Arturo Fresan

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


I was born in 1978 Mexico City, México. Now I live in Chicago Il.



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


I don't do pretty pictures, really, from the very beginning, my first drawings were not pretty, I was around 6, and obsessed with Jaws, I drew big sharks eating boats and people, then it would move onto dinosaurs fighting, always in a completely bi-dimensional way. Later in school I would get really bored and would draw on everything. Cartoons and comics were a huge inspiration at that moment and since then I just kept on drawing and eventually attended the ENAP-UNAM for a degree in illustration. Always aiming to capture more of the detail in decay and filth,. even when i do something not gross, there is always something dripping or flowing in a sludgy way.



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


Steve Caballero, Mike Vallely, Jamie Thomas, Rodney Mullen, Jeremy Klein, damn too many...
I did skate when I was a young teenager, not too crazy about it tho, I got much more into the music it brought with it into my life. Back in the day, skate was more closely related to punk and hardcore, it kind of went hand in hand, some hip hop and metal too. so not long after records were my priority and the deck was not. besides that, it's just something that has always been around me, in one way or another, you know? I used to worked at one when i was younger, I have a friend back in México who runs his own skateshop (E11even skateshop), DIY shows at spots with ramps or skateparks are common. I guess it comes with the territory.


Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 


Painters: Goya, Siqueiros, Orozco, Bosch, Kokoschka, Gustav Kandinsky, Posada, too many to just choose one.

Illustrators: Ralph Steadman, Pushead, Charles Burns, John Kricfalusi, Mike Giant



When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


drawing, tattooing, playing music, going to shows, Sometimes I work to the point of insanity. I play in Dirt Church and Street Creature, I work a lot with a Mal Viaje, a small label for punk, hardcore and anything in between, I also post stuff to killmonsterkill, some sort of webzine, with rants and photos. I'm art director for Flying Tiger Studio, a graphic design studio, I even draw while "watching" tv with my wife and sort of like that.



Who are your biggest influences?


As an Artist? I guess too many to mention, some have to do with topics and approach, some others to technique and some others to overall conceptualization. some of them are musicians, writers and philosophers, the constant would be more related to the intensity of their work.

In life? NO GODS! NO MASTERS!, hahaha. My Mother and my Wife are huge influences. besides that I like to live in the "underground" favoring many times basement and DIY shows over bigger venues, a lot of more creative type people dwell in there and that comes with it's advantages and disadvantages, it's raw, there is more room for experimentation. There is no marketing firm pushing this down your throat. it's like "organic" in an artistic way.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


Acrylics, watercolor, pencil, digital. et al.


Anything else you want to tell?


Thanks for reading, the space and the time. you can check more of my work by visiting ojodebruha or like it on Facebook or contact me directly by email, always open for commission, If you are in the Chicago Area, Visit Curly Tale Fine Art, its a great gallery, with great works by a lot of artists.