Today we’d like to introduce you to Calicho Arevalo.
Hi Calicho, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I migrate to North America almost 4 years ago to find my comfort zone in NYC and work on architecture & construction (IN HOUSE GROUP INC). Better quality of life and more free time gave me the opportunity to develop a new hobby so everything started with some watercolors the luck was on my side one day when somebody saw me on the subway and invite me to be part of an art show. show where I sold 3 pieces and realized art could be a good part of my life. Everything started as a hobby but slowly became a real passion from watercolors to acrylic paint and from acrylics to spray paint.
The techniques I learn help me to make bigger size paints my first mural was on underhill walls in NYC then got some commissions for restaurants and bars by November 2021 had to end my job as an arch and give myself a chance to work only on art a prepare my solo art show.
GOLD ORO PURO where the concept of Latin value as gold and the city fusion as one. 2022 has been special having 3 shows this year NYC gallery, NYC Colombian consulate and now in Baltimore.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been smooth cause I have been doing art part-time so many times I wish to have more time to and art pieces but some murals I had to paint some in rush. Most of the time I have been making art that satisfies my soul and my art concepts maybe I should start to look at how to make commercial art.
Art its been a successful challenge in my life I’m happy where I am right now and excited for what is coming.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m proud of the 3 clear lines of my art:
Right now my specialty is animals they are not a hyperrealist so am in between comic and real, like magic and spiritual. I’m more know for my painting of the whale that carries NYC on top meaning migrant from south to north and the half-and-half piece of half statue of liberty and half indigent.
I feel what makes me unique is this mix of using my concepts for design architecture and using them on an art piece that’s why I feel every painting is not random and always has a concept behind it. Feel very proud of all the pieces I paint on SoHo during the pandemic I learn sometimes is more important the message.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Favorite books -who stole my cheese favorite podcast -Diana Uribe – history of the world – Enrique Garcia Villaran – history of art.
- Website: https://www.calichoart.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calichoart/
- Facebook: @calichoart
- Twitter: @calichoart
- Other: https://issuu.com/calichoart/docs/carlos_arevalo_selected_portfolio