Munching on chicken tajine at our favorite Dallas Moroccan hangout, Kasbah Grill, EB’s Kara asked her server about the edgy, riotous mural spanning the restaurant’s front wall (below). Brandon Berrios was the server’s name, and not only was he an EB fan, but also the artist behind the piece!
Kasbah Grill, Dallas
This up-and-coming street artist is inspired by the art and architecture of the Eastern world, like Indian temples and Turkish mosques. A self-described “Visual Mathematician”—meaning he’s adept at seeing patterns in images and numbers—Berrios explores concrete jungles throughout the world and finds willing canvasses to create mandalas, zelliges and other geometric formations. “Mandalas remind me of how culminated everything is,” Berrios says. “Everybody needs everybody.”
Berrios started experimenting with his art in 2010 when he began hanging around a unique crowd of break dancers and graffiti writers. He was inspired by their style and lifestyle but quickly learned break dancing wasn’t for him. And neither was art, really. “Honestly, I couldn’t draw a stick figure or bubble letter to save my life,” laughed Berrios.
Six years later, Berrios went from barely being able to draw to creating mesmerizing masterpieces. Over time, Berrios’ style transformed from street style graffiti into a more geometric vibe. He became interested in the work of Augustine Kofie, an abstract mathematician from L.A. “His work is very geometrically intense,” Berrios says. “It’s like blueprints on crack.”
Berrios describes his relationship with mandalas as spiritual. It’s a way for him to relax, re-center and de-stress. “When I paint mandalas, nothing exists but that moment,” he says. “It’s almost like a meditative state while I am painting. It’s like breathing to me, and it puts me at ease.”
Blush at Bishop Arts Hair Salon, Dallas
Over time, his work evolved to incorporate the Moroccan-tile art known as Zellige. “The Zellige is very precise. It’s mathematical. I can feel that rubbing into my Mandalas,” Berrios says. “My Mandalas used to be more fluid and now they’re becoming a little bit more rigid. I think it has to do with me studying these patterns so much it is affecting my style.”
Berrios recently finished a Zellige mural for a mosque in Houston. “No culture can exist without another culture. Everybody builds from everybody, and we kind of forget that.”
To learn more about Berrios’ work, visit his instagram: @eldezine_one91