CALEXICO – Local artist Manuel Mejia held his first art exhibition “Who Did This” with over 20 pieces of art on Monday, October 19 at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center.
Mejia, 19 years old was born in Mexicali and raised in Calexico. He recently graduated from Aurora High School and has been painting since the age of 13.
“I remember picking up a paint brush for the first time and splattering paint on a canvas and feeling inspired by what I was creating.” said Mejia. “My sister loved to paint and seeing her made me want to do the same, I can say she inspired me.”
Mejia also known as “Sunshine” was announced artist of the month for the month of October by the Calexico Arts Committee and was given the opportunity to expose his art solo.
“I am grateful that Sandra Tauler and Hildy Carillo are giving me this opportunity. I know this exhibit is going to open many doors, exposing my passion for street art,” said Mejia.
Mejia has displayed his art with other local artists at First Fridays in Brawley.
“I like that the artwork is unique. It has so much detail and expresses so much that it makes me feel like I know the artist through his paintings,” said Jonathan Favela.
A painting takes Mejia between 3 to 30 days to complete. Mejia has painted over 100 pieces ranging in different sizes and are available to purchase. Prices range from $70 to $300 depending on the size and time of completion.
“I encourage everyone who has this passion to never give up. Follow your dreams and your passion and someday doors will open your dreams will become a reality.”
Mejia wants his art to be known worldwide and hopes to hold another exhibit in the very near future.