I am a Bronx raised Mixed Media Artist (painting and sculpture) currently based in Pennsylvania. I continuously explore human resiliency and what makes us drive forward, hope, faith, love.
I create art because I love it. It’s an outlet and I can put on a substrate, what’s in mind, my heart, what I observe in people and the world around me from places I’ve lived, traveled and significant events in my Puerto Rican culture living in the diaspora Puertorriqueña. I get in the zone, and wonderfully lost in the process.
Growing up it’s the one thing I had control over even if I had limited materials, I used what I had. My mother was a single mom, a poor garment worker and later a taxi driver, raising three children in the Bronx after migrating from Puerto Rico.
In my process for sculpture work I generally start with an event or something I witnessed, like the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria that recently devasted Puerto Rico or an image in society that stuck with me like a homeless guy with his head down, and worship activity engrained in the fabric of who I am as a missionary. And effects I witnessed in the Nicaraguan youth from the recent civil uprising. I include simple materials like egg cartons, for the plates in “Little Marilyn” and in the red fragments of the Flamboyán petals in “Buscando Agua Después de Maria”.
In my painting I use a lot of drips technique yet I turn the canvas to create unique drip marks often resulting in loose grid like patterns and windows. While this technique is often reserved for abstract painting I incorporate faces and figures emerging in the acrylic and sometimes alcohol paint, representing diversity of the cultural enclave I grew up in. I continuously explore human resiliency and what makes us drive forward, hope, faith, love.