Black and white portraits of models

Interview with David Garza

By Michael Kaiser
Music Journalist

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with David Garza, a talented artist and student at Texas State. He has a double major in marketing and management and a minor in international business. He is also a director at BOKO, the Texas State Marketing Agency.

Garza said he first got into making art while he was living in a dorm at College Inn. He was bored one day, so he decided to go out and buy a bunch of different colored sticky notes. Then, Garza recreated The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh on the windows of his dorm. Since then, he has created a variety of impressive paintings. 

Kaiser: What is your creative process like? How do you typically go about creating your paintings?

Garza: Normally people have a specific picture or idea they want. I’ll either make the picture in my style or I’ll show them some concept ideas and they choose one, then I make a finalized digital image. I turn the digital image into a grid and copy each square of the grid onto canvas – it’s like making your own paint by numbers. Paintings can take anywhere from 30-46 hours. 

Kaiser: Do you name your paintings?

Garza: Nah, that’s corny as hell.

Kaiser: What kind of music do you like to listen to while you paint?

Garza: Latin music, lo-fi, electro swing, house, oldies. Whatever puts me in a good mood.

Kaiser: What do you dislike most about the art world?

Garza: That I can’t paint on walls. Other than that, there isn’t much to hate on. If you’re hating on art, you’re thinking about it too much.

Kaiser: What other hobbies do you have?

Garza: School and the marketing agency at school take up a lot of my time. I also work out, I like to read a lot, I’m trying to learn French and the piano. I want to learn how to make lo-fi beats for NFTs. I also have a website that I keep updated and advertise my art on.

Multiple paintings by David Garza
Photo via David Garza

Garza has been painting for about two years now and I have become a big fan of his art. He often works on multiple commissions at a time and is currently working on five new pieces.

He also designs tattoos and sells digital art, clothes, and canvas art on his website. To see more of his art and other designs, be sure to follow him on Instagram @david_garza18.

Featured Image by David Garza

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