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Antelope Canyon:

Located in Navajo territory near Page, Arizona, the canyon is a natural wonder of rock formations and caves that contain extraordinary colors, enhanced at times by natural rays of light.

Antelope Canyon is a deconstruction of the arms and legs of a model photographed with the help of a mirror for multiplication purposes. The image is then colorized with the typical colors of the rock and cave formations as shown above.

This photo is then manipulated imitating lava flows to achieve an illusion that resembles the famous canyon. Finally, a ray of light is artificially created such as nature does in the many caves within the canyon.


As written in Spanish, is the deconstruction of a photo of a complex highway of legs and arms, without recurring either to mirrors or deformations.

Its only manipulation is minor cropping, orientation and colorizing the skin in the same tonalities of ripening mangoes.

This photo requires immense patience on behalf of the model. The trials and errors required to mimic a mango with the human calf, where the photo is centered, are quite challenging.

Mangoes were the chosen fruit because the human skin and mangoes have a striking resemblance when photographed in two dimensions.

Palm Tree

is a deconstruction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The metal finish of this architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry, presents angles and curves that develop shiny tonalities when colored. If one crops the building in a certain fashion it easily confuses the eye with other objects. By inverting the crop the illusion becomes even more distant from the original appearance of the building. In this case there is no manipulation of forms.

An identical technique with only minimal rotation of the image produces VALLEY.

Colors of Success

The Luis Vuitton Foundation building in the park Bois du Boulogne in western Paris by architect, Frank Gerhy, is in itself a deconstruction of sails and angles of sailboats.

Many angles of this building pose endless possibilities for further deconstruction or maybe we should say reconstruction as can be seen in Colors of Success. A tight cropping of two panels reassembled to create a better image of a sailboat. Louis Vuitton knew the colors women like to wear, and his handbags are famous for their solid colors, the colors of proven success. The illusions of sails in full wind were then colorized to match his colors.

At the eastern end of the building there is a cascade designed in such way that the water falls in different segments in an unpredictable flow.

The artwork CASCADE is a large portion of this cascade colorized and then its form was manipulated to obtain an effect quite similar to an abstract painting of a cascade.

School of fish II

is a construction rather than a deconstruction since the process starts from zero.

To “paint” this photo one starts with nothing except for a palette of paints, brushes and a blank canvas. All you have is an idea.

The first design is a template that will eventually encase the work. It is created in several stages, with duplications and angling. The first image on the right is the forms the base layer, then is duplicated with some minor rotation and placed on top as seen in the next image.

The image on the second row to the right shows an enlargement to demonstrate an interior space that is an abstract version of an oceanic environment.

A fish is then painted from scratch and then using a method of duplication/distortion/coloration, a variety of fish are created; some examples are shown on the third row.

Finally, to complete the artistic illusion, the fish are placed inside the “oceanic environment” at various 3D levels.


is a deconstruction of a photo of 12 wine bottles of different types and colors.

Manipulation is at the heart for this creation: After multiple manipulations as shown above, the first image of simulated butterfly can be seen below.

Additional colorization multiplication and resizing achieve the resulting artistic expression: Bottelflies.

Red Carriage Commons Gallery

3358 Route 16, White Mountain Highway,
North Conway, New Hampshire

February 15th to April 30th 2015

Open every day from 8:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Info: 603-356-6068

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