Art on wheels
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Thanks to 34-year-old sanmiguelense artist Santiago San Miguel, Mexican art and folklore have taken to the streets.
At the age of 10, San Miguel became interested in painting and made contact with a landscape artist, who taught him to understand and mix colors in landscapes. When San Miguel was 14 years old, he felt like he had the capacity to create and sell his own work, which apart from landscapes included elements of Mexican folklore. His inspiration is based on memories, experiences and new ideas.
Coming from a family with low income, Santiago could not take more classes to improve his technique, but he got a job in a bazaar, decorating antiques. He worked there for several years until he decided to open his own shop.
Santiago said that he paints everything from landscapes to sacred art, but the most important for him is Mexican folklore. He commented that he is just another unknown artist, but he has painted murals in a restaurant (Ché Boludo) in Mexico City and in Chiapas.
His most recent project is called Arte sobre ruedas (Art on wheels), a truck completely decorated with catrinas, charros, images of Frida Kahlo and elderly people from Michoacán, flowers, and village scenes. The project was conceived, according to the artist, with the idea of making art more accessible. San Miguel also exhibits his work in Galería México Lindo, on the road to Dolores, across from La Candelaria. To contact him, call 415-117-1107.