100 Colorado Creatives: Gamma Acosta

#47: Street artist Gamma Acosta

Gamma Acosta grew up in Longmont, another poor kid on the street, but he had a gift. The world was his painting surface, he discovered, and he had a way with a spray can that took him beyond the hardened parameters of street writing. Today, he's working all the time: creating murals inside and out for businesses across the Front Range and even showing off his talents at Art Basel Miami and other out-of-state venues.

See also: Graffiti porn of Colorado Crush 2012

Chances are good you've even seen some of his work around town at this point -- some of it controversial and some of it community-building.

And if you haven't, you can catch Acosta's handiwork this weekend at Colorado Crush, a live graffiti jam of national proportions going down beginning at noon Saturday, September 7 at Casselman's, with live music and before- and after-parties.

We asked Gamma to share his thoughts by tackling our 100CC questionnaire. Continue reading for a taste of a life turned around by raw talent.


Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Gamma Acosta: My younger brother. He would have become a great graffiti artist. Together, we could have been unbelievable.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

Street-art self-righteousness. Just because you paint or create doesn't mean that you're above anybody or more aware of anything.

What's your day job?

What's a job? I wouldn't mind being an astronaut or someone on the frontier of exploration.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

The most massively incomprehensible art projects conceivable.... Hard to say. Buy influence? Change the world? Disappear to my own private tropical island? It's not good to think in this way....

Continue reading for more from Gamma Acosta.

Location Info

Casselman's Bar & Venue

2620 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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