About Me

My enchantment with the yin of the east as seen through western eyes began in 1995 on my first trip to the Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida.  It was like the artist’s pilgrimage that I had made to Italy as a young man, which caused me to want to paint for the rest of my life.  Only this short trip from home seemed to transcend identity and purpose and carried me away into a sort of mysterious fantasy that I’ve never quite awoken from.  

On the practical side of things, it wasn’t long after falling in love with the art of Asia that the internet revolution took hold and I discovered that my geek nature was well suited for web development and digital product design.  During the many years that I worked for technology companies, I twice had the opportunity to travel to Asia.  My first trip in 2010, brought me to China, a land of natural splendor and beauty, as well as breathtaking art.  Monochromatic landscapes and inkwash art fueled my creativity and thus began a time of much productivity and a few exhibits, as well as several novels.  In 2013, I went to Kyoto, Japan, another life-changing experience that again inspired me to produce much art.  My fascination has only increased over the years.  Together with Tokyo fashion, cosplay, manga, geisha, and samurai, I found a rich visual language for magical realism and pop surrealism.


The popularity of such things among the American youth provides a ‘geek culture’ ‘spirit of the age’ that mutually inspires artists and art lovers.  Taking advantage of this zeitgeist—the subtle and more profound concepts of eastern thought—I tried to convey through glorious and ridiculous Japanese anime characters something of the notion of mono no aware (sensitivity to the beauty of impermanence).    [See my Anime-esque painting series]

In 2019 I began teaching a Japanese anime and manga drawing class.  This is where my geek nature came in handy again since I was most definitely an otaku and could relate to my much younger students who were obsessed with anime.  As things turned out, the students would be the ones to teach the teacher.  My artwork is the product of all their enthusiasm for art.

 
About the goth and geisha art
 
I am deeply connected to my Gothique series, as it serves as a profound reflection of the human experience. Through my geishas and goth girls, I pay homage to the intricate emotions intertwined with depression. The beauty and darkness in my art encapsulate the duality of existence, where something positive can emerge from the depths of despair.
 
In honoring these symbols of darkness, I express gratitude for having overcome adversity and transformed it into something meaningful. Similar to how beautiful music often carries a tinge of sadness, my art serves as a cathartic “backfire” against the larger infernos of life. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, where moments of sorrow and pain are intricately woven into the fabric of existence.
 
Whether adorned in white shironuri makeup or donning goth black, the heroines in my paintings convey the message of a bittersweet symphony of joy and sorrow. They serve as a visual embodiment of the idea that amidst the struggles, there were moments of levity, albeit tinged with the sting of anguish. My art invites viewers to confront their own emotions and find solace in the shared complexity of the human condition.
 
Through my goth art series, I invite others to embrace the paradox of life, where light and darkness coalesce to form a rich tapestry of existence. 
 
I live in Sunrise, Florida (The other land of the rising sun) with my wife, Ching Yi (Jean), and my Maltese mix, Cosplay.

Email me if youd like to discuss your superpowers, or anything else, especially Asia.

 

— Carlos