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Interview with Tatiana Suarez

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I had the awesome opportunity to interview our upcoming artist, Tatiana Suarez!

ML: Tell us a bit about yourself; what are you into, what do you like to do outside of painting, any other jobs on the side?

TS: I've been lucky enough to focus full time on my painting for the last couple of years. When I'm not painting, my side jobs include freelance design and illustration work. As for what I do for fun, currently I enjoy watching movies. Spending time hanging out with loved ones. Chatting over some drinks. On rooftops. While playing dominoes. Yep.


ML: Why painting as opposed to any other fine art medium?

TS: It's just the medium I was introduced to really early on, and I just stuck with it. Painting and drawing also runs in the family. Plus it's fun and messy.


ML: Were you always into visual arts, or did you start some where else and end up finding out this is what you really wanted to do?


TS: As a kid, I wanted to grow up to be either an artist for Disney, or a vet. Art class was the only class since elementary that I looked forward to attending. It was my only ' A+' class, haha. I never went to art school, but my parents always had me enlisted in after school cartooning and painting classes. In college I stopped painting and focused more on graphic design. It wasn't until after a couple of years of working in advertising, that I decided to once again focus on developing my paintings. All in all, it was a decision I'm really glad I made.


ML: Where does your imagery stem from?


TS: Ladies, fashion, movies, life experiences, cultures & heritage, folklore, critters, colors, shapes...


ML: You include an odd assortment of creatures to accompany your figures, any particular reason why you choose the 'pets' that you do?

TS: I just really love animals, especially the unusual ones that others might find creepy. I’ve played momma to plenty of exotic pets growing up…from chameleons to sugar gliders.


ML: Is there a dialogue behind your work; are there subtle narratives to be understood?

TS: Most of my work to date has been simply portraits, just focusing on the women, their emotions, and adorning them. I keep them mysterious. They are meant to be enjoyed by the viewer, and adapt to their own narrative.



ML: If you could characterize this body of work on the fly, which personal descriptions immediately come to mind?

TS: Curvy, colorful, seductive. I like to picture drums thumping in the background, heh.



ML: What other genres of art are you attracted to outside of your own style of work?

TS: Cartooning, animation, illustration, digital art...


ML: Do you draw inspiration from any other artists, past or present?


TS: Of course!  Oof, there’s way too many for me to name. Here are a few from the top of my head: Gil Elvgren, Alphonse Mucha, James Jean, Audrey Kawasaki, Chet Zar, Dave Cooper, Rockin’ Jelly Bean, Lori Early, Fafi, Nouar Boldy. Just a few names that help make my mind tick.


ML: Overall, what is your take on the New Brow scene in contemporary art?

TS: It’s great! * thumbs up * Just an awesome opportunity to explore, experiment, challenge and create some honest, true to heart, attention-grabbing art.



ML: As an emerging artist, what do you think is the biggest challenge in the contemporary art world right now?


TS: It's like anything else? So many people doing the same thing as you. Be original. Try and stand out.



ML: As artists, we all experience the evolution of our work; What do you see yourself doing next?


TS: Yes, always evolving and learning! I’m not too sure yet on what the future holds. I plan on exploring my work, perhaps composing some more narrative, and personal pieces. I want to continue painting on walls and have also been curious on playing with some 3d stuff, we’ll see!


ML: What do you like most about your work, and what you do?

TS: The entire process is always a ride I enjoy. I go through so many changes and detours with my pieces, plenty of shape and color shifting. When the piece finally starts coming together and I feel in control…it’s really a great feeling. I’m just so lucky to be able to do what I love.


ML: What has been your greatest achievement so far as an independent artist?

TS: Oh man, greatest achievement so far has been the opportunity to show over seas!  Seeing my name on art blogs I've always followed, painting on a wall…


ML: What are you looking forward to most about coming back and showing in D.C., any exciting things you’re going be getting into (well, besides hanging out with us. haha) ?


TS: Well I just look forward to being in DC again, I was only there for a short period of time. Meeting new people of course. Honestly, I really haven’t had a chance to plan anything out yet, it’s been hectic!



ML: Any shout-outs, words of advice, or general nonsense you'd care to share with our readers?


TS: I would like to give a shout out to my friends and family for all of the support. The awesome boyfriend for his patience, thanks for putting up with my crazy, freak-out moments in preparation for the show. 

Some words of advice: Keep loving what you do and be dedicated. Some general nonsense: Boop.


Also featured in RVA Magazine!

Be sure to check out her show this month, Saturday July 17th 6p-Midnight!

Weekend Observation

Sunday, June 27, 2010

While working at the gallery this weekend, I decided to take note of how many times an audience member observed how 'refreshing' our space is. It's now Sunday, and I've already lost count as to how many times Art Whino has been associated with 'refreshing,' 'a breath of fresh air,' or simply 'chill.' I may be a new face around here, but I think that has been the general consensus since Art Whino's opening almost three years ago. Our space is dynamic, and filled with a wicked inventory of work that's appreciated en masse by so many different people. Everyone that comes to visit has an interesting story to tell as to what art pieces they enjoy, where they come from, and what work they do themselves, et al. It's so nice to take in all the positivity, and see how the space radiates with good vibes as people get engaged with what they're seeing.

Sticking with the good ju-ju motif; what do you appreciate about Art Whino?

Caught Our Eye

Friday, June 25, 2010
Every day we're bombarded by advertising imagery, promoting products from all sides of the capitalist spectrum, and well--for once, this one caught our attention. A new ad campaign commissioned by EIZO, a company who specializes in producing high-def radiographic imaging equipment, have put a new spin on how their merchandise is presented to the medical community. Like they say in X-Ray departments across the U.S., 'We do it better in the dark,' and this campaign is no different. EIZO, in collaboration with Butter, a German-based advertising agency, has come up with a 2010 calendar featuring digitally rendered X-Ray Pin-Ups. YES! The medical community DOES have some sex appeal! And what better way of spicing things up with a little bit of radiation, and some equally exquisite...structural anatomy? 

Ms. September

Ms. June

Upcoming, so break out those calendars!

Friday, June 18, 2010
In anticipation for the coming summer months, Art Whino is gearing up for a ton of exciting events! June 26th, we're traveling to Austin in collaboration with Seventy Seven Gallery to host Personality Instantly: The Art of Nick Morris, whose work "calls to mind a time of artistic girl-next-door pin ups and sleek muscle cars, with a tinge of sci-fi." So if you happen to be strolling the streets of Austin, TX or looking for an excuse for a weekend excursion, you should stop in and check out what's hanging. 

We've also partnered up with Mie N Yu restaurant in Georgetown to accentuate our fabulous opening nights! We'll be setting up for a special INDULGE event on July 9th, to feature a variety of Mie N Yu specialties, a bevy of refreshments, live music, good friends, and fine art; what else do you need in life...ehh? 

Also in July, we'll be hosting Tatiana Suarez's solo show featuring her Malagueta series. I've been honored with the opportunity to interview Ms. Tatiana, in collaboration with RVA Magazine, prior to her opening on the 19th; so I will be sure to post our Q & A session as soon as it goes down! In the future, I'd like to interview all of our opening artists featuring a few audience generated questions, if possible. We love seeing our followers getting involved with what we do, so I definitely look forward to seeing your curiosities come through via posted comments!

In August, Art Whino will be in Georgetown to set up the big top for our Urban Carnivale show. We're currently on the hunt for side show performers to feature two levels of freakshow antics, including a trifecta of exhibiting artists, mingled with tarot card readings, street performers, and other strange and fascinating performances. It's going to be a blast, and if you know us well enough--we can throw a party! You're not going to want to miss this!

As you can see, we've got quite the summer line-up! And we're adding even more as we go, so keep checking back a time or two! If any of our readers have any cool events on their itinerary we'd love to hear about them, as well as any other neat stuff you happen to find around D.C., and elsewhere! So hit us up with some links, comments, shout-outs, pictures of you at our events, etc. etc. We'd love to hear from you guys!

--Megan L.

An Important Fundraiser For A Friend and Art Whino Artist This Saturday in Fells Point, MD

Thursday, June 17, 2010
An Important Fundraiser For A Friend and Art Whino Artist This Saturday in Fells Point, MD

Wonderful artist and friend, Sylvia Ortiz, was recently diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. In efforts to raise funds for her chemo treatments, friends have helped put on a fundraiser, this Saturday. Titled "Cirque De Boobles". Artists have been asked to respond to her trademark booble icons.

Please come out and show your support. Its going to be a great show! We will be offering our Tsuchi Collectible Vinyl at the show and 50% of the proceeds will go to the cause. If you cant make it to the show you can buy it online Here.



Saturday, June 19th, from 8pm – 1am
Location: CUBE
1611 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21231



ImageDesigner: DGPH

Dimensions: 6 inches

Medium: Vinyl

Rarity: 500

In 2005 Martin Lowenstein and Diego Vaisberg created DGPH, one of the leading Argentinian design houses that blends art, illustration and animation. Here's what they have to say about Tsuchi:

"Tsuchi is Father Earth, the oldest god and wisest being that has ever lived. Seated on his throne in the planet's core, he rules the seas and the land, surrounded by his little minions.

His upper half controls all the nice good things that happen in the world, while his bottom half rules the mysterioius dark side. The energy caused by the friction of his internal struggle keeps the planet on its rotation. As long as both sides keep up the fight, life will continue its natural course."

6 inches tall. Edition of 500 pcs. Special powers: Removable crown. Good karma.


Friday, June 11, 2010

HERE YE HERE YE....... (Insert image of me screaming in old school mega phone)


Flame Swallowers, Giants, double jointed contortionists or any amazing strange talent you may have!!!!!

Also need Old School Musical performers ... Banjo, soap box, accordions etc

Email us at


Malagueta: The Solo Show of Tatiana Suarez

Tuesday, June 08, 2010
The Solo Show of Tatiana Suarez


Malagueta is a fusion of culture, folkloric tales and legends colorfully rendered and set in voluptuous, airy atmospheres inspired primarily by the artists Brazilian heritage.

Saturday, July 17th, from 6pm – Midnight

Sketching Session with live model 7-9pm
Latin Fusion Band performance starts at 9pm

Location: Art Whino Gallery
173 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745

Show end date: August 15th

Continuing with the amazing night of sketching of the last show we are pleased to announce we will be having sketching sessions for all our shows! The sketching session begins at 7pm and ends at 9pm and is free. We will have 15 special edition blank sketchbooks for sale at the show as well but you are welcome to bring your own sketchbook.

The event is FREE and open to the public.


Tatiana Suarez (b. 1983) is a Brooklyn-based Miami native. This emerging artist is an alumni of the University of Miami's Graphic Design program, and also works as a freelance illustrator. Her charming style is distinctive -- first, the trademark eyes that draw the viewer into a beautiful and surreal world. Suarez takes full advantage of the oil paint's ability to create creamy, soft images on canvas. Rich with symbols that stem from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian heritage, subjects appear as if they are under water, frozen in lovely stillness. The doe-eyed figures look childlike, but also exude sexual overtones, ornamented with plants, insects and other unsettling accompaniments. Beauty is presented concurrently with exotic -- even creepy -- creatures to create enchanted narratives.




Kelly Castillo: Renaissance Reduxx, Opening Success!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Kelly Castillo's solo show premiering her 2010 series, Renaissance Reduxx, was a grand success. A big thanks to all who came out and showed their support, as well as a definite hand of applause for our visiting model, Mourna, without whom our sketching session would not have been such a triumph, and our live music accompaniment; Vodka & Donuts. It was a treat having Kelly here sketching alongside of us, as well. Besides Shane losing his cup throughout the night, I don't think any of us could have asked for a better opening gala. 

We had a multitude of winning sketchers who took home prizes, which included special edition sketchbooks featuring designs by the lovely Kelly Castillo, or collectible figurines from our private stash. Our winners were judged depending on personal taste, sexiest or funniest representation, and overall 'mad skills' by both Mourna and our volunteer audience models. It was definitely exciting seeing everyone jumping in and getting in on the action 

The sketching session was such a hit with the crowd, that we're going to continue the tradition with our next opening in July featuring work by the Brooklyn-based Miami native, Tatiana Suarez and her solo series Malagueta

For more pictures of Kelly's show, and from previous Art Whino adventures, check out our Facebook page!

--Megan Laurine, resident blogger & MC

Ursula Young Interview by Groove Effect

Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Ursula Young Interview by Groove Effect

I got to speak with Ursula Young, a San Francisco based artist and asked her a few questions about her work, how San Francisco plays its role in her work, and how electronic music plays a role in her artistic style...

I was looking at many of the artists your style really stood out to me because of its edginess, and the feel of the work itself. While visually it doesn't have that realistic feel, the subject matter and your use of mixing black and white with color gives the work a very real feeling and emotion. Have you always had an ability to see the beauty and wonder in everything that's around you?

Well first, thank you!...I guess growing up in a national park helped. There is so much beauty in the old 15th century villages and the early evening light over the moors and dales of North Yorkshire. I also traveled from a young age, and that really made me see and learn so much so quickly, you can't help but take it all in.

Does it ever feel overwhelming the amount of beauty that you see? Out of all the places you have been, where has been the most moving?

I guess I get overwhelmed sometimes - but to me that's such a magical feeling, and it makes me want to take as much time as possible when I get somewhere amazing just to take it all in. I often look at things whilst sub-consciously trying to imagine how I would convey them on paper or in paint strokes. I think this is why I travel so much, and love to visit the hard-to-reach places on the planet, just to have those it a storm rolling in over the Karst cliffs of a tiny stilted village in northern Laos, or the dripping sounds and lush dense greens of a Costa Rican jungle, or the color of setting sun on the red rocks of New Mexico. its all in the details. I don't think I could pick a 'most moving' but I think that usually those moments have been inspired mainly by nature.

A lot of our readers are fans of electronic music. I noticed that you have some involvement with the electronic music scene - what is it about the scene inspires you?

I got into dance music as a teenager in northern England - my home town was very close to Manchester and the electronic music scene was exploding at that time - and from there jumped full force into new york city's rave/club life of the early 90's while I was attending Parsons. When I moved to San Francisco after I graduated, I started organizing DJ events and club nights, and then created club fliers, record covers, and backdrops at events. There's just something about house music, and the underground culture that surrounds it - and of course the people - that inspires me. I think its just that total feeling of joy and freedom that I felt dancing with a million people to the same beats, and now (even though I'm much less involved) I still get inspiration from that feeling and the music, and my art definitely expresses that I think.

What other artists influence you? Do you have a particular piece that is especially moving?

While there are lots of interesting contemporary and modern artists that I follow and love, and get inspired by, I think the art that I get most moved by is the magical fairytale works of the pre-raphaelites: especially rosetti & burne-jones. I also love Arthur Rackham and some of the other illustrators of that era...and the Vienna secessionists: Egon Sheile and Gustav Klimt, and I am highly influenced by art nouveau: Alphonse Mucha especially. My dad also really loves art and he used to take me to galleries all over Europe when I was a kid, so its amazing that I've actually got to see most of my favorite works of art in person. we went back to Paris earlier this year to do a whirlwind tour of all the galleries there - such an inspiration.

As for mediums, I also noticed that you noted you love to paint on wood. How did you discover this love?

I think I discovered it when I was doing a show on found objects, I just found the surface of wood so smooth to work on, and the colors seemed brighter too. I still mainly work on wood, but I'll do the odd canvas as well. I just enjoy the feel of wood more.

You use lily's and roses a lot in your work, is there a meaning of the flower that makes you love them so much?

Well, not all of them - though I know full well that certain colors and flowers portray different feelings. I like it that the onlooker can get those feelings from certain flowers. The star gazer lily is the only one that has a more specific meaning: it was the favorite flower of a friend who is no longer with us, she's appeared in many of my works (sometimes subconsciously) and almost always with a stargazer.

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