El Paso has always been at the forefront of recognizing cultural art and that appreciation does not stop once fans enter the Southwest University Park gates for the El Paso Locomotive FC game on Saturday.
For the first time in the history of the park, prominent local artists have come together to offer a limited run poster series that can be collected throughout the Locomotive’s season.
The first poster features the work of beloved El Paso attorney by day, artist by night, Patrick Gabaldon. Born and raised in El Paso, Gabaldon began doodling his favorite El Paso scenes and caricatures which soon brought him into the national spotlight after he designed a caricature of then-Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.
His work is characterized by the use of bold colors and bright tones that highlight the cross-border culture of the city. His work can be found in art galleries, restaurants, and the El Paso International Airport. You might also find his pop art drawings of notable El Pasoans across social media.
“I was so excited when El Paso Locomotive reached out about this project. Art and soccer are connected in so many ways. Like the beautiful game, a piece of art changes and grows while it is being created,” said Gabaldon. “I think that is why I love the game so much. Despite the team shape and tactics, victory often comes down to that little spark or moment of unpredictable creativity.”
Other artists designing upcoming gameday posters include Christin Apodaca and Jesus ‘Cimi” Alvarado.
The El Paso Locomotive FC play Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday, March 23. Gates open at 6 p.m. and a limited 2,500 posters will be available first come, first serve. Tickets for tonight’s match are still available at the box office or by visiting https://www.eplocomotivefc.com/ticket.