Introducing Hector Viramontes

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Hector is a multi-media painter who works in a loose painting style dealing with different moods and subject matter that spans life, sex, and death. His work was recently displayed at the Shortcut Gallery at Phoenix General in uptown Phoenix. Follow Hector on Instagram and view and purchase his work here. 

The night I met Hector, I found myself sprinting down a dimly lit street on a December night in Flagstaff, Arizona, and I didn’t have a care in the world. The year was 2016 and I had just consumed half of my very first Four Loko. This drunken night full of memories would blossom into 4 years of friendship. Early in 2019 I interviewed Hector for the first Digital Future zine and I asked what influences his body of work, he said, “I am very intrigued with the exploration of death and its accompanying symbols,” a curiosity that is prominent in his pieces. He and his partner, Kristen, are about to celebrate the 1st birthday of their son Louie so I caught back up with him to see if any of his themes or influences had evolved in fatherhood. 

“I’m thinking color. What colors are representative of the emotions I’m feeling at the time and how I can relate that emotion through color in my painting,” Hector says, going on to reflect on how his and Kristen’s priorities have changed since Louie entered the world. Hector likes to utilize his little free time to catch up on art culture, clothing, and music. He’s recently found inspiration in the work of Willem de Kooning, which he said challenges him to think outside the box in his own creative process. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Hector you can feel his very familiar energy in his work; it radiates with a welcoming spirit that wants you to stay and talk. When asked what message he wants to send with his work, he said, “to feel the emotion and to submit.”

Our full interview from last year can be read in the first issue of Digital Future here.

On April 16th I published a newsletter showcasing the talent of 3 artists from Phoenix, Arizona. I wanted to make these public to bring our efforts to a larger audience. Head over to our newsletter page to sign up so you don’t miss anything, they are sent out every Saturday morning at 12pm MST.

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