Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia…A Conversation…

(“En el mar azul”, acrílico sobre lienzo, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, Derechos Reservados)

I painted this small painting, 50 cm x 40 cm, back in 2006, I think…

But it really does not matter if I recall the exact year. It was during the period between 2003 and 2008. That was my first most prolific period. During those years I was exhibiting constantly and also participating in all the festivals I could get to all over. I was living in Miami, Florida, USA and I travelled all over the East Coast of the United States.

Well, not really…I did exhibit in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, as well as in the South Florida area, which is composed of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach, those three counties, which are the largest…and in my opinion…the most important in the state. Miami-Dade county alone has over 5 million people, counted, and many more who no one knows are there but everyone sees them, works with them and employs them.

In any event, I exhibited in galleries in those days. I started in Istanbul, Turkey. I was invited in 2003 and I took five paintings. I had no idea of how my work was going to be received, but it was received quite well as three of the five paintings sold to collectors there. I was quite pleasantly surprised, however, because of personal problems in the lives of the gallery owners, the gallery closed down. Bad luck…

In any event, I went to New York and exhibited in several galleries in SoHo…

(photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia…In World Art Gallery, Soho, New York)

Then later in one restaurant-gallery in Brooklyn. That expo was a lot of fun as the place was enormous, with large walls and very high ceilings and a Gothic feel about the place. The vernissage included a punk rock band as well as very good wine…

I decided to open up my gallery in the city of Miami and that is where Omnia Caelum Studios was born…

(photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Back in Miami I joined with a group of artists from Russia, Germany, Colombia, Nigeria and Dominican Republic (I represented Spain)…

(photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

So…I took a break between 2008 and 2010 but in 2011 I began my research, my full delving into the world of “Jazz-Art” drawings in black and white, in graphite and India ink. Of course, during all those years, 2003 through 2019, I went by my nom de guerre, Bodo Vespaciano. I decided to go to my nom de baptême, Francisco…

(“La Flor Solitaria” from the JaZzArt Miami collection, photo property of FBC)

Skipping to the present, I have decided to do my second expo in Spain…the first one was in my hometown, Valencia back in 2019…in Barcelona. The expo is a mixed expo with other European artists and opens on 02 JUL 2020 and runs throught 06 AUG 2020.

(you are all invited to the vernissage on 02 JUL 2020 in Barcelona)

As you can see, I love colour. I find that colour…as it does in abstract art…tells the whole story. Colour reaches into the head of the spectator, reminds us of people, places, events, and elicits emotions. My work is, in many ways abstract but in all ways figurative. I say abstract because my reference is mostly internal. I like to create worlds and I rarely give my subjects a landscape that resembles a natural setting. That is part of abstraction but I cannot get away from the human form in my work.

(“Amarilla” acrylic on canvas 40 cm x 50 cm, In private collection USA, photo property of FBC)

So, I say…and emphasise…that art is a language, it must transmit ideas, messages, emotions. So what does my art transmit? My art is what I call “jazz art”. I develop the idea by letting the idea develop further and further until the composition is complete. I want to transmit the essense of the music, the strength of the beat and the sensuality of rhythm. That is why I paint and draw my jazz ensembles in different ways and doing different things because Jazz, in its definition, says that it must contain improvisation, rhythm and it must be the performers art…

(With my Jazzy group “AJA” in 2006 Miami, photo property of FBC, OCS Valencia)

Let me hear from you…let’s converse about art, about artists, about what is good and what is rubbish in the art world today…and if you liked this post, please follow, like and perhaps you might be motivated to re-blog. I will appreciate it greatly.

THANKS!

18 comments

  1. Ana de Lacalle · 11 Days Ago

    Me encanta este tipo de pinturas que siempre expones….algunas si no he entendido mal son tuyas? El problema es que si publicas en inglés no entiendo nada, y según como lo edites el traductor automático no funciona -supongo que xq lo editas todo como imagem- Saludos

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

      Gracias Ana, si, trato de poner siempre en inglés y luego en castellano pero reconozco que a veces no sale así. Las pinturas que pongo en el blog son todas mias igual que los dibujos y fotos, solo cuando hago un reportaje acerca de otro artista es cuando pongo obras que no son mias. Bueno, me alegro que te haya gustado, un saludo y un abrazo,
      Francisco

  2. Brad Osborne · 11 Days Ago

    I enjoy reading about your experiences as an artist. Understanding the path that led you to where you are now adds dimension to understanding how your works represent your artistic vision. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming expo!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

      Thank you Brad. It’s summer and people leave the cities and go to the beaches so I don’t know how the turnout will be, I try never to exhibit during the summer months but this year was, well we all know about this year…

  3. ChallEngEr · 11 Days Ago

    Beautiful 🎀

  4. Felipe Adan Lerma · 11 Days Ago

    Wonderful parallels, no joining, of music and art within you, Francisco! Marvelous reading about your journey and “episodes” in the art world, yet even more marvelous with the images of sensuous figures emboldened with color and line. All the very best to you at your show this summer. If we could – money and virus wise lol! – we would love to be able to go, but we’ll read and see about it here! ❤️

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

      Felipe, thank you so much! And it is great to hear from you! Yes, art and music 🎶 together always! Take good care my friend and all the best!

  5. azurea20 · 11 Days Ago

    Las pinturas me encantan. Pero también me resulta mucho mas complicado. Saludos

  6. ourcrossings · 10 Days Ago

    I really enjoyed reading about behind the scenes process that you go through as an artist. How do you decide which paintings are you going to exhibit? Can’t wait to hear all about your trip to Barcelona, fingers crossed all goes well. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Believe it or not, but it’s been raining for three days straight. And, as from today, Ireland is open for business and all of the shops, pubs, restaurants are fully operating! 😊 Aiva

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 10 Days Ago

      Thank you Aiva, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Usually choosing is done with the participation of the gallery owner or the curator of the show of its a big one, but this one is small, although it is a mixed show with other Spanish artists…well I hope your weather gets better soon so you guys can enjoy the “new normal” as we are doing here. Take good care and all the best,
      Francisco

  7. margarethallfineart · 9 Days Ago

    Good luck with your exhibition launch !

  8. frederick anderson · 8 Days Ago

    As will be apparent, Francisco, I have no expertise in art from which to draw, but I join in your celebration of colour and I see the firm rhythm of the line. Most of all, I see kindness – kindness in those faces and sympathetic postures – I could go on! Anyway, happy – no, honoured to reblog. Good luck with the exhibition; I’m sure it will do well.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 8 Days Ago

      Thank you very much Frederick. I hope it goes well and I certainly do appreciate your kind words, your encouragement and your support.

  9. frederick anderson · 8 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on Frederick Anderson's Story Blog and commented:
    A rich celebration of colour and form from Francisco Bravo Cabrera’s blog, and his fascinating story. Do visit!

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