Garrick Marchena - 2016

About the artist

Garrick Marchena is a Visual-Artist/Graphic-Designer living on the island of Curaçao in the Dutch Caribbean.

Drawing and painting have been a passion of his since early childhood. At a very young age, while all the other kids were outside playing, his friends and family remember 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 were 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 Bachelors 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 the business of graphic-design with his younger brother not knowing anything about graphic-design at the time. Throughout the years working on and off 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 his first acrylic on canvas in November of 2008: "Into the Caribbean".  It was also in November 2008 that he painted his first ‘professional’ Mural: "Dress Come Alive".

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 whose wandering eyes will eventually find these paintings and will appreciate them even more. So far he did a total of 6 of these “spontaneous” street paintings all around the island of Curaçao and one on the of island.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 is working on his third.

Garrick continues to paint and is currently remodeling 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) mural paintings such as the one he painted at the Tula Museum. His favorite subjects to draw however are eyes and faces .