1. Bearing the soul is the gateway to authentic art.
  2. Making art a priority is concurrently a rebellious and a virtuous act.
  3. The amount of art and design on the internet is astonishing. I perceive much of it as better than what I do. I do not make art to be better than anyone else, or even to be very good at all. I do it because it's what I do.
  4. Art is directly related to my personal spiritual path. Putting myself in accord with my bliss (what fascinates me) acts as a signpost to help navigate that path.
  5. Materials and resources are to be valued with great respect.
  6. Becoming widely recognized (aka famous) is not the point. Human empathy and connection is the point.
  7. "I know it's only rock n' roll but I like it."
  8. Making money is the icing, not the cake.
  9. Advertising dilutes art. Unless it's really, really good advertising.
  10. Too much attention to quality can stifle art.
  11. The like or dislike of the work is not an indication of it's value.
  12. The less I know, the more fun I have.
  13. The narrative behind the work is as important as the work itself.
  14. The things that I consider tragedies sometimes (always) end up working in my favor.
  15. Manifesto.3
  16. Liberation (nirv(bb)ana), will not arrive in the form of an email.
Pablo Medina has a BFA in drawing and a MS in communication design from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. Fresh out of grad school he teamed up with David Carson (one of his design heroes), and set out to infuse the design world with his flair of post-modernist typeface designs that drew from his love of Latin-American popular culture. For the past ten years, he has run his own multi-disciplinary graphic design studio called Cubanica that is located in the heart of the East Village of New York City. Pablo is Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons the New School for Design and has taught there since the year 2000. He has also taught at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and at California College of the Arts (CCA). In 1999, his typeface designs were exhibited in the Design Triennial exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum.