At this year’s Bible and Missionary Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to see the conference theme, “Extending Our Worship Through Our Work,” put in action. Mauricio Palacio is a professional Christian artist from Colimo, Mexico, who will be doing artistic interpretations during several events. Palacio is a missionary who specializes in spiritual and contemporary art intended to prompt conversations about Jesus. He will be capturing the conference experience at the banquet Wednesday night, in the Friday evening service, in the Missionary Cafe (Commons area) after the Friday Service, and on Saturday during the workshop.
Palacio will also speak about vocational stewardship as missions at the Saturday workshop, “A Redemptive View of Work,” when he meets with our own musicians and artists during the vocational group meetings from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. to talk about how to use their gifts in missions.
Born in Mexico City, Palacio displayed an early fascination with discovery and creativity. He earned his BA degree in Architecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico.
From 1987 to 1991, he held several individual and collective exhibitions in cities throughout his native Mexico. After completing his architectural professional training, he gained experience in the field for five years; subsequently, he worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Leaving his country in 1991, Palacio affiliated with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and Last Days Ministry in Tyler, Texas. He then traveled to Kona, Hawaii, where he worked until 1999 with YWAM’s University of the Nations in the Colleges of Fine Arts and Communication. He has ptraveled widely throughout the world teaching at different YWAM training locations and other training venues.
In 1997, his life radically changed while working with refugees in Bosnia with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), partnering with an affiliated YWAM group. Palacio has presented several exhibitions to bring awareness of the consequences of ethnic division and intolerance. His experiences in Yugoslavia, Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, and other troubled parts of the world have given him a deeper understanding in his career.
Palacio has participated in the production of storyboards for several films including “Beyond Paradise” (1998), by director David Cunningham, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua I & II” (2011), Walt Disney Productions, directed by Alex Zamm; and “Chiapas, the Heart of Coffee” (2012), by director Alejandro Gonzalez Padilla. He has also assisted in the direction and creation of musical and theater productions in the US and Brazil.
Many of the themes in Palacio’s artwork come from biblical references. The motive behind this approach is to build a spiritual bridge between the eye and the soul, a link for meditation and reflection that leads to revelation.
Palacio believes in the importance of mentoring and imparting veracity and principles to younger generations. His international experience continues to open new doors for training in Mexico, the US, and other parts of the world. Currently, he and his wife direct Azomali, a studio and art gallery in the city of Colima, Mexico, where he presently resides. He continues to participate in individual and collective exhibitions and to teach seminars and workshops in churches, schools, and universities, as well as other venues. His desire is to use the language of visual art to motivate others to grow in the understanding of visual language and its implications in our behavior.