We had the good fortune of connecting with Armando Castelan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Armando, how do you think about risk?
I feel that nowadays I still take risk but these are more calculated risk. This due to the fact that I am older and with more responsibilities and I cannot just take any risk. I do take advantage of those moments when they present themselves as I know that the reward is likely to benefit me. Whether I am pitching a concept to a client or submitting to a competition I like taking risk with new ideas. Although I don’t always get rewarded, it just takes one time for me to feel that it was worth it and I do not get discouraged. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an Artist I feel that I have always believed in evolving and being diverse. My latest project usually looks very different in style from the mural I painted a month ago. I like to adapt to different art styles so that I am able to deliver what the client wants while at the same time learning new techniques. I think this is in part due to the artist I discovered when I was younger and also because in some cases I did not want to pass up on a project for a client. I feel that there is a formula to every style and once I figure this out I can use it to my advantage. This is not always the best thing for artist. Switching between styles does not allow for you to develop a consistent style that people will recognize. I just feel that creativity in my art is what is constant and has become part o my ‘style’.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Houston you will always find something to do. I would say the Menil museum is a definite stop, in my opinion we are fortunate to have such a great art collection there. Another place would be Texas Art Supply store in Montrose. While in the Montrose area we would also visit some of the restaurants and bars there.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A constant supporter has been my sister Joana. She has always been a fan of my art and currently has a big collection of my work in her house. She is in no way artistic or creative which is why I find it strange that she enjoys my artwork. Although I am the more serious one she does get my sense of humor and also sees the subtle humor in some of my pieces. She was supportive when I first decided to go on my own as a full time muralist and that helped a lot especially the first year. I now tell young artist that are considering becoming professionals that having a good support system is essential in having a successful career as an artist..

Website: www.armandoarts.com
Instagram: @armandoarts_5
Other: My podcast The Art Dive https://theartdive.buzzsprout.com/

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