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Capturing Chicano Life
Art Carrillo was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives and works here. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Graphic Design. As a photorealist, he painstakingly reproduces every detail of his subject in a sort of spiritual journey, every stroke a testament to his love for his community. Using acrylics as his choice of medium, Art captures everyday scenes of Chicano life with a religious zeal usually found in contemporary street religion. Each piece, a prayer to the beauty of his community.
Art also uses acrylic paint to render scenes of ersatz Americana, depicting pop-cultural objects and toys in photo realistic dioramas. The subject matter, and Art's use of action figures, dolls, and various commercial detritus to portray complex sociopolitical ideas creates an interesting tension between playfulness and protest in each work.
Art has been exhibiting since 2012 in places such as the USC Medical Village Violence Prevention Center, Autry Museum of the American West, Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, the Ontario Museum of History and Art, MOLAA, CalTech and La Retama Central Library Corpus Christy, TX to name a few and various art galleries throughout Los Angeles County.
"I try to create artwork that reflects the time I live in. I like to paint about everything. From a bowl of fruit to social issues addressing the human condition. As a visual communicator, I don’t want to waste your time when you visit the gallery. I hope to leave behind paintings that are worth staring at."