WERC "City Ponders" Painting. 24" x 36" mixed media on canvas mounted on wood.
Jari WERC Alvarez was born in Ciudad Juarez, Ch. MX. (1980), and grew up in El Paso TX. USA. It is in this border where it all began for Werc; 21 years ago he became part of the graffiti movement and began his artistic career.
Werc illustrates cultural idioms by reinterpreting slang and subcultural language into whimsical surreal allegories that are made up of ephemera, words & symbols. Werc explores the balance in the aspects of duality and the politics of identity. Werc believes art can weave communities thoughts and aspirations, and knows the magic that Public Art can bring forth.
Within his practice he creates opportunities that nurture creativity, provoke dialogue, cultivate relationships, and activate spaces.
Werc's is a public artist currently based out of NYC, who paints murals throughout the world; His studio-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries & museums, such as Musée de Aquitaine, MCASD, CAMLA, MOM, and are part of the Getty's special collections & the Cheech Marin Art Collection. Werc has participated in several mural festivals and initiatives such as the UK's See No Evil 2012 and MX Color Walk 2014. In
2014 Werc's "Shamanic Visions" mural made the Top 10 murals of NYC via Untapped Cities. Werc has been published in various books, magazines, and media such as; Mural Art, Artillery Magazine, Graffiti Planet, and others.