When you were 13, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a graphic designer or an artist. I couldn’t think of anything else.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been a painter?
Home is Mexico, but I’ve been living In Austin for 5 years, which I also consider home. It was in Austin where I really got my career in art started. I could say that I could draw since I remember, but the need to make it a more professional desire was recent.
What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?
I get inspiration from everything. It could come from a book, a movie, people, stories or common objects. When things get tough in the studio, I just make a calm effort to filter external catalysts into finished ideas. Drawing is an ever-relaxing activity for me.
What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
It could be anywhere, but I just need to feel relaxed. When I believe the ideas are coming out easily, I try to take advantage of that.
Tell me a song that has haunted you.
Actually, a whole album “A Sufi and a killer” by Gonjasufi.
What do you have in common with a teenager?
The bad jokes.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
I’ve always wanted to play an instrument, but I don’t think the world is ready to hear me practicing.
Something you want the world to know about you.
That I’m not tormented or deranged, even though my work sometimes makes me look that way.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
Arrogance and egos. I really can’t deal with that.
Your idea about social networks.
I believe the overuse of them can’t be good.
A word that you hate.
How many hours do you work in a day?
On my personal work, around 4 to 6 hours per day.
If you had absolute power for one day, what would you do?
I’d give it back.
Your house is on fire, what do you save?
First the obvious, then my hard drives.
How could you describe that precise moment….The one that makes you say: “Yes! This is great! I did it! I got it!”
It’s a feeling hard to explain, and I don’t even know if I have it clear in my own mind. On one side, I don’t want to leave something out. On the other, I don’t want to clutter it up with something that is not necessary.
I just know when to stop. I could say is a balance between what tells the story, the idea, and the moment I’m going through.
Before you put your work “out there,? do you have it critiqued by someone else, or do you just go with what your heart tells you is right?
I could say that most of the time I just go ahead and show it, but I like having an opinion and usually my wife helps me out. I always find any opinion very helpful.
What’s overrated today?
The need of power and control.