For Fabian Perez, the purpose of art is to perpetuate beauty. “That is what I am always striving for. God created the world and embellished it with the wonders of nature. I think it is the artist’s job to embellish it with his work,” he says.
“I am constantly fighting for a more romantic world, one where the woman and the man have defined roles and power isn’t always the goal.” Pausing, he continues, “I would like to say that it is not important what you have, but how you enjoy it.”
Born in 1967 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fabian had a difficult childhood. His gambling father owned illegal bordellos and nightclubs. Meanwhile, Fabian’s mother, who was artistic herself, encouraged her son to develop his aptitude for art. From an early age, he loved to draw and she would proudly display these endeavors. He was also passionate as a boy about soccer and martial arts—the latter becoming an integral part of his life and his work as an artist. As a young adult, he did decide to take a few art courses to learn more about the true craft of drawing and painting, but it was never formal training. His dream was to become a karate master.
It was in martial arts that he found an inner strength. He immersed himself in the discipline. After seven years in Italy, where he traveled frequently, giving martial arts exhibitions, he moved to Japan and continued to teach karate, not realizing that martial arts would become such an influence in his painting technique and, indeed, in his life’s path.
Inspired by the Shodo, he utilized this influence to combine figurative and abstract styles. The influence of artists such as Lautrec, Picasso, Sargent, and Cezanne are also felt in Fabian’s work. “But in the end it is my own,” he says.
Today, Fabian has a studio in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Luciana, and his three children. Luciana is in many of his paintings. “For her, nothing is impossible,” he says. “If I wish for something, she will try to make it possible for me.”
He explains, “Painting is a wonderful way of communicating with people. It can be hard to explain everything that I feel and, in some way, people understand when they look at my art better than I could ever say it.” He likens painting to music and this is particularly evident in his Flamenco pieces, where the dancer creates complex rhythmic patterns. “I compare color and technique with music and rhythm, the subject matter and composition with lyric and poetry. I want to invite the viewer to remain in front of my paintings, not feel rejected by them. The longer they linger, the better my chance to communicate with them. When music is gentle, people will listen to it. I take things that people like to look at and then they see more deeply into it.”
Lisa has been passionate about painting and drawing since she was a young girl. At the age of eight, Lisa first took art seriously when she began drawing lessons.
As an avid surfer, photographer, and world-traveler, Lisa’s inspiration as an artist comes from her love of the water and architecture. Her unique style shows through her use of lighting and layers of vibrant colors.
Lisa studied art in college—first at Bard College in New York, and later at Florida International University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007 with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She has been in business since 2008, and builds her body of work on two main legs, namely, water scenes and cityscapes. Living in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Lisa travels frequently and and sells her work at juried art festivals along the eastern seaboard, from the Florida Keys to New England.
As Tom paints, he embraces the energy that moves in him and allows him to create on the canvas. It is a collaboration, raw and refined. It transforms not simply the canvas, but also the artist and the audience. The experience is physical and psychological. It is alchemical—an evolution from matter to spirit, the conscious to the subconscious. It is an awakening.
The effect painting has had on Tom is profound. He was called to embrace the energy, to create. The energy has consumed him, transforming his life. He was able to walk away from what culturally had defined him and, in the process, liberate himself. His paintings are of freedom, honoring the natural world. He shares, “I paint the visions I receive—the beauty of nature and humanity.”
The compulsion to paint was the product of Tom’s desire to convey the energy that he experienced. He initially painted a traditional realism, but rapidly evolved to a more fluid technique. Experimenting with the viscosity of the paint allowed for a collaborative process. It could be affected but not controlled. In that way, it was symbolic of life.
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