ARIEL MESSECA
TITLE: SCARLET ROBE
SIZE: 5″ x 5″  
MEDIUM: Acrylic on Canvas
PRICE: $250
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Ariel Messeca re-defines classic portraiture by bringing it back into the context of the millennial world. His work examining the face takes the “selfie” to high art. His subjects range from pop culture, people within his community, and even straight from his imagination.

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Ariel says, “In an effort to utilize an artists ‘waste,’ I have found a way to rapidly release my artistic expression without any judgement. Dried Acrylic paint chipped from my palette in bold colors are collaged on recycled papers to create my whimsical miniature 3-D ladies.

“In similar bold colors, my portraits on canvas are mapped out in swirling shapes and hard edged geometry to create lights/darks and an undercurrent of energy.”

Inspiration to rediscover the face derives from artists such as Chuck Close and some of his favorite contemporaries, Elizabeth Peyton and Hernan Bas. After graduating from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania with a double major in Studio Art and Theater, Messeca settled in Maryland.

Though he predominantly showcases in the D.C. area where his work has been in several publications and galleries, his work can be seen all over the world.