News & Exhibitions
2020 QUEENS ART FUND
New Work Grant Awardee by the Queens Council on the Arts founded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
TRESTLE ART SPACE RESIDENCY PROGRAM
2020 Spring Residency six month Studio Residency (April 2020- September 2020)
- Create! Magazine. Issue 20. Pages 136-139.
- Circle Foundation Quarterly Art Review 5, summer 2020. Page 124
- Through Art Magazine Issue 2. Pages 44-47
- Pikchur Magazine. Issue 8. Pages 56-59.
Winner of the MVO ArtAd Show 2020.
Check out the work at The Oculus in NYC supported by NBC Universal.
Check out my interview with Debbie Wells here September 21st 12:30 PM Eastern time.
Short List Hopper Price Spring 2020.
1- What are the core and fundamental themesand concepts of your art?
My figurative portraitsconvey everyday stories of colorful characters. The narratives are based inordinary and familiar scenes of Latino family life, highlighting the influenceof American culture and implying indirect political statements. The strong presenceof primitive and naïve style connects the works to folklore elements andMexican crafts.
2- How closely do these ideas relate to yourcreative process and the actual act of creating the art itself?
I use photographicreferences that come from different sources, mostly candid pictures I take inmy daily life. They help me think of an idea for the painting or at least getme starting to think about the characters and the composition. The color playsan essential factor in my process, and it doesn’t necessarily come from doesreferences, they are choices I take during the process and where my artisticinfluences take place.
My whole visual language hasa powerful Latino influence, but it’s embedded in my DNA, I don’t over think itin does term. I just feel very inspired and attracted to my culture andfamiliar faces I used to see when I was growing up.
3- Which artists/designers/creators (past orpresent) are you inspired and influenced by?
The German expressionism andthe Viennese secessionist movement, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, GeorgeGrosz, Ernest Ludwig Kirchner, and More. Also, Matisse and the Fauvist Movementboth projecting brilliant colors and spontaneous brushwork and indebted to thesame late nineteenth-century sources, especially Van Gogh.
I admire the way Gauginapproach the South Seas island Tahiti paintings becoming the first modern"primitive."
Mexican muralist and famouseasel painters like Frida Kahlo, Maria Izquierdo and even more surreal painterslike Leonora Carrington (American) and Remedios Varo who explored more surrealstyles.
I look at Alice Neel, PaulaRego and others more contemporary painters that vary from Neo Rausch, DanaSchultz, Nicole Eisenman, Karry James Marshal, Cecily Brown, Peter Doig, DanielRichter, Marlene Dumas, Jenny Saville, and more.
4- Which of your work/works stands out as ahighlight, a favorite, or a significant point in your creative growth anddevelopment? And why?
Painting is an individualpractice, yet there are so many elements in play that need to work together.The drawing, composition, color, texture, narrative, size, etc. it sounds easy,but it’s very complicated.
In my opinion, that’s whysome paintings are better than others. Sometimes you can select a piece wheresomething exciting is happening, and it’s really outstanding, yet it might notbe the best painting because it’s not about that moment, it’s about the wholepicture.
As an artist, It’schallenging to choose one because we have an emotional connection to ourpictures since we put some much love and time into them. Yet, I really try tobe objective and critical to continually push myself.
Balloons and Winter Scene(2019) are solid paintings. Siesta (2016) always got great responses.
5- An artist of powerful creative voice andmessage, what do you wish to communicate to your audience?
I paint portraits of Latinoimmigrants because I am originally from Mexico and I am attracted to myculture. My work is not political, it's just a celebration of it.
I like the viewer to havetheir own take of the painting, my intention is not to impose a specificnarrative, instead, concentrate on the emotional reaction based on bold colorchoices and expressive brushstroke. I like it when the painting it’s upliftingand wired at the same time.
If the viewer gets avisceral response, without knowing exactly what is that attracts them. Yet,they have to stop and see it. That means it’s successful.
6- Creatively, professionally and in allaspects of being an artist, what are your goals for your upcoming works andart.
I like having a big range asan artist, in which all the paintings are very different from each other withinmy subject and style. Yet, I intend to have a unique energy that’s verycharacteristic of my work.
I want to close the gap fromthe worst painting to the best one. Meaning, that even my worst picture shouldbe amazing.