Meet DEDOS, our newest local artist exhibiting at the OMG Art Hub: Where Sea to Sky artists come together.  DEDOS is a versatile graphic artist, illustrator, animator and muralist who hails from Vancouver. You have probably walked by one his graffiti murals on the streets of Vancouver and Edmonton. We are beyond excited to welcome DEDOS to the OMG Art Hub this April and May.

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During the early 90’s, Nelson “Dedos” Garcia was a core member of an infamous graffiti muralist crew: “AA CREW”; as well as a powerful Bboy crew: ” Contents Under Pressure” and a founding member of the hip hop group the ” RASCALZ ” that shook up Canadian music industry.

Dedos is not only recognized as one of the graffiti/b-boy pioneers in Canada but he is also a Juno Award winner for his album artwork for artist K-OS. Early on Dedos came to the realization that his creative passion could not be contained to just one outlet or genre so in addition to showing in galleries he is a seasoned muralist, 2-animator, comic artist, illustrator, concept artist…… His clientele include K-OS, K-naan, Avril Lavigne, MTV, cartoon network, nintendo and so on….

More recently, he pushes the name of his own company “NOMADIC ALTERNATIVES productions” with his wife Xochitl. Together they aspire to create an abundance of great things and travel the world with their 3 children, dog and cat.

A Conversation with DEDOS

OMG: What was your inspiration behind the pieces in this exhibit?

DEDOS: Traditional Mexican folk art and animals (some endangered) that currently live along the Northwest coast . Growing up as the son of immigrants from South America and my partner who is of Mexican descent, we decorate our narrative with the blend of the cultures that we are a part of by being here.

OMG: Can you describe your creative process or technique and how you approached making these pieces?

DEDOS: I find certain skulls of animals that I resonate with, side profiles or straight facing, then I incorporate certain design patterns that I get inspiration from Central America. These are all done digitally , the designs on the skulls may be done on paper first then translated to digital.

OMG: What are your plans for future artistic projects or exhibitions?

DEDOS: I plan to expand on this series in more galleries and also explore web 3 by creating NFTS so that this series can forever be imprinted in the world.

OMG: Where else can we find your artwork?

DEDOS: My works can be seen on the streets of Vancouver and Edmonton, in various galleries, at pop up shows, and in web 3 NFT spaces where I am currently making more of a presence.