Mario E. Figueroa, Jr. aka GONZO247
was born and raised in Houston, Texas. GONZO was exposed to graffiti and began his pursuit as a self-taught artist in 1985. He opened Aerosol Warfare Gallery, founded The Graffiti & Street Art Art Museum of Texas (2015), produced an Aerosol Warfare video series, established a Houston Wall Of Fame (the city’s first largest art production of its kind), has participated in over 50 exhibitions and art projects while also working with top brand campaigns that speak to urban communities. He has evolved his studio art from aerosol on canvas to aerosol on layered plexiglass using a backwards painting technique. He creates art on a local, national and international level. He is well known as an upstanding artist and an early-on pioneer in the graffiti and street art genres in Houston, Texas; he manages Aerosol Warfare and continues to create art, murals and team-based productions.
He has served several communities in his local hometown Houston, Texas through teaching his medium and volunteering his time to fellow artists and art groups throughout his career. Some of the local organizations he has worked with are TEDxYouth Houston, Avenue CDC - Art on The Avenue, DiverseWorks, Fresh Arts, Houston Arts Alliance, The Orange Show Center and Project Row Houses.
Some of his most recent achievements include curator & founder of The HUE (Houston Urban Experience) Mural Festival (2015) and The new Graffiti & Street Art Museum (GASAM) of Texas (2015). Exhibitions and projects Houston Zoo Washed Ashore Mural (2016), City of Houston, Parks & Recreation - Elephant Park Art (2016), HOLA Houston, Houston First, Murals throughout Mexico (2016), Houston Dynamo, Paint It Black Mural and Poster Art (2016), Williams Tower Parking Garage Mural, Hines (2016), NCAA Final Four Houston Art Installation/Sculpture (2016), The Houston Zoo’s Gorilla Art Campaign (2015), City of Houston Office of Cultural Affairs, Spreading the Love exhibit (2015), Parliament of Owls, DiverseWorks Art Space (2015), Saint Arnold Brewery, Several projects & Beer Can Designer for Art Car IPA (2011- present), MARCO Museum, Monterrey Mexico (2015), SXSW Public Art Installation (2015), Texas State Capitol Senator Ellis Art Gallery (2015), SCOPE Miami (2014), Lobby Art Installation, The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (2014), Esperson Gallery, (2014), Metro Retro Furniture, Graffiti Patina (2014), JW Marriott Houston Art Collection in Picasso Gallery (2014 - Present), Zino Platinum, The Make of Texas Cigar Box Artist (2014), the design and painting of the popular, recognizable “Houston Is…” Mural with The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) (Houston, TX 2013), Downtown Public Library Parking Garage Mural (Houston, TX, 2011); City of Houston Art Collection at The Houston Permitting Building; interview for the Center for Arts Leadership - Master of Arts Leadership program and Archives at University of Houston, (2013); mentioned in The History of American Graffiti, (2011), his oral history was recorded for The Houston Metropolitan Research Center and much more. Full list of achievements available upon request.