Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 24. Tato Caraveo.
Tato Caraveo has a few tricks up his sleeve.
While you can usually find the Phoenix native booking bands and artists at Lost Leaf, playing music in Sunorus (he and bandmate Eric Dahl opened the Roosevelt Row-adjacent art bar), or painting colorful murals and fine art works in his recognizable style, he says that some changes are in store. In the coming months he's expanding his creative style and working toward opening a new gallery and studio space.
"I'm currently working on a series of oil paintings in a more whimsical style, while waiting for the weather to cool to start a few mural commissions I have around the city," Caraveo, 40, says. "A big project I'm working on is a gallery/studio co-op with fellow artists JB Snyder, Mikey Jackson, Lalo Cota, Pablo Luna, Colton Brock, Frank Picazzo, and Joe Arvallo."
The artist says that the space is opening soon. Better keep your eyes peeled.
I was born and raised in Phoenix.
Painting for me is somewhat therapeutic and a constant learning process in both art and life.
I feel most productive when surrounded by like minded individuals who push me to paint more.
My inspiration wall is filled with empty frames waiting for paintings to fill them in.
I've learned most from repetition and patience.
Good work should always inspire others to evolve.
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The Phoenix creative scene could use more affordable housing for artists to reside in with studio space.
See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:
100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream 33. Nathan Blackwell 32. Carley Conder 31. Ben Willis 30. Nicole Michieli 29. Brian Cresson 28. Tyson Krank 27. Mikey Estes 26. Anwar Newton 25. Sarah "Saza" Dimmick