Gerardo Cazares

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 up to present day, I have been developing skill in my craft. I joined the army in 2008 and served eight 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 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

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