"I have a heritage that crosses the Americas combining Social Justice with Magic Realism. Those themes are my voice; they wind metaphorically through all of my art. I believe that finding the right subject matter for an artist is the hardest part; in comparison, honing skills seems relatively easy."
“My work straddles two continents and centuries, combining Magic Realism of Colombia with the Social Justice movements of the United States and Central Americal. I have been a working artist since the 1960s to this day. And my work also encompasses my life as a journey through the Civil Rights of the 1950s to Black Lives Matter of 2020.
As a professional I began each piece with control of the design and colors, as well as, light and line but, as I proceed, the painting or plate or drawing begins to take on a life of its own directing me where to go and what to say. I am not sure where that direction - where art comes from, I only know that art is important - has significance - meaning, that goes beyond the artist who creates it. I suppose that's where the public, the viewers come in and I can only say, that the artist who worries about whether or not their art will be important, is wasting time because who knows what will be meaningful today or in the future.
I guess that's where faith comes in, the belief that you are doing and saying something important to the world you live in and perhaps the future to come. We are all part of the fabric of human history: scientist, teacher, preacher, housebuilders and homemakers et al. All our work is important, although sometimes when I am musing, about conceptual artwork not yet realized, it is hard to believe that I am of any use to anyone. Still, I go into the studio and begin to paint because I must.”
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist