Ramón Aguirre’s paintings express his interest in mortality and death as a matter of life. In conversation he’s easy-going and generous, and laughs often.
We sat down to talk in Ramón’s above-garage studio, where he paints and otherwise creates, where philosophy books and analog cameras he still uses are within reach. His paintings hang salon style on the wall.
Ramón, 33, is a man of many interests and hands-on skills. He works as a civilian airplane mechanic at the Air Force Academy. He shows and sells his paintings in galleries throughout the Colorado Springs area.
The custom motorcycle he patiently built across a span of several years — a bobber intended to be ridden as a lane-splitter in Los Angeles, where he lived the first nearly 30 years of his life — sits in the garage below us while we talk about culture shock, religion and Machiavelli.
We also talk about benefits of flip phones, spacing out and embracing the weirdo within. Meet Ramón Aguirre.