Welcome to the first installation of IX.Pieces. This is where I will feature 9 pieces from different visual artists around the globe and give you some insight in to these individuals work and their approach to their craft.
The first featured artist is a dear friend of mine, Irubiel Moreno. I have been witness to his immense growth as an artist over the past 2 years and I can honestly say that he never ceases to amaze me with the pieces he creates. Spend 2 minutes around Irubiel and you can tell that he takes his craft very seriously but always has a blast creating new work.
Irubiel was born is Mexico City, Mexico and eventually made his way to the city of Los Angeles. Currently, he resides in downtown Sacramento where he is creating an impressive body of work. Before dedicating his life to being a visual artist, he trained in the art of Brazilian Ju-Jitzu and spent a lot time boxing as well. It is no surprise that he is methodical yet free flowing when it comes to his artwork. Also, at one point in his life he was reading one book a day. Talk about discipline!
I recently sat down with Irubiel to ask him a few quick questions.
Shawn: What are you focusing on now and where is your work taking you?
Irubiel: Currently, I am working on developing my own process and most importantly understanding my own process and just finding that comfort between flow and productivity. I am also working toward creating more oil paintings. I have been working with acrylics, this is a medium I have been using for the past 4 years.
Shawn: Can you describe the 9 pieces that you have showcased for us?
Irubiel: The 9 of them aren’t necessarily cohesive, they were kind of bits and pieces of different inspirations that came to mind. Particularly, what I am influenced by, what I see everyday. Currently, it is all nature studies and figurative work. It is representative of symbology but also focused on technique and really honing in on atheistic.
Shawn: What is next for you?
Irubiel: I am working on putting together my first solo show and that should be coming sometime this year. I am also planning a show in Japan so I am excited about that.
Please enjoy the IX pieces that Irubiel has allowed us to showcase below.
Photos by Roderick Cooney