Diego Vallejos, Featured Artist

 

Blue and gold macaw_edited.jpg

Artist Locale:  Apache Junction, AZ, USA

Style of work: Magical Realism
Subject matter: Costa Rican rainforest flora and fauna, animals, sealife

Medium: Oil

Artist Statement

Growing up abused and impoverished in Costa Rica, I would spend as much time outside as possible, within the rainforest surrounding my tin-roof house. Inspired by natural life, free in their environment, I began to paint my surroundings as an escape into my own world of art. Moving oil around the canvas feels amazing, and my work often strikes emotions connected to a special place, one that speaks of adventure, or home. It is there that I focus on a subject, if the space so calls for one to inhabit it, and glaze each new layer adding light, life, and the inkling of a memory. The paintbrush, harnessing the pain of my youth, seeks not to erase it, but by overlay, works to create new meanings. Through my art, I want people to see not only that life is precious and should be cherished, but that there is also hope for the forgotten.

Artist Portfolio

Blue and Gold Macaw
press to zoom
Swim into the Light
press to zoom
Tandem Toucans
press to zoom
Rio Celeste
press to zoom
Papaya Race
press to zoom
Quetzal
press to zoom
Marlin
press to zoom
Hunters
press to zoom
Curiosity
press to zoom
Across the Arenal Lagoon
press to zoom
Scarlet Macaws in the Rainforest
press to zoom
1/1