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Meet Gilbert Cota of Art By Danoe and Karma Godz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gilbert Cota.

Gilbert, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been passionate about art and music. I’ve drawn since I was young. Over time it became just a matter of progression. I love experimenting with different mediums.

Generally, every piece has spray paint though. It’s the true addiction. Nowadays I’m all about going as big as I can. Including the whole wall in the piece as opposed to just a piece of the wall. Its been a struggle trying to get any type of appreciation for this style of art. Most people just look at me like another vandal until they see my work with their own eyes. It’s the same for my music. Everyone just sees another rapper until they actually listen to the content.

Which believe me, isn’t that often. Honestly, I don’t think either will ever get the appreciation they deserve. Not in my lifetime at least. What can I say, its the curse of being an artist?

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Growing up was a rocky road, to say the least. I’ve had to pay harsh prices for painting walls. I’ve had to go to jail and even lost friends and family. I’ve always believed what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger though. So I stayed focused on my passions and hung around like-minded individuals. Usually other vandals and skateboarders. The artwork has always been a reflection of the life I’m living at that time. It’s true to this day.

My pieces were more chaotic and random in the past much like my life. Nowadays I go in with a more sound plan of attack. I never got taken seriously until I started doing that. I would have to say the hardest thing was dealing with the devastation of hearing no. You have to learn to take a punch and get back up. There is a lot of talented artists out there. So when you finally start getting walls and shows you have to learn how to market yourself right. Which is something I’m still learning?

Please tell us about Art By Danoe and Karma Godz.
So my main focus has been trying to get noticed as a muralist. Painting has been the only constant in my life. Its something I’ve always done and something I’ll always do. The biggest joy is seeing the clients face when I’m finished.

I’m pretty quick about getting the projects finished and like to leave things as if I was never there. I know how busy people are so I like to respect timetables. Time is money in most peoples eyes. I’ve had a lot of people doubt me in my life. Who am I to tell them they’re wrong though. I’d rather show them.

When I started getting paid to paint walls I finally realized some of this hard work is paying off. I think that’s probably what separates me from most of the rest. It’s my work ethic and dedication. I’m willing to fight for my slot. Every time.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would be better at owning my mistakes. Who’d I be if my mistakes didn’t make me? I know that might sound harsh.

The truth is that if I don’t make any mistakes in life, then I’m not living it. It taught me to think for myself. I used to think it was too late for me. Now I know that it’s never too late.

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1 Comment

  1. Gilbert Cota

    July 12, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    This is my music.

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