ARTIST Alberto Pacheco

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas in 1978 and grew up in the Texas -Mexico borderland. In thisregion I was surrounded by the desert and constant sunshine. Growing up in El Paso, I was exposed to American pop Culture and Mexican traditions. That said, there was always a sense of “other worldliness” to the older churches, neighborhoods and fluidity of the people crossing the border to work, shop or visit daily.

Later, a steady diet of comic books and “National Geographic” fueled my imagination. But I was also exposed to the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera early in my life. I pursued drawing and art with a passion from middle school through High School.

After high school I accepted an ROTC scholarship and earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Texas National Guard. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in art at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). At UTEP, I also met my wife, Jenny who is an artist in her own right and the best thing that happened to me. I took a brief break in art from 2004-2008. while I worked on my teaching certification and working several jobs. In 2008, I deployed to Kuwait and Iraq as part of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. When I
returned home in 2009, I had a renewed vigor to create art as well as build my family. In 2010, I came back on Active Duty and have made a point to participate in every art scene. New Orleans in particular was a break- out city for my art career. I created abstract oil paintings and was represented by the Lisa Victoria Gallery in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The Army then moved my family and I to The DC area. In Washington DC, a painting of mine was selected by the Historical Association of Washington DC for it show of  the local neighborhoods. From the DC Area, the Army Moved us to Camp Parks California, a small post in the Oakland East Bay area. While in the Bay area, I participated in several group shows in San Francisco. I am currently stationed at Fort Bragg and look forward to what I will create in North Carolina.