Rudy Mercado was born in Van Nuys California, United States, in 1962. He began his formal art education at the age of 9. As a child his aptitude for art became evident, standing out in painting and drawing. As a boy his father taught him the technique of diorama, an art in which he is at the forefront worldwide.
He has been a tireless creator and his work, whether personal or commissioned, is very extensive. His career as a scenic artist in feature films has proved to be one of his most notable achievements. Fine art painting and particularly portraitures have also been a constant through out his life.