bio / statement
Born on March 31, 1974 in Santa Cruz Amilpas, Oaxaca, Mexico
Initially Pedro Cruz Pacheco’s artistic training was self-taught; he has exhibited and sold his works in Labastida Plaza in downtown Oaxaca and has had eight years working in the workshop of master painter Felipe Morales.
Nació en 31 de marzo de 1974 en Santa Cruz Amilpas, Oaxaca, Mexico
Inicialmente su formacion artistica la tomo en forma libre y autodidacta; actualmente se encuentra exponiendo sus obras en el Parque Labastida y que tuvo ocho años en el taller del maestro Felipe Morales.
ARTIST STATEMENT / DECLARACION DEL ARTISTA
My painting is a reflection of my religious beliefs, my life as an adolescent, and working as a brick maker as a young boy. Surrounded by so much suffering, I looked to nature and spirituality for a sense of comfort. As a child, I was always watching every detail of the world. I loved the colors of the earth, the fine dust that comes from tree bark, the sand for making bricks and the faces of the ancestors that can be found in the thick adobe walls of my town. When I was working, I began to trace the faces and figures I saw in the humid earth as the heavy molds were lifted from the bricks. During the rainy season, I loved to watch the soft colors of the fish and tule plants below the surface of the pools of water.
Now I am grown and I see through the eyes of a man. But still, during the processions of the saints, I enjoy observing the characteristics of the elder people and the faith that shows in their faces. My village celebrates the Fiesta de La Santa Cruz on the 3rd of May. Every year I am moved by the parades of the faithful, passing with their giant lifelike puppets of paper and bamboo. I watch because the endless movements of their arms and the swaying dresses under which people are hidden, give life to the sculptures. I find inspiration in their painted eyes, looking steadily into the distance as if to be constantly moving forward. The trumpets, the drums get inside of me and make me a part of what is happening. When I hear them I come running to dance and listen. They vibrate inside of me. They give me a sense of peace and a calm hope.
Painting makes me feel myself. The angels that are depicted in my art serve as guides for the people, protecting them and standing watch over them, clearing the bad things from their path. The warm and dusky colors reflect the way I feel. The broom, the trees, the sun and moon are icons, as are eclipses and the calm mountains, painted in blues and dark greens, which reflect the endless peace of the immense blue sky.
Brickmaker by trade, Painter by true calling
Among the brick ovens, not only bricks are manufactured, but also dreams. In 1999, Pedro Cruz Pacheco, a native of Santa Cruz Amilpas (outside of the city of Oaxaca), began his artistic career in a brickworks, joining the art world by becoming a self-taught painter. “Previously I worked selling and making bricks, then I discovered the color – in the sawdust, in the mud of the brick – then the yard was my notebook, my sheet of paper. I grabbed a stick and began to scratch, and that’s how I started making my first work.”
Pedro was so fascinated by drawing that he began to investigate techniques and painters, taking as an example the master Rodolfo Morales (a famous Oaxacan painter). “Initially I started drawing faces…after I saw a painting by Rodolfo Morales, I said – wow! – look at how this man is painting hands and faces, then I started to improve.”
What characterizes Pacheco’s work is his watercolor technique, but he also creates works in oil. “I like watercolor because it gives momentary colors and I like these more; I can experiment with tones and create them just as I imagine them, and what I like most is dropping water, and following the path of the brush to draw the outline of each of the characters,” says the painter with eyes full of wonder.
Since there are few painters that implement the watercolor technique, Pedro has managed to distinguish himself, as his works not only capture his feeling, but all of a cultural heritage – painting the traditions and customs of the people – so this activity has become part of his very being. “Painting is a part of me, it’s simply the moment that I would like never to end, so I paint without stopping, because if I do, I’m not happy.”
– adapted from an article by Alexandra Zoolorio in Adiario, Oaxaca de Juárez, 11/27/08, Época II, Año 3, Número 914
Ladrillero de oficio, pintor de vocación
Entre los hornos no sólo se fabrican ladrillos, sino también sueños. Hace 9 años, Pedro Cruz Pacheco, originario de Santa Cruz Amilpas, comenzó su carrera artística en una ladrillera, convirtiéndose así en un autodidacta en el mundo del arte. “Anteriormente trabajaba vendiendo y fabricando ladrillos, ahí descubrí el color, en el aserrín, en la tierra del ladrillo, entonces el patio era mi cuaderno, mi hoja, agarraba una vara y comenzaba a rayar, y así fue cómo empecé a hacer mis primeros trabajos”, relata.
Pedro se apasionó tanto por el dibujo que comenzó a indagar sobre las técnicas y artistas de la pintura, tomando como ejemplo al maestro Rodolfo Morales. “Inicialmente comencé a dibujar rostros… tiempo después vi una pintura del señor Rodolfo Morales y dije ¡wow!, ya está este señor que pinta manos y caras, entonces comencé a perfeccionarme”, afirma Cruz Pacheco.
Lo que caracteriza la obra de Cruz Pacheco, es la utilización de la técnica de la acuarela, aunque también realiza trabajos en óleo. “La acuarela me gusta porque da colores momentáneos y me gustan más, puedo experimentar con los tonos y lograr crearlos tal cual me los imagino, y lo que más me gusta es dejar caer el agua, seguir la ruta del pincel hasta delinear el contorno de cada uno de los personajes”, relata el pintor con los ojos maravillados.
Siendo pocos los pintores que implementan la técnica de la acuarela, Pedro ha logrado destacarse, ya que en sus obras no sólo plasma su sentir, sino toda una herencia cultural, pintando tradiciones y costumbres de los pueblos, por ello esta actividad se ha convertido en parte de su ser. “La pintura es algo de mí, es simplemente el momento que quisiera que nunca terminara por eso pinto sin parar, porque si no lo hago, no soy feliz”, finaliza.