Jay Mercado was born in Sioux City, Iowa and raised in San Francisco during an era when pop art, psychedelic posters and underground comics flourished. That bold aesthetic, mixed with a vibrant culture of street artists and grand scale public art from previous generations, became early artistic influences that still inspire him today.

After attending UCLA, he spent 15 years in Los Angeles exploring a different career until he ultimately switched paths simultaneously working as an illustrator and at two mural studios in Santa Monica. Mercado currently works as a fine artist and muralist.

Jay studied at UCLA, Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, and Academy of Art College.

-Francesca Peña Caldera