Wk. 3 – Artist Conversation – Joshua Vasquez

Artist: Joshua Vasquez
Exhibition: Vida/Morte
Media: Painting/Drawing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: joshvasquez.com
Instagram: NONE

This artists’ name is Joshua Vasquez. He is an undergraduate student here at CSULB. He is in the Drawing/Painting department of the arts program at CSULB. He is interested in painting and drawing life and death things because he likes to express what both are like, but in a different way then everyone else does. He has been painting for 2 years and his end goal is to create real artwork in his own experiences and his expressions.

The first painting is a representation of life and death because he used roses and he crushed them and made them look dirty and put them on top of paper. He says that each of these paintings have their own life and he wanted to represent that in this flower painting. He says that the flowers will not survive without the paper and that is basically the way life is with different people. The second one obviously represents death. These paintings use a lot of sharp lines and a lot of darker colors in them. They are both very messy and jagged. Very limited in the amount of colors that were used which I think he was trying to express with life and death.

I have already pretty much told you what all of his paintings and drawings represent. They represent life and death and basically saying that nothing can be supported without something underneath them. Like the flower one with the paper, and the skull without the paper and ink. With theses 2 paintings, he wanted to go deeper with the meaning. Instead of just having it as life and death, he wanted it to represent the masculinity and femininity of these pieces of artwork.

My whole opinion of this artist and what he does with his artwork very much relates to me and my experiences. My whole outlook on life is to live everyday like it’s your last and I believe he is doing that with his artwork. I love that he just doesn’t express the good things in life, but he also expresses the bad thins in life as well. I think that everyone’s experiences relate to his work because it is mostly just about life and death. I really like this artwork and he is doing some pretty cool things with his expression! Keep up the good work Joshua!


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