Antonio Pelayo is a product of two cultures, both influentially and emotionally, the land of myth and legend, Mexico where he was raised for several years and America, The country he was born in, let and had returned to with an outsider’s view on the world.
Ath the age of three he picked up a pencil and brought it to paper and a new universe was created for him to escape into.
Totally self-taught as an artist, Antonio feels the strongest connection to his art when he dose a portrait.
His work is intense and created by one single lead. Using a mechanical pencil he is able to draw great detail in his pieces. On some of his pieces he will spend hundreds of hours, thus achieving a photorealistic look. One word describes his work: “PAINSTAKING”
You can see Antonio Pelayo’s new arte at “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives“.
Where are you from? What is your heritage?
I was born in Glendale California… Mexican heritage
What is the medium that you most commonly work in?
What tends to inspire you and your work?
Life, people, movies, art, but what inspires me the most is peoples reaction to good art
If it was not for art I would be………..?
a business owner
Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?
Yes! My father, sister, and several uncles are musicians/composers
Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?
yes! absolutely, i listen to classical music for the most part, sometimes a lil mariachi, gypsi kings
What food most reminds you of home?
Tamales, tacos, enchiladas
When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?
What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?
Hard work, what you put into your art will come back to you ten fold….
Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?
I think there is, where we go… we take that connection with us
Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?
the list is very long…but i would start with my parents who gave me freedom to do what ever i wanted to do as far as art. Ralph Guzman whos introduction to his friends got my art career going. Graffiti artist Retna, Magu, David Flury, Dan Madigan, Chris B, Ted Mendenhall. To all of YOU that are giving us artists opportunities!!!
You can see more of Antonio Pelayo’s arte at www.antoniopelayo.com