Based in southern Florida, where he moved aged eleven, Evoca1 is a painter, designer, street artist and activist. His works reflect his artistic sensibility, but also his sense of social responsibility and commitment to the local community. The name itself is a play on words: the Spanish for the verb to evoke fits well with his intentions of seeking the viewer’s emotional connection and response to his art.
He founded the project “Sketches for Mankind” to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless community in Miami and to fund the purchase of food for one hundred displaced people every last Sunday of the month.
Though he had no formal training, his paintings as well as his large scale murals combine incredible technique and subtle storytelling.
The focus of this series of portraits exhibited at the Stolen Space Gallery in East London is on the difficulties that many have to overcome already at a very young age.
In his own words “Too young to fly, too soft to be wild. Ma’ works too much, Pa’ tries so hard, while we just try to survive through the perils of our youth.” While we are so easily judgmental of images, race and economic classes, we must not forget that not all of us are born into the ideal world.
‘Through the perils of our youth’ is at the Stolen Space Gallery until 27/11/2017.