Evan Joseph Marks, better known on social networks as “El Gringo Evans,” was born on June 25, 1992, in Minnesota but grew up in California, so he feels more part of this place.

Something curious about Marks is that he has a large family; his mother had a son at her first birth. But in the second, triplets arrived, a great surprise for the whole family and an amazing gift for his life.

"I have a big connection with my brothers. We are very close; we know each other so much that even when talking, we answer simultaneously”.

For him, it was incredible a few years ago to imagine that now, he would feel Colombia more as his native country than the United States since he says that the warmth of the people, how kind they are, and how they treat him to make him feel as if he were one more Colombian.

El Gringo Evans shares his story / Photo by: Medellin Guru
El Gringo Evans shares his story / Photo by: Medellin Guru

That is precisely Colombia’s magic: Every foreigner who arrives falls in love with its customs, people, climates, and everything that this great country has to offer you. So, if you are considering living in this country, many visa options could be useful.

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How did you get to Colombia?

Everything goes back eight (8) years ago when Evan arrived in Chile through an agreement with his university in the United States.

He stayed in this country studying for several years and finally obtained the “International Negotiation” degree, where he could also perfect his Spanish. However, languages have always been his forte. Amidst laughter, he says that his brothers at school were not so good at speaking Spanish, so, like in a movie, he would put on his brother’s clothes and take the Spanish exam for them.

He always had the facility to speak this language, so in 2013, when El Gringo Evans arrived in Chile, he was delighted with the Latin culture; he discovered new rhythms, enjoyed the country, was able to perfect the language, practice his accents in Spanish and also, there was room to form unforgettable friendships because in Chile he met two friends from Cali, Colombia, who without thinking about it, would be in charge of changing his course.

His colombian friends always told him that he had to travel to Colombia and that he would fall in love with the country, and the insistence was so great that, sometime later, he decided to travel.

First, he got to know Bogotá and then Medellín, where he decided to stay, At least for now.

“Medellín es una chimba."

In the following YouTube video, you will find El Gringo Evans’ interview; In which he will tell more details about his personal life as an artist, and of course, he will talk about his perspective as an expat, about Medellin Guru and will, share some tips for those expats who live in Colombia.

The most Colombian Gringo

Evan is a language teacher and has worked in some universities in Medellín. But for some time, he decided to join social networks to share his life with his brothers and tell the whole world about Colombia.

On Instagram, he has 11.6 thousand followers. On YouTube, he has 124 subscribers. On TikTok, he has 119.9 thousand followers, where he daily shares his videos of things that happen in Colombia, exploring places, rapping, and more content.

“El Gringo Evans” is also dedicated to music and enjoys rapping in Spanish. Not only this, he also loves to indulge in Latin fusions like salsa, vallenato, and champeta; the latter, a genre that he was able to interpret in his latest song called “La chica de la bicicleta,” which, so far, has more than 16,000 views on YouTube.

El gringo Evans in the recording of his video: "La Chica de la Bicicleta." Photo by: Evan.
El gringo Evans in the recording of his video: "La Chica de la Bicicleta." Photo by: Evan.

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The Botton Line: El Gringo Evans: From United States to Fall in Love with Medellín

For Medellin Guru, it will always be an honor to make visible the stories of those expats who fell in love with Colombia, who have stories to tell, or experiences that are useful to other foreigners in the country. 

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