I grew up with The Twilight Zone and Creature Feature, Movie Stars and Rock Idols, The Photographs of Time Life and Vogue Magazines, LP Records and Mixed Tapes, and MTV Videos, …
I love that we all have two sides and I am a lover of Contrast… Light & Dark, Black & White, Life & Death, Beauty & Darkness, Past & Future. I explore mortality and our journey. I am deeply influenced by my film and photography idols- Alfred Hitchcock and Herb Ritts. I adore anything Classic and everything Monochrome.
The human skull is one of the most powerful and oldest iconic symbols know to man. It has been used in art for centuries and carries with it an array of diverse and sometimes overlapping interpretations and meanings. Skull imagery has been evident in some of history's most impactful art, from Jose Gaudalupe Posada to C. Allan Gilbert, Shakespeare to Pieter Claesz, Frida Kahlo to Damian Hirst. The death of my father has affected me immensely and has found its way into my work. The cluster of feelings and representations that are attributed to the skull have become the perfect vessel to convey my conflicts regarding life, death, and mortality. By combining still life aspects into my portraiture photography, I have found a way to both communicate and represent my current and simultaneously universal circumstance. I explore the juxtaposition of life and death through the contrast of the skull and the living subject.
I've Always been a dreamer, so I've always loved finding things in the clouds. To me they represent today, tomorrow, and the hereafter. They can be God's doodles, a message in the sky, or anything you want them to be… the possibilities are endless.
I love coffee. My Cuban half loves espresso, cafe con leche, cortaditos, and coladas. My American side loves everything American diner.
A Black Umbrella has a formal feel unlike any other type of umbrella… rain or shine. Its presence can transform an otherwise mediocre photograph into something magical. It can conjure up thoughts that appear like classic memories- a businessman in a thunderstorm, the mourners at a funeral, an old woman protected from the sun, ...
THE BIRDS- AN HOMAGE TO ALFRED
Alfred Hitchcock's cinematic masterpiece The Birds is one of my all time favorite movies. The Master of Suspense was able to make otherwise angelic animals appear diabolic. He created scenes and images that will forever be imbedded in my mind and memory. I could never look at birds in a school yard or a cracked pair of cat eyeglasses without conjuring up those hauntingly iconic images.
Being born and raised in Miami and of Cuban heritage, I've always been fascinated by the palm. I've been surrounded by them for almost half a decade and always find something new in their beauty. Their textures and colors have a subtle way of screaming tropical. They can trigger memories of a day at the beach, a warm breeze, or a place to find shade. I can not imagine my life without being surrounded by them. They've always been a reminder of my birth place and ancestry.