In the artist’s studio – OutSmart Magazine

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Edgar Medina (courtesy photo)

Esince childhood, Edgar Medina has always been a creative person. Like most children, he loved coloring books and watercolors, a passion that eventually led him to take art classes in high school. But after graduating, he didn’t see art as something he could do for a living.

“I took trades courses to be a dental assistant, and I did it for about seven years,” he says. But he couldn’t deny the attraction to his creative side. “I wanted to do something with art. It has always been my passion, but I didn’t know where to start or what to do. I didn’t know I could make a successful career out of it until [I left my dental job]. “

He enrolled in classes at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as the Houston Community College, and began the march towards realizing his dream.

“I reduced my part-time work hours because I was showing my art in different places. It has become overwhelming to create art, to sell art and to make a living while taking classes. So I left school to pursue what has become my full-time passion, painting, ”he explains.

And he never looked back. Thirteen years after starting this business, he is busy running an art studio and building a dedicated client base.

“I like to think of my work as a fusion of my two cultures. I grew up in Mexico and I am inspired by my culture for the colors of my works. The abstract part of my work comes from the United States.

—Edgar Medina

Medina’s paintings are considered “contemporary abstracts” —expressive, full of vivid color and energy, and inspiring. He has created several series of paintings, each with a different take and imbued with positive messages that encourage self-confidence. Collectors are especially drawn to his summaries after he explained his inspiration and message behind each piece.

“I like to think of my work as a fusion of my two cultures. I grew up in Mexico and I am inspired by my culture for the colors of my works. When you think of Mexico, everything is very bright. The abstract part of my work comes from the United States – very bold, hopeful and inspiring, ”he notes.

Medina finds the creative spark of her art everywhere, with sunsets, oceans and landscapes being especially helpful in circulating her creative juice. “Whenever I travel to a new place, I take photos as inspiration for future work. Or when I’m outside, I take a photo of something random like a wall of graffiti or the line of Houston skyline.

Medina reviews these photos and mental images every time he begins a new painting. He goes through the colors in the images to start building the palette, then takes an organic approach letting the brush and tints direct his next moves.

This successful method can be seen in three series of paintings he’s currently working on, as well as his works on display around the city at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, Westin Houston Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion. at Memorial Hermann at Texas Medical Center. He has also presented works at art festivals in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Santa Fe. He recently performed at the Mexican Consulate in Houston.

In addition to painting commissioned pieces, Medina holds live painting sessions at charity events, where he typically finishes a painting in under three hours so it can be auctioned off. “Live paintings are a lot of fun. I don’t know how I do it, I would have liked to paint so quickly in the studio! It’s fun to create art in front of people. It gives me more energy, and I’m there for a purpose. I tell myself that I must finish because the painting will raise funds for an organization.

Despite the pressure of deadlines at these charity events, he enjoys mingling with the gala attendees during the process, as these people sometimes become his clients.

Giving back to the community is indeed one of Medina’s core values, and the reason he’s so excited about an ongoing project with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. “I’m granting a wish for a little girl in remission from cancer. Her only wish was to take art lessons with a successful artist so that she could learn and hopefully have a show in the future. I’m teaching him the art and the basics, and we’ll probably have an exhibition involving his work very soon, ”he says.

He’s also working on a new art exhibition he titled Resilience. “That’s something I thought about last year, with what we’ve all been through. I’m inspired for the show because I feel like all of our feelings are there right now. We go through so many emotions. It will mostly be about the feelings we go through in life and on our journey, and just because you are having a bad time doesn’t mean it will ruin your next day. Sometimes you have to struggle to realize how strong you really are. This is the inspiration for the show.

Medina also wants to show her works in other parts of the world. “Maybe my first goal should be to bring my work to my home country. I hope that my recent partnership with the Mexican consulate will open these doors,” he concludes.

For more information, visit medinaedgar.com and nativecitizen.com.

This article appears in the August 2021 issue of OutSmart magazine.

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