My artwork is figurative with a strong sense of narration. I paint on wood, canvas, and paper. My latest paintings deal with the relationship between the subject matter and the background, or between object and space. The first thing I do before starting any piece is the arrangement and attachment of different size pieces of paper or canvas; at times I staple pieces of fabric or canvas, if I am working on wood. In these compositions, the positive and negative space carries equal weight. The paint quality of the main image is approached in a sculptural way. The background will have lots of layering and is approached in a painterly-expressionistic manner.
Living in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County has influenced the subject matter in my paintings. The Redland’s open space and tranquil environment are present in my paintings. The subject matter is taken from simple everyday objects, places, people, roof tops, etc. I use images of familiar objects, architectural motifs, everyday subject matter, in a free, gestural approach to representation that explores the story behind these images. I do not come up with some wordy conceptual meanings because I want to leave a sense of mystery that is, nonetheless, accessible to the average individual. The viewer can relate to the work from a philosophical point of view, a past experience, a historical event, or simply because of the craftsmanship. If the image and the layered space in which it is brought forth impact the viewer’s sense of everyday objects and spaces, I am content.
I was born in Havana, Cuba (1971). At an early age, my parents encouraged me to pursue my artistic talent. In 1980, we left Cuba and moved to Costa Rica where we lived for six months. We came to the United States right after the Mariel boatlift. I have always resided in Miami since my arrival to the U.S… I received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts-Painting from the University of Florida-NWSA (1995). Four years later, I received my Masters in Art Education from Florida International University. I have been working as a full time art teacher since 1996 in the Miami-Dade Public School system. I am the founder-president of the artists’ group “GUILD”. The group was started with the ideal that craftsmanship is not a thing of the past. It is our belief that creativity, originality, ambiguity, and other hallmarks of art should not be discarded just because of trends. The aesthetic concerns that shaped Modernism never left; they just have not been championed by the contemporary art world establishment.