Octavio, who is originally from Mexico City, can usually be found at his studio in South Fayetteville. Below are a few of his answers to questions we threw at him.
How would you describe your art?
My work is an exploration of a visual language seeking to understand and translate, in my own terms, my surroundings, my experience and myself. My art is a product of its time.
How does Fayetteville inspire you?
The potential. Fayetteville has the community, the vitality and the talent to grow a unique epicenter for arts and artists.
Where can people go in Fayetteville to experience more artists?
Fenix Fayetteville Gallery, Art Ventures, La La Land Gallery, The Local Color, Backspace
What’s your favorite meal/drink in Fayetteville?
Mimosa brunch at Nomads.
What’s the perfect day like in Fayetteville?
Morning coffee and reading at Arsaga’s at the Depot, then biking to Lake Fayetteville and surroundings with my sketchbook ready. Take your time to go to downtown Springdale and come back to enjoy First Thursday at the square.
What’s the most surprising thing about Fayetteville?
The nature. I’m amazed to have unexpected encounters with wild and beautiful fauna every time I’m outdoors.
What’s your go-to outdoorsy spot in Fayetteville?
The bike trails!
What are some of your other hobbies?
Nothing like reading graphic novels at the public library.
For the full Q&A with Octavio — including some of his favorite artists in Fayetteville — order a Visitor’s Guide online.