Generally, when we speak of artists the first cognitive action we undertake is to try to define the word, maybe the concept. Following this first step, we may ask ourselves how we can define an artist. Answering this question involves a highly difficult cogitation and a calm and comprehensive reflection on this concept, for we cannot strictly use reason and pre-established shapes of what an emotional driven art is, nor we can use mathematical thinking in defining the complexity of this concept of art and the human behind it.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines an artist as “one who cultivates one of the fine arts”. This definition is unanimously accepted today, but history tells us how an artist was seen in different epochs. The ancient Greeks gave almost no credit to the builder, sustainer and practitioner of arts, as he was seen merely influenced by the muses and thus the creation was not entirely his. Later, the Romans, with their highly utilitarian art, saw the artists as workers, not creators of beauty with emotional impact. A lapidary was seen as a simple worker who received a payment for his creations, mainly because they used their physical strength in their creations. As an immediate inference we can securely affirm that artists in the ancient European civilizations were seen as simple workers.

Today an artist is a term offered with a descriptive purpose to a person implicated in an activity evaluated as art. Often and artist is considered one who is expressing himself through the means of art. Another definition by the OED concerning and artist is “one who makes their craft a fine art”. This may be correlated to modern and abstract art. As a conclusion we can say that an artist is a pursuer, demonstrator and creator of art. 

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