Faces - we see ourselves in each other?

For the last two years I have been exploring my series Faces of the System. If you ever wondered what inspires my work, please read my artist statement here. Over time the faces have transformed, changed and shaped in ways I could not have imagined. Inspired by the things and the people around me, my pieces keep carrying on the conversation of how we express ourselves. 

What if I added more than one face in a piece? Would they tell a different story, would the mirror each other, share a same experience or be two entirely separate entities?

Work in progress.....

Work in progress.....

These are questions that I am sure they paintings will come to answer as I explore and create. Here are some new pieces that are beginning this process. Stay tuned for more by signing up to my Art Lovers List and seeing the work as it is created. 

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The power of art to connect us.

What I love about art is the way it surpasses all of the human limitations that we place on our society and our interactions with each other. All the ways we separate ourselves, be it by our age, ethnicity, culture, geography and even interests; all of these boundaries melt away when we take in and connect with art and creative forms of expression.

Black and white abstract drawing purchased by my young collector. 

 I have been lucky to have been able to connect with people from all around the world through my art.  . My art is about the subtle ways we as humans express ourselves, our emotions and our perceptions of what it means to be a person in our modern day world. It is for this reason that I love hearing feedback from people about my art because the feedback is as diverse as our the people.

Most recently I had two collectors come to my studio that brought me such a strong feeling of humility and gratitude for the way art has allowed me to connect with diverse people from all around the world. A young collector (of just 16 years) old contacted me to come see my work. I did not know he was a collector until he came to my studio. I asked him if he was a student of art and his reply was "no, I am an art collector". For me this moment was so wonderful because it was so great to see someone that young understand how powerful art can be and choose to invest in it and value it (way beyond the material). It left me feeling very inspired by the way art is such a powerfully personal experience and how we can all connect to the creative energy in are own way. 

The next day, I had a client who has previously purchased some of my pieces come over to my studio to pick up two more pieces. The client is from UK and I thought he was here for business and wanted to come pick them up personally and meet. It turned out he came just to meet me, see the art and pick it up. He came one day and left the next. I was left without words by the deep emotion of gratitude and humbleness for his support and energy. 

Abstract portrait purchased by my UK art collector. 

Abstract figurative portrait purchased by my UK art collector.

For me, art has always been about more than just creating art. It has always been about connecting with people through my art and in person. Having these two beautiful experiences with two of my clients, collectors and supporters was a touching experience that just showed me the real beauty of art and it is the human connection that we all share. 

Here with both of my clients...

Here with both of my clients...

Where it All Started

My artistic journey has been one of many ups and downs and even long breaks. Since I was little art was a part of my life and I was lucky enough to have parents, especially my father, recognize something in all of my sketches and doodles, which often caused me to be scolded by my elementary teachers for "ruining" all of my notebooks. For the last few years living in Canada I have been lucky to be able to give myself fully to my art and create a full time career out of it. This is why it was so special for me to hold my first solo show (in a commercial gallery) back home in Colombia where my family and my parents could come and for the first time see my work in such a professional context. 

I want to say thank you to all of my family and friends for support and for Gallery Carlos Drew Castro in Pereira at the Institute for Culture and Tourism in Colombia for inviting me to show my series Being Human in the System at such a beautiful space in the Museum of the Institute for Culture and Tourism. Below is a small selection of photos from the opening night which opened up with a large scale 7 ' x 12' live painting of one of my biggest Being Human in the System pieces yet. 

Photo credit by Alejandro Neira