First I want to say thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception for The 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial. So far it has been a¬†well-attended¬†exhibit, with great feedback and a¬†phenomenal amount of press coverage. My work will remain¬†on view¬†through¬†October 8th¬†and the biennial will continue through December. Here's a link to the¬†complete program¬†with the¬†list¬†of venues and participating artists. ¬†So please come by and check it out!It was a pleasant surprise to see the image of my painting "The Champ" featured in Artforum Magazine's event page.¬†¬†In 2005 I was walking down Bryant Park on my way to the Mid-Manhattan Library to continue my art self-education. Always with my camera in hand, a homeless man approached me before I even saw him and said -Give me five bucks, I'll let you take my picture. Back then I was always really scared of taking people's photos and when it came to the homeless I felt that if the photos went anywhere, I'd be taking advantage. I declined and still gave him a few dollars. The then got in this pose and said -A deal's a deal. Take the photo! I never forgot him. Years later in 2014, when I was forced to work from the same library after losing my home studio,it became clear to me that most of the people at the library were homeless. I promised myself that when I got my studio I would find the way to honor them and bring awareness in some way through my art. And I painted The Champ which has become quite popular in promoting this event.
IN THE STUDIO
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PS - For a limited time¬†Test Prints.¬†FdlM collectors and friends get first pick!¬†We've been running¬†test prints¬†of select original works and they're looking so good, that we've decided to make some of them available at the eBay store.