Portal of Perception No. 1: Freckled Dragon King of the 13 Eyes

Mural Title:

Portal of Perception No. 1: Freckled Dragon King of the 13 Eyes

Date of Completion:

June 2023

Mural Location:

Village Idiot, 1439 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Artist Statement:

Godmasks are central characters in my work. They are mystical and referential to masks worn by priests and shamans in ancient rites and ceremonies. They are worn to channel a spirit or deity, or perhaps convey some of their power. Specifically, I have recently been exploring Vejigantes, which are celebratory masks and a part of my Puerto Rican heritage. My goal with this is to honor this tradition while also reinterpreting it through my own artistic style.

My masks  are meant to personify attitudes and mentalities we can adorn when dealing with the things we struggle with most. They are encouragement that we can roar at the hindrances and obstacles in our lives and overcome them. We know this because we have the stories of those that came before us and did the same. They left their mark for us, I strive to do the same for others.




Project Description:

This project was produced in partnership with The University District Organization and the community stakeholder, The Village Idiot in Columbus, Ohio on The Ohio State University’s campus.  This mural was made possible with support from The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and The City of Columbus.  The University District Organization welcomed this new public art project as a product of the GCAC’s Mural Assistance Grant Program.

About the Artist:

Adam Hernandez is a Columbus, Ohio based mural artist who has proven himself in the realm of public art. He has worked with international organizations, such as Upfest, to create custom murals that are both vibrant and engaging. The Upfest Godmask Mural is a piece that was created as part of Europe's largest international mural festival.  Adam's commissions are not limited to the festival scene, however. As a local artist, he has created numerous public art installations that have transformed the streets of American cities such as Columbus, Ohio, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and Nashville, Tennessee. Adam’s work as a street artist has garnered him a reputation as a talented muralist. Whether Adam is working on a large-scale mural or a small-scale commission, Adam's attention to detail and passion for his craft shines through in every project he undertakes.

In short, Adam Hernandez is a midwest based mural artist who is making waves in the world of public art. His ability to work with international organizations and create stunning murals in the festival setting is a testament to his talent and dedication. Whether you are looking for a custom mural or a public art installation, Adam is the artist to call.

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