What can happen to someone in forty five minutes? You can have lunch, watch some television or take a walk. For young artist Darian Mederos forty-five minutes catapulted him fifty years into the future. This Austin powers experience was like being on another planet. Darian explains to Portraymag his experience of rapidly having to adjust. When asked about how that transition was for him (keeping in mind it was four years ago) he explained how he didn’t have a computer, internet or even a smartphone. He smiles and excitingly says, “Amazing, it’s like moving in time. Its only forty-five minutes on a plane to the US. I was living on top of the trees and in forty-five minutes, I’m on top of a building. That was a shock.”
Reflecting on where you are and how you were takes some consideration and when asked about the journey, he recalls his mother saying he was different than other kids in his neighborhood. While they were out playing ball and doing things kids do, he was painting. He had a desire to go to art school and told his mother his intentions. She supported him and hired an art teacher to help him prepare. With only two weeks of formal instruction, he was accepted in 2008.
Darian took odd jobs just to get by, upon arriving
They say you know what you are doing if you can create or learn something and then deconstruct it. Some of Darian’s work does precisely that. The closer you get, the clarity of a portrait becomes the antithesis of initial intent. So, you are getting both the experience of abstract and excellent hyper-realism. “What I’m trying to do is to preserve the image, but I have a technique that uses a series of layers to change the process. When you get closer, it turns into abstraction. It is a lot of fun to take a few steps forward and a few steps back. You could start a bunny hop line with it in the gallery or wherever you view it, moving in and then moving out, or you can play it cool and zoom in and out with your camera (half as fun). Whatever mood you are in you will enjoy it.
Mederos also works with an array of mediums. He’s created works out of pennies and coins. The result is this burnished image staring back at you. watch below, and his creativity, well rounded (pun intended).
Darian has all the problems every artist dreams of having. He sells his work as soon as he puts the varnish on it. His work collects no dust on a wall at the gallery. He brings it to the gallery, and it is usually placed in its new home right away. He finds himself a bit
He is young, he is a progressive talent living a free-spirited life. Not everyone is afforded this, and Darian is well aware. He usually doesn’t have the experience to see people’s reactions to his work, as he has not had a solo show himself, which is something he would like in the future. What he did see once, (through a video) was Chuck close getting a close up of his work at an art fair in Miami and then coming back and looking again.
I believe that Darien is inspirational. His story proves that moving fast is not the same as going somewhere. Some people have lived in the States for years with all the tools to make things happen quickly, and their careers stay stagnant. This was not the case for him. He wasn’t swayed by the people that told him he wouldn’t be able to be an artist and make a living in the US.. He has created his own experiences. It’s a blessing in itself to listen to your inner voice and take action. Being only twenty-six years old, his brave actions, talent and ability to look outside the box are certainly getting him attention for his work. We are expecting to see some incredible things from him going forward.
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