Jesus Arturo Gardea: Happy Creatures
El Paso City Hall
Community Exhibits Space-1st Floor
Through November 30, 2010
The Community Exhibits Space on the first floor of City Hall will host Happy Creatures until November 30, 2010. The exhibit includes a total of twenty one pieces containing depictions of cartoon-like characters with human figures.
Artist Jesus Arturo Gardea said, “I have always believed that children know more about art than anyone. To me, children’s art is the most honest, real and pure art that can ever exist. They paint in a natural way with total freedom. This is the reason why my art is created in a childish way.”
Jesus Arturo Gardea
Jesus Arturo Gardea was born in Ciudad Juárez 25 years ago and is currently living in El Paso, Texas. The artist has participated in many art projects, including collaborations on large scale murals. He is currently a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso where he is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration on painting and graphic design.
In my artwork I have created my own cartoon-like characters with human features. The black figure represents the evil side that everybody has. It represents a psychological wall that does not let us achieve happiness. My art lets me deal with my inner demons. Demons that if are not controlled, will lead to inevitable failure, torture, insecurity, sadness, melancholia and a total unhappiness.
Living across the most violent city in the world has impacted me greatly. Seeing decapitated, lifeless bodies from daily shootouts has influenced my violent and sometimes aggressive artwork. Sometimes my figures are armless or legless to represent torture, mutilation and madness. Most of the time I use primary colors directly from the paint tubes because they are bright, ordinary, playful and are the first colors we learn as a child.
Some characters wear masks representing metaphorical masks some individuals use to hide. The innocence of children has always fascinated me; therefore, it is something that I portray in my paintings. – Jesus Arturo Gardea