An Anthropologist and an Artist walk into a bar...

I’ve known Julian Gardea for about three years. We worked together at a science museum trying to educate the general public about complex science theories. Through severed fingers, tornadoes, blue polos, and happy hour discussions about rose buds--we survived and stay in touch, even after he moved to Austin, TX. In the time since we first met, Julian has been hustling away. He is constantly creating and photographing the world around him and finding new and unique ways to put his art in you hands. After several threats of blackmail, Julian finally agreed to an interview.  

What is your Favorite Ice Cream?

JG: I actually don't have one! But I'm pretty open to trying anything! But if I had to choose one, Licks Ice Cream here in Austin has this really interesting flavor called BEET ROOT. Pretty delicious, don't knock it till you try it! Whenever I go there, I always get a scoop of that and, I ask them to surprise me with what ever flavor they recommend for the second and third scoop.

At what age did you accept your craft?

JG: That I am not sure, I know I decided to paint during college and started photography in 2010.

Did you go to school to learn this skill?

JG: No, I did not. I actually honed in my skill after taking a job at an Auction House as a product photographer with very little experience. My first exposure to professional photography was when I working as a Collections Assistant to the Anthropology department at the Iziko: South African Museum and Planetarium in Cape Town. There I was responsible in photographing and cataloging artifacts that included jewelry, weapons, rock art, rock art paintings and even human remains!

Do you have a studio (or similar) that you work out of?

JG: Does the living room count?


Do you have a community of fellow weirdos that you look to for support?

JG: Well I live in Austin. So the entire city is filled with artists and fellow weirdos for inspiration. Happy Hours, concerts and the local art galleries work really well to meet new people and to look for that support. I have worked with and met sculptors, illustrators, photographers, poets and musicians. And I'm still meeting new people who use techniques in their work that is not of the norm. Which only inspires me try or approach the idea in a different perspective when it comes to my own work.

How do you support your creative pursuit financially?

JG: I work as a Product Photographer for an online auction business.

Are there any published articles/videos of you?

JG: I was published in Original Domain magazine in 2014. I also did the cover art for a book of poetry written by Malcolm O. Varner from Dallas in that same year. I was also featured in Dallas' Talent magazine & Addison's Talent Magazine. Here in Austin, I was published with Free Rent Zine.

Anything else of noteworthy qualities or facts worth mentioning?

JG: Besides selling my work as prints, you can actually find my work on fashion apparel on the website Print All Over Me. This includes tshirts, bodycon dresses and so much more. In addition, I thought at one point of my life I can try being a writer. But that did not work out at all. However, I'm glad I pushed myself to even try and get my vision down as words and get it self published. You can actually find two of my books on Amazon for 99 cents! Just like art - it's a very competitive world. And if you believe in yourself and the work you do and get your vision out there for everyone to see or even read. Whether someone buys it or not, it doesn't matter. As long as you can complete something and it moves not only your audience but yourself as a person.Then you are doing just fine as an artist!

Favorite Ice Cream: 

Roasted Beet Ice Cream Julian Gardea

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Print All Over Me (art you wear)
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Writer, sculptor, video editor, amateur electrician and art handler. I also own and operate a petting zoo.