Elio Mercado, also known as Evoca1, was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Florida at the age of 11. While growing up his artistic talents were encouraged by teachers, but at the time, the idea of pursuing art was not a privilege that was granted to his family. This is why the figurative painter, street artist, and designer feels that his ability to create today is a gift. In his work he aims to reach a balance of craftsmanship and substance, imbuing his work with an idea or concept that has deeply moved and inspired Elio. His creative process is also an emotional one, and in turn asks more of the viewer than to enjoy the works, but to find empathy within them as well.
Click through Evoca1’s mural for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of Art opening this weekend.
“Vitality and Verve III” is the third iteration of the collaborative series curated by Thinkspace Projects with the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach for the Long Beach Museum of Art, and will be featuring ephemeral murals and installations from Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush,
Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS
The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
‘VITALITY AND VERVE III’
Curated by Thinkspace with support from POW! WOW! Long Beach
On View June 30, 2018 thru September 9, 2018 at:
Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA. 90803