Interview with Gerardo Meza 8/27/2020
Gerardo Meza is a bicultural – binationally surreal artist and muralist based in the Tijuana – San Diego Region. He is Chairman of the Border Public Arts Committee. Board Member of the Mexican National Foundation of Independent Artist, and Program Director of Art Box San Diego.
What projects are you currently working on?
With the BPAC I actively participate in the Art scene of my community, we are currently working on a project called “Black Canvas Mural Project” where we will paint multiple murals in the City of San Ysidro, spreading messages of Unity and prosperity. This project is inspired by the recent social movements of Black Lives Matter. I am also collaborating with Chicano Master Muralists Victor Ochoa and Mario Chacon on the creation of a big mural in Barrio Logan. This mural is in honor of Anastasio Hernandez, an immigrant slaughtered by a Border Patrol Officer at the border in the year 2010. With Art Box San Diego we are painting utility and electrical boxes in the City with messages of love, empathy, and positivity for our community.
How has this pandemic affected or shifted your practice?
I think the pandemic made everybody realize that art is an essential part of our lives. During these last four months, I started working on illustrating a children’s book; something I have never done before, and something that is very different to what I do. The creation of new original characters, adaptability to a children’s story, and innocence of our childhood have really changed my creative process.
What has your journey been like as an artist?
It has been fun, and very rewarding. I started painting with different mediums when I was 14 or 15 years old. I used to draw since I can remember. I had my first solo show at the age of 19 in a coffee shop next to the beach. The journey can be difficult, and sometimes it felt like it was the end. But, if you continue doing what you love, and following your dreams with passion… the journey always gets better.
Do you have any tips for up-and-coming, or rising artists?
Enjoy what you are doing, do it for you. Keep creating because you never know who will find inspiration, peace, or happiness with your “doodles”.
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