NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - There's a good chance you've seen some work in the French Quarter or on a column on the I-10 overpass.
FOX 8 photo journalist Kia Callia shows the world of New Orleans Folk Artist Robert Aquarius.
"I'm considered outsider artist, because I'm self taught," Aquarius said.
"When I was a kid, my momma would wake me up three, four o'clock in the morning. 'Come on boy we're going to rearrange the furniture,'" he said. "Three o'clock in the morning 8,9,10 years old. She has me painting 2-3 o'clock in the morning. Painting walls. She would go to the trash piles and pick up an old Chifferobe break it down and make into a china cabinet"
According to Aquarius, she was one to take nothing and make something of it.
Aquarius said one of the things he likes is when he is in the French Quarter talking to the tourists.
"Through them I figured out what type of images to paint," he said. "Being able to sell art on the fence is a great opportunity"
The first thing people tell Aquarius when they see his art is how colorful it is.
"They are really attracted by the bright colors," "Once they get past the colors, they look at the image, they are really fascinated, especially like the skeletons and the musicians. It took me a long time to figure out my niche. It's a wonderful thing to make beautiful things for people."
Aquarius just renamed a piece Nancy Parker. The work was originally called contemplation. It was sitting by the TV when Nancy Parker appeared on the screen. He renamed the painting due to the resemblence.