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Meet Federico Galavis

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, he submerged himself in the world of fine art; choosing painting and collage to express his strong views regarding societal trespasses. His first full series, entitled “Mujeres de Mi Vida” (“Women of 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, his venture into painting manifested itself into a serious, full-time career where he began to create pieces with fierce, individualistic intent. He 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, highlighting the violation of human and animal rights 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.

Please tell us about your art.

“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

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Always put the work in. The mechanics of hard work never fail. So, keep that dream and goal alive, and you shall succeed

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The “Chefs Club” at the St Regis Aspen has two Galavis pieces. “El Tigre”, A painted sculpture that I did for the City of Malibu is roaming the streets of Aspen as part as an awareness campaign for endangered species. Always updating my Instagram since I use it mainly as my art inventory. There are a few collectors in LA, so keep your eyes open.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.galavisgalavis.com
  • Email: galavis@galavisgalavis.com
  • Instagram: @galavisgalavis
  • Facebook: @galavis
  • Twitter: @federicogalavis

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Galavis

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