated that my artwork came second. I felt I could produce much better work if I could devote my full energy to it.”
Still, it took a change in the industry to free Samaniego to pursue his first love. When Dell and several other large computer companies began gobbling up smaller firms like his, Arturo found himself at a crossroads. Instead of redoubling his efforts to remain competitive in a constricting market, he decided at age 40 to leave the computer industry and dedicate himself to pursuing a fine-art career. And here are some of the results of that choice, wonderful paintings, some of them almost looking as real photos.