Beto a.k.a "Deckstah" or "Dec" is the latest artist to have an exhibit at the Dream Chasers Club Gallery located in downtown El Paso. A native El Pasoan and art lover, "Dec" has been painting for as long as he can remember. When asked, he could not recall exactly what lead him to do art, but he say it was something that he knew he wanted to do and it is something that came natural to him. However, "Dec" did mention that as he got older he did become more influenced by other people and that was when he started to take his art more seriously. "Maybe not as an artist doing shows or commissions like I do today, but more as just wanting to get better and develop as an artist by trying new methods and techniques." No matter what was going in his life, he mentions that art was something that he continued to do. "It was always in the back of my mind and every opportunity or free time I had I dedicated it to developing myself as an artist, especially these last 5-7 years. So its really been something that has just been in me."
From Beto's love of art came many things like his nickname. "My actual name is "Dec", but Deckstah has also been a name people have called me. I have used the name Dec since the early 90's during my graffiti years, which stands for "Destroy Every City". It was just my mentality in those days to where I wanted to paint the world." He added that he still continues to graffiti, however, the difference is that he gets permission beforehand.
For those of you that are not familiar with "Dec's" work, it is very colorful and very geometric like shown the pictures below. I asked him how he came about developing his style and his reasoning behind it. His response to that was, "I have always been intrigued by shapes, colors, lines, and how they fit together so I was always messing around and experiemnting as to how I could put all these different aspects together, but I would have to say maybe the last 8 years is when I developed the form of art I do now. It really came about by trial and error, experimenting, as well as inspiration from other artists, but I think I still have more to offer and I think I am still developing this style of art. There is still much I want to do with it." He added that besides improving his art, he hopes to reach larger audiences. "I do plan on creating a website pretty soon with products and new paintings, but at the moment Im just embracing everything that has and is coming my way. Im just happy and living in the moment right now and it feels pretty good."
As a final thought, "Dec" wanted to thank Desert of my Eye and added, "a big thank you to my family, my cousin Tito for believing in me, Jam at Dreamchasers for pushing me, and the whole camp at the Kalavera shop (Cimi, Mask, Blast, Kata, and Leslie) for giving me the opportunity to better myself as an artist and for all the opportunaties they have put in front of me. I couldnt ask for anything more. I also want to thank everyone who supports me as well even if its a like, sharing my photos, and buying my art. I appreciate it and words cant express how grateful I am of everyones support."
On behalf of Desert of my Eye, a big thank you to "Dec"! Make sure to go check out his exhibit at Dream Chasers Club this month. Follow him on Instagram as: deckstah915