In December 2012, Garcia was struck by debilitating abdominal pains while at his bartending job in Lakewood. Fighting through the last hour of his shift, Garcia admitted himself to the emergency department at University of Colorado Hospital, where doctors identified an ampullary tumor near his pancreas. After undergoing a specialized surgery called the Whipple procedure, Garcia’s prognosis was good—until he was diagnosed with a severe infection. As he lay in bed with drainage tubes protruding from his body and chemotherapy on the horizon, Garcia made the choice to completely change the way he framed his existence.
That day, he decided to live life on his own terms, focus on his passion for painting and inspire others battling disease. Now, Garcia is 100 percent cancer-free. He owns an art gallery in Denver and contributed all of the incredible images featured in this exhibit.
Surgery is a skillful science refined through a lifetime of learning. Healing, however, is something less tangible. It is not exact. It requires seeing beyond the actions of a procedure to envision the incredible life left to live beyond the operating table. Healing is an art. Behind each of Garcia's paintings lies the skillful hands of a surgeon, a compassionate team of caregivers and, above all, the indomitable will of each patient to live an extraordinary life.
“Art helps sick people. The very least that I can do is try to give back what was given to me.”
On display June 15 through August 16, 2018.
The Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion
13080 E. 19th Ave. Aurora, CO 80045
Hours: Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm
Free and open to the public
Photos from Reception with the Artist, Surgeons and Patients on June 22nd