Phoenix Artist Tato Caraveo: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 24. Tato Caraveo.

Tato Caraveo has a few tricks up his sleeve.

While you can usually find the Phoenix native booking bands and artists at Lost Leaf, playing music in Sunorus (he and bandmate Eric Dahl opened the Roosevelt Row-adjacent art bar), or painting colorful murals and fine art works in his recognizable style, he says that some changes are in store. In the coming months he's expanding his creative style and working toward opening a new gallery and studio space.

See also: Sarah "Saza" Dimmick of EPIK Dance Company: 100 Creatives

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The artist is working on new whimsical pieces.
"I'm currently working on a series of oil paintings in a more whimsical style, while waiting for the weather to cool to start a few mural commissions I have around the city," Caraveo, 40, says. "A big project I'm working on is a gallery/studio co-op with fellow artists JB Snyder, Mikey Jackson, Lalo Cota, Pablo Luna, Colton Brock, Frank Picazzo, and Joe Arvallo."

The artist says that the space is opening soon. Better keep your eyes peeled.

I was born and raised in Phoenix.

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Caraveo's murals dot the Phoenix landscape.
Painting for me is somewhat therapeutic and a constant learning process in both art and life.

I feel most productive when surrounded by like minded individuals who push me to paint more.

My inspiration wall is filled with empty frames waiting for paintings to fill them in.

I've learned most from repetition and patience.

Good work should always inspire others to evolve.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more affordable housing for artists to reside in with studio space.

Location Info


Lost Leaf

914 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ

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