My travel to Hastings, Minnesota for public art

My travel to Hastings, Minnesota for public art

Public Art Mural Commission on shipping container for the city of Hastings in Minnesota. The concept for this artwork was developed through the inspiration of Audubon’s Birds of America. Our current series explores the connection to nature along with the historical elements that make up the fabric of our heritage. I created this artwork with my partner Amir Shakir. We have a mural team called The Color Dreamers where we produce art together. This was our latest artwork .

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MOTH KINGDOM

Newly completed artwork!

My latest completion Moth Kingdom has been inspired by the patterns on the wings of various species of Moths. The process has been a a mix of crushing my own charcoal into powder, very fine tip Steadler architectural micron pens and tissue paper to replicate the exact pattern on the other side of the headdress.

Gold Leaf was the last element added to the artwork and I was referred to a process called Kirkane which is a Japanese technique that utilizes gold leaf to decorate Buddhist statues. 

The heart of an artist | The true story of a real life artist trying to succeed.

Creating art for 5 years now has had its struggles and challenges. In many ways I have felt that just when I think I am closer to my goals, I end up farther way from what I set out for. The main things that are a major challenge in creating art have been to maintain the strength and ability to stay true to your voice while the art market tries to dictate your direction. 

There are so many things that I never thought would be part of the process as an artist. I find myself spending many nights researching the topics I would like to discuss, photographing my work properly, engaging in social media, color correcting prints, mailing them, answering calls for interviews, submitting to art shows, public art calls, mixing paint, setting my work space up, sending newsletters out, looking for ads that are looking to hire artists, creating murals, setting up affordable options for buyers, updating my website, updating my collectors on new works, writing and rewriting my statement, framing art, promoting exhibits and the list goes on and on. There is so much that is involved in the art process that is not even the actual act of creating art that once can be left exhausted without resources. 

So how do I balance? Well I don't. I think its a lie to think that any artist has their life under control, you are met with the constant battle of wether or not to continue creating or quit and make real money. The truth of the matter is that the whole art world has created an intense illusion for artists. Its never been easy to compare yourself to those who have had more means, funds and privilege than you to succeed. Talent never mattered in this game, and the more and more you get involved in this world the more and more there will be resounding voices telling you to quit while you are ahead. 

Make some real money. I mean isn't that what everyone really wants in life anyway? The big house, the fancy car, the family and gong out to dinner parties every weekend? How can one maintain such a life when 80% of it is spent on art failures and not generating enough income to make that a reality? Truth is I don't know. And even though my short lived successes may appear to tell a different story, I struggle every day to maintain. 

In the end, I wont ever be sure if the struggle was worth it.  5 years later and I am still trying to figure myself out. All I can do is pour my heart into my work until I have nothing left to give.....

Adding Gold Leaf to Artwork | Fine Art Wynwood

Thought I'd give a quick update on how I add gold leaf to my artwork. Gold leaf really adds a new element to my drawings. You can see how the glimmer of the gold leaf transforms the fine art into something unique and special by adding a three dimensional quality to it. If you are interested in purchasing any of my works or visiting Wynwood studio to see the works in person use the contact form and reach out to me. If you would just like to send me a quick note thats welcomed as well! 

Newly completed mural with my team The Color Dreamers in Wynwood

Just completed a public art mural that was commissioned by the City of Olympia in Washington state with my mural team The Color Dreamers. Though we have completed many murals in the Wynwood Miami, this is our first public art collaboration out of state by a city government.

PBIA commissioned the project and we were very happy to light up the town with color throughout the week long process. 

Below is our time lapse video of the entire mural process. Enjoy!

Behind the scenes on our creative process and mixing paint. The image depicted included sate bird The Golden finch being released into nature by the hands of a young child.

New series of fine art pottery

As an artist its often very difficult too dive into all the creative avenues that can spark your interest. Having lost my art studio in Wynwood back in December, I inherited a better space that allows me to channel the art spirits into my garden and evoke my own God energy into helping things grow and watching them flourish.  The earth's mysteries lie in all of its elements and if we just pay attention, we'll solve its curiosities.  This series explores that continual connection to nature. The pottery represents a structure made from earth and its design the inherited ancestral patterns that continue to flow through my hands.

Fine Art Monarch Series by Ivette Cabrera in Wynwood

Fine Art Monarch Series by Ivette Cabrera in Wynwood

This is the latest completed artwork for the Monarch Series that I have been working on out of my art studio in Wynwood. The series focuses on combination between nature and royalty. This particular artwork titled "Transformation" lends its overall form and design to the gold butterfly chrysalis and the concept is derived from the metamorphic process of our inner being

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Revised Zaha Hadid Art

Revised Zaha Hadid Art

Monarch Series

Zaha Hadid the Iraqi architect and also known as the Queen of Architecture was one of my greatest inspirations for most of my work. Hadid's death had an impact on me instantly as I was hoping to one day meet her. This artwork is tribute that incorporates some of the elements of her own building designs including her 1000 Museum building to be completed in Miami 2018.

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Nicaraguan Artist Gives Historical Women Of Color The Glorious Crowns They Deserve. HUFFPOST Arts and Culture Interview

Nicaraguan Artist Gives Historical Women Of Color The Glorious Crowns They Deserve. HUFFPOST Arts and Culture Interview

Nicaraguan artist Ivette Cabrera’s delicate drawings, women real and imagined elaborate headdresses. The black, white and red crowns transcend fashion trends and sovereign traditions, resembling weightless, geometric diagrams ― part botanical, part architectural ― that allude to the endless, blossoming potential of its wearers. They are material and immaterial, regal and boundless. 

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Latest artwork "The Martyr of Orleans" aka Joan of Arc completed

This artwork is for the heroic warrior Joan of Arc.

Monarch Series
Fine Art
Archival ink, marker, charcoal and gold leaf on paper


Just finished my latest drawing based off the historical Joan of Arc. She is also known as The Maid of Orleans, but she was a warrior who led an army so we'll give her a proper title "The Martyr of Orleans".
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake after leading an army of men to fight her to recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. .

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"The subjects for my work are women from various cultures. My research has led me to find important women who changed the course of history, sometimes by creating rituals to glorify certain women or by breaking all cultural barriers in a society that devalued their worth. As a woman, I feel that its important to represent and tell their story. In visual art, it is both important to convey powerful messages to the viewer and to represent a beauty which entices the viewer to search deeper. The subjects of my work are beautiful women. But what makes them beautiful is how we see the power of their presence reflected back at us". (woven tale press article here)

My work is a continuous rebellion against who society wants us to be vs. who we actually are and the battle has just begun.