Mario Martinez, Mars-1, hails from Fresno, California where he started writing graffiti at the age of 13. Currently he resides in the often gloomy but always happy city of San Francisco where he attended the Academy of Art. His inspirations come from graffiti, comic books, philosophy, abstract insanities, science, aliens, UFOs, unexplained absurdities, alternative worlds, and verisimilitude.

His recent show, “Afterglow” at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC had some massive pieces I think are worthy to share with you all. His stuff is pretty insane, really trippy, but incredibly awesome. He’s definitely onto something… If it’s not about exploring the unknown, that what is it about?