My work is inspired by the folklore I grew up with from listening to relatives tell their encounters with ghost, Lachusta sightings and the mystic beliefs practiced by my family alongside main stream religion. Along with my local culture I pull influences from the larger world, especially through the works of Joseph Campbell. Through his work, I rediscovered my spirituality and gained an appreciation for all the world’s great mythologies even the ones I grew up with but had long discarded. My work tells my own heroes journey relating my emotions to larger myths mixed with local folklore to create new stories. I use surrealism to get these stories across using my love of animals as my own personal symbolism.
Samuel Velasquez was born in 1985 and raised on the south side of San Antonio Texas. He attended Palo Alto College where he after discovering his love for painting, transferred to the University of Texas at San Antonio. There he refined his painting skills and along with a growing interest in the paranormal, mythology, psychedelic imagery and love of animals has shaped his current work. Since graduating from UTSA with a Bachelors in Fine Arts Samuel has continuously been part of numerous gallery exhibitions including several solo shows. Samuel currently teaches at the Southwest School of Art.