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Meet Federico Galavis of Galavis in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Federico Galavis.

Federico, born in Caracas, Venezuela, is the son of architect Juan Francisco Galavis and physicist Martha Gonzalez de Galavis, Ph.D. Exposed to the beauty of architecture through his father’s work, and encouraged by his mother’s passion for fine art, Federico found inspiration to secretly and freely express his creativity from an early age.

Federico’s travels throughout the world opened his eyes to new cultures and ignited his interest in pursuing the arts professionally. While living in New York, he pursued his creative passions studying theater and fine arts. After finishing his studies in NYC, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as an actor but remained determined to continue expanding his craft as an artist.

In between acting gigs, Galavis submerged himself in the world of fine art; choosing painting and collage to express his strong views regarding societal trespasses. Galavis’ first full series, entitled “Mujeres de Mi Vida through Events that Shaped My Life”, was inspired by the history of women and how civilization keeps failing to raise and follow the female power. Federico admits that: “this collection roots from the deepest part of my soul, since my mother is one of them”, as it brings together a fascinating set of honest, deep emotions, and a controversial set of subjects that the artist has personally battled.

In time, Galavis’ venture into painting manifested itself into a serious, full-time career where he began to create pieces with fierce, individualistic intent. Galavis calls his movement “Nationalist Figurative Abstract Expressionism”. He uses colors and symbolism to represent countries and cultures as a voice to awaken the mind and the spirit of humanity through his expressive emotional pieces, highlighting the complexity of the mind and the empowerment of women.

His predominant colors are “Amarillo, Azul y Rojo” the colors of the flag of his troubled but beloved, suppressed country Venezuela. He is keen to continue spreading this movement throughout the world by collaborating with fellow artists and inspiring others to voice their views on injustices, socio-political issues, and rights for the downtrodden.

His great-grandfather Salomon Horovitz “El Hombre del Maiz” is an engine and big source of inspiration in his movement because of the social-political legacy he left behind.

“To me, art is about expressing my deepest feelings, thoughts and perceptions, and sharing them with the world. By exploring my interior landscapes, I free myself from emotions, fear and pain, and become more self-aware as I hope others do as well when they see my art. Paint has become my weapon and my ally in my fight for freedom; for art not only frees the individual, it frees civilizations. In this crucial time in which we live — where our modern celerity results in an acute distance with each other and bludgeons our spirits — art breaks the frantic pace giving us moments of questioning, reflection, expansion and messages that can affect change, provoke hope” -GALAVIS

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I had at times, part-time jobs to sustain myself. The mechanics of hard work with a clear vision of a goal never fails.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Galavis – what should we know?
I believe modern contemporary art has been very empty, superficial for some time. I believe expressionism challenges the mind, the body, the soul. It helps us reflect and look deep within.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Gratefulness, determination, ability to accept change, work ethic.

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