Victor Bugarin realized his love for art as a small child drawing stick figures and animals in the dirt. This passion only grew and developed over the last 29 years. Finding a great connection with his Native American heritage, he feels close to nature and most enjoys making art that captures the essence of animals and nature.
When asked about his creative process, Bugarin explained he does his best to depict the pictures that come to his mind, drawing inspiration from his culture as well as everyday life.
While paint and pencil are his favorite mediums to work with, Bugarin is very experimental with many other mediums as well. He sees art in objects others would overlook. He carves walking sticks from branches he finds while hiking. He also finds ways to repurpose household items into art instead of throwing them away.
Bugarin enjoys his job working for the Marysville Joint Unified School District with the Indian Education after school program, working with youth at the Allen Scott Center in the Archery program and helping to facilitate camping trips with the program. Bugarin is grateful for the opportunity to help pass his culture on to the youth.
He is currently working on his Bachelors degree; his future goals include getting his Masters degree and teaching art to children with learning disabilities.
When asked what advice he would pass on to young artists Bugarin said “Never let your imagination die. It doesn’t cost anything, and it never runs out.” He adds, “Draw from your real life. Bring the pictures in your mind to life through your art.”
Bugarin said “Art is a very personal thing it is my greatest honor to inspire others through my art.”