Artist Oscar Magallanes grew up in the Azusa Barrio of California – an area characterized by its heavy gang presence. He had never stepped into a museum, or art gallery. The only art he was exposed to was the Chicano inspired murals around his neighborhood.
His art today is a clear reflection of his upbringing: his multi-cultural background and also a platform for Magallanes to express some of the challenges he had to overcome.
Magallanes faced the pressures of joining a gang when he was young, he was expelled from high school at age 15, but then found himself accepted into an arts program that completely changed his life.
Fusion Live recently caught up with the artist at his studio in California.