We once knew a man who said he was looking for “an Andrew Wyeth woman in an Edward Hopper setting.” Not sure if he ever found what he was looking for, but it certainly got us interested in painting. As for us, well, we may know art, but we sure as hell don’t know what we like.
Where I hailed him: Greenpoint Where he hails from: Brooklyn Years as a cabbie: 25 Previous profession: Student
Monet. This year it’s definitely Monet. Previous years, maybe Picasso, somebody like that. This year I like the old Impressionists though. I’ll go with Monet. I also like hard rock music. This is Bush on the radio here. ‘Machine Head’. I also like Janis Joplin. I’m a big fan of Janis Joplin. I have some Janis Joplin CDs in the glove box. You want to hear some? That poor woman mixed too much alcohol and drugs. But she was an artist. That’s what a lot of artists tend to do.
Where I hailed him: Upper East Side Where he hails from: India Years as a cabbie: 12 Previous profession: Hotel worker
Van Gogh. He was not doing his best work until he was older. I like that. The paintings are wonderful. I don’t know much about art though.
Where I hailed him: East Village Where he hails from: Bangladesh Years as a cabbie: 9 Previous profession: Odd jobs
I really don’t have any idea about artists here. I am from Bangladesh. I know some of the Bangladeshi artists. There, the best is named Zainul Abedin. He’s more than 80 years old; actually he has died, but he is the best there, nobody beats him. He made statues. But here you have many more artists. In Bangladesh you have I think, one, two art schools for the entire country. Here I drive around and everywhere I see School of Visual Arts, Art Institute — there are many schools.
Where I hailed him: Williamsburg Where he hails from: Ghana Years as a cabbie: 8 Previous profession: Worked for Cambridge, University Press
I don’t have any favorite artists. We have some well-known artists where I am from, but I’m not really interested in it. How about Kofi Annan, though? He is from my country.
Where I hailed him: Midtown East Where he hails from: Mali Years as a cabbie: 3 Previous profession: Student
No favorite. I’m too busy with the cab. No time for artists. I’m sorry.