World-renowned artist to create 352walls mural at Northside Park


As part of the City of Gainesville Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s 352walls Global Artist Program, world-renowned artist Ernesto Maranje will create a large mural at newly renovated Northside Park. He’ll begin painting the west-facing exterior wall of the racquetball court beginning Jan. 26, weather permitting, and is expected to complete the mural in the course of a week. Neighbors are invited to watch the artist at work during park hours, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Northside Park is located at 5701 NW 34th Blvd.

The project is a collaborative initiative of the City of Gainesville Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s 352walls Global Artist Program, and is funded through the City’s Wild Spaces and Public Places program and the Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust. Maranje's mural will add to the City's continually expanding public art collection.

Born in 1983 in Chicago and raised in Miami, Ernesto Maranje is an accomplished artist, illustrator and muralist who developed his artistic talent as a result of a debilitating accident while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. After the accident, Maranje began a new job painting large walls, and quickly developed a passion for street art. Driven by an intuitive spark, he enrolled at the Miami International University of Art and Design in 2011 to pursue his newly found passion, and began collaborating with street artists, expanding his mural skills.

Today, Maranje's captivating designs incorporate flora and fauna to create cohesive, eye popping, nature-based concepts. His intention is to fuse design and environment to build awareness to man's abusive tendencies with Mother Nature. The simultaneous use of rollers, paint brushes, acrylics and spray cans transform the vast empty spaces, and enables the artist to experiment with vibrant colors and textures. Maranje emphasizes relationships between living creatures by employing enormous whimsical characters in action in his artwork. His mega murals can be seen in the U.S. and abroad including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Greece and Spain. His largest mural, Serenity, is 16-stories high in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine.