Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Memory Project- "a portrait of kindness"

" I think when you combine goodwill with an art project, amazing things begin to happen. The Memory Project is incredible. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.
- Monique Dobbelaere, SC

A next project Im going to be a part of is called The memory project. a group of local artist (mostly students) will be getting together to create painting of children that are orphans. The memory project is world wide and anyone may participate. We asked the organization for 20 portraits to create!!

Bridget a fellow governor state student (that sparked this project ) was able to collect 16 artist for this project! I will keep everyone posted on our endeavors! I will post pics of works in progress the artist and the final finished portraits!! super excited!!

More to come soon!!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Janus on Cardboard-

The concept is Janus the greek god of beginnings and transitions. This is a self-portrait, personal piece of my transition of letting go the past and moving forward.

Its literal transitions from layer to layers- from the wood pieces, to cardboard then to gesso the charcoal transitions and adapts to its new texture overcoming the obstacles presented.

release of freedom!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"office art" and fighting insanity.. battle continues!

Heres an update on my travels in the art world.

Since I have been working 2 jobs and going to school full time, my life has been crazzzzy! Im currently working for a non-for-profit organization, and at the art gallery in governors state university. And and and I also go to school for painting and mixed medium.. my life is full going at full speed and its loco aka crazy!

Im sooo glad that my art is truly healing for me, so it keeps me sane. At my day job during mini breaks that we have I make what I call office art..haha simple pure fun things, easy sketches, I’ll get nail polish and make a transfer, add some white out and highlighters and we got us some art!everything on cardboard of course, from tissue boxes, post it notes,

So here are pics of this “office art”…enjoy!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Working on one of my latest pieces, prob gona title it "prisoner". Its a complete mixed media piece- in my opinion that is :) I worked on it with nero lead, paper mache, clay, acrylic, cardboard, graphite, spraypaint, and oil paint. It is still unfinished the face and hand will be technique mixte (realism) and will transcend to the the idea is to keep it expressive and emotional. well see how it ends up!

Ive been at Governors state university as a graduate student in the painting dept for a year time flies, but this is the first piece that I feel really captures what I have to offer as an artist at this point. Im trying to mix street art and academia its kinda like where pop, abstract and realism meet. Thats what I try to do. holla!

I will keep posting pics of my travels in the art world.

oh and check out my website!!!

let me know what you all think!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Surreal Illustrations- check it out!

haha prettey clever digital work...nice to look at while drinking some coffee, thought id share it with you guys!!!

gotta love behance...

here is the link to more images

Friday, August 19, 2011

Luis Sahagun- My Bio 2011

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in the urban setting of Chicago Heights, Illinois gave Luis Sahagun the foundation for his art. Being the youngest son with two older female siblings, Luis has always seen himself facing life obstacles on his own. Drawing cartoons and creating imaginative superheroes was his coping mechanism to his childhood problems. His work and process reflects his past experiences and current views of the earth bound fight between Good and Evil (the invisible war).

Luis Graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in Industrial design and double minors in Art History and Marketing.

He is currently a studio artist for Union Street Gallery, works as a Gallery Assistant, and is pursuing a Masters in Painting and Mixed Media at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Artist Statement!!!

If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine-Ernesto Che Guevara.

My artwork takes a critical view of social, political, and cultural issues. Good vs. Evil and an introduction to an invisible war that justifies pain, suffrage and the difficulties of human life. Often time’s humanity faces questions of spirituality, moral beliefs and deities. I attract attention to these issues and tell the stories that I believe should be heard.

I attempt to deliver the stories by marrying academia and street art. Consequently, the artwork then contains historical references with urban materials and processes. I do this in an attempt to attract multiple audiences, especially younger generations that may be drawn by the popularity of street art but have yet to understand the entirety of art- which may be reached through university studies.

While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. I strategically apply a design process. The process begins with an idea, which then is fueled by extensive research. Learning what artwork has been previously constructed allows me to further enhance and develop my artwork.

Currently I am working on assemblages that are composed of burned cardboard, screen prints, spray paint, photographic image transfers, acrylic/oil paint, and found objects.