Sometimes an event in life can be transformative. This is not to say that in fact, we are the product of each and every one of a series of almost infinite events that have happened in our lives, rather it affirms that one can, sometimes, trace a particular development to a single event in our lives. This is the case with my paintings. It started when I, as a 5-year-old child, witnessed during one of my family vacations into the Andean mountains, the simple and humble existence of the Indians that lived in the close by hills. Even then I had the insight of realizing that they were on a collision course with the advancing “civilization” that was inexorably nibbling at the edges of their world. A few years later I began painting what in my mind became the “Waiting Series”. In fact, it was a way to look at certain aspects of our world, through a consistent viewing philosophy. From it derived my expressionistic style in painting, and in turn, it influenced my writing style. I could say that all my painting series are derived from this germinal waiting series concept.
If the Guambino Indians from Silvia affected me with that brief encounter, no less important in my art is the influence that science has had. It is not in the memorizing of facts, but rather in the liberating effect that scientific judgment and creativity have chiseled upon my thinking habits. Thus, I find that one does not need to look at the world through conventional glasses, nor accepted truisms. Yet, one is always humbled by the fact that although we seem to appreciate change, nothing is really new under the sun.