Freegums (Alvaro Ilizarbe)
Freegums, born Alvaro Ilizarbe, is a Los Angeles-based artist who makes incredibly detailed and playful pattern-based illustrations and collages. Born in Lima, Peru, Freegums moved to Miami when he was eight years old and he took refuge in art while adjusting to his new home and culture. He became interested in graffiti and street art, which was, as he says, “a channel for me to rebel and speak against authority.” Freegums has applied his intuitive and energetic drawing style to collaborations with major brands, producing everything from Nike LeBron sneakers to a custom Toyota car. He has had solo gallery shows in Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami and San Francisco and completed a special installation for Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills in 2016.
He took on the name Freegums in college and gave the moniker to his first t-shirt company.