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Souther Salazar's 'Make(ing) It Real'

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Souther Salazar has a BFA from Art Center and is an Echo Park resident who paints amazingly detailed and beautiful paintings, but with a child like innocence . He has a solo show called 'Make It Real' at GR2 which opens this Saturday, from 6:30 - 10PM.
I had a nice little e-mail chat with Souther recently, and this is what he had to say about himself, his upcoming show, and his favorite place to eat in LA.

1) Could you give the me the abbreviated story of your life so far? Like if you had to sum yourself up on the back of a cereal box.

Born with a hole in my chest and raised near a chocolate factory in the cowboy capital of the world, grew up loving to draw, read, ride bikes and climb trees, took care of many cats, studied architecture and art, made lots of zines, some comics, filled many sketchbooks and gallery walls, enjoy traveling and wandering and exploring nature.

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2) What inspires you in your day to day life, and what inspired the show your upcoming show at Giant Robot?

I try to collect and surround myself with things I can only describe as 'constructive.' That means friends, music, books, and adventures... I like watching someone pull something amazing and special out of this big messed up world. For this show, I had a lot of ideas swimming around my head... I was thinking a lot about the act of realization, what it means to take your dreams and make them real. Usually I just start making things without planning too much, and what happens happens. This time, I went on a long drive, and I brought a recorder and just started out by describing things into it. Memories, ideas, scenes going on in my imagination. When I got home, I wrote it all down, and turned it into the 6 paintings for this show.

Keep reading under the cut for the rest of the interview and more of his rad paintings!