From Wall Street to the Bronx, Part 2

July 13, 2013

Today, I’m working with Yomar Augusto on the ‘From Wall Street to the Bronx’ project that we started about three months ago. Yesterday, we installed the collage on my living room wall and today, we’ll be spending the day photographing it. Then we’ll release it to the output service who will print and install the wallpaper in the lobby of the main Parsons building. If you’d like to read more about the project, click here.-Pablo.

A Mural for San Francisco

July 8, 2013

On July 30th, I will be returning to San Francisco to paint a mural in the Mission District. I lived there for four months in the Spring of 2011 as part of an artist-in-residence program with California College of the Arts. One of the San Francisco series lettering paintings that I made while I was there was a tribute to the love and support that I received from so many people in that great city. It made perfect sense to turn the small painting into a large mural. I will be posting updates here and on my Facebook page as the mural progresses. Above is the first prototype and some pictures of the wall on 25th and Mission St. –Pablo.

Slanted: Cuba—The New Generation

April 30, 2013

Thrilled to see that the latest issue of Slanted, dedicated to “the new generation” of Cuban designers had arrived in the mail today. I’m honored that they included an interview of me and some samples of my work in the issue, although at 42, I’m not quite sure if I’m the new generation or the old one. Nonetheless, It’s an amazingly researched and exquisitely designed book. -Pablo.

Dejando Huella

April 27, 2013

My amazing audience at the DH16 design conference in Querétaro, Mexico. Had a truly amazing time. If you’d like to see more pictures of the conference, go here.

Leaving for Mexico

April 15, 2013

Just got a bunch of postcards printed for my trip to Querétaro, Mexico. I’m leaving tomorrow and will be there to give a lecture at the “2013 Dejando Huella” design conference.

From Wall Street to the Bronx

April 2, 2013

“If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?” was the question that fellow graphic designer Yomar Augusto and I asked fifty New Yorkers from bankers on Wall Street to first generation immigrants in the Bronx. Since New Yorkers are notoriously outspoken, we were pleased with the clarity of their message and the wide variety of answers. We recorded these answers with our phone and later used them as content for the lettering that you see on our process wall. This is the first of many projects merging real stories with calligraphy and sign painting. Thanks Yomar, for an awesome project and for contributing your great energy and beautiful calligraphy. I learned a lot from you.

Word Paintings

March 14, 2013

In the spring of 2012, I visited San Francisco as an artist-in-residence at California College of the Arts. I lived in the Mission district and photographed  the many hand-painted signs there. This photo research, led to the creation of a series of paintings inspired by these signs. Yesterday, I launched a website for these word paintings.

Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen

January 23, 2013

I recently finished designing the poster for an upcoming film called ‘Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen.” It’s a documentary about Cuban rumba music in New York City that I’m also co-producing. My good friend Arístides Falcón Paradí is directing the film. We’re in the edit room now with a final cut due date scheduled for early March. Musical performances in the film include some of the best musicians in New York including Pedrito Martínez, Cándido Camero, Román Díaz, Pupy Insua, Orlando Puntilla, Jerry González, Vicente Sánchez, José Ángel Navarro and Carlinhos Brown. More info will be posted on premiere dates, etc. as we finish the film. Ashé.


Red, Hot + Cuba

December 18th, 2012

Here’s an image of some custom lettering that I designed for the Red, Hot + Cuba concert at BAM. I worked with the talented Yuki Nakajima who did all of the live motion graphics for the event. It was a historic night at BAM that brought 24 musicians from Cuba to the Brooklyn stage. The New York Times wrote a good piece about it here. Set design: Alex Delaunay. Photo: Jay Seldin.


The Return of Lencho

November 10, 2012

Last night, at the Quad cinema, I went to see The Return of Lencho. It’s a movie filmed in Honduras and Guatemala about a young muralist whose bold visual statements of protest have him being followed by the police. The film has a lo-fi, indie quality that gives it a lot of charm. Some of the scenes are a bit stereo-typed like when Lencho, the main character, who is a hunky, hipster muralist, meets a New York curator who refers to the U.S. as ‘America,’ which leads to him scolding her about her geographic ignorance. This gets her hot and they wind up making passionate, opressor and oppressed sex. If you can forgive some of these caricatures, it’s a fun film and the best part about it is the footage of the many Honduran and Guatemalan artists painting their murals. That and his cute, theater director girlfriend. It’s playing this week only at the Quad.