More than 15 years ago, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada started making urban art in New York. The Cuban-born artist is renown for his gigantic scale charcoal drawings of anonymous people. RG’s works are more than just huge drawings on a building; they represent a social statement, reclaiming the public spaces that have been bombarded with pictures of apparently perfect men and women, or political figures.
“I chose charcoal for its transparency and ephemeral quality. I involve the visual narrative of the textured wall instead of covering it. These time-based portraits gradually deteriorate. They become a metaphor of the fading of life, of fame and of the things we first thought were so important. The creation of the “Identity Series” is also an act that is environmentally sound and at the mercy of the natural world. The pieces fade away like the warmth after an embrace. The photo realistic drawing is only an aspect of the piece. The importance of the piece is the whole process of creation, destruction and memory.”(artistaday.com)
(via Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada)