“Energetic and vividly colorful, my art is inspired by the simple and natural movement of the human form and the human spirit at play. My art is an ongoing conversation with life itself. I intend my art to create an experience of ones true creative ownself. My art is the part of you that is soulful, energetic, playful, colorful and your life at a fantastic level of love. My art is small bits of dreams coming true. My art is about bringing to life that which we cannot put to words.”
GENE’s art reflects both pride in his Mexican-American roots, as well as his family’s history in settling Southern California, with vibrant energy and vivid colors jumping from the canvas. GENE draws inspiration from the simple beauty of the human form, capturing the energy and rhythm of the moment, individual and whole. GENE’s images evoke not only the motion of the body, but also the intangible movements of the wind, atmosphere, energy and the music that make up the dance of life.
GENE has a lifelong fascination with the Samurai, the ancient code of the Bushido and Asian art. His training in Shodo, Zen line art and Chinese calligraphy, as well as animation, are apparent in the fluid line and ephemeral nature of his images. This is evident in his work as GENE physically allows the painting to come forth, working intuitively and spontaneously, to let what is seeking form to emerge.
GENE is also the founder of 24 Peaces, a worldwide peace initiative to film 24 prolific peacemakers as part of a traveling exhibit to inspire and ignite the call for world peace. He is amassing 24 large-scale energetic paintings of each peacemaker as part of that global undertaking and existing images can be seen at www.24peaces.org
GENE graduated from the University of Redlands in 1993 with a BA in Graphic and Fine Arts and after completing his MFA in Media Design from FSU, he returned to the University of Redlands art department to teach art and design for ten years. GENE has shown in galleries from California to New York, in solo exhibits as well as group shows. He lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two children.
GENE, an artist’ studio/gallery is located at 207 N. Broadway, Suite B11, in the basement of the historic Santora Building, the heart of Downtown Santa Ana’s Artists’ Village. It is open via personal appointment and during all ArtWalk events which take place the first Saturday of every month in Downtown Santa Ana.