Gilbert Flores is an artist that lives and works in the New York City area. Originally born in Los Angeles, California, Gilbert moved to New York after graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He resides in the great city of Brooklyn and has a studio in Spanish Harlem. For Gilbert, Spanish Harlem is one of the few remaining outpost in New York that has not been completely gentrified. His studio is a open space on top of a four story walk up that looks out onto a busy urban street teaming with people. "It is one of those places where one can not help but be completely aware of his surroundings, whether it be the noise from the streets that comes blasting in, the blistering heat of the day or the cold chill of winter; it is a exciting place to make work". Along with his studio, Gilbert finds inspiration in the city with all its decay in infrastructure, overcrowding, graffiti covered walls and frenetic energy. All of these influences become subtle elements that are channeled into his work.