2019 Houston Mural Festival (HUE Fest) | AmCap Home Loans

2019 Houston Mural Festival (HUE Fest) | AmCap Home Loans


So my name is GONZO247. I’m an artist here in the city of Houston. I was born and raised in the east end part of town. And you know ever since I was a kid I always knew I was artistically inclined. My parents immigrated here from Mexico so I’m the first generation born here. You know before I say I’m Mexican or before I say American, I say I’m 100% Texan. Growing up being you know interested in this creative thing called ART. In my neighborhood at the time there really wasn’t any public art. Thankfully there is one mural. We didn’t know anything about museums or art galleries or where to access art. All we had was whatever we ran across and in my neighborhood on Canal Street. That one mural like I would get excited knowing we were gonna drive by it. So it really like set me on this trajectory of like “I like ART”. I don’t understand any of this but I mean the content was way over my head But the scale of it. Really left an impression on me. And I was like one day I would really love to do something like that. In 1979-1980 I was driving the neighborhood with my Dad and listening to the radio and all of a sudden I started to hear this crazy sound coming out of the speakers It was called Rap music. Back in those days It was trickling in from the East Coast and I had never heard any music like that That you know everyone else hated it So like YES made me love it even more. You know Rap introduced me to this thing called the Hip Hop Culture and you know there’s the music you know the MC, the DJ, the B-Boy And then graffiti is the the visual language of Hip-Hop and so once I saw graffiti and what it was And once I saw who was doing it And I knew and I saw that it was kids that were my age And they looked like me and they’re like bombing subway trains with spray paint and I was like Yesssss… That’s what I want to do What really broke down the barriers like you know I could relate with the artist And also seeing that they were using spray paint you know I didn’t know what a brush was I didn’t know what an acrylic was or an oil was But everyone know what spray paint is So my dad had a garage full of spray paint And I grabbed a can of paint I thought of this idea, I saw a piece of plywood and within seconds I was able to manifest this thing Once I did it I was like this is my ticket, this is my vehicle. Now I felt like I could be creative. That kind of started my journey into this into this bigger picture of art. So fast-forward that one mural in that neighborhood really inspired me and a lot of other younger people to pursue this thing called Art. And looking back as an older person now and seeing the significance of what that one mural had did for me and for the neighborhood I thought to myself, if one mural could do that, What would two mural do in that neighborhood? What would three do to inspire the community? What would a hundred do for the city? And so that kind of started to generate this idea of how can we bring more murals onto the city streets. In 2013, I worked on what’s now known as the Houston Is Inspired here on Downtown And the feedback that we got from that mural was more than we could ever imagined. Once we saw how everyone was really accepting of it. That’s really what sparked the idea of like Hey if we can do all this and create all this appreciation for street art and graffiti art with one mural in Downtown then let’s let’s see how we can put together some kind of mural festival so that we can produce you know several walls at the same time and work with it you know different artists And that was the birth of the HUE Mural Festival. HUE stands for Houston Urban Experience Our goal has always been to spread the love and try to create these epicenters of street art culture and kind of plant these seeds in different parts of the city and then grow from there. You know we’ve had great partners, community partners along the way. AmCap being a great supporter from the very beginning. And you know when you have an opportunity to work with companies organizations that see a bigger picture and see that what they can contribute is going to go forward and inspire a community and raise the quality of life. Those are the type of partnerships that we value because in the end we’re all helping each other to make a better Houston. For me that the idea that that a kid is gonna be driving and it going to look out and see a mural something and inspiring you know and not just once but several times throughout whatever route or journey they’re on. We always like to work with local artists Because we feel that Houston The talent here can compete with any other city around the world. So we work with a local, national, regional and international artists. We like to bring people to Houston to experience what Houston has to offer and vice versa We like to show the world what Houston’s all about so… This is I think our fourth iteration of the Mural Festival and we’re really bringing more color to the city streets and adding to that visual tapestry of what makes Houston really unique and dynamic. We’re looking forward to growing bigger. We’re looking forward to continuing our partnerships like with AmCap. Hopefully next time around you know we’ll have a big water bottles with the AmCap logo on it and just really spread more of that love…

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