Ismael Piruch, Brooklyn Artist
by Holly Bieler
Aug 05, 2015 | 7261 views | 0 0 comments | 225 225 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although Ismael Piruch just graduated from EBC High School for Public Service this summer, the 19-year-old Bushwick artist has already garnered an impressive roster of accolades.

His ink drawings are currently plastered on a Williamsburg billboard via non-profit Saveartspace; he recently painted live at the East Village mainstay Nuyorican Poets Café; and he has already collaborated with big names in the New York art scene, such as famed street artist BK Foxx and Marthalicia.

And as of Tuesday, the Ecuadorian-born Piruch can add another impressive accomplishment to the long list: his work will be featured in a solo exhibition at The Living Gallery in Bushwick.

“I feel a bit nervous,” he said ahead of the show. “But I’m ready for it. I’m really excited.”

The show comes just four years after Piruch began sketching. His art teacher at EBC, Thomas Gleisner, says he first noticed Piruch’s work in a sketchbook during a math class.

“I saw his sketchbook and I was like “What’s going on here?’” he said. “He showed me and I was like ‘this is incredible.’”

Piruch, who had no formal training, said the sketches came organically.

“I just started working in my notebook,” he said. “It just comes naturally.”

His work, which is primarily in ink, doesn’t adhere to a certain theme or style, running the gamut from cartoon-like animals to pop iconography.

“It’s a mix of things,” he said.

As he preps for summer and his solo show, the budding artist still has to grapple with the perils of his age.

“I have no idea yet,” he said of his summer plans. “But I’ll be continuing summer school.”

(Holly Bieler)

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