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Meet Eduardo Soto of Sotopaint in San Dimas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eduardo Soto.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eduardo. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
There has never been a point in my life where I did not enjoy making art. As a child, I loved to doodle and make silly drawings as most children do. The idea of making art as a profession fascinated me as a child but was a dream I thought to be far fetched until I got to high school, which is when I actually had to think about the direction I wanted my life to go in. I was sixteen years old when I made the firm decision that nothing was going to stop me from being an artist. From that point on I began to discover what my inspirations were and learn about artists which I look up to. I wasn’t exactly sure what my profession as an artist was going to be, I only knew that it was the only thing I could imagine my self doing everyday as a working adult.

I have always been deeply attracted to the art of the renaissance ever since I learned about it in middle school. What fascinates me about it the most is the progress which was made within creating art. During this time Art essentially went beyond being simply Iconography to a heavily formulated process in which any and all factors of a piece play detrimental roles in the process of interpreting a story. I am compelled by the artists of the Baroque era, specifically Caravaggio and Rembrandt. The approaches which these artists had towards creating art essentially became the source of everything that creatively inspires me. As a result, I have always preferred Painting when creating art, specifically with oils.

There is something elusively captivating about painting which has led me to fall in love with it. I am fascinated by the strategic use of light and color to emphasize characteristics of a painting. I specifically love painting portraits of people. It is a way to engage with a person which does not compare to anything else I can think of. I suppose it can be compared to having a conversation with a person but instead of learning about them as an individual you get to know them as a physical part of this world. You heavily observe every contour which makes them, how the light reflects off of them, the natural resting positions of the muscles in their face and their body and so on. I love taking all of the information I can and interpreting a subject onto a canvas with a quality which is my own and which a viewer can find captivating. There is no other feeling like it in the world.

After graduating HighSchool, I chose to go to community college with the hopes of finally choosing the exact path I wanted to travel in life. My first semester of college I saw numerous posters all around campus advertising a study abroad program in Florence Italy which sounded like a dream. After looking further and further into it, I finally decided to enroll into the program. Studying In Florence was an enlightening experience. While I was there, I realized that I want to restore art as a long term career. The idea of contributing to society by potentially continuing the legacy of artworks which have had such an impact on my life is something which enchants me.

Knowing my calling, in my last semester of Community College I was accepted to Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon with a Scholarship to study Painting & Illustration. I finally felt like my life had a clear path which I am proud to say I am currently traveling on.

Has it been a smooth road?
No. Like everything in life, it has been one never-ending learning process. Of course, There are times where I feel discouraged but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to progress. Art is something I have wanted so badly to pursue for the larger majority of my life so whenever an obstacle does present itself I feel all the more obliged to overcome it. There are so many different ways to approach making art. I would say the biggest obstacle was just learning about myself and how to pursue creating art in such a way which works for me.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Sotopaint story. Tell us more about the business.
I paint portraits of people, sometimes within a narrative but mostly just portraits. I would say that I specialize in interpreting the characteristics of a subject with a large regard to color. The role of color in my work creates a mood which I have found to draw people towards what I do. I am proud of the “Left Brain”, formulated approach that I tend to have towards painting an image of someone. I think that approaching a painting with heavy regard to composition, color, and context is something that sets me apart from others.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
It is very difficult for me to look that far into the future because I take most things day by day. Five years from now I hope to be working in restoration of Art and continuing to work independently as a painter and Illustrator.

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1 Comment

  1. Marilyn

    May 17, 2019 at 15:31

    This young mans work deserves to be put in a Gallery. At his age with the detail in his paintings and with furthering his education, he could be one of the futures best young artists. Enjoyed his work and the article. I would love to see his work also in areas like Phoenix, Sedona, Yuma, New Mexico, San Diego.

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