Zender One - Urban Chicano

My name is John "Zender" Estrada, Zender One is my artist name, I've had that name since 1985, prior to that I wrote Phaze 52. Why I changed was that I felt that Phaze 52 was that graffiti kid that encountered Hip-Hop and graffiti from New York in early 1982. I wanted to be a New Yorker hitting subways and mobbin' lines. After my encounter with RadioTron and many of the early pioneers of Hip-Hop in 1984, I evolved into what I would say a more serious artist. Zender was definitely influenced by Zephyr and I interpreted the name to mean "The Rising Mountain".

I born and raised in East Los Angeles and was heavily influenced by the Chicano / Cholo culture, I had a chance to live and experience the Homeboy culture of the 1970ís very similar to those characters in ďBoulevard NightsĒ the Movie. At the age of 10 my family moved to South Central Los Angeles where I experience a form of culture shock, I began to have friends of many nationalities and lifestyles. But I leaned more towards the gang life. I remained in that lifestyle until 1982 when my father was murdered in those same streets. I relocated to Maywood to live with an uncle; there I felt like I was looking at a blank canvas, I was doing Homeboy graffiti since 1978 so graffiti was already a part of my life. Television and media contributed to the influence of Hip-Hop in my life, videos like "Buffalo Gals", breaking and popping also came into the scene in 1983. My first Graffiti piece was done in Maywood, California I painted the word "Graff", I used the L.A. River as my own personal studio.

Street Art has a lot of perspectives and definitions, it depends on which view you want to look at it from, some street cultures are Tattoo art, Skater, Gang, Punk, Rock, Graff, Party, Hip-Hop, Low-Riders, Crime and many others. I take the ones that I have experienced in my life and merge them in my art, I call it Urban Chicano. I spent 10 years doing Graffiti art, 10 years doing Chicano art and murals and 10 years doing Abstract Art, Urban Chicano fuses these three styles. I work in layers which helps me fuse the three and itís also symbolic to the layers of life experiences that Iíve been a part of. I work in all mediums from pencil to oil and everything in between. If I had to choose a favorite medium it would be oils, they have so much depth and I like the slow drying process, it lets me slow down and do more reflecting on each piece.

People often ask me who is my favorite artist and I have had several throughout my life. I will try to mention them in chronological order, Futura 2000, Zephyr, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kandinsky, Gorky, Matta, Lam, and Jorge Gonzales Camarena. I also like the work from some of the contemporaries such as Almaraz, Mear, Chaz Bojorquez, Germs, Vincent Valdez. Hopefully I can continue to exhibit or paint with some of theses artists. Or maybe some time in the future I would like to open a gallery and exhibit some of these artists. Currently I spend most of my time working at my shop MuteTheWorldShop.com and continue to exhibit where ever I can. Iím also working with a friend on his magazine ArtTheMagazine.com, I usually post all my events on facebook/zendersworld and for more info on my murals CreativeArtSolutions.com and www.JohnZender.com.

Mute Da World Shop
John Zender
5615 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles CA, 90042
323 947-8016


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