On July 30th I was invited by Elevate Shanghai as featured artist to give a presentation about my trajectory as an artist, my roots and the process behind my work
Elevate it’s a media platform ran by a collective of foreigners and Chinese locals dedicated to the promotion, diffusion and support of the arts in the local community through cultural and artistic events. Every month they feature one or two artists to give a talk about their trajectory and current projects.
I had the chance to talk about how much influence had in me being born in a family of artists, both my mom and dad were accomplished commercial artists and that was in fact how they met and got together.
I also talked about my earliest influences, favorite artists and how I got into the work that I have been consistently producing for so many years until now.
My presentation concluded with what I think are the most important aspects of being a real artist. “Sustained Work – Intention / Purpose – Consistency” and of course the importance of having a humble and honest approach towards your work and your audience.
Due to the strong rain that afternoon and the characteristic Shanghai summer heat the audience was reduce but it helped to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere which allowed a great Q&A session and conversation at the end.
On May 28th, 2019 I was invited to participate in the inauguration of an amazing creative center and art space located in the beautiful small city of Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province.
My participation consisted on a small retrospective exhibition of my work with pieces produced from 2016 to present and the creation of a painting with the theme of the “Red Boat Ideology” in front of the guests to the event who were mostly local government officials, art academics and local artists.
I shared this event with the amazing Russian street artist Feat Pavel who created and amazing mural for the venue under the same theme of the Red Boat.
The sketch for the live painting performance was produced on site, due to the limited amount of time available to produce the piece (only 2 hours), it needed to be simple and capture the idea suggested of the Red Boat theme. The result was the woman, representing the seductive country of China, carefully holding in her hand a red boat like a precious jewel.
Contemporary Art Exhibition at 1929 Art Space in Shanghai May 18th – 27th
On May 18th 2019 was the Opening of the collective exhibition “Connecting Dots”, organized and curated by a collaboration between Sino-Architecture, NSHSG, Elevate Art, Hush Hush, and Shanghai Madness Creative Collective, using the Shanghai Sketch Group in WeChat as a main platform for promotion, submission and selection.
I was selected to participate in this exhibition along other 42 highly talented artists, some of them were showing their work for the first time as some other artist have a more extensive trajectory.
The three pieces I submitted belong to a series of drawings called Venus I created back in 2017, inspired in the female figure going through the process of pregnancy as a tribute to all women who feel unattractive while going through this difficult yet beautiful period.
Although I produced these pieces a while ago I haven’t been able to show them in an exhibition before, that is due to their suggestive content and the restrictions and prohibitions the Chinese government impose on the diffusion of material that could be perceived and pornographic, erotic or simply offensive, regardless of the media. It is not easy to find a platform that would dare to show this kind of work.