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Meet Gennaro Garcia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gennaro Garcia.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Sonora, Mexico. I was raised in a very creative atmosphere, it was all about food and art. I always wanted to be an artist. Growing up I spent a lot of time at my family’s restaurants. I opened my first small restaurant at the age of 23. Two years later, I opened my second one. At the age of 26, I decided to cross the border in hopes of opening a restaurant and to reunite with a girl in the USA. I was homeless for a couple of weeks and had no choice but to sleep in an alley. Shortly after I was hired to paint and decorate a restaurant for $2K. Three months later I became the general manager of that same restaurant. The decision to move to Phoenix came five years later. The reason for that move was to be closer to a girl, who eventually became my wife. For the next year I worked as restaurant manager for a local chain. A year later I quit to become an artist. I started working for an art decoration company as a senior designer, 3 years later I became an associate. I then decided to walk away and start my own art company. Currently there are 11 galleries exhibiting my art. I have my own T-shirt line which sells here in USA, in boutiques located throughout Mexico, as well as online. I also have, Hecho a Mano, a ceramic line and my Talavera collection with Urriarte Talavera. In the past four years I’ve designed a number of restaurants, including Taco Chelo. Future projects include the opening of a gallery in Baja California and some film projects.

Please tell us about your art.
I think the idea of being an artist is to create, no matter the color, texture or style- just create art. The part I enjoy the most is the learning process. I do murals, ceramics, sculptures, oils, acrylics, monoprints, wood carving, clothing, restaurant design, film, etc. Anything that challenges me. Thank God my collectors know this, they’re always looking for the new things I’m creating. They’re the ones that help me live from my art, so muchas gracias mi gente.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I’ve always said that art is 50% creating and 50% PR. You must go out, meet people, travel, try new things, collaborate, find creative people, listen, talk, share knowledge. Enjoy life outside.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Locally, at Sky Harbor Airport and galleries, which include Calvin Charles,  Royse Contemporary and Xico Inc. Local restaurants which include Taco Chelo, Barrio Queen, Gallo Blanco, Ghost Ranch, Panne Bianco and Phoenix Public Market.You can also find my work in local street murals and at my local studio inside the Bentley Studios. Outside of Phoenix, you can find my art in San Diego, LA, Chicago, Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, Valle de Guadalupe, etc.

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Gennaro Garcia

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