Alfredo Montenegro, peruvian artist, has created murals on the walls of local restaurants and homes, a hospital and several public works. He studied graphic design at the Peruvian Advertising Institute, where he graduated at the top of his class, and originally immigrated to the U.S. to work as a professional graphic designer. Alfredo always had a love of painting and became a professional muralist in 2000 when his friend asked him to paint something on his baby’s nursery wall. From there, news spread that he was available for mural commissions, and he has been busy painting ever since.
Alfredo has studied faux finishes and trompe l’oiel techniques. In addition to learning a lot from books, he has learned a great deal from trial and error and experimenting to develop his technique. His process is quite impressive even to other expert muralists. Most muralists use advance planning, mathematics in the form of grids and projected images to create their murals. Alfredo sketches the image freehand, checks in with his client for approval, and then he brings the sketch to life with paint. He rarely uses a spray gun and paints nearly everything with a brush. He also mixes his own paint colors from primary colors.
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