Biography/Artist Statement

A self-taught artist, I began my drawing and painting at the age of three.  My parents noticed my absorption in art making, and provided me with the proper environment and support to cultivate my passion and talent, such as allowing me time early in the morning or late at night to work, as well as buying me art supplies. Over the years, I explored varying genres and styles, eventually becoming a painter of abstraction but with often figuratively realist elements combined into a work.  Due to the size and complexity of my art style, each work requires months of planning and execution on average. 

For example, Maximal Steps (An Introduction To Multidimensional Maximalism)” (49x75 inches; attached in the "Select Work" section) required several months to produce.  First I drew various conceptual designs, narrowing down to the one I would use.  Once I settled on the final design, I labeled the colors for every shape, pattern and section of the work on paper and on a computer file.  Next, I transferred the design onto the canvas, and sectioned off the canvas into grids.  I then began to paint the various grids or sections of the painting, applying the paints in small layers at a time.  Parts of this process involved maintain the proper balance of colors in each section of the painting.    After building up the layers of the various paints used (i.e., acrylic, gouache, composite and solidified paints), I applied the oil paints in small layers, slowing building up the consistency in the face and other parts of the body.   Finally, I went back over the various areas of the canvas with additional layers of paints, and I applied additives and sealants to enrich the colors/textures and protect the finish.

The goal of this painting was to create a “living work,” in which the shapes and patterns appear to move dynamically throughout the medium. The shapes, patterns and textures symbolize the complexity and layering of an individual (i.e., values, beliefs, preferences), as well as the world we live in (i.e., different countries, landscapes, races, languages, religions, etc.).   Another element of this work is depth and dimensionality, in which the complex layering of paints and other materials allows the viewer to capture different perspectives each time they examine the painting. 

For a more extensive collection of my art, please visit the following:

  • 511 Gallery (252 7th Ave Suite 12J, New York, NY 10001; Telephone: (212) 255-2885; Web:

  • Petit Morpho Gallery (Unit 653 on 6th Floor, E Tat Factory Building, 4 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; Telephone: +852 3104-2506; Web: 

  • Galerie De Medicis (Address: 18 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France; Telephone: +33 1 40 29 92 11; Web:

  • Dubner Moderne (Address: Rue du Grand-Chêne 6, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland; Telephone: +41 79 242 78 01; Web:

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