My artwork takes a critical view of social and political issues and the mundane life we lead just to survive our short existence. It’s a visual diary of what is twinging me mentally and I have the urge to put it down on paper. I rarely plan out any ideas and I just let my hand go where it pleases. I am very detailed oriented when it comes to my artwork which becomes an obsession that sometimes I can’t control. I use disfigured characters because that’s how I see people in this world. People just lose touch with themselves and emotions and focus on possessions with no meaning. The world is full of all things ugly and ugly is truth (who says there is no beauty in ugly?). What’s wonderful about art is that people can create their own ideas as to what the artist is thinking. Dissect the emotion, personality, the strokes, break down colors bend the lines and peer into themselves in the process. Negativity can blossom into positivity.
Hiram Melendez is a self taught artist who resides in New York City. He briefly studied under Anthony Palumbo (1923-2008) for figure drawing in 1992-1993 at the Art Student League to perfect and broaden his artistry. He's been drawing with a ballpoint pen since 1987 and is always trying new ways to express himself creatively within and outside of drawing. He believes that art is the best way to reveal ones emotions and thoughts. To him his artwork is like a visual diary and has a strong fascination with life, death, the world today
(And how we are severely screwed up), religion and how can (wo)man make their mark in this world. He believes he is born in a wrong time period and is constantly trying to understand his past and immediate past that makes him who he is today which...somewhat warped and highly confused.