FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Tell me a little bit about where are you from originally?
The town where I was born, Güines, is located in the south of Havana. It has a river named Mayabeque and is mostly agricultural. There I lived until in 2009 I moved to the city of Miami where I currently reside.
How do you think your style developed?
My peasant roots and love for naive art were the genesis of my style. I never looked for it, it was something that appeared as a result of who I really am; an artist nostalgic and at the same time proud of my culture. My first steps were in the caricature and later in the landscaping. My landscapes are a very personal way of understanding nature through the eyes of a child.
Do you do commissions?
Yes, I do it frequently. I only put my creative and style freedom as a condition. In fact I like it when I try to see my art through other people and that they offer me a sincere point of view. Sometimes when clients feel reflected in my work due to some idea expressed by them, the satisfaction is very rewarding and mutual.
What materials do you use to produce your work?
I prefer use canvas over all supports. A medium texture. The painting that I always use is oil, I can not get rid of its magic. The brand I use the most is Charvin Oil. On rare occasions I use acrylic acrylic paint.
What is your training as an artist?
Studying design helped me to handle many tools that are also valid for painting. Part of my training comes from the self-study but mostly from the tutoring of teachers of my city. Therefore I can not define myself as a self-taught but not as a graduate of any art school.
Are you a naive artist?
Naive art is the artistic expression of the ethnic group that mostly reflects in my artworks. Therefore I appropriate the pictorial beauty of this manifestation and add more technically worked elements.
The same happens from the conceptual point of view. I try to deal with social issues from the simplest or simplest point of view. Hence, to define whether my proposal is naive or not, raise some questions. I do not mind being cataloged as a naive artist.
Do you teach art classes?
Not at this moment. In certain seasons I do workshops in my studio and they are announced through my social networks and this website.
What other artistic activities do you like to do?
In addition to painting, drawing and design, I write stories, songs that I play on my guitar and sometimes I like to dabble in art writting.