Building Myself is an image from a recent series of works (1995-present) where I explored the rich cultural heritage of Latin America and the Caribbean. In this particular image, I use more universal symbols, like the spiral and the moon, blended with the iconography and marks that appear in my earlier works. Building Myself is also a firm step forward the emphasis on the human figure, in this case, my own silhouette. The image of Santeria (saints) that are an integral part of the faith of my people in the Dominican Republic. These images have been an influence for me recently, and Building myself somehow is influenced by it.
Julio Valdez-Gonzalez is a painter, printmaker, teacher, and mixed installation artist born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo and graduated from Altos de Chavόn School of Design, ...Read More