Originally from Mexico City, illustrator Kalegiro first connected with Helikon last year for Peopled Places. Since then, he became a member of the studio community here, continuing to create traditional and digital illustrations and now expanding into animation. Several of his pieces are currently featured in our main gallery show, Hometown Heroes. Below, meet Kalegiro through a few of our interview questions.

Helikon Gallery: Do you have a “day job” outside your art?

Kalegiro: I do! I work at an Apple store part time, and do Freelance art like Storyboards or sometimes concept art and UI for a couple of small video games 😀 

HG: What would you tell your younger self when you were first embarking on your artistic career?

K: I would tell him not to be so scared of color.

Queen and King

HG: How long do you usually take to complete a piece? Do you work on multiple pieces simultaneously?

K: It depends on the piece. I try to finish at least one painting each month, but with a tight deadline I can work on two or three every other week. Right now I’m working on the most I’ve done at a time (6).

HG: Do you listen to music/audio while you work or do you prefer to work in silence? Any bands or albums you’ve been enthralled by lately?

K: For the most part I’ll usually work in silence. I’ve never felt like I have enough attention span to focus on more than one thing at a time, but when I do need some noise around I’ll listen to some comedy radio. 

HG: Outside of the craft you are known for, do you pursue any other artistic endeavors?

K: I’m trying to get better at animating, especially 2D special effects. I was originally going to go to school for animation but ended up falling in love with painting and illustration.

Broken Dreams – Pilot

HG: What are you currently working on and what projects do you have coming up?

K:  I have a few fun projects in the works (other than paintings). I’ve been trying to finish designing a card game, and I’m currently in the middle of planning a short graphic novel. 

Thank you to Kalegiro for participating in our artist interview! See his work in Hometown Heroes, on view now through September 1st, as well as in his studio at Helikon. For more information visit http://kalegiro.com/.

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