The Big Reveal: Panda for Desiigner

One of the best parts about creating custom artwork for clients is witnessing their reaction at the moment they receive the piece. Although I could not be present in Desiigner's New York studio, my dear friend captured the moment in which the packaged Panda was greeted with a..."DAMN!" The hip hop artist was astonished and failed to believe the original 19" x 24" framed drawing was made with color pencils on paper. I truly appreciate his admiration and look forward to working on more art in the future. 

Here is the video as posted on @lifeofdesiigner's Instagram story. 

Want to learn more about the making and background story of the Panda art piece? Check out my recent post

Piña Colada in Paradise

I recently had the pleasure to collaborate with leading Miami firm, KIS Interior Design, to recreate one of my bull pieces, Piña Colada. Glowing in the dining area, the piece brings a tropical allure that relates to living on the Florida coast. It was produced on an illuminating plexiglass for a contemporary aesthetic that brought more light into the space. It perfectly ties into the overall design of the apartment, where you can view more images on KIS Interior Design's Houzz profile

Oceana Key Biscayne

Photography by Barry Grossman

White X6, Looks Like a Panda

I had the pleasure of creating a commission piece for the artist of one of the biggest break-through hits, Panda. This piece allowed me to fuse together my love for animals, music, marble, and art. 

I aimed to create a piece that interprets the song with a mix of "old" and "new". The panda head derives from the single's album cover, but instead of a gold chain hanging around its neck, there is a crown of smoke representing the late, Notorious B.I.G.'s iconic image. This crown is a symbol of rap, success, and urban culture. The word Lexington appears within the smoke and ties in the street where Desiigner grew up. A back drop of white marble creates a refreshing and modern aesthetic that also links to some of my own work. By incorporating the past and the future we evolve into the present. 

Click through the carousel of images to see the process.

MMXVII

2015 was dedicated to adventure. I answered to my calling and quit my job, packed my bags, and bought a one way ticket to Madrid. It proved to be a year of experiencing the world and creating an abundance of new art along with new friendships. 

2016 was about changes; many of them both big and small, important and some less so. Life brought me back to Miami. I lost my childhood home but gained my first legitimate apartment. I missed Europe everyday, but was given the opportunity to live Miami from a refreshingly different perspective. I let myself be sad, confused, and through reflection have never been happier in my life. 

2017, my lucky number 7. I have never been a firm believer that the "new year" is the time to recreate your life. I think every single day of our lives is the time to pursue our dreams, work smarter, share the love with our friends and family, and become our best selves. However, the flip of the calendar surely feels like fresh breeze on a hot day. 

Cheers to another year of being alive. Think big, act big, and let's make it big...today and everyday until the stars are within our reach.