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Carlos Balarezo grew up as the youngest of four brothers. As you might imagine, he struggled to be noticed and often felt isolated, even in his own home. When he was a teenager, the artist began to draw as a way to vent his feelings onto the page. As he continued to age, Carlos's mental health issues worsened. Sometimes he even heard voices and eventually he attempted suicide.
Luckily, he was able to get the treatment he needed, and today the artist is engaged to a wonderful woman, has a career he enjoys, and has found coping mechanisms for his mental health. In this piece, he reflects on those troublesome times, where he felt voices and vices pulling him various directions while he was just trying to hold it all together.
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