Today we’d like to introduce you to Eduardo Gómez.
Eduardo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like many artists, I began drawing at a very early age and was always encouraged to do so. Drawing was always fun and something that came natural to me so I pursued it early on. I drew at home, school, and spent many summer hours at the Homeland Cultural Center in Long Beach; a local community arts center that provides traditional art resources to inner-city kids. Homeland was a community safe haven for me and many kids alike. It provided us with unlimited art materials, a creative workspace, and most importantly, it kept us off the streets.
I continued drawing throughout my formative years and decided to pursue a career in the arts as an illustrator after high school. I attended Long Beach City College and eventually transferred to Cal State Long Beach; where I shifted my focus from illustration to Art Education, to Drawing and Painting, and in the end, received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2007 and my Master of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Pursuing a career as an artist has definitely had its challenges. I think most artists would agree. Attending graduate school, in particular, was challenging for me on many levels. As a first-generation Mexican American, moving away to college was a big deal where I came from and there were many pressures and sacrifices that came along the way. However, my time at CCA was well spent on a creative level. It allowed me to experiment and push my own ideas alongside a community of other artists on a daily basis.
Please tell us more about your art.
I consider myself a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on drawing and painting. I have been in multiple group exhibitions over the years and have had solo shows in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. My work has also been published by ESPN and was recently commissioned some freelance work that was included in the Stüssy Spring ‘20 collection.
Currently, I am working on a series of ambidextrous drawings titled “A Dodger A Day”. This particular body of work was inspired by the current COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on sports, society, and the world. The series will total of 119 works over a four months span that parallels the postponement of the Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 season opener.
What were you like growing up?
I was a pretty outgoing kid and for the most part always did well in school. I grew up fascinated with music, sports, television/movies along with Art. I often drew my favorite cartoon characters directly from the television set and loved going through the garage and using my father’s tools to build my own makeshift toys and musical instruments.
- Website: eduardogomezart.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @eduardogomezart
- Twitter: @eduardogomez_12
Island Shirt image courtesy of Stüssy, Portrait by Hhvvnnddss