"These prints are from original paintings based on my retro native series. The paintings represent my childhood growing up in the eighties rooted in Mexican heritage but heavily influenced by pop culture and Saturday morning cartoons. The original paintings are mix medium hand painted on wood with acrylics, spray paint, and textiles. The original paintings are also available through 1XRUN here along with other originals from the Retro Native Series." - Marka27
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Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Marka27’s foray into the art world began in the city’s streets mastering the art of graffiti. Marka27 moved to the east coast is 1999 and advanced to earn his BFA from The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Marka27 also spent many years painting the streets of Los Angeles with C.O.I crew and NYC with FLY-I.D crew staying in touch with his graffiti roots is essential. His murals have become part of graffiti and street art history through legendary hot spots such as Five Points in Queens, Belmont Tunnels, L.A, and the Hall of Fame in Spanish Harlem NY.
Marka27's artwork has been exhibited in galleries across the United States such as: Inner State Gallery, Gallery 1988, Think Space, La Luz de Jesus, The Mills Gallery Boston, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. His artwork has been showcased in lifestyle magazines and books such as Graffiti Planet, Burning New York,I am Plastic Too, Graffiti L.A, Playboy and on the cover of Flux-Designer Toys.
His artwork has been shown along side established artists, Futura, David Choe, Ron English and Gary Basemen. Marka27 also sold artwork through the world renowned Freeman's Auction House. Marka27 has been commissioned to collaborate artistically by some of today's most well know brands such as, Levis, Pioneer, Scion, Converse, Heineken, VH1, Disney, New Balance and Kidrobot.
Now based in Cambridge and Brooklyn, Marka27’s quest for artistic exploration continues. Breaking beyond the canvas’ confines, he created what would gain critical acclaim the MIniGods: Givers of Divine Sound©, a high-end line of designer vinyl toy speakers. His latest artwork is rooted in a style he coined "Neo Indigenous". Marka27's paintings, murals, drawings and mix medium pieces are a fresh perspective of ancient indigenous cultures fused with street and pop culture elements that are relevant to his personal experiences.