Under The Canvas

Mini documentaries of artists from around the world

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Colombian tattoo artist Andres Flu reinvents himself

Colombian tattoo artist and shop owner of Fluink Studio. Andres Flu ambitiously opened up his own business in order to set his own standards and create a space that was…

Colombian tattoo artist and shop owner of Fluink Studio. Andres Flu ambitiously opened up his own business in order to set his own standards and create a space that was important to him and his team.

We were intrigued by his drive to not only be a tattoo artist but also to open up his own shop in Medellin after being fairly new to the industry. He gave us a great interview of the challenges that came with that decision but also how it helped create the environment that is the healthiest and most motivating for him. Enjoy Episode 17!

 


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Stained glass art; a disappearing form with Sylvia Laks

Internationally recognized for her restoration work in Stained Glass art, Costa Rican artist Sylvia Laks describes the intricate work that she does along with balancing other interests of hers such…

Internationally recognized for her restoration work in Stained Glass art, Costa Rican artist Sylvia Laks 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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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!

http://www.artifyjaco.com

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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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Interview with oil painter Abraham Jimenez describes his connection to his art and the importance of being a teacher

Oil painter Abraham Jimenez is a perfectionist who is deeply connected to each of his art pieces. In his interview he describes the importance of being an art teacher and…

Oil painter Abraham Jimenez is a perfectionist who is deeply connected to each of his art pieces. In his interview he describes the importance of being an art teacher and passing on knowledge while also giving us insight to how most artists can feel when producing and letting go of their work. 

Neither of us had heard of Abraham Jimenez, but after meeting Horacio (Episode 4),  we became good friends and he pointed us in the direction of several incredible artists in Mexico, one of them, being Abraham. In Xochomilico, just south of the city, we were greeted warmly by his family and friends. We enjoyed getting to know one another and taking the time to look at his incredible work. His most recent work had us floored in the amount of detail and work that went into each piece. His canvases are huge and look like photographs but are instead all oil paintings. Though there was a language barrier, Abraham has a warm and humorous personality and so easy to connect with. What was most special was feeling so close to someone without having to exchange many words. 

 

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Under The Canvas – documenting local artists from around the world

Welcome to Under the Canvas’s website! We’re so incredibly excited to begin this journey and hope you love it as much as we do. Here’s a little insight to our…

Welcome to Under the Canvas’s website! We’re so incredibly excited to begin this journey and hope you love it as much as we do. Here’s a little insight to our goals for this project:

Art is very much a big part of everyone’s life, but thinking about it further it is much more than just a hobby or a job, It is an extension of the words we cannot seem to say, our feelings that we can’t quite grasp, it brings us to life, it moves us, it’s an outlet for our emotions, and we do it because we love it, but also because it helps others understand how we see the world.

B and I are excited to not only explore the beauty of the work that is created, but also the process of what it takes to accomplish such amazing pieces. Our intention is to discover local artists as we backpack around the planet. While the art itself is an incredible piece of work, a lot of the process of how to get to that finished level is also a story worth showcasing.

Here’s a little insight to the the complexities of the mind and how our creators overcome their most challenging self in order to produce such artwork.

From this website you’ll be able to stay up to date with all of our current videos posted from our YouTube Channel and some of our favorite photographs and summary of the process, as well as information on how to contact the artists we feature along with any upcoming projects/events they may have! we hope you enjoy this journey with us! Stay Tuned!

Brent & Jules

Artwork by Horacio Quiroz

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San Francisco artist Citizen Ten describes juggling multiple creative talents in a fast paced world

We’re excited to bring one of our dearest friends into this second episode! Justin has been a huge supporter of this series and is our music supervisor for all the…

We’re excited to bring one of our dearest friends into this second episode! Justin has been a huge supporter of this series and is our music supervisor for all the great music you’ll hear in each episode! Having an infectious personality that is equally colorful to the many talents he has, our primary focus for his episode was to center it around the multiple projects he is consistently doing and how that shapes his life as an artist. While exploring various avenues of creativity he struggles most with keeping on top of multiple projects, but in the long run has found it to fit perfectly to his energetic personality. We hope Justin’s episode will help others realize there is an ebb and flow to the time that you put into your work, and with multiple projects it’s okay for them not to all be accomplished at once. Contact information and current projects of Citizen Ten are found below, thanks for watching!

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Recent Projects

Justin Alexander Tuan Smith: Writer/Director

  • “UCIT Vietnam – The Adventures of Optimistusey” (Director, Camera, Music Supervision) Featured on Juxtapoz Magazine
  • Screenplays – TBA


Citizen Ten: DJ Producer

Album    Smart Bomb     Sound Cloud

The Zap Tap


The Zap Tap: Rapper/Co-Host of Smart Bomb Oakland

Facebook Page     The Zap Tap     Digital Track

Smart Bomb - Oakland, CA


Lil’ Zen Ten: Visual Artist/Illustrator/Graphic Designer


The Remorse Code: Live Music Project (TBA)

 

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Brent Benaway paints his first Mural in San Francisco

Brent Benaway is a San Francisco artist who typically struggles with finishing projects and having the confidence to pursue his artwork publicly. Now with the opportunity to travel and interview…

Brent Benaway is a San Francisco artist who typically struggles with finishing projects and having the confidence to pursue his artwork publicly. Now with the opportunity to travel and interview artists from around the world, he gives us insight to his experience painting his first mural and how most artists can get lost inside their heads.

 It’s only fitting that you get to know the man behind the project and really why this vision was so important for him to share with everyone else. As a self taught artist he experienced a lot of trial and error, lots of ups and downs, doubt, questionable experiments, and never-ending thoughts and visions about his work.

It’s always nerve racking being in front of the camera rather than behind it, we figured if we were going to roam the world asking artists to open up about themselves, we should do the same. For his theme we focused on his struggles with finishing his work, as well as painting his first mural here in San Francisco. The process presented itself to be more complex and challenging than he imagined yet helped him gain the confidence that he needed as an artist.

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Brent’s Mural can be found at ‘Sweet Passion Bakery’ located in outer Sunset district in San Francisco, CA.

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