My explanation of vaporwave is essentially this: gazing into the past using the digital eye. When I first started painting in 2014 I asked myself what would the master artists of art history paint today. The answer was technology since this was the newest invention full of ideas and aesthetics. I then started down a path of googling images of greco-roman sculptures so that I can paint them in bright pinks and blues. This aesthetic was called "vaporwave".
An artist makes art not save society, but to save themselves. Every great artist that I have encountered, in my lifetime, I have felt the sense of power they get from art making. This power sustains them/us. Artists need art making to exist otherwise they will fall back into the dark, cold abyss of their minds. This powerful drive is both a gift and a curse. The true artist's imagination is the light that blinds them to nothing else but their own world. For all who read these words, and all future societies, please take care of artists. <3
While making art I sometimes think about how my art will be viewed in the distant future. I'm very conscious of this fact. I remember the first time I saw a mummy case and how I can feel how this artifact came to me from thousands of years ago. The Egyptians believed in the eternal and wanted their art to last forever. I realized that the the art I make today must be viewed by humans thousands of years after I am dead. With that in mind, I chose the the type of images I want to preserve. I want to be very selective about my personal canon. I want to reach the level of Egyptian greatness and adsorb their idea of lasting forever.
Tomorrow A and I will be going to a viewing of Sophia Coppola's film "Marie Antoinette" and have tea and snacks at the theater with company. I LOVE this. Did you know that my FAVORITE art movements are both the rococo AND the neoclassical? If you didn't know, well, now you know <3
Last Thursday I went to a member's 'drink and draw' hosted by Blue Star Contemporary. It was FABULOUS. I met some GREAT people and saw some friends. What I loved the most was that the drawing class was about relatively approaching the centerpiece. Drawing each object with a distinguished mark. The tearcher was great, he taught art at U.T.S.A. We weren't allowed to use our eraser for erasing mistakes, but instead to add texture or 'information' the teacher said. I thought that was neat. I realized I truly needed to be drunk to feel comfortable drawing in that style. I loved it.
On Tuesday, A took me to the San Antonio Museum of Art's exhibition "Spanish Paintings". This was REGAL. I felt the power of the canon wash over me. All those years, well more like two years, that I spent reading and studying western art definitely enriched my experience, In the show I was able to see the wonderful cascading traditions and the beautiful mastery of oil painting. I saw El Greco, Velasquez and Picasso. Oh it was SO amazing. While I was there I made some sketches of the master works that were in the collection. I could spend my whole life in S.A.M.A. What a beautiful place.
I love Andy Warhol. He is my HERO. Everything I think of when it comes to art I always remember him. I believe that in the art canon it will be Andrew Warhola who will stand out the most like a ballon floating in the sky. I feel a lot of similarities between myself and Master Warhol. I am proud to carry on the tradition of portraiture just like him. I am proud to join the long line of artists who have created art for the people. <3
I've been obsessed with portraiture! I love to include human faces into my body of work. It's beautiful and meaningful. I want to include as many people as I can into my own personal art canon. There's so many people to choose from, I wonder where to start? I think starting with myself is good place to start, but who will I paint next?... hmm i wonder...
VAPORWAVE fascinates me. I think that as an aesthetic it is definitely so new and refreshing. I love the colors that go into it such as all the soft pastels. I am a colorist and believe that art should be colorful. I think that the nostalgia of the aesthetic is an emotional element, it's the feeling a gameboy's ring as it turns on, or the sound of dial up internet. I think my generation wants 21st century art and vaporave fits that niche quiet nicely. Here's a portrait I've done of myself with this aesthetic. I had a lot of fun making this. I want to make more portraits soon. <3 I love you all and take care!
Hello Friends! Here's a link to some new works in the making:
I'll post new information in the days to come. <3
Making art is so fulfilling. I think it's true that an artist makes art to save themselves and not society. Lately I've been looking at great works of art with a refreshing new outlook of respect and appreciation. I think that my art is growing for the better and I feel myself blossoming like a beautiful flower. Nature is beautiful, You're beautiful, the world is beautiful.
What I love about pop art is that it's a shared language. You can be either rich or poor, you will still understand the language. Once you got "pop" you could never 'unget' it. You can see it every where from emojis to movies. Anyone can see the same 'like' button on facebook . Just think, the Queen can like something on facebook, Beyoncé can like something on facebook, and YOU too can like something on facebook. POP ART is about liking things anyways and I like that.
I am Sergio C. Mata and I am an artist. This blog is about art, history, pop culture, technology, my life and my art. I blog about whatever inspires and interests me. <3