To reach beyond the paint and brush by effecting the reality of life with our creativity.
To paint a world.
Needless to say Omar Vizquel has accomplished just that. One only needs to watch him play the game of which he has mastered and is loved dearly for, baseball to see his artistry.
When I met Omar recently, instead of discussing his accolades for his Hall of Fame career, he was embracing a laptop. Proud to show off the roots of his ability, painting. Image after image I watched, both in a slide show version and again in single image. Though artists are often frustrated in the short falls of mastering mediums, the results are palpable in the effort and progression in their work. My questions had nothing to do with baseball or why he paints.
Artists are born to express…
1. Do you have a favorite piece?
My favorite pieces are the one of an overweight woman, it reminds me of the beautiful side that everybody has and sometimes we forget. I've always said that big women are always the most fun to be around, somehow I feel fascinated by their personalities and I like to make them feel pretty, making sure they're having a great time when I'm around them. This piece has to do with that. Almost like a Botero type. The other one is the snake woman. It's of a woman who's turning into a snake, being angry with something that her man did to her.
2. You, as I, focus on women in much of your work, is there a certain woman you often find yourself using? There's no woman really that I work with or that I paint in a regular basis. They all come by imagination or shapes out of the subconscious. We always dream to find the perfect pose or perfect curves on the body, but when I paint I don't care really, perfection is never reached anyways. They all really have to do with emotions and so that's why I like painting the figure and try to capture some kind of expression, emotion or feelings that is going through me at that time. Women just represent all my emotions and feelings in my life, stages of life that I've lived years ago. Whether it is good, bad, pretty or ugly they reflect it in colors, shapes, sizes and the style of the paint.
3. Can you go more into the symbolism of the Pope John Paul piece?
The pope piece is just a celebration of his life being that John Paul one of the best popes ever. Everybody had something nice to say about him and I'm a Christian so I painted him. It was just a moment of sadness.
So strange that I jumped from woman to that subject. I didn't explain my opinion, that artists feel subjects, they don't relate in context.
Omar Vizquel will also bring his talent back to Cleveland. Not in the way of which Indians fans long for, but still in a valuable and much needed capacity. He has agreed to join La Cosecha Galeria, a visual arts program, bringing much needed attention and revenue to the organization. By doing so, he will establish it as one of the premier galleries in the nation and encourage the young artists to express themselves in ways unthought of previously.