Randy M. Alcala E. a Venezuelan graphic designer is well known for his ability to draw. He began developing his skills in painting while growing up in a nice town called “Garden City”. His father introduced him to art and since then a pencil and a sketchbook has been part of his life.
He graduated in 1991 as a graphic designer in one of the most internationally renowned institutes at that time: IDD Instituto Neumann. During that period, he learned the techniques and adopt the dedication and passion for drawing from a special mentor Marcela Navea, an artist/ lecturer.
After many years of working hard, he decided to go back to school, moved to Malaysia where he is actually studying arts of animation at the prestigious Limkokwing University. He has been inspired by the people and their culture. His drawings have a new awakening and the need to be alive.
A few months after his arrival in Kuala Lumpur, he was invited to a bazar where he had the chance to show some of his newest work: sketches of masked ordinary people.
A representation of a small society that leaves under a suffocating environment. A place constantly bombared by modernity and technology. These people breathe from a pure source, one that keeps them alive and simple. A source given to them since the day they were born and must be carefully cultivated for that will built and define their spirit.
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The man and his rareness is the central topic of the drawings and paintings of Sebastian Guzman, who refers that he starts a sketch with nothing in mind. Something like an eye, a finger, can be the beginning. From that point the composition grows and completes itself. It doesn't go from the whole to a part; on the contrary, it goes from the part to the whole. In that way, and unintentionally, it addresses the elusive appearance of things, evading what is already known.
The work of this artist born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1991 reflects a contemplative and focused attitude. There is strength in his stroke, but not violence. His characters are placed in timelessness, without age, identity nor geography. They outline an internal posture, suspended in what never takes place, in that eternal field of icons.
Emblematic figures. Contemporary archetypes. The one who prays or waits with faith, the one who screams, the one who meditates, the one who returns the gaze, the puppet man, the one who freezes an ugly expression, the bare skull as that first worldly box that contains the soul’s codes, are some of his reiterative concepts.
The graphic resolution of this work can’t go unnoticed, the synthesis of shapes, beyond the external conventional features. A technical and linguistic ease uncovers these characters that dialogue in silence with the spectator.
After completing his primary and secondary studies in his country, Guzman obtains the title of Bachelor of Arts in Limkokwing University in 2013. Nonetheless, his obsession for drawing faces goes back to his childhood. An irreplaceable and daily practice has resulted in precision and effectiveness. His expressionist repertoire can be anything but foreign to us. These papers and altarpieces reveal more of men, than the masks daily exposed in the cover of magazines.
This work of art is a sample of the series with the same entitle. On the rustic wood, Sebastian Guzman, has used the mastery of the rough brushes to shape and give form to human prayer. Faith is an invitation to the coexistence and tolerance. One and all beliefs at the same time.
Erick Alcala roams the world grabbing images, sounds, scents and feelings to guard in the great magic box that is his head, surprising everyone when he pulls them out from under his sleeve, reinvented and enhanced for the enjoyment of all.
Being a restless and creative child, his father sought to direct Erick’s energy into drawing. At age 9, he was already designing and selling his own school newspaper and at age 15, he was generating materials for advertising agencies.
After studying Graphic Design; Advertising and Marketing in Venezuela; and Creative Multimedia in Malaysia, Erick has accumulated over two decades of experience as a graphic artist, web site developer, director and video producer, creative director, sport clothes designer, producer and host of a TV music channel.
Among many others, he won First place for the “Short Film Festival” at the Instituto Universitario de Tecnologia Venezuela. He had worked developing campaigns for magazines and newspapers, films, franchises, fashion brands, Government, political parties, NGO’s, wines, fast food chains, and many more. He also enjoyed working as a lecturer at the National Institute of Educational Cooperation in Caracas.
His latest passion is projection mapping, a creative medium that uses motion graphics to add optical illusions, extra dimensions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects.
The fact that there is no name, no apparent content, does not mean that there is no message. The platform, the medium chosen by the artist has its own intrinsic effects which are its unique message. As Marshall McLuhan would say, the medium is the message because it is the “medium that shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action.”
|A glimpse of Erick Alcala's Project Mapping. |
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Twenty-five year old Industrial Engineer devoted to the study of Sound and Music. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in the Andean city of San Cristobal, Carlos Enrique has participated in many musical projects, which goes from modern and contemporary sounds to academic choirs and orchestra, making several performances around the country.
Born from a fascination with the Post-Rock movement, the idea is to incorporate a fusion of afro-Caribbean rhythms, Venezuelan rhythms, and experimentation with a variety of instruments, atmospheres, synthesized sounds within the genre.
Carlos Enrique moved to Malaysia in the beginning of 2013. He started studying Sound and Music design at Limkokwing University. So far he has worked on a series of recordings, which he is aiming to release by the end of this year.
As his influences, he would name the Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro and the Venezuelan experimental band Kre, also works of the british composer Jonny Greenwood, and Ambient Post Rock tendencies.
He believes that Venezuelan music holds a unique richness in rhythms and harmonies, and this can be represented in new forms of music, allowing listeners to know and enjoy these elements in a different format than the folklore music allows.
The theme received its name after the traditional configuration of the Venezuelan rhythms, found in the piece. An abstraction through sound, creating ambient, utilizing elements such as an electric guitar and digital programming, creating familiar spaces within the Venezuelan music field.
|Carlos Enrique Rey Romero performing at a Venezuelan Embassy in Malaysia event |
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Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
He started studying Theatre in Karl Hoffman’s Training Center for Arts and Acting, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela. After few Plays and small participations on TV, the acting dream pushed him to discover other paths of arts, to finally achieve “creative peace” in the National Film School of Caracas. There he realised that it was better being behind the camera than in front.
Right in the middle of his education, between performing in plays and shooting documentaries, he had to decide wither to finish his Film career in Venezuela (which was only 1 more year) or to start from cero here in Malaysia. Today he can proudly say it was a right decision.
Currently studying Film and TV in Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, since he arrived in 2011, he has dedicated himself to portrait every possible corner of this country with his lens; faces, landscapes, buildings. He personally called this country “the thesis of Asia”… with almost all cultural expressions of Asia in one place, this country is, for a photographer, a paradise of images.
He wants to dedicate this exhibition to his parents:
“To them; the ones who forgot about their artistic sides, to encourage and impulse mine”.
This exhibition encloses faces from the most popular sides of the Peninsula, such as Malacca and Cameron Highland. From the innocence and refine beauty of children to the technology around fruits, Malaysia has perfect images for a photographer.