By Fanchette Grunblatt
Huntington-native Alex Gardega has been painting murals for over 20 years, including at the Chrysler Building and American Museum of Natural History.
Now, the 47-year-old is in the planning process of painting a mural depicting Pablo Picasso in four corners of America. With one down already, Gardega’s next stop is Northport.
But first, he’s trying to decide the exact location for the mural.
Gardega’s journey began in Palm Beach, Florida, where he painted the first Picasso mural in a courtyard known as Viamore, or the “courtyard of love.” He said it’s become a destination that people go out of their way to travel to, takinh pictures in front of it.
He was commissioned to paint the first mural by the courtyard owner, who requested a depiction of Picasso sitting sternly in front of palm trees. Though it seemed bizarre at first, Gardega said he came to see the idea as visionary.
Gardega hopes to accomplish the same with his planned Northport mural.
After Northport, he said he plans to paint murals in either Los Angeles or San Francisco, and Seattle or Oregon.
Each of the murals are planned to feature the stern-looking Picasso, but the background of the mural will change, creating a unique piece of art for each corner of the country.
For more information of Gardega’s work, or to request an area in Northport for him to create his next mural, visit Murals.nyc.