"The Punisher"

On display at Avant Garde LES for the duration of the "Yeeeah Baby Legacy" event .

Friday April 22nd, 2016 – Invite Only Reception Saturday April 23rd & Sunday April 24th, 2016 – Open to the Public

On the day that Big Pun's "Capital Punishment" album was released, I remember running to the record shop near the corner of East 167th Street and Sheridan Avenue, in the Bronx neighborhood where I grew up, to get my copy. I then ran back home, to listen to it over and over--track by track-- while drawing and thinking for hours. I still remember that day as if it were yesterday. I have kept that sketchbook as a prized possession after all of these years. I still look at the drawings and graffiti outlines that I created that day, and still feel the raw power and presence in each of Pun's tracks. His narrative resonated with my own, as the pictures he rendered with words reminded me of my own environment. My painting focuses on the cover image for the "Endangered Species" album, which was a visual manifestation of what Big Pun meant, and still means, for me: A formidable figure with a spirit that is larger than life. Pun's genius definitely continues to influence me and my artwork. Rest in Peace Christopher Lee Rios, also known as Big Pun, The Punisher.