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Saratoga Sake

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El Paso, Texas

Birth year

Lives in
Spring Valley, Ca

Works in
Studio in Spring Valley

monte vista high school, 1984, Graffiti Art

pop-surrealism, oil-paintings, graffiti artist, aerosol artist, grafitti, graffiti art, paintinggraffiti/street-art, aerosol, graffiti arts, Art, gallery pop, saratoga-sake, saratoga sake, victorian, World War II era painting drawing surrealism, victorian surrealism meets the cleavers, victorian surrealism, skeletons, skulls, skeleton surrealism, women, pop-culture, pop-art, 50's pop surrealism realism, surrealism, modern, traditional, figurative


 Born in 1969 in El Paso, Texas, two-time EMMY award winning artist Sake, began his art career with inspiration from New York City’s subway graffiti. In 1982 Sake became one of the first graffiti artists in California.  Sake, the last in a long list of nom de plumes, with his stylized lettering and characters inspired hundreds of kids across San Diego County to pick up the spray can as a medium to create art. Sake's reputation as a serious artist grew out of respect for his technical skill, creating his first portrait with spray paint in 1986. In 1991 he won two EMMY awards for his spray paint work for the Fox network

My life is art. I have been a graffiti artist since 1982, sign painter, tattoo artist, graphicdesigner, and in 2005 I added oil painting to my arsenal. My visual approach issomething I call “Victorian Surrealism meets the Cleavers.” I’m inspired by discardedphotography, historical costume and styling, the craftsmanship of vintage machinery, andmy two children who love to interrupt my painting. I have recently been featured in thebook The History of American Graffiti and currently work out of a home-based studio in San Diego, CA.

Recent Exhibits

Saratoga Sake participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2012 The Noise in the Basement
WWA Gallery
Dec, 2011 Art in Context: Dedication of Mexican Art Mural by Writerz Blok
San Diego Museum of Art
Nov, 2011 Art in Context: Writerz Blok Mural Inspired by Mexican Art
San Diego Museum of Art
Nov, 2011 Art in Context: Writerz Blok Mural Inspired by Mexican Art
San Diego Museum of Art
Nov, 2011 Art in Context: Writerz Blok Mural Inspired by Mexican Art
San Diego Museum of Art
Dec, 2010 Subtleties of Character
WWA Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Saratoga Sake
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