We had the good fortune of connecting with David Ocelotl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what do you attribute your success to?
What I create is 100% mine own and I believe in the energy it carries.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I became interested in art at the age of eleven by watching my brother draw for his high school class projects. My father was one the most creative people I ever met and often created what I consider folk art. There are many things that sparked my interest in murals and continue to do so but one of the most significant has to do with my heritage. My father is from Guanajuato and my mother from Jalisco. In my research of the Mexican mural movement, I discovered that Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato and Jose Clemente Orozco was born in Jalisco. This realization made me feel very connected and inspired about my heritage and I imagined as well as believed that mural painting or as least the energy of creativity comes from my ancestors and that both Rivera, Orozco must have felt the same way I do, and through our ancestral heritage, I believe we are all connected.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love nature so one of the first thoughts would be to take them on a hike in the mountains. I also love cooking outdoors so I would definitely have a bbq with mainly Mexican style food like carne asada, nopales, roasted corn and many different types of salsas to name a few. Take a walk in downtown Denver one night and check out some of nightlife maybe visit one of my favorite bars the Cruise Room as well as some of my favorite breweries like Raises. Visit the Denver Art Museum as well as Colorado History Museum and check out one of the new exhibits. Definitely stop by Hijos del Sol gift shop to support the Latino Cultural Arts Center. Lastly if there is time, visit the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland CO.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother and father. Jorge Garcia and Hermelinda Garcia. My wife Kasi Garcia and daughter Aiyana Garcia. Adrianna and Luis Abaca from Latino Cultural Arts Center.