Monday's Feature: Robert Trujillo

Meet Robert Trujillo.


AE:  Who are you?   
RT:  My name is Robert Trujillo and I sometimes go by the name "Tres". I'm a visual artist from Oakland California.I am a man of color, a father, a music lover, and a lover of solutions to challenges.

AE:  What is it that you do/make? 
RT:  I have taken on a lot of titles over the years. Most recently illustrator and muralist, but I'm feeling more like a storyteller lately. I tell my stories on walls, paper, and other things. When I do illustration or crafty stuff like light switch plates I often work alone, but when I paint murals I paint them with my crew, The Trust Your Struggle Collective. Besides that, I make little things on my Etsy store to sell.

AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
RT: I have been doing artwork for a long time, since childhood. But I started to take my mural/illustration work very serious within the last 10 years. I started as a little kid making drawing, then I became a teenager obsessed with Graffiti art. Then, I began to fuse the idea of figures, letters, and political messages into my work in my early twenties. Throughout my mid twenties I became very interested in stories that not only featured people of color, but told stories that had yet to be told.

My motivation for doing what I do is kind of spiritual at times. I practice my art, I believe in it deeply.It brings my solace, happiness, strength, and a voice that cant always speak with words. I like to paint murals or large pieces because it its free to the viewer; anyone can come and see it just by walking by. And if a person really appreciates it, they'll tell you so. That motivates me. I'm also greatly motivated by telling stories about my life and from my imagination. If i'm not careful, I can get caught up in a "reactive" , responsive, or frustrated state when it comes to the state of storytelling in book, animation, or film format. So instead of complaining or highlighting what is "bad", I want to imagine the world I want to see, and show it to anyone who will listen.

AE:  Where can we find your work? 
RT:  If you type in my name and the words illustration, art, or murals my work should come up. If you're in the Bay Area, I can show you more living breathing examples though. 

AE:  What is your website/contact information? 
my portfolio is at
my blog is at
or you can email me 

Robert's work is absolutely amazing, and I can't wait to get my very own light switch plates.  Please give Robert your support by visiting any of his sites.  :-)

Peace & Love,

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