Jose “Bone” Garcia

Jose Manuel Garcia II (Bone)’s first interactions with Big Thought were as a young teenager in the Creative Solutions. Despite a rich history of sketching and painting that had turned into graffiti “tagging”, Bone’s talents as an artist had not been identified or cultivated in schools or in his community. Through the summer intensive program, Bone learned how to hone his craft and share his voice through his art. Bone returned to the Creative Solutions program for several summers, first as an alumni participant and then as a peer mentor. Through Creative Solutions, Bone learned how to harness complex emotions into thought-provoking works of art. As a young adult, Bone moved cross-country  to enroll in the prestigious Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Bone was so committed to his training that, while performing at the top of his class, he spent a semester being homeless – carrying his clothes and art supplies around in his backpack. Now, back in Dallas, Bone is an acclaimed muralist and working artist who still finds time to mentor young artists.

Brandon McKnightJose “Bone” Garcia