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Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Vasquez.

Josh, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Pico-Union in Los Angeles and I love my city. Straight up. I pride myself in knowing the streets and how to get around L.A. I am super stoked when I find new ways to get around. It’s the same feeling I get when I experience the nuances of various neighborhoods.

Growing up in Los Angeles and walking home from school I would notice a lot of graffiti and it really intrigued me. After a while of looking at it I suddenly understood what the appeal was. For just being writing on the wall, it has so many layers and carries so much history. It is about self-expression, a culture, and it is about being heard. It was this claiming of existence to the world that introduced me to the arts.

When I was younger, I didn’t really know that there was anything else in terms of art. Of course, I knew about Picasso and Van Gogh but beyond that fine art always seemed out of reach. Graff kind of bridged that gap for me.

Going to college right after high school, I was exposed to so many new ideas, customs, and cultures. Most importantly though, finishing college taught me that a career in the fine arts was definitely possible.

Towards the end of my time as an undergraduate, I spoke to a lot of professors and they were extremely supportive of me and my career path. I credit a lot of what I’m doing today to those talks about how to navigate being a working artist.

These days I can say I’m living the life of the artist. I have a studio, I’m working in galleries, working with other artists, as well as assisting them. I pick up fabrication gigs now and then, making interesting things in interesting settings. Above all else, I do my best to be in my studio every day.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work consists of using the painterly language of graffiti into oil paintings, in an attempt to describe larger issues at hand such as class, gentrification, displacement, and the erasure of history.

My main practice consists of making paintings in oil and acrylic. However, I am also interested in making work that is beyond the constraints of the traditional two-dimensional format. I address the same issues in my sculpture as well as performances.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
In terms of artwork, I define success by being able to build on top of failures. If I make a painting and it doesn’t work, I keep building and working until it DOES work. It doesn’t always work out, but 99 times out of 100, it’s worth the effort.

As an artist, the job “artist,” success is what you make it. The only obstacle between you and your goals is in the reflection when you look in the mirror.

YOU are in control, YOU make the rules, YOU make the goals and YOU can choose to achieve them…or not.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best way to support your boy is following me on IG (@joshybehr) and liking and posting my stuff! And an even better way to support is purchasing my work, so if you all see something you like… slide in them DM’s.

It’s the best way to keep up with what I’m doing on a day to day basis and to hear about upcoming shows that I’m taking part in.

Currently, I am working on showing new work in an Open Studio Pop Up with my friends and studio mates in July (Shout out to the homies @3lmski1 @juliaanaaaab and @tidawhitney). So, stay tuned for that and come out and support by showing up! Hope to see you all there!

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Image Credit:
Cynthia Lujan

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