The “Track Light” series serves to briefly introduce a number of individuals involved
with the One World Artist Gallery (OWAG) from their various places around the globe.
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Today, I talk with Mexican street painter Angel Huerta Flores (Sirock).
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John: Hey, Angel! So first, tell us how you took the name “Sirock”.
Angel: Sirock was a nickname first created when I first started making graffiti six years ago. Over the years it’s evolved a bit.
John: Now, apart from your street painting, you’re actually a scientist, aren’t you?
Angel: Yes, I’m also an engineer in Biotechnology. I’m very passionate about science and technology and I like to read scientific articles about current events when I have free time.
John: So, how has your painting style developed since you really began with it in earnest six years ago?
Angel: At the beginning I leaned more towards graffiti since I was in an group of friends that were all graffiti artists, but little by little I learned more forms of expression. Out of that exploration came my interest in caricature and illustration.
John: Do you remember the first wall you painted?
Angel: Yes, it was near my house. I made it in the morning before going to high school… it was just some graffiti using my name Sirock.
John: Did you get formal art training from school or somewhere else?
Angel: My art techniques are mostly self-taught. Sometimes I attended a workshop where I could learn approaches to to making murals, but for the most part I’ve just learned by doing.
John: And which artists have influenced you the most in your own work?
Angel: There were several artists who inspired me to lean towards caricature during that time of development. Some of them were locals from Guadalajara (where I live), while others were national and international artists. Some of the most influential to me are Smithe from Mexico City, as well as GR170 from Spain and Bué The Warrior from Belgium.
John: Yeah… I can see that connection stylistically especially in the last two. I think there’s something in that vintage/retro cartoon style from the 1950s that has a playful, joyous vibe to it in your work as well as theirs.
Do you think a more playful approach to drawing (such as cartoons and caricature) can sometimes communicate better than a very serious or realistic approach?
Angel: Yeah, I think that cartoons will always be a good way of communicating information to the public since they can be understood in an instant by anyone.
John: Recently you painted a wall mural in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, during the time of an election. Unfortunately it was painted over for a political ad. That was just a coincidence, right? Is any of your work political in nature?
Angel: Yes, that was just a coincidence. There wasn’t enough space on the wall for both! My work rarely talks about politics. My work is more focused on joy, good times, and culture.
John: And what about sports… How do you feel Mexico did in this World Cup?
Angel: Well, I didn’t expect much from Mexico… we are better at other sports like basketball!
John: At least you made it to the cup this year! So, how can someone get in contact with you?
Angel: My official Facebook page is a good place to see my work and contact me.