It All Started Here

Today, I am renewing my public identity as a creative culture warrior. I am doing so by unveiling my new art website, mauerkunst.com, with the able help of my lifetime friend, Will Amato.

Will, an artist himself, a book publisher, and a talented website design professional helped me immeasurably in perfecting the site’s design and execution. 

Will and I grew up together in West Los Angeles, in the shadows of UCLA, where Will’s dad, the late Sam Amato, was a distinguished professor of art.

Indeed Sam was an associate and contemporary of great creative legends such as Richard Diebenkorn, Bill Brice, and Charles Garabedian. They were pioneers of the robust West Los Angeles and Santa Monica art scenes of the 1960s and 1970s.

Accordingly, I grew up watching great art unfold on the walls and in conversations all around me throughout my childhood during frequent visits to the Amato home.

During my teen years, Will and his father were huge influences on my evolving artistic passions, and their abiding mark remains with me today. I am as impressed now as I have ever been by the various Sam Amato original works that anchor my personal collection of original paintings. And Will’s lifelong influence on my visual, musical, and performance art preferences remain unsurpassed to this day.

I hope you will enjoy what you find on the newly-unveiled art website that Will and I have prepared for you, and that we share with you here. And I hope that you will continue to make art a central part of your own personal journey. Because, there can be no real love, no true kindness, and no lasting peace in the world without meaningful and unfettered creative expression.

Farewell My Dear and Beloved Friend, Lupe (1924-2023)

During the most quiet hours of the night, on Sunday, January 15, 2023, my Dear Friend, Dr. Guadalupe Rivera Marín said goodbye to this world. She was 98 years old.  She had a life that could only be described as remarkable. Lupe grew up in the shadow of the Mexican Revolution, the first child of her father, the world-renowned painter Diego Rivera, and her illustrious mother Guadalupe Marín.  As a child, she played games in the family garden in Mexico with the likes of Leon Trotsky. As a teen, she met Nelson Rockefeller and developed a genuine crush on the handsome young magnate. As a young woman, she lived with her stepmother, Frida Kahlo. Lupe would go on to achieve her own claims to distinction … Read more

The Art of the Dreaming Horse

Every now and then, with the help of my wife and muse, Claudia Lenschen, I self-publish occasional catalogs featuring my paintings and drawings, along with written reflections that complement the visual imagery.

Our most recent collaboration from 2020, The Art of The Dreaming Horse, explores my identity as a visual artist, dating back to my earliest creative impulses, which were inspired in turn by my late paternal grandmother, Josefina Ramos.

Please peruse the handy digital flip version of the contents (offered here below) to glean new insights into my evolving creative impulses and purposes.

The contents focus on my adopted indigenous identity–The Dreaming Horse, and a complementary set of values and priorities that go with it, stemming from the teachings of the original peoples of the American Southwest and Mexico.

Click cover to open, turn pages at outside bottom corners