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The Pacification

19 Apr

 

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My son, Nino is graduating from University of California Santa Barbara this coming June. He is an art major who specializes in printmaking. This week he’s having a solo art show at UCSB’s Glass Box Gallery entitled “The Pacification” which explores his relationship with his father. Since many of you won’t be able to attend, I thought I’d share some of his work on my blog.

I’m so proud of Nino for following his passion. He started U.C.S.B. as an Economics/Accounting Major and I knew this was not the path he should have chosen. Luckily, he realized that creating art is what makes him happy and changed his major. In July he’ll be off to live in Oaxaca for sixth months where he will continue to study printmaking.

Here is the explanation behind this show and some examples of his work:

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The artist, Nino Mireles

Through Different Eyes

23 Apr

nino 14My son, Nino is an artist. I figured this out back when he was four years old and he drew a meticulous rendition of the front of our house with the most intricate details, including the coiled up hose off to one side of the garden. I distinctly remember thinking: This kid sees the world through different eyes.

Now Nino is a senior is college and I think at age twenty, he’s finally realized what I knew all along—that creating art makes him happy. For a couple of years he went down a different path, thinking that a degree in economics and accounting would offer a better chance at financial success. Luckily, this path didn’t turn out to be the right one for Nino and he changed his major to Art. Since making that decision, I don’t think I’ve seen him happier. When you follow your bliss you’re heading down the right road, no matter what.

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Nino and my proud husband Rene standing in front of the gallery.

Last night our family attended Nino’s first solo art exhibit at the UCSB Art Box Gallery and I’ve got to say, I’ve never been more proud of my boy.

The title of Nino’s show is “F*** You, Pay Me”. Sorry if the profanity offends you,  but hey, it’s Nino’s prerogative to express himself in any way he chooses. He’s the artist, after all.

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Nino drew this by hand and digitally colorized it on the computer.

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These are prints from a drawing that NIno carved by hand into some sort of material and then ran them though a print making machine.

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Nino will probably kill me for including this, but he painted this for me while he was in high school and it now hangs in my music studio. It’s a rendition of five famous composers: clockwise from left, Chopin with the Polish flag; Tchaikovsky with a deck of cards because he loved to play card games; Bach with a personalized coffee mug because he had so many children; Beethoven with an apple core and dirty underwear because he was such a slob; and a young Mozart playing the violin in front. I look at this painting every day and I truly love it.

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One of NIno’s earliest drawings at age four. Even then he was into cartooning.

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More prints.

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Pen and Ink drawing.

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NIno musing on the way things are.

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Another print, this time using color ink.

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He really has a unique style.