From meager beginnings in a small impoverished town practically in the tropical jungles of The Dominican Republic laid dormant an artist that is about to unleash soon a violent storm of unique contemporary sculptures and abstract paintings with his mammoth hurricane sized talent the likes of which has never been seen in Miami before. He is simply known as GUARIONEX. He will soon be dazzling the art critics in Miami and soon thereafter around the globe, if I dare peer into the future (no crystal ball needed) when one sees talent so rare and a gift so diverse, which accompanied by his clear vision and his precise direction and his flair for natural cohesiveness. GUARIONEX is one of those rare artists that have a vast artistic range, easily recognizable regardless of the artistic expression of his choice. An artist that is truly committed to his vision and unique style. Without a doubt, I predict GUARIONEX will be the next visionary and artistic pioneer of the world of contemporary art, and particularly with his fascinating sculptures. His head pieces have been hailed by art aficionados and connoisseurs as, “fresh, new and exciting blend between Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso sculpture’s.” Miami Art Galleries will soon be clamoring to host an exposition one that he is preparing called “Simply, GUARIONEX.”
Guarionex, one would describe him as a mild mannered, very handsome young man with Romanesque style facial features, an athletic physique and a beautifully tanned Caribbean sun-soaked skin. Although, his looks are captivating what quite frankly stands out the most in Guarionex is his old-world true gentleman demeanor, like a character you’d read in a “Dickens Novel.” He is a man of very few words, quiet and unassuming, but make no mistake, he is a brilliant man the type of man that considers the everyday spoken word also a form of artistic expression. Therefore, every brush stroke of his tongue sounds like a canvas being painted softly, thoughtfully, colorfully with patient soft brush strokes and yet he is engaging, kind and pleasant all wrapped into one candid and well-spoken man. He can best be described exactly like the title of his next art exposition “Simply, GUARIONEX.”
One of my first questions was where did he get the name Guarionex from? And so, he laughed for a moment then said, “my father.” He expanded his answer to explain that his father god rest his soul passed away a few years now, he passed his own name down to him when Guarionex was born out of 21 children most boys. I was amazed to say the least "such a large family!"I blurted out. He smiled and said, “yes we are a large brood however I only have one full brother, the rest are half siblings.” I asked him why did he name you Guarionex when you weren’t his first-born son? He answered as humbly as he could “he chose me to carry his name not out of vanity” He almost embodied his father as we tend to do when we quote someone once dear to us dramatically. He said my dad said: (in Spanish), “Vi algoentusojos que me dijo GUERRERO.” I didn’t need a translator to know what that meant: His father had said “I saw something in your eyes that told me you were a WARRIOR.”After that powerful answer and after hearing tales of his incredible life story, I didn’t need to ask if he really was a WARRIOR, I knew it to be true as light is to Day.
He then went on to tell me about his blessings of being raised by a kind, nurturing mother as well as artistically gifted and a well-loved school teacher of many years,(I thought; what an accomplished and educated lady she was, she was no doubt special in every way.)I asked Guarionex to describe her further so to get more of a feeling for the woman responsible for creating what seemed to be her best masterpiece... HIM. He swallowed hard and began to share with me who his mom was. He described her as a gentle old soul with lots of depth and a selfless woman who adopted all strays’ children and pets. She sounded like one of those people that you wish you knew but never had the privilege to encounter. He then said, “she was a generous person, well-mannered and lovely, always thinking of others at every moment and at every turn.”Nowadays, a person like her is so hard that I thought to spot another would be tantamount to seeing the passing of Halley's comet, you might see another like her if you’re lucky once every 75 or 76 years. At that moment, I knew who he took after his mom when it came to his artistic talent and his kind personality, selflessness and gentle character. Sadly, he mentioned of her passing last year and at that moment I could see the cracks in the WARRIOR'S armoras he was holding back the tears and clearing his voice. For the first time from the beginning of this interview a new side to him. His vulnerabilities and his humanity, as he tried to choke back his emotions.
My next question was“Guarionex, where do you derive your inspiration or better yet where does your inspiration come from when you sculpt?” (Which incidentally by looking at just a fraction of his collection at his home I could easily tell sculpting is just one of his artistic passions.) He answered, “My inspiration comes from every step I take in life, a stranger's smile, a beautiful sunrise or colorful sunset, or even by a delicious aroma or smell in the air. Also, Inspiration finds its way in me through a fun occasion party, a night out dancing or siting at an outdoor cafe. It can also be found in the impulse of an emotion such as sadness or anger. I feel especially inspired when my mind is pleasantly thinking of a moment well had, or day-dreaming of a torrid love affair. A great artist sculpts and paints with his heart, I certainly do. I usually create my best work when my passions run high, and my heart is arduously provoked, or when I am surrounded by and/or immersed by BEAUTY.”
I then asked him,“who inspired you to pursue your artistic talent and who took the time to harness your artistic curiosity?” He responded without hesitation: “My mother!” He then explained, “She loved and truly enjoyed all forms of artistic expression, whether it was painting, sculpting, writing, singing or acting she regarded all of it as necessary to nourish her soul and as imperative to her as breathing.” I could tell that Guarionex was somewhat lost in thought as he answered that last question as if he was cherishing if even for a minute the sweet memory of his mother. He went on to recite her philosophy of what art meant to her. He proceeded by saying,“she really believed in the power of art, she used to say, it’s the most effective tool we humans have to express or communicate something beautiful or horrific, make a statement, take a stand for or against any issue, like religion or politics.” He said further,“she thought that art was the best vehicle to expose our-selves vividly, nakedly with absolute candor, showing all of one’s vulnerabilities.To completely shed one’s skin from things like pride, haughtiness and conceit, to remove all the layers of worldly pretenses and bring down the walls of indifference, to live if only for one brief minute or a while in our rawest form, our truest state of being, without fear.”Guarionex added: “she would take all that is good and all that is bad, the pent-up anger, disappointments, insecurities, sadness and frustrations and pour it all on to her canvas.”He then punctuated that statement firmly by saying: “But the best art work she ever did were the one’s she completed with her heart bursting with love and joy. I could always tell her best work when it was reflective of a love of a man, a parent, or a child or a friend. I can honestly say, that's when she produced her best work.” Then he went on to quote his mother’s favorite and quite unique expression which quite frankly almost made me weep, "only through art and by it's means and different forms can we lend a voice to those who can’t speak, legs to those who can’t walk and even majestic white feathered wings to those who wish to fly.” I sat speechless; we both did for a minute.
Lastly, I asked Guarionex where do you see yourself in 5 years? He responded:"A great artist lives in the moment and the inspiration that moment may bring. A great artist wants to create the future of art never thinking about tomorrow and the what if's but pioneering a new technic or idea not yet seen, it's about the element of surprise and shock, if your art is not fresh, surprising or shocking then you've moved artistically right to the middle of the pack.” So, where do I see myself in 5 years? He said: “Creating work that is 20 years in to the future of art, other than in those artistic terms time constraints and of my future, I’ve never really pondered the future materialistically nor existentially. Personally, I tend to live for the day. Tomorrow has never interested me, just only ‘THE HERE AND NOW.” He then added (his pseudo artistic-mission-statement), “as an artist to keep one’s artistic vision and integrity intact, and to express it with the same intense brutish-grit as you live it, feeling it all and taking it all in, the bestial and the celestial side by side, is WHAT AN ARTIST LIVES FOR.” If I can convey, authentically and with absolute clarity the moment I experience something sweet and delicious of the day, or every bitter hellish minute of it then I know I have produced an immortal piece of art that will live on even after I am gone, which is what every artist wants to leave their life’s work and legacy to be enjoyed by future generations.”He then said, “Living in the moment, TRULY AWAKENS ALL OF MY SENSES, feeling aroused for the possibilities the day offers, and in the unfore told surprises of the PRESENT is what INSPIRES ME.” He went on to say with intense fiery eyes, “life is to be lived ferociously, voraciously with complete reckless abandon whether by canvas and brush, sculpting, welding, expressing yourself in a dance, a song or in the art of making mad passionate love.” “That is what gives me LIFE. Feeling each minute as it comes then being fortunate enough to communicate all that emotion, all of one's desires, also, one's heartbreak especially one’s loss of a loved one, all of it I express it with bravery artistically... See! Now that’s what I see myself doing now, in 5 year’s, 55 years and for the rest of my days UNTIL I TAKE MY VERY LAST BREATH.”