Your use of color to express emotion is what instantly drew me into your work. You are inspired by the Fauvism movement of painting. Can you explain what provoked this inspiration and why you prefer this style?
I’m definitely driven by expressionism. I consider that what provoked and keeps provoking my use of color is my soul always searching to manifest itself through art and the experience of living. Fauvism redefined pure color and form as means of communicating the artist’s emotional state using vibrant colors directly from the tube. I have used this technique since my first learning experiences and that caused me some trouble with some art teachers.
Above all, Fauvism values individual expression which is my true passion in my work.
What message are you trying to communicate through your work?
The message changes constantly given the fact that I consider emotions the true strokes of the work. But I usually attach these emotions to life experiences and build a story.
Your “Mickey Me” series adds an unexpected innocence to your work. What inspired you to create this particular series and what is the underlying theme?
This collection talks about the loss of innocence in humanity. I turned Mickey Mouse, a world iconic figure that represents this innocence, tinto a hedonist Mickey, who looks for pleasure no matter the consequence. Part of my inspiration comes from living through several experiences to the point to realize that excess will never fulfill you. I question that in this collection even using several known figures like Jim Morrison, James Dean, and Marylin Monroe with Mickey ears representing this innocence lost that ended in death. The main theme is that innocence is never lost, you can gain it back by truly leaving layers behind and finding your true self. I try to create this experience by using’s Mickey masks. Once you have them on you loose your façade and feel more free, being able focus more in the inside than in all this external noise we live in.
What mediums are you most comfortable using and are there ways you would like to challenge yourself in the future?
My favorite medium is acrylic on canvas, but I’m also experimenting with mixed medium techniques like digital art, spray paint, Chinese ink, oil, and sculptures. In the future I would like to create interactive art where the painting could be mixed with technology and you could see an expanding story in progress.
What inspires you to create? What is your typical creative process?
Life inspires me to create, in other words, GOD. I have no process, it just comes to me at any moment. But I do meditate and take long mountain walks and that really helps.