Here at the Houston Zoo, we can hardly wait for our grand opening of our new Gorillas at the Houston Zoo habitat in May. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until May to see gorillas…
We’ve teamed up with five insanely talented artists who have each designed a mural featuring gorillas. Each one pours personality and style into their work , and we are thrilled that this group is helping the entire city welcome gorillas to Houston.
Here’s a look at the artists that are bringing you their best guerrilla gorilla designs.
Mural Location: Downtown Food Park; 1311 Leeland (corner of Leeland & Austin Streets
Texas-based artist, Mario Enrique Figueroa, Jr. aka GONZO247 was exposed to graffiti and began his pursuit as a self-taught aerosol artist in 1985. Some of his accomplishments include: Founder of Graffiti and Street Art Organization, Aerosol Warfare; producing Aerosol Warfare, a graffiti video series; Mural “Houston Is…” with The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, selected Houston Press Best Public Art Project and won a Silver Addy Award; Education HANS 200: The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall guest instructor at Rice University Hanszen College. His artwork can also be found in the City of Houston Art Collection at The Houston Permitting Building; Interviewed for the Center for Arts Leadership Archives at University of Houston, 2013; Collaboration for the Houston Rap Book, Slipcase Cover Artwork; Mentioned in The History of American Graffiti, Texas Chapter ); Also named Houston Press Best Art Curator in a Non-Museum Setting Award 2012. For more information visit www.aerosolwarfare.com
Photo credit: Dave Rossman/For the Houston Chronicle
Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau
Mural Location: 2119 Washington Ave.
Born in 1973 in Versailles, France, Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau was influenced by the American Pop Art and Graffiti movement of the 60s, 70s, and 80s and began his artistic endeavors in Paris in 1987 at the age of 14. In the early-90s he began to travel the world painting in remote countries like Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Senegal, and many western destinations.
He migrated to the United States in 1998 and in 2000 launched what is now a highly successful mural company in Houston, Texas, Eyeful Art Murals and Designs, serving both the public and private sectors.
Mr. D’s signature style is known as “Canpressionism“ a neo-impressionist style primarily done with spray paint and street art techniques.
“After 28 years as an artist, the stigma remains, and I want to change people’s perception in regards to Urban Art. My artistic and personal goal is to use my skills, experience, and credibility to demonstrate an “Urban Art as Fine Art” approach through ‘Canpressionism’.” For more information visit www.MrD1987.com
Photo credit: AMA by Aisha
Mural Location: 3100 Smith St.
Nicky Davis is an artist that works and resides in the suburban sprawl of Houston, Texas. His illustrative style and color choices occasionally hint at a cautious optimism, the absurdities of life and love and the damage done by man’s ecological irresponsibility. Amongst the Polar Bears and grinning vampires are subtle suggestions that all is most definitely not well.
Nicky Davis’ style roots itself in the low brow / low brim New Contemporary Art Movement with a fun mix of color, character, and imagination. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. For more information visit www.NickyDavis.com
Michael C. Rodriguez
Mural Location: Jenni’s Noodle House; 602 East 20th St.
Michael C. Rodriguez is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in Houston, Texas.
Heavily inspired by vintage illustration styles and nature, Rodriguez combines these elements into a modern context to create both personal narratives and storytelling.
Michael’s artwork has been exhibited nationwide and his illustration work has appeared in a number of US and International publications such as Wired, Spin, and Juxtapoz. For more information visit www.michael-rodriguez.com
Mural Location: Richard’s Antiques; 3701 Main St
Anat is a self-taught artist, focusing on murals and street painting. Her professional artistic phase started in 2009, almost by mistake. She paints with brushes, using latex (house paint), and acrylics. So far she painted more than 400 murals, mostly throughout the vast Houston area, including public spaces like interstate highways, bridges, buildings, churches, schools, and more.
In addition to her mural work, she participates in international street painting and street art festivals nationwide and around the world. Since discovering her gift, Anat has made use of it to pay her bills, and also to deliver messages. Her dream is to keep on doing it. For more information visit www.anatronen.com
Photo credit: Collin Kelly