Por Vida Gallery Opens with "KAPER: 30 Years of Big Bad Red" (VIDEO)

When artists and longtime friends Pablo Luna, Thomas "Breeze" Marcus, and Lalo Cota signed a one-year lease for Por Vida, a soon-to-be-gallery on 16th Street, we knew (even more) creative energy was headed to the neighborhood. 

Cota says the three decided to open their own space to host more solo shows (by local and visiting artists) than the creative trio held in their former collaborative space, 5 and 6 Gallery in Scottsdale.

Marcus says the gallery's name, Por Vida, was a natural choice (and a literal translation); art is what all three do for a living and will do for life.

Just a few doors down from their painted front door is Calle 16 Mural Project's headquarters and neighborhood anchor, Barrio Cafe. The three look at each other and laugh -- the space was a no brainer.

First up on Por Vida's schedule is solo show "Kaper: 30 Years of Big Bad Red," which features work by the local artist. The door, at 2800 N. 16th St. will open this Friday at 7 p.m..

Check out the preview video below and stay tuned to the Por Vida site for more info.

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