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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. 

 

Art Around the world

A year living in Europe warmed my heart and opened my eyes into an alternate lifestyle quite different to what I was used to. It seemed my days were geared towards pleasure and enjoyment, with "work" creeping into the crevices of the hours. I am not saying that hard work is not implemented into the day-to-day life in Europe, but rather that work itself is handled with care and love. I was able to witness first hand what it means to "work to live, not live to work". In those fleeting and wonderful moments in Madrid and travels around the globe, I gained 

As I reminisce, I want to share with you a trio of paintings I created exclusively for KIS Interior Design. The paintings captured just a few of the client's favorite European destinations including London, Barcelona, and Rome. The style of the paintings alludes to fashion illustrations, with clean and crisp lines. Overall, the palette is kept simple and focuses entirely on the composition telling the story of a young girl on her journey  to self-discovery. 

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Latin for Glory x WeWoreWhat

As a new spring season approaches, new art is now available! Limited prints of the original piece created for Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat are offered in three sizes and each signed by the artist. All prints are created using professional printing methods on the highest grade paper. Please feel free to contact me for more information, custom sizes, and other specifications. 

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Latin for Glory x WeWoreWhat

Bull No. 6 in collaboration with Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat is now complete. 

Together, we worked on designing a bull that reflected Danielle's edgy fashion style along with our shared love for plants, specifically cacti and succulents. The bull sits on a bed of vivid plants, none two alike. As a way to incorporate our passion for interior design, the bull skull was rendered as white marble with jute ropes adorning the horns.

 I documented the entire process and shared it through Instagram and Facebook, demonstrating how a garden slowly comes to life. Each plant was crafted with immense attention to detail and thorough color studies.  

The original piece will be on display in Danielle's 'rock n roll chic' New York City apartment. Prints will be available on my website soon! If you would like to be notified first, please subscribe on my webpage below. 

Here are just a few snap shots of the work in progress:

A Modern Story

As an artist, I have experimented with an endless variety of styles, mediums, subject matters, and palettes. Art has the power to transform, evolve, and open windows to views we have never seen before. 

Running of the Bulls will have a parallel art series that offers a more modern version of my story. Where as Running of the Bulls is characterized by saturated, refined, and immensely detailed compositions, this 2.0 series succumbs to a carnal passion reflected through paints, drips, splatters, crooked lines, and vast canvases. 

Below is No. 1 of the series. A large white canvas, symbolic of the beginning of my life, layered with a mapped out bull in graphite below an unrefined neon pink graffiti bull, and crowned with a veil of rose gold abstract roses. 

Stay tuned to see how the story continues to unfold.