Monico Lares-Jacobo

Monico Lares-Jacobo is an Illustrator born in Jalisco, Mexico and raised in the California Bay Area. He has always appreciated his surroundings and the opportunities granted to him in order to further his knowledge both artistically and educationally. In pursuit of being able to succeed in a country filled with barriers and uncertainties for dreamers with no legal status, he chose to fight against his odds and attained his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art university in San Francisco. His art is inspired by his exposure to everything Mexican this side of the border , Saturday morning cartoons, and a deep respect for his culture.

Monico has been showcasing his work through various exhibits; including the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow and Vallejo Artiszen’s Dia De Los Muertos. His art carries vibrant colors and strong attention to detail in order to accurately portray the imagery and emotion reflective of his life experiences. Paying homage to his upbringing- while mixing his own likes and dislikes about modern times, his country, and the world- highlights the style in which Monico discovered validity and purpose through his artwork. After going to college and gaining extensive experience with his first Wacom tablet, Monico has grown to become a mainly digital illustrator. However, his roots of ink cartooning and sharpee doodles will never waiver.


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