Expanding the Potential of His Imagination
Who are you and what type of art do you do?
At the moment I am a human being trying to understand myself and the world I’m in. I make mainly drawings and paintings that range from realism to abstraction, I often combine both.
What mediums do you work with?
I mainly work with graphite, charcoal, ink, brush pens, oil paints and acrylics.
What’s your background?
I was born in Cuba in 1984 and moved to Miami in 1995 at the age of 11.
What art do you most identify with?
I identify with all expressions of creativity as long as the work of art moves me.
What type of art do you most enjoying doing?
Drawing to me is the foundation of all visual arts and the most immediate form of translating a conceptual idea into a tangible reality. Every man-made object around us had to be drawn first. I enjoy drawing immensely.
What’s your strongest art memory of your childhood?
I started playing drawing games very early on. I first began trying to imitate my dad because I would watch him work on beautiful oil landscapes out of his own imagination. My grandfather and I used to play a game in which he would draw a random set of lines and out of this meaningless and abstract impulse I would then try to shape into some recognizable form like a horse or a goat, something we could then laugh about. This was my early training in expanding the potential of my imagination and I’m still doing it to this day.
What’s your favorite piece of art or artist?
I like too many to pick just one. Each work and each artist is a contribution to the ongoing human conversation we call art. The trick is learning to see what’s interesting or unique about each artwork and each artist.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
The death of my former high school art teacher Jim Hunter was a shock and a wake up call to acknowledge the reality of life and death. He was physically very strong but smoked too many cigarettes and lung cancer took him to the other side. He left too quickly, many of his students including myself never had a chance to say goodbye. I was working on a painting at the time called “The Gift” and struggling because I felt lost and with no direction. Working through the pain and having the patience to see things through was fundamental to the healing process.
What do you like about the art world?
I like that the art world expands beyond what we think is the art world.
What do you dislike about the art world?
I dislike the snobbery that appears in some circles by certain individuals and the elitism behind certain philosophies or groups.
What makes you angry?
When ignorance hurts people.
What superpower would you have and why?
Teleportation! I want to travel this world and others.
What is your dream project?
Some kind of interactive artistic experience that allows people to reach a new level of awareness.
Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mati Klarwein, and Ilya Repin.
Favorite or most inspirational place?
Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
When drawing or painting the human figure or face, don’t think of it as a body… think of it as landscape. But the most important advice that transcends the art practice is simply to be present.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
To exhibit in top galleries all over the world.
What wouldn’t you do without?