Midweek Muse: Gonzalo Fuenmayor

A few weeks ago I was browsing through my daily dose of interior inspirations when I suddenly became fixated on one image. This particular living room was infiltrated with an abundance of exhilirating artifacts, accessories, and art. With a variance in color palettes, and array of contrasting elements, I felt compelled to dissect what piece was achieving harmony. The one piece that tied it all together was the focal point itself: a large art piece by Columbian artist, Gonzalo Fuenmayor. 

The scale, depth, subject matter, and overall composition was not only the focal point in the photograph, but the main point in the entirety of the living room. The vast black background of the piece draws the eyes in and accentuates the details and beauty of the banana-crowned chandelier. Crystals, tropical fruits, and glimmering lights add the right amount of glamour and mystery to this trendy space. 

I then began my research on Gonzalo Fuenmayor and fell more in love with his work. To me, it creates this magical nostalgia of latin glamour and luxury in the tropics. As a hispanic myself and being raised in Miami and Dominican Republic respectively, I was captivated with the imagery of banana trees, crisp night skies, and an inevitable sense of entertainment. There is also this sublime eeriness that gives a dream-like quality to the images, and truly reels you in. Below are a variety of my favorite Fuenmayor pieces, both charcoal drawings and photographs. His perfection in depicting reality with charcoal pencil will leave you guessing which ones are photographs and which ones are not. Visit the official website to learn more about Gonzalo.