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Art & Life with Jorge Gutierrez Garcia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jorge Gutierrez Garcia.

Jorge Gutierrez, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started painting in 2008 at San Diego City College by mere accident, I had no interest in painting but I took Wayne Hulgin’s class back then and thanks to him I discovered what I wanted to do the rest of my life. Some people go their entire lives without finding their true calling and somehow I was given the gift of knowing just what that was. Since then I have put my heart and soul, my tears, sweat and blood into my work, and I don’t mean that figuratively, and even though it’s been hard it’s this struggle that has made me a better person and a more conscious artist. Nothing in life is easy, so I welcome the hardships.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I paint and sculpt beings that are yet un-named, these beings are to be considered a personification of our unconscious mind, a being inside one’s self that has surrendered to introspection, both a creator and a destroyer. Although my paintings are colorful and bright, for the most part there’s nothing happy about them. The symbiotic nature of my paintings is derived from my personal struggle between the positive and the negative and diving straight into both. To me there’s no absolute, instead there is a balance, and we ourselves can tip the balance in either direction. My work is about life’s struggle to become aware of one’s own state of being, about highlighting our flaws and making an effort to acknowledge them and correcting them if you so choose to.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think the biggest challenge one can face as an artist is the lack of self-awareness. we live in a world where appearances are valued more than content and I feel like many artist struggle to find their niche because they are too busy trying to please the social media world instead of taking the time to find themselves and really find that thing that would make them unique. It’s hard being personal and honest to one’s self and let alone to others when the norm is to pretend that everything is fine.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen in various San Diego galleries and streets, you can also view my compete body of work which ranges from various forms of painting styles as well as sculptures and public artwork on my website; jorge-gutierrez.com

A solo exhibition in the fall of 2018, more details to come. Stay tuned.

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Image Credit:
All images by me and personal photo taken by Henry Chavez III

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