Your shopping cart is empty.
I am an artist based in Houston, Texas. I was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba to a Cuban father and a Colombian mother. I left Cuba at the age of 6 months and moved to Colombia, South America. I moved to the United States at the age of 12.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Houston with a major in Art History and minors in Architecture and Studio Arts. I found art school fascinating. I concentrated on drawing, painting and sculpture. I had the opportunity to work under incredible professors. I studied Painting with Sharon Kopriva, Chuck Dugan and Derek Boshier and Drawing and Sculpture with James Surls.
I later earned a Master in Bilingual Education and Supervision from the University of St. Thomas, Houston. I taught elementary school for 25 years. Today I am living my dream of being a full-time artist.
I have always had a passion for art. Since I was a small child, I have loved to draw, color, paint, cut and paste images. I found inspiration in the pages of my parents' art encyclopedia books, and was fascinated by Kandinsky, Picasso, Miro and Dali.
Creating is a very emotional act for me. It helps me bring to the forefront traumatic events I have experienced. I lived through political unrest in my early childhood. At just one month old I lived through the Bay of Pigs invasion, very close to my hometown of Cienfuegos. During one of the attacks, my mother could hear the bombs and ran with me to a neighbor’s house to seek refuge. The next few months my parents endured many struggles, which resulted in us fleeing Cuba and settling in Colombia. I am certain these events helped shape me emotionally and are the cause of many fears and anxiety in my life. My images are an expression of this angst. I see my art practice as part of a spiritual journey that helps me discover the mysteries of my existence. It is my means of healing as well as expressing and communicating with others. Art is my reason to be.
I currently concentrate on oil and acrylic painting, collage, drawing, mixed media and sculpture. I incorporate strong boundaries and borders, different materials, the use of rough sandpaper, detached pieces and rips, interlocking parts - almost like puzzle pieces, and bold colors mixed with muted tones to create truly powerful images.
My mission is to explore and experiment with different media and techniques to express and communicate my thoughts, ideas and feelings to the viewer. My goal is to spark a dialog and make a connection between the viewer and my work; that pure harmony between the viewer and the image, a “vibration of the soul and inner pulsation,” as Kandinsky called it. My duty is to ignite people's souls.
Photo above by Kim Tonks Photography.
Larger paintings are available in my Houston studio.
My work reflects intense curiosity, wild imagination, and an enchantment with symbolism, expressionist colors and metaphysical and surreal imagery.
I like to experiment with different media, combining many materials and techniques. I am interested in exploring musical, spiritual and emotional experiences through my art.
My goal is not to represent the outward appearance of objects or people. I prefer to represent their inward significance and capture their essence, feelings and emotions.
My work has been the subject of 4 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibits. My work can be found in private collections in the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Cuba and Sweden.
Besides my studio practice, I have also curated exhibits and have taught art in after school programs at the elementary and junior high school level.
The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.
It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.
This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.
This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.
Click on any Image to continue
The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.
This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.
To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!
Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.
SAVE 20% ON YOUR FIRST ORDER!
Enter your email below and we'll email you a 20% OFF Coupon right now!