Visitors to the Casa Ortiz art gallery’s First Friday event will see that talent starts young in Borderland.
The work of Vice Roy, the artistic name of an 18-year-old Pebble Hills High School graduate, will be among the artists featured at this week’s celebration.
They will also see how great art offers inspiration that connects generations.
“(Jean-Michel Basquiat has been a big influence on the art that I have right now, ”said Vice Roy. “But I take a lot of inspiration from other artists, musicians, anything really. I find pleasure in everything I find and I am able to create.
Basquiat, whose work sells for millions of dollars, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1988 at the age of 27.
For Vice Roy, art is not something he started. It’s part of who he’s always been.
“I guess I never really started,” he said.
He said it was up to viewers of his art to find meaning in it.
“Anything, really,” he said. “Everything they design, the stories they can create from what they feel, what they’ve been through, anything, it’s just… Art is what you perceive it, what you are able to create out of it, not yourself. “
Diego “Robot” Martinez, resident artist of the gallery at 10167 Socorro Road in Socorro, helped Vice Roy be a part of the First Friday event, which will run from 5 pm to 10 pm.
“My teacher introduced me to Diego via Instagram and from there I followed him for a while and met him on Orange Brick Eclectic, a show he had there,” he said. -he declares.
“We just started talking and now I’m here.”
Vice Roy’s motivation is simple.
“Just go after what you need and want because there’s no point in just being stale and settling in,” he said.
His work will be presented for the next two weeks.
Other artists featured in the historic venue this week will be Lee Beach, Fran Santelli and Zoe Spiliotis, with the Pie band providing music.
Artist Brian “Ember Flow” Holt’s studio will also feature artists Marisa O’Donnell Luján and Andrew Betancourt.
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To learn more about the artists of the First Friday Celebration, visit:
• “Vice-Roy”: https://instagram.com/ftpshvrty
• Tony Lee Beach Rogers: https://instagram.com/leebachprints
• Zoe Spiliotis: https://instagram.com/zo.zoimou.art
• Fran Santelli: https://instagram.com/fransantelli
• Marisa O’Donnell Luján: https://instagram.com/marisa.odl
• André Bétancourt: https://instagram.com/drewberrysmores_