My parents used to read the obituaries at the dinner table. I never really thought of death as a dark thing. As a small boy I’d cut out the faces in the obituary pages and paint in backgrounds. My mother is from Germany, and my father is from Cuba. My brother and I are both first generation Americans. My father and grandparents fled from Cuba when Castro took power, leaving everything behind. I see my multilayered imagery as honoring their history by presenting images of new life connected with the past - unafraid of changing environments or new identities.
My latest work features combined portraits of mixed race, gender and age. These paintings are “reincarnations” taken from photographs of anonymous people that were local to Seattle and have passed away. By combining these faces into beautiful, sometimes haunting compositions, I pay homage to their existence; creating persons that both existed and never existed at the same time.
Seattle, WA 98104
(857) 333 2935
2014 M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2012
B.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Ghost Gallery. Seattle, WA
Victrola Gallery. Seattle WA
Cafe Vita. Seattle WA
Marqueen Hotel. Seattle, WA 2016
Tin Lizzy Gallery. Seattle, WA
MassArt Gallery. Boston, MA
Unbound Visual Arts. Boston, MA
Cafe Vita. Seattle, WA
Cafe Ladro. Seattle, WA
Victrola. Seattle, WA
5th on Sixth Gallery. Bellingham WA
Fantagraphics. Seattle, WA
No Space Art Gallery. Seattle, WA
La Familia Gallery. Seattle, WA
University of Texas, Austin. Austin, TX
Pilchuck Glass. Cold Working. Seattle, WA 1999
Clay Arts Center. Resident Artist in Fused Glass. Tacoma, WA
Commissioned Public Works
My City (layered fused glass mural). Gig Harbor, WA.
Komono (layered fused glass mural). Tacoma, WA.
Welcome to Tacoma (painted mural). Tacoma, WA.
Hard Edged Clouds (painted mural). Tacoma, WA.
Seattle Times (interview)
The Stranger (review) Seattle
Met Magazine (review)
Unbound Visual Arts (interview)
Bellingham Art Tank (interview) 2007
Cascadia Weekly (interview)
Whats Up Magazine (interview and cover)
Redefine Magazine (interview)
2012 - 2014
Fine Art Glass Fabricator, Tony Davlin Studio. Cambridge, MA.– High end fabrication of glass tiling.
2004 - 2006
Detail Artist, Studio C. Oceanside, CA.– Conservation detail and restoration for 2D media.