I was born in Boston in 1979, and have drawn steadily since I can remember. After university, where I studied economics and urban planning, it was street art and the “public realm” of cities where I became a student, looking to urban design and community development as outlets for my creativity. After working as an urban planner in Barcelona and Hong Kong, I moved to New York, where an ex-boss of mine made it clear to me that I had to “do what I had to do”, essentially not settle for an identity that wasn’t mine.
With a fear and anxiety that arose alongside conviction that he was right, I gifted myself “the year of the artist”. I moved into a low rent industrial space, enrolled in the Art Students League and began to visit the museums. I’d take out library books to study art that I was drawn to - I suppose as visual languages. At 30 years old, I can remember my first attempts at paint. “Your drawings and photography is much better” said my teacher, Hugo Bastidias at the ASL. But eventually, I was able to make a living from my artwork. First selling them on the streets of New York in Union Square, and then slowly showing in exhibitions etc.
After feeling like I had established some type of visual language of my own, I began another practice - Artefacting - which I envisioned as a way of making art within a place as a means of telling untold stories, and pushing back against urban expropriation (the first project was in Dharavi Bombay.) I sustained this practice for 7 years, realizing projects in all different places and contexts.
And in 2017 I began another practice, a multidimensional creative & fair-trade project called Rezpiral, working with autonomous campesino mezcaleros of Oaxaca, and their mezcales, called Rezpiral, which I continue to the day.
Now in 2023 I’m in the process of creating another art practice.