Artist Statement



My first trip out of my home town was to Mexico City. when I was 5 years old, there are a few things that I remember very clearly: our visit to Teotihuacan; the two pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, with stone carvings of snakes and humans all over the place ,people praying and picnicking. I also remember the grand Zocalo, the Alameda Central, while driving around the city in my Abuelo’s old truck listening to Trio Ballads. I remember being so excited because my mom was always telling me tales about everything, I think that stimulated my imagination and all those things contributed to a love for my culture and the ancient Mexico. Since then I have felt a strong connection with my people, and I draw and paint using bright colors inspired by Mexican folk art, and the human body. Rooted in autobiographical details from my childhood and adolescence, you'll find yourself delve into an atmosphere of human pain and vulnerability reminiscent of the ex-voto paintings. I like to tell stories through my work and lead the viewer to explore questions of identity and gender. Perhaps my Art can most closely identify with the genre of magical realism.




                                                                                                                           Armando Sebastian