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Gil Vasquez

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Gilbert Vasquez is an accomplished artist of over 50 years in a wide variety of media that include: drawing, painting, illustration, murals, technical illustration, graphic design, web design, multimedia, animation, and woodcarving. He has also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton.

Gilbert, best known as Gil and the youngest of 10 children, was born in Santa Ana, California. His family was immersed in a rich environment filled with artistic and musical talents, and strong religious beliefs. One of his earliest memories is the pride he felt for his father’s expertise and skillset in the building trades, as well as for his mother’s pursuit in domestic crafts such as knitting, crocheting, and cooking.

Eager to explore all that was around him, Gilbert’s first introduction to the fine arts came before he was old enough to attend school. Looking through an encyclopedia set he found a black and white reproduction of Vincent Van Gough’s “Starry Night,” and never forgot the impact that the image had upon him. He remembers hoping, as he carefully studied the picture that someone would take him outdoors on the night that sky occurred, so he could see it with his own eyes.

From the ages of 6 to 12, Gilbert went to Catholic School, as it was his mother’s desire that he become a priest. But Gilbert realized at a young age that he had quite a different calling. When he was 14, his parents took him to Mexico City where he saw the murals

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