Texas born New York artist Alex Gardega has been obsessed with Renaissance artists since he was a boy in Texas and his mother bought him a $6 book on Renaissance art at the local supermarket.
Fast forward many years and Alex is in New York. He dropped out of the School of Visual Arts in the 90s because he couldn’t afford it. But he is able to get jobs as an artist. After all, artists don’t need a diploma from art school. At least neither Michelangelo nor Vincent Van Gogh needed one.
He’s had many fine commissions, but the day comes when he looks at his own rental apartment on the Upper East Side (Was it a no fee apartment? Probably) and decides it’s time for a makeover.
Some people drop into Pier 9 for a couple of candles, a few glass jars of different sizes, or some new throw pillows for the sofa. Not Alex. He’s a bit more ambitious. He’s now painting the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling murals in his apartment using an oil wash of burnt sienna. And Alex doesn’t start just anywhere. He’s starting with the Creation of Adam over his bedroom. Alex plans on completing his ceiling in two months. Michelangelo took four years. But then again, Michelangelo didn’t have a no fee rental apartment on the Upper East Side.
Read more about it here in the NY Daily News.