Our last touch of flora blooms with Hector Barajas.
This young and enchanting painter is currently studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. Barajas grew up in the Sonoran desert of Tuscon, Arizona. His budding art career depicts equally soft and strong images of the cultural conflicts surrounding sexuality. As a member of the gay community, Barajas is interested in blending elements of classical painting with the faces of pornographic actors, as well as his own face and the faces of his own romantic situations and relationships. These tender portrayals explore the conflicting spheres of religion, social expectations, and politics that surround sexual identity.
A desert flower boy that now resides in the bay.
Barajas uses oil paints on wood panels. He is influenced by styles like baroque, classical, neoclassical, and Flemish art. He utilizes a traditional technique called glazing and sometimes an alla prima technique.
This ambitious painter knows what he's about. He has goals of earning his BFA and then moving on to earn an MFA in painting. One of his greatest accomplishments was being awarded Best in Show at the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. Barajas is only in his first semester at SFAI, and we're so excited to watch him grow.
Barajas's days are spent at school, working on projects, working out, and catching up with friends after class. His evenings are spent working on paintings for endless hours, relaxing at bars, and checking out the San Francisco gay scene.
Do you believe in ghosts?
"I can't say I believe in ghosts, but I certainly keep an open mind. I guess I believe in them more as spirits, rather than ghosts, because I think spirits make more of a connection to the idea of what a soul is. And I think that's something that raises more questions. So, I guess, my answer is a soft yes."
Do you believe in aliens?
"I believe the universe is infinitely huge, so there MUST be other intelligent life out there. I just hope they are as friendly and as curious as we are."
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