HISPANIC HERITAGE COLLECTION
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mister Cartoon was immersed in art from an early age. He began his career as a graffiti artist before branching into murals, album covers, logos, and now most famously known for his tattoos. His richly detailed, hand-rendered designs pull much of their inspiration from the Los Angeles of Cartoon’s youth. Cartoon’s work has helped bridge the gap between those hardscrabble beginnings and the style’s current popularity. Stars such as Eminem, Travis Barker, Slash, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, along with athletes like CC Sabathia, Amarie Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer wear Cartoon’s art on their skin.
Cartoon is back in 2018 with unique designs for California State University, Long Beach, The University of New Mexico, The University of Texas at San Antonio, University of California, Berkeley, University of Houston, University of Southern California, and University of Texas at Austin.
Daniel Anguilu started painting graffiti at an early age. Mostly using freight trains and walls as his canvases, his art is increasingly visible around his hometown of Houston. Anguilu has been invited and traveled to many cities in the US, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Italy to paint graffiti and to participate in graffiti art exhibits. He has also visited Asia, Africa, and Central America to enrich his knowledge of pre-colonial art and the cultures in those regions.
Anguilu’s recent projects include Famous Monsters at Lawndale Art Center, Houston (2012), and has participated in group exhibitions at The Station Museum, Houston (2012), Cardoza Fine Art, Houston (2012); the Orange Show, Houston (2011); Mexican Consulate of Houston, Houston (2007); Aerosol Warfare Gallery, Houston (2005), and the Poissant Gallery, Houston (2001).
FEDERICO WAS RAISED IN THE BORDER TOWN OF EL PASO WHERE, AS A YOUNG BOY HE WAS INFLUENCED BY CULTURES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER. IT WAS THIS CROSS-POLLINATION OF POP-CULTURE IMAGES FROM ROCK AND ROLL ALBUM COVERS TO CARTOONS, LUCHA LIBRE AND COMIC BOOKS THAT INSPIRED HIM TO EXPRESS HIS APPRECIATION THROUGH ART.
FORSAKING A FORMAL ART SCHOOL EDUCATION, FEDERICO WENT FOR THE “SCHOOL OF THE STREETS” APPROACH INSTEAD, RECEiVING HIS EDUCATION BY DIRECTLY WORKING AT JOBS THAT HONED HIS SKILLS. THIS TOOK HIM FROM CREATING MASCOTS FOR PLATOONS AT FT. BLISS, TEXAS TO BEING A PORTRAIT ARTIST ON THE MARKET SQUARES OF GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, ALL THE WAY TO LAS VEGAS AND OTHER CITIES AS A DISPLAY ARTIST FOR TOWER RECORDS. IT WAS THIS JOB THAT LANDED HIM IN AUSTIN.
IN HIS EAST AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD, HE CONTINUES TO KEEP THE LATINO CULTURE ALIVE.
ABSTRK IS A CUBAN AMERICAN BORN AND RAISED IN MIAMI FLORIDA . HIS FAMILY CAME TO THE USA DURING THE 60S DURING THE PEDRO PAN AND FREEDOM FLIGHTS EXILES FROM CUBA . ABSTRK'S WORK CAPTURES YOUR EYE AND DRAWS YOU INTO HIS PIECES WITH MOVEMENT AND COLOR.WITH A BACKGROUND IN GRAFFITI , ABSTRK'S WORK CONSISTS OF FORMS PULLED OFF OF OUTLINES AND LETTER STRUCTURE AS WELL AS TRADITIONAL FINE ART. HIS WORK CAN BE DIVERSE IN SUBJECT MATTER AT THE SAME TIME ALWAYS RELATIVE TO HIS STYLE-ISMS AND SHAPES. ABSTRK'S WORK CAN BE FOUND ON CANVAS AS WELL AS WALLS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND THE CARIBBEAN.
DAVID P. FLORES WAS BORN IN TULARE, CALIFORNIA AND ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL AT TULARE UNION HIGH SCHOOL IN THE SAME CITY. AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, HE ATTENDED COLLEGE IN SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA. THERE HE RECEIVED A DEGREE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN. SOON AFTER, HE JUMPED INTO A CAREER WITH THE SKATEBOARDING INDUSTRY.
AFTER EXPERIMENTING WITH STREET ART, DAVID FLORES IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS SELF-PROCLAIMED “STAINED GLASS” AND MOSAIC STYLE. THESE IMAGES ARE OFTEN FAMOUS ICONIC IMAGES AND HE ENJOYS PARTICIPATING WITH A VARIETY OF COMPANIES TO PERFORM HIS WORK. SOME OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES HAVE LED TO GREAT COLLABORATIONS SUCH AS WORKING WITH SHEPARD FAIREY, STUSSY, AND KIDROBOT.
IGNACIO E. SANCHEZ ALSO KNOWN AS “NACHO” IS A MEXICAN-AMERICAN ARTIST BORN AND RAISED IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS.
NACHO DISCOVERED HIS LOVE FOR “ART” AT THE AGE OF 14, INSPIRED BY MANY STREET ARTIST AS WELL AS FAMILY MEMBERS. HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST SKETCH BOOK AND WOULD SIT IN CLASS AND DRAW ON IT FOR HOURS DISCOVERING DIFFERENT THINGS EVERY TIME. HE THEN BEGAN EXPERIMENTING WITH AEROSOL PAINT AND MOVED HIS WAY INTO OTHER MEDIUMS SUCH AS ACRYLICS/INK/PASTELS AND OIL BARS.
NACHO HAS HAD EXHIBITIONS IN ART EVENTS CURATED BY LOCAL ARTIST IN THE HOUSTON AREA SUCH AS EL RINCON SOCIAL , MONTROSE GALLERY, ROXX STREET FESTIVAL, PROJECT ROW HOUSE, TEDXYOUTH, WORKSHOP HOUSTON, BAKER RIPLEY, HARRISBURG ARTS MUSEUM, EAST END GALLERY, HARDY AND NANCE STUDIOS AND MANY OTHER PRIVATE GALLERIES IN THE HOUSTON AREA.