Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

Having enjoyed over sixty exhibitions to date, Victor Hugo Zayas is best known for his paintings, vigorous depictions of landscapes and cityscapes, as well as still life and figural subjects that mediate between realism and expressionism…

Their subdued palette evokes the tonalism of Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Manet, but their expansive, forceful brushstrokes hark back to Titian and even van Gogh. by Peter Frank of Visions Magazine

Thanks to Photos by KAG, we were able to visit the artist Victor Hugo Zayas at his home and studio in Los Angeles after spending the morning Stand Up Paddleboarding during our trip to Southern California.
stand up paddleboard in Redondo Beach

My kids were able to hang out with their cousins and were on their best behavior at Victor’s art studio.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

My brother-in-law met Victor Hugo Zayas years ago in South Central Los Angeles, and photographs him at work in his studio. It’s always a treat to see how an artist works. Victor’s studio is 6000 square feet of creativity.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

The amount of oil paint is staggering but painting is not his only medium. Far from it. Victor is a prolific sculptor.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

He also draws the figure using models.  
Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

His work is both abstract and representational.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

In short, his many styles and the beauty of his work is reminiscent of Picasso.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

But when we meet an artist, we are also interested in the person.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas
And Victor is a good person, and fun to be around. The kids loved meeting him too.
Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

Though a big time artist about to go supernova, he made a point to offer Grasshopper and Sensei help with her portfolio selection when she applies to art school. He’s on the faculty of Art Center in Pasadena.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas
PickyKidPix has been investing in the stock market, but after she looked at all his art pieces, she decided that she wants to invest in art now too. 
Visiting Artist Victor Hugo ZayasSo, after much consternation, she picked this piece herself and bought it with her own money. Victor was amused and gave her a really good price.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo ZayasHis previously youngest patron was his own art student who fell in love with one of his pieces and asked to buy it. He was surprised that an art student could purchase art. She offered to pay $100 per month until it was paid off. He accepted because he loved how much she loved his art.

Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

“With a mixture of passion and bold energy, Mexican-American artist Victor Hugo Zayas (b. 1961) presented his expressionistic paintings of figures, landscapes, and cityscapes, and linear, abstract sculptures in Mi Obra. Zayas, who lives and works in Los Angeles, unveiled his new sculpture series made from more than two tons of destroyed guns; he created the works as a symbol of peace in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Gun Buyback Program, which aims to take illegal firearms off of the streets of L.A.” from Laguna Art Museum

Does his work remind you of any other artists?

p.s. His work is on sale at Amazon if you want to take a peek:

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RISD Pre-College Program

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Visiting Artist Victor Hugo Zayas

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. What a talented artist! I love that PickyKidPix is investing in his art.
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  2. Wow, what a cool trip to take with kids. So inspiring to hear children appreciating art and artists, especially investing in art pieces like PickyKidPix.
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  3. What a wonderful experience! Sounds amazing. I love those piles of paints…
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  4. That’s a really cool studio! I like his art! 🙂
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