StolenSpace is thrilled to be hosting Dominican born street artist, Evoca1 (Elio Mercado), as he showcases what he has called his “most comprehensive body of work to date”. Unfolding through the lens of a young fictional girl, ‘Caroline, and The World on a Stage’ will explore the many conditions of human existence and the various misuses of power that have come to divide and haunt us a a people.
Having himself grown up amidst the challenging social and economic conditions of the Dominican Republic, Evoca1 is acutely aware of the difficulties that arise through social division, as well as the power that art has to alleviate such adversity. Despite a long childhood desire to attend an art school, his parents financial situation did not allow for this to become a reality, and so Evoca1 took to pouring over books of old masters, developing instead as an autodidact. Later moving to Florida at the age of 11, allowed the young artist to expand his canvas onto the streets, where his striking ability would eventually earn him his first show in 2011. As Evoca1 himself now puts it, “the rest is history”.
Considering his absence of formal training, Evoca1’s artistic finesse and figural ability is truly remarkable and reflects his drive as an artist to make a tangible societal change through creative output. Lavishly composed and intensely empathetic, each work tells a unique story, intended to raise awareness of the difficulties that people living in impoverished conditions must undergo on a day-to-day basis.