Mariachi Capollo’s cover art for their amazing new single “Adios Verano” by CGEsperanza!
Charles George Esperanza
1. What a very interesting name may I ask where you are from?
CGE-I’m from the Bronx.
Me: Okay Kool me too , you’re a Bronx native.
2. How old are you?
CGE- I’m 27 years old.
3. What do you do?
CGE- I’m a picture book illustrator
Wow that’s pretty awesome how did you get into that?
CGE-I graduated from FIT for general illustration in 2010 and I have been working for about 2-3 years now.
4. Do you like it?
Yeah, My first picture book was published in 2013 about Jackie Robinson titled “Jackie and Me” sky horse publishing
Oh that’s great if anyone would like to find your work where would they go?
CGE- yes they would go to www.CGEsperanza.com
5. Is this something you have been doing since you’re a kid?
CGE- yes I have been drawing my whole life
6. Do you come from a family of artist?
CGE-My uncle is a music producer and he has worked with a lot of Pop stars like I don’t wanna name names but ah Robin S and Madonna are some of the names he’s worked with.
Kool so you grew up with that creativity around you.
Cge-Not really I just always liked comic books and cartoons.
7. So what brings you here today to the Brooklyn museum?
Well my friend Christin wanted to get all of us together to check out first Saturday and the swoon exhibit is up so I defiantly wanted to check that out.
8. Do you prefer the Bronx or Brooklyn?
I prefer the convenience of the Bronx at lest with NYC getting so expensive.
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Would you like to continue doing books or venture in to something else?
I would like to continue with books as well as venturing off into maybe film and other things that I probably haven’t thought about yet but film is a big ambition of mines, also I like music to.
10. Do you sing, rap, spoken word?
I write here and there and I also play the guitar.
Wow you are talented!
11. Do you see your self doing an open mic?
I have done open mic with my friends in the past but I haven’t done it in a very long time.
12. Have you traveled at all this summer?
I went to Portland early July for an illustration conference that they were having.
13. How was that experience?
It was amazing I learned a lot about everyone else’s experience with illustration I met some really cool people from like New Orleans and Portland.
14. What would be your fantasy job?
My fantasy job would be to run my own publishing company giving opportunity to other artist and helping them venture off into what they want to do.
That’s pretty cool that good that you actually want to give back and help out your community and people trying to do what you’re doing. That’s pretty awesome it says a lot about who you are as a person.
15. Do you have any children?
16. Are you married?
17. So at this point you’re basically only taken care of yourself?
18. Which is cool because it gives you the freedom to focus on your career.
19. Have you always lived in Bronx New York?
Yes pretty much the Bronx but I would visit my aunt ever summer in Virginia and spent time.
20. Where are your parents from?
My father is West Indian and my mother is Puerto Rican.
So you’re pretty diverse you’re West Indian and Puerto Rican.
Well thank you for your time and have a great day
My painting for Singer/Songwriter Roger Heather’s upcoming album is now available as a 12x12 print via the C.G.Esperanza etsy shop! get yours today for only 25 bucks! along with other hawt prints. Help Charles save up for cat food!
I designed a shirt for The Needle drop! the best music blog you’ll find out there. This is a portrait of Cal Chuchesta, Fantano’s super awesome co-host. yall can buy one here http://theneedledrop.com/support/
KITTY FOR SALE!!
does your wall need to be cuter as soon as possible? well buy a print of this little guy! 16x20 and Brilliantly printed for your enjoyment! check out the rest of my prints as well at my etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/157009435/puss-n-sneaks
Today my first Published Picture book “Jackie and Me” is released! you can buy one here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jackie-and-me-tania-grossinger/1113641854
Oil on canvas 16x20.
art by CGEsperanza 2013