We arrived in New York from Mexico City in the afternoon—it was my first time. The goal was to attend the opening of the 12 Mexican Street Artists group exhibition at the Dorian Grey Gallery, in which I showed some work.
The opening was a success. Many acquaintances, collectors and celebrities like Martha Cooper, were there. I’ve had a good relationship with her since we met in Miami in 2011 and worked on the same project. It was a pleasure to meet her again, and to share this moment with several colleagues and Mexicans living in New York, who were pleased to have us there.
Along with Kapta—who has been documenting my work photographically, and now in video—I painted a wall in Brooklyn that impressed people, because the neighbors are familiar with graffiti. They asked me interesting questions: “What are you painting? How much does a mural like this cost? Are you using spray cans?
Without exaggeration, the way we arrived in New York was very special, almost spiritual—something related to the energy. At first I didn’t have a wall lined up to paint, so we calmly spent time with colleagues who were painting. In other place, we knew Raz Laba, the spiritual leader of the The Wailers, and also Peter Tosh, as we realized later, when we got closer to him.
Later on we went to his garage, where I painted a fabulous brick-wall, typical of the architecture of that city. Visible from the street, the place looked like a warehouse; inside were a small plane, ancient motorcycles, old pianos and a bunch of interesting items—all really antique—the raw material for constructing, designing and decorating Raz Laba’s restaurant, around the corner, a few steps from my painting. The whole thing created a special atmosphere, full of stories and memories.
We did a mural titled The Big Jump [El gran salto]. Previously, I was interested in the shapes of a grasshopper, so painting one seemed a good idea, both because of its symbolism and ability to jump so high, which only grasshoppers know how to do. The allusion was the “big jump” that immigrants from all over the world make when they arrive in New York looking for the American dream. This has contributed to creating one of the biggest, most interesting and diverse countries, not only on the continent, but also in the world.
Sharing my work in New York, capital of the world and of several artistic and cultural influences, was a great experience. We are very glad and hoping to go back.