The Artist in me:

There are many things I have been labeled in my life. Alas, some have been good, and some have been bad by people who do not like me for some reason or another. An artist is one label that has stuck with me over the years since I was a child. Yet, I prefer to see myself as an intuitive creator than a mere artist, for I am someone who doesn’t pre-plan what he will design or paint, but someone who simply allows his intuition to guide him.  This is mainly what I do, I have no clue what will come forth from the strokes of my brush nor do I truly care. Whan I paint, as in when I create I do so more importantly for me for it is what my intuition guides me to do. Whether others approve of what I do or not, truly doesn’t matter at all. What matters is that I am free to express myself and create whatever it may be at that given time that comes from inside me.  As I always say I am just a messenger, a conduit of intuition fed to me from a divine source, it is something I have blessed to do since I was a mere child.

Where it all began?:

My art began in the streets of New York City where I was raised, it began like any other kid simply hanging with friends. Little did I know I would be consumed by the world of graffiti and that my life would take a wild turn.  As a teen growing up in the city that never sleeps, I became a New York City Graffiti artist, an underground vandal who used his artistic talents as a tool of expression. As a kid, I never saw my art as vandalism or the public defacing of property, but rather saw all as a canvas. Every wall was a sheet of paper and every surface a place to simply allow me to be free. Of course, as I grew up I came to terms with what I was doing wrong and proceeded to stop painting on any surfaces that I had no permission to paint on.   I recall those days well, the wild rides and adventures, the running through subway yards and tunnels. Alas to be young and crazy, how foolish I was but at that age, I did not care. I became a member of many graffiti groups such as X-Men, TPA – The Public Animals, NOG – Nation of Graph, D.e.s.t.i.n.y – Destroy every single train in New York and United Artists to name a few, my memory doesn’t recall much these days.  I recall my friends from those days who inspired me to draw, tag, do burners, wildstyle, throwies and all else, I owe my manifestation of art to many of them. (Lie, Amer, Sag, Neo, Rec127, Sur167, Miro, and Ghost. Many have long grown up, have families, businesses and I stay in touch with, others I lost in time.

Yet, I still recall those days well, the wild rides and adventures, the running through subway yards and tunnels. Alas to be young and crazy, how foolish I was but at that age, I simply did not care because I felt unstoppable.  As a graffiti artist, I became a member of many urban art organizations such as X-Men, TPA – The Public Animals, NOG – Nation of Graph, D.e.s.t.i.n.y – Destroy every single train in New York and United Artists to name a few.  I recall my friends from those days who inspired me to draw, tag, do burners, wildstyle, throwies and all else, I owe my manifestation of art to many of them. (Lie, Amer, Sag, Neo, Rec127, Sookie, Sur167, Miro, and Ghost.

Goodbye New York

A time when I decided to leave the madness of the big apple and relocate with my wife to South Florida. For almost 20 years I put aside anything to do with spray painting, graffiti and even painting in general. I devoted my time instead to computer animation, 3D design. multimedia productions, web coding and computer graphics. I traded in my spray cans for the world of digital creations and my brushes for a computer mouse. That was until the fateful day that I was reunited with an old friend “Miro” who sparked my interests again into art and inspired me to create “Graphicola Studios”. Graphicola was a 3000 sq ft studio space which I ran for a year, before shutting the doors down due to lack of finances. Never the less it was a great place,  a place where magical things happened, and where memories and friendships were created.

George Mercado & Miro
Graphicola Studios

Artist Perego
Graphicola Studios

There is an artist in everyone:

As an artist I met and came across amazing people who I have become great friends with. People who hold a very dear place in my heart and whom have become family over the years. Great Artists such as Perego, JC Bravo and Bruno Vago to name a few. These are phenomenal artists who truly inspire me in their own way, each unique and different in style and execution.

Perego, Florida’s most renown mural artist and spiritual mentor is a brother to me. I would never image that he and I would paint our way across South Florida at live white party events, and at special art events. Mere words cannot define the great times Perego and I have had painting people who were clothed or not clothed at all. He is truly a master at his craft in so many ways. Even though as friends he and I may not meet eye to eye at times, never the less we have realized that the love, respect and friendship for each other is truly important in the end..

JC Bravo is truly a magical soul, his work is exceptional and his pieces are simply mind boggling. He paints with such passion and intensity, he paints to inspire people to think. JC and I worked on a piece at the goodwill wall down near Wynwood, we laughed a great deal during our times together and he always unselfishly taught me new techniques. He is a cherished friend, someone I love, respect and admire.

 

Bruno Vago is a great spray paint artist who truly puts his heart into his work. It is because of him that I was nominated to compete at the Hard Rock Cafe, Guitarist competition during an Art Basel weekend. A competition where artists would paint live for 2 days on Guitars supplied by Gibson, and in the end the guitars would be auctioned of. I truly had the honors of walking away in 2nd place at this event and was humbled to working side by side with such amazing artists.

I walked away:

After the closing of our Graphicola Studios locations, I walked away from our my live art and devoted my time to photography, fabrication, and rustic interior design. I started Exploration Florida, Rustic Dream Co, and Age of Illuminance. Each business venture its own entity, each with their own purpose.I still dabble here and there in art but have been way too busy to pursue it like I have had in the past.  Where my art in the future will take me next is yet to be written but for now, it remains dormant.