New York City artist and co-founder of Ownzee

John Richardson's jackets

Posted 2011-04-14 22:11:46 | Views: 9,405



Tonight was a big night. It was the opening of the new Picasso exhibit at Gagosian,Picasso and Marie-Thérèse L’amour fou. The line was down the block and most people that came had to wait for at least 45 minutes. I lied to the door people and tried to tell them I was Manolo Valdes's grandson. Who happens to be one of the most imporant painters from Spain.


Anyway, once inside it was filled with Picasso's that are dismissed by the museum establishment. Well this show looked like a damn museum. I saw Picasso's friend John Richardson, who is a legend Biographer/Curator of the exhibit who continues to produce the book series “Life of Picasso.” He stopped me, reached out his hand, I shook it.  He smiled and told me how much he liked my jacket. I was stunned. As you can see we enjoy the same type of jackets. It was a pleasant experience. I started getting into a nice conversation with someone from the National Gallery of London and then everybody started getting kicked out. Picasso wins again from the grave, via John Richardson and Larry Gagosian.

Prometheus Springs at my studio.

Posted 2011-04-13 10:44:40 | Views: 8,933


The guys from Prometheus Springs stopped by the studio and let me try the newest flavors that are about to hit the organic food market. Doug Atkins of marketing made sure I got to try every new flavor which includes Lemon Ginger, Spicy Pear and a few others. The drinks are spicy and great to drink warm if you’re sick with the flu. If you’re into spicy drinks and food this is for you.


There’s something pretty addictive about it. Shout out to Doug and to P.S. Founder  Alexis Van Ess Mincolla. Many thanks for looking out for me with the wonderful supply of spice.

Prometheus Springs

stops by my New Jerusalem studio!

Chinese Police Detain Artist, Activist Ai Weiwei

Posted 2011-04-11 17:56:20 | Views: 9,131

Boycott China: Let ai weiwei go!

The Chinese government hasn't really been too excited with what artist/activist Ai Weiwei has been doing for a while.  They have been watching him and this was just bound to happen. His art and activism has been critical of China. He has now been detained and nobody knows where he is or how to contact him. This is totally disgusting. Don't trust China. It does not respect basic human rights and there is no free expression. Don't buy anything from them. They have crappy products anyway. We need more jobs here  at home. We need artists in the world that have soft power. They should have a voice. Please stand with Ai Weiweni and don't support anything made by this communist piece of shit country. 


Please look up more info from the media and get involved somehow. They can't scare the young artists in China. The will in saying what you want or express it can never be surpressed.




Fight for your Right - Revisited?

Posted 2011-04-07 16:08:59 | Views: 9,079

Who are the real


The Beasties are putting out a new album this May. Along with it fans get an extra treat. There will be a star stunned short film. The trailer is below and it seems pretty funny. Who are the real Beastie Boys?

fight for your right -


Kiki Valdes: Ruinart painting

Posted 2011-04-02 02:28:36 | Views: 8,905



Kiki Valdes - The Miami Studio

Posted 2009-03-29 17:15:54 | Views: 12,204


This was taken around the middle of 2010. Many, many small paintings.

Charlie Sheen's my brother.

Posted 2011-03-28 13:49:41 | Views: 30,588

My brother is

The other day I was at the supermarket with my brother...Then when we reached the checkout line, I realized something. My brother kind of reminds me of someone...then it dawned on me...


Hurricane Erosion Hoop Dream

Posted 2011-03-28 07:39:37 | Views: 9,836

Photo by David UpnUp.

This is a detail of a piece titled "Hurricane, Erosion Hoop Dream." 2010

To view the photos: UpnUP Daily

Brian Wong:

Posted 2011-03-24 19:37:33 | Views: 9,487

What can I say about my buddy Brian Wong? I met him last year in Medellin, Colombia for TagMe. It was a social media gathering to talk to and share with 600 young Colombians about the whole inter-webs thing. At the time Brian was doing business development for Digg. How things have changed since then! He's now kick starting his own gaming meets advertisers’ app called Kiip.


Kiip still hasn't launched yet but it should be exciting. He's got a lot of people behind him, on top of that he's at the tender young age of 19! He's usually jet setting across the globe giving talks and giving his input on mobile apps and the like. He is also a really great speaker. 4 months ago he gave a panel talk here in New York. He was late to the meeting...good thing he showed up. I was dozing off and once he got there he really lit up the room. He's the kind of guy you want to be friends with and you really want to believe in his product. Go sign up to Kiip.right now! Remember his name, because you will hear more of him very soon.





Artist friend - Andrew Birk

Posted 2011-03-23 21:12:17 | Views: 9,071




Andrew Birk was one of the first painters I met in New York when I moved up in Oct of 2010. We met in person for the first time at one of the last exhibits at the former space of the HOLE gallery. He has been cool ever since. He was telling me about his work for some time now. I love visiting studios but he made me wait. Turns out Mr. Birk was upgrading studio spaces and was going to plan a party to invite everyone at once. That sounds like a great idea to me. His studio is in the deep bloody heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. I couldn’t find the address at 10pm at night. The streets were valcant and luckily for me I ran into a group of about 10 other people that were trying to find the studio as well.  


After walking for about 2 blocks we found it. We walked up a few flights of steps and we were there. The studio was already packed with friends, artists and collectors. He was in the thick of it talking to everyone. I was happy to see his work in person. It’s very aggressive, which I like. It plays off of words and random clipped imagery. Most of the paintings are done with spray paint. They have a dirty feel to them.

I totally dig the thrash/punk counter-culture vibe I get from them. I asked him if he likes Christopher Wool. He said yes, but again of course he does. You can see it in his work, but its not overbearing in anyway. It was a good time, good vibes and good music. I got to meet a lot of new people. Keep your eye out for Andrew when you’re in the New York area. He’s an artist’s artist, a good friend and something exciting to look out for.

Andrew Birk and I...I was about to head back home after a good night of being social and plenty of drinks.

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