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Esteban Gonzales

"Looks are deceiving"

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Currently incarcerated in New Jersey.

"Throughout the years of my incarceration, I’ve continued to practice my craft and that’s how I spend my time."

⚖ Description

The artist is currently incarcerated in New Jersey. He specializes in street-style, cartoon-ish characters.

All original artworks are created by artists previously or currently incarcerated. They use whichever materials they have access to, and prove creative ingenuity beyond the norm. These original paintings and drawings are born in the heart of a prison cell, from the hands of an outsider artist to adorn the walls of your space. Each art piece is a one-of-a-kind that not only enhances your interior but also makes you actively participate in reforming the prison and criminal justice system.

The incarcerated artist receives 50% of the sales proceeds. The artists set their own prices based on the costs of materials (it can vary greatly from one facility to another), the time spent on the piece, their experience, and simply - what they think it’s worth. Alongside with offering a financial outlet, we aim to empower their confidence and reinstitute their status as human beings - not a number behind bars. For most, art is an escape, a path to self-discovery and healing. Through art, they can reconnect with society so the gap is not so unbridgeable when they get out. Through the sales, they can stay connected with their families, afford daily commissary items, pay societal debts, relieve the economic burden on their loved ones, and save up for the release date. So they have the financial means to get ahead of reinsertion and get a fair chance at that second chance.

✎ Product Details

11" x 17" | Colored pencils on bedsheet

✑ Artist's bio

My name is Esteban Gonzalez but everyone calls me Steve. I have been incarcerated for 11 years now at New Jersey State Prison. Art has always been an escape for me. Like most people in my situation, I have not led an easy life, but tattooing has always kept me grounded. It’s my passion!! I am able to showcase what I believe to be my talent and share it with others. Throughout the years of my incarceration, I’ve continued to practice my craft and that’s how I spend my time. I have three short years remaining and I look forward to continuing doing what I love once I am home. .

[◉"] Artist's social media

@2cell_arts

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