Adrian De La Cruz

Portrait paintings


artist bio

Adrian De La Cruz is a self-taught painter living and working in San Antonio, Texas.  His work consists mostly of portraits some of which he creates spontaneously in public spaces. He has painted at the Briscoe museum, the St. Anthony Hotel, the AT&T center, the Alamodome, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  His game-for-anything approach, his ability to mix and match styles and references, and his tendency to insert pop culture icons into his work, all contribute to energetic and varied pieces that never feel like they sit too high up on a pedestal above the public.  These are fun and irreverent works that challenge the idea that portraiture need ever be boring.


Q & A


Where are you from, originally?

San Antonio, Texas. I come from the worst of circumstances. I didn't let that stop me, and it never will.


How did you first get interested in art?

It started with a work injury. I was out of work for close to a year, I couldn't walk . I picked up some canvases and 89 cent paint at walmart because I've heard painting passes time and helps you focus on what you are creating. After about 9 months, I decided to go full time. I don't regret my choice, and found that I love what I do. This is it for me.



Name one simple pleasure that brings you happiness.

Smelling means time to start something new.



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