You've probably seen his work but didn't know it was his. Texan artist Richard Garay aka The Illustrator, has worked on projects that included Dirty Sanchez, Joey BadA$$ and BKLYN STICKUP to name a few. He's a pretty talented artist that really knows how to sketch. His illustrations are so vivid and detailed. It's hard not to wonder how much time he has put in to working on his craft. He's been into art his entire life but didn't really appreciate it until he was in his pre-teens. Judging from what he has done so far, artwork is definitely his calling; there's no argument there. His favorite part of being an artist is being able to inspire the mind of another person. He knew art was something he really wanted in his life. This was confirmed when he realized that his art could take him places and maybe change the world for the better! "I decided I wanted to be an artist when I realized I didn't want to slave away, growing old from working."
What does art bring you?
RG: Ventilation. But what’s most beneficial is the spirituality it brings me, it fills the void of the unknown that others struggle to fill.
What's your definition of art?
RG: The definition of art? Im not really sure Im capable of defining that.That’s like asking what the definition of life is.
What major projects have you worked on and why did you take them on?
RG: Well the biggest project I've had the opportunity to take on was appointed to me by Pro Era's Powers Pleasant. The project is still in the works, but I’ve been put on to design and illustrate the flyer for Brooklyn’s HipHop festival , "Brooklyn's Dayoff". Just the fact that my art was requested due to all the love it requited was enough for me to jump on board. Plus hip hop was sort of the foundation of my whole journey into this movement.
Is there a specific project that you would like to work on?
RG: Anything visual Pro Era would be amazing, and the same for The Underachievers. I fully support the movement that the "Beastcoast" community represents so any creative collaboration would be dope.
Where do you see your future in art?
RG: Defiantly still in the game but just not having to worry about anything; not having to worry about money and being able to live comfortably doing what I love doing.
Is there anything else you would like to add
RG: We live in a world that is heading towards a drastic change that could be for the better or for the worst. I feel its important that in order for society to strive, we must all get on the same page but for us to find this consensus, we need to be as open minded as necessary. And that to me is what art is all about, it almost sugarcoats the detriments of life so we can move past them to find the solution. I really appreciate all the support and help I've gotten up to this point. All the love from Pro Era, GIANI-NYC, SoulbrothaARTS, and of course my beautiful girlfriend along with my close friends and family. Thank you for having me.