Katsumi Kimoto is a career artist/abstract painter, art gallery owner, curator, art consultant & artist coach, father of two, gym nut and the host with the most. Kats is an influencer who loves to help people and share his expertise, whether building an art collection, selling a show or simple career advice.
If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell yourself?
I would tell my past self to watch your overhead expenses and enjoy doing most of the work, not outsourcing because your profits stay in-house.
How did you know you were ready to start your career?
When I started my career, I just followed my heart and intuition; I would never ignore the signs or my enjoyment and passion for the things I was doing. So that’s how I usually made my decisions. Simply put, I thought about what I enjoyed most and what was I most excited about doing next?!
What is your favourite thing about your career?
I’d probably say my favourite thing in my career is painting, making my art. It was a passion of mine way back when I was a child, up through my schooling and in university. It is still one of my most enjoyable activities, even though it’s so challenging on the creation side and even more so as a career, but I take so much pleasure in it, and it’s worth it.
What is your number one priority for your business, and what keeps you motivated?
My number one priority and thing that keeps me motivated in my career and daily life is my kids, believe it or not. I’m always thinking about them and trying to build the best life for them. I think that’s what many generations have done, trying to give your kids what you didn’t have. But I also feel that spending time with them, not only providing for them but also being there for them and spending time with them every day, is a wonderful opportunity and gift to all involved. That relationship time is one of the important aspects of my life and gives me my greatest rewards. My kids are my paradise. All my career aspirations and daily work are for them. It used to be for me, but not anymore. It’s for them and for us.
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KIMOTO GALLERY (@kimotogallery)