Size: 24"W x 24"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This Piece took about 7 days to complete with patience. The vision I had was a POW WOW in mind (an Indian ceremony), with a butterfly that flew by and landed as a sign of peace and harmony.
I come from Puerto Rican roots. I was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I've been expressing myself through art since I was a teenager. It wasn’t something I did consciously, it came to me naturally. I took a hiatus for 15 years and recently I began to feel a need to get back to my calling. Since 2011, I have created over 200 pieces. I now feel light, at peace and happiness is overflowing. I feel whole again. This is my life and while sharing my spiritual vision, it puts me and others in a special place. As we look deep into my work, you will see truth in so many ways. My first oil piece of an Aries ram was painted in 1990 and from that day forward I knew that was what I always wanted do; create what I believe in, using bright colors that stand out and attract to the eye. My creations on canvas are very spiritual to me and they tell a story with Native American influence and Taino Indian Heritage. In December 2011, I was introduced to Joann Jimenez and DJ Antonio Ocasio of WEPA NYC. They are cultural and musical preservationists who bring people together to honor our roots and pay homage to our ancestors through music, drum and dance. They provide a foundation and shrine to experience the true meaning of tradition, joy and freedom. Imagine my reaction when offered to paint live at their events and then becoming their resident artist?! I’m thankful to align with those who reflect who I am. This blessing has opened many doors for me. Knowing that one of my pieces are placed on someone’s wall is the best feeling in the world! I appreciate all that have supported me in the past and present… The Taino Way. Timeline: May 2012 - Live Painting at “The Blend” – a show curated by rawartists.org - an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. October 2012 - Live Painting and 2 Month Exhibit at “Latino Heritage Art Exhibit” – curated by Medgar Evers College April 2013 - Solo Art Exhibit at “The Taino Way” - curated by WEPA NYC in a dance studio in Brooklyn. October 2013 - Live Painting and 2 Month Exhibit at “Creative Expressions of Latino Identity” – curated by Medgar Evers College for Hispanic Heritage Month. November 2013 - Live Painting and Exhibit at “Viva La Raza” – curated by Stony Brook University March 27, 2014 - Art Exhibit at the 1199 Union Building Gallery on 310 43rd Steet, NYC. (5-8pm) May 9, 2014 – I curated an Art Exhibit, introducing up-and-coming artists on 39 west 19th street 5th floor. "NY Universal Visual Artist Uprising"