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Richie Blanko & David Hernandez

Follow the Leader

48" x 36" Acrylic ink markers, spray paint

The idea behind this thought provoking collaboration is to display the dependency of the citizens (rats) on both government parties and how the government (elephant and donkey) control and manipulate the citizens.



Richie Blanko




Acrylic, Digital, Ink, Markers, Graffiti


Richie is a self-taught artist form SW Detroit who is proud of his Puerto Rican Heritage. Richie made a name for himself at a young gage as a graffiti artist and muralist and gained experience through participating in local and national events, such as Meeting of Styles Chicago, The 2Buck Invitational in Louisville, The Momentum Urban Arts Festival in Wisconsin & Art Basil Miami. Richie is featured on ‘The Legends Wall’ located behind Michigan Central Station. His visual, digital and virtual art use various mediums to bring his artwork to life.


“I find inspiration in the hand styles and murals of Detroit legends, which encourage me in my artistic practice. My art reflects the study of many different styles and mediums which blend well when collaborating with other artists.

David Hernandez

David Hernandez



Oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, colored pencil, charcoal, ink & markers.


David Christopher Hernandez Jr is a 44 year old man born and raised in Detroit, Mi. A father of two amazing daughters. A local artist that works with multi-medium but specializes in acrylic and pen. David likes to create cartoon characters in a bold and dark setting. David also does caricatures with watercolor on watercolor paper for festivals. His future goal is to publish his graphic novels and children's books.

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