We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaac Pelayo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isaac, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Risks are the corner stone in every successful entrepreneurial endeavor. Without any risks, big wins would likely not exist. Making a decision that appears to be frightening and career threatening makes the game all more exciting and gratifying. It makes the life of an entrepreneur all the more difficult however, the victory is that much greater. If it were easy then everyone would be victorious. I have had to make many risks and will continue to do so. Some of which include investing large sums of my own money, which at the time seemed like money I shouldn’t have touched. Another example are times where I had a decision to do things alone with no help or guidance in order to achieve a goal. Perhaps one of the biggest risks I have made as a young dreamer thus far is dropping out of college and teaching myself what I know now. Some risks are greater than others. Some risks will seem so discouraging the thought of such a decision can make one queasy and ill. Risks are essential. For any aspiring entrepreneur and/or idealist.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work tends to be a reflection of my inner and outer self. I paint what I feel exactly how I feel it. I often paint my current state of mind and experiences. People continue to express the change in my work as growth takes its course. I try not to pay too much attention to anything but what it is that I’m creating. I’ll get a glimpse of the outside world but just enough to give me insight on whats currently happening in the art realm. I don’t like the wrong influence. I do pay much attention to history including masters of the classical age. I don’t mind their influence. Right now I’m most excited about the new collaborations and concepts for future large-scale works. I’ve gotten this far by hard work and persistence. It hasn’t been easy but the trials and tribulations have allowed me to learn more about the industry. I have had to dispense many partners, ideas, environment’s, and work places to reach the point at which I am currently at.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Galleries and museums. The first stop and forefront of my guide through Los Angeles. Gagosian, Jeffrey Deitch, The Broad, The Getty, LACMA, The Huntington, and Norton Simon. Not necessarily in that order. Places to eat? Has to be a mix of hole in the walls, food trucks, and restaurants of the upmost authenticity to angeleno living. My personal go to is La Maria, a small colombian diner in the heart of North Hollywood owned by some good friends of mine. Also happens to be right across from my mural of Kobe Bryant titled “SAINT KOBE”. I personally like to get drinks from places based on my mood. If I’m feeling socially driven and don’t mind a mixed crowd I might begin our night at El Tejano, great spot for a margarita, some tacos, and convos. On a more intimate night out which entails dancing with a friend I may go to Paloma or The Study. To hangout with my guest I may take her or him to some of the more touristy locations like Santa Monica or Downtown LA where its thriving with an eye full of sights and picture worthy moments.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are several individuals and groups who have been instrumental in my success thus far. Aside from the support of my parents Antonio Pelayo and Melissa Munoz, my immediate family, and close friends those who have helped my growth greatly include my collector and collaborator Westside Gunn who has put my name on a platform I certainly would not have been able to do so easily alone, writers such as Keith Estiler who has introduced my work to a large audience through a social media and web platform, the countless galleries, museums, and curators which have exhibited my work, my collectors who have collected my work, my good friend and collaborator Isaac Ruiz owner of The Silk Cloud Co who has helped me reach new audiences through clothing and merchandise, and recently the support of the tiktok supergroup SWAY HOUSE for trusting me to tattoo them. I continue to thank them all greatly.
Photos by Jacen Carpenter @misledreject and by Antonio Pelayo @antoniopelayo