Midtown Artists: A Diamond in the Ruff
The Search for the Perfect Portrait
As my taste for art has evolved, I have begun to seek out the talented artists of Midtown in the search for the perfect portrait. During my search I came across the most beautiful, yet haunting piece I think I’ve laid eyes on.
Awhile back, it was displayed at Centro’s Cocina Mexicana and was affixed in a floating frame in the wall that separates the bar and seating area in the restaurant. The portrait of the “Catrina”, a Mexican Folklore icon, had such an eerie, yet incredibly strong magnetism to it. The piece demanded my attention, so I played Sherlock and investigated whom the owner was.
“I have a bleeding heart for all things living”
As I listened intently, Mejia gave me a glimpse of what it would be like as a surviving artist in Midtown. Very soft spoken by nature, but inherently philosophical in his views about life, art and the simple joy of appreciating beauty. I could see him light up as he mused about his life-long passion. Somehow Mejia is able to look at buildings, vacant spaces or even a hole in a wall (literally) and find a way to fill that space with something aesthetically pleasing.
Humble and a hard working, Mejia understands that money doesn’t grow on trees. As a kid, he was a natural entrepreneur, finding ways to turn his own profit and recruiting friends to start an informal art dealing business.
Mejia said he has been drawing ever since he can remember. His first passion was music and poetry, evolving into painting and video production. Melding art, music and film, he used to spin beats for a traveling art group, working on small canvases and recording his experiences (could you imagine if this was your job??). But Mejia’s passion expands far greater than his talents. “I have a bleeding heart for all things living,” he said after talking about his two stray pets that he rescued.
“In Mexico, you never really die after you’re dead…as long as you are still remembered and talked about in some way. You will always live on.” said Mejia, explaining the tradition behind what “La Catrina” means to him. For him personally, he wants to live on and leave his mark through his artwork. He shared that after a lot of soul-searching he felt he is destined to plant the seeds of art in the community and hopefully one day produce a forest that will he will be remembered by.
Mejia uses art as a way to provoke thought, create beauty and most importantly, share his legacy with the outside world. As Elizabeth Gilbert stated in Eat, Pray, Love, “In a world disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible”
You can find Mejia’s artwork in many galleries around the Grid. However, as of recently he has had one major problem: he sold all of his art! A good problem to have by any artists’ standards, especially in this economy.
You still can catch some of his artwork at Spanglish Art, 905 23rd Street, Midtown Sacramento.
http://www.shopspanglish.com/. For shows, contact Mejia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see more of Mejia’s work, check out the videos below.
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