Meet the Artist ArturoWe’re excited to introduce you to yet another of your amazing Pinot’s Palette artists this week!
Arturo “Art” Arechiga first discovered a love of art in his kindergarten art class at just five years old -- and it wasn’t just because of his name. While growing up in Oakland, Art realized that art was the only thing that he felt he was good at, so he started drawing, coloring, and creating as a way to express his talent and his creativity throughout his childhood and into his adolescence. In high school Art was inspired, as many of us are, by the words and encouragement of one of his teachers who taught him the essentials of color theory and painting, and who told Art that he had the skills and the talent to pursue art more seriously. Thankfully for all of us who work with him in the studio and those who have had the joy of taking a class with him, he did just that.
Art holds a BFA in Animation and Visual Effects from the Academy of Art University, and when he is not an instructor at Pinot’s Palette Alameda, he works mainly in illustrations (particularly characters and comic book designs), oil painting, and acrylic painting, and occasionally dabbles in sculpture. He has a passion and talent for more traditional forms of art, preferring paint on canvas and pencil on paper, rather than digital mediums.
Not only does Art teach in our studio, he also teaches in high school, giving back to the community in the same way that his high school art teacher once gave back to him. He has been teaching part time in a local area high school for 8 years, and is now a full time art instructor there. He dreams of one day earning his Masters degree, and plans to release his own comic book within the next 5 years.
When he is at Pinot’s Palette, teaching or assisting in our studio, Art tells us that his favorite part about being an instructor is seeing the variation in the paintings of each group of people that come in to paint, drink, and have fun with us. He loves that at the end of the night, everyone has something different. Everyone has a unique end result, no matter how similar the paintings may look from afar. He loves that everyone becomes an artist, at least for a little while.
Art offered us one piece of advice for anyone looking to become an artist for more than our two or three hour painting classes. He tells us that the most important thing is to stick with it. Work on the things that you are good at and work on the things that you are not. Challenge yourself to try new things within the area that you enjoy working in and push yourself to become a little bit better every day.
Creating art is not something that you can perfect, he says. Just be an artist, and that’s all you need.