- Gaius Cruz's Mural Reveal Party at River Coyote (November 17th 2017)
- The Other Art Fair at The Brooklyn Expo Center (November 9th-12th 2017)
- Baton Rouge Gallery Surreal Salon 8 Group Show (January 4th 2016)
- The Cotton Candy Machine Brooklyn Biennial Group Show (December 12th 2015)
- Green Point Brooklyn Gallery Group Show (July 2014)
- Award for Painting/Drawing, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art (June 2010)
- Award for Departmental Awards in ART Painting, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art (June 2010)
my name's Gaius (Guy-is), & I'm a Fine Artist, Illustrator, & Muralist.
ARTISTIC GOAL & FOCUS:
My Primary focus is the preservation of memories. Whether they be accurately preserved or skewed by biased embellishment. I'm exploring themes of inner human emotion & self awareness, through memory recollection & manipulation. They say "The past is a foreign country.", I want to study it as a life long pursuit to both become more self aware & preserve the things I can't let go of. Neil Degrasse Tyson once said "We are forever prisoners locked in the present moment transitioning from our past to our future." My work has become a time machine allowing me to flow freely forward, backwards, & even sometimes frozen in memories that I can't let go of. Through this psychologically time travel I can become more self aware, understand myself deeper, study others, sharpen my own philosophical beliefs, & immortalize priceless individuals & experiences.
Born & raised in Brooklyn, NY 1992. Gaius followed his guts toward an art-immersed life. After attending & graduating from LaGuardia School of the Arts, he went on to study chemistry in college, under pressure to pursue a “conventional” degree. When he felt the path of science felt inauthentic to him, he dropped out, left home, & was homeless, sleeping on friends’ couches. While trying to make ends meet, an old painting he gifted a friend was viewed by a patron of the arts, who ended up contacting Gaius via Facebook. It took Gaius two months to respond, because he didn't own a computer at the time. However, when he did get in touch with the patron, it started a chain of events that allowed Gaius to express his creativity & story, & to be financially stable.
ARTISTIC STYLE & MY PROCESS:
I describe my "artistic style" as Analog Photoshop. All of my work is an attempt to metaphorically photograph memories, edit, & then embellish them. A consistent theme in my work is layers of glass &/or imagery. These layers are a metaphor for the layers used in photoshop to edit & embellish. My artistic style is heavily influenced by Eastern mythology/art, anime, & Yugioh cards.
"My process" starts with me living as freely as possible, then I document the profound memories along the way as accurately as possible with photographs & my iPhone's note ap. I combine objects, facial characteristics, words, personality traits, architecture, tone, & themes I've photographed or written down in my notes & stylize them to make an abstract creature &/or scenery. This creative process translates my memories into an obscure visual langue. A langue I alone am fluent in.
I seal most of my work inside layers of bolted acrylic glass. I prefer using mixed media (paint, color pencil, holographic cutouts, graphite)