Born in Los Angeles in 1980 to an engineer and an artist, El Mac has been creating and studying art independently since childhood. He was inspired at a young age by classic European painters such as Caravaggio and Vermeer, and Art Nouveau symbolists such as Klimt and Mucha. This was mixed with the more contemporary influences of graffiti and photorealism, as well as the Chicano & Mexican culture he grew up around.
El Mac has had successful solo exhibitions at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco (2009), Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC (2010), and Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark (2013). In 2010 he painted a large mural on the museum of contemporary art (MARCO) in Monterrey, México as part of the Seres Queridos project. In 2012 he was invited to paint a large mural in Havana, Cuba for the 11th Havana Biennial sponsored by the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation, as well as a large mural for Adobe inside their new campus in Utah. In 2013 he was commissioned to create a large mural-sized canvas in collaboration with Shamsia Hassani (Afghanistan) and The Propeller Group (VietNam) for the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial in Australia, where the piece is now part of the QAGOMA collection. In 2013 he painted three large murals for Prada at the Fondazione Prada in Milan.
Mac continues to balance his love of painting large-scale public artworks around the world with his meticulous and time-consuming creation of indoor works. He aims to uplift and inspire through his careful, perfectionist renderings of both the sublime and the humble. He lives and works in Los Angeles.