Marco Almera’s art career emerged from the Southern California surf, skate and rock‘n’roll subculture of the late 80’s. As a Southern California native, he was inspired by the do-it-yourself style of this subculture, and began by creating his own t-shirts and stylized graphics. As his underground art style developed, it continued to reflect the dynamic world of surfing, skateboarding, rock music, pinup girls, hot rods, iconography and the timeless coastal lifestyle. Studying fine art at U.C. Santa Cruz provided Almera with the background of many different fine art mediums and the foundation to broadly expand his craft. The artist is currently attending San Diego State University where he is pursuing a degree in Art: Emphasis in Graphic Design.
Almera has spent his career working independently; creating t-shirt designs, album covers, rock music posters, advertising, commercial graphics and commissioned paintings. The artist’s hand-printed serigraphs can be found in art galleries, music stores and poster shops around the world. Over the years, he has enjoyed much success with his art and hand-printed serigraphs in Japan, Germany, England, The Netherlands, Australia and all over the United States.
Early on, the artist transitioned from primarily creating rock posters, album covers and custom graphics to creating fine art pieces, which he has shown in galleries throughout the world. Interestingly enough, Almera has found much success and enthusiasm for his art in Europe after years of traveling and showing his work.
Since his gallery debut in 1999, Almera’s momentum in the art world has continued. His painted canvases and commissioned pieces have been featured in solo and group shows at the Copro Gallery, the La Luz de Jesus Gallery, the Laguna Beach Art Museum, Track 16 Gallery, the 111 Minna and Shooting Galleries in San Francisco, the Huntington Beach Surf Museum, the Huntington Beach Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, the Art Institute of California and Roq La Rue, Seattle.
Almera’s original paintings have been purchased and collected by a diverse range of art enthusiasts. A few notables include: James Hetfield of Metallica, who owns an original Almera black velvet painting, “Tiki de Oro”, and Randy Hild, EVP of Quiksilver, who owns the “Surface” original. Joe Knoernschild, co-founder of Billabong USA and Hurley, has an Almera painting in with his collection of original Rick Griffin artwork. In 2010, Almera was commissioned to create a black velvet painting for HBO comedian David Cross, which was used as his album cover. The artist painted an homage to actor Danny Trejo and his character, “Machete”, and the piece was well-received by the popular actor.
In addition, Almera’s popular art and prints have been used as set dressings in many T.V. and film productions. The Will Ferrell comedy classic “Old School”, the ABC series “Wife Swap”, the feature film “Burying the Ex” and the Rodriguez/Tarantino films “Grindhouse” and “Machete” have all cleared and used Almera originals, serigraphs and lithographs for set dressings.
In Summer 2012, the Rodriguez production studio again contacted the artist and cleared 7 additional pieces to be used in their latest production, “Machete Kills”. Also in 2012, 3 Almera rock posters were used as set dressing in a Samuel L. Jackson political promotion video.
The 2017 movie The Long Way Back: the story of Sublime and Todd Zalkins, included the artist’s Long Beach Dub Allstars rock poster as set dressing.
Almera has been interviewed and featured in numerous art, surfing and cultural magazines in the U.S., Europe and Japan. The underground art magazine Juxtapoz featured the artist and carried a print and t-shirt design of his for years. In addition, Almera and his artwork have been featured in numerous hardcover books. The “Art of Modern Rock” published in 2004 included an artist interview and a series of Almera rock posters. This book was received well internationally, and will stand the test of time as being the primary reference for the modern Rock Poster Art movement. “Kustom Graphics 2”, a 2010 follow-up to the popular “Kustom Graphics” book published by Korero Books (U.K.), features Almera and his newer work.
The artist was included in La Luz de Jesus Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Group Show and accompanying hardcover book, as well as “Surf Graphics”, the hardcover released by Korero Books (U.K.). Most recently, Almera has been included in Robb Havassy’s SURF STORY PROJECT Volume 2, and the Rockabilly/Psychobilly Anthology published by Schiffer Publishing.
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