Luis Velazquez

The Arts Fund Presents...

Birds of a Feather by Luis Velazquez

at 205 Santa Barbara Street

About Luis Velazquez

One of my earliest recollections, from when I was six years old, is that of gathering flower petals to extract their pigment and color the walls of my home. I often got into trouble with my mother for picking flowers from her plants and cutting down branches from our lemon trees to make slingshot frames to terrorize local birds. I was born and raised in the State of Jalisco Mexico, my mother is a seamstress and my father a farm worker. In the year 2000, I left my hometown and moved to California to attend school at Santa Barbara City College, subsequently transferring to University of California Santa Barbara where I earned a BA in studio arts.

The artwork I create is a combination of recollections of my past mixed with my present experiences. Bright colors and raw materials are hallmarks of my childhood memories and culture. My daily life is filled with unexpected, spontaneous, and sometimes random events. My work reflects this in my choice of materials and subject matter, mainly inspired by nature and social issues.

I currently work for the art department at Santa Barbara City College and continuing studies in art and environmental horticulture.

For this particular piece, I was inspired by the many caged birds my mother kept when I was growing up and one of my favorite places to visit: the colorful city of Guanajuato, Mexico.