The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Roberto del Rio

From an interview recorded over the telephone from
Mexico City, March 25, 2012
Born 1981, Mexico City; lives in Mexico City

Figure 26. Roberto del Rio, Pinky Promise, 2010

Mixed media on canvas, 65" × 90"

Courtesy of Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston

Q Why did you tape your toys to the wall as a child?

A Where I used to live as a child there was a lot of construction taking place. They were building homes, and after the workers went home, I used to go into those houses and I started taping things and putting all my toys inside concrete walls. Specifically why?

I don’t know, but ever since I can recall, I’ve been doing that stuff.

Q How did that practice evolve into your current mixed-media work?

A It’s a pretty interesting question. Actually, it just like resuscitated after we moved into our Houston home a couple of years ago. Soon after we moved to Houston it just came back to me, I just felt like starting taping things again. And ever since—it’s been like three years now—I haven’t stopped gluing stuff on my paintings. All my paintings now have collage, and they have something that’s glued to them.

Q You attended film school in Mexico City. Are you a filmmaker?

A It used to be a hobby and then I went to film school. But I started realizing that what I really liked was set design. I was not that much involved in the filming process or the editing process. I didn’t like it that much; I did not like the timetable and the schedule they used. But I decided to start doing set design, so that’s when I just skipped film school and I started going to commercials, TV commercials, and I got involved in set design. And while being a set designer I started liking the painting process a lot more. That’s when I decided to become an artist.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
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  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
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  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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