Betirri was born in 1982 in Puebla, Mexico. In 1997, he moved with his mother and his two siblings to Houston, TX where they still currently reside. In Houston, Betirri continued his lifelong interest in art and architecture and obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and his Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Houston. He also studied abroad in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy where he had the opportunity to experience and embrace the grandeur of some of the world’s greatest artists and their culture.
Bettiri’s aspiration is to continue to unite the undying passion for futbol with the eternal beauty of art, and through his work, he hopes to one day become a part of art history.
With the futbol series, I bring to life the significance and inherent beauty of futbol. Just like with millions of people throughout every nation in the world, futbol has always been an integral part of my life. More than the joy of playing futbol and it being part of my heritage, I paint futbol because I believe in it. I believe in its unrestrained beauty and potential, its long standing and revered tradition and its captivating power to unite and move the people of the world.
The absence of the players’ image, upon a distinctive backdrop, shifts our focus to the rich detail of the values, lighting and the perceived motion of the bodies juxtaposed in competition, and it allows the rivalry and traditions of this beautiful sport to live on as timeless.