“In The Hood – Portraits of African American Professionals" is a series of 12 large scale paintings done in Technique Mixte of African American professionals, male and female wearing a “Hoodie”. This is to continue the dialogue of “Perception” vs. “Reality”, race-relations, stigmas, images, stereotypes, generalizations. This project was inspired by the tragedy of the 17 y.o. African American teenager, Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed last year while wearing a hoodie in a Florida neighborhood. "Until we see each other beyond “The Hoodie and into Humanity”, we perhaps can achieve peace and erase color lines." The technique is called "Technique Mixte", a Rennaissance painting technique which starts out with a charcoal under drawing. Once a exact likeness is drawn, I spray a fixatant and let it dry for 24 hours. After which, I do an imprematura and let that dry for another 24 hours. Then I start layering lead whites on the lightest part and molding the figure. Once the whites are in place, I do the darks and let it dry for another 24 hours. I repeat the process 3 to 4 times, depending on the piece. It's an unforgiving process but rewarding results. Conde is a Filipino-American artist whose work is series of reflections from his own experience. They are photo documents, timepieces stamped on film, paper, and canvas. These moments moved him towards the direction of social consciousness and action. He believes that Art can not only be beautiful but influential. These works are celebration of Humanity. They are homage to the oppressed, to the beggars he calls "Saints", to women who still suffer inequity and most of injustices in this post-modern, post-colonial, still "Patriarchal" world, to children who are trapped in the cycle of poverty, to the marginalized, the forgotten, the neglected, the unspoken. They are his Big Heroes. They are his Gurus, Teachers, and Saints. Cesar studied at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy with John Michael Angel , who was an apprentice for Pietro Annigoni. Also, with Master Painter of Technique Mixte , Patrick Betaudier in his atelier in France. Cesar’s old master influences are Carravaggio, Rehmbrant, and Goya. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. His favorite residency was in Monastir, Tunisia. Cesar resides in Chicago and continues to paint in his atelier in Chicago's West Loop.
Cesar's ArtPrize Entries
These are Cesar's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Cesar's Past Work
These are images of past work that Cesar has done.