¿Y Cómo Está Mi Gente?
Mi Gente Artists
I seek to empower and connect people through my creations. By focusing my lens on women, people of color, creatives and community leaders I seek to spread their stories, while inviting them to meet their highest self. In exhibiting my work I amplify the messages of my subjects, celebrating, showcasing and honoring their magic and power. The photograph becomes a mirror reflecting the truth that we are not so different. We all hold magic within us. Facing the raw beauty of humanity has the potential to change the way we feel about ourselves and each other. Reflecting on our common magic creates opportunities to better align and empower ourselves, our communities and our world.
Latin American/Caribbean artist John Gascot spent the first twelve years of his life in Puerto Rico, to this he attributes his love of bold color. While he creates in a variety of styles, Latin Pop paintings are his signature. He coined the style "Latin Pop" after years of development. The series combines elements of Pop, Cubism and Folk and is flavored with a Latin/Global sensibility. The figures in John's works are often large and curvaceous. Their mass speaks more about strength and presence than actual size. He strives to create art that is accessible and promotes diversity while simultaneously celebrating and challenging social and gender roles dictated by various cultures.
Ketsy, a painter, conveys her ethnic identity and culture in her art. Growing up in the Puerto Rican diaspora of the United States has greatly inspired her work. As a self-proclaimed "military brat" she was raised in the subculture of the nomadic Army family. Ketsy has received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Painting. She is currently expanding on her body of work in St. Pete, FL.
Primarily working in acrylic and raw pigment, her work has since leaped from the canvas onto wood, skin, fiber and even large scale mural projects. Her work exemplifies heavy, saturated vibrant colors, layered with metallic, translucent and opaque detailing. Abstracted forms whose movements call the viewer to look further, experience more than just a mere glance. M’ria also enjoys experimenting with new mediums and techniques that change both the texture and application of pigment, often resulting in unexpected, yet highly desirable outcomes. Her work synthesizes emotion, energy and movement through abstract visions of the female form. Movement plays a critical role within her work, harnessing physically visual elements, conjoining them to expose the visceral components of emotion, energy and existence. Using this vehicle as a means by which to exasperate emotion in a very literal and felt reality.