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

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. 


G R A P H I C S : Ashkan Honarvar "The Dream"

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Ashkan Honarvar  X  Electric Society

Ashkan's collection titled "The Dream", is a vibrant collaboration with talented photographer Danil Golovkin for the Electric Society magazine. It perfectly executes a visual integration of exotic flora, feathered appendages, pops of reptile skin, and high fashion. Ashkan elaborates on his artistic mission by stating, "I wanted to create an other worldly effect here using a black background, surreal vegetation, and deformed animal parts that initially look real, but - after some inspection - are revealed to be more surrealistic. As with Rousseau's painting, symbolism is very important here. Every shape can be interpreted differently."

The Dutch artist has an impeccable eye at putting together a puzzle of both similar and contrasting elements into a holistic composition. Of all his exquisite work, I am continually attracted to the haute pieces that embody a unique twist on both fashion and couturesque beauty also seen in my previous post, Graphics .
 It is a pleasure to share to his work as he continues to expand and collaborate with more and more talented designers



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A R T : Claudio Souza Pinto

Claudio Souza Pinto, was born in Brazil in 1954. His success as an artist initiated when Alan Aouizerate, the French art collector, admired Claudio's art and invited him to exhibit at Le Bains and The Opera in Paris.His style is artistic, surreal, romantic, an humorous. The boldness of colors, fantastic realism, and evidence of emotion captures viewers from far away and leaves them entranced. Many respected architects and art collectors have delighted in Claudio's paintings, including move director, Jacques Bral, who commented "Claudio's paintings have a fantastic realism and a visual discussion about melancholy and love. Sadness or happiness is always present in his paintings, even if in spirit". 

I was given the opportunity to see a few of Claudio's works of art in person during Art Walk in Miami and was incredible impressed. The large scale of his paintings, along with the magic posed through both context and artistic quality is truly admirable. 
Below I have included a few of his great pieces. Enjoy! 

"For the artist, life is a great play. All of us have different behavior masks, and they emerge depending on the the theater of life."
-Claudio Souza

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. 

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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.

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