Happiness

I am 31 and happy. On my 31ist birthday a dream came true and my blog was graced by Cindylu and a most amazing guest post. Cindylu is a great friend but also the reason I started blogging and sharing my artwork online. Thanks so much homegirl!

Equally awesome was this post by Meligrosa. It hella made me blush and made me feel so lucky to have such special friends in my life. ADM! Gracias Meli!

Last but not least, my crush on singer Fernanda Karolys is well documented and it made my day to get this birthday greeting from her on facebook. Among other things, Fernanda is the singer featured on Clorofila’s “BabyRock” Rock, my absolute favorite song of 2010. *Le sigh*.

Thanks everyone for the well wishes on my birthday. I’ll leave you with this video encapsulating the second-half of my 30th year on Earth. All I can say right now is that I’m looking forward to what 31 has in store for me.

Peace,

Rio

Sekai Wa Subarashii

Life is good. My first solo-curated exhibit is a success, my Andy Warhol programming launches at the de Young Museum this Friday, and the reception to this year’s Valentine’s Day cards has been amazing. Sitting here at my computer tonight I feel like a lot of toil and hard work is really starting to pay off. The icing on the cake has been the warm welcome my Valentine’s cards received. I got them out a little later than usual amidst my crazy schedule but was really happy to see everyone get into them. Many thanks to everyone who posted them around and shared them with their special someones. I really want to send a special thanks to Sacred Yoli and Cindylu who have been great advocates of my work and have both put in extra effort to get the cards out there.

Speaking of Cindylu, the last post I wrote detailing our colloborative project was actually started months ago but I left it unfinished in hopes that I would create some additional artwork out of the images. I’ve been carrying those intentions with me for some time and I finally caught a break to get some work done after Hybridity finally opened. I sat down and created the piece below. I worked with a slightly different color aesthetic that de-emphasizes solid blacks and I’m really happy with the results. It gives this portrait of Cindylu a look like that of a silkscreen print. The final layout is styled in the flavor of 90’s era indie comics. I hope ya can dig it.

Peace,

Rio

Loterialu and the Loteria Scavenger Hunt

Recently my homegirl and esteemed peer  Cindylu came into town. Cindylu has been a subject of a good number of portraits I’ve created in the last couple of years. I credit the autobiographical narrations on her blog and flickr page for inspiring me to becoming active with my work online. I’ve always wanted to do something collaborative with Cindylu and her afternoon in the city was the perfect opportunity.

Our original concept was to photograph Cindylu with a deck of Loteria Cards amidst the backdrop of the Mission District. We spent a lot of our time dodging the rain. After ducking into the Revolution Cafe to hide from the weather we quaffed some ale and brainstormed on what to do next. We came up with an idea to do a Loteria scavenger hunt in the Mission. We hit the streets and shops looking for analogs to what each card represented.

The results can be seen in our Loteria Scavenger Hunt series: Part 1 and Part 2

Our other series Loterialu features Cindylu and symbolic combinations of Loteria cards: Check it out here

Peace,

Rio