We had the good fortune of connecting with Eustolio Pardo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eustolio, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I´m a street artist, so great part of my work finds home in the public space. And I’ve seen streets change after my work is done. People start taking care of the wall, the sidwalks are cleaned, sometimes even goverment gets involved and instals public lighting. I’ve seen also how my work is liked and transforms into a cultural highlight for a lot of people from my home town. Lots of persons take pictures, even profound conversations are being taken after I make art from a public problem or a new social dilema. Art in public space really has some kind of power that ignites inside each sensible hearted person a new fire of reflexion. And well there are lots of ways an artist can help others with his work, like selling a piece of art for a cause, just to put an example.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a multisytilistic artist. But I have but one main theme: the representation of the sacred. All my art gravitates the idea of the sacred. But not just the monotheistic view of the sacred, I fell much more attracted to the polytheistic pantheistic point of view. That one that enrichess mexican religion, and makes it special. The presence of the precolumbian worldview in the deep roots of mexican catholisism, that gives its place to our mother earth and all it’s spirits. That’s why I consider precolumbian american art (in its whole vastness) as well as colonial arte sacro my main influences. An also because as for a Mexican border artist I find myself in a multiethnic environment Asian art has it’s big place in my career. For traditional japanese woodblock prints of the Ukiyo-e school is my third influence. You see, Mexicali, my hometown, was somehow founded by chinese inmigrant workforce as well as southern mexican and a bit of japanese and indian.

I have been living from painting my last seven years. It hasn’t been easy, but I can say I never get bored and I really enjoy doing it, even in the hardtimes. Every time I find myself in a deep whole I have always found I’m never alone and a new work is always as near or as far as I can imagine. Working class injustice seems to be the rule in my country but even so, we have learned to support each other, and to survive despite our rotten oligarchy.

I studied journalism but after finding that art is a more direct way to express without censorship about our social problems, I decided to just take the streets and work on it. Even do I have loved drawing since I was a kid, I never found it as an oportunity of survival after I quit university.

I really think my work is bigger than me. For I have a mission in life and its about safeguarding what is really sacred in our planet, for I am a tlakuilo, a writter a painter in service of life in all it’s forms.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You can always visit some of my murals en Mexicali. Our last proyect is a series of murals in Trumps New Border Fence. And well, our tacos are world famous. As the secret tunels lying beneath the surface of our OldTown, wich where once used to hide the alcohol to be crossed to the other side of the wall in the times of Al Capone.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well, first of all are my parents. They have encouraged me scince I was born to fully love life and consciously live it. They are my firt support for choosing what I like and give my best. After them of course, the rest of my family. Who are always when they are needed. My brothers and my uncles who gave me a lot of books to study. And well, I can tell I’ve had lots of good teachers in life. My university teachers in journalism in UNAM who opened my eyes the widest to see how society functions and all the work that has to be done, the problems that have to be solved and our stories that can’t be forgotten. My art teachers and compañeros in the Academia de San Carlos that have taught me tons of cool painting technics. Also my students from who I learn every class. As for a lot of special persons in my life who have taught me the most essencial lessons in understanding others and stepping to injustice, showing bravery and serenity in hard times. All the team of mentors in La Casa de Artes y Oficios “la Joyita”. My camaradas in Mexicali Resiste, and Rescate Cultural Indígena. And well for last, but not least, my wife and daughter my latest teachers in life but at the same time in the greatest of all, they remind my what true love is and how to make love the principal force behind what we find to be success. For love is first, and love is last. I’ve been a really lucky human, I’ve had countless of good teachers If I made a list I might not end never.

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Image Credits
Last picture was taken by Alejandro Dorantes.

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