Artist Profile: Florencio ‘Jayar’ Flores

2 Nov

My tio, Jayar, created this retablo barber shop scene in memory of Dave Hernandez and his son, Greg.

Jayar grew up here in Indio, CA. The youngest in a family of 6 children, he has been an artist since he picked up his first pencil. In my (admittedly biased) opinion, his art is the love child of 80’s MAD magazine illustration and Chicano Lowrider art.

A self-taught artist, he is skilled in drawing, painting, airbrushing, hand lettering, screen printing, printmaking, sculpting and graphic design. He has worked in the sign industry for the last 20 years. He can take a project from concept through fabrication which is impressive, but he makes it fun. Which is amazing. He’s one of those artists that enjoys making things so finely detailed that most people won’t take in half of what he puts into a project… and they’ll still walk away impressed.

More after the click-through…

Here are some work-in-progress and final close-up photos of the retablo:

His t-shirt designs are a perfect example of his gleefully over-the-top, detailed style.

Here are a couple of other personal projects he’s shared with me:

No profile of Jayar would be complete without letting you know that he is a HUGE Raider fan.

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