ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Mexicans have a unique relationship with death that can be difficult to understand for outsiders. For Antonio Vidal the ever-present reality of the inevitability of death was a constant companion growing up in the streets of Mexico City. He attributes the culture of intoxication among Mexican youth that he observed during his childhood as a coping mechanism for this truth. This, in addition to other experiences, observations and social critiques fuel his work.
Influenced by dangerous experiences while navigating the Guerrero Highlands in Mexico, painting for Vidal is the most beautiful form to create intimate documentation of life. Through his work Vidal searches for his own answers to the world’s incessant question of “but why?”.
Antonio showed early interest in the art expo world back home when he hosted his first exhibition in the game room of his aunt’s building in Mexico City. Now, Vidal resides in San Francisco perfecting his mastery of the brush at the California College of the Arts (CCA), where he’s had 2 exhibitions (the first year show and the NASAD accredited show). Vidal’s art has also been featured in several exhibitions in independent venues in San Francisco and has gained professional experience by working at Romer Young Gallery for a semester.
Antonio was awarded the Creative Achievement Award in 2016 and upon completion of this studies at CCA he will “continue to dedicate his life to creating”. If you want to learn more about Antonio and his art, please refer to the following links: