feathers
‘Feathers’ © 2017 Carlos Aleman

Inspired by the ever-growing interest in cosplay, this young woman shows her love for anime by identifying with the character of a frozen queen. The elaborate headdress and jewelry represent countless of hours preparation leading to a type of performance art. The painting is a mixture of pop and realism, emerging from a two dimensional representation with a feather boa soliciting our response or touch.

Kintsugi Samurai


‘Kintsugi Samurai’ © 2017 Carlos Aleman

I’m finishing up my pieces for the summer Anime-Japan show.  This one has quite a bit of gold and glitter in the face (photo doesn’t quite capture it) and so I thought I’d describe it with the word, kintsugi.  If you’ve ever seen broken Japanese pottery repaired with lacquer and gold dust, you might find ‘kintsugi’ can also be a metaphor for people who have experienced brokenness and recovery.  I plan to carry the sentiment over to some paintings I’m starting to work on in my head.  I’ll keep you posted.