Guillermo Munro "memuco", born in Monterey Park CA, and has lived most of his life between Mexico and the US.
My current artwork is divided in many passions, but they all converge at one point. They are things I love, and things that concern me: First the environment; I paint on whatever I can find but specially cardboard, this way I can give a tree that was one day a home to animals a second chance, by not letting it go to waste and making it into something somebody can have in their home and enjoy.
I have been working as a Visual Journalist, creating graphics on an extensive number of subjects, explaining how things happen. I started to incorporate these facts into some of my paintings after researching further, especially the ones on endangered species.
The other visible element is a gas mask. I started using them after September 11th, when the world was going to hell for a few months, after the anthrax scare, the inevitable new attack. The mask became my symbol to try to get away and breathe another air. I did not want to be part the invasions to other countries. The political scene was frustrating to me. The environment and animals where deteriorating at an alarming rate (and still are). The gas mask came in to escape, not to flee.
A new character in my body of work is a female that I call "The silent one". She is the daughter of "La Catrina", and was given the duty to go around the world, taking all animals who are endangered. She spends hours or days playing with them, and only after she makes sure they are happy, she puts them to "sleep".