100 Creatives

24: Gennaro Garcia

24: Gennaro Garcia
Gennaro Garcia started sketching in kindergarten and hasn't been able to stop. He grew up in his family's restaurants in Mexico and says he remembers drawing the senoras while they cooked. He followed the family business and opened his own restaurant when he was 23 years old. After five years, he decided he wanted to open one in the United States.

Garcia's move to Arizona wasn't as smooth as planned. He was homeless in Yuma for a few weeks before he found a local restaurant, offered to decorate it and eventually became the manager. While in Yuma, he met a girl at a party and they decided to move to Phoenix together (Garcia admits, it may have been more "him following the girl to Phoenix"). He started painting and worked as a muralist and faux finisher. He married the girl.

Garcia currently has his own studio and has had more than 30 exhibits in the last four years including seven solo shows. "Did I mention I married the girl?" he asks.

Read more about Garcia's work after the jump ...

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).

- The colors from my Mexico
- Mujeres in general
- The creativity of Peruvian, Mexican, Spanish artist form the 17 century
- Cathedrals arte from around the world
- The girl I mentioned before.

2. What was your last big project?
My last solo show at Calvin Charles at Scottsdale. Being the second Latino to have a solo show in this gallery after Fernando Botero was nerve wrecking.

3. What's your next big project?
My next big project consists of three parts:
- My solo show in Los Angeles at Chimmaya Gallery on Sept. 26
- Painting the first mural for Calle16 Mural project
- And my two-man show with Master Artist George Yepes.

4. Why do you do what you do?
Because the voices in my head keep chingando about it, and the only way to shut them up its creating arte.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
I'm still planning on opening that restaurant.

(And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)
That I watched an episode of Jersey Shore last night. Why God? Why??

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