Archive for June 20, 2015

Artist of the moment………..Roberto Juarez



Roberto Juarez is an American painter renown for his abstract paintings which sometimes include botanical and floral imagery. Robert Juarez was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1952.

Juarez attended the San Francisco Art Institute earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to the M.F.A. program at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The artist enjoys having a solo exhibition of his work every two years.

Juarez reminds of the great Andy Warhol for his ability to take images we see daily in our culture, and mix them with items that he has drawn or painted himself.

In this clip we watch the artist at work on a very large piece:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $24,000. The artist works in acrylics and mixed media.

The artist reminds me of painter Robert Kushner for his usage of botanical and floral imagery in mural sized works.


Artist of the moment………Gerrit Rietveld


Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. Rietveld is associated with the De Stijl movement. The movement emphasized straight lines and primary colors.

Gerrit Rietveld was born in Utrect, the Netherlands in the year 1888. As a teenager he was attended night school and also was an apprentice for maker of jewelry. During this period he learned how to model, draw, and to paint. He opened his own furniture production company in 1917.

Below a brief documentary on Gerrit Rietveld:

Some of his most famous designs were the famous Red and Blue Chair, the Zig Zag Chair, and the Schroder House. The Schröder House being the best and only example of De Stijl architecture.

The house was built in Utrecht for a client who lived in the house and passed away in the mid 80s. The house is now a museum and can be visited by the public and below we do just that!:


In this clip we explore his famous Red and Blue Chair:



Gerrit Rietveld passed away in 1964. He was 76 years of age.

Price range information: Drawings and posters can be found starting at $3,000 up to original woodcut pieces which can bring $50,000 at auction.

As a person who looks for artistic design in everything I think his chairs are incredible functional works of art. Its great to see a movement such as the De Stijl, that can be represented by a piece of furniture or even more fascinating, a house.