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