Where are you from?
I am from Cheran, Michoacán, Mexico, but I’ve lived here in Durham since 1991 or something like that.
How would you describe your style of art and what inspires you?
Well this kind is more like folklore art, and that’s from my people down where I come from, which is an indigenous group, and I borrow some of the designs they use for pottery or textiles that they do on clothing and stuff like that.
What inspired your satellite mural? I think this specific mural, for me it looks like a bowl, so it wasn’t that hard to come up with a design to make it look more like a bowl instead of something else.
Are you working on any other projects currently? Right now, not any other big murals like this. Most of my other paintings are on campus. I am going to have an art show in Bogotá, Colombia next week, so I am flying to Colombia for the opening.
Do you usually paint or do you work in other mediums as well? I do have a lot of collaborations with Duke. Three years ago we did a Two-Way bridge project, where we made a mural in collaboration with other artists on Main Street and North Duke Street. I have another commission that I did at the Bryan Center in the basement called Mi Casa.
How did you get involved with Duke? I started my artist career since 2003. I started showing local, then it spanned to regional, then national, then now I’m kind of international. How I came involved with Duke was they started to invite me to have different art shows in their galleries. I do collaboration ideas with Duke and pretty much most of the Universities in North Carolina.
Why do you think art is important? Art is really important because it’s a way that you can express yourself, and also you can influence people through art. It’s peaceful and it’s really efficient because it goes straight to your soul.