Mr. Prvrt portrait - Photo by drewinchicago

Mr. Prvrt/ Justin Suarez

United States

Street Art, Stencil

www.mrprvrt.com

Mr. Prvrt
Justin Suarez
Male
United States
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Mr. Prvrt is an American street artist, best known for his stencils and murals where he manages to fuse together the diverse wildlife and the urban environment. Born in Albany, Upstate New York, Mr. Prvrt was raised on a family farm, surrounded by animals and nature. When he was six years old, he spent two weeks in Kenya. This experience and background would later serve as the main source of inspiration for his art. Mr. Prvrt says that he’s a proud drop-out, as he quit college before receiving his Bachelor’s degree. However, it was at college that he started cutting stencils.

mr prvrt anatomical cow mural
Mr. Prvrt – Anatomical Cow, 2013

Beginnings

Mr. Prvrt’s first contact with street art was in Albany, through the works of Brian Scout and Chris Stain. At that time, there was virtually no street art in the city, except the art that Scout and Stain produced in the most neglected neighborhoods. The way they targeted the walls for the murals stayed with Mr. Prvrt, and taught him that street art can bring a positive change in a neighborhood.

mr prvrt mural in poughkeepsie ny
Mr. Prvrt – Mantling, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2017

Street Art

The artist uses very detailed and elaborated hand cut stencils for his smaller works, which can take up to 40 hours to cut. However, for the larger murals, Mr. Prvrt paints freehand, relying only on a reference image. He gives depth to his pieces by layering flat colors. The wall is also an integral part of his artworks, as he strives to paint murals that complement the aesthetics of the wall and its surroundings as well.

For the larger murals, Mr. Prvrt paints freehand, relying only on a reference image

mr prvrt red tailed hawk mural for get upstate ithaca new york
Mr. Prvrt – Red Tailed Hawk, mural for Get Upstate 2015, Ithaca, NY

Animals in Mr. Prvrt’s Art

Animals are the main theme in Mr. Prvrt’s art. While growing up, he lived on a farm surrounded by them, which resonated later in his life and, essentially, career. He was always fascinated by the eyes of animals and thought that their eyes were more expressive than people’s. Bringing these animals to urban areas serves as a reminder to the people living in cities that animals are also a part of our world; that we are not the only species existing on this planet. Accordingly, in 2012 and 2013, when he participated in the Wall Therapy mural project, Mr. Prvrt chose the animals that live not far from the fringes of the cities, as a reminder that we pushed them out to make the places ours.

The artist was always fascinated by the eyes of animals

mr prvrt elephant mural for savage habbit jersey city
Mr. Prvrt – An Elephant Never Forgets, mural for Savage Habbit 2014, Jersey City, NJ

Collaborations and Exhibitions

Mr. Prvrt works with several groups, such as the Sweet Meat Co., with whom he had a show in 2010 in Rochester; the FUA Krew, with whom he exhibited the following year in Rochester as well; and Wall Therapy, which he became a part of in 2012. The artist has also presented his immense talent and vision in numerous other street art festivals, as well as solo and group exhibitions in such galleries as Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1975 Gallery, Rochester, NY, and Lowercase Gallery, Wrightsville, PA.

He is represented by Vertical Gallery from Chicago.

Mr. Prvrt lives and works in Rochester, New York.

Featured image: Mr. Prvrt portrait, photo by drewinchicago
All other images are copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Cordell Cordaro, Jay Lincoln, Mr. Prvrt, St. Monci Shawn Dunwoody, Rochester, NY Group
2016Anniversary Exhibit212 Arts, New York, NYGroup
2015Attack the Block: Street Art in AmericaOne Art Space, Manhattan, NYGroup
20152 for 2Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IllionoisGroup
2014Brooklyn ZooLow Brow Artique, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2014All Things Wild and Free1975 Gallery, Rochester, NY Solo
2013The Humorist: A Tribute to Woody AllenGallery 1988 Venice, Los Angeles CAGroup
2012A Tribute to Judd ApatowGallery 1988 Melrose, Los Angeles CAGroup
2012Wall TherapyRochester Public Market, Rochester NYGroup
2012Fables & FairytalesLowercase Gallery, Wrightsville PAGroup
2012Sticker Phiends 5The Slate/Scion Gallery, Portland ORGroup
2011THE FUA KREW181 St. Paul St, Rochester NYGroup
2011Welcome to SweetsvilleRochester Public Market, Rochester NYGroup
2010Famous FacesFusion Salon, Rochester NYGroup
2010Saints & PrvrtsSurface Salon/1975 Gallery, Rochester, NYGroup
2010Sweet Meat Co. ExtravaganzaHungerford Building, Rochester NYGroup
2008StencilArt Whino, National Harbor MDGroup
2007Pinstripe MarauderSpectrum 8 Theatre, Albany NYGroup
2007Street NatureDuke City Sabor, Albuquerque NMGroup
2007Natural SelectionAlbany International Airport, Albany NYGroup
2006The Playful Maidens of SprayAlbany Center Galleries, Albany NYGroup
2006Street CampYvez Laroche L’Autre Galerie; Montreal, QuebecGroup
2006International Poster ArtRome, ItalyGroup
2006Strange CreaturesMalaysiaGroup
2006SticKoreaSeoul, South KoreaGroup
2006UnderBellyB-Street Gallery, Portland ORGroup
2006The Dirty Show 7Tangent Galley, Detroit MIGroup
2006The Big Postcard ShowOPPO, Bristol UKGroup
2006Vinyl Killers RoadShowSoapBox, Bellingham WAGroup
2005I Love Beer MatsMarrs Barr, Alicante; SpainGroup
2005Vinyl Killers 3Zeitgeist & Goodfoot Galleries, Portland ORGroup
2005Sweet SweepersFirlefanz Gallery, Albany NYGroup
2005Vinyl Killers @ The Hotel Des ArtsHotel Des Arts, San Francisco CAGroup
2005The Metal Pig ShowGomi Gallery, Austin TX Group
2005Melbourne Stencil Festival 2005Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2005The Dirty Show 6Tangent Gallery, Detroit MIGroup
2004SpacemakersLothringer Dreizehn, Munich GermanyGroup
2004Vinyl Killers 2Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2004The InterventionistsMASS MOCA, MassachusettsGroup