[T]omas Baleztena’s portraits and cityscapes have a depth beyond the conventional imagery that surrounds us. In a world in which we are accustomed to being overstimulated by lurid commercial and endless image feeds, there are fewer and fewer images that capture anything beyond their immediate subject.
For Tomas, though, offering the audience an view beneath the surface is the beauty of oil painting. During the physical process of creating his images, Tomas explores the intangible atmosphere of his scene or the mysterious aura of his subject, each time projecting parts of his own experience onto the canvas. The resultant images are deep in meaning, artworks that have longevity and that eschew instant gratification for lasting satisfaction. Get to know Tomas below.