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Meet Phillip Martine Suarez-Hamilton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phillip Martine Suarez-Hamilton.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My Mother is from Switzerland, my father from Mexico. I was raised with my two younger sisters moving around the globe in a military family. Air Force Brats is what my mom use to say we were called. Everyone asked me “what branch does your dad serve in?” I would always proudly respond “My MOM is in the Air Force!”. My mother’s job was a huge part of my sisters and my life. We moved from Oklahoma To Japan, to Alaska, to California, then Florida, Georgia and then Florida again!

I finally left my family and current home in Melbourne Florida to move to Los Angeles California on my own in 2017. It was scary moving to LA alone at 21. The reason I decided to leave so quickly was because as I transitioned from Female to Male; in the south, I came across much resistance and discrimination. I quickly realized my chances to thrive were better in an environment that supported my lifestyle as a Transgender male. I noticed the struggle in the south for equal treatment in the LGBT community was prevalent and when I saw an opportunity to escape the cycle I took it.

No matter how hard it is to live in LA the freedom to be who I truly am is worth every drop of sweat. My art is my survival. When I am happy I paint, when I am sad I sketch when I am angry I sing. It is an impulse of my soul. I often paint my dreams, all my paintings whether they are abstract or realistic have symbolic meaning in the imagery.

Many times these symbols are deeply personal, though I do add political and archetypal stories and symbols within my art as well.

Please tell us about your art.
I am an Abstract, Surreal artist. I am a Jack of all trades. My soul creates these wild ideas, concepts, dreams and my hands translate them into images and beautiful objects. I specify in paintings with acrylic and watercolor. Though I love to sculpt and illustrate. I believe every art form is its own journey entirely for the senses whether one is creating or consuming, the media has its own connection to the soul.

I believe it is important for the artist to fully experience all forms of art. My art has very specific symbolic stories within each piece. My pieces are honest and vulnerable confessions from my soul. When people look at my pieces I want them to connect to the part of them that is vulnerable I want the child them to yearn for then own explanation to these symbols.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Funds, the requirement for a college degree in the arts, and oversaturation in the media of “pop” art that is mass produced and unskilled. Independent artists with little money struggle to find any kind of spotlight or jobs in general without a BA in art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am involved in the community when I can be. My chalk art won 1st place in Orlando in 2016, and I am public on Instagram. I also post frequently on my website. When I was in High school I won an award for Artistic Achievement. I have also sold several paintings so my art is hopefully filling peoples homes with love and beauty today.

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1 Comment

  1. Pam Yost

    March 27, 2018 at 00:31

    Phillip, I loved your Art when I saw it in your moms house a few years ago so expressive, you are very talented, keep going and never let it leave you! It will be your best friend always. So happy to hear you are thriving and doing well in CA!
    God Bless! Pam Yost!

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