By Mauro de la Tierra
The giraffe population has fallen by nearly 50% in the last 30 years from habitat loss and hunting. I’m deeply saddened by our probable loss of these mesmerizing and majestic creatures. Inside the incinerating giraffe lies a nest with a skeleton, a cracked egg, and a baby bird to symbolize the struggle of the species to continue living in a dying world. A construction truck emerges from the background to finish the job.
Mauro de la Tierra is a full time artist from the East Side of San Antonio, TX. He was barely scraping by while working in the restaurant industry when he decided he’d rather struggle while pursuing his passion. He became a full time artist on October 7th, 2017. He looks back on this decision as irrational and risky, but he’s blessed to be surrounded by a beautiful and supportive community. His work is focused on the beauty of the macabre and the deterioration of our Earth in a modern style of rough, whimsy, abstract expressionism. He started out curating DIY pop-up gallery events that featured artists from all backgrounds who also deal with challenging and controversial subjects. These small events organically flourished into what is now known as The Black Sheep Collective.