Posted on March 31, 2017
This Friday I had the opportunity to present my work at a small exhibit in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The show was curated by Color Scenes & La Femme Cheri. The exhibit was a collection of 40 talented ladies, all displaying 2 pieces each.
I displayed 2/3 of the “Oracle” pieces I have been working on, and guess what… sold 2/3 pieces.
What a blessing. Pictured above is the proud owner of the small green piece, who now gets to go home happily cared for.
The larger Oracle piece in blue is ready to be shipped to Orlando, Florida. I gotta say, I’m feeling pretty blessed that my babies get owners who appreciate them. If I kept all the pieces I have made thorough out the years, I wouldn’t we be able to walk through my tiny apartment. I have one more “Oracle” piece that’s looking for a new owner, you know how to find me.
Posted on February 22, 2016
The day went by quicker than expected, it was dark and Zero has been advertising a show he’s going to be exhibiting his work alongside many other artists. Escape was held in an open old factory looking space turned gallery in Williamsburg, and all I kept thinking to myself was “hmmm, this is good space to throw a show.” That’s usually the first thing I notice when I enter someone else exhibit, looking for places for myself, is that selfish?
The music was blasting and in between every other hit song the dj was playing, a rapper performing his lyrics would appear, bopping along to the beat I was enjoying myself. The place was packed and as soon as I walked in I quickly recognized Wendy, also known as DottyLaAbstract. We’ve been following each other for years on social media, and probably have been around the same people hanging out about twice, but that’s about as far as that goes. I say my hellos, to the friendly face, and compliment her work. She’s talented and i have always liked seeing her work online, this time, I got to see the shadows, highlights and lines in real life, that’s the best. I have no idea how she does her faces, they’re beautiful. (See her and her work below)
I asked for Zero, especially since I haven’t seen him in the longest time, it would have been amazing to catch up, but apparently I just missed him. Booooo…
His work is always familiar to me, I gravitated towards his wall and his infamous moon and space canvases were the main theme. His moons are always on point, they’re never flat, they have dimensions and seem just like the real thing… I like to think it has a lot to do with that telescope he loves hovering over that’s planed on his roof, talk about loving what you do.
I’m glad I got to see Wendy and Zero exhibit their work. Congrats my fellow visionaries.
Posted on December 24, 2015
You know us latinos, Christmas is celebrated the day before.
Last year Christmas, Chris and I spent it at his aunt’s house in Jersey. This year we decided to keep it a bit local. Our initial plan was to just stay at his house, but I changed my mind fairly quickly, when I learned my abuela had been asking for me. I felt bad about telling Chris to drive all the way to Brooklyn, but I really wanted to stop by and see her, and since I was already going to be out there, I might as well stop by my brother’s as well.We started our night with a full feast at Chris’s momma’s house. The table was filled buffet style, pernil, rice, mac and cheese, I made some baked ziti and so many other things I can’t even recall right now, just know that it was good, and gone in about 2 minutes. I chugged my wine and was ready for round 2, change of environment that is.We pulled up to my parent’s house, who weren’t even home, and decided maybe it was for the best anyway. We were crunching time and maybe we should head to Brooklyn already anyway.
When I walked in, abuela looked so surprised, she had no idea I was coming. We exchanged hugs and I told her not to kill me, since I barely show up to visit anymore. She was just glad I was there.
I got to see some of my cousins, and all of their babies are getting big so fast.
Time to switch it up. Our arrival at my brother’s place was filled with open arms, and questions to why we got there so late. Every one had been drinking at it was time for us to catch up a bit.
My brother Luis has done a great job keeping up Christmas family style. Something that I always appreciate.
His style of his hosting reminds me so much when I used to be a kid. The little ones running around, counting down until 12am, so they could open their presents, while the adults caught about and spoke about grown up stuff until the clock stroke. Except this time I was on the other side, I’m the grown up telling the kids not to run in the house, and to behave or else Santa will know that they have misbehaved. Where has the time gone?
The kids bolted to the tree at 11:58pm, just waiting, watching, desperate to rip through packages. Way too cute.
I had a great time for Christmas Eve, I even got to meet my brand niece Khloe.
Ugh, She is absolutely adorable. Cutest chunky cheeks ever.
How do you and your loved ones celebrate?
Posted on June 14, 2015
How sad is it, that you have some different great locations in your hometown and you never get to experience them? So many people travel to NYC to see all the sights, buildings, monuments etc. and knowing that we have all of this beauty in our backyard and just letting it go to waste.
Oli and I met up, for our first time visit to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Everything was absolutely stunning. We walked in on a sunny day , bright and gorgeous. The colors were so vivid. We kept stopping at almost every flower. When we arrived at the wishing well, I already had an idea of what I wanted.
Hanging out with Oli is always the best. We catch up on all of our boy troubles and cutesy moments. We discuss work and what’s our next moves in life.
We stopped by the gift shop where I fell with the cutest succulent (love those!) I regret not buying it. After all the walking and getting caught in the rain, it was time for what I do best…wine.
We ordered some rosé and split some sweet potatoes fries…yum!
Posted on May 2, 2015
My boy Soel had his first solo art show and the crew couldn’t be prouder of him. Yes, it’s been a while since most of us have been in the same room together, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not there for each other when it really matters.
I met up with Chris and had a few beers and some mac n cheese with bacon at some tiny bar that looked like it was homed in the south. Their cornbread was pretty delicious as well.
We stopped by a deli and picked up more beers, this time I stuffed them in my purse, for you know :cough cough: “easy access”.We walked into Greenpoint Gallery and the walls were filled with Soel’s pieces. Graffiti inspired everything. Some inspired by the late Cheech Wizard. I fell in love with a water tower piece that I regret not paying for sooner.
While roaming the other floor (that had different artists) Chris and I missed our chance on two different pieces that we wanted to go home with.
When we got back to his floor, we ended up purchasing 2 items, that are now hung up and living beautifully at Chris’s.
Catching up with the fellas is always great, after the show we headed to a bar in Williamsburg to get some more drinks. The guys are hilarious, especially when it came to their freestlye rap battles.
Posted on March 10, 2015
Surprised Chris with tickets to a basketball game at the Barclays Center
I have never been to one, and even though I’m not the biggest basketball fan, I can actually sit there and enjoy myself. We met at a bar and grabbed some beers, and made it right on time for the second quarter. We stocked up on more beer and some grub, when we finally got to our seats we noticed The Pelicans were kicking The Nets ass.
I think I was ore excited for actually seeing “The Kiss Cam” for the first time, hahaha.. I always see them on tv and think they’re the cutest thing.
And no, I wasn’t on it..booo hooo..
Posted on December 2, 2014
I haven’t used spray cans in forever. I have so much practicing to do.I guess we’re all our own worsts critics. I arrived on Sunday, the earliest day the salon closes. Since the ladies in the shop were still attending to heads, Chris and I decided to do what we do best…. Burgers and Beers.
We found some cute little random hole in the wall and got to grubbing. The place was cute and even though the beers could be better (they were a little flat) those burgers were inhaled up right away.
Back to the shop.
I had started a mini little sketch of what I wanted this shutter to look like, but like usual, my end results usually never look like intended.My baby cousin Chase got to spray paint for the first time ever, under supervision of course. His little fingers didn’t have enough strength to add pressure to the cap. I think he was scared, but it was the most adorable thing ever. I had a lot of work ahead of me, and luckily for me, Chris lend me a helping hand. Usually I hate whenever anyone touches my work, but I know he has artistic background and decided not to be such a prude about it.
He would ask what I wanted him to do and we actually had a good time painting. His music was playing in the background, and I usually love some old school hip hop. After a while my fingers were shot, not because of the cold, but because I kept pressing so much. Alternating hands is one thing I’m grateful for, surprisingly my left hand is pretty accurate when it comes to aerosol cans. Don’t ask me about paintbrushes or pencils though.
This night was definitely a show stopper though. I had so many people passing by and giving compliments, it felt pretty good. Of course I had some business cards to give out, you know me, always prepared.
Also, I’ll be posting a video soon, something that I’m itching to do more of…… Oh, Santa, give me that new camera I’ve been dying for.
I’ll see you guys soon!