Meet The Artist

Meet The Artist

My name is Gerardo "ghost" Cazares and I was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. My parents immigrated to this country in the late 70s and they taught me the value of hard work, respect and responsibility. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, from daycare, through school, the military and til present day, I have been developing skill in my craft. I joined the army in 2008 and served 8 years as a combat engineer. I was stationed in Fort Hood and deployed to Iraq in 2010. I was also stationed in Grafenwohr Germany and deployed with my unit to Afghanistan in 2013. I returned home in late 2014 and had trouble with reintegration. I had been gone for a little while and had changed so much that I really felt like a foreigner in my hometown. I had never taken art really seriously, it was just a hobby that I used to pass the time throughout my life. This was a time in my life where I started using it as a therapy to assimilate back into the civilian world. With nothing to lose, I went out and bought beginner painting supplies, i did not exceed my 20 dollar budget at that time. I was able to get enough material to produce my first set of paintings that would ignite a fire inside me that has taken me through a very awe-inspiring journey through life. I have gone from setting up tables on south alamo, live art on the St. Mary's Strip, to now painting murals around the city. I continue to work as a full time artist to support myself and my family and I don't really see myself doing anything else at the moment.

Praying Hands

“Praying Hands” is also about only being able to rely on weapons, equipment, and your fellow warriors when you’re in a bad situation. There are no angels or gods to come save you, there is only what you have at your disposal to bring you salvation.

Praying Hands

“Praying Hands” is also about only being able to rely on weapons, equipment, and your fellow warriors when you’re in a bad situation. There are no angels or gods to come save you, there is only what you have at your disposal to bring you salvation.

Wish You Were Here

“Wish you were here” comes from the idea I had while deployed about sending a sarcastic postcard home to loved ones. Postcards in pretty places are much nicer than postcards from war zones. 

Wish You Were Here

“Wish you were here” comes from the idea I had while deployed about sending a sarcastic postcard home to loved ones. Postcards in pretty places are much nicer than postcards from war zones. 

Skull Snake

“Skull Snake” is visual homage to the toppling of the Saddam regime in 2003. The wrath of the Rattler opens up out of the skull of the warrior and constricts around the likeness of Saddam but the statue itself can be interpreted as any dictator. 

Skull Snake

“Skull Snake” is visual homage to the toppling of the Saddam regime in 2003. The wrath of the Rattler opens up out of the skull of the warrior and constricts around the likeness of Saddam but the statue itself can be interpreted as any dictator.