Portfolio: Chloé Trujillo
Meet Chloé Trujillo
Artist Chlo Trujillo was born and raised in Paris, but lives and works in Los Angeles, where her desire to share her art on surfboards was a natural extension of her craft. "Each of my paintings are birthed through me out of visions, messages I channel from universal consciousness," she says of her works' genesis. "They all have a name and a story ... everything has a meaning!"
The "Aztec" board is decorated on both sides. "I just was inspired by this culture," says Trujillo of this piece. "I felt compelled to paint an Aztec board."
"Now And Always"
"With the eye of the heart, the sacred heart that sees the truth now and always -- truly present in the cosmos, night or day -- the 'Now and Always' board is mystical," says Trujillo. "The roses symbolize love, of course -- the ultimate vibration. The two [roses] at the bottom seal the board with protection and the eight on top [are] there to ornament and balance the spiritual and material, the conscious and unconscious worlds."
"The 'Jewels' board was inspired by passion," shares Trujillo. "Red in color, the beautiful death aspect of it, the words and music invented by humans, the cosmic energy, the love and emotions, symbols, and the material world of the jewels."
"The 'Tiki' board's 16 flowers represent the willpower to overcome obstacles," Trujillo explains. "Tikis represent the first human, or also the gods, and are markers of sacred grounds. It is the sacred that inspired me here, and how nature -- represented by the leaves, the cosmos (starry sky) and the spirit (violet moon) -- is indeed holy and strong."
The "Angel" was the first board Trujillo ever painted. "The painting includes the five elements: earth, fire, wind (ether), water and void," she says. "The angel is divinely protected by the Eye of Horus, between heaven and Earth, these eyes representing all six senses. My husband, coming back from touring Australia, said, 'Wow, that angel looks like Andy Irons.' Andy passed away a few days later. Bless his soul; may that board be an homage to him and to what surfing really is."
Trujillo wood-burned her first Aztec calendar piece into husband Robert's guitar years ago, and he now estimates he has about four of them. "It became a permanent fixture to my instruments and my connection to the band, through that instrument," he says of her series.
Chlo is married to Robert Trujillo, current bassist for legendary (and multiple Grammy Award-winning) heavy metal band Metallica and former member of Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves. Having grown up in Culver City, Calif., Robert's spent a lot of time in the water; ocean-inspired creativity is alive and well for both he and his talented wife.