/ Aerosol Art / Collage / Conceptual Art / Graphic Design / Digital Art / Drawing / Film/Video / Illustration / Installation /Site-specific Art / Mixed-Media / Painting / Participatory/Relational Art / Sculpture / Urban Interventions, Street Art
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GONZO247 Studios, Aerosol Warfare, HUE Mural Festival, The Graffiti and Street Art Museum, Fresh Arts
What impact do you want to have with your art?
Uplift the public and communities.
As an artist-owned company our mission is to produce, curate, promote and appreciate quality, positive, community centered art that stands the test of time. My artwork reflects my fearlessness in trying new approaches, be it the application of the medium or the surface on which it is applied. My art is a constant journey and I love the moments of discovery. As I create murals, canvas work or other productions, I try to find a way to make an artistic statement through spray paint, but most of the time my statement is simply that I am comfortable with myself as an artist. I enjoy sharing a part of myself in each piece of art I create. My artwork for me is more about its creation than the end result. I enjoy releasing the artist inside of me, and regardless of how my artwork is perceived, it is most rewarding when my supporters appreciate the time, energy, the idea, the effort and the act of creating my work. When my artwork is viewed, when I am viewed I hope to uplift and create positivity through through art practice.
Artist, Mario E. Figueroa, Jr., artistically known as GONZO247, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist with over 25 years of experience in studio art practice, mural painting, private art commissions, and community involvement. GONZO is the founder of Aerosol Warfare Studios, founder and producer of HUE Mural Festival, and founder of The Graffiti and Street Art Museum of Texas. He has produced an Aerosol Warfare video series, established the Houston Wall of Fame (the cityÛªs first and largest art production of its kind), and has participated in over 300 exhibitions and art projects, including work with top brand campaigns that speak to urban communities. GONZO was artistically inspired by his community and culture in his youth. As a teenager, he discovered his artist identity through the visual language of Hip Hop, graffiti art culture. As an internationally recognized visual arts ambassador, GONZO hosts tours for diverse communities, always advocating for making his hometown of Houston an art destination. GONZO pioneered graffiti and street art culture as a leader of the alternative art movement in Houston and remains active in the Houston Hip Hop scene through his main activity and artistic expression, graffiti.