Garrick Marchena - 2017

About the artist

Garrick Marchena is a Visual-Artist/Art-Director living on the island of Curaçao in the Dutch Caribbean. He is a generation ‘X’er born on the island of Aruba in 1966. His mother was born on the island of Aruba and his father was born on the island of Bonaire but he grew up on the island of Curaçao after his parents moved to Curaçao when he was barely one year old. He grew up with his two younger siblings in the neighborhood of Mariepampoen at the south shore of the island right outside the capital of Willemstad.
Drawing and painting has been a passion for him since early childhood. At a very young age, while all the other kids were outside playing, his friends and family remembers him being inside with a sketchbook and a pencil drawing away. His mother was a very talented seamstress and while she sketched out designs for her dresses he remembers watching her in awe. His mother was without a doubt the one who got him started in drawing. Another source of inspiration was his older cousins. He remembers sitting in their room looking at their wall paintings, and just being mesmerized by them.

In 1993 he finished college with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering Technology but his passion for design and art kept pulling at him. He returned to Curaçao that same year and worked at the Curaçaose Wegenbouw for less than a year and a half only to quit and go into business of graphic-design with his younger brother not knowing anything about graphic-design at the time. Throughout the years working on and of for several companies or as a freelance designer he was constantly told by colleagues and fellow designers that he has a talent for drawing and that he should do something about it.

It was in 2005 that he took the first step and decided to take a five day workshop with American artist Drew Blair of North Carolina, an amazing realism artist and one of the best in the world. This was his very first official art class and it started him on his way to taking his skills more seriously. He painted several murals since 2003 in the area of Saliña, but it was the mural he painted in November 2008 "Dress Come Alive" and his first acrylic on canvas in November of 2008: "Kalor Bou Di Sombra" that are the paintings he considers to be the turning point.

In 2009 he did his first street-mural called “Urban Angel” under the alias “Zigski”. For him this is a spontaneous expression as a gift to everyone out there but especially those who dare to dream. It is these people who's wondering eyes will eventually find these paintings and will appreciate them even more. So far he did a total of 10 of these “spontaneous”(in other words he did not ask permission) street paintings all around the island of Curaçao and 2 on the island of Aruba.
In 2010 he did his first Trompe L'Oeil (3D) painting at the Museo di Tula – Landhuis Knip. Trompe L'Oeil is a kind of painting that if done right will trick the eye of the viewer for just a split second into believing it is real. He has done one more of these paintings in Punda at the “Marshe Di Karni” and has finished his third Feb of 2017 in the neighborhood of Skalo titled 'There Is More Than Meets The Eye'.

Garrick continues to paint and is currently working on the old house he grew up in making it into his house/studio. He is inspired by Curaçao folklore and our unique landscapes, which he incorporates in his paintings. These days he concentrates on Trompe L'Oeil (3D) and studies the use of alternative painting techniques. His favorite subjects to draw however are eyes and faces. 

Go to the map below for all his more or less accessible public murals on the island of Curacao. You can organize your own tour with your friends and/or family and if you want Garrick as the tour guide you can contact him to make arangements and discuss the price.