Artist Bio

"I've been drawing and painting since childhood. Most of my art reflects the phases of life I've experienced growing up in San Francisco's Barrio, The Mission District. I feel blessed to have experienced the movements and activism in politics, art and music from the 60's through today.
I'm a kid from the streets and mostly self taught. As a result of delinquency I was relegated to community service to assist muralists on community murals and took like a fish to to water. Somehow I made it to college. While at SF State, I continued to receive on the job training by apprenticing with renown veteran Muralists such as Chuy Campesano, Ray Patlan and Mike Rios.
After acquiring my Ethnic Studies degree, I eventually found myself working as a Probation Officer in the the place I dreaded as a teenager. During that time I was able to give back to my community by working mural projects with troubled youth in my community, while moonlighting on private commissions and commercial murals.
I ended a 23 year law enforcement career in May of 2015. Now, I'm happily retired and living the dream as an artist."
-Carlos Gonzalez AKA Kookie



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