Eusebio Travis Sevilla is an artist and educator living in San Diego California. A lifelong artist, Travis attended Art Center in Pasadena CA, received his BFA in Sculpture and New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design, and his MFA in Studio Art from University of California Irvine. An artist who likes to work in a variety of mediums Travis works to incorporate his passion for the outdoors and the environment into his work whenever possible. Travis has had roles as a designer, art director and fabricator for numerous projects, and has experience curating exhibitions. He is represented by ArtHatch Gallery in Escondido California.
Name: Eusebio Travis Sevilla
College: Art Center College of Art and Design, Otis College of Art and Design, University of California Irvine
Book: “Tell me how long the trains’ been gone” James Baldwin
Movie: Can’t even begin to answer that
Food: Can’t even begin to answer this but if pressed maybe a good baja style burrito
Quote: “how you do anything is how you do everything”
For how long have been in art? How did you start? I have been making art and things since as far back as I can remember. I am pretty sure my first foray was coloring a chicken in a coloring book and making one of its legs silver.
How would you define yourself as an artist? I am a multi-discipline artist and designer. Lately though, lots of fun little paintings of robots.
Would you tell us some things about yourself? Please include a few little known facts about you as well. I was born on an army base in Germany, and I train a lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am also a teacher and work to help students develop as designers and visual thinkers. On top of that I am the father to two rambunctious boys.
Where do you find inspiration? In nature, in the news, in art history, and through working
What are you trying to communicate with your art? with the series of robots it started as this idea that we as humans would develop AI and that long after we are gone the AI would develop a love of the environment and protecting it. They would look at it so much that they would become part of nature since time would not matter to the AI so it could enjoy the nature for eternity.
What art do you most identify with? despite the paintings I make and the graphic design stuff, I actually really align myself with the performative work of groups like FLUXUS
Why do you do … what you do? I love to see what I can communicate to the world. And I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t make things.
What does “being creative” mean to you? Being able to see alternative ways to understand the world around us and articulating that.
Any shows, galleries, or publications where our readers can find your work? I show periodically at Distinction Gallery in Escondido California. Having moved to San Diego a lot of the work I do is more commercial and ends up all over on T shirts, Stickers, logo designs etc.
How do you cultivate a collector base? I have never really put too much energy into that. However, with the small paintings the gallery has managed to find homes for a lot of the work.
If you had an exclusive collective exhibition with other artists work, who would you choose? Greg Simkins for a painting show because I am alway in awe of what he is able to do with paint.
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? I think the robot pieces have some childlike charm coupled with some melancholy that resonates with people.
What aspect of your work do you pay particular attention to? I get obsessed with small detail in paintings. Sometimes to my own detriment.
What Role does the artist have in society? They are the visual thinkers for the culture. They are the documentarians, and interpreters of truths.
What is your most treasured memory? Becoming a Father
What for you is the most enjoyable part of your art? The flow state that can be reached when I am really in the zone making things. And I love the problem solving of design.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how? Matthew Barney for the audacity to do the Cremaster Films, Basquiat for bridging the street with the gallery, and despite not being one myself, I love the technically perfect work of most famous painters like Rembrandt etc.
What other interests do you have outside of art? Spending time with my kids, getting into nature and I am obsessed with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and with Coffee.
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today? I try to get to museums and galleries whenever I can. Being in San Diego limits that to a small extent vs living in Los Angeles. And I consume films in any form I can but prefer the actual act of going to the cinema.
What do you think about the art community and market? Should art be funded? Why? As an arts teacher and an artist…YES! It is vital for culture and for the development of young people into well rounded humans.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? Co-Curating a small video program for LACMA and the performance video work I have done for Irrational Exhibitions at Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles.
Who are the writer’s you admire the most? James Baldwin
What about architects and designers? This list is a bit too long to put down, but I love the work of the mid century Case Study architects and the work they did in LA in the 50’s and 60’s. The Eames’ for the innovation they embodied in their work shop. And one of my school-mates Daniel Stromborg for his clean aesthetic and hard work.
What else are you working on at the moment? Next projects? I have a charity show I am painting for coming up at Arthatch. Myself and about 20 other artist make work for 24 hours straight to raise money for a Teen Non-Profit arts program.
Define “Klassik Magazine” for the audience? Vital for art, culture and international interviewees.
Eusebio Travis Sevilla
Visual Arts and Design Teacher
Canyon Crest Academy
Academic Support Provider
School of Teacher Education
San Diego State University