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I am Saul, a Mexican-American who loves the arts and is driven by the concepts of innovation and creation. For most of my life I have lived in the Bronx. Ever since I was a kid, I have walked its streets, seen its grand and “not so grand” views, and adopted—or, most likely, adapted to—its customs. In kindergarten, I discovered an interest in the artistic styles that were incorporated in the graffiti walls or murals near where I lived: I wanted to decipher and imitate them. In no way was I a genius or a prodigy at drawing. In fact, my dad taught me the first thing I learned about drawing, how to draw two-dimensional legs.
Several different things brought me to the Youth Insights Program. One in particular was my desire to reach out to a crowd of my peers who share the same interests as me. I wanted to expand my social life as well as my knowledge of the arts. I do not have my own definition of art. I only think that art should consist of beauty and, even then, beauty is subjective to the beholder. What I hope to achieve is to be able to say on my deathbed, “I have lived a great life and I regret nothing.” I move in the direction that the universe takes me and hopefully the universe will move me in the best possible direction.