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Guillermo Vivas

Artist

Contact Information:

159 Mercer St Unit 6
Trenton, NJ 08611-1700
United States
T: 908-723-2718
http://trentonartist.com

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1

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Art collectors and buyers of fine art. Also art galleries and places to exhibit my work.

About My Business:

 

A little bit (or a lot) about me: I was born and grew up in the city of Ponce, in the island of Puerto Rico. During my last two years of high school, I started painting lessons with Professor Carola Colóm Covas. A fellow student became the renowned Puerto Rican artist Wichie Torres. During the first years of higher education at Boston College, I also studied under British artist Allison McCumber. Later, while finishing my undergraduate studies at the George Washington University, I was honored to be selected by notable Virginia and Washington, D.C. artist and muralist William Woodward, to participate in an intensive post-graduate semester advanced course. I have also learned much from studying the Masters (Cezanne, the Dutch Masters, Italian Renaissance artists), and notably John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn; who, along with Sargent and Zorn and Woodward were all fascinated with light!. Reading how-to articles in magazines like American Artist and The Artist's Magazine has been a source of continuing education over ensuing years. Although I learned different skills from each instructor, Carola Colóm and Bill Woodward forged my artistic foundation and development the most. Carola gave me a strong education in composition and form. During the time that I studied with her, we became good friends, and often she would invite me to paint with her; then we would critique each others work. During one of those all-day sessions just before I left for Boston College, she sat me down and told me that she could not continue to be my teacher; that she had taught me everything she knew about technique. She said if I continued to study with her, I would not develop my own style; that I would have to learn to "see" form and shape as defined by light and shadow, to learn to see "the light". It was many years later, during a trip to the British Virgin Islands that I first saw the light. It was a moment of transformation that is hard to explain. Suddenly, you see differently, as the brain breaks down the objects in sight into abstract geometric panes or shapes of light and shadow. (Best I can explain!) Bill Woodward is a master of techniques and from him I learned many things, including the use of different technique and media (60-second sketches, acrylics and acrylic under-painting finished in oils). He was a dynamic instructor and the three hour sessions would fly by in what seemed like minutes. By the time I finished a semester with him, I had moved to a different level. As the years have passed, my style has become more confident and the colors more pure and vivid. As Carola once told me: every experience in life, whether it be going to a concert, reading a book, or playing a sport, will somehow affect how you paint. I've acquired a wealth of experiences in my fortunate lifetime, including travels abroad. Now that I've retired from my former career, I stand at the threshold of embracing a full-time career in art. I look forward to it! Guillo June, 2011

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