An ode to LUNAcy:
In these illustrations, I explore themes that are lighthearted. I invent interesting plants and animals, or reinterpret festive masks, mythology and magic folk. In many, "la Luna" (the Moon) is present, almost like an ideal to pursue. In others, the Moon has been colonized and ladders connect it to fantastical settings.
These whimsical works are made on watercolor paper using water based pigment inks, 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.
Naïve meets Contemporary:
My style is distinctive for being graphic- illustrational with bold use of colors. I call it "Neo-Primitive" because of influence from Mod design, Folk, Art Naif, Pop, Magical Realism.
Traditional textiles and surface design from across the globe have always been important sources of inspiration. The rich colors, patterns and shapes found on them can sometimes be seen mixed in my work.
(Some of these originals and prints are exhibiting at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery in Westfield Mall in Wheaton, MD). Also in different venues, please see NEWS tab for more info.
Quality prints (and home textiles) of these and other paintings are available at the following online shops:
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