As we were eating our way through the fabulous streets of Buenos Aries on my recent trip to Argentina, (as one of the many things the Argentinians are known for is their cuisine) I couldn’t help but stare at one of the most beautiful murals I have ever seen located on the walls of the well know restaurant, Il Latina. I enjoyed the most amazing meal, but I must admit I was quite distracted by this painting. I finally asked the server, “Where on earth did this painting come from? Who painted this? I must know everything!”
This is where I would like to introduce to you our new favorite artist: Lucila Dominguez. I ran home that night after dinner and quickly hit social media in search of more images of this very talented artist. The images that filled my phone screen began to quickly blow me away. I was in love.
Her work is beyond inspiring and heavily influenced by the botany world. I have always been attracted to botanical imagery and the mix of bold colors. Her work has a vintage vibe and Latino feel, which is also why I am so attracted to her work.
Please take a look and escape into this woman’s world! She is truly inspiring and her work, even more so…
When I first started drawing, drawing was my passport to nature. Studying nature and its forms, I was discovering my own world. I graduated from a fine arts high school and college (IUNA) here in Buenos Aires. I also worked in set design for film, that’s where my murals and paintings first appeared.
I didn’t know back then that I was going to end up painting huge walls, climb ladders and scaffolding … but when it happened, I fell in love immediately. Having to use your whole body to paint is an indescribable feeling. At times I feel like a dancer, other times, a tightrope walker… Working at such a huge scale allows me to create climates and spaces that feel real, places one could inhabit. I am interested in the fine line between reality and unreality, fiction, surrealism. I use realism as a door to enter other dimensions and enjoy playing with these blurred boundaries.
Nature was always my main source of inspiration. For quite some time, I have been specializing in botany, increasingly putting the focus on plants. Their shapes and colors convey so much life, I see in them very powerful beings, with thousands of healing and transformative properties, and also as the possessors of a truly captivating beauty … I see my art on the same path, seeking to transform and beautify the world.