21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Ramón Hurtado

Ramón Hurtado

Ramón Hurtado, Coldwater Association, oil, 24 x 36.

Ramón Hurtado, Coldwater Association, oil, 24 x 36.

Art Education: I was fortunate to study independently with Will Weston, Glenn Vilppu, Adrian Gott-lieb, and Robert Liberace during my five years of formal training.

Style: I think of myself as an eclectic. I want my paintings to be the physical manifestation of my curiosity and enthusiasm for life as it unfolds around me.

Creative Spark: Living in Los Angeles. The city is filled with so many strange, beautiful mysteries that it’s both overwhelming and exhilarating.

Second-Choice Career: Poet. The idea of experiencing words both as agents of meaning and as a stream of pure, harmonious sound is fascinating to me.

Other Passions: I love 1970s films, cats, and all things David Lynch.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: Every so often, I’ll disappear for a few days into a different city to meet people and to try new things along the way.

Best Advice Received: “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it; don’t wait for it. Just let it happen.”

Biggest Fear: Living a life that I’m not excited about.

Pet Peeve: Cynicism. Life is too precious for facile dismissal.

Mantra or Motto: Take the time to research. Make a decision. Act boldly.

Favorite Studio Music: Tei Shi, Grimes, and Fleetwood Mac are particular favorites.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: NUDE BOY ON THE BEACH AT PORTICI by Mariano Fortuny y Marsal.

Future Goals: To continue to craft a life that I enjoy moment-to-moment. To explore more, love more, and make more art.

Price Range: $1,000 to $20,000.

Representation: www.ramonhurtado.com.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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