Carlos Rodriguez (aka Mare139)
An accomplished and renowned artist of his generation, ‘Mare’ is a respected and celebrated artist and scholar of ‘New York’s Golden Age of Graffiti Art’. He was among the vanguard artists of his time and continues to be recognized as one of the culture’s most prolific, articulate, and most forward-thinking artists, whose works have always pushed the boundaries of Contemporary Urban and Modern Art. Considered a pioneer of Graffiti Sculpture, his work and theories are among the most influential in the genre. Bridging both high and low art, his works are a direct conversation with art history whereby he extrapolates or remixes modern movements into the culture of his youth.
He often lectures and writes about the artistic and social correlations that are discovered.
Mare has exhibited in galleries globally and museums such as LACMA, Pera Museum, El Museo, and Sarjah Foundation.
As a U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador, he has continued exploring the connections between style writing and global culture. His sculpture work from the 2014 Pera Museum exhibition ‘Language of the Wall’ explored calligraphy, Islamic architecture, and Islamic motifs – subsequent works made in Morocco, Dubai, Sharjah, and Saudi Arabia continued this exploration.