Roberto Salcido considers himself a painter and a craftsman. But Salcido’s paintings show there is much more to him. His paintings, which you can find on the walls of his Studio 312 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, show his art is more a commentary of the world around him.

Salcido studied art at Escuela de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad de Guadalajara in Jalisco, México from 1997 – 2002. In Guadalajara he witnessed terrible violence in the crowded city. Gangs and guns were not uncommon in the city of well over a million in western Mexico. And, he says, there were people everywhere with few open spaces.

Many of his paintings are a reflection of the violence in the crowded city known for Mariachi, Tequila, and Birria tacos. In one painting a baby’s head sits on the shoulders of a pumped-up body builder, an image Salcido says reminds him of men who thought they were big and strong but have the mind of a child. In another painting, a handgun replaced the head of a man in a suit and tie, reflection the violence found in unexpected places in his hometown.

When Salcido married and moved to the United States he was taken with the wide-open spaces filled with trees and animals. This connected with Salcido’s indigenous roots and he nutured his connection to Nature. Salcido enjoys spending time out in Nature, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Currently, Salcido is working on a collage of paintings showing the tension between day and night with indigenous symbolism, an exploration of his Mexican Indian heritage.