Exclusive Interview with artist Diego Marcial Rios!

Thanks for doing the interview Diego. Can you give the readers some background information about yourself?

Thanks for allowing me to be interviewed by you.  I am a fine artist. Many people know me as a political artist. I have been professionally creating art for publication since age eleven.

When did you decide to become an artist?

It was clear to me that I had to become an artist from age four.  I even remember the place and time. When I was four years-old my father took me to see the mural of José Clemente Orozco in Guadalajara, Mexico.  I saw his mural called “Man in Flames”.  The mural had a profound impact on my mind and spirit. I knew at that instant that I would become an artist. I would fight for social justice. 

How long have you been painting/drawing/etc?
Always. I have drawn and painted since I could hold art materials in my hands.

Do you do a lot of shows?
I have had art included in over 500 shows in a 30 year period.  I have had art shows from Japan to Bulgaria. I have illustrated books.  I have illustrated countless magazine articles.

What medium do you prefer to work in and how would you describe your artistic style?
I like to work in acrylics and woodcuts. My artistic style has been called surrealist / expressionist.

What inspires you?
Society, Politics and History

What are you currently working on?
I am creating a series of paintings that are critical of Donald Trump’s Administration.

What role does the artist have in society?
Communication of ideas 
Preservation of ideas 
Confirmation of ideas

What do you dislike about the art world?
Most artists are friggin wimps! Yup!

Most artists spend lots of time crying about things they do not have, or they want changed.  Basically, artists must get off their asses and make changes via hard work outside of “ just creating art”.

What makes you angry?
Social injustice. Donald Trump.

Is there a town or place in the world you consider inspiring?
All the same.

Can you give the readers your website so they can check you out…
Yes: diegomarcialrios.com .

Anything you’d like to add?
Yes! I know that times are very difficult now for many artists and non artists. Do not give up hope! Keep fighting for justice!