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.

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. 

 

The Doughnut Factory

There is nothing more alluring than the pairing of high fashion and sweets. Due to this craving, I created a pair of doughnuts with a sweetness you can almost taste, and a look fit for the runway. The first batch of The Doughnut Factory series, are inspired by two of my all-time favorite brands, Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney. 

First recipe replaces sprinkles with luxe red lipstick, golden leaves, lacquered roses, and pearls from Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2015 Lipstick Mary-Jane pumps. 

Second recipe showcases my favorite Stella McCartney collection, as seen at Fashion Week around the world, featuring an assortment of embroidered lips, studded hearts, and embellished matches amongst a velvety pink icing. It is the perfect combination of romance, fun, and a little fire. 

Both illustrations have been added to the Latin for Glory Society 6 shop where you can find prints, home decor, phone accessories, and apparel. 

Bride To Be

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of collaborating with one of the hottest beauty spots in the heart of Madrid, Mi Calle NY. I was contracted to photograph their new 'Bride To Be' beauty package that includes services such as facials, massages, mani & pedi, makeup, hair styling, and more. 

The team and I collaborated with spanish brands such as Navascués for the chic gown and Ursula Mascaró for the decadent shoes. Our goal was to capture the spirit of the beauty parlor which is inspired by the glamour and trendiness of New York City, along with two bridal beauty looks: sweet and sultry. 

Below are a range of images from the production. Stay tuned for the final presentation coming to magazines near you.