Victor Mosquera: The Freedom of Joy

“My entire goal is to bring joy to people” - Victor Mosquera

NIMA, Victor Mosquera, 2020

Born in Bogota, Columbia, Victoria Mosquera now works in Toronto as an illustrator and concept artist. His life long admiration of Pink Floyd and ambient electronic music sparked his mystical psychedelic style, fuelled further through his explorations of personal joy after finding himself unsatisfied with his life after taking a job in the video game world in Canada. Being far away from his life and loved ones back in Columbia, he began to push his unhappy energy into a search for his own distinct style in which he could express and seek a sense of happiness. Eventually, his confidence in this style grew, allowing him to give up the security and benefits of his job and focus purely on his own ventures. Now he is part of Foreign Family Collective - a creative outlet/record label run by Odesza for which he designs posters and branding. Mosquera has become a significant figure in the wider music world, creating art for albums and visuals for live concerts and shows such as those seen in Kid Cudi’s Coachella performance featuring Kanye West.

DAWN ✨🔺🌑, Victor Mosquera, 2021

Mosquera draws upon a wide span of inspirations in his work, combining graphic design, 70s Psychedelia, Art nouveau, surrealism and sci-fi often within a single composition. The result is usually a wonderful dreamscape that whisks the viewer away to another world, far from our own. Employing a highly recognisable style of bright colours (particularly yellow/orange, black, and blue) along with graphic line work and figures with East Asian features, his work is instantly identifiable as distinctly ‘Mosquera’. The characteristics of his style both reach back into traditional Asian art as well as the legacy of graphic comic book and manga art whilst turning to the highly modern world of the digital, invigorating these older references with a new form of life.

Untitled, Victor Mosquera, 2021

The creation of another world is seen in his recent collection of works Everything’s Connected. Three of the four works in the collection follow a similar composition - a figure seen from the back or side positioned centrally against an otherworldly landscape split by a horizon line and dominated by a central circular motif. Dusk and Dawn, as their titles suggest, mirror one another, one rendered in pale dusty pink and purple whilst the other is a dark blue sky decorated with stars and a burning orange sunset on the horizon. In each, the figure we see is dressed in a jumpsuit with a long flowing cape decorated with a crescent moon. Mosquera’s video game experience jumps out here as these images appear similar to the end credits of a game. These images combine the impersonal in their tightly rendered alien landscape and the distance created through seeing our hero walking away from us, and the welcoming ability of enticement. We want to jump into this fantasy world and join the lone figure, pictured on the brink of adventure, in his quest. The fourth image in Everything’s Connected is titled Zenith and displays a bright red glowing four-pointed star against a deep black starlit sky. This could be read as the beginning of the images, the meaning of the quest. Or potentially as the final scene in the sequence, the final image before the credits roll. Mosquera brilliantly creates a sense of continuity throughout otherwise entirely individual scenes. He imbues the collection with a sense of narrative that allows the viewer to control the details and meaning themselves.

Pulse, Victor Mosquera, Victor Mosquera, 2019

He explores themes of the human mind, awareness of existence, life after death and spirituality. The works touch on the brink between consciousness and the sublimina