We are thrilled to introduce our Tiny Arch Gallery inside our brick & mortar where we will be featuring various artist every now and then. During this uneasy time, Luis Zavala Tapia couldn't be a more perfect artist. He brings a cheerful spirit to the space with his latest work, I Always Wanted To Get Into Shape(s).
I had the pleasure of visiting Zavala's quaint yet magical studio in Long Beach. It was refreshing to be focusing on someone else's work for a change. Before this visit, I recall reading a poem he wrote that expresses what he was painting and what the lines meant to him. It was beautiful and I not only just love the work but I now feel emotionally connected. As we sat at a distance in his studio, Zavala spoke to me about the new work he created and right off the bat, you could sense a deep passion and connection with his paintings. He pushed himself by working with abstract shapes that he had yet to use in previous works. This led to sleepless nights that I know too well as a maker/artist. The emotions you go through during the creative process is something I absolutely can relate to and honestly, it was nice to know I wasn't alone. Expressing himself through these new motifs was not easy for Zavala but he welcomed the challenge. This I learned is what often keeps artists vulnerable and emotional when something new is put out to the world. As I sat there observing his five new oil works, I loved seeing the life and texture that the brushstroke gave to this 2-Dimensional art form. The captivating, bright colors and gentle, abstract shapes sent me to a delightful, familiar place and even with its bold colors, I am left with a sense of tranquility.
Q & A WITH ZAVALA
1. We talked briefly how you recently quit your day job to be a full time artist. What gave you the courage and motivation to take this step? What feelings were you going through when you finally opened this next chapter in your life?
2. I’m sure your work will be ever evolving but how would you describe your work?
3. As a jewelry maker, I tend to get lost in time and get emotional while creating something that was forming in my head. I go through tons of trial and error before feeling completely satisfied. What inspired your latest oil painting series for our gallery? How was it for you when creating this collection? Was it an emotional process?
4. What do you enjoy doing during your leisure time?
5. Do you have any artists you admire?
Luis Zavala Tapia is an artist born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with an MFA in Fine Art in 2007 and earned and BFA in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. He currently lives and works in Long Beach, CA. Zavala’s art practice focuses on ways to celebrate representation through the use of form and color with an emphasis on art history and his own experiences growing up in two countries. Inspired by ancient art, the tropics, shapes and colors from his childhood home in Guanajuato, Mexíco, Zavala creates work that repositions an emphasis on the importance of being seen as our own selves in a world where many feel unseen or misrepresented as a way to encourage ways of healing and attaining self-autonomy.
Luis Zavala Tapia's 'I Always Wanted To Get Into Shape(s)' series and other original works are showcased in our Tiny Arch Gallery inside Marida Jewelry's store: 2712 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814. Come view the complete collection in person now!
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