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Everyday Makers: Julio Salgado

Julio Salgado by a wall he painted

Julio Salgado was born in Ensenada, Mexico in 1983, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1995 with his family after his younger sister was diagnosed with a life threatening kidney disease. After he and his family eventually outstayed their visas, they were forced to live as undocumented immigrants. But Julio didn’t let this slow him down. After graduating from High School in Long Beach, Salgado paid his way through college by taking on various low paying jobs and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. Afterwards, he began his artistic career as the editorial cartoonist for the Daily 49er newspaper of CSU, Long Beach.

Julio remembers his strong passion for art beginning at a pretty young age, and he remembers being especially moved by the works of the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Art has not only helped Julio to discover his true passion, but it’s also helped him discover his identity and voice. Julio is not only a queer, Latinx man, he is also an undocumented immigrant, a label he wears loudly and proudly today. Julio hopes that by sharing his story and art with the world, he can help other Latinx queers and undocumented immigrants find their voice, and inspire them to follow their passions and dreams.

Julio strives to make intentional art. His reality is unique, but he knows he isn’t alone. That’s why he’s sharing his story and art with the world, so that other undocumented immigrants find their voice and are inspired to pursue their passions.

You can check out his website at juliosalgadoart.com


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