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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.

Latin for Glory Around the World

The month of November has always been one of my favorites; it is a time to reflect upon the recent past months and begin looking forward to the new year ahead. The holiday season is thrown upon us during this time, promoting feelings of excitement, celebration, and even nostalgia. 

This November, I am thankful for the opportunity to share my artwork across the world. By making art prints available, I have reached further than I could imagine. Today, Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat and owner of the original Wild West bull posted a snippet of her new gallery wall with my piece in the corner. 

It was extremely satisfying (to say the least) to see an artwork that I put in so much time, thought, and effort amidst beautiful and inspiring pieces in a influencer's New York City apartment. Danielle is just one amongst others that have posted their Latin for Glory art...and for that, I am also thankful. 

Written in the Stars

"I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream".   -Vincent Van Gogh

No. 3 of my parallel series to Running of the Bulls taps into my fascination with the wonders and eternal beauty of stars. Written in the Stars tells the story of my passionate quest in search of my true calling in life by connecting the my past, present, and dreams of the future. Life is composed of a series of moments, determined by fate and altered by our actions. The relationships we hold with others further intertwine these webs of moments and propel us further into this journey of life. Day by day, we reach towards the stars, connecting points until we have created our own constellation of success. 

Written in the Stars was composed using a variety of acrylic and spray paints to achieve an expressive and textured piece. A deep and energetic backdrop was created with layer upon layer of blue hues, glossy black splatters, and iridescent accents. Each point of stark white paint represents stars, the moments in life which are connected with the world around us. Finally, the bull skull is a representation of me....all of us...fighters for dreams and lovers of life. The skull was rendered with layers of rose gold, yellow gold, and glowing neon pink spray paints to resemble the glittering images of galaxies. Contrastingly, It pushes against the canvas edges attempting to break free from physical limits. These limits are the ones that we choose to place on ourselves, for life is meant to be pursued as freely and vast as the universe itself.

Sophia Webster #PimpMyCoco Design Challenge

Sophia Webster announced another challenge in which she asked clients and fans to submit their interpretation of the 'Coco' pump. The style features a classic pump silhouette with a chic flamingo detailing on the stiletto heel. Luckily I heard of the challenge right on time (the night before), and went straight to work. 

 There is nothing more inspirational yet challenging than a blank canvas. I aimed to create a very "hands on" design by directly placing my artwork on the pump, thus incorporating my source of inspiration with a personal element. The flamingo motif of the Coco reminded me of my home, Miami; a city growing with culture, life, and entertainment. One of my favorite aspects of Miami is the rapidly flourishing art scene that is revered in the Wynwood Arts District and the yearly Art Basel phenomenon. 

The base color of the shoe is a shade of blue reminiscent of the tropical weather and clear skies enjoyed year long. I then created layers of paint splatters in magenta, lilac, white, black, and rose gold to add the energy, passion, and fun element of Miami. Here is the final design of my submission Art Walk

"Art is an effort to make you walk a half an inch above ground".

-Yoko Ono

Midweek Muse: Juan Genoves

This week's Midweek Muse is one of my favorite artist growing up, Juan Genoves. It is still an impressive memory at my first Art Basel show in Miami as a child, turning a corner to witness one of his large canvases painted with what seemed to be mere dots. From afar, I could distinguish a group of people in line, migrating towards a destination, a beacon of hope. I was mesmerized, smitten, and I went closer to the canvas, I examined his technique; textures and depth were achieved by piled up oil paint mixed with tiny objects, each forming a person. This painting was about me, us, about everyone. 

Juan Genoves

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Juan Genoves studied in the Valencia Art College where he evolved the need to "renovate Spanish art and also with the function of art and the artist in society". During his life, he joined post war Spanish movements in the art scene which greatly influenced the trajectory of his work. It was in the sixties, that he began experimenting with the subject of the "individual" and the "crowd". In his recent years, he has further explored the "crowd" and has manifested into the work I love today. Through the portrayal of crowds, he explores static movement and visual rhythm through paint. 

Here is an image that shows closer how Genoves's uses layered paint, colors, and small objects to create individual people within a crowd. 

Click the slide show below to see more examples of his impressive, and endlessly inspiring work.