Edgar Bustillos - U.S.A.


'Futbolistas Latino Americanos', acrylic on canvas, 180 x 120 cm. or 72" x 48"in.

I was born & raised in El Paso, Texas only a few yards away from what should have been a difficult destiny for me.  I had a taste in my mouth of both sides of the border and fell into each wave of uncertainty, not knowing what I was to become.  Through those struggles, I emerged a man who eventually traveled and gained even more perspectives of how life can be perceived from different angles, just like my art.  I tend to depict issues and objects that are right in front of your face but society doesn't see or chooses not to ignore them.  My art reflects on many social and economic issues.  Through a series of drafts I develop my own interpretations of life. Before I was seven years old, I lived my life as a vagabond.  I was born in El Paso, Texas in 1970.  Soon after my birth we moved to Panama City followed by Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Juarez and finally making full circle back to El Paso once again.  All of those experiences were worn on me as a muddy yet proud insignia that inspired my creativity. After graduating high school I joined the Army Reserve.  I continued to move around to various locations around the world before finally settling in the Galveston area.  All of the vast cultures I have absorbed helped create the spark of artistic passion that had been bubbling at the seams.  Once receiving a college degree, I became a fourth grade bilingual teacher.  I accomplish my goals with the help of my wife; without her my life would be a chaos.

Website: www.edgarbustillos.com  Email: edgar@edgarbustillos.com

'Car Thief', acrylic on wood, 90 x 90 cm. or 36" x 36"in.

This piece is part of a triptych  I created in 1997 for a law professor at Stanford to show the evolution of a thief.  The two smaller pieces show a thief’s journey with his crime spree and the last (and largest) piece shows the actual turn of events of life in a gritty emotional place that takes him behind bars.  This particular piece begins with a car theft.  I made the criminal somewhat anonymous because race and age don't really matter when you steal or do wrong morally.  I instead wanted to focus on the actual crime itself.  I tried to exaggerate his actions to emphasize the act of theft.  Mostly bold primary colors are used to make the statement that crime is a simple black and white wrong doing…there is no gray.  No reason the thief can give, will justify his choice of actions.