Hi, I’m Eighth The Painter, very nice to meet you!

Got a minute? I would like to show you where my inspirations come from in order to create the beautiful hand-painted finishes that I do, from the highest peaks in North America to the lowest and most inhospitable places, from the coldest areas to the warm and green south, from the colors of the Petrified Forest in Arizona and Death Valley in California to the gray tones in Badlands National Park, and from the colorful geysers in Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon to the never-changing Mojave Desert. Most of my Ceiling Medallion names make reference to it. It is my pleasure that you enjoy them the same way I do when I’m painting them. Thank you all!

Eighth The Painter at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.

My Story

I was born in Matanzas, Cuba, on May 31st, 1970, coming from a poor farming family. I lived the first six years of my life in the countryside, this is the reason for my love of nature and all what it contains, which is frequently expressed in my artworks.

Since very young, graphic expressions caught my attention, using simple elements to create and enrich the base of my future works, expanding out during the following years of education. In 1982 I obtained a scholarship to study at Matanzas School of Art, starting my first steps as an artist, after three years, and completing the first level of art education, I applied and obtained a scholarship to study at The National School of Fine Arts (ENA) in Havana City, completing in this school another four years of artistic education, and so, ended my career and graduated in the summer of 1989, as a professional artist and fine arts professor.

Halfway through that year, I started to work as a fine arts professor for the Artistic Association XX Anniversary, located in the Province of Matanzas, for a period of two years. Afterwards I started to work as a drawing professor for the same art school, in which I discovered for the first time, the fine arts world (Matanzas School of Arts). For two years I passed on the knowledge I had acquired in the past to the new group of students, up to the beginnings of 1994 when I decided to become independent, denomination given in Cuba to those artists who were not working as an employee of any government institution, but legally registered within it.

In the middle of this year, during a decorative project that was carried out in cooperation with other fellow artists, it was decided by us to keep working together in the future as a group, that is how the Independent Artists Group called “Grupo Lam” was born; title taken from the studio’s name where the group originally used to work and the name of the worldwide known Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam, but at the end of the same year Grupo Lam, with six members, became an official institution. The idea of working together brought me new experiences from the professional and human point of view.
 Since 1997, after a reorganization of Grupo Lam, now with three members, a new period started in the artist life, because of the international spreading of more ambitious projects, bringing his artworks first to North America (Canada) and then to Europe, avoiding in this way, the circle of censure and mental imprisonment, from which I was targeted lately, caused by the sociopolitical content, that his artworks showed every time more emphasized; even only been a detailed representation of the environment around, my work was the shooting weapon against me; but this time of persecuted creator by a dictatorial regime did not last long, ended with my migration to the United States of America in January, 1999.

This new and different situation put a deep mark in my life and work, changing the direction of my sharp artistic creation, after all. Up to now, several projects have been materialized, among them, one of the most important, the foundation in July of 2003 of Fine Art Deco, Inc. (An Artistic Decoration Company), developed in South Florida, USA. That is to say, that my work continues going on through the rough path of life.

All my inspirations come from nature itself; there is where I find all my ideas, feelings, experiences, etc. Then all of them get together at once to inspire me to create my artistic artwork and decorative finishes. For me, the best way to find inspiration is to travel to beautiful places and enjoy what our universe has built for us. Even a little piece of rock hidden in a remote place can bring you the vastness of an entire cosmos.

Eighth The Painter at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, where nature exposes itself to its higher level.

Eighth The Painter at Death Valley National Park in California, an endless and vast continuity of colors and immensity, another nature’s show.

Eighth The Painter at Sequoia National Park in California, a unique inspiring landscape, with the oldest and biggest living trees in our planet.

Eighth The Painter at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, where nature transformed wood into rocks to delight us with a unique spectacle of colors and forms, perpetuated for the eternity.

Eighth The Painter at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, a unique and deeply inspiring landscape.

Eighth The Painter at Arches National Park, north of Moab in the state of Utah. Bordered by the Colorado River in the southeast, it’s known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red-hued Delicate Arch in the east. Long, thin Landscape Arch stands in Devils Garden to the north. Other geological formations include Balanced Rock, towering over the desert landscape in the middle of the park.

Eighth The Painter at Canyonlands National Park, known for its dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River. Island in the Sky is a huge, flat-topped mesa with panoramic overlooks. Other notable areas include the towering rock pinnacles known as the Needles, the remote canyons of the Maze and the Native American rock paintings in Horseshoe Canyon. Whitewater rapids flow through Cataract Canyon, simply amazing.

Eighth The Painter at Crazy Horse Memorial, this place is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. It will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land.

Eighth The Painter in his USA-2023 Trip, Celebrating Fine Art Deco 20th Anniversary

Eighth The Painter at Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas. A public art installation and sculpture. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, who were members of the art group Ant Farm. The installation consists of ten Cadillacs buried nose-first in the ground.

Eighth The Painter at Pueblo Bonito, Anasazi Ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Pueblo Bonito is the largest and best-known great house in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, northern New Mexico. It was built by the Ancestral Puebloans who occupied the structure between AD 828 and 1126.

Eighth The Painter at Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife.

Eighth The Painter at Pikes Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in North America, is an ultra-prominent 14,115-foot fourteener located in Pike National Forest, 12 miles west of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The town of Manitou Springs lies at its base.

Eighth The Painter at Yellowstone National Park, a nearly 3,500-square-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs, and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope.

Eighth The Painter at Glacier National Park, a 1,583-square-mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It’s crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Other activities include backpacking, cycling, and camping. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears. In the background is Jackson Glacier, approximately the seventh largest of the remaining 25 glaciers in Glacier National Park, located in the US state of Montana. Part of the largest grouping of glaciers in the park, Jackson Glacier rests on the north side of Mount Jackson.