Arturo Padilla was Born in Juchipila, a small town in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, where he grew up among horses, cowboys, ranchers, and beautiful landscapes. He started painting at the young age of 10 years old inspired by his surroundings and the images of his childhood home. Padilla moved to Los Angeles at the age 17, where he continued to hone his artistic skills by painting alongside a group of renowned artists, including Lalo Garcia and Frank Martinez. Padilla’s paintings capture the beauty of the Wild West, and explore cowboys, ranchers, and Native American themes. His mentorship with Mark Maggiori has allowed him to continue expanding his innate talent and sense of realism in his paintings of the contemporary western world and its landscapes.
My goal as an artist is not to reproduce reality, but to recreate the reality that still exists in this world. For me, painting is the only way to be able to express to the world the moments that are sometimes forgotten over time, that the world that surrounds us is still beautiful, it’s just a matter of stopping and seeing it.