George Kalapov (Born 1988-08-16) known by his artist name Mars, was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and has lived and worked in Johannesburg South Africa for the past 20 years. George created his alter ego Mars at the age of 16 when he started getting involved in street culture and street art.
Since then he has graduated with a degree in Multi-Media Design and painted hundreds of walls in and out of S.A. Having spent a large amount of time immersed in the urban landscape of Johannesburg creating public artworks and integrating into African society, his mixed media gallery works are a fusion of street art meets Africa.
Mars has had two solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. He has travelled for street art festivals and walls abroad into Europe and the Americas. His commercial street art work can be found representing big brands; AbInbev, Absa Bank, Coca-Cola, Converse, Huawei, Mercedes, Nandos, Standard Bank and Sprite to name a few.