Born from Salvadorian immigrants in Los Angeles, California, Mario Cruz has become a force to be reckoned with since his first publication in the blue and white Los Angeles High School newspaper for his powerful poetry.
Not only is he concentrating on furthering his vocabulary skills, but he has demonstrated a talent for graffiti and photography. After a graffiti tour from Las Vegas to Tijuana, Mexico where he filmed and photographed, Mario finds himself published on paper, yet this time for graffiti on a national publicized newspaper on the Los Angeles Times; awaking the visual and creative artist we know as Fenix Lax.
In 2011 Lax goes off to Oregon to start fresh and focus on his photography career. After participating in co-op art shows, within a year Mario landed his first major art show in Portland City Hall, dedicating a solo exhibition for Black History Month. And once again landing another newspaper write up along with local t.v, radio, and magazine publicity.
He has hopes of traveling the world incapsulating historical events, scenery and starting his own nonprofit organization by putting together high end art shows where his photographs may be shown and sold to give back to historical and youth empowerment programs.
Now back in Los Angeles, California, Mario has located himself in the little neighborhood where his mother and father met back in the 80's Pico Union. Partnering up with a local nonprofit, Mario hopes to bring art shows to start the historical and youth programs for the youth of the community he was born in.
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