Esteban Whiteside: Merging Art, Activism, and Self-Expression

In this episode of "The Truth in This Art" podcast, host Rob Lee interviews self-taught painter Esteban Whiteside. They discuss Esteban's journey as an artist, his influences, and his unique approach to merging street art and politics. Esteban shares his experiences with activism through his artwork and offers advice for aspiring artists who want to use their work to make a statement. Tune in for an inspiring conversation at the intersection of arts, culture, and community. πŸŽ¨πŸŽ™οΈ

Episode Highlights:

-Esteban's early art experiences and the impact they had on his artistic journey (00:00:10) 🎨
-The moment Esteban intentionally started painting and the significance of his first piece (00:02:57) πŸ–ŒοΈ
-The essence of Esteban's art and his focus on amplifying oppressed voices and calling out oppressors (00:05:05) πŸ—£οΈ
-The challenges and rewards of creating politically charged artwork (00:07:23) πŸŒπŸ’”
-Esteban's influences, including Jacob Lawrence, Basquiat, and Milton Avery (00:19:07) 🎨πŸ‘₯
-Esteban's advice for self-taught artists who want to use their work for activism (00:32:28) ✊

Key Takeaways:

-Find your people and don't be discouraged by those who don't appreciate your work. 🀝
-Decide early on whether you prioritize making money or staying true to your message. πŸ’Έβœ¨
-Embrace the challenges that come with using art as a form of activism and be prepared for potential financial limitations. πŸŽ¨πŸ’°
Prominent Call-to-Action:

Visit Esteban Whiteside's website at to explore his artwork and upcoming print drop on the 30th. πŸŒπŸ–ΌοΈ
Social Media:
Instagram: esteban.whiteside

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Esteban Whiteside
Esteban Whiteside
Esteban Whiteside (b. 1985) is a self-taught painter whose work is based on the intersectionality of street art and politics. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, he began painting as an act of love, which then led to him dedicating more time and research into painting, with an interest in abstraction.
Esteban Whiteside: Merging Art, Activism, and Self-Expression
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