Today we’d like to introduce you to Javier Solorzano.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve been working as an Artist and Graphic Designer in LA for a few years now. A large part of my work early on was participating in local library events throughout LA County, working with children to get them engaged with their creativity. For many of them, that means meeting someone who shares their background, and comes from where they do, and letting them know it’s possible and that their stories matter.
My work deals mostly with Lucha Libre, animals and how they all intersect with the pop culture we experience every day. It’s why I created “Lucha Cat”, to explore a lot of those themes. Growing up, Lucha Libre was a huge part of what I consumed every day, and many times that got conflated with stories of me and my pets. A lot of what I do now is an evolution from that, which culminated in 2016 with the launch of my comic book “Luchisimo”.
Please tell us about your art.
I’d like to think that if you enjoyed any form of Lucha Libre/Pro Wrestling as a kid, or have an affection for animals, you can find something in my work to connect to. I use those themes and inject them into genres and mediums I remember engaging with as a child. Sometimes that’s a video game, other times its music, sometimes it’s a social cause I know is important.
I try to leave behind clues and hints about where my ideas germinate, and then sit back and enjoy watching people react to them with their friends/family. I’ve found people usually connect to one or more angles in what I’m doing, and fill in the rest with their experiences and memories, which I find incredibly fulfilling. It allows them to turn around and tell me their stories, through what they see in my work and vice versa.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
“Finding an audience” is obviously an easy target here, but I’ve found audiences tend to do a good job of locating what they like. I think for many artists, it can difficult to find the means produce physical copies of their work and get them to their audience in a cost-effective way. Printmaking can be very expensive, as can shirt making, and paying for show registrations. Especially if transportation is an issue.
It’s why I think local shows are so important. Smaller, local shows tend to be more cost-effective for artists who are starting out, and they attract audiences who don’t otherwise have access to artists producing the kind of work they can relate to. For many of them, it’s because getting their family to a convention hall is too pricey, or time-consuming. Local shows tend to be free for those audiences, giving them a real opportunity to see and meet new artists, as well as participate in workshops with those artists.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find me on my website which has my artwork, and comic book, as well as my online store at www.LuchaCat.com or you, can follow me on Instagram or Twitter at @luchacat where you can usually see me at shows, conventions, hunting tacos, or hanging out with my cats.
I will also be appearing at the Latino Comics Expo in Modesto Junior College March 15 & 16, El Paso Comic Con in El Paso, Texas April 12th through 14th, and Expo Lucha in San Diego in August.
- Website: www.luchacat.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @luchacat
- Facebook: Lucha Cat
- Twitter: @luchacat