“What we create is a visual expression of our purpose,” says Peso. “No matter what my story is, it’s mine, and I choose to share bits of who I am in pieces of my art.” Regardless of the message his pieces send, he want you to think about it. Even if it’s just that split second or how ever long you ponder at his pieces, his message has already entered your mind. Peso’s place in life is to is to inspire those who just need someone to believe in them, especially when no one else will. Peso plans to change this world for the better.
“I want my life to mean something. I’m committed to a life of self improvement, not destruction. If my expressions can be motivations, then I am content.” – Peso
When Jacobe Pace is not working in the Houston oil and gas industry, he is busy working on his custom artwork and illustrations. With ambitions of “growing and branding” his name, Jacobe has been working on perfecting his craft from a young age.
When FYI asked Jacobe his advice for the future generations he stated “never give into the negative that comes into your life.” With his positive energy Jacobe continues creating and building his future.
1st Ladies Bar is an all-female mobile bar service that specializes in upscale events and signature drinks. What better way to combine specializations than throwing a fall ball and charity event to introduce their fall line of Signature Drinks?
The Inaugural Belles and Beaus Gala will take place at the Houstonian Hotel, on November 12th. On this glistening Saturday evening, attendees will get to experience the Harlem Renaissance in Houston: the Roaring 1920’s in 2016.
The theme allows for women to pull out their formal gowns, Tina Turner feathers, and Josephine Baker costumes. Men can keep warm in trench coats, as they carry brief cases, cigarettes, and cigars as accessories. The House of Chargois is one of the sponsors for this lovely event, offering many styles of elegance for men and women alike. People can even rent an outfit!
A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the YWCA Houston, dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. This charity was special to 1st Ladies Bar as they are owned by two black women who attended a predominantly white university. Their mission is for women to empower one another, and to collaborate rather than compete.
There will be live music, giveaways, fashion, and glamour as Houston’s Elite and Social Groups meet up for a formal dinner and dance in an elegant ballroom. This will be a fantastic night for networking and cutting a rug.
Tickets are $75 for individuals and $125 for couples. A small dinner plate comes with all ticket sales and there will be cash bars to taste each of the fall line of signature drinks created by 1st Ladies Bar. This event is the first of many to come and will also act as a precursor to a major move which 1st Ladies Bar will be announcing this upcoming year.
“I’m going to work enough that you will be forced to see my art.” -Brandon Howell
Brandon Howell is an extremely talented artist who is quickly making a strong name for himself on the Houston art scene. Originally from Georgia, the artist visited Houston for the first time and loved the city so much that he decided to make it his home. He has been working as an art teacher in Houston for the past 2 years. He made it his mission to work hard at his craft and make a living doing what he loves, creating art. Brandon paints lots of portraits and people’s pets and he mainly works with spray paints and acrylics. He has created a nice buzz for himself by painting portraits of Houston entertainers like the late great Pimp C, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall to name a few.
The 27 year old artist comes from a single parent home, and hopes to use his skills to make a name for himself and make his mother proud. FYI Houston asked Brandon about his 5 year goals and he responded, “I just want to continue to paint and continue to grow as an artist, and as a human being.”
Howell has this advice for young artists and anyone who needs motivation to pursue their dreams: “I would say to young artists…don’t let people tell you what you can and can’t do. I never went to college, I never went to art school, but I make a living painting because i never stopped. Ive been teaching art classes at a studio for 2 years now with 0 art school myself. All this life takes is effort and work. And remember to paint what makes you happy. It may take years, but people will respect and love you for doing great pieces that YOU wanted to paint.”
At the pace Howell is operating, it is no wonder how he has become such a sensation in the art community here. His paintings are very detailed and make a bold statement to its admirers. You should definitely adorn the walls of your home or office with a piece of Brandon Howell’s original artwork.
Abs0rptions artwork by Lo Rein is based in Houston, Texas and features unique digital art, painting, drawing, photography, and poetry. The designer features art that is abstract and up for interpretation. Lo started her art journey as a young child, but began to take things seriously when one of her art instructors helped her to recognize her potential. She thrives on emotional expression, and her art is evidence.
Lo is a gifted artist who has had the ability to meet likeminded souls, artistic beings whom have helped her to express herself with or without words.
Lo has experienced many struggles in her life, mainly of the emotional nature. She has dealt with mental health issues for much of her life, but is proud to have overcome her roadblocks.
Now the young artist is focused on her artistry and plans to perfect her skills and gain new ones with hopes to venture into film and become one of the biggest film makers from Houston. She also has plans to open her own gallery and beauty studio.
Pablo Picasso once said that some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun. His namesake Pablo Recinos definitely belongs to the latter group.
Personality is everything in art. His personality was born in sunny Chiquimila, Guatemala and then brought to Houston, TX in 2005 where he was raised since 12 years old. At the young age of 22 he’s living the life he has always dreamed of; he’s got his own brand ART&VISUALS which gives him a chance to express himself.
He’s always been an artist; his career has been his life. He didn’t choose the artist life, the artist life chose him. He’s eagerly involved in filmmaking, photography, and art so no wonder his encouragers were Walt Disney, Salvador Dali and of course his famous namesake Pablo Picasso.
He says: “It’s still a lifestyle more than a job, but it still is my job, don’t get me wrong. I feel like with art I can touch many people’s minds, hearts, and souls to help them smile or feel something they’ve never felt before. I know I can’t change the world, but I can help to do it and that’s where my art comes in”.
Like many famous artists, he’s had his bed of nails too. He’s never seen his father as he’d died before he was two. He was kicked out of his parents’ house just after a high school to live in the car for some time. But his belief in himself has always been ironclad: “Every day is a roadblock. From non-believers to not having money, to friends assuming you’re trying to do them wrong, to haters, etc! Many things and people have tried to bring me down, but God lifts me up”.
Francoise Sagan was sure that “Art must take reality by surprise”. And that’s what all his creative works are about. No matter what he’s up to now: whether he’s an artist, a photographer or a videographer. Whether he’s painting, shooting, directing and editing videos or social events. Anything that involves art will have his one-of-a-kind impact that’s uniquely his own.
His style is sketchy and full of subliminal messages which he mainly paints subconsciously. He isn’t scared to be imperfect as that’s the way we are. He confesses that “There’s always a deeper meaning to everything and that’s also what I try to paint in my art for my audience to understand.”
His mission is inspiring others, opening new horizons they could only wonder about. “Creating a platform and opening new paths to others to find themselves in is something I’ve done that I love”. He’s creating deep inside from his heart, mind, and soul, no wonder his fans are so attached to him. He’s putting himself in other’s shoes to plunge into emotions and it gratefully gives him the strongest outcome ever.
He dreams of his art being appreciated and understood. He’s phenomenally modest: he feels like a messenger and is sure that it’s his art that’s going to stay, not him. He aims at helping his friends and hopes to “just grind till I don’t have to anymore”.
His advice to the next generation behind him is focusing on their craft and in themselves to achieve the ultimate being. They’d better support their true friends and play their part. He’s sure they have to believe in themselves the most they can because this game gets real and many will try to bring them down. So they have to preserve and never look back.
As for Pablo Recinos himself, his life goal can’t be better expressed than by words of Gustave Courbet: “I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota”. And that’s what a life of a real artist is all about.
34-year-old Parma, Italy-born and raised Abiola Wabara has had the pleasure of traveling around the world most of her life. Now settled in Houston, TX Abiola hopes to take her career to the next level through her artwork.
Her visual artwork includes creative painting mainly on oil medium. Her art ranges from conceptual, music, portraits, sports, and prints. Her art is full of beautiful and creative images that are intriguing. When she talks about her style she tells us, “My art is what I see beautiful in my heritage and a celebration of the beauty of the African woman. My style is eclectic & colorful. The eyes of my subject are usually the focal point of the piece. With each piece, I hope to convey a story to the audience, create a subject anyone can see a part of themselves in.”
My art is what I see beautiful in my heritage and a celebration of the beauty of the African woman.
Abiola had a unique childhood growing up in Italy that she admits was not the most pleasant. She used drawing and basketball as an outlet and turned out to be known as a tough and aggressive player. She talks about her experience growing up in Italy, “Growing up in Italy was not exactly an easy thing. As a child of African parents, I was always reminded that I was different, the odd one out. Italy is a beautiful country but far from culturally diverse. Being at home but not feeling home was not a good feeling. Basketball was a good escape from everyday life. ” She was happy to attend college at Baylor University where she finally felt like she was at home. “Attending Baylor and being part of a team where they were others that looked like me, and the only thing “different” about me was my accent was what allowed me to find myself and finally feel like I belonged.”
Being home but not feeling at home was not a good feeling.
Abiola was an outstanding basketball player and found her talents taking her to play professionally in Europe. There, she dominated as an aggressive player but wanted to change her image and show her softer side. She used her free time to develop her talents and attended art workshops until she found herself attending art shows and eventually selling her work. Now she has plans to become the ‘ultimate entrepreneur with her own gallery in the future. Right now she keeps herself busy with events, art&sip, cookies&paint, and clothing line Closets Gallery (art you can wear). She offers a wide variety of artwork available on her website and attends art shows throughout Houston. Now, Abiola is making her mark in Houston and gaining a lot of popularity with her beautiful artwork.
The feeling that creating brings me is the thing I love the most.”
FYI Houston caught up with Biana ‘Binky’ Lister, owner of Free Expressionz Artwork & Design to see what new things they have been up to. Not suprisingly, the company continues to experience growth. The company is currently preparing to launch their Create or Die Grant Foundation and also a mentor foundation to create opportunities for college students. Let me remind you that all of these things are happening while Binky attends graduate school in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Architecture. The grind doesn’t stop! Binky tells us more in our follow up interview. Continue reading “Free Expressionz Artwork & Design”