Rio de Janeiro is a marvelous city that is known for more than it’s extraordinary beauty and exuberant pop culture. Urban violence is a problem that is no longer domestic but is recognized and spoken worldwide.
In the painting, the artist creates a symbolic meaning of peace,suggesting the circles in the
sky resemble peace which emanates from the hands of the CRISTO REDENTOR (Christ the Redeemer), which is not only found on the city’s hilltop but within each person. Representing the crowds cry for peace, samba school dancers release doves that symbolize peace.
Note: The painting not only obtains three dimensional effects through the use of optical illusions but when observing it with appropriate samba music, the viewer feels a stronger connection to the movements danced by the samba dancers.
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 inches - Soul Series
This painting full of symbolism was inspired by the history of ISADORA DUNCAN (1877-1927). Isadora was born in San Francisco, CA and revolutionized the art of dance in the twentieth century. Being the pioneer of modern dance caused controversy by ignoring all the techniques of classic ballet. Her dance was something completely different from the usual with improvised movements inspired by nature: wind, plants, and other things. Lightweight clothing, loose hair and bare feet was part of her personality as a professional dancer who preferred dancing to Chopin and Wagner, songs that were not considered appropriate during that era. In 1927, she died in a car accident in Nice, France.
Note: The painting not only obtains three dimensional effects through the use of optical illusions but when observing it with appropriate music, the viewer can see Isadora dancing in a paradise of daisies.
Esperança, the Bride of Santa Monica
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 inches - Soul Series
The painting was inspired and conceived as a protest for peace. The
crosses seem to be surreal but can be seen weekly next to the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA representing each U.S. soldier that was killed in the Iraq war.
The painted poem talks about a young woman who lost her fiance in the war and desperately looks for his cross to leave him a rose. The heart necklacerepresents a lost love. Because of so much pain she has suffered, she sees the ocean as a dried desert. But in her eyes, despite of the tears, you can see a glimpse of hope for happiness represented through the saxophones and vibrant colors.
Note: The painting not only obtains three dimensional effects through the use of optical illusions but when observing it with appropriate music, the viewer is inclined to see the bride walking among the crosses.
*Part of the proceeds of this original painting will go towards peace movements in the world.*
Acrylic on Canvas, 66 x 44 inches - Soul Series
This knight is the most revered Catholic saint, in the Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, and the Angelic Cummunion. He is also respected in Afro-Brazilian religious cults synchronized in the form of Ogum. Legend has it that George was born in the former Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia. He was known for his courage and was assigned to kill a dragon whose halide poison could kill the whole city, and whose skin was covered with thick scales that could not be perforated with a lance or word. This courageous young man managed to kill the dragon on his horse burying the sword into the beast’s throat.
The symbolism in this painting represents the power of faith and how the knight was able to kill the dragon with his sword, receiving strength from the heavenly sky. In Brazilian culture, there is a plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) commonly known as the sword of São Jorge .
Note: The painting not only obtains three dimensional effects through the use of optical illusions but when observing it with appropriate music, the viewer can see the courageous movements.
This piece represents three different generations of african women clapping to the sunset.
In this piece the scissors represent the carving and pruning we have to make on our own selves throughout life, this piece is mostly of free interpretation.
Any songs by Moby suggests the viewer to see the cutting movement of the scissors.
Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches
The painting resembles a big party in Brazil known as carnival.As the people are entertained with girls, music and festivities, the government steals their golden bicycles.The viewer is connected with the dancing movements when listening to samba music.
Daniel and the Lions is more than just a painting, it is a new way to experience art. It is painted and built in a way that depending on the light, the image can be completely different. From a beautiful skecth-style black and white with Daniel and the Lions and all the spiritual meaning of the original story to an alive circus of rich colors, changing completely the way you can experience it.
It was built to get natural light from behind the canvas, so the owner can have the full experience throughout the day and make a statement about having a rich experience without the need of digital technoly.