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Behind the Mural: California Landscapes

Featuring Abel Macias

09.29.2021

In continuation of our Behind the Mural blog series, we’re spotlighting Abel Macias, an artist who’s playful work is rooted in handmade Mexican folk art and influenced by nature, landscapes and everyday objects. The end result? An uplifting clash of color, texture and pattern that repurposes commonly used material and objects. 

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So where did this inspiration come from? 

“Growing up, going to Mexico, really influenced a lot of how I make things in terms of colors, decisions, things being more playful, feeling handmade, not mechanical.” His parents were also huge nurturers of his creativity, whether it was his dad showing him the meticulous side of gardening, or his mom showing him the whimsical nature of collecting and cultivating colorful, handmade tchotchkes. 

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Beyond the support of his parents, improvisation plays another huge role in the work Abel Macias produces. 

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“If you don’t have a tool, you just find something else and move on. You have to be on your feet, pivot and go with the flow.” 

His goal is to make his art feel as authentic and true to himself as he possibly can. To do that, he tries really hard not to overthink things and to really just work with what he has. 

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“You’re an artist because you are one. You can’t really change that. I feel so good to bring a sense of positivity in people’s lives in that regard.” 

To view Abel’s work at ROW, check out the IGTV we created spotlighting him and his mural in the Building 3 Breezeway Between Dock St and The Narrows. 

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