We had the good fortune of connecting with Roots Art Kollective and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roots Art Kollective, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Sometime it seems if you want something to change in your community or if you want to see something then you must take the initiative. The idea was to express ourselves and “take things into our own hands”. To get paid doing murals feels amazing especially when you can create something that brings positivity to a space.
The idea was to revitalize neighborhoods and replace blank grey walls with patterns, colors, and positivity. To continue to do that long term we need to find a way to make a business out of it and keep finding funding sources.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are the Roots Art Kollective, composed of three Mexican American artists Miguel Galaz, Alan Ochoa, and Luis Novoa. Our mission is to expand public art to create vibrant environments that allow the public to learn and connect to the cultures that enrich our communities. The collective began painting murals in 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. With murals and public art, we have seen that a spark of creativity can act as a way to construct different worlds of perspective. We believe that using art can redefine the cultural spaces that we embody through the use of symbols such as calligraphy, colors, and patterns to represent our cultural quilt. The RAK is highly influenced by the natural world and our indigenous roots, often using organic geometry and symmetry to create balance and a feeling of familiarity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Visiting Fisher Brewery is a must. This is the local brewery in which we eat, drink, and plot. You can find local artist, creators, and simply some good ol’ regulars that have great stories. We would have to check out the Utah Museum of Fine Art. The Roots Art Kollective have an exhibit currently showing at the museum. It is a mural show. We are super proud to have been able to collaborate with the UMFA. It’s a great honor for us to be a part of the art and mural movement going on in Salt Lake City right now,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is an awesome way to give people their flowers. The Roots Art Kollective has gotten a lot of support form local Utah artists and institutions. We want to highlight the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Arts for opening their institutions to put murals on their walls. This was a great way to highlight the mural movement that is sweeping across Utah. Thank you to them and for believing in what we do. Thank you to all of the people who have shown us love and support. We truly appreciate it. It keeps us pushing ourselves and we love being able to create community through our murals.