Erik Gonzalez is a graffiti artist and the founder of Tulare County’s Urbanists Collective art group. Before participating in a panel on how people in the Central Valley experience art today, he talked gardening, Banksy, and the game Othello in the Zócalo green room.
Where do you go to be alone?
My room. My studio space.
How would you describe your style?
I’m going to say undefinable, because I remember some time ago somebody commented on how they liked my style, and I was surprised by that reaction because I don’t feel like I have a style. It just comes out so naturally, you know?
What food are you most likely to binge eat?
Where would we find you at 9:00 on a typical Friday night?
At 9 p.m., I’m saying good night to my son, and then I’m heading back to the studio, getting work done. That’s when I’m getting started, 9 p.m.
What is your most prized material possession?
I think my art materials. I can’t think of one thing that stands out.
Is Banksy good for graffiti artists?
Yes and no. He plays an interesting role. I appreciate his work.
Where would you like to travel to next?
What’s the last board game you played?
Othello, a couple weeks ago.
What do you do to clear your mind?
Listen to music. Lately a lot of modern, future jazz.
What is the last habit you tried to kick?
I wanted to get into gardening, but I just don’t have time.