About the Author
“ Having a purpose is the most powerful incentive for anyone to move forward in his or her life. Without it, I’m not sure we are really living.”
2016 Hunting Prize finalist and native Houstonian, Justin Garcia, attended the University of Houston Bauer Business School but soon realized this was not the right direction for him and returned to his first passion: painting. Through art Garcia began his struggles to understand himself and his surroundings and to search for a personal truth. For two years he painted in a boating storage unit with all his belongings stacked in the back. As he sought a path with a deeper meaning, he taught himself by making mistakes through exploration and experimentation.
In the ensuing years, Garcia released seven series of work and following the seventh series, he took two years away from the art scene to analyze and document what he learned. With the effort of these seven series and a depth of experience behind him, he spent several months isolated in central Mexico. There he mapped and constructed blueprints for a theoretical model called Humanity’s Sustainable Infinite (HSI). In late 2015 he announced the completion and publication of his first book, One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream, a retrospective of his seven series in which Garcia’s personal truth carried some universal meaning.
With his first book, OneTonGoldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream, Garcia “reaches into the abyss, finds courage for humanity,” makes a potent connection between art and science, and encourages the reader to find their own purpose . . . as he says, ”to rise above complacency and reach for more.”