ZAYAS VICTOR HUGO

DURANGO, MÉXICO [1887 - 1946]

Victor Hugo Zayas is a Mexican painter and sculptor who uses guns recovered by the city of Los Angeles' Gun Buyback Initiative to create works that he exhibits in California.

The series of sculptures was made with weapons collected by the Los Angeles police and most had belonged to criminals, Zayas told Efe. "The Los Angeles chief of police gave me the chance to use two tons of them."

Born July 5, 1961 in Tijuana, Zayas emigrated to the United States 30 years ago.

He has been developing his artistic talents since he was a teen, expressing his vision in paintings and metal sculptures once inspired by astronomy and more recently by lethal weapons.