Cesar Rivera, also know as Korel, began to practice spray painting in 1999. One year later Korel began to paint illegally by tagging and "bombing" on city walls. Born and raised in Mexico City, Korel was influenced by the Mexican old school artists like Reak, Koka and Humo. In 2005 he started painting legally trying to find a style that was clearly influenced by European graffiti writers. By 2007, already in the US, 2wk crew was created doing several walls across NYC, including the world-famous mecca of graffiti 5 ptz that lead to the documentary “American Graffiti filmed by New York City’s NYFA.
In the summer of 2012, Korel meets “Kobra”, Brazil’s most famous graffiti muralist, and collaborates with two other people to paint the famous NYC’ mural right on 25th St. and 10th ave in Chelsea that has become one of the NYC attractions for tourist in the famous high line. Later in the same year, Korel participated on the “Graffiti Hall of Fame" in New York City painting alongside with some of the old school graffiti writers.
Now Korel balances his time with his original love of graffiti and his popular realism tattoo style.