Monday, June 29, 2009

Felix d'Eon

was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to a Mexican mother and a French father. He moved to America by the age of 5, and spent his childhood and teenage years moving around Southern Californian and Mexico. His mother, a fashion designer, was very accepting of his homosexuality and encouraging of his artistic inclinations, so at 18 he moved to San Francisco where he has lived ever since, with long breaks spent in Tennessee, New Orleans, Hawaii, and Hollywood. He attended the Academy of Art University, a school that emphasizes classical technique, and he graduated 4 years ago with honours. He put himself through school and worked for some years afterwards as an artist’s model, but has recently found some measure of success as an artist, and has decided to devote himself full time to his craft.
Felix's work is collected the world over, by individuals who marvel at his technical abilities, appreciate his mastery of the male form, enjoy his classical narrative scenarios, and enjoy the pleasures afforded by his beautiful models.

On his blog [latest post: December 15, 2008] he writes: "I am a gay, Mexican artist living in San Francisco and totally devoted to the art of the male nude. I have a twin whom I love very much and who is my co-conspirator in evil (the very talented musician Marcelito d'Eon), and have a positive addiction to travelling, which I do as often and for as long as possible, preferably to exotic places where the people wear awesome clothes or else don't wear clothes at all (costumes being my other great artistic love, although rarely post my travel drawings)."

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Be sure to visit his website at felixdeon.com and/or flickr photostream.
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Raphael Perez 1965 -

Raphael Perez, was born in 1965 and was raised in Jerusalem. He currently resides and works in Tel-Aviv. He is a graduate of the Jerusalem school of Visual Arts where he studied from 1988 through 1992 and where many of his acrylic, oil, laminated wood pieces and drawings can be found. The entire concept of a relationship and sentiments between two people is brought to light. In each painting there is an evident contrast between shade and light. The colour red is central to his paintings and consistently symbolizes masculinity, passion and dominance.
Perez`s creations deal with the subject of homosexuality. He puts a strong emphasis on single-sex families, pride parades, soldiers, male birth giving, portraits, male nudity, as well as male, female and heterosexual couples. His paintings put to test the boundaries between eroticism and art, while characterizing gay relationships and love as they are expressed in everyday life.
Two primary styles dominate the Raphael Perez paintings:
- Realistic Paintings.
The early period of the artist's work is characterized by a clear division of his paintings by topics such as woman, man, man and woman, two women, and two men. The techniques that were applied
are characterized as sharp and meticulous, with smooth colour placement, expressiveness and materialism,
which symbolize the restraint experienced by the artist during this period in his life. It was during this
period that the artist had been involved in relationships with women.
- Naive paintings.
His creations deal with the subject of homosexuality. He puts a strong emphasis on the topics of single-sex families and parenthood, pride parades, male birth giving, portraits, male nudity, as well as male, female and heterosexual couples. His works put to test the boundaries between eroticism and art, while characterizing homosexual relationships and love as they are expressed in everyday life and everyday situations in the kitchen, bathroom, balcony, saloon.

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Exhibitions
2004 "A time for art" - love art exhibition
2004 Offir gallery - Group Exhibition-GLBT Artists of Israel
2004 Photogen - Naive paintings
2004 Offir gallery - artists of the gallery
2004 Dungeon - erotic art exhibit
2004 Shiraz - caffee gallery
2003 Tel Aviv Museum-Group Exhibition
2003 Gallery Offir-Group Exhibition-GLBT Artists of Israel
2002 Haifa GLBT community center
2002 GLBT community Center in the Galilee
2001 Jerusalem Open House
2000 Cafe Gallery THEO - Tel Aviv
1998 Flamingo Restaurant Gallery - Tel Aviv
1997 Camera Obscura (Curator Department) - Tel Aviv

Raphael is generous when it comes to copyrights and therefore a lot of his work was distributed throughout the internet. Search any art-site and you'll probably find something. His official homepage is at gaypaintings.com and you can find some additional information here and here.

These images come from the Catamite Gay Collections which, as we all know, are no longer available.

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