Monday, June 23, 2014

Life after FIMA Montreal 2014

Girl in Red Sweater,  acrylic & ink on wood panel,  (4" x 5"),  2014
It's been a week since the FIMA art fair and you'd think I'd take a break and slow down and get some sleep and rest, but this year my summer schedule is jam-packed with art-related projects. No complaints from me. It keeps me on my toes and keeps my art from stagnating. Besides, I'm a cranky person when I can't paint.

Monday, June 16, 2014


All in all, FIMA turned out to be quite the art fair!
I won the 1st place award - GRAND PRIX du FESTIVAL.
I received $500.00 and a VIP booth for next year's edition of FIMA 2015.
The awards ceremony was Saturday evening and when Stéphane Mabilais (the art fair general director) called out my name, Augusto and I were so surprised and excited and happy! WOW! I almost started to cry on stage, but I did my best not to. Even now as I write this, I'm getting all emotional. I feel so honoured that the judges thought of my work so highly and deemed my work the best of the show. The jury was formed by Cédric Taillon, Damian Siquerios, Mélodie Hébert and Daniel Barkley.
What an amazing experience and what a great opportunity to be recognized by my peers in the art world and to be appreciated by the public. It's the best feeling in the world!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

FIMA Montreal 2014 - Day 4

Asian Girl,  acrylic, ink on panel,  (5" x 5"),  2014
The weekend is here and today the weather is finally supposed to break and sunshine is in the forecast.
The above painting is another new work that is featured in my collection of works at FIMA.
Bring your sunglasses and come check out the FIMA art fair.
Saturday from 12:00 -8:00pm
Sunday (last day) from 12:00 - 6:00pm

I'm at booth # 34 between Montcalm and Wolfe streets.

Friday, June 13, 2014

FIMA Montreal 2014 - Day 2 & 3

Man with Tie # 3, acrylic, ink on panel, (5" x 5"), 2014

Here is another new work that I have featured at FIMA.
Today is day 3 at the art fair and despite all the rain, the show must go on!
So go get your best umbrella and some waterproof shoes and come on down to see some great art.
My booth is # 34 between Wolfe and Montcalm street.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Man with Tie painting # 2

Man with Tie # 2 (red),  acrylic, ink on panel, (5" x 5"), 2014
This is a very recent painting that I just completed. It'll be part of my selection of artwork that I'll be featuring starting today at  FIMA

The FIMA schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 12-8pm
Thursday 12-8pm
Friday 12-8pm
Saturday 12-8pm
Sunday 12-6pm

My booth is # 34 between Montcalm and Wolfe.  The entire FIMA art fair extends from St-Hubert street all the way to Papineau. Look for the pink balls hanging in the sky!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Man with a Tie

Man with Tie (Black) # 1,  acrylic wood panel,  (4" x 5"),  2014

There's been some back and forth debate with regards to the above man's ethnic background in this particular painting. My son, Lorenzo is convinced that he's Jewish and that his name should be something like Bob Goldstein.
I, on the other hand, see a Mexican dude. He's a semi-retired Mariachi playing band member that hopes to retire soon and settle down somewhere in New Mexico or Texas or wherever it's hot. He might be called Juan Hernandez.
Another scenario to his origins is that he's half-Jewish and half-Mexican and that his actual name is Jose Epstein.

Regardless of where he came from and why he turned out the way he did, this new painting will be part of my selection of works at FIMA which starts this Wednesday, June 11th and continues until Sunday, June 15th.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Boy painting

Untitled, acrylic, ink on panel, (5" x 5"),  2014

Now that I have pretty much everything ready for FIMA next week, I've begun to paint again.
Feels really good to get back to work in m studio.
Still painting more faces and this time boys, not girls.
I'm looking forward to seeing what reaction my art will get next week at FIMA. It'll be nice to be back in the east end of Montreal where the vibe is much more eclectic and much more receptive to art in general.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

FIMA 2014 Montreal

The FIMA 2014 edition starts next week from Wednesday, June 11th - Sunday, June 15th, 2014 between St-Hubert and Papineau. Look for the pink balls!

The new FIMA website is up and running and all the info about this 5-day outdoor art fair can be found here:

I'll be located in booth # 34 between Montcalm and Wolfe street. If you want to see a sampling of the artists that will be at FIMA this year, click here:  list of artists