In a continuation of our Artist of the Month series, we are happy to announce our artist for February!
José “GRUE” Pellecer first worked with EXPO Collective during the first annual Quetzal Art Fest in 2015. Since then, he has also participated in a silent auction for a community production of West Side Story in partnership with The Miracle Center.
Pellecer is known for his spaceman character that shall remain nameless, and cartoony aesthetic that brings an innocent touch to his pieces that have been manipulated to tell a much deeper story. However, his aesthetic doesn’t stop there. He has a variety of styles under his belt, which makes him an ideal artist for commissioned pieces.
Most recently, Pellecer established Sky, a streetwear brand that he’s working to get off the ground. That’s what we call the hustle!
The Guatemalan native finds inspiration all over Chicago and through the variety of people that he’s met growing up in the city. We look forward to working more closely with Pellecer in the future. For now, read a bit about what inspires the young artist.
Just art in general. Art makes everything better. I say that everyone has an inner artist that’s waiting to come out and create. And that is why I want a space of my own so everyone and anyone can come together and forget about race, color, gender and just paint.