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Indianapolis Mural Artists Erica Parker and Rafael Caro

Rafael Caro and Erica Parker

have been painting murals for over 10 years combined. Their first collaboration came in 2016 after working individually towards the same goal of becoming a professional muralist.​

Both graduated from Herron School

of Art + Design (2016, 2020) where they had met and inspired each other. Friendship grew into romance and the couple married in 2022. 

Their work can be seen around Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding region including Chicago, IL and Cincinnati, OH. 

 

They enjoy traveling to new places and connecting with other artists and communities through their projects.

Our Story:

Chromatic Collective is owned by Rafael Caro and Erica Parker

Photograph by Jessica Dee Photograaphy

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they opened a brick-and-mortar location that they called

CHROMATIC COLLECTIVE, named for the mural festival they organized under the same name. 

This location served as a gateway for artists to connect with each other and the community.

Together they organized over 30 exhibitions for emerging and established artists - leaning towards an open approach that allowed artists to break out of the standard "white box" model of a traditional gallery. 

In addition to gallery shows, Chromatic Collective hosted artist meet-ups and workshops. Gluestick, a DIY zine and poetry collective, had found a home here to host their monthly poetry open mics and zine collabs. The

Indy Figure Drawing Guild was also a regular guest.

Many friends were made here. Traveling artists would visit frequently to find sanctuary in an artist owned and operated retail, gallery, and studio space. The energy was authentic and fun, reflecting one of their frequent mottos

"you can't fake the funk!". Chromatic changed the game by inspiring artists to build their own pathways. 

Sadly, Chromatic had to close their location in 2024 due to the changing real estate climate. Many consider this a major loss for the community. However, all is not lost. The Chromatic Collective now serves their community via the 5th Dimension - meaning they organize and participate in pop-ups all around the state. 

Grants and Awards

2022 Power Plant Grant, Big Car Collaborative & The Andy Warhol Foundation

2022 Creative Placemaking, INRC

2021 Cultural Connections, Indy Keeps Creating

2019 Kirk and Alice McKinney Art Scholarship, Herron School of Art + Design (Rafael)

2019 On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator, Indiana Arts Commission (Erica)

2019 Efroymson Family Fund for Chromatic Graffiti Jam

indianapolis mural studio

in 2020

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