Philip Figueroa, 31, of Banning studyed at Mt. San Jacinto College. Figueroa entered the 2015 Recycled Art & Fashion Show in Temecula, which routinely features the creations of MSJC students. He won first place for his Stormtrooper outfit.
Figueroa has expressed himself through art from an early age. By age three, he was sketching real-life features like the family’s camping trailer.
“Art is a way to share your personal insights with the world,” he said.
Over the years, Figueroa grew as an artist and began challenging himself. Some of those projects include painting a large eagle, MSJC’s mascot, on the side of a building at the San Jacinto Campus. He has also painted full-scale murals in downtown Los Angeles.
Eileen Doktorski, chair of the Art Department on the San Jacinto Campus, praised Figueroa not only for his creativity, but also for his character.
“Philip uses his imagination all the time to develop original ideas and then puts in the time and care needed to make his work stand out,” Doktorski said. “Beyond this he is civic-minded, inspiring and supporting other students to do the most with their own ideas.”