As the new Chicago Arts and Crafts Examiner for the Examiner.com, I wrote about artist Sergio Gomez last week. Gomez is a true “off the grid” artist who diligently practices his craft and continually expands his artistic vision. It is my pleasure to introduce you to this amazing Chicago talent, if you don’t already know him.
The Artistry of Sergio Gomez
Paintings by Mexican born artist Sergio Gomez feature shadowy images, ghostlike forms and mysterious shapes amid fields of color. But Gomez is more than a painter. He is also the owner and director of 33 Contemporary Gallery at the Zhou B. Art Center in Bridgeport, a web designer, an art professor and the co-founder of 3c Wear. On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 3c Wear launches its online clothing store, 3cwear.com. The purchase of one 3c tee shirt will provide one school supply kit for a needy kid in Chicago or Northwest Indiana. Running a clothing company, an art gallery, and creating works of art are all elements of Gomez’s artistic vision. “I see myself as an artist in relation to everything I do,” Gomez says.
The artist also says that art is influenced by life experiences. The beauty, richness and spirituality of the Mexican culture are evident in Gomez’s work. In his acrylic on canvas, paper or board paintings, luminous images exist in a realm beyond time and space. Within his ethereal figures, splashes of red or glowing yellow leaves suggest the human heart and the essential humanity within us all.
An awareness of the universal plight of human suffering is no doubt what led to the creation of 3c Wear. The company is a socially conscious, family-owned business founded by Gomez and his wife, Dr. Yanina Gomez, a school psychologist who has worked with children for over ten years. 3c Wear tee shirts for adults and children feature colorful and unique designs created by local artists. (The clothing line will soon expand to include additional items.) When a tee shirt is purchased, 3c provides a school uniform or a school supply kit to a local child in need. The company’s mission is to “offer inspired clothing to inspire giving.”
Gomez’s gallery, 33 Contemporary, is located at 1029 W. 35th Street, first floor, in the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago. The gallery is open every Monday through Saturday. On Friday, July 20 from 6-10 p.m., the gallery will be hosting a special exhibit featuring the colorful, large scale work of up-and-coming artist Spencer Corbett. The exhibit was curated by Gomez and is held in conjunction with the Zhou B. Art Center’s “Third Fridays” in which the center’s galleries and artists’ studios are open to the public.