"Noel’s figurative art is an expression of human consciousness as fragile but inspired characters, render masterpieces which almost leap off their medium to become active participants in the spaces they occupy."
- Alex Rodriguez and Christine Morales
Collectors and Friends of 13 Years - Miami, FL
Noel Suarez's fine art book details his successful career as an artist from his very beginnings of becoming a professional painter. It includes touching testimonials from many of Noel's collectors and fans, insights on his unique style and artistic technique, and images of some of his greatest works over the years.
INTRODUCTION by Alexander Cruze
Noel has been a staple in the Miami art scene for nearly two decades. His career in the arts began as ballet dancer in Cuba and then in the US with the Ballet Concerto, Dance Miami, Boston Ballet and New England Dinosaur Dance until his retirement from dancing in 1986. At that time Noel decided to pursue his long time dream of painting professionally in which he has flourished and gained recognition throughout the world.
Noel’s work has always been inspired by the masters. He notes that although many of the works that have influenced him were immersed in religious symbolism the focus of his work is not religious in nature. Some of Noel’s favorite artists like Da Vinci, Bernini and Michael Angelo were commissioned by the church to produce many of their most famous masterpieces and thus their art was filled with religious icons. During his trip to Rome Noel was able to absorb details and gestures from many of these great works first hand. Although he did not intend for his pieces to have religious meaning they still evoke religious undertones. And as Noel freely admits he enjoyed exploring his religious side and letting out some of the influence of his Catholic upbringing.
Another noticeable feature of Noel’s work is his use of fabrics and their relation to his subjects. Noel states that these reoccurring objects are drawn from his experience in the theatre when he was a professional ballet dancer. He believes that the fabrics through their positioning, color and use tell the story of what is taking place with the subject and contribute to the painting’s overall feeling. The combination of European influences, his theatrical background and his own fantasies help shape the scenes in his pieces.
Additionally, Noel’s work is heavily influenced by cubist art. One of his subject’s most noticeable traits is that whether male or female they all share similar facial features. Noel says this occurs in his works for several reasons. First, he has always had an affinity toward strong women and believes women are stronger than men in many ways. This idea has lead him to portray women with strong intense facial features similar to those of his male subjects. Additionally, Noel’s cubist style further emphasizes the lack of physical distinction between his male and female counterparts and permits him to be less concerned with his subject’s sexuality and more interested in their humanity. Although he freely admits that in his earlier work his subjects have had very rigid forms and lines; and that he has progressively smoothed out the human form as his work has matured. He feels that a softer and less cubist form has made larger audiences more receptive to his work yet he tries to retain much of his same intensity in his new pieces...
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