Arts in Context

Austin artist makes waves by capturing life on both sides of the border

Austin artist makes waves capturing life on both sides of the border

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Austin artist Gerardo Arellano discusses his journey from being an undocumented immigrant to presenting his abstract art at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. He uniquely blends expressionism and pop art to create what he calls "Border Wave," a style of imagery that is influenced by life on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

KLRU PBS Arts in Context 2016 Two Sides of the Border Gerardo Arellano
"Abstract is the beginning of a soup of many cultures involved," says Arellano. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context 2016 Two Sides of the Border Gerardo Arellano
Gerardo Arellano calls his unique art style "Border Wave." Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context 2016 Two Sides of the Border Gerardo Arellano
Born in Mexico, the artist now lives in Austin. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context 2016 Two Sides of the Border Gerardo Arellano
KLRU PBS Arts in Context 2016 Two Sides of the Border Gerardo Arellano
KLRU PBS Arts in Context 2016 Two Sides of the Border Gerardo Arellano