Painter Brian M. Viveros loves a stunning leading lady. His hyper-technical, cinematically-sharp portraits of beautiful women with strong personalities all look like they’ve just won a Rumble. Inspired by what he calls “the iconography of the femme fatale as a powerful symbol of strength and retribution”, Viveros’ works in oil, airbrush, acrylic and ink are rich in detail. With comic book backstories and the glowing knowledge that they could win any fight, the women in Vivero’s paintings may be inspired by fantasy, games or sci-fi, but their hyper-reality and defiant attitude ring true. An exhibition of his recent work can be seen at Thinkspace until November 19th.
LA WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist?
BRIAN M. VIVEROS: I would say by the time I was about four years old I wanted to draw all my toys, so I would set them up and create scenes and draw my characters in battle. I can also remember drawing the covers of TV magazines when I was 5 or 6. My mother would always pick them up and tell me to draw them, it was good practice in portrait drawing. The TV Guide always had the best pictures on the cover.
When asked what your work is about, what is your short answer?
Short answer in three words, I say power women!
What would you do if you weren’t an artist?
Probably directing, but that’s an art, so maybe a tequila and taco expert, ha! I really do not know it; I see and live only through art. I know this may sound silly but I don’t think I can really do anything other than be creative and I still feel like there is so much more to learn and become as an artist.
Did you go to art school? Why why not?
No art school for me. I went to community college for a while and took an art class, but it just wasn’t my thing. I felt like it was a waste of my time. I always felt like I had my own agenda and other things to do – to create things – and that I would carve out my own path and really try and make a name for myself in the art world. You have to believe in what you are doing, and that has always motivated me a lot since I was a child. My dad always said, “Never get bored, be creative with your time.”
Why do you live and work in LA and not elsewhere?
I actually live in Upland, about 40 minutes from LA, upstate. i like where i am I have a great home studio and spend the day being creative. My dog Mr. Logan is my whole universe. If I need to meet up in LA, it’s a one-way drive.
When was your first show?
When is/was your current/newest/next show or project?
I just had my big one mania opening at Thinkspace Projects on October 29th and it was EPIC! It was my seventh solo exhibition and, with over 25 works, my largest work to date. It was also the biggest Halloween art party and celebration with so many people dressed like my DirtyLand characters, the night was magical. For all your readers, head over to Thinkspace Projects and check out my show, it’s running until November 19th, so make sure you still have time!
Which living or deceased artist would you most like to show or work with?
I would like to work with Alejandro Jodorowsky on a very surreal and twisted film.
Do you listen to music while you work? If yes, what?
Music always has to be on and the coffee is good and I like all kinds of music. You name it, but I like a lot of old school hip hop when I work and I’m into a lot of underground indie bands. Sometimes I listen to the same album over and over again throughout the day. I just got the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I like Karen O – she reminds me of one of my paintings, especially in her new video where she wears a great helmet.
Website and social media handles please!
I G @viveros_brand
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