Gary, Indiana, home to artist LaRon MC early in his career, is known to produce great musicians, such as the Jackson 5 and rap artist Freddie Gibbs. However, as LaRon puts it "there was no identifiable art scene” to have a strong peer influence nurturing his artistic development. Consequently, formation of his individual style as an artist relied heavily on his intellect, imagination, and books.
" The work I do today is based off of portraiture and mixing semi realism with cartoons. It’s influenced by Afrofuturism and creating characters that reflect the faces of people I see in my community. There are also elements that show the connection of nature with the human experience. Sometimes I'll create trees, grass, earth, and sky to symbolize growth and life."
The image of clouds are found in many of the pieces LaRon creates today, an idea that became a signature look within his portfolio. The result is a double entendre symbolizing a reminder to keep your dreams with you at all times and a celebration of African American hair in its natural state.
" In the past and even occasionally in the present, black hair has been seen as unprofessional when unkempt, anything less than beautiful. Being that proper cultural representation has always been a large part of my art, I felt it was important to reflect on the beauty of it from the African diaspora."
While things may have started off from humble beginnings, eight years ago the Indiana native relocated to the West Coast. He currently divides much of his time creating and showing work in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. His hometown provided a quiet backdrop to find his artistic voice. Since then his new surroundings have allowed him to make a successful career from his creations.