When I heard he was having his own show, I knew I would have to make the opening and represent because sadly, Mike was working on a mural in Studio City and wouldn't be able to attend.
The running joke is: I like Siner's graffiti style more than his.
But seriously, I've always considered Siner to be one of the best graffiti artists to come out of the L.A area. And I'm not just saying this because he is a good friend of my husband's and they have O.G roots in the same graffiti crew. I am completely unbiased! I swear. Ahem.
I've known Carlos for about sixteen years now, and he has steadily been on his grind. He's got more amazing talent in his freaking pinky finger and a hundred graffiti artists combined.
What I dig about Carlos and his art is that he melds together L.A scenery from your mind's eye. Signage, graffiti, murals, tagging--all the things that people here in Southern California visually ingest on a daily basis--and he combines them into something that is stimulating and beautiful to look at. It grips you. What I really love about his work is how he incorporates designs and motifs from the ancient Americas. Aztec, Mayan, with some religious icons and Chicano iconography sprinkled in.
|This was my absolute favorite piece. The Virgin Mary and a bottle of Aqua Net?? It doesn't get any better than that.|
|This Minnie Mouse piece looks familiar. It was also in a show at the Buckwild Gallery in Venice beach.|
|Carlos (a.ka. Siner) and I, in front of one of his newer pieces.|
|Loteria cards, I see you.|