Inspired by the social struggles of this era, this body of work hones into gender and sexual identity. As an LGBTQ artist raised mostly by a single mother in a Latin American “machista"-society”, I am no stranger to the struggles of women and gays in a “macho-centric” social structure. The series is comprised by four pieces that were exhibited in the group show From The Hand at the Welmont gallery in Savannah GA 2017.
Her Body, Her Choice was inspired by the historic Women’s March of January 21st, 2017. This piece uses meticulous line-work to form a mosaic of distorted figures. Prominently displayed is the pregnant mare; a proud and noble testament to motherhood. The narrative is less prominent and fades in the background; the red and relentless male ego, and the green and nurturing female support that is rising up and forming the new generation.
In the Repression series I explore a dark chapter of my own life. These three portraits depict myself (age 26) and two close friends. Our only commonality? We are gay. Each of us raised in a repressive culture that forbade us from experiencing our sexuality at that tender age when you are still shielded from the depravities of a modern-adult’s sex life. Without the sexual maturity that comes from openly exploring our sexuality in our teens, we were ill-equipped when shoved into the oversexualized gay culture.
Individually the Repression pieces are a testament to a true story of a gay youth who was exposed to more than they bargained for. Either being driven from home and into the arms of drug abuse, drowning in alcohol the depression of living a double-life, or risking life-long diseases due to the lack of sexual maturity that should have been developed long ago, these three individuals were put in harms way by the repressive nature of their catholic upbringing. This series explores this negative outcome repressive cultures have on gay youth and the futility of denying one’s sexuality.
Her Body, Her Choice Acrylic on Canvas 4'x6' 2017
Repression 1 Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 3'x4' 2016
Repression 2 Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 3'x4' 2016
Repression 3 Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 3'x4' 2016
Nepantla: A Space In-between
Industrial Culture is a collection of work inspired by the social and economic inequality between North and South America. Driven by militaries, religions, and industry a small portion of the world has established itself above the rest. The poor are cast down and used to fuel the wealthy. Weighed down and helpless there is little hope for social and economic growth.
First shown for the group exhibit Nepantla: A Space In-between, this series was presented as an installation. Industrial Culture utilizes laser-cut taskboard and modeling gesso to bring to life fantastical buildings representing a merge between church, castle, and factory. These structures “grow” prominently from the surface (assuming they are nourished). For the under-dog it is a different story; malnourished and weak one painting is barely able to stay on the wall and has been reduced to slump on the floor.
Paired with the 3D paintings is a series of prints inspired by the digital files used to laser-cut the buildings. In a dark smoggy landscape industrial machinations, gleaming citadels, and grinding gears interconnect, all the while imposed upon the landscape. These prints were created using a traditional printing press, one of the first machines to kick off industrialization.
Industrial Culture Triptych Sculptural Paintings, Lasercut Paper, Modeling Gesso, on Canvas From left to right: 3'x3', 2'x1.5', 3'x4' 2016
Industrial Culture 2 Print 3/4 26"x18" 2016
Industrial Culture 3 Print 2/6 11"x16" 2016
Industrial Culture 4 Print 1/6 11"x16" 2016
Equestrian Study 23 Print 1/3 2'x4' 2016
Visual Nature Oil on Canvas 2'x3' 2011
Visual Hunter Oil on Canvas 4'x4' 2010
Il Cavallo Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas 4'x5' 2008
l'Elefante Oil on Canvas 3'x4' 2011
Ricciolo Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 2'x3' 2009
Apple Tree Acrylic, Oil, Modeling Gesso, Ink and Sculpey on Canvas 3'x5' 2015