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.
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".
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.
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.
Upon my move back to Miami from Madrid, I not only experienced external changes around me, but also very incredible internal ones. My days were spent reflecting upon everything life has to offer; upon the endless possibilities and how vast this world really is. In this reflection, I realized how dynamic we as human beings are, and how we have the power to change our destiny.
Alter Ego, is a piece unique from everything I created. It was inspired by a graffiti painting I made in Madrid, but with more layers, textures, depth, and personality. It is less sweet and more edgy. It reflects a side of me rarely demonstrated to the public: my affinity for rock n roll, passion for adventure, quench for wilderness, and beautiful nonconformity. This painting was created with an "unfinished" black acrylic background, webbed-textured spray paint, white splatters, and a rose-gold bull with metallic drips. Alter Ego is my pursuit for breaking the right rules with ultimate style and sophistication.