My work explores my love for bold color, voluptuous design, and strong graphic images: a passion that comes from a rich cross and sub cultural source. As the oldest son of a Cuban exile in West Virginia, I developed my aesthetic submerged in Appalachian economics and pre-Castro nostalgia.
I am a co-founder of Cannonball Press, an online source for prints. Our goal in publishing is to revive a truly democratic twenty-five-dollar print that can be made economically, and purchased by all. We select our artists from the vast pool of young national and international talent, and promote and sell the work ourselves.
I also work as a master printmaker. For four years I printed professionally at Jungle Press Editions, a print shop that produces fine art lithographs and etchings. The artists I have collaborated with include: Rudy Burkhart, Stephen Westfall, Michael Mazur, Melissa Meyer, Joan Snyder, Brian Wood, Mary Frank, Mary Heilmann, Jacqueline Humpheries, Elena Sisto, Charlie Hewitt, and Yoshishige Furukawa. This group of artists has provided me with challenges and insights into the applications of a number of different photographic and digital media. I have assisted several of these artists with projects that combine these modern techniques with the traditional printmaking methods of stone lithography, woodblock, and intaglio.
In addition to teaching and collaborating with artists, I continue to make and actively exhibit my own paintings, drawings and prints. In 1999 I was awarded a Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio in Manhattan for one year. I exhibit locally, at the Dirt Gallery in Kansas City, and at Decatur Blue in Washington D.C. I have also been involved with community art projects both in and out of New York City. For the past four years I have been making collaborative murals and time-lapse painting projects with a group of artists called the Barnstormers. The work has included a time-lapse painting project commissioned by and created for the television show “Sesame Street,” an ongoing mural project that took place at Smack Mellon Gallery, a former spice warehouse in the D.U.M.B.O section of Brooklyn, murals on tobacco barns and tractor trailers in Rural North Carolina, and at galleries nationally and in Japan.
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