- Dominican born Ariel Vergez, the mind of BlackBrain, was raised in Miami, Florida. Inspired by the heroes of his youth including Dali & DaVinci he pursued art at a young age which led to getting accepted into one of the nation’s best art and design based high schools, Design and Architecture Senior High. His raw talents were given form and were later matured at the Cleveland Institute of art.
BlackBrain’s current series “Dreamers: Malcolm X-Men addresses the hot topics occurring domestically and internationally of inequality, social injustice, and abuse of power in the world.
“Dreamers: Malcolm X-Men,” ironically pairs political figures, heroes and otherwise with their current day mythological equivalent, mixing legendary civil rights leaders of the present and past with iconic comic book heroes. What started as a play on words and punny visual juxtaposition turned more introspective as the vail of political correctness unravelled around us.
The work combines the edginess of street art/graffiti culture and traditional fine art with the use of aerosol paints, wheat paste, marker techniques, acrylic and oil paints — on paper, on wood, on walls, on race cars.
“Dreamers” aims at continuing a conversation started in the 60s and 70s by our fallen icons such as: Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X & Gandhi. Join the conversation, let your voice be heard and have the audacity to change the social psyche on this matter.
You can find Blackbrain at ArtAppetite on 3rd and Spring during the February 12th, DTLA Art Walk.
His work is also being displayed at TeaPop, 5050 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood , CA 91601. Closing Reception will be Friday, February 13th.