I'm a Chicago based artist specializing in Oil Painting. Graduate of American Academy of Art in December 2017 with a BFA. The education from AAART has helped me develop my current body of work. I taught summer camp during the summer of 2016 and even though it was fun, my main passion is oil painting. In the summer of 2017 I was commissioned by the Village of Rosemont to be a muralist in a group project. My current body of work focuses on Hispanic minorities showing we are like everyone else but still have pride in our roots. I accomplish this by placing the figure in a comfortable position in their homes and adding complex Hispanic patterns in the background that suit the composition.
I am an oil painter, working in the tradition of the interior and the figure. I use a variety of colors, pattern, and arrangement of objects that are inspired by the hispanic heritage. I place the figures in the center of the picture plane making them the main focus of the composition. The half life size scale of my work provides the right amount of space to create a presence of intimacy between the painting and the viewer. Inspired by the Vermeer and the dutch I paint figures in their homes and everyday lives. I utilize natural lighting to create a sense of serenity and give it an airy feel.
To represent cultural pride, in the background I use patterns that are commonly found in homes around Mexico, celebrating our roots and where we originate from. In addition to the underlying racism of immigration issues. In my pieces containing females, I pose the figure staring directly at the viewer asserting strength and resilience. My paintings are, in a way, a plea to viewers with anti-immigrant sentiments, that we all share a similar American experience.