An ongoing project of a series of illustrations inspired in yogic practices. Merging my two passions art a yoga. With the hope to inspire and provoke curiosity to people that haven't had any contact with this amazing ancient science and system of mental and physical training. A visual storytelling of my own process.
Yoguis connection with nature gave them a deeper wisdom and understanding of our own bodies. Most asanas (posture) are linked with animals. The names of each posture are more a literal description of what happens in the body and the inspiration behind it. The following illustrations are and interpretation of those names. Sanskrit is the original classical indian language that this names come from.
In addition the floral elements represent the force or energy of nature that rules the knowledge of all things. We are not "made" by nature but rather we grow from it, within. It's a flourishing of all things connected in the universe.
"All knowledge the the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind".
In this ceramic series, I explore patterns and forms that co-exist in Nature at an universal level. A code that has been eternal and that human observation has translated into geometric formulas to explain our existence and its essence.
In ancient Greece, Plato used this forms as a symbolic representation for everything that exists at its purest form. Earth, Air, Fire, Water…. and the Fifth Element, the Dodecahedron, which is the Life Force itself. This knowledge was withhold from the general public, only revealed to the initiated, since it was considered sacred and too dangerous to share its power.
An exercise about how things relate, function,evolve, change and manifest.
This work was developed during my stay at Gorila Art Residency / TAC (Tulum Art Club) in Tulum, Mexico, in collaboration with master Ceramist Domingo (Cerámica ByCocom) and his family in Valladolid, February 2016.
My inspiration was based on the Yoga Kundalini practice. The piece talks about the explosion of savage energy that one most feels after the first root chakra is awaken in our body through a meditation practice. Kali, the Hindu goddess represents this energy, also represented as a 3 coiled snake that lays at the base of our sacrum.
Commissioned Mural piece for Jacob Goldman Design, 585 Grand St. Brooklyn NY
Great experience working at R Generator Sony headquarters in NYC to fulfill their offices with art.
Here some samples of the 3 different walls I was commissioned to cover in 2013.
Esoteric Creatures is a piece inspired in the concept of singularity and the beginning of the universe.
Mural piece for Strange Loop Gallery, NYC
Acknowledging True Bloods final season, HBO wanted to create a live art piece installation during the final celebration of the TV series.
As a result, "Bloody Party" was created. The event catered to celebrities and the attraction was the interactive mural I was commissioned to execute. The interactive mural was a challenging piece since we had no walls to work on. The venue didn't allow us to manipulate the space which resulted in the construction of a fake wall that wouldn't collapse while people painted the mural.
The idea was to give them red paint to create a bloody mess along with their imagination. The result? a disaster full of fun. The piece was made with two separated pieces made of wood. I decided to create them out of CN laser cut wood to be able to work ahead. With little time to work inside the venue. The heads I created represented the main characters of the series, Sookie and Bill. An absolute bloody,messy interesting experience to be part of. #lastcall for images of the event.
My first attempt to work with clay. The most interesting part comes when each pieces is done. You never now the final result. Each peace is a surprise.
Once a year, TEDxUbud brings a taste of TED to Bali. I had the pleasure to attend and be part as a featured artist.
A commissioned mural piece for the venue was created in the middle of the beautiful Five Elements space that hosted the conference. An amazing experience that brought for one day a group of visionary people full of creativity. Sharing my work and getting to visit and explore Bali was the best of 2014.
More info here: http://tedxubud.com/
After my first yoga teacher training in India, I felt deeply affected by the philosophical aspect of this ancient science. I felt the necessity to explore it in a graphic way since Hinduism is full of crazy images that try to explain this esoteric ideas. Such topics as "the seer" and the object that's is "seen" to the spiritual realization and enlightenment called Sahasrara in sanskrit, served me as inspiration for the following collection of illustrations as part as a personal exploration and understanding of this journey.
Editorial Design & Illustration for Misfit Magazine
I was invited to participate in a project hosted by "Colectivo Tomate". They started painting murals in 2010 in the neighborhood of Xanenetla, in the city of Puebla, Mexico. Their goal was to rescue Mexican muralist heritage and use it as a tool to make the facades of this historical part of the city more beautiful and representative of the community's complex and intense identity. They have completed thirty two murals in 2010 and 2011. By 2012 the goal was to have 52. I had the opportunity to be part of this project with an amazing crew and we created the Mural "La Chingona". On a abandoned factory in the middle of the town. I met amazing people and artists during the process, indeed and a great experience. Here some images of the process and the result.
As part of my exploration of the understanding about time and space I illustrated the concept of time in this second mural "Esoteric Creature II". A project to be featured in BOS (Bushwick Open Studios 2014) as an effort to comprehend and show side walkers the real important of the present, past and future. Representing a fierce tiger as the present, the only real connection with our actions to built the the dreamed future.
If you happen to be in Brooklyn stop by to see it and check it the amazing store supporting local artists of NY hosting my mural. www.betterthanjamnyc.com
For more info about BOS here: www.artsinbushwick.org/bos2014/
This mural was a community-based dialogue. The space encouraged activities that promoted creative thinking and expressive art in understanding the culture and community of east Harlem. The murals in this neighborhood aim to strengthen cultural ties and encourage community. Since Museo del Barrio focuses on promoting culture with artistic enthusiasm, I wanted my mural to also create a dialogue between the Museo and the “barrio”.
Interactive experiences for the community:
COLOR IT!: Mural base with be black and white outlines, with the effect of a "coloring book” on the wall. Children were encouraged to participated and add their own perspective on the wall with their very own hands.
CONNECT: In adult language "connect the dots" illustrated the idea and ability to associate thoughts and find a bigger picture. A dot-to-dot puzzle created for children to actively participate to a greater artistic effort. It is art and community building.
Exhibition for Strange Loop Gallery, 2012
Piece for Better Than Jam Art store in Bushwick, Brooklyn , 2012