Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA.
Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School and getting a “C” from teacher Jaime Escalante. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career
in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered in the European art museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor Conrad Brooks of “Ed Wood” fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named “The Puppets from Hell.” As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, known by the pseudonyms
Al “Quaeda” / Al Fresco / Al Pastor, he was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and graphic novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history.
Al Guerrero, P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697