Artist CV

Mario E. Figueroa, Jr.
“Artist GONZO247”
Curriculum Vitae

SKILLS
Visual and conceptual artist, bilingual (english and spanish), digital art, public speaking, and community engagement.

AWARDS
He has received several awards and accolades. He was awarded the Houston Press Best Art Curator in a Non-Museum Setting Recognition (2010); Two of his works are in the City of Houston Art Collection at The Houston Permitting Building (2011); He was mentioned in The History of American Graffiti, (2011); He was interviewed for the Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston, (2013); His oral history was recorded for The Houston Metropolitan Research Center; His work is in the Texas art collection of The Senate of The State of Texas on display at the capitol office of Senator Rodney Ellis (2015); He received Congressional Recognition from Member of Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee for “Arts in Community” in honor of Hispanic heritage month (2018); He received the Houston Metro Hispanic Heritage Month award for “Cultural and Historic Trailblazers” (2018); He was awarded a City of Houston Proclamation on September 27, for his artistic efforts and education in Houston (2016); He was co-awarded, with Harris County, Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Martha Peterson Award for his efforts on re-painting and preserving the Rebirth of Our Nationality mural (1972-1973) in East End Houston (2019).

A SELECTION OF PAST EXPERIENCES

2019
“Creative Flow” Mural for Arts District Houston during HUE Mural Festival
Rooftop mural for Houston Methodist Hospital, commissioned by Skyline Arts
University of Houston Student Center 5’x5’ plexiglass
Opt for Optimism Lounges with Texas Monthly & Frost Bank
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum Hawker Jet Installation
University of Houston Underpass Art Installation with UH Design Students
Houston Grand Opera, Transforming the Mind & Spirit, live plexiglass performance 6’x6’ “Love Heart”
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Spring Festival. 5’x5’ plexiglass art piece,
Saint Thomas University mural
Rodeo Houston live art installation

2018
2nd Ward Cube Art for East End Chamber of Commerce
“Stay On the Bright Side” 15’x25’ mural, Frost Bank, Dallas, TX
University of Houston, Valenti School of Communication mural
“Vibrant Times” art installation in 1 of 6 indoor chapels, Saint Arnold Brewery
“The Energy Between Sister Cities” 30’x70’ mural, Stavanger, Norway
Repainting of Leo Tanguma’s mural, “The Rebirth of Our Nationality” 18’x 240’
“The Four Pillars of Rodeo” 8’x8’x8’ art cube, Rodeo Houston
‘Experient Houston” plexiglass art performance, E4 Summit, Houston, Texas
Houston Marathon finisher medal design
“Lovely Day” 8’x16’ mural on stainless steel, Levy Park, Houston, Texas

2017
“H-Town” 15’x40’ mural for Hampton Inn-Homewood Suites, Houston, Texas
“Sin Fronteras” 15’x40’ mural, Centro Histórico de Querétaro, Mexico, Hola Houston
“Gingerbread Capital” mural, 35’x45’ Waxahachie, Texas
“Talk With Your Hands” mural 8’x50’, Museum of Contemporary Art Monterrey, Mexico with Community Youth
Live Plexiglass art performance, 8’x8’x8’ art cube Discovery Green, Houston, Texas
“Harrisburg 1826 to 1926” mural at the Harrisburg Overpass Bridge, Houston, Texas

2016
City of Houston Parks Dept, Gragg Park “Elephants on Parade” Artwork on Statues
George R Brown Convention Center Interior Mural Art Installation
HOLA Houston Marketing Campaign – Exterior Murals in 5 Different Cities in Mexico
Houston Zoo Galveston, Texas Sea Wall Murals, Artist & Project Manager
The Williams Tower Above Ground Parking Garage Exterior Mural Installation
Final Four Houston Large Sculptural Plexiglass Bracket Exterior & Interior Display

2015
Houston Zoo Gorilla Mural Marketing Campaign, Curator & Artist
JW Marriott Downtown Hotel Exterior Mural Installation
SXSW Live Art on Plexiglass Austin, Texas
JW Marriott Downtown Artwork on Canvas for Permanent Picasso Gallery Display (3)
MARCO Museum Mural workshop with local Kids Monterrey, Mexico
Texas State Capitol, Curated by Senator Rodney Ellis and Esperson Gallery, Plexiglass On Display

2014
Metro Retro In-Store “Graffiti Patina” Art on Furniture Exhibition
Live Art Basel House – Wynwood, Miami
Art Basel Week, SCOPE Art Show with Red Bull, Miami Beach, FL
GHCVB Large Suspended Lobby Art Plexiglass Installation “Houston Beat”

2013
“Houston Is…” Large-scale Exterior Mural for GHCVB
“City Life” Richmond, Indiana Live Festival Mural & Workshop
“Houston Rap” Book Slip Case Artwork

2012
“Opening Doors” featuring artwork on Doors Texas-French Alliance
DiverseWorks Public Art Walls on The Docks, “Grandalism” Houston, Texas
Stavanger, Norway Graffiti Art Project Exchange, Houston, Texas
“Mission Accomplished” Group Show, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Space Zombie…” Kallinen Contemporary Gallery, Houston, Texas

2011
Houston Permitting Building Permanent City of Houston Collection Canvas Artwork (2 Large)
Aerosol Warfare Exhibition, “Artifacts”
“Street Science”, PG Contemporary, Houston TX
“The Big Show”, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2010
“Absolut GONZO” Vaughan Christopher Gallery
“Modern Art Graffiti Chairs” Design Within Reach, Houston, TX

2009
“Pieced Together” Touring Exhibition NY, SF, LA, Austin, TX

2007
“Also Known As” Winter Street Studios, Houston, TX

2006
“Back in the Day” L Street Gallery, San Diego, CA
“Houston Are You Board? 1” CSAW, Houston, TX
“Houston Are You Board? 2” Mackey Gallery, Houston, TX

2005
“10 Degrees of Separation” The Bin, Cape Town, South Africa
“Yo, What Happened to Peace?” Transport Gallery, Book LA, CA
“MADL 2K5” Oulous Repair Shop Gallery LA, CA
“Metal Pig” Gomi Gallery, Austin ,TX
“Weapons Inspections 2” Motive 807, Austin, TX

2004
“Cool Fuel Road Trip” TV Show Graffiti Van, Galveston, TX
“The Monkey Show” Adfunture Gallery, Hong Kong
“Remix” Radici, New Orleans, LA
“Funny Club Show” Rotofugi, Chicago, IL
“Weapon Inspections” (Curator and Artist) McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“GRA(FF)ITE” Crewest Gallery, LA, CA

2003
“Disposable” (Curator and Artist) El Dogg Gallery, Houston, TX

2002
“Eye of the Beholder” OneTen Studios, Houston, TX
“Freezer Burn” (Curator and Artist) DubTex, Houston, TX

1999
“Contents Under Pressure” (Curator and Artist) Wall Of Fame, Houston, TX

1994
“Generation X” Diverseworks, Houston, TX
“Phase II” (Curator and Artist) Summer Street Studios, Houston, TX

1993
“Bombs, Burners, Scribbles & Tags”, (Curator and Artist) REF Studios, Houston, TX