Size: 12"W x 14"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
Titled 'Paranoia' this oil painting is strictly reflective of the mood of paranoia itself rather than an external stimuli fueling the paranoiac. I was very motivated to do this piece after purchasing an Evil Eye amulet (Nazar in Turkish) at a Mediterranean festival and further researching on their use in the everyday lives of many cultures across the world. At the time I was experiencing my own kind of paranoia and began the piece primarily by painting an eye reminiscent of the one that I had chosen at the market. The eye was followed by the remainder of the piece in which I painted myself while staring into a small 3x3 mirror tacked by my easel. Although it is a self-portrait in the sense that I used myself as source material, I did not strive to make this recognizable to myself but helped myself to identify and paint the more deteriorative and uneasy emotions within.
My name is Evan Michaels Estrada and I am a San Antonio based artist and musician whose primary genres of painting are in the vein of abstract and expressionism. Through these genres I have come to define my personal art as being the mode of communication between myself, others and the nature of reality as told through the vocabulary of color, shape, and form as opposed to drawing strictly from topical stimuli and more so exploring the reactionary emotional element of the medium. I was originally raised in Anchorage, AK before returning to Texas. In 2009 I began to study art and music at Northwest Vista College where I was first exposed to the artworks of Max Ernst, Jean Michele Basquiat and Jackson Pollack from whom inspired me to start painting. Currently I am a Picture Framer at Kurt Youngbloods Framing and Art.