Artist Statement

Additional Information

I was born and raised in the South Bronx during the 70’s when it was burning  down. Those days left indelible impressions in my mind and heart that I will cherish down till this day. Many of these memories included the  sound of congas echoing off the project walls late into the summer evenings; Riding the trains to and from high school, which introduced me to an evolution of graffiti on subway cars that resembled art galleries  on wheels. Then, there where the smells of our “comidas creoles de Puerto Rico” that permeated my native hallways.

My neighborhood was rich with Puerto Rican and African American  culture. These elements brought excitement to my young imagination. Although people spoke abusively about the Bronx during the seventies, I found only good in my environment, much like “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”.

These memories; these cultures rich in history, art, food, and dance, have influenced the way I paint with a potpourri of never ending subject matter. A subject matter filled with affection & storytelling; captured with an abundant use of light, darkness, and refracted colors  that can only be provided by a place like...

"The Bronx"

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In 2014, I was one of the artists Featured in the Documentary film, "Artistic Energy: The Bronx"

Exhibitions

  • 2016        "Dreams of Color" - Poe Park Visitor Center, Bronx, NY (Solo Show)
  • 2015        “Movements of the Heart” -  New York Public Library, Kings Bridge Division, Bronx NY (Solo Show)
  • 2015        “Luz Y Oscuridad” – Poe Park Visitor center, Bronx, NY (Solo Show)
    2014        "Bronx Artist Documentary Project" - Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY (Invitation)
    2006        “Luz Y Oscuridad”- Taller Boricua Gallery NYC, Curator Fernando Salicrup, (Solo Show)
    2006        “The Illustrated World”- Syracuse Lubin House, NYC  (Invitation)
    2005        Syracuse University Folk Art Center- Curator Gina Stankivitz, (Invitation)
    2005        Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury, CT- Curator Valerie Cooper, (Solo Show)  
    2005  ARTEXPO - New York, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC
    2004        15th Annual BRIO Awards Exhibition, Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos, NYC
    2004        “Visions of a Culture”, WSAC Annual Black History Month Exhibition, NYC
    2003 Barnes & Noble Booksellers, NYC    (Solo Show)
    2003        Taller Boricua Gallery, Julio de Burgos Cultural Center, NYC  (Juried Show)
    2003        “19th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Synchronicity Fine Arts, Curator - John Amato
    2002        “Prevailing Human Spirit”, Society Of Illustrators, NYC, ( Invitation )
    2001        “Viva America”, Manhattan Borough President’s Gallery” C. Virginia Fields
                      (Invitation) Curator - Raul Manzano
    2001 & 02 “Eclectic Expressions”, Cork Gallery- Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center  ( Juried Show )  Curator - Joyce Lynn
    2001       “Figurative & Portraiture”, by the West Side Arts Coalition- NYC,  (Juried Show)
    2000       “A Salute to Hispanic Heritage”, Manhattan Borough President’s Gallery, C. Virginia Fields, NYC,  
  •                    (Juried Show) Curator - Raul Manzano
    1993       Taller Boricua Gallery - NYC
    1991       Lawrence Art Gallery – NYC
    1990 & 91  David Howard Dance Studio – NYC ( Invitation )

 HONORS AND AWARDS

2019 THE BRONX BREWERY chooses one of my for their "UP & COMER" series

2018  ARTIST IN RESIDENCE at BRONX HISTORICAL SOCIETY

2014  Featured in the Documentary film, "Artistic Energy: The Bronx"
2014   "Bronx Fashion Week" painting exhibited and chosen for Couture Design
2011 Bohemia Beer adds First Prize painting to their Permanent collection
2011   First PrizeinBohemia Beers,“Kahlo Challenge”
2010        Healing Power of Art Completion,  NYC – Special Award Winner
2008        Entered into the museum archives of "El Museo Del Barrio"
2004  15th Annual BRIO Award Grant( Bronx Council on The Arts )
2003        The New Rochelle Art Association – Third Prize
1996 & 03     Manhattan Arts International – Award of Excellence
1993         Manhattan Arts International, Cover Competition – First Prize
1992 & 91 Capezio’s National Dance Week, Poster Competition – Third Prize

EXPERIENCE


2006-09      Foundry Worker at Ken Payne Studios – Chinle Arizona  
2004           Curator for the West Side Art’s Coalition Exhibition, “New Realities”
1987-2006    Art Consultant  & Curator for the Police Athletic League’s annual Children’s  “Illustrated Poetry Contest”
1999-01  “Freed of London” & “Lincoln Center’s Performing Art’s Shop”
                    Carried a line of Greeting Cards with images of Ernesto’s, “Series on Dance”
1994-97      Muralist for “McGee’s Indian Art Gallery”- Keams Canyon, Arizona
1994-97      Art Consultant at “Cedar Public School”, Jeddito, Arizona (Navajo/ Hopi Reservation)
                     Worked with Navajo/Hopi children between the ages of 12&13 in           
                     Designing and executing a group mural for their school Cultural Center
1994-97      Children’s Book Illustrator for Chinle Unified School District #24 - Chinle, Arizona

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

2017        Featured ArtistonNews 12 the BRONX

2016   "Dreams of Color" interview onBronxNet with Rhina Valentin

2016  RiverdalePress, Cover Feature, Lisa Herndon

2015   “LIBiz.us”, Cover Feature,Susan Bauman
2012        Cover Illustrationfor"Crisis"by  Jorge Majfud  
2010        “Manhattan Times”, Cover Feature
2006        “The Advocate & Greenwich Time”- Review, Abby Luby
2006   “New York Times”- Review
2005        “Unity” – Feature, Thompson Hospitality & Compass Group
2001, 02, 04    “Gallery & Studio” – Review, Ed McCormack & Byron Coleman  
1993        “Manhattan Arts International” – Cover Story, August/July - Renee Philips

EDUCATION


1979-84  Syracuse University, NY  (Received a BFA Degree in Advertising Design)
1975-79 High School of Art & Design, New York, NY  (Majored in Package Design)