I assemble disordered portrait scenarios that energize and comfort the viewer. My subjects don’t believe in gravity: they are lifted by strings that are often extensions of their own structure. Every part of their built faces seems to be knitted by a centrifugal force that enters the scene as a chaotic Prometheus. My distinctive visual style is characterized by circular motioned brushwork that bursts polychromatic energy. My portraits are stirred up by swirls that pull, twine, divide and modify anatomy in different directions, resulting in a sight of hypnotic relaxation. Muscles get knitted from underneath and over the skin to show fully constructed areas; eyes, nose and mouth. Most of my works explore euphoric gestures as we experience in my title ‘Nebula, The Sugar Powdered Princess’ (2014). In a similar spirit, paintings like ‘Jillian's Vortex’ (2014) and ‘Lucky’ (2015), show an out of the headlines appreciation for the spotlight they have decided to live with. What is both challenging and refreshing are the ways in which I have prepared this cocktail of Psychology of Color, Abstraction and Representation to approach to the intellective and aesthetic characteristic of the beings, while preserving shapes that can be found in their internal system. More than ever, I enjoy giving every stroke a very different direction with precision, to register them separately so that the viewer can unveil the clear canvas where the action emerges from.
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Raquel now lives and works in New York. She has been exhibited in Museo Municipal, Guayaquil, Ecuador. Commissioned Murals include works for Welling Court Mural Project, Centre-Fuge Mural, The Bushwick Collective, JMZ Walls, Morgan Walls, The 407 Bushwick, What’s Your Sign?, Be Electric, The Charleston and TAG Project.