Under The Canvas

Mini documentaries of artists from around the world

Painting stained glass art with Sylvia Laks

Sylvia Laks, a Costa Rican artist,  is internationally recognized for her restoration work in Stained Glass painting. In her interview she describes the intricate work that she does along with…

Sylvia Laks, a Costa Rican artist,  is internationally recognized for her restoration work in Stained Glass painting. In her interview she describes the intricate work that she does along with balancing other interests of hers such as oil painting. 

Located in a small town (Heredia) about 30min outside of San Jose in Costa Rica is Sylvia Laks gallery and workshop. Known for her great technique in stained glass painting we fell in love with her personal work as well as her oil paintings. It was such an experience seeing how much technical work and preparation is required for this type of work and we very much enjoyed learning a bit about the process of such a complex art craft. Sylvia, full of humor and wit, opened up to us about the difficulties of being a stained glass artist, and how oil painting allows her to express her creativity. 

 


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Moises Kampos speaks on being a tattoo artist in Costa Rica

Moises Kampos is an amazing tattoo artist from San Jose, Costa Rica. Here in his interview he describes the responsibilities of his profession along with the changing culture in Costa…

Moises Kampos is an amazing tattoo artist from San Jose, Costa Rica. Here in his interview he describes the responsibilities of his profession along with the changing culture in Costa Rica.

While traveling to Costa Rica we were researching for artists to interview. Though there seemed to be an influx of tattoo artists, Moises Kampos work stood out amongst a sea of artists. I think what really drew us in was the mixture of his tattoo work and personal paintings showcased on his social media account, showing us a greater range to his creativity and technique. While we also required a translator for his interview his kindness and good nature was shown beyond words and we immediately gravitated towards him. Moises has been in the industry for awhile and has seen the transition and growth of the tattoo community within Costa Rica change over time, learn more about him and get insight to the life of a Costa Rican artist! 

 


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Promotional video for Artify Jaco

Artify Jaco is an organization that is beautifying their town through art installations and murals while supporting international and local artists. While researching artists in Costa Rica, we came across…

Artify Jaco is an organization that is beautifying their town through art installations and murals while supporting international and local artists.

While researching artists in Costa Rica, we came across Artify Jaco and really fell in love with what they were doing for their city Jaco. Interviewing Wendy, we learned that Jaco is a somewhat sleepy town usually either being bypassed by tourists or not holding much to its name other than surfing and yoga. A casino lives in the middle of the main street giving this city’s reputation a place for party goers. Wendy and Stuart, started this organization with the intention of making Jaco more accessible and colorful by hiring muralists locally and internationally to bring more art to their home. This is a great organization that helps their community value art and hopefully inspire others to beautify and contribute to their hometowns and public spaces. For more information please visit their website and find out how you can help continue their amazing work!

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History through Tututepec’s Mural

The Tututepec Mural lies in the cultural center in the heart of Tututepec, a historic town in Oaxaca, Mexico. Painter Elezar Sanchez Aguilar took it upon himself to document its…

The Tututepec Mural lies in the cultural center in the heart of Tututepec, a historic town in Oaxaca, Mexico. Painter Elezar Sanchez Aguilar took it upon himself to document its history through art. The 3-story mural took 5 years to complete and finished in 2018.

During our time in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca we befriended Kiko who took an interest in our project and recommended we check out an artist finishing up a mural in his hometown Tututepec. We met Elezar Sanchez who has spent the last 5 years painting a mural that represented 3 different cultures that had lived in this historic town. It’s the biggest piece of work he’s done along with the responsibility of portraying history through art. He shows us the importance of his work as well as the challenging aspects of creating such an important and massive piece.

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Bertha Liduvina how art has helped her transform though various stages in life

Bertha Liduvina lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. An artist and creator throughout her life but newly discovered how her work has helped her through various periods of change and growth…

Bertha Liduvina lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. An artist and creator throughout her life but newly discovered how her work has helped her through various periods of change and growth in her life. Now in her 60’s, she has found new inspiration and meaning to her work.

We arrived in Puerto Escondido and had just settled into our Airbnb ready to begin working on our next episode. Our host Betty knocked on our door unexpectedly and invited us to join her on her Palapa for some mezcal. Since we were always in the mood to drink mezcal and interact with new people we were pleasantly surprised to find she herself is a creator in poetry and music. While Betty never quite pursued art as a career, it has always been a part of her life, and now in her early 60’s she has processed its various stages and meanings and growth. We shared so many wonderful conversations with her about life and art that by the end of our time in Puerto Escondido we couldn’t find a reason not to invite her to be a part of our series. We hope Betty’s episode will inspire those to continue to create no matter what stage of life you’re in, and to help those understand the true importance of creating art. Enjoy episode 13.

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Carlos Bautistab, tattoo and print artist while living in San Jose del Pacifico, Oaxaca

Carlos Bautistab, print maker and tattoo artist makes beautiful work inspired by the nature that surrounds his home. While living remotely can be limiting such as acquiring supplies, electricity and…

Carlos Bautistab, print maker and tattoo artist makes beautiful work inspired by the nature that surrounds his home. While living remotely can be limiting such as acquiring supplies, electricity and resources, Bautistab still found a way to teach himself the necessary tools of becoming a tattoo artist. 

While making our way to Oaxaca we were researching which artists we wanted to feature. Carlos’s work came up through an instagram search and we immediately gravitated towards his work. Located in San Jose del Pacifico (about a 3-4 hour windy bus ride away into the mountains) we arrived at a small remote town hidden in the clouds, though small and tucked away we were surprised at how many backpackers knew of its existence. Tattoo work and etching are Carlos’s two loves which balance his fast paced mind, though being located in the woods has its drawbacks to its resources, it doesn’t stop this man from accomplishing his goals. Watch episode 12 and enjoy learning about how Carlos pursued his passion despite its seemingly limitations.

 


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Inside the world of sculpture artist Yoni Gomez

Yoni Gomez is a creative and gifted sculpture artist whose complex work are many representations of his thoughts, emotions and stages in life.  When we went to interview Paulina Jaimes…

Yoni Gomez is a creative and gifted sculpture artist whose complex work are many representations of his thoughts, emotions and stages in life. 

When we went to interview Paulina Jaimes we were floored by the work her boyfriend (Yoni Gomez) did as well. They  had turned their apartment into two separate work studios to provide for both of their creative careers. We were overly booked with artists for CDMX but couldn’t turn away from Yoni’s work and so decided to squeeze one more in. It was really interesting getting to know how Yoni utilizes his knowledge of various artistic techniques to accomplish work that pleases him, despite the ideas of what others might consider his work to be. 

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Artists Kikyz1313 and Rodrigo Cifuentes give us an honest look into being full time artists

 Kikyz1313 and Rodrigo Cifuentes have both been internationally recognized and gain much popularity in their art. Here they give us a honest and insider look to the realities of both…

 Kikyz1313 and Rodrigo Cifuentes have both been internationally recognized and gain much popularity in their art. Here they give us a honest and insider look to the realities of both being full time artists. 

Located North of CDMX Kikyz1313 and Rodrigo Cifuentes reside in Querétaro with their two adorable cats (the black and white one was more interested in us) and both pursue their careers in art. Rodrigo is an oil painter while Kikyz uses various materials such as graphite, pastels and watercolor. Both are incredibly talented in their own that we decided to try something new with their episode and focus on each person individually while also interviewing them together as a couple. They both gave us great insight into the true nature of being full time artists, watch video below! Enjoy!

 

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Painter Paulina Jaimes: exploring mediums and being a portrait artist

Paulina Jaimes is a fantastic painter working with various mediums. While painting comes easily to her, she still finds new ways to enhance her skills as an artist and to…

Paulina Jaimes is a fantastic painter working with various mediums. While painting comes easily to her, she still finds new ways to enhance her skills as an artist and to always evolve and learn. Paulina lives in the heart of Mexico City and is more widely known for her oil and watercolor paintings. 

In the center of Mexico City is Paulina Jaimes Pintora’s art studio/home surrounded by a collection of her artwork. Texture and light are what she loves to highlight in her work, being the daughter of two painters she grew up learning how to work the materials naturally. She opened up to us about how she experiments with various techniques (some of which are considered very ancient), so naturally we wanted to know more. We figured for the artists community it was important to encourage others to always continually explore and be a student in something new. Paulina opened up about how exploration helped her specifically better achieve her vision and the various benefits of having multiple mediums to work with.


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Photographer Floria Gonzalez: the inside look behind her photo shoots

Floria Gonzalez is a photographer and videographer based in Mexico City. Her photographs require a lot of time, preparation, and experience. Here we were able to go behind the scenes…

Floria Gonzalez is a photographer and videographer based in Mexico City. Her photographs require a lot of time, preparation, and experience. Here we were able to go behind the scenes with her and witness the amount of work that goes into putting together a photo shoot. 

When looking at Floria Gonzalez’s work we not only fell in love with the creativity within her work but also the mystery of everything behind it, we were told she didn’t use photoshop very much which made us question how she managed to accomplish certain aspects, we couldn’t wait to interview her! 

During our time with Floria we not only had the amazing opportunity to watch and film one of her photoshoots, giving us huge insight to how one image becomes a full production. Watch her episode to learn more! 


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