The artist conveys the importance of the here and now with a plug protruding from the wall onto the spectator. The orb on the left, to which the plug is connected, is Saturn. This planet represents time which is in and of itself never-ending, having a coeval quality with any deity. Saturn is the Roman god of regeneration, of wealth, and above all: Liberation. The paradox of letting go and living in the present place and time is that one must also be connected, or affixed, if you will, to “something”: that spiritual side which we all have and need to grow as humans.
The crudeness of this piece cannot be understated. Innocence taken away at the age of 14, especially when not on the look-out for its corruption is nothing short of a loss. However, the artist was not saddened by it, nor did he ever regret it. He was lured by sensual women into the deep and ever-surprising delights of sex. Not too bad for a hormonal adolescent. On the other hand, his lack of restriction in physical enjoyment starting that fateful night at the brothel led him to a life of carnal debauchery. Thus begging the question: How much is too much to satiate our earthly pleasures?
Ode to Onus
From a very early age and due to a childhood full of hardships, the artist knew we all had to remove layers of emotional wounds in order to renew ourselves. Ode to Onus is a hymn to celebrating the artist’s scars; accepting the suffering while appreciating the growth that stems from every difficulty.
The Annihilation of Brooding
Self-pity is a worthless trip down a long spiral leading to an abysmal fate. The artist understood that, in order to be happy, wallowing in martyrdom is not the answer, but a deathtrap. This piece conveys the phrase: “Happiness is a choice” and to reach that blissful state, we must take a hard look inside ourselves, a deep introspection by deconstructing ourselves to reach the heart of what ails us.
Proper Little Swine
A nickname given to the artist by a former girlfriend, “Proper Little Swine” is the description of a smolderingly charming and handsome young man with a voracious carnal appetite. The deconstructed portrayal of a pig seems innocent and fails to warn about the dangers of pleasure’s excess. The artist does not regret nor he celebrates his ill behavior as a philandering heartbreaker. He simply portrays what his hilarious surname represents.
This work reflects on the human need to fill emptiness with banality. The artist, ever the good time seeker, knows the primrose path of hedonism all too well. Consisting of trash within holes in an old wall, “Banal Contentment” reflects just how every orifice will be filled, it is our choice if it will be with rubbish or with fruitful ideals and actions .
Ernest Hemingway aptly described Paris as a “Moveable Feast”. The City of Lights proved to be a fabulous playing field for the artist and his devious ways, providing him with much pleasure. However, he lost himself in his own game and wound-up with a lost reputation, including his professional credibility. As he sadly found out, being the eternal Enfant Terrible did not a turn-out to be fun.
Deciding to turn over a new leaf, the artist reconnected with his Catholic upbringing as well as starting a spiritual path he searched for in Mayan teachings in Yucatán. 1964 is the year of his birth, and this piece honors his life as a conscious renaissance. The Mayans were formidable mathematicians and are even credited with being one of the first civilizations of introducing the zero into numerology. The artist was also attracted to this culture’s spiritual drive, and thrived with it in his newfound grace.
Continuing with his spiritual streak, the artist delved deeper into sacred meanings of many ancient cultures. This piece is a golden frame which holds together the word YOSH, an infinity sign and.... The golden quality of the frame represents the sacred element which has always been revered as strong, holding our core values well in our center, while YOSH (You Only See Here) and the Infinity sign remind us that we must not fall into materialism.
The tree of life is the genesis of our enlightenment. It is human salvation as well as our damnation. The artist so masterfully created this irregular and beautiful tree by applying the extensive botanical knowledge he learned at the monastery where he was raised. He wanted to convey the good and the bad of being conscious rather than blissfully ignorant.
Merriam Webster defines “nitty-gritty” as “what is essential and basic: specific practical details”. The artist knew full well that only focusing on spiritual awakening and meditation was not going to save his career; he understood that he needed a much more pragmatic approach to his art, all the while retaining and being faithful to the very essence of his craft.
The artist discovered the concept of having a “spiritual animal” early on in his mystical quest. One winter, he was fortunate enough to have access to a closed cavern in southern France with ancestral paintings. There, he had an epiphany of how we have had the need to express ourselves since thousand of years ago as well a need for spiritual nourishment.