Monday, August 10, 2020
Checking in with Chico
[Photo from 2011 by Single Linds Reflex]
Over the weekend, rumors started circulating that Antonio "Chico" Garcia, the prolific graffiti artist and muralist whose work adorns dozens of walls around the East Village and Lower East Side, had died.
This is absolutely not true.
EVG contributor Stacie Joy spoke with him by phone last night from Florida, his home these past 10-plus years.
The rumors seemed to originate at a group art show on 11th Street Saturday afternoon, where this tribute was on the wall...
[Photo by Lola Sáenz]
"I am still alive and kicking. And I am still creating artwork and new paintings," he told Stacie last night. I took a little break [due to COVID-19] but I'm still here [in Florida] and doing well!"
You can see some of his more recent work on his Instagram and YouTube accounts.
Chico, who still has family in the neighborhood where he grew up, returns from time to time for new work and commissions. He hopes to be back in NYC as soon as travel is safer. He also has some ideas about new wall work to give back to the community.
Meanwhile, here's a look at a few of his murals...
[Lucy, Chico and Ray via Single Linds Reflex]