This week my artist conversation was with Christopher Linquata. His gallery is titled “Sacred and Profane”. This gallery is his thesis statement where he attempted to combine contemporary ideas with traditional stories. It took Linquata about four months to create the large painting in the gallery with about a month of planning. He found inspiration for the paintings that the students look at in the master’s program at CSULB. The program looks at other early renaissance artists and uses that to gain inspiration from and create their own pieces. Linquata has seen his art improve immensely since starting the program at CSULB. One of the most memorable areas of art for the artist is the Byzantine empire while still pulling inspiration from contemporary street art.
Linquata depicted mythological and religious stories throughout his paintings; however, he did not want to take a literal approach when painting his stories. He instead depicted them in an obscure manner and allowed for the viewer to decipher the painting on their own. Some of the paintings include the Death of Christo, the Garden of San Pedro, and the Epic Battle, all of these paintings are based on religious and mythological stories. The stories are usually embedded in paintings of different locations in Long Beach, this gallery showed a location in San Pedro, known to some as “the Sunken City”.
I was extremely impressed by the paintings in this gallery. The pieces were large in size and each painting showed the amount of work that the artist put into them. While the painting were large there was still an intense attention to detail within the work. I am always impressed to see paintings that look like pictures, to be able to see something that someone was able to create while making it look as if it were a snapshot of a place in time. I was also impressed by how the artist was able to create a modern interpretation on the tradition stories surrounding religious beliefs. These representations were obscure but still somehow showed the stories that I am used to seeing depicted in the church.
You can check out more of Linquata’s art on his Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/icon5350/