Miami-based artist, Jose Mertz is redefining what it means to be larger than life. True, his murals that use both vibrant colors and muted grays are enormous in size, but the effect of his art is what truly lives up to the adage. Mertz’s works of art are transformative, providing a unique take on both street art as well as traditional drawing, and graphic as well.
Claiming to draw inspiration from “Ancient Civilizations, Science Fiction, Eastern Philosophy, Dreams, Myth & the Supernatural,” Mertz’s art makes sure to encompass a variety of aspects of society anybody can relate to. His art suggests a deeper understanding of things we might not think twice of. Many of Mertz’s works portray animals whose eyes you will swear cut you to the core. He uses a varieties of mediums to create these pieces, but all have the same level of depth.
In one mural entitled “Caves and Maps,” we can see an abstract human head in vibrant colors and tones and an expression you might feel like you’ve made before– one of desire and full of emotion. Muted blues drip from the face, with a long red sequence of curls and loops that extends across the walls. You can check this piece out at the Dr. Smood Health Company
You can also visit a series of his works at Japanese restaurant, Able & Baker. Using ink and acrylic on concrete, one piece entitled “Mother” depicts a beautiful woman whose hair blends into liquid curls, cascading down her back. Mertz’s mastery of depth in the eyes is proven once again here, as the woman’s eyes look straight into you. Another side of the wall showcases a piece entitled, “Dragon Girl,” in which what can only be described as a pale horse with dark, ominous wings rises up on two legs, in motion. These two pieces both are excellent examples of the ways in which Mertz’s work is not simply larger than life– they can be both large, and transcend life.