October 06, 2023
Eye Gato is a street artist from San Diego that identifies with the nature of cats. Images of the pyramids and the all-seeing eye are found in his pieces to create his persona Mr. Gato. The images... heavy eyes and a brooding stare. The eye has a representation in the pyramid as a reminder to be aware of your surroundings as our society moves towards a questionable dependance on our phones. Eye Gato has created a large body of work, stays active in his community and does everything from street art to gallery shows.
👁️"I started using the symbol of the eye to represent paying attention and being aware of your surroundings. Doing the street stuff, you're always looking around, you're always looking for a spot. I'm trying to catch everyone's eyes away from their cellphones. It's one of the epidemics, as useful as they are they are also not."🐈Mr. Gato on @methodmakers INTERVIEW
We were able to get an interview in with Mr. Gato and he shared some of his work with us 🙏
1. What got you into street art?
"Friends in the bay area started trading art tools with me and the rest is history."
2. Have you always done art?
"One of my fondest memories was drawing the Teenage Ninja Turtles on the wall next to my booger collection. I must have been 5 or six years old."
3. Have you taken any art classes or are you self-taught?
"I took a couple classes in college from drawing 101, soft sculpture, design and printmaking. Mainly I did a lot of experimenting on my free time."
4. Growing up did you have any favorite cartoons or comics?
"Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles, Space Jam, Batman, Pokémon, Adventure Time, Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac and Dragon Ball Z."
5. Is there a story behind your name/character?
"Eye Gato is a guardian who mainly takes care of all felines and watches over us when danger is around."
6. How do you stay motivated on your bad days?
"Try to turn negative energy into positive fuel to alchemized it into something creative."
7. Are there other artists, books, movies or sports that inspire you?
" Swampy, Gats, Remio, Skinner, Alex Pardee, Twist, Ghost Owl just to name a few."
"Try all mediums, mix all mediums, try everything and you'll find your voice."
Shout out to San Diego Street Document for this epic photo of Eye Gato below and for putting in the love for the community and culture!
More links and more interviews below:
EYE GATO - YouTube (The MethodMakers) Instagram: @Methodmakers
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