Cats, Rare Plants & Lunatics
An ode to LUNAcy:
In these drawings and paintings, I invent narratives that explore fantasy or are mystical. "La Luna" is usually present. In some, it has been colonized and ladders connect it to fantastical settings. In others, hybrid plants and animals sing to it with "saudade" from their distant, magical realms. They don't know if the Moon is real, a hallucination or even a prop, but for the "Lunatics" and dreamers, it represents beauty, truth and freedom as ideals to pursue.
Most of my works are made on watercolor paper using water based pigment inks, acrylic pen, gouache and watercolor pen. In most illustrations, there are 30 to 40 tiny lines/dots per square inch in the background. Each one can take anywhere from 14 to 30 hours to complete. In some cases, after finishing an original, I make digital alterations to its image, in order to obtain fun, different versions of the same piece.
Old meets Contemporary:
My main sources of inspiration are natural forms, comparative mythology/magical thinking, the rich colors and patterns in traditional textiles and folk arts from across the globe. If I were to label my style, I'd call it call "Neo-Naïf" because of the influence of design from the 50's-70's, Pop, Folk, Art Naïf, Cubism, Outsider and other movements.
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