Pitirre y Guaraguao (Kingbird & Redtail Hawk) is based on the Puerto Rican Spanish expression, "Cada guaraguao tiene su pitirre." The “guaraguao” is a hawk. The “pitirre” is a kingbird. When the predatory guaraguao invades the territory of the pitirre, this two-ounce bird defends her young in the nest with such ferocity that the startled hawk dives away in retreat. Translated literally, the expression means is that every hawk has his kingbird. Every Goliath has his David. Two years ago, Erico Figueroa's life changed. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and he made his way to Houston. Today he's in a better place and the piece is a reminder that there's no giant that cannot be defeated. You just have to believe in yourself.
A BIG thank you goes to Midway for allowing us to utilize the windows of the property at 803 Fannin [803 Fannin Garage].
Erico Figueroa was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. His formal education includes a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Digital Graphic Design. His education and life experience has allowed him to strive in his professional life. By combining his classic art training with contemporary art and marketing he has been able to create new material for commercial purposes. He specializes in developing corporate graphic design and creating marketing campaign strategies. He understands the intricacies of business and enterprises, as he has worked on the development of agency budgets and its analysis. Before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Erico held a steady position as an in house-marketing specialist working over a year with companies in security systems and renewable energy, creating marketing strategies on social media, internet and television. Erico Figueroa is currently working as Creative Director at a software company in Houston.