Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Street Fighter Tribute Art Show


The amazing Ben Zhu of Gallery Nucleus (one of my favorite galleries!) and Jon Gibson & Derek from I am 8-bit were kind enough to invite me to a Street Fighter (my all time favorite video game!) Tribute Art Show. Only a coward would refuse!

I'm doing two paintings inspired by my favorite characters Blanka (a monster from Brazil) and El Fuerte (a luchador from Mexico).

Growing up, this game really changed my life. In every Mexican arcade or little shop with a Street Fighter 2 machine, you could witness all the struggles of life: the rich versus the poor, the north versus south, the First World versus the Third World -- and more importantly, you versus thousands of unknown kids.

Out of loyalty to Latin America, I always played Blanka from Brazil. Back then there were no Mexican characters, so a giant green monster had to do. In his storyline Blanka, like most telenovela orphans, is trying to reunite with his mother.

12x12 acrylic on canvas

20x16 acrylic on canvas

Jab Strong Fierce (Street Fighter Tribute Show)
Nucleus and I am 8-bit are proud to present, with support from CAPCOM, a Street Fighter tribute group art exhibition.
April 25, 2009 - May 11, 2009
Apr 25, 7:00PM - 11:00PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

2009 Pictoplasma Character Walk

Ultimate scenster Jon Gibson invited Sandra & I to be a part of an art show in Berlin for the 2009 Pictoplasma Character Walk. All I had to do was doodle on a bunch of Post-it Notes and they'll become part of a larger installation created by artist Jude Buffom.

ich bin 8-bit

Curated by Love Ablan, Jon M. Gibson, and Derek Puleston. I am 8-bit, the annual Los Angeles computer game aesthetics art extravaganza, comes to Berlin with a twist. ich bin 8-bit uses standard Post-it Notes to create the ultimate pixelated canvas. It is a show within a show, featuring an all-enveloping installation by Jude Buffum, and original doodles by some of the most prolific character designers in animation and comics including Emmy-winners Jorge R. Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua, Gabe Swarr, Jim Mahfood and MyTarPit.

Neurotitan Gallery
Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Mar 17-Apr 11

*UPDATE pics from the show by Jude Buffum

Jude put my stuff in the bloody stump of the amputee character!

Check out this video of the making of:

Ich Bin 8-Bit installation timelapse from Jude Buffum on Vimeo.

Monday, March 2, 2009