Born 1980 San Angelo, TX
Joerael is beautifully and fearlessly Joerael.
His connectedness to the purity of his spirit allows him to shed filters, expectations, agendas, insecurities, and fears, and to see clearly into people and projects. He finds the truth of the moment by presenting himself to the universe as a conduit. And, regardless of what he sees across dimensions and time and feels in the body his spirit resides in now, he holds it all in his presence, many times fluidly blending mediums and genres until the vision is fully expressed.
Joerael’s expressions often feel ceremonial. You might feel the truth and swell with emotion, but words may escape you. Or you might ride the lines in a mural like a child on a rollercoaster, feeling the first big drop in the pit of your stomach. Your spirit hangs out with Joerael’s for a few moments, and they connect, and you go forward with something you didn’t have before.
Joerael’s energetic resonance often connects him with places, peoples, and projects that at a surface glance seem misaligned. But Joerael is parts seer, seeker, and fighter. When you are in the presence of a warrior you know it. The resiliency, courage and boldness born of previous battles and hardships need not be spoken. They are felt in his stability, heard in the transparency of his words, seen in the clarity of his eyes. And you know you can stand shoulder to shoulder with him. Skin color, sex, age, no matter, this is your brother.
In 2016, Joerael founded Mobilize Walls to create inclusive dialogues and a counter force to the US – Mexico border wall. In 2017, Joerael painted a mural advocating and depicting the history of Black Americans on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Joerael has collaborated with people such as Sam Oni, Gabrielle and Sebi Tayac, various scientists, activists, communities, businesses, and indigenous people on the spectral stage of public art. He is always humbled by the opportunity to listen, engage, and give another’s story voice through art. Joerael was thrilled to be commissioned to lead the art execution on the Sky Railway project, one he hopes will be a source of community pride and ongoing engagement. “It’s outrageous to be part of a historical project not only for Santa Fe, but also in the evolution of the relationship between graffiti and the railroad. This project represents an alliance between the two.” Other local examples of Joerael’s work can be experienced at the Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe Brewing Company’s Tin Can Alley taproom in Albuquerque, a mural at 1100-1198 Lopez St. in Santa Fe and a mural at Emerson Elementary school ABQ.
“My work is survival, love, history, and soul and my guiding intentions are to use my art to transform and activate spaces and energy – to be part of the mosaic of transformation – a mosaic of folks standing up for justice and inclusiveness in their way and through their gifts,” explains Joerael. “I remember clearly as a boy in San Angelo, Texas, watching on television as the Berlin wall came down, and being captured by the vibrancy and ephemerality of the graffiti, and sensing the transformative effect art can have on a moment in time and the people experiencing it. And that single experience has informed how I approach my role as an artist.”
Joerael is a husband, son, brother, and friend, and to his relationships he brings the same tenacity and love that he does to his art. He and his wife Kristina were married and live in Santa Fe, NM, with their dogs Jojo, Junebug, Jade Rose, and cat T-Ray.
- Bio Contributed by Jarrett Babincsak
Santa Fe Brewing Company Vice President of Sales and Marketing &; Joerael’s Friend