81. Farley Aguilar
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81. Farley Aguilar
Farley Aguilar's natural gifts as an artist make him an unusual specimen. The self-taught painter makes brilliance look easy and talent look like something you can buy at Walgreens. Aguilar claims that his inspiration comes from out of nowhere. He's in the shower, washing his hair, and suddenly, he knows what he's going to spend the next few weeks or hours painting. Though he's not a religious man, or a guy with a sinister obsession with witches and Pegasus, his paintings tell grand mythological tales with fantastical creatures, all in just one frame.
Considering that Aguilar's work is greatly affected by cinema, it's no surprise that what he produces is reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman, Terry Gilliam, and Federico Fellini. Recently, at his second solo show at Spinello Gallery, Aguilar introduced audiences to his first film. It is as spooky and as comfortingly familiar as his paintings, and includes a witch, of course, performed by his lovely muse Kizzy Gonzalez. His mythological creatures and circus folk tap into a collective unconscious, connecting us to something larger than ourselves, and help us understand what we can't quite explain.
Things that inspire me are films, other artists and Kizzy.
My last big project was my solo show, "The Fates," at the Spinello gallery.
I just got done with two solo shows a few months apart, but I want to make a short film and I am thinking about another large show that would be called: "The Others."
I don't exactly know, but I like the challenge of always figuring out an image and figuring out that little something extra that makes it special.
I am a very private person so I usually don't tell people much about myself unless I feel comfortable around them. Lots of people don't even know I make art work.
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