Hi, my name is Gerardo Yepiz. I'm a San Diego-based artist who
has made my reputation in different art movements and scenes
throughout the years. From the practical use of street art elements,
and multicultural approach combined with community activism-I
genuinely care about the world we live in.
I've been Vegetarian/Vegan for 22 years; I'm advocate of treating
animals with compassion, a promoter of cycling, and love to
help friends and community organizations wherever I'm needed.
Because of my deep love for all animals, I pay tribute to our
domestic companions through my unique vision of contemporary
How it All Started
It all started as a way for me to cope with the
loss of my beloved cat Nini Binoche, a mixed tabby, who I rescued
from Ensenada, Mexico. I painted my first pet portrait, a 24"
x 24" panel, as a relaxing experiment with a limited color palette.
The result was an abstract-looking cat, featuring heavy strokes,
mock pixels, and squiggly lines.
Soon, friends started asking me to create dog
portraits-many of which have been displayed in art shows in
San Diego. I had no intention of creating more pet portraits,
but the demand grew over the years from friends who had also
lost their cats and dogs, or who wanted to give the pet portraits
as special gifts My style continues to evolve, which is not
far from my other designs, which includes paintings and graffiti
I have a special bond with animals and can intuit
characteristics unique to each pet. Through my pet portraits,
I aim to capture the essence of every cat and dog.
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About the Portraits:
Each pet portrait is an acknowledgment note, a message of
kindness, and a vivid reminder of your pet's warm fuzzy playfulness.
My pet portraits are not traditional works by any extent-they
often develop from an established relationship between a dog
or a cat and their caretakers (owners).
The portraits are based on photographs for practical reasons,
and often taken by me (if the client is local to San Diego
or when I travel), with the intention of achieving the best
angles to enhance the pet's personality traits. Portraits
are mixed media-acrylic, oil pens, solid-paint acrylic markers,
spray paint, and occasionally silk screening or stamping of
some images. Every portrait is a signed original.
Most of the portraits are created using the cross-hatching
technique and are realized on high-end birch panels. Occasionally,
I paint portraits on canvas (please inquire
). Final portraits are gently clear coated with a matte finish.
I highly recommend that you keep them away from direct sunlight
for preservation of the vibrant colors.
Portraits are unique, custom made to order, and never kept
Other services such as design, illustration, and murals may
be available. Do not hesitate to ask or check out my website
for more information.
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San Diego, CA