art basel

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


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.

Midweek Muse: Yrjo Edelmann

Today I am pleased to share the work of an artist that truly blows my mind. At first glance, the images translate as photographs of iridescent paper, imperfectly wrapped and held with masking tape. 

The shocking truth is that these pieces are two-dimensional, oil paintings on canvas by Swedish artist, Yrjo Edelmann (1941-2016). Edelmann achieved great success through out his artistic career and was considered a "great illusionist amidst the Swedish contemporary art world."

Johan Persson of Galleri GKM magnificently states, Yrjo Edelmann's pictures are frequently located in the territory between dream and experience, in a vacuum where the eye wanders through a labrynth of almost infinite proportions

I am amazed not only by the hyper-realism achieved by oil paints, but also by the incredible tension, depth, irregularity of shapes, and reflection of light in these compositions. Edelmann exquisitely achieved the fusion between traditional painting techniques and the innovation of contemporary art. These pieces would make the perfect "gift" for my walls with their chic tones and "ready to open" appeal.

For more information about the artist, please visit the Craighead Green Gallery that represents his work. 

Check out the slideshow below for my most coveted Yrjo Edelmann pieces. 

A R T : Del Toro x LATIN for GLORY

 D E L  T O R O  x  L A T I N for G L O R Y
Art Basel Block Park 2013

Del Toro is a luxury lifestyle brand based out of Miami, FL. It began as a men's collection but now includes shoes and accessories for both men and women. With an essence for genuine materials and contemporary designs, the shoe styles range from velvet slippers, leathers chukkas, sting ray drivers, and golden wingtips.I have been following this successful brand for a few years and truly admire the fusion of Italian and American designs into contemporary and playful styles. 

During Miami Art Basel 2013,  I was given the opportunity to enter my own designed chukka for exhibition in the Del Toro Block Party. Upon receiving the blank canvas shoe, I wasted no time in hitting up the drawing board. I aimed to create a shoe that reflected the LATIN for GLORY taste, youthful personality of Del Toro, and lively aspect of Art Basel Miami. 

As I dug for inspiration, I came across a piece of amethyst-toned agate (a quartz variety) and was inspired by its unique layers, contrasting colors, and brilliant hues. At first I marveled at the idea of keeping the shoe monotone but that wouldn't reflect the spirit of Art Basel one bit. I began with the upper vamp area of the sneaker and made my way around, painting ring around ring of agate layers. The colors purple, pink, red, orange, green, and blue rhythmically merged in and out of each other to create a rainbow of undulating patterns. 

T H E  I N S P I R A T I O N 

F R O M   B E G I N N I N G   T O  E N D



A hint of rose gold in both the bottom and interior of the sneaker give it the final "LATIN for GLORY" touch.
The Del Toro shoe display for the block party event.

Creating a work of art using the Del Toro shoe as a canvas was an experience I cannot wait to repeat in 2014.

C R E A T E  O N .