On Art and Aesthetics

Karlos Marquez

Los Angeles-based Karlos “BUMPS” Marquez (born 1968) has been contributing to the local art scene since 1983—when he first created graffiti with friends under the name of “Kartoon”. He continued to develop his style by pursuing art at Los Angeles City College and the “Associates of Art” school in Sherman Oaks, where he studied life drawing and full figure drawing with artist, illustrator and instructor Mark Westermoe.

Today, after many years in the corporate world, Karlos is a full-time artist. He inscribes his bright, colourful and energetic graffiti on canvas and furniture. To his practice, he brings business acumen, which operates alongside a thoughtful sense of social responsibility.

I spoke to Karlos recently about his passion for graffiti, his partnerships and collaborations, community work and the role of artists in dark times.

Karlos in his studio

You were raised in the Pico-Union Central Area of Los Angeles which has a…

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