WEBWIRE – Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Valparaiso–the Jewel of the Pacific is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Chile. The city of Valparaiso was a port of call for commercial freighters until the Panama Canal opened in 1914. Valparaiso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique urban design and distinctive architecture.
Paulo Zavala, an artist, and architect, roamed the quirky pathways and steep slopes of this intriguing port town. However, Chile went through a turbulent time when the military launched and succeeded in a coup détat against Salvador Allende. The event ushered in a dark era in which civil rights, were not respected. Paulo is one of the brave people who opposed the dictatorship, but his bravery was why he had to leave the city he had called home for thirty-six years.
Paulo takes us on a journey through the lens of his camera in the book Farewell to Valparaiso. This photobook elicits extreme emotions and showcases a wealth of colored photographs. The pictures featured in the book allow the readers to roam Valparaisos historic streets. Paulo will let the readers experience the heart-racing melancholy he felt when he took the photos.
These photographs reflect the emotional intensity of the moment, the pain of viewing a familiar place, only inhabited by the souls of the people gone. The photographic images that you see in this book are the graphic rendering of my soul at the time of leaving such a loved place. Paulo writes.
Walk with Paulo as he bids farewell to a piece of his heart.
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Farewell to Valparaiso
Author: Paulo Zavala
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Published Date: March 2022
Book Genre: Arts & Photography
About the Author:
Paulo Zavala is an architect and artist. He wants to share with his readers a few moments of his life.
Artist, Producer and Songwriter, Shapiro Releases His New EP “CLOUDS.”
Listen to the EP CLOUDS here.
After a momentous year of writing and featuring on Roc Nation’s artist, Oyabun, album No Hard Feelings and the hit single You Need Me for Black Coffee’s Grammy-nominated album Subconsciously. Songwriter and artist, Shapiro, returns to the music scene releasing his new EP CLOUDS.
The emerging R&B artist soothing vocals and rhythmic lyrics curates the perfect vibe as he sings over melodic beats.
“CLOUDS is a depiction of temporary moments,” says Shapiro. “Some have clouded my judgment and others have brought me clarity.”
Each song’s reminiscence flow stands out to listeners as they relate to the lyrics and woes of love. Shapiro shares those emotions through the album and following songs. You Deserve, which explores love without limits. Distance a song explaining the feeling of growing apart from someone that’s right beside you. Rather than physically being in two different places, you’re emotionally in two different places. While, Every time is about getting too close to someone to the point it creates insecurities.
With the highly anticipated project, Shapiro hopes to invoke amiable emotions of love, joy and disappointment.
Shapiro is a master of sound letting his music speak without distraction. Masking his face allows listeners to lose themselves in each musical note. As a multidisciplinary artist from Mississuga, ON, a neighboring city to Toronto, ON, Shapiro’s smooth sultry sound echoes a distinct Toronto style of music.
From ambient R&B to energetic dancehall, Shapiro music reflects his many victories and hardships.Through witty metaphors and detailed storytelling, albums such as, LUDUS allows listeners to decode life complexities, vibe out or romance a love interest. As an ambitious Song writer, Producer & Artist Shapiro continues to fearlessly push boundaries in any discipline he chooses.
Shapiro worked alongside some of the most sought after artists and producers. After signing to EMPIRE in 2017, Shapiro released the following singles: Blue Chanel, Urgent, South Central and Face Pace. With the success of LUDUS, Shapiro expands his artistic effort through his most recent project LUDUS Deluxe and acoustic single Never Change.
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Internationally renowned pop artist and painter, Rob Prior, announced today an historic, multi-million dollar art sale at Art Basel Miami. The sale included the purchase of a watercolor portrait of famed fashion designer Virgil Abloh by real estate executive Daniel Pettit for $1 million. Prior painted the piece live in Miami, and Pettit immediately offered to purchase it.
“As an art collector, it’s one thing to make a transactional purchase and own a piece of art,” Pettit said. “But watching Rob paint, and then getting to take that piece home and relive that experience, it takes his art to an entirely different level.”
Among other artworks were a pair of portraits featuring multi-world championship winning boxer Canelo Álvarez, which sold together for $500,000. The proceeds of one Canelo piece, “To the Left: Canelo Portrait No. 1,” will be donated entirely to charity. Additional sales included a heart-touching portrait of global art icon Frida Kahlo, which was inspired by the recent sale of her “Diego Y yo” self portrait at Sotheby’s for $34.9 million. Prior also completed and sold a pair of Bruce Lee portraits, and one of his “Stan Lee Legacy Collection” parody comic book covers featuring and signed by comic titan Stan Lee, which will go to the home of an anonymous Hillsboro, FL, pharmaceutical executive.
Steven Wang is an executive for Las Vegas-based fantasy sports company Superdraft. He is a long-time admirer of Bruce Lee, and he became enthralled watching Prior work while attending Art Basel Miami. Following its completion, Wang purchased the portraits.
“Bruce Lee has always been my hero,” said Wang. “When I saw Rob’s paintings of the great Bruce Lee, I connected instantly. Rob is a talented artist who was able to reflect the greatness of Bruce Lee and his character, such lively pieces, I felt Bruce was moving in these paintings.”
After the sale, Prior expressed his gratitude to the collectors, stating “I always tell fans ‘I do art.’ But, I have to say, it’s kind of humbling that collectors express the interest and faith in my pieces to place a value like this on them.”
Most of the works sold were completed at various large-scale venues throughout Miami, such as Context Hall. Prior’s Miami appearance proved once again his ability to mesmerize immense crowds of art connoisseurs from all over the world.
One audience member, present for the live painting of Virgil Abloh noted, “I watched as onlookers cried, overcome by the power of the live creation of this true art.”
In addition to his sales at Art Basel Miami, Prior is expanding his work with NFTs. Prior’s first NFT offering, “Reign of Money: What the F#$%,” a 1:1 NFT sold for $182,050. The artist will build on his previous NFT achievements with a new crypto-based project.
For this new venture, Prior will work with QNFT, a blockchain marketplace development group, to bring a selection of NFTs featuring works like Prior’s Frida Kahlo portrait to NFT collectors. QNFT is operated by BQT Technologies. BQT Technologies CEO, Edward W. Mandel, called the partnership with Prior “a no-brainer.”
“Watching Rob paint is like watching a symphony conductor at Carnegie Hall and we are humbled to be part of Rob’s team. We are saving all the ‘back-stage’ content of Rob’s making his masterpieces for the NFT metadata to be recorded in history,” Mandel said.
About Rob Prior
Rob Prior’s career in fine art and content creation spans more than thirty years, with the demand for his pieces traveling far and wide. He has exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior is known for his live paintings, which draw audiences in excess of 300,000 every year, captivating their imaginations with both his pop and fine art. When he is not painting, Prior creates and directs motion pictures and television. He has been called “one of the preeminent content creators” of his generation.
About BQT / QNFT
BQT is a company providing an ecosystem of blockchain applications. QNFT is a creator of revolutionary DeFi NFT vertical driven marketplaces, allowing NFT collectors to mint, trade and swap their NFT assets.