The Open Studio

Dear friends, the open studio last Saturday in Toronto was a complete success. There was a constant flow of visitors during the three hours it lasted!. I had the opportunity to meet some interesting people between art lovers and collectors and off course to have good friends around me. Thanks to those people who help me with the event, Susan Stewart, James SF Wilson and in a very special place, Ricardo Acosta. Hope you enjoy these images.

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Best regards!

Alexis

Selfportraits

When it comes to representing myself in a painting, I have mixed feelings about it. A mixture of fascination, fear and challenge only surpassed by the idea that what you consider to be you, is not more than any other subject you deal with when painting. At the end to consider oneself as a character is not different of what actors do with their rolls.  I have also  learn, as part of my personal experience. that being an observer of whatever one do, the way one behave in every life event, is part of the teachings of many spiritual traditions that implies a path of a deep self reflection and knowledge.

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arbol

autoretrato jueves

procesoe

tres veces

Selfportraits as a sailor 1

as an elephant

Domingo

self portrait

Sin título-2

wind on the ocean, detail 2( red)

la soledad del selfie colored

Regards!

Illustrations for “The Bird”

By the time I lived in Barcelona illustrated literature for adults was something common.
I made this illustrations for “The bird”, a short tale by controversial Cuban author
Juan Abreu.
Abreu himself suggested me to illustrate the story which seemed very interesting and challenging from the visual aspect viewpoint.
These images were never published but I enjoyed very much the process of creating them.
The story tells about a misanthropist writer who is tired of his human condition and decides to become a bird through a DNA modification.
This is a bitter dark tale with bizarre characters and some kind of punk gothic spirit.
Hope you enjoy the images!

7 el pajaro 1, acuarela y collage red

 

el pajaro3 red

el pajaro4 red

El pajaro 2, red

 

el pajaro5 red

Have a wonderful day!

Alex

Los motivos del lobo (The Wolf Motives)

Being a teenager I was impressed by Ruben Dario’s “ The Wolf Motives”( “Los motivos del lobo”) and my admiration for that jewel of poetry has not decreased with time.
This is an illustration I did for my portfolio six years a go. It represents that moment when Saint Francis and the wolf of Gubbio meet for the first time. I wanted to create an image of  trust, showing that humbleness and at the same time greatness that are characteristic of the Saint, in relation to the ferocity of the wolf of Gubbio.
I would like to think of this image as a metaphor of the understanding between humans and nature.
When the poem is translated to English, off course, will never be as beautiful as it is in Spanish since the sound of words and rhymes are lost. Recently I found this translation which  is a good effort to keep the content and the beauty of the story.

http://thedeepsolitude.blogspot.com/2012/06/los-motivos-del-lobo-wolf-motives.html

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All right, Brother Francis!

Nice weekend!

Alex

 

Birds in my work

Here are some images of birds I selected from different moments of my work.
Birds are creatures related to the most invisible, elusive and intangible of the classical four elements: air. That explain why they have been traditionally so connected with spiritual meanings in multiple levels.

I commonly use birds to represent forces and knowledge that challenge our sphere of familiarity and are beyond of what we humans can conceive or measure.

Birds also remind us that we live in a very uncertain and mysterious universe.

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columpio

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reflejo red

lluvia de sabado

Game Piece..

things that happen in my garden1

loque va y no viene detail red

unpredictable wind

Evidencia del Cielo,oil on canvas,56 x 69in, 2004

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Hallazgo,54x32inches, acrylic on canvas

Temprano

selfportrait

 

 

Have a nice weekend!

Alex