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‘Alfabetismo’ Collection puts focus on education

By Jared Whitlock. After painting a mural at an orphanage in Honduras, Santos Orellana was struck by a realization that inspired his “Alfabetismo” Collection: nothing is more important than education. The Alfabetismo Collection is a set of 27 small-format pieces made with aerosol, acrylic paint and oil-based paint marker on mat board. It includes designs based on the Roman alphabet, the letters of which make up most modern day languages. Santos explained that because most can’t read his glyph-style version of the Roman alphabet, the collection is intended to put […]

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Documenting an artist’s progression

By Jared Whitlock. I was once a frustrated business major at San Diego State University. Ignoring dire warnings about the cutthroat industry that awaited me, I transferred into that same school’s journalism program. It was the best decision I’ve made yet. I love reporting, whether digging through budgets, or on the opposite side of the spectrum, interviewing notable people to learn what makes them tick. Artist Santos Orellana falls into that latter category. As a new member of his team, I’m going to write a few articles every month about […]

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Limited edition prints…

Shipping limited edition prints has now become a pain free experience. In the past shipping glass had become a bit of a gamble since I was losing almost 1 out 10 orders due to improper handling. Over the past few months I began surveying clients regarding the outdated myth that glass is better than acrylic for a piece of fine art. The truth is that most fine art that requires glass is now being framed using high grade acrylic… Especially when it comes to large formats. The consensus became that […]

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Left my mark at Art Basel Miami

The truth is that I never expected to find a wall at Wynwood for Art Basel Miami 2015 but I was really hoping that I did. Maybe it was silly that I did not bring any painting gear because I did not want to jinx my intention but the trip was supposed to focus on doing a massive Free Beans project and to network at what is said to be the biggest stage of urban art in the entire country. By 9am of the very first morning I was already out […]

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Mojado all over Wynwood, Miami

 Art Basel 2015 was plagued by rain, wind, thunder and lighting. Just when you thought it was over more rain came to the extent that many roads were flooded out causing a nightmare not only for the visiting crowd but also for the artists painting all over town. Nonetheless, the artists did not give up and continued to do what they do best. And the crowd though in smaller numbers showed up to support. Any little break in the weather you could see the streets come to life as if […]

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Headed for Art Basel, Miami

Who knew that only after 3 years since inception the Free Beans project would have enough following to fuel me to bring it to the biggest of stages as is Art Basel, Miami. Airfare and lodging is already booked and the Beans set (100 pieces strong) is already produced. On a side note… I will be in Miami with plenty of time to spare in the case that I get lucky and find an available wall to paint. The first thing I will do upon arrival will be to pick […]

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