Christian Ybarra is a contemporary surrealist painter from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, he is pursuing his Associate of Fine Arts, and will continue his arts education. His goal is to acquire a Bachelor's of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting. Ybarra in his adolescence, occasionally assisted his uncle, a local muralist, who took him under his wing, and showed him some tricks of the trade. His most acquired media is acrylic on canvas. He often employs very dark, intense color schemes and subject matter. His work often showcases a dry brush stroke technique, especially with figures and landscape. Ybarra, has assisted the local minneapolis art collective, Electric Machete. He has also collaborated with other local MN artists, as he continues to extend his networking and hone his craft.
Through a queer, black, chicano lense, I reach for inspiration from figures who were in the same boat, such as Frida Kahlo and Jean Michel Basquiat. In the same vein as those brilliant minds, my art comes from a place of suffering and deep, pensive sadness. A place of heavy contemplation, from all the injustices I've seen and experienced, it's hard, it's heavy, yet it's beautiful, it's honest, and it's tired. Escaping to a warped surreal universe, I let myself transcend and explore through bleak, open spaces, and heavily distorted subject matter, ala Francis Bacon. My ultimate goal in my art is to just educate the masses, and uplift my people in the spirit of those passionate, rebellious souls who were before me.