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Art & Life with Marco Colmenares and Ariana Hernandez of Palomino Design

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marco Colmenares and Ariana Hernandez.

Marco and Ariana, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I got news of DACA’s cancellation right before taking my writing placement test for art school. I skipped the rest of orientation week and started school a week late only after being assured school was still a possibility.

As I continued school, I decided to handstyle my name over and over on a canvas using a vandal’s arsenal of spray paint and paint markers for my midterm project. During the critique, my instructor carefully tried to formulate a fine artist’s perspective on what was clearly a form of graffiti. I left class realizing the canvas displayed a link in my art I grew up doing that wasn’t welcomed in a fine arts institution.

I dropped out and created PALOMINO because I wanted to make a business out of my art. I also didn’t know how long I had before I was at risk of being deported.

PALOMINO is now morphing into a sustainable design studio that shows my graffiti roots through design.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
PALOMINO derives from Palomino Beige, an industrial paint color used to buff graffiti. We believe the color provides a canvas for new styles of art in public places. This color inspired us as it gives artists and creatives a fresh canvas to come in and do their thing.

Today, we make graffiks.* Sometimes we put it on clothing.

*Graphics with two F’s because of our graffiti roots and to describe our style comfortably.

Looking into the future, we’re refocusing the studio to become more sustainable and create more physical artworks outside of clothing with a minimal waste footprint.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Surround yourself with people who wanna create something and/or everything. Stay motivated, take a walk.

Your practice reveals where you gotta be and who you gotta know. Take the leap of faith, show up.

Go to local functions and be nice to everyone you meet. Say what you mean, mean what you say.

Don’t be fake.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Instagram or our webpage 🙂

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