Artist Spotlight: Jaime “Germs” Zacarias

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Jaime Zacarias, also known as “GERMS,” is an artist native to South Los Angeles who names his Chicano heritage and predecessors among his influences.


GERMS, Queso
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Queso, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 48″.
Sold: $500

Mentored by Chicano painter, Gilbert “Magú” Lujan, and taking inspiration from the Surrealists as well as Avant Garde and street artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Zacarias paints otherworldly creatures that draw reference from familiar imagery while creating strikingly original forms.


GERMS, Untitled (Free/Dumb)
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Untitled (Free/Dumb), 2022, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″.
Sold: $750
GERMS, Ziggy
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Ziggy, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″.
Sold: $500

Zacarias says, “I find myself mesmerized by the seemingly infinite details and borderline infectious behaviors of each character I create, while striving to transform and challenge the traditional interpretations of the icons we all know so well.” The marriage of nostalgia and innovation in the work of GERMS creates a visual language that transcends barriers, both cultural and temporal.


GERMS, L.A. Taco
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), L.A. Taco, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 16″.
Sold: $562.50
GERMS, Untitled (Squid)
Jaime “Germs” Zacarias (American, 21st century), Untitled (Squid), acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″.
Sold: $500
Sources:
Jaime GERMS Zacarias – GERMS 4 U
Watch Inside the World of Artist Jaime ‘Germs’ Zacarias | SoCal Connected | KCET

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