Figurative painting has always been acquiesced in the art world, with its many various forms, ranging from realism to neo – figurative oeuvre, however, one contentious form of art that has often been pushed away from the art world for many years has been graffiti; some consider it art, others, not so much. The work of art that I generate, pushes these boundaries and flaunts toward the art world what graffiti really is and the value it holds. I have lived in Miami, Florida, all my life, and for this reason, I have been cultivated and engulfed by the diverse cultures and lifestyles Miami has to procure. Miami is well recognized for being encompassed in the art realm, with museums, street art, graffiti, major shows and exhibition all over the city. One example of this can be seen with a small inner-city neighborhood called Wynwood, it has been a place where graffiti and street art can be viewed and appreciated and not as seen as a criminal activity. But in the full-scale art realm out there, graffiti is nothing but vandalism. In the bodies of work, I have created; I use a very traditional style of approaching the figure, adopting not only the aesthetic of classical art but also the concept and meaning behind the figures and the stature they play when being placed in a particular setting. I paint people from the area, these figures are seen with the apparel that is often seen here in Miami. The setting in which I place these figures plays a huge role in my body of works. I want the viewer to feel the ambiance and the milieu this city has, using rich and vibrant colors on the background and its very modernistic style of architectural work. All of this layering of ideas is trying to build up this relationship with the figure and the background trying to let the viewer know that both are very dependent on each other.