HUMAN OF THE WEEK ⋆ STEVE APARICIO
Although professing a creative streak from childhood, Steve never thought to explore art until his college years, whilst he was studying graphic design in university. Yet, Steve credits art with being a much needed outlet, after dropping out of college due to financial circumstances in 2014. Being academically driven, the loss of that focal point in his life robbed Steve of his direction and motivation, sending him into a downward spiral. After seeing the work of some artists, Steve felt the desire to draw. By the end of 2014, he decided to focus on making illustration his career, and started his instagram page, where his bold use of colors, shapes and linework soon drew clients from El Salvador, America, Spain and even Australia.
1. How did you develop such a unique and identifiable style? Has it always been this way?
From this, I started by integrating all the elements I liked about the work of my favorite artists, and gradually built towards a style that showcased my tastes and personality.
My work is full of textures and colors that contrast and fill each illustration with details. I get inspiration from the cultural and natural diversity of Latin America.
I think that style is something that can evolve and I like to try new things. So my style probably won't remain the same over the coming years.
2. What’s your favourite piece of work that you made? Tell us about it!
3. What’s your proudest moment or achievement in your career so far?
4. The characters you create are so full of personality, and so diverse in their traits. What inspires you to create them this way?
Beauty should not conform to a standard, nor should it be represented in just one way. I honestly have a lot to explore and show with my characters and work, and that motivates me to keep creating.
5. We love that you touch subtly on queer topics in many of your work, and the response has been largely positive! How does that make you feel?
6. What aspect of creating art do you value the most?
I think what I value most is the freedom it gives you to express your emotions and perspectives. It allows you to share with more people and find connections through that.
7. What do you hope to achieve with your work? Is there a message you want to spread?
I want to be real and honest and showcase that through my work. I want to express my feelings, and be a voice for the things I support. And I would like to be able to continue using my work to discuss issues related to inclusion and diversity. I think I still have a lot to show and represent.
8. Who are some artists/creatives that you follow or look up to?
You may find Steve Aparicio on Instagram at @steve_aparicio