Painting Gallery 2013 - 2014

My work deals with a vision about an urgent, quasi-paranoid and suspicious, anxiety-based, color-saturated, world-conscious reality of information’s immediacy, "retro-awareness", "alien fear" and distrust.... In these paintings technology and popular, iconic images are ubiquitous and definitely present… furthermore, they are not without humor. I am intrigued by socio-cultural-political relationships, connections and interactions. The use of bold, saturated and complementary colors are a sort of metaphor for the harsh disparity and discrimination that, sadly, continues to play a major part in our society, especially not only in the United States, but also through the medial, traditional, "cyber-oriented", as well as face-to-face. More than anything, I enjoy making images through drawing and colors because they are fun and engaging topics to explore.

More recently, I find myself exploring masks. The masks are representations of ancient cultures as well as popular icons such as super heroes, music creators and sci-fi culture. Are the masks reflecting, projecting or hiding our inner-most secrets, desires, or ambitions? Most importantly, for me, as an image-maker, these images, many of which are iconic, represent nostalgic cultural thoughts and ideas of cross-cultural-popular expressions that transcend time, experience(s), generations, and much more.

Painting Galleries

Visit my Painting Galleries: navar For over twenty years, image-making for me has been a passion and avenue for exploring experiences, dreams and preoccupations, including issues of our dependence on technology, consumer culture, relationships, spirituality, politics, and the human "theatre". The paintings are arranged into different galleries, grouped, chronologically (the earliest from 1993 and spanning into the present) and "themes", especially when I find myself working in a series of paintings inspired from my life experiences, memories, nostalgia and personal interest, for example multi-generational, cross-cultural, popular consumer-based iconography and imagery, such as Chespirito, the Morton Salt Girl, muppets from Sesame Street, the Mexican Loteria, and Art History Homages.