Angel Quesada [#ARTKUNGFU]
In Chinese, the word Kung Fu translates to “skill acquired by hard work.” Quesada’s longtime intimate connection to music, visual and martial arts has fundamentally influenced his approach to artmaking – thus, the street name “Artkungfu”. Much like Tai Chi, Quesada’s artworks strive to circulate energy and use rhythm, color and line in an exploration connecting aspects of nature, geometry, spirituality, mysticism, place-keeping and seeing expression by the human hand on our landscape.
He draws on his Texas roots and experiences as a Chicano/x artist to inform his choices for imagery. As a muralist, Quesada follows Tai Chi principles of posture, and movement to direct him while he works to merge the imagery with the geographic area. Memory and the way that the sun moves through the landscape, visibility and visceral impact of the way that the mural directs the audience’s eye and/or body- all simply a method to access the physical via art, the intangible.
Quesada believes that the beauty of our surroundings matters. Artwork can feed excitement about a place and celebrate the people who live there. The art is produced in a way that is spontaneous; it is informed by being in that place, as a response or a dialogue. Since his return to Texas in 2005, his home state, he has served as an artist (muralist), curator, exhibition designer and, arts administrator. He still practices Tai Chi.
Artist Statement Quesada believes that the beauty of our surroundings matters. Artwork can feed excitement about a place and celebrate the people who live there. The art made by him is produced in a spontaneous way; it is informed by being in that place, as a response or a dialogue.
Birthplace Laredo, texas
PO BOX 66003
East Side, Houston, TX 77266