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Tatiana Suarez's Opening Night Recap!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tatiana checking out her print, yes...we still have some in stock, come and get yours!


Incredible spread by Mie N Yu Restaurant, they rock!


Sketching time; look at me go!


It was a FULL house! Couldn't have asked for a better turnout!


Our fearless leader, and the lovely Tatiana Suarez.


Beautiful Nightmare in da house!


Sketching away!


Luz the fabulous, showing off her sketching skills!


It was an incredible night! Check you out at the next opening, August 21st!

Mural Collaboration Video

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

ENUE x TATIANA SUAREZ x ASKEW x JAES from Askew One on Vimeo.

A video of a mural collaboration piece done in June 2010 by artists JAES, ENUE, Tatiana Suarez, and ASKEW.

Music: Daru Jones ft. Kissy Asplund // So Good

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!

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.

Malagueta: The Solo Show of Tatiana Suarez

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


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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.


ARTIST BIO:

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.


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