ART > onodream Press Proudly Presents THE BEATLES by Jacinto Guevara

When I was five, I trashed hundreds of drawings done in previous years. At age 11 I trashed hundreds of drawings done after age 5. My Ma was SO upset, she hid these last remaining sixty or so pieces. I didn't see them until I went through her personal belongings after she died.

Jacinto Guevara, 2014

onodream is proud to make these historical images available for the first time.

"My mother put crayons and paper in my hands within days of my birth. Every year in junior and high school I received summer scholarships to famous art schools in Los Angeles but frankly, I was bored by the approach.

90% of my "art" is the attitude that accepts ideas and pushes me to complete the creation of something that did not exist before. It is the driving force that makes me an artist and not an illustrator.

To tell the truth, I love architecture so much that when it is in great condition I don't feel a need to paint it. I look for old, rundown, forgotten places and paint everything around it; trash, overgrown plants, telephone poles/wires, and passersby. I equate my artwork with poetry, not commercial illustration. I endeavor to show the beauty in things that most people don't see."

Artist of urban landscapes and portraits from life, Jacinto Guevara began serious exploration of theme, materials and technique in Los Angeles, California around 1986 while living in the art district of downtown Los Angeles.

Of notable interest are his paintings of the now gone Temple-Beaudry neighborhood just northwest of downtown Los Angeles produced between 1987 and 1990. His first important exhibit was at the East Los Streetscapers Palmetto Gallery in 1990.

In 1992 Guevara moved to San Antonio, Texas and discovered new vistas of inspiration and also began portrait painting.

He returned to Los Angeles for a short visit in 2014 as two of his paintings were in a major group show highlighting the changing neigborhoods of downtown Los Angeles.

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