This week features Felipe Gomez, one of our artists at Art Island. When he’s on site he’s creating incredible pieces live during our online parties and creating art for events. Off site he’s busy showcasing his art at a ton of different galleries and taking some time to surf in Mexico.
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What do you do at art island?
So I began with Art Island during the pandemic. I started doing the live painting during the online parties, and continued doing live painting during the events. I had one of my latest wood sculptures featured at the last event and..yeah I would say I am an artist at Art Island!
Favorite memory at an art island event?
Oh man, there are so many! Live painting is of course a wonderful experience which has allowed me to have authentic interactions with so many people. I would have to say that having someone walk up to me and tell me that reading what I wrote for my art piece, and seeing my art piece made them connect to themself and let tears of happiness out—definitely made my night.
What’s keeping you busy work-wise this summer?
I have had an array of shows at galleries, I had my first solo show at Native Hostel this past month and we are actually having the closing event for it tonight! Besides that, I have been busy working on commissions, new pieces, collaborations, talking to galleries for future shows and the hustle and bustle of being a full-time artist! Besides that, I was in Mexico surfing, hanging out at the springs, and getting my play in between all the seriousness :p
What are your creative goals for the season?
I am extremely grateful to say that my goals have been surpassed this season as I already have a show at a new gallery coming up, was signed as an official EAST Studio Tour artist, and am a part of a ton of other cool events happening in the future! As of right now, I have two commissions to finish, but after I have two personal pieces that I am excited for and one being a commission with a friend/ a local artist.
What’s your ideal Friday night in Austin look like?
You know, its always changing. Normally I am in the studio until pretty late, end up meeting with friends for dinner or drinks sometimes, sometimes I am at a friends studio creating, but recently you can find me supporting the homies at one of the many art shows in Austin.
What community do you admire and we should scope out in Austin?
So many! I would have to say that Rachelle Penny ( @_penny.jane_) is doing an amazing job at curating “Art Jam” at Native on saturday nights. She is having live painters, vendors, dope musicians and creating a wonderful space for artists/non-artists to hang. Besides that, there is a badass Mexican-american owned art studio/collective called Nepantla (@nepantla.usa) and they are doing such a dope job at bringing the hispanic community together. They are some of the dopest and kindest souls and everything and everyone that Claudia(@bodegavisual) and Francisco (@nopalman) bring together are magical people.