Muralist Gabriel “Paste” Portillo

Rise Amongst the Sun

Gabriel Portillo — also known as “Paste” — is a visual artist based in Austin, Texas. Growing up in Alpine, Texas, Gabriel studied under local artist, Charlie Bell, which sparked his love for creating. His interest in art continued into his adolescence and throughout junior high and high school and credits his art teacher, Mrs. Jane Becker, for being a positive force in his art education. Intrigued by the street-art scene, Gabriel moved to Austin after college, where he transitioned into the role of a full-time muralist.

Although inspiration comes in many shapes and forms, his west Texas roots have cumulated in a style he calls “Western Psychedelia.” His work ranges from portraiture, landscapes, and non-representational abstraction. Gabriel considers most mediums to be “up for grabs” when it comes to creating, but his new studio paintings are mostly oil paint and mixed media. His body of work highlights his skill and versatility, tied together with many hours of thoughtful, creative work.

This mural represents the hustle and heart it takes to achieve something beautiful in life. There are always going to be setbacks. It’s important to get back on the horse and continue to push forward. 

Gabriel Portillo