Artist’s Statement  

 

My artwork is characterized by the use of dramatic light, and atmospheric scenes inspired by the “Old Masters” from the Baroque Period. As an artist I priviledge two medium to work with, oil paint and woodcut. In my paintings I like to work with an indirect painting technique which allows me to emphasize the quality of the paint, such as transparencies, semi- transparencies, and opaques, within an image. On the other hand, my woodcuts are free-drawn on the wood, exploring movement in the composition. In the process of cutting the wood I am interested in different mark making, line quality and texture. When I cut the wood I follow the same idea of the drawing process, which is being spontanious trusting in my free-cutting.

My paintings and woodcuts depict Puerto Rican scenes and culture, including themes such as family, memories, personal experiences, social problems, life and death. To accomplish these themes, I portray a vision of humanity that allows for an involvement of emotions, which I believe makes the image more vivid. Through my artwork I want to create narratives and tell stories about human experiences where the viewer can identify with the image in pictures. As a representational artist I want to impact people emotionally, causing them to self-reflect. 

 

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