My artwork is about the connections that bring seemingly disparate worlds and ideas joyfully together. Animals and animalian humanoids appear frequently as whimsical characters. I feel a great connection to and influence from the world of dreams. Dreams are the mind’s way of processing and expressing intense emotions and experiences. These raw emotional connections seek to bring the viewer back to a place in childhood where the heart understood the world before the eye and mind did.
Growing up in Cuba after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when being well fed was a rare luxury, nature was my toybox. Death and decomposition were a part of daily life. I remember feeling an innocent curiosity about animals rotting in the dirt, seeing beauty in their bones as I saw beauty in the creature that had been alive not long before. When I moved to New Orleans, I felt a deep connection to the way death is celebrated here as a part of loving life. The music and spirit of the places I have lived have deeply influenced me as well, and my work is frequently imbued with this music that is like a spiritual pulse.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
whimsical, playful and emotional
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
There's never a lack of inspiration , everywhere you go all the time from the natural environment to the characters populating it.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I like to listen to music to get my creative energy up.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Nature, feelings, memories.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
A wide range of people I like to look on Instagram and discover new artists every day.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Doing healthy outdoors activities .
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I play the saxophone.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Palace Art Market 619 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Art Garden Nola 613 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Zèle NOLA 2841 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115