Wk 3 – Artist Conversation – Josh Vasquez

Artist: Josh Vasquez

Exhibition: Vida/Morte

Media: Drawing and Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: joshvasquez.com

Instagram: joshybehr

Josh Vasquez was born and raised in Downtown Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles has so much artistic scenery, in which influenced Josh in becoming the artist he is today.  Josh has been painting all of his life and has dedicated so much time and effort into his art work. He considers himself a starving artist because he has put all his money into his astounding works of art. It took Josh six months to finish is whole art gallery.  As of today, Josh Vasquez it an undergraduate student attending California State University Long Beach.  Additionally, Josh is in the painting and drawing program.

Based on my formal analysis, Josh’s works of art mainly consisted of black and white colors. The different materials that Josh used such as sharpies, paint markers, and spray paint made his pieces of art contrast well with his theme Vida/Morte.  Josh used nature to go with his theme because he used roses as a way to express life. There were many curved, squiggly, and jagged lines which helped express the opposition of life and death.  The texture from the sharpie and the different shapes and forms that Josh used made the face of the skull catch a person’s attention, do to the reflection of the light.

Josh is trying to explore the femininity and masculinity in his art work by using hard and soft colors.  These symbols helped him express his idea of life and death.  Josh’s main focus was capturing the aspect of life.  The flower used in his art work express how life is beautiful and he illustrated death as something dark by using the skull. Josh’s thoughts based on his materials is of them not having a life span, because they each have their own end.

Overall, this exhibition caught my attention as I learned more about the artist and his works of art.  I could relate to the idea of the theme that the artist gave because life is something precious, so we need to make good use of it while we are here.  Eventually, we will all face death, whether its a person, a flower, or even a sharpie wearing out. Josh told a group of classmates and I that if we want to accomplish something, that we can go out and achieve it because it our own life, so don’t let people prevent you from accomplishing what you want.


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