Lately in Puerto Rico Urban Art has made a strong impact to the art community. Can we describe this movement as Urbanism? Because the definition clearly states, is a style of art that relates to cities and city life often done by artists who live in or have a passion for city life. In that way urban art combines street art and graffiti and is often used to summarize all visual art forms arising in urban areas, being inspired by urban architecture or thematizing urban live style. Based on this definition Omar Velzquez work can be categorize as modern Urbanism which make this, a special feature unique to his work, like this example
Velazquez work is Fresh which to me is what puerto rican art need at this moment, something that break all classical rule of what a good painting should be, no more perfect composition, no more finesse, just something creative. In my opinion Velazquez has the talent to become one of the best contemporary artist of Puerto Rico, at short time he has proven worthy of the Lexus Grant here in Puerto Rico soon he will start his masters at one of Chicago’s best schools, Which for me is just the beginning of good thing to come into his future. Taking this into consideration now is the time to invest in his work because surely this artist will make a strong impression in the states and who know if he can become the the next Enoc Perez, making his work a smart investment.
Can we consider this kind of art a social criticism? The modernist model of public art, which relied heavily on what we might call abstractionist inspirationalism or on architectural or social critique, had elicited increasing incomprehension and annoyance from the wider public noticing that in the recent year Puerto Rico Financial crisis has let many abandon building all around the island and this is clearly one of the main topic which Omar try to illustrate in his work, making the suggestion of “Chatarra” in one of his recent paintings. The complexity of city life often appears, from a governmental standpoint, to be a troublesome, This is why Omar’s Work is clearly giving us a clear statement of Puerto Rico present in such way which was never tried by many puerto rican artist, art as a social criticism of the financial status in the island. Continue reading The Urban Vision of Omar Velazquez→
One of the main reasons I created this blog was to try and push Puerto Rican art into the spotlight in any possible, from remembering the old masters to the new emerging talent. So this is me trying!!!! I want to present to you Andres Tavarez, a young artist with a style of his own, mainly consisting of black line patters with a strong presence of reality alongside imagination. Color is present everywhere. Some days you can see a very dark painting and other days an explosion of bright colors. Could it be proportional to the mood of that day expressed on a canvas? Taking into consideration that many contemporary artists use this technique to express their feelings, we can surely see that Tavarez paints from the heart, a very important and key factor in the creation of good art. Here is a good example:
The basic forms, elements without decoration, simple materials, and the repetitions of structures and color give is work a sense of order and a unique quality. When evaluating Tavarez’s work, note that the transition between colors is very dramatic, as evidenced by the selection of vivid colours, often thick application of paint, and real-life subject matter. In addition, the range and diversity that Tavarez is capable of is a very rare and important strength for any artist attempting to break away from the pack.
Tavarez is not an abstract painter. He is not a expressionist painter. And his work is far from realism. Tavarez integrates all of these disciplines in the power of a few brush strokes. He is able to move through different painting styles, and get away with it with mastery. This makes Tavarez an exceptional contemporary artist – one whose work you can’t get tired of. Continue reading New Talent On The PR Block —- Andres Tavarez→
The MonaLisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world, PERIOD… There’s been a lot of speculation about who the woman in the painting was. It’s thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, but art historian have suggested that this painting was a man dress like a woman other have even attribute that this was clearly a Self Portrait of Leonardo Davinci but only the author knows the true relationship.
I feel comfortable telling that this painting is the most parodied work of art in the world,Is being recreated by Andy Warhol, Romero Britto, Banksy, Fernando Botero and even Picasso in a Drawing. So is no expiation that in Puerto Rico we could pass the chance to do our version of it. La Mona Lisa like thousand of person refer to, it is a charm for every artist to work on because EVERYBODY will recognize it.
Last year I contact an artist called Aby Ruiz and ask him if he could paint me a Puerto Rican Mona Lisa version and boy did he do a good work. The work was a 16 by 20 canvas work called El Gicondo. The painting was a simple black and white painting with a light Touch of pink. At evaluating the work, the composition of the work is simple you can see a typical gaze of the Monalisa like in the original but with out the meticulous work of the background giving it a very modern look to it. The face clearly is no exemption to the original but the simple fact that the painting is not a Woman is the key point for its interpretation. Its a Man
This Is a Painting that commands a lot of attention, once you see this art work by Aby you won’t be able to see it with the same eyes like the first time. To me I really like this painting because to me a good artwork is the type of work that comes at you and for a second slaps you in the face and demands your attention immediately and this painting is surely no exception to this rule. This Painting has the potential to bring a smile and laugh from any spectator in the room while maintaining the composition of a great work of art. Continue reading The Gicondo Painting of the Month “March”→
The self-portrait is without doubt one of the deepest analysis exercises which an artist can do. Normally it Implies that the artist must have total knowledge of his own anatomy and the ability to translates and recreates the characteristics of his own face, which is not a simple task in the point of view of a psychological aspect of making a precise and pure example of what he consider correct of him. A good advice that I can give to any art collector is, that always buy the ” not so typical pieces” why? This is very simple to answer supply and demand. Self Portrait will always be Rare because not to many artist practice this and most of the time they are not for sale, artist tend to keep items like this. I have always love to buy Self Portrait to me is a Aspect where you can learn how an Artist looks at himself and this is a great plus to me when acquiring a piece.
I ask you this question can a self-portrait be the mirror of the spirit and feelings of the artist? According to a dear friend of mine Domingo Garcia this is true. For example you can determine the particular mood that the artist was feeling at the time of the painting just based on simple characteristic of the background in the self portrait, dark background is very characteristic of a powerful statement piece that the artist want to express, like this painting by Domingo Garcia which is a very simple but dark representation of him at that moment. Note that the composition was a very simple one, only texture can be subjective of the anatomical structure of the face like for example eyes, nose and mouth. The main point of focus is based on that yellow plaster of paint which is the only bright color that can stand in this work, is like the artist put that bright color there so when you see the painting you intentionally focus your attention between his eyes and just concentrate in that point.
Many art critics have written that the Main Component which moves the artist to portray himself is undoubtedly linked to a typical “narcissistic” act, But to me self-portraits must be carefully staged to show us only what the artist wishes to project, which most of the time will only display something…Feelings. In other cases the self-portrait can be a very effective form of advertising for an artist, especially for portrait painter. Now!!! Sometime you will find Self Portrait that do not hold no resemblance of the artist itself, Is more of a Integration of the Portrait and a his Particular style to end up with a Mixed Work of art like this Painting by Arnaldo Roche Rabell which to me breaks all the basic rules of a Self Protrait. I think that this was a Reason why I bought it HAHAHA Continue reading The True Art of a Puerto Rican Self-Portrait.→
Tell me, If you go visit Ponce and ask any Ponceno who is the best artist in Ponce alive you WILL get the same answer over and over again, Wichie Torres. In my opinion He’s a great humble artist, which with confident I can say he’s the best in the manipulation of bright colors and texture. He’s technique mainly consist of palette and short brush stroke of plaster painting which is very indicative of his Work, Is so Indicative that you can see a Work by Wichie from a mile away and you can still determine is an original work by him. His work are with out doubt complex, making the integration and incorporating impressionist techniques as well as surrealistic elements to his “costumbrismo” paintings. Here are three examples of this technique
This Piece is without any doubt one of his best work of Fires. Just look at the beauty in the composition of this work with subtle color while maintaining the Focus in the main theme which is in the center of the bright red fire color.
Wichie Torres is a Titan not only in the art world but in real world, many people do not know this fact but he’s is a survivor of not one but two heart transplants which in my book as a soon to be general medical practitioner is a huge plus!!!! It is clearly that God has bless him in other area of his life now getting back to the art, jajaja If any person asks me, which artist is the best and safest investment in art, I will tell them to buy a work by Wichie Torres, I still to this date haven’t seen a person that doesn’t love his work. In every great art collection that I seen I have always expect a pieces by Torres, now my favorite theme by him is Definitely the Quijote HE’S THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ARTIST in Puerto Rico that can Master EL QUIJOTE theme no question asked.
If I gave you 3 Qualities of a Painting and ask you to tell me what kind of art does it belong, could you do it? Bright Color, Simple Lines, Hard Edged Composition. What if I told you that what I’m talking about is POP ART will it ring the bell? ahhh??? In Puerto Rico??? Nahhh Come on thats a Gringo Movement thats started in the 1950s RIght???? Well think Again because There One, oh and is a SHE. Here name is MaryTere.
Is funny to mention this because in Puerto Rico the art scene has been dominated by men, but Pop Art is a movement which has been well Avoided in Puerto Rico and still has been greatly represented by MaryTere. Pop Art Is a Fun Movement in the art World, which I really love the Vibrant Rich Color and Simplicity of the Work specially the black outlines, bold colors and its tone. I think this is the quality that makes it so simple that every person can enjoy it and Mary Tere is no exemption to this Rule.
It is said that this art movement was started in the U.K others tend to say in the U.S, which for the purpose of this blog Is not important but what I do consider important is that Puerto Rico being such a small territory, We can Proudly say that Pop ART is not dead in our little Island. Art critics in the last 20 years have try to banned this Movement by saying that this is not true art is a mechanical process which can not be consider real art, but in some painting you can surely see the complexity of the work like this example which in no matter do I consider it easy nor lack of talent. Remember Never to Forget that art is what you like, not what an art critic say is Trendy. Because if Pablo Picasso can Pull it off anyone can surely do the same
About Two years ago I asked Mary Tere for a portrait of my GirlFriend, I was a little Anxious because I really didn’t think that she was going to like it, luckily she did like it, but I bring you this because there a point to all this, The painting was a 12 by 16 canvas work and I really was impressed by all the small details it had, because I realize that is a great tactice to use bright color with lots of bold black lines making it simple but beautiful at the same time, which made me understand that this is the basic core of Pop Art, simplicity with ultra high bright colors jajaja.
I created this blog to help bring art to people who don’t go into galleries or museums so they can visualize something different, and come on!!!! NOT many people will understand those ” scientific words” like NeoExpresionism or Cubism but I know that Pop is a simple word that can express this style of art, and I really think that Artist like Mary can help promote art by starting from basic and igniting that small curiosity in everyone of us, so we can finally see that you need a Andy Warhol painting to feel like you have a great piece of art, because Puerto Rican art can be pushed to the top if we the people only realize the MEGA talent that we have in our small island is at the same level as American or European Art. Continue reading Puerto Rico Pop Art by Mary Tere→