Entrega Total 66"H Edition of 5 $29,000
One of my collectors from Arizona showed me a photo of his recent seaside wedding in Mexico. The photograph, which depicted the bride and groom embracing on the beach, was my initial inspiration for this work.
The sculpture depicts what many consider to be the most romantic moment in life: The nuptial embrace. As I was creating the piece in my studio, an old song by the Mexican crooner Javier Solis, came to my mind. The Song, “Mi Entrega Total,” translates to “I Give You My All.”
I have interpreted into English the lyrics that were running through my head that day:
....pero esta vez quiero entregarme a ti
en una forma total
-no con un beso y nada mas
quiero ser tuyo sea por bien o sea por mal.
....but this time, I want to give you my all
not just with my kisses
I want to be all yours for better or for worse.
Stealing His Heart 62"H x 18"W $33,000
“Stealing His Heart” is my sculptural interpretation of a recent photo taken of my wife and me. When I first looked at the photo, I was struck by the fact that I found my wife to be every bit as appealing and mesmerizing as the day I met her—perhaps even more so. I reflected on our initial meeting in our native Colombia and how I was swept up in love as she instantly stole my heart. What is so amazing to me is the fact that I have never gotten my heart back from her—it remains stolen to this day!
I am not referring to that “crazy love” that one experiences in the early stages of courtship. This is a mere illusion of love that gushes forth as we mistakenly assign all of the attributes that we desire in a mate to our new lover—while at the same time, unconsciously overlooking those traits that are less appealing.
Although we certainly experienced “crazy love” at first, as most couples do, our love has endured because that infatuation was soon fortified by more enduring relationship builders like appreciation, understanding, support, and mutual growth.
Keep in Touch 72"H Edition of 1 $15,000
Although I don't know much about it, I enjoy listening to jazz. My son, Johann, is a jazz guitarist and I love the passion and enthusiasm with which he plays. He told me that a good jazz musician is someone who has mastered the basics of his instrument and is also able to infuse his personality into the music. This infusion is called improvisation. He explained that in jazz there are certain structural markers relating to musical keys, timing and melody that musicians have to "hit" in order to keep in touch with the rest of the band, but within that structure, there is freedom to roam.
I thought to myself, "Keeping in touch while improvising." What a great metaphor for relationships. They can't be all improv, each partner playing exploratory solos in different keys. There needs to be an agreed structure of how time will be spent together and there needs to be a conscious effort to listen to the other member of the "duet." On the other side of the guitar pick, if things become too routine and structured, it really isn't jazz.
The in-between areas is where you find the gold. Keeping in touch with your partner and agreeing on mutual goals is critical, but equally as important, we need to allow for spontaneity within the agreed structure. In relationships as in jazz, this improvisation is what keeps things fresh, new and exciting.
The World at your Fingertips Edition of 8 132"H x 48"W x 36"D Edition of 5 $53,500
In the words of poet, Maya Angelou, " Segregation shaped me; education liberated me." Education opens our eyes and ears. It informs us that the singularly most important freedom is the freedom of the mind. Without that, there is no creative expression, no justice and no choice. Education is the key that unlocks the chains of oppression and brings the world to our fingertips.
Dreams 24"H x 48"W x 2"D Edition of 20 $45,000
My mother, Aurelita, gave birth to 20 children, and although 13 of us survived to lead full and rich lives, we scattered like the wind and took up residence in various geographic locations. Like most mothers, she dreamed of the day when she might see all of her children in one place at one time. I created Dreams in honor of my mother's memory. It depicts her 13 living children and was created in an edition of 20 as an homage to all her sons and daughters —those present and those departed. Dreams do come true.
Empathy 36"H x 18"W x 12"D Edition of 8 $12,500
One month prior to the celebration of our 18th anniversary, I walked out of my studio to find my wife slowly rocking to and fro on the porch swing at the back of our home. Her head hung low. She seemed sad, forlorn I would say, and even failed to look up as I approached. Now, when a man is married to a woman for 18 years, he knows immediately when there is a problem.
I joined her on the swing, put my arm around her shoulders, lifted her chin with my curled index finger and asked, “¿Que pasa, mi querida?”
“Estoy abrumado,” (I’m just overwhelmed) she responded, eyes glassy with tears she was fighting to hold back. Seconds later, she lost the battle and a big watery droplets cascaded down one cheek and then the other. “Parenting, cooking, cleaning, my job...it’s just never-ending.”
One thing I have learned as a man is that when your woman expresses her sorrow, grief or troubles, it is not a plea for her man to “fix everything” and make it right—although as men, this is exactly what we think we are being called upon to do. What has taken me so many years to learn is that what most women want at these times is empathy and understanding.
So I sat with her for nearly 20 minutes and just listened as she poured her heart out. When she finished, I took her head gently in my hands and with my calloused, paint-stained thumbs, wiped away her tears. Looking into her eyes, I said, “We are partners for life. Your sorrow is my sorrow, and although I have no immediate answers or solutions, I feel your pain, I support you, I have empathy for your sadness.” Within seconds, she was smiling again and told me, “Vale la pena, mi amor.” (It’s worth it, darling).
Later that evening, after dinner, I retreated back to my studio and secretly began working on “Empathy.” On the day of our 18th anniversary, I presented it to my wife, Gladys, in honor and gratitude for 18 years of love, partnership and, of course, empathy.