With over 20 years of experience in painting murals and creating street art in general, Marka27 is one of the most established names of our portfolio. Being featured in multiple publications such as Graffiti L.A, Burning New York and Graffiti Planet, Marka27 has gotten himself a reputation of a respected and hardworking professional who does not fear going after new challenges or renewing his way of expression to remain forever evolving as an artist and a human being. It is time for you to meet Victor Quiñonez, who we also know as Marka27.
What is your name?
Victor “Marka27” Quiñonez.
What is the name you always wanted to have?
Where are you based?
I’m currently based in the East Coast Brooklyn, NY and Boston, MA.
What we should know about your Art?
My art has two major themes, “Neo Indigenous” and Retro Native. My artwork has many cultural influences, and pop culture references. I come from a street background and painted graffiti for over 20 years.
Describe yourself in three words.
Prolific, Street, Artisan
What are you proud of?
I’m proud of my family.
If we’d come over for a dinner, what would you cook?
I would make my famous Guacamole extra spicy. I like to make people suffer for good food.
What is your next travel destination and why?
I will be heading out to Colorado for the Colorado Crush Mural Festival this September.
What is currently illegal but should legal?
Immigrants should not be arrested for entering the U.S and treated like criminals if they have never broken any laws before and are only seeking to make an honest living. Immigrants who have legit employment should be given legal rights to work and live in the U.S.
Could you tell us something about the moment when you realized you wanted to be an artist?
I never realized it because I was always an artist.
Do you have a crazy story in stock you would like to share with us?
Feel free! I was at a Banksy show in L.A back on 2003 and declined meeting him at a coffee shop because I had laundry to do. Honestly who would have known this guy would blow up!
Is there something you would like to say to our readers?
Graffiti is the root of street art. I come from that culture and background and it made me a stronger artist today. I believe society forgets how important graffiti has contributed to street art and I hope someday it can be equally respected.
Interview conducted by Elmeri Ström.