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DRIGO
Dallas Student  Artist
Eric “Drigo” Rodriguez’s creative journey began in an unexpected way. “My very first introduction to art was skateboarding and skate culture – from drawing on my grip tape to drawing on my homie’s tape.” In high school it started with doodles, but then, “I found paint, and that was that.”
Drigo is currently studying graphic design at Collin College in Dallas and deals with the financial obstacles that come with being a student. “I think that’s what a lot of people struggle with as young artists. You have to balance the jobs you choose to take on with what you’re doing creatively, but not giveup your creative vision. You stay true to yourself, and make sure it isn’t just because you’ve got to pay the bills.”
Drigo has been fortunate to find jobs that align with his vision. His work features a lot of regional influence, from heritage to nature. “My mom migrated from Mexico when she was a teenager. It plays a big role as far as the palette, flora, and cactus [in my art]. Also, I think Dallas is a more colorful place than people may think, and that ties everything together for me.” He finds added inspiration from the people. “There’s a lot of hard-working people pushing the boundaries here, especially creatively.”
“I want to continue collaborating with like-minded people and push my work. I aspire to encourage people to see how simple life can really be.”

His most recent piece, displayed on a billboard at Main Street and South Pearl Expressway, showcases the thought put into his work. “The first step was what would translate well to the people of Dallas. A lot of people think of Dallas and think of cowboy hats, the teams, and all that stuff. I wanted to think of it from the people’s perspective here today.” That perspective included nature, as well as the culture, history, and community that is important to Dallas.

With several pieces already on display around the city, Drigo has his sights set on more. “I want to continue collaborating with like-minded people and push my work. I aspire to encourage people to see how simple life can really be. To be more about nature. To be more about love and passion rather than materialism. That’s what my work speaks about the most.”

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