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Art & Life with Gabriel Encinas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriel Encinas.

Gabriel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My love of the arts, both performance and visual, began at home with my family. My grandmother and grandfather played showrooms across Southern California in the late 60s and 70s. My mother was the artistic director of a Mexican Folklorico dance troop, and my sister is a gifted singer, dancer, musician and mentor.

It’s no wonder that I followed in the family footsteps, and for more than 25 years I danced professionally around the world. It was during this time, that I developed a deep love for photography. While the countries changed, the one constant was my camera.

I used natural light as my filters, and slowly developed the “minimalist” style that has become the hallmark characteristic of my photography. Even the slightest variation of light is enough to make a simple image into a piece of ART.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I photograph everything from head shots to album art, but my true passion lies in dance/fine-art photography. I love working with angles and architecture, nature and natural light while carefully placing a dancer in the scene as the finishing touch to bring my vision to life. It’s gratifying to turn a simple location into a glorious place.

My goal is to inspire others and for the viewer to have their own interpretation of what the photo says to them. If emotions are felt, I know my job was done. I create such art to bring joy to one’s day and open your eyes to the beauty that is right before you.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
The best advice I can give is to never doubt your worth, it will hurt you in the long run. People will continue to want things for free if you do not take your work seriously. This is not just a passion, but your means to survival. Love what you do but remember you need to LIVE too.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Usually twice a year I have a showing of my work, from Orange County to LA. Dates and locations are TBA. Prints of my work can be purchased at or you can support me on Instagram and Facebook.

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Image Credit:
Dancers: Jerrell Johnson, Chloé Calloway, Ryan Marks, Tori Henderson, Stephanie Bennett, Michael Morales, Sophie Turner, Josie Pavely, Danny Williams and Faith Montoya

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