I was an architect for over 20 years, when in 2005, a progressive spine disease left me disabled and unable to continue practicing. I had practiced in those years on a wide range of projects culminating ironically (as my future as an artist was untold) with the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami. This marked an end and a rebirth, when on a self-taught journey of discovery, I began to use the computer to make art as therapy to help me cope with pain and depression.
My work resides in the realm of digital media, that is, input processes that create my work and output processes of my creations into the real world are made with digital technology.
The subject of my work is abstract, utilizing Euclidean geometry, executed in ways where vibrant color infuses energetically optical geometric constructions. The program I use is photoshop. I use a mouse and don’t use a pen stylus/tablet that some digital artists use for painterly aesthetics but I consider that in many of my works, I paint the way I use color, such as gradients, color blending and shading that adds to my compositions optics. In other works, flat color planes define geometric shapes that inhabit complex patterns and constructs, an outgrowth from my background as an architect with influences from Islamic art to the Bauhaus.
Making these works requires multiple aspects; technology, intellect and imagination. When all of these elements come together in just the right way, I feel an indescribable sense of well-being.
Working with Euclidean Geometry, the challenge of putting shapes together in new ways and infusing them with color to optically energize them can put me in a trance and the pain that is always with me recedes to the background. I like to think of my work being my alter egos, proxies to express joy, energy and movement. I may not have unbridled energy and movement in my physical body but I can through my art. Thus they represent an object of healing and a statement of the human condition.
In my new work, I’m working in both 2d and 3d. In 2d, I am printing on rigid substrates, acrylic and aluminum and being rigid allows me to cut them on a cnc router, letting the geometry escape the confines of the square and rectangular formats of traditional digital prints, allowing my constructs to reveals its edges. In 3d, I’m exploring sculpture of geometric expression. Working with Think[box] Innovation Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, my 3d prints, among them “MODEL CITIZENS”, “#” and “# PAVILLION”, are starting points. I envision them as large scale public art and visualizing them virtually in the open source 3d creation platform BLENDER.
Each artwork I make is a joyous visual song representing a little piece of me that has been freed to soar.