How has society influenced your art? Are there social implications in your art?
I feel that the downward spiral of the human condition is what gives impetus to my artwork.
On average, how long does it take to create a piece?
Sometimes the idea comes in a flash, I make some sketches in my book and in a few hours I have the outline of a piece. Sometimes it is more complex and in the middle of the process as I am adding to the piece, I suddenly have a drastic change in focus finally finishing the entire composition in a couple of weeks. Other times I start with only a few basic elements and no fixed idea, then after arguing with myself a piece is born in my heart and in my eye. I try to tell a story with each piece I create.
Can you share your philosophy about art and artistic creation?
The most important for me is the act of creating a good concept and bringing it to reality. The birth of a good idea is the celebration of art, the choice of a medium is only a complement.
Has your art ever been published?
Some of my pieces have been published in Expose I, Exotique 2, Desk Top Digital Culture Magazine, Recrie, art and science and several online sites.
What was your most important exhibition? Please share that experience.
“Digitized Show 2003” (Collective exhibit of digital art) in Fulton Street Gallery, NY was my first exhibition. It was then that I realized that someone other than myself could appreciate my art. My first show in Las Flores, my hometown, in 2004 was also a very important event for me. There I was able to meet up with old friends and share my art with them.
Do you have any ‘studio rituals’? As in, do you listen to certain types of music while working?
I like to hear music while I work, my favorite bands are Dark Tranquility, Therion, Nightwish, Sentenced, and To Die For.
If you could pinpoint the characteristics of people who collect your art, what would they be?
The essence of my art is somewhat dark and melancholic, it is difficult for me to generalize on the type of person who seeks it out.
Discuss the piece “Dagon’s Odyssey” What were you thinking when you created it?
I like to go fishing on the ocean with my friends. On one fishing trip, we caught a tuna and I was truly surprised by its’ beauty. Before cleaning the fish to eat, I decided to scan it. This was the beginning of “Dagon’s Odyssey”,, this piece tells a postmodern story of agony and punishment. According to legend, Dagon (Etruscan God half man, half fish) used to wander into coastal towns in order to capture women and take them to the profound depths of the sea. This piece shows the tension that is created when a creature is trapped by its own desires.
Do you have a degree or do you plan to attend school for art? If so, how did it help you as an artist? What can you tell us about the art department that you attended?
I am a self-taught artist. I didn’t have the opportunity to attend a university, and I continue learning on my own to this day.
Why did you choose the medium(s) that you use?
I like to mix drawings, photos, and incorporate found objects in my compositions. I always strive for an “antique” photographic look. The digital medium is perfect for putting my ideas together and making them a reality. Lately I am experimenting with collage and mixed media, I feel very comfortable with these mediums.
Where can we see more of your art?
Does a gallery represent you?
Gallery 2014, Hollywood, FL. USA.
Any tips for emerging artists?
It doesn’t matter if you have a paintbrush or a digital pencil, what is important is to have a restless heart, and to be able to transmit what your heart feels while leaving to the side what is trendy or popular. Create, create, and continue creating.
Has your work ever been censored? If so, how did you deal with it?
This hasn’t happened, but if it did, it wouldn’t be of great concern to me.
What was the toughest point in your career as an artist? Have you ever hit rock-bottom?
It was when I realized that for economic reasons, I wouldn’t be able to study art at a university. It was a bitter truth at the moment, but at the same time I was able to discover my own ability to teach myself to be an artist.
In one sentence… why do you create art?
Art make me breathe.
What can you tell our readers about the art scene in your area?
I live in South Florida and the local art scene is exciting and unique but… I think that in order for art to be truly appreciated it has to transcend geographic limitations.
Has politics ever entered your art?
I think that in some of my pieces, the consequences of bad politics can be perceived.
Does religion, faith, or the lack thereof play a part in your art?
The dark side of the human nature is the engine behind my work. We are prey to the dependency on technology, we are hypocrites, there is a lack of love and an abundance of selfishness among other evils. We are trapped in dark and perverse systems where wars are fostered and hungry are digitized.
My work is not related to religion or faith, but I try to show how wrong we are to drift away from true spiritual values.
Is there anything else you would like to say about your art or the ‘art world’?
Blessed are those who appreciate art.
More blessed are those who feel it and live it.