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Meet Arturo Fresán

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arturo Fresán.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in México City, graduated from the arts and design faculty at UNAM, although, I have been drawing all my life; One of my earliest memories is the side view of the “Jaws” scene where the shark is eating the half of the boat. That’s a scene I’ve drawn a hundred times with bigger or smaller boats or sharks, floating limbs and all. Another obsession of mine is music. I have been playing in and out of touring bands and traveling across North America for shows.

Around ten years ago, I immigrated to the US and relocated to Chicago, during this time, I have worked on multiple series of paintings and had participated in multiple art shows and have had my work published sometimes, by itself and sometimes, alongside many talented artists and musicians.

For the past three years, I have been rehabbing a building that my partner and I bought which led to now owning my private studio but slowed down the art production, I’ve been working on two series; one being black and white line work and cross-hatch drawings while the other one is a more dynamic approach to representation and movement.

Please tell us about your art.
I draw and paint. I tend to have two main approaches and then veer towards an in-between depending on the project. On one side, it’s more illustrative, with very intricate line work, full of detail and forced perspectives, usually black and white. While the opposing method is the fine art approach, I have been studying the abstract – surreal, space and time approach, in which like a multi-shot picture, movement and abstraction of rigid shapes get a higher value. Regardless of the style, I also like to use the movement of the self within a determined area to change the shape of objects based on the projection of movement.

I like to work in series although I also do more illustrative/representational work on the regular. For the past couple of years, I started experimenting with abstraction from daily life events or memories from my childhood. I try to let people come up with their own interpretations. Some of my work becomes heavy and intricate, and people really surprise me when they weave their own experiences into it. Obviously, the experiences are far from similar but there is a sentiment shared and I think that’s what matters.

What you should get from it? A conscious time. I hope you get a time in your head in which you have peace, where you can get lost for three minutes on a shape or trying to find the little details.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
You’re going to be working all the time, you’re gonna miss a lot of parties, but if it’s something you love doing, it’s going to be awesome.

There are so many things I wish I knew before it’s embarrassing. I’ll just say, practice, sketch and clean up before and after every piece, and most importantly, finish it. leaving half process pieces around its a huge waste of time and money.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’m always open for commissions and to work with the customer to find the proper type of artwork and process for your needs. you can reach me at, where you can check out my different portfolios and webstore, there are original pieces alongside some prints and copies of musical releases that bear my work.

At the time of the interview, selected pieces of the “Ceremonias” and “Ritual Youth” will be on display at The Starlounge Coffee Bar during the month of October.

There is a new catalog coming out, the devil’s reign VI: All them Witches, published by Howl books and curated by Peter H. Gilmore, this is the 4th book in the series and the 3rd in which I’m featured, any of them is filled with some amazing creep/fantasy artwork.

You can also follow me on Instagram @arturofresan.

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