Claudio Duran was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, raised in Texas, and became a naturalized US citizen in 1994. He has been a Seattle resident since 2000. Claudio’s artwork is inspired by surrealism, fantasy, street art, anime, junkyards, the process of decay, and the work of many other artists, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. Not formally trained, Claudio likes to experiment with different styles of art and medium, usually starting with a rough sketch and building from there. Many times, his pieces have four or five layers of paint as his method is to keep playing with the existing image while adding new things. His medium of choice is acrylic, but he often uses oils and inks as well.
Bryan Garcia is a multimedia artist new to the Seattle art scene. He was born and raised in New York City where he expressed interest in many different mediums of art and performance growing up. He continued on to higher education where he found fascination in art, human behavior and technology at Purchase College. This interest and his dedication to the youth in Seattle these past two years has lead to some of his recent work where he explores his queer latino identity and perception. He hopes that one day he can serve as a role model and leader in the Latino community. His work includes but is not limited to photography, design and 3D printed sculptures.
The life of a Teacher, Artist and Coach. As a young boy drawing was always on my mind. I used to stay in during recess and draw comics and create characters. Later in high school I met my mentor that would show me watercolor for the first time. Pamela Olsen was my art teacher, she demonstrated watercolor one day and that was it! I fell in love with the medium instantly. I later spent some time with her learning how to use the medium. I stuck with watercolor all the way through college. Over the following years I kept with watercolor, and also dabbled in other medium such as Acrylic, Oils and Pastels but I always came back to watercolor.
I teach multiple classes at Kirkland Arts Center and Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and regularly demonstrate and teach workshops around the Northwest for local societies and organizations. Mainly teaching Watercolor and Watercolor Sticks. I’m a member of the American Watercolor Society and a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists. Most days you can find me at home in the studio with my little girl Milagros, who was born April 5th 2010. I am primarily a figurative painter. I’m a people watcher and love to sit at a coffee shop, draw and paint people as they go along their business. Watching a person to me is the best way to keep movement in your work, everything is always moving and to me that is what I love to show.
Xavier Lopez Jr.
Artist/Sculptor/Muralist, Co-curator at Echo Echo, Writer at PI Culture Blogs, Designer at Into the Deep End Productions
I was born in El Paso, Texas. My mother was born in Jalisco, Guadalajara and my father was born in Juarez. I lived in El Paso for 31 years until 2014. I now live in Seattle, Washington. I live and work on art from my home studio. At age 7 I knew I wanted to be an artist. Growing up visiting my grandparents house I was surrounded by Roman Classical Art. My grandma house was full of hung framed prints and miniature sculptures of the most notable sculptures and paintings from her trips to Europe. My grandmother’s taste in art drew me to become an artist. Seeing the figurative works early on made a longing impression on me substantially. I was also inspired by my uncles sketches I’d find on pen and paper, lying on the floor or drawings inside notebooks. Some drawings had red ink, blue ink, and pencil. They were really expressive and impressionistic, and they were always hidden, you could flip the pages of a book and sometimes find a surprise.
I am a homegrown, Seattle born and based artist. Creating art from a young age, I recently returned to my passion through acrylic and pencil mediums nearly two years ago. Both my travels throughout the US and Europe influence my work, much of which is focused on femininity, thought, self reflection, and beauty. My multicultural background, education in social justice, and varied life experiences contribute greatly to subject of my personal work. My portrait work, both personal and celebrity icon, and a study in line and figure have also recently been fairly popular.
I was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the USA in 1998. These drawings reflect the influence that the past (Pre-Columbian) and present (Huichol) cultures of Mexico have on my work.
I began to learn the fundamentals of art as a graphic designer & photographer at the Interamericana University of Chihuahua, Seattle community college & Photography Northwest Center. I'm an artist - I work different medias like herbalist, tattooer, fine art photographer & designer. I became a civil rights art advocate as a Mexican artist and traveler, after witnessing unrelenting violence against women during human’s rights protests that inspired my photography.
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The mental inspiration for my body of work is Folklore; stories humans have created and collected to explain the unknown. Tales about animals and their wit especially peek my interest. Religion is also another way humans have used to explain what they don’t understand.
The visual inspiration my work pulls from include Mexican Folk, Mesoamerican, Pacific Northwest Native American, and Japanese art. These are then filtered through the eyes of an anime and comic book lover.
The merger is a primary result of being raised in the Northwest in the era of the 90’s. Seattle is a perfect example of the melding of all these influences and is true representation of my pursuit of understanding the unknown.
Adream de Valdivia, the artist known as Dream, got his start doing live street painting in Seattle, L.A., and now in a Downtown Seattle South Lake Union public art mural sponsored by Paul Allen, Vulcan. Adream tagged trains and billboards and, after studying at London's Chelsea School of Art and Design, made stealth interventions to his known style of psychedelic paint strokes on canvas.
You can find his public art murals just about everywhere in Washington. His work has always been alive with organic patterns, playful use of geometry, and decidedly urban even as he has transformed such iconic figures like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain into collectible fine art.