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Spend any time south of the border and it’s impossible not to notice some of the most amazing street art of anywhere you’ve traveled. Mexico is known to be a street art destination, but in Baja specifically, you see vast corridors of vibrant colors and intricate designs that truly wow the senses. Pieces here are typically inspired by any number influences whether that be political, natural or simply self expression.

 

During our travels to Baja, we have been fortunate enough to meet and interact with a few of the amazing artists proudly displaying their work on the streets of Rosarito, Tijuana, Ensenada and all throughout Baja. One of these encounters brought us to Christopher Delgadillo–better known as Dual.

Dual has been creating these beautiful masterpieces since 1998 and is part of the HEM (Hecho en Mexico) street art crew. Due to his popularity and talent, Dual has been commissioned for pieces as well. We caught up with Dual to ask him a few questions about his work and his inspirations. Take some time and get to know the man behind the art.

 

Calibaja: He visto tu trabajo y soy un gran admirador. ¿A quién acreditarías como tu influencia para tu arte? 

Dual: la naturaleza a sido mi principal influencia,pienso en como esta conectado todo entre sí y como le debemos respeto y admiración!

al principio mis influencias fueron todas las paredes que tuvieran algún graffiti, en donde quiera que estuvieran, camino a la escuela, camino a casa o adonde quiera que fuera!

 

Calibaja: Me gustan especialmente los pájaros y las flores, pero también todos los otros temas en su
arte. Me gusta el contraste de bellos animales de colores brillantes en paredes que normalmente serían aburridas. ¿Por qué los animales suelen ser el tema de tu arte?

Dual: por que ellos son parte importante para el funcionamiento del mundo y la vida, y considero que por ellos tenemos un lugar en el mundo, ellos trabajan para que todo funcione en equilibrio y nosotros solo nos dedicamos a romper esa cadena de la que ellos son parte.

En Baja California alrededor del 70%  de la gente que vive aquí son originarios de otros estados del país o vienen de otros países, así que por medio de mis murales trato de enviarles un mensaje sobre el sentido de pertenencia de esta tierra y sobre nuestras riquezas naturales y todo lo que debemos cuidar.

 

Calibaja: Cuando comenzaste a crear arte, ¿esperabas ser reconocido por tu trabajo? ¿Qué nivel de reconocimiento te gustaría alcanzar?

Dual: crecer y mejorar es parte de esto, el nivel que me gustaría alcanzar creo que ni mi mente me podría decir ahora, estoy en un constante aprendizaje dia a dia tratando de ser mejor, siempre se aprende algo nuevo asi que diria que nunca terminare de aprender!

 

Calibaja: Si hay algo que nos puede decir que personifica la cultura/escena del arte callejero de Baja California, ¿qué es? ¿Cómo es diferente (o lo mismo)?

Dual: pienso que lo que puede diferenciar el arte urbano de baja california es la frontera, el hecho de vivir en un constante tránsito de culturas e información, nos da un amplio panorama sobre nuevas ideas y tendencias en el arte en general.

 

Translated via Google Translate:

CaliBaja: We’ve seen much your work and are huge fans. Who would you credit as your influence for your art?

Dual: Nature has been my main influence, I think about how everything is connected to each other and how we owe respect and admiration!

At first my influences were all the walls that had some graffiti, wherever they were, on the way to school, on the way home or wherever it was!

 

 

CaliBaja: We especially like the pieces with birds and flowers and all of the natural subjects of your art.  The contrast of these beautiful bright colored animals on walls that would typically be left bare brings such life to an atmosphere that would otherwise be boring. What brought you to choose animals as the typical centerpiece of your art?

Dual: Because they are an important part for the functioning of the world and life and I consider that for them we have a place in the world, they work so that everything works in balance and we only dedicate ourselves to breaking that chain of which they are part. In Baja California around 70 percent of the people who live here are from other states of the country or come from other countries, so through my murals I try to send them a message about the sense of belonging of this land and about our natural riches and everything we must take care of.

 

CaliBaja: When you started creating art, did you expect to be recognized by your work? What level would you like to achieve to?

Dual: Grow and improve is part of this, the level that I would like to achieve I think that even my mind could not tell me now, I am constantly learning every day trying to be better, always learn something new so I would say that I will never finish learning!

 

CaliBaja: If there is anything you can tell us that epitomizes the culture of the Baja street art scene/culture, what is it? How is it different (or the same)?

Dual: I think that what can differentiate the urban art of Baja California is the border, the fact of living in a constant transit of cultures and information, gives us a broad panorama about new ideas and trends in art in general.

 

To check out more of Dual’s work, find him on Facebook

 

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