“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” -Neil Gaiman
When Michael Esparza woke up a few days ago, he was not expecting to learn his artwork had gone viral. Currently, there are orders being placed throughout the US for his series, “Texas Restaurants”, which you can find on MeyouandArt. What makes these paintings so unique was the decision to place well-known restaurants, such as Whataburger, in the middle of the woods. One can only imagine getting that delicious #2 before walking a few feet away to sit by the lake!
Michael started drawing as a kid. When other kids needed help in art class, his name was the first one they’d call and he was always willing to help. He recalls a moment in his childhood when he obsessed about going to the moon, but his mom would not let him go out at night. Michael described how he’d sneak out of his house by creating stepping stones from books. Because the books were a part of his home, technically he was still in the house. Michael would then stack the books as high as he could so that he could reach for the moon, but no matter how many books he used, he could never reach. So, he commissioned a piece dedicated to his fascination with the moon.
Growing up he worked odd jobs, but art had always been his true calling. Michael decided to make his living creating art no matter what tried to get in the way. Not even a terrible accident, which left him with his mouth wired shut, could stop him from creating. Michael also remembers learning how make Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Since he was unable to do much during his recovery, he created paper cranes from anything he could find, including the medical bills being stuffed in his mailbox.
Once he was back on his feet, Michael decided that the best way to share his work was to anonymously place Origami Cranes throughout the city. He once hung a rather large Origami Crane on a bridge using a fish net. One day, he showed up not as the artist, but as an observer. An old man was staring up at the crane and couldn’t quite understand how, or why, it was up there. Michael could tell that the old man was astonished.
San Antonio showcases its art during events called First Friday and Second Saturday. Both of these days revolve around art and going to local events to help support the San Antonio arts community. Michael has been selling his art at these events for years. He got the idea for his latest piece, “In a room full of art, I’d still stare at you” while observing guys paying more attention to their phones than their dates!
Words cannot describe the beauty he has created and you have to check this out if you are in the San Antonio area. Located inside of the Flight Gallery, located at 112R, Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204, you’ll not only find great art to set your eyes on, but also some great restaurants in an area dubbed “Southtown”.