FOR THE LOVE OF PAINTING
A look into the life of Rafael Acosta Jr., a muralist from Cuero, Tx.
When Rafael Acosta Jr. looks at a blank wall, his mind fills with the types of murals that would look best on it.
Acosta, 59, is a Cuero artist.
He has painted images of animals, landscapes, murals on abandoned silos and leafy vines that climb a three-story column. He’s even restored a wooden altar.
It’s hard for Acosta to think about all of the commissions he has completed in the Crossroads during the past 20 years.
“It always makes me feel good when I see my work years later,” he said.
For Acosta, the best part about painting is how therapeutic it is.
Acosta started painting when he was young.
His uncle had a big impact on him. He was able to watch his uncle earn a living as a full-time artist.
“I would see my uncle’s work, and it made me want to pursue art,” he said. “We shared the same passion.”
Acosta’s art teacher, Kenneth Guy Liesman, also inspired him.
Acosta said when he creates a painting, a part of him becomes a part of that painting.
The preliminary painting is always boring for Acosta, and he can’t wait to get past that step.
“I lose myself when I am putting the details into the painting,” Acosta said.
And he doesn’t see himself putting down the paintbrush any time soon.
“You have to know it’s your passion,” he said. “This is not something you can just do on the side.”