ISAAC PIERRO American contemporary painter and tattoo artist San Francisco

February 2, 2018 by Laura Gomez


Isaac Pierro is an American contemporary painter and tattoo artist known for his vibrant and imagination taunting images. Traces of pop art and culture, cartoons, and video games, as well as tattoo art, can be found in his work. Pierro captures the fears, loves, hopes and games of his generation – and that may be the reason why his artwork is loved and praised among them. He is a Bay Area artist who grew up in Stockton,CA, moved to Hollywood for a while, where he exhibited and returned back home to settle and work.

It seems that most of his work is autobiographical and that every picture has a story behind it and a statement that comes from his past experience or future hopes. As well, Pierro’s honest approach can be traced to his Social Network accounts. It is the easiest way to contact this artist, view his work, and follow him. Namely, he uses his Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram account to promote and share his artwork, as well as to intertwine it with his most intimate personal experiences, thoughts, and emotions. In that way, he manages to validate and deepen the emotions and imagery of his pictures.

The Main Topics of Pierro’s Art:

Lonely robots, psychedelic imagery, cartoonish figures in twisted situations, haunting, seductive and dominant female characters all are constant motives in his work – and all depicted in vibrant colorful hues. Pierro’s work is usually based on topics like love, heartbreak, music, and drugs. A genuine approach without any pretentiousness on any level can be highlighted when talking about his artworks – a quality much appreciated and rare, as Megan Wolfe stated about his work regarding the exhibition Lethal Injection. It was an exhibition in 2012 held at the 111 Minna Gallery at which, with him, three more artists participated – Robert Bowen, Philip Lawson, Nicolas Giraud.

Artist who Portrays the Complexities od Modern Life:

Pierro’s work depicts conflicts and contradictions of contemporary feelings. His cartoon characters are often quite distorted or twisted, depressed and in pain, in dark and gloomy moods. But the vivid colors, motives of clouds, flowers, candies and hearts make a strong juxtaposition. It seems that Pierro manages to capture the complexity and multiplicity of modern American life and to reflect on its seriousness through pop and animated imagery.

Pierro lives and works in San Francisco.



Artist lnterview:

Name: Isaac Pierro
Age: I am an infinite being, but this body was born in 1978

Birthday: June 10, 1978?
College: None
Colour: All
Book: Big Book of Conspiracies

Movie: Star Wars, Time Traveler’s Wife, Back to the Future?Favorite Food: Beer

Quote: ” It took me four years to learn to paint like Raphael, but it took a lifetime to paint like a child.”- Picasso

For how long have been in art? How did you start? Since about five or six years old. I used to make my own toys, because my parents couldn’t afford to buy them. I knew how to work the VCR, and I would record G.I. Joe and pause it on my favorite character and draw them on the insides of cereal boxes, cut them out, color them in with my crayons, and then play with them as toys.

How would you define yourself as an artist? I don’t.

Would you tell us some things about yourself? Please include a few little known facts about you as well. “Time Traveler’s Wife” makes me cry every time.Tattoo is also one of my mediums.

What are you trying to communicate with your art? Love and Life.

?What art do you most identify with? Alex Grey, Salvador Dali

Why do you do … what you do? Because I have no other choice, I was born this way.

What does “being creative” mean to you? Being our natural selves. Opposite of working in a cubicle, working in a square. We are circular beings. Infinite 4foever.

Any shows, galleries, or publications where our readers can find your work? Stranger Factory, Albuquerque New Mexico, 111 Minna, Gallery San Francisco, California

How do you cultivate a collector base? I don’t, I just paint.

Which is your most cherished piece? I don’t have one cherished piece, but if I did have one that is the most personal to me, it would be the piece about me being torn between my Mother and my Father called “Purple Rain”. … it was my MOST honest.

If you had an exclusive collective exhibition with other artists work, who would you choose? Alive or Dead? Dali, Alex Grey, Doze Green, Ekundayo, Robert Bowen, and Picasso.

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? Depth.

What aspect of your work do you pay particular attention to? Emotion.

What Role does the artist have in society? The artist is involved in politics, love, procreation, nature, spirituality, connecting to the universe.

What is your most treasured memory? Putting the star on top of the Christmas tree with my Father and my Mother holding me up.

What for you is the most enjoyable part of your art? The flow…

What famous artists have influenced you, and how? Dali, and how he was able to make my feelings look real. And Daryl Desmond who taught me lighting.

What other interests do you have outside of art? Music,

Some short questions now:

more Colours: All. Never confine yourself to one certain way of being.

Textures: Whatever feels good.

Define your art: I’ll leave that up to you.

Describe your style: “Define yourself”… Define yourself, give your answer back to me, and that will be my answer.

Prizes: I didn’t get into this for prizes.

Art Fairs: Never done one.?

Museums: Never done one.

Cities: I love cities!

Travels: Vegas, New York, New Orleans, Mexico.

Artists: Dali, Picasso, Basquait

Music: Radiohead

Cars: 1965 Lincoln

Drones: What?

Mobile App: Instagram

You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today? Stranger Factory, Meow Wolf.

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? I wouldn’t be here.

What do you think about the art community and market? Those are two different questions. The art community is exactly that. A community where we all help each other out. We’re all artists. The market turns art into a commodity.

Should art be funded? Why? Yes, art should be funded. Because the creative minds of this world have created stoplights, rockets that go to the moon, gondolas, ships that have crossed oceans, and science. Why? Case in point. To further humanity.

Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? My latest pieces at Stranger Factory.

Who are the writer’s you admire the most? I don’t really read that much, but I do write.

What about architects and designers? I don’t really know any architects by name, but I do love art deco and art nouveau. Alphonse Mucha changed my life as much as Dali.

What else are you working on at the moment? Next projects? The future

Share something you would like the world to know about you? I would love for all of us to love each other with no judgement.

Define ‘Klassik International’ and MEDIA NEWS ‘Klassik Magazine international’ for the audience? “KLASSIK INTERNATIONAL” and MEDIA NEWS ‘KLASSIK MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL’ are a global digital plattform, an international communication platform, an international entity that actually listens to the artist. Awesome International Culture and Arts Influencer.