Thursday, October 31, 2013

Etched Glass, NYC

I just etched a few dozen of these for a great company in NYC. Here is my glass website:

www.bluelineglass.com

Gardega on Voice of Russia Radio

I just did a radio interview with Voice of Russia regarding my Banksy go home mural/ street art. they said it should go on the radio tomorrow or so. Ill try to find a link and post. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vandal fesses up

This guy is the guy who tagged my picture. Im glad he ran out of art supplies because he wanted to change my god that I painted in oils and took a lot of time. 

Cy Ko said...
I bumped into your mural in the middle of the night. I looked up your website but I misstyped it and got an error... so for a little moment I thought it was a fake URL. This made me think it could really be something commissioned by Banksy. Because it is really in the spirit of Banksy (I am sure he would love it.) So I thought it would be funny to do something. Sorry my pathetic pen died in my Islamisation attempt... I didn't have my art supplies, otherwise I would have tried to make your God look more like an Iranian cleric! You did a great job. Good luck... + Try to sell it to Banksy! Seriously. He might buy it or sign it and it would pay your trip to Rome! (Do not forget the main reason graffitters work with stencils is because it is fast enough to avoid being arrested. A graffi is not a mural. A graffitter never asks permission to anyone about anything.)



dont mess with god as they say...

To purchase a gardega

for prints and fine art, best bet is to email me and Ill send a link to what is available.

alexgardega@gmail.com


For commissions I am booked for mural and glass commissions until mid November.



My Mural-Fitti in NY POST

http://nypost.com/2013/10/21/new-banksy-artwork-has-fans-flocking-to-bronx/

Monday, October 21, 2013

someone graffitied my graffiti!


The press called me to come there while they photographed my mural this morn so I went to see them and saw that someone had a little fun with my mural-fitti last night. Doubt it was the real Banksy and I doubt its the last thing that happens to the piece. They also added a crescent moon ( I guess a Islam reference?) in the skyline where a cross was, that was pretty clever except their pen died.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Banksy go home


I recently painted my first 18 wheeler trailer basically because it was there and most of my work is done alone in a room or private commissions for clients I decided it would be a bit freeing to get out and hit a big piece in the open air. If you look at the trailer I worked on there is a bunch of eye sore scribbles and things done apparently without any real effort, care or thought. I cant stand "art" that is done in a slap dash fashion and looks like last months sushi. If you are going to do anything put some effort into it.

As far as why I put in the tag "banksy go home" is more a statement about certain kinds of art than Banksy himself . I chose him because he is the best known street artist in my mind.  I do think his work is clever and I never have any sour grapes towards other artists like some artists do about jealousy regarding success etc. I just question why a spray painted Banksy stenciled piece (regardless of how clever) would be worth more than an Andrew Wyeth or an Odd Nerdrum etc. We live in an automated age of short attention spans and Ipads so maybe his work reflects the times (however shitty they may be.) 

Everyone knows who Banksy is but no one knows anything about Raphael. Some art schools dont even teach drawing anymore. I once traded art with Shepard fairey and asked him to draw me something and he said he cant draw. He was a nice guy so I dont mean any ill will but shouldnt a chef know how to cook a ham?


I am sure Banksy is a nice man and treats his workers well and pays them incredibly well etc unlike the corporations he mocks. If there was a Banksy exhibit in NYC it would be packed to the gills and the Rembrandt room at the Met remains largely empty save a few foreign tourists. I suppose street art has its place, I dont like people vandalizing other peoples property so for every Banksy there is 10,000 crappy scribbles like the truck above that hurts my eyes.  Some people, even some friends of mine got upset with my mural. Its just some damn paint and it will probably be painted over and tagged in  two weeks time. 

Why God? You figure it out...Tis much easier to spray a stencil (the british skyline took ten minutes) To oil paint God took 10 hours. I think rome wasnt built in a day but it could have been stenciled in two. 


Someone already vandalized my vandalism...if it was him I shall never know and If I found out I Skill Saw the pig out, sell it and go hang out in Rome for 6 months.

enough said...

Friday, October 11, 2013


I was killing time as I waited for a late contractor in Tribeca. I walked over to the water and watched the sun set over New jersey, Even Jersey can look good with the right sunset. God doesnt make bad paintings.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Etched Glass Brooklyn

When I am not painting and drawing I am running my architectural glass and design company. we specialize in etched and carved glass. We are Brooklyn based and serve the boroughs and surrounding areas.

www.bluelineglass.com




Sketchbook Drawing from Metropolitan: Herakles

sold

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rao's Kitchen Watercolor

Rao's kitchen. I went through a phase of painting a series of NYC kitchens. I tried to paint "old school NY joints" as I like to call them. I like restaurant kitchens because it is behind the scene where the sweat and toil occurs to make the magic the customers see. This is not unlike art. If you want a table at Raos, you cant get one.

sold.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Copy of Picasso (birthday gift) by Gardega. I like early Picasso, eventually he became a joke and a parody of himself. He was just "painting checks" in the end. I also think he went insane from syphilis, by the way. I have finally switched to painting on linen, I dont know why it took so long. It is 1,000 times better than cotton canvas. It is much more expensive but its worth it. I also still paint on Masonite.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Design For Etched Glass

Here is a watercolor I designed for a client that commissioned me to carve two piece of glass for her.

13" x 24.5" watercolor on paper

to purchase click here:

www.tendollarart.com

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New Da Vinci Found? HA HA HA. Leonardo wouldn't have painted this on his worst day with a hangover and a broken hand. What a joke. Look at the hair and hand..Horrible art student level work.


http://nypost.com/2013/10/04/500-year-old-da-vinci-painting-surfaces-in-swiss-bank-vault/




Jane Austin: A New Fan on Gardega Art!

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