December 12, 2011

New piece in Phoenix on "Calle 16"





I was in Phoenix recently and painted a little something on the side of a new artspace called Por Vida Gallery (right next to the infamous Barrio Cafe on 16th street). My good friends Pablo Luna, Lalo Cota & Breeze Marcus just got the space recently and should be opening it soon. The portrait is based on a photo of the homie Chee from LA, though it could represent a lot of different folks.
Breeze said something about this mural that perfectly explains one of the reasons I love painting for the public so much:

"What I like best about this piece is there are a dozen dudes walking around this neighborhood that look just like this painting, and they all think its them. This piece now belongs to that community, and they appreciate it and respect. That's the most important thing."

As an example, below is a shot of "O.G." who lives nearby and does share a resemblance, if maybe a little older. He came through a couple times and expressed his support.

7 comments:

thedave said...

What a great image! I live here in Phoenix and am going to stop by to see it in the flesh! I wish i knew you were working on it i would love to have seen your process....inspiring work as always.

The McCarty's said...

My family love driving Phoenix and looking at your work. Nobody does it like El Mac....nobody.

GARZA said...

nice man! Cant wait to check out that gallery

cherryBOMB said...

My heart just melted a little bit reading this!! So much love --- the ART is for everyone not just the creator! :)

PHX TACO said...

Check it out, a little write on Por Vida on www.PHXTACO.com

http://www.phxtaco.com/el-mac-kaper-fyce-por-vida-gallery/

Colin said...

Thank you for investing in Phoenix through your art. I am fortunate enough to live right next to two of your pieces on McDowell Rd.

~white guy w/ suit job

Candace said...

I'm glad you're still making art in Phoenix.