“At the end of the day you better have something to show, because sh*ts not going to make itself”
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reyes Padilla currently lives and works in Albuquerque. When Reyes began creating works at the age of 15, it was done through the influence of music. He learned to play guitar and started to compose songs. Without music, he believes paintings would be very different. “Between composing and painting I realized that I am blessed with a common condition known as synesthesia, which allows me to visualize sounds represented by color and shape and vice versa. The music I listen to while I paint greatly influences the outcome of each painting.” Reyes has also stated that another great influence on his work is his colorblindness, which forces him to use high contrasting colors.
In this talk, Reyes discusses the reality of working full-time as an artist, as well as how synesthesia and colorblindness changes the reality of art for him.