We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Definitly being curious and vulnerable. Questioning the world around me and the willingness to explore what I find down these journeys of questioning. And, as an artist, doing my best to master a language that can reveal and translate what I find. In most cases this inevitably begins and ends with self exploration and the relation to the world around. To share that with others means having to be open and vulnerable. I find the success I’ve had is when I lead with those things.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My works are of oils acrylics and charcoal on canvas that look like old aging walls from around the world like the Berlin Wall as an example. I want to capture the essence of time and how we see it, because time like air can’t be seen directly but through objects in space, like an aging wall. When we look at an aging wall we see time through the layers and stains of memories and moments. From cultures, mother nature, locations, walls all around us document our life and reflect back to us time itself. Giving us moments to be present with ourselves, where we are, where we were , and where we can go. My journey started when I was very young. I was curious about everything and found myself explore such thoughts with being creative on canvas. Asking why about everything fueled my curiosity and the overwhelming desire to express it. But this journey as an artist wasn’t easy, when you dive deep into expressing yourself and exfoliating what you find to the world, you go through a lot of emotions and feelings. Pouring these things into your work is both extremely rewarding and exhausting. Over the years I have found the best way to evolve and grow as an artist is to find balance with your work and physical and mental health. It’s different for every one but I really enjoy meditating every morning.
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?
Sushi – Kata Robata Tex-Mex – El Tiempo (Old school Carnitas) Science Museum MFAH Menil Bar Boheme – great place to chill Barbarella’s – 80’s night
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There has been so many people that have come in and out of my life that have left an everlasting impression and ushered me closer to my goals and dreams. But I want to give a shout out to my collectors, you have all believed not only in my work but me as an artist and what I represent. Supporting me along this journey of life has kept me moving forward instead of standing still. I can’t tell you how important it is to have y’all in my life and to share this journey of exploration and creation. It’s a privilege and honor to do what I do and to know I have support from you all. I my not always be around but I never forget and eternally grateful. Every artist, every creator can’t do it alone, it takes a village. Y’all have been mine.