Miami artist and co-founder of Ownzee

Kiki Valdes - "The Cloud" 2007

Posted 2011-06-27 21:33:34 | Views: 10,873

Kiki Valdes - "The Cloud" 2007. Oil on canvas/  I recently gave this as a gift to fellas at Primary Fight/Gallery.

Mandy Palacio - My Coach, Your Coach

Posted 2011-05-31 15:28:00 | Views: 11,899



life coach for the creatives

Mandy Palacio's site is here:
























 I wanted to take a moment and tell you guys about my good friend Mandy Palacio. I met Mandy New Years Eve at my friend’s apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We sort of connected instantly and as it turned out she must moved to New York as well by way of Stockholm, Sweden. As anyone can understand moving to New York can be hard to make friends and at the same time it can be difficult to realize your goals. Mandy is a coach and she helped me ease my warrior ways and take things more like an Tibetan monk.


She is the founder of MBody Coaching and she helps people that want to help themselves. She offers one-on-one professional coaching for people who want to make changes in a topic that is deeply important to them, business, how to be more happy, other life goals etc. One thing that is really great is her focus on the creative. She has helped big business executives in the past but her desire is to coach creative people. To learn more about her Life Coaching practice, make sure to visit her site.

Kiki Valdes - Developments

Posted 2011-05-27 01:08:23 | Views: 10,875

Current developments:

I'm painting mostly black and white portraits still. I'm doing that and bouncing over to more cartoon inspired imagery...but making sure the paint is really heavy and thick. The painting below is a  portrait titled "Indra Vanslow." 

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Kiki Valdes - "Winter Simbo" Drawing

Posted 2011-05-25 12:47:19 | Views: 12,111


"Winter Simbo" (ink and marker on paper) 2011

Free Ai Weiwei

Posted 2011-05-16 14:08:47 | Views: 11,196


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Photos of Kristy Leibowitz

Posted 2011-05-13 09:00:28 | Views: 11,475



My good buddy Kristy Leibowitz is a photographer based out of New York. She was one of the first people I met when I moved up here. She was taking photos for The HOLE gallery. She took my picture and we became cool. Her fashion photography is really enjoyable and quite sexy. You know, I like the sexy things in life. She also takes portrait photos of artists in the city. Maybe one day, (hint, hint) I will be blessed to be captured by her lens for an art photo. Someday, right? Check Kristy’s work out!



Photos are from Chaos Magazine

Double Double Rainbow - Jen Stark + Maya Hayuk

Posted 2011-05-11 21:41:48 | Views: 12,268


Hey everybody. If you are in Toronto this weekend make sure to stop by my friend Jen Stark's opening at Show & Tell Gallery. The show is called "Double Double Rainbow" and it also features the work of Maya Hayuk.


 The two artists will be showing for the first time ever in our northern neighbor, with each bringing their respective talents. With a heavy focus on symmetry, patterns, radiant colors and positive energy, “Double Double Rainbow” is sure to get your mind freaking out with the good vibes it needs for the summer season.



Work in Progress - Kiki Valdes

Posted 2011-05-11 11:08:54 | Views: 12,279


I've been chipping away at this new painting and about 10 others. I shifted from color to only using black and white oil paint. Stay tuned for more progress pictures and updates.

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Michael Vasquez: Street Life Paintings

Posted 2011-05-10 21:35:38 | Views: 16,343



Check out the work of my good friend Michael Vasquez working out of Miami, FL. I’ve followed Michael’s work for years. When I had my studio in Miami he would come by sometimes and enjoy a beer with me. He has always shown me a lot of love.


His work deals with growing up and not knowing where you belong. Thousands of boys don’t have a father figure in the U.S. and Michael was one of them. I think this is why his narrative focuses on street and gang life. It’s a way for young males to find a home and look up to someone.  

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "The Line Up" 2009 | acrylic on canvas | 72 x 96"

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "Zombies" 2009 | acrylic on canvas | 72 x 96"

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "Chain Strangle" 2010 | acrylic on canvas | 60 x 84"

View more works at: Michael Vasquez

Tales from my Childhood

Posted 2011-05-09 12:41:58 | Views: 11,862



What can be said about the amazing vintage comic book, Tales from the Crypt? As many other kids that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s we all watched the epic Tales from the Crypt television show on HBO. Just the fact it was on cable TV at night made it a forbidden treasure for most kids. In the 1950’s kids enjoyed the same stories just in a different format. No TV, but the comic books were just as popular! When I was 13 or so, without the internet things seemed harder to find out. I wasn’t aware that the TV show was once a real life comic book by the same name.


 I was shocked when I investigated this. I called every comic book shop in town and nobody carried it. I started to wonder if this was my imagination and it maybe really didn’t exist. The only thing that kept me searching was the fact a few years prior when I went to Frank’s Comics on Galloway (Miami, FL) and I noticed some issues on a rack. I wasn’t interested at the time and barely noticed them. I was buying some Weapon-X comics instead. But, thanks to my photographic memory I remembered the cover art reminding me of Mad Magazine. It must have been a Jack Davis illustration.


 Anyway, after many phone calls, one day I noticed this little shack called A&M comics. My mom would take me to a near by shopping plaza to get my hair cut every few weeks. On the drives I noticed this battered old comic shop. I looked them up in the phone book and called them. I asked if they carried the comic, and they said yes. I couldn’t believe my ears. My mom took me to get my hair cut that weekend. As we drove home I asked her to stop by the store, as an awesome mom she did this. I got out of the car, stepped inside and searched boxes and boxes filled with these wonderful books. I picked one up. The cover you see below. I remember getting back in the car and just staring at the cover the whole drive home and being in awe. I couldn’t believe I found it. It doesn’t seem like a big deal. It’s one of the small but great memories of my childhood. A guy comes back from the dead to get revenge from some weird bizarre love triangle. What isn’t there to like?