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John Carlos De Luna born and raised in Boyle Heights California, John Carlos De Luna, absorbed the vivid influences of L.A.’s best muralists and graffiti artists. De Luna grew up in Los Angeles and was very active in the East Los Angeles Graffiti Art scene since the mid 1990’s, as a skillful and well-respected street artist. De Luna spent the majority of his youth in the infamous Estrada Courts Housing Projects, known for their historic murals. There he had the opportunity to admire, study and recreate these powerful works in his sketchbooks as a young child and teen, drawing from the inspiration of the legendary Chicano artists and muralists of the 1970s. This inevitably inspired him to create his own murals and works of art from a very young age. Throughout this period, young De Luna’s artwork progressed into an innovative style in which he cultivated a three dimensional design technique for illustrations, portraits, and typographical works. Many elements of historical design have influenced De Luna from DADA, Russian Constructivism, historical Los Angeles architecture such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau and many of the unique Mexican and Latin American elements that make up Los Angeles. Most importantly the Chicano school of art, particularly “ASCO” as it stands as a defining factor in his art and continues to influence and penetrate his work.  De Luna’s current works and writings are shifting into a strong and definitive body of art. As De Luna has matured his work has become a powerful and enigmatic language, cultivating dialogues and creating social awareness around issues that affect all Americans and immigrants. De Luna still lives and works in his home studio in Boyle Heights Ca.

John Garcia: Artist John Garcia was born and raised Los Angeles, the East Hollywood Area. As a youth he started out as college bound catholic school kid. He began to experience identity and family issues ,at age 17 he was drawn to the streets, and the gangs , drugs, and violence that go along with it . He joined Army at age 20 as part of plea bargain to escape serious criminal charges, he was honorably discharged, he used GI bill to attend nursing school. John currently works fulltime as a nurse with handicap people. John became interested in art in 2008 and now it has become his life. The purpose of his art, is art that leads to thought that leads to culture. His goal is to connect to creative forces of the cosmos and become a part of art history.

Secret Weapons

John Carlos De Luna & John Garcia
Hollywood, Silverlake, Echo Park

John Carlos De Luna assisted by John Garcia.