Luis A. Pagan is an abstract painter, born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and raised in the South Bronx. During childhood, his interest in art began in the 1980s graffiti movement and drawing Marvel superheroes. Luis didn’t think of becoming an artist until he met his college roommate who was studying art education at Pace University in 1991. Inspired by art, creativity, and the will to learn something new, Luis enrolled at FIT in 1995 to study fine arts. He graduated Cum Laude in 1997 with an AAS degree. He continued his art education at Purchase College studying art history and painting in 2003. He was placed on the Dean’s list twice and earned his BFA in 2005. Since graduation, Luis’s work has been on display at over 100 venues throughout NYC, Westchester County, Florida, and Puerto Rico. To date, he’s sold approximately 50 pieces of art.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Luis planned to teach workshops on how to create pour paintings. Now he plans to hold virtual workshops through Google Meet.
I use house paint and pour it through a kitchen strainer in order to create my paintings. This process allows me to control the flow of the paint on a leveled support, canvas, wood, or paper. I predetermine the palette based on a theme or color system like a sports team, religion, culture, nature, music, and outer space. As the paint is poured through the strainer, I hover and move it above the flat surface creating lines, islands of color, and gradations as the colors combine on the surface. Depending on the size of the support, how well it is leveled, and the temperature of the room, the painting could take hours or days to dry. In the process of drying, the paint moves slowly across the plain until it coagulates, presenting me with the final product at the end.