VI Illustration and Painting Workshop of Carving


In December of 2013, I had the chance to organize a Workshop at La Esmeralda, the National School of Art, in Mexico City. The invited artist this time was Germán Flores, director of the Carving School of La Esmeralda. During one intense weekend, we learned the technique of Carving on Linoleum, inspired by urban landscapes.

The first step is to draw on the linoleum, and then start carving!

Where did everyone go?

Ahh, to have a break!

On sunday, we where anxious to start printing!!!

The invited artist, Germán Flores, showing us some examples of his work.

Cristi was the first one to print! Good Luck Cristi!!

How did it come out?

Cristi with her finished print!

Some of the prints drying…

Polo chose a riot on the streets of Turkey.

Paola chose a mural by ROA as an inspiration for her first carving.

Emilio worked on a landscape with many layers and depth.

Frank and his first linoleum carvin ever! wow!!

I did a carving in two pieces, lets see what comes out!

Mara putting the ink on her linoleum

Ready, set, go!!

Mara with a view of Amsterdam! beautiful!!

Some of the print tests drying…

Mario in action!


It seemed as Mario had plenty of time and did two linoleums in one day! Here, his dog is slowly coming out 🙂

Daniela is ready to print as well!!

Eva working on the last details

Eva and her urban landscape carving, look at all that windows!!!

And myself with a tropical dream place.

Thank you all for participating, it was for sure a beautiful and amazing experience!

Special Thanks to Daniela Fontaine who was the official photographer of the workshop! 🙂

Lets meet for the next workshop very soon:

V Illustration and Painting Workshop, Nature


In June 2013, the fifth Illustration and Painting Workhop took place in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. In January of the same year I moved from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido, to try a whole new life style in contact with nature, the thing that has catched most of my attention since the first day. The plants, and everything that surrounds me here is so powerful, that one can only feel small and respectful towards it.

Thats why I chose to focus this workshop in Nature. And almost by chance I met an amazing artist from Riga, Latvia, who was currently painting and living in a cabin right by the sea in San Agustinillo, Oaxaca. His name is Mikelis Fisers and he is for me, one of the most amazing current figurative painters. He had been travelling with his combi looking for landscapes to paint.

Here two examples of his work:

In the end, he turned out to be the invited artist, and he managed to explain in sharp two days the basics of colour theory and landscaping to a group of ladies that had had no contact whatsoever with this matter.

The results where amazing. Check them out for yourself!

Mikelis preparing his lessons.

We had never given a workshop in such an intense heat, but we managed somehow!

Time to go for some scouting in the neighborhood! We need to find a beach with the proper perspective!

Looks like we might have found one 🙂

A kind of abbandoned hotel right at the beach. The only hotel in Puerto right at the sea!

And then, the rain came.

Location for the day-trip: √



It was time to pack all the materials, including lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish from the market and move to Casa Mayita!

The welcome lunch!

Colour theory was the first topic.

Colours = Happiness

Domi checking out the location…

For the first time a mother and daughter took the workshop together 🙂

First day of the workshop: √



Good morning! lets have a walk on the beach.

Today we will learn perspective and the basic theory of landscape painting.

To understand depth and layers, we built a model of some classic landscape paintings.

In the meantime, there was a lot going on in the kitchen 😀

Claudia, the quickest painter of the world!

Cynthia, who had never had the courage to paint before this workshop!

Pame with her first landscape exercise!

Patricia, who chose a lake.

Georgina, with her first landscape painting!

Geo, inspired by one of my favorite paintings!

Evelyn who had lots of courage with colour.



Time for our day-trip to the beach! It was time to apply everything we´ve learned so far with Mikelis and paint a landscape.

Geo having a break

Work in progress…



We focused in plants and flowers, and went to the garden to find some inspiration.

It was time to focus on the detail, and paint a flower or plant as realistic as possible.

Cynthia chose to work in the garden…

We had a youg visitor at the workshop 🙂

And slowly, the end of the workshop came near.

Thank you Claudia, Evelyn, Cynthia, Patricia, Georgina, Geo, Pame and Mikelis for this amazing weekend, and for my 30th birthday cake-celebration!!!!

And BIG BIG thank you´s to Pame, the official photographer of the workshop.

There will be a video very very soon!!!

This was an amazing experiment and the beginning of many workshops in the mexican tropics!

The next workshop by the sea will be in Casa Koru, in Ixtapa, Gro., in 2014.


And to finish, I invite you all to the next Illustration and Carving workshop:

It will be in Mexico City from the 6th-8th December 2013, and we will learn to do carving in linoleum. The focus is Urban Landscape and the invited artist is Germán Flores, currently in charge of the carving section of ENPEG “La Esmeralda”, National School of Art, Mexico City. It is for everyone, even you have never been interested in drawing before.



IV Illustration and Painting Workshop, Street Art


On December of 2012, we decided to finish the year being creative and learning how to do stencil. For the 4th Illustration and Painting Workshop of Street Art, Jenaro Visualcraft and myself organized an intensive weekend, where we learned the history of Street Art and started developing our own idea. Jenaro is a photographer, artist and friend who lives between Mexico City and Berlin, one of the most important capitals of Street Art in the world.



On Friday we learned about the history of street art, the importance of the concept behind the idea and the social responsibility behind this kind of artistic expression.



On the next day, first thing in the morning, we developed our own idea and after printing our compositions, we started cutting out each layer of the stencil. Looong hours of cutting out.

Of course we also had time to chill, cook and eat 😉

And after lunch, more cutting!



Spray paint time!!!!!

The catering was in charge of Pamela Macko, Nutritionist, artist and friend. Delicious and healthy menus all over the weekend 🙂

And after lots of work, sun and spray paint smell, this is what came out 🙂

Blanca, yoga teacher.

Martin, economist.

Dany, environmentalist.

Arturo, animator.

Paola, architect and painter.

Naiki, furniture designer and DJ.

Mafer, soon to be mom 🙂

Naoli, friend and business woman.

Martina, designer and artist.

Jenaro, photographer, street artist and globe trotter.

And myself.


From the 13-16th of June, the next workshop is going to take place in Puerto Escondido, a beautiful beach in Oaxaca, Mexico.

It will be an intensive workshop of four days focused in nature, and we will stay at Casa Mayita a beautiful house, surrounded by birds, open space and the pacific ocean. For more information please check out the event in Facebook, or write to



INTRO, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca


A few months ago I decided to take a big step and make a lifelong dream come true, moving to the beach. This meant a whole lot of new things in my life, starting by the colors, textures and the ways of life of the tropics. I moved to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, where everything seems to be so much more simple, natural and authentic, compared to the hectic and restless Mexico City.
At the same time, I started a collaboration with Dionisio Arras García, an architect, carpenter and artist based in Mexico City. We started experimenting and producing here, influenced by nature, calmness and the endless horizon. Our goal is to invite people to have a different approach to our pieces, including the backround in the installation and making it all become one.

Here some pictures of the process:






INTRO took place at Guadua, a beautiful bamboo palapa right at the beach. A very interesting crowd of people gathered during the afternoon to have some drinks, watch the sunset and talk.


This is only the beginning, we will keep you posted with what will come next….

*Pictures by: Estelí García, Pamela Macko, Dionisio Arras and myself.

III Illustration, Painting and Photography Workshop, Mexico City


On the 22-24th of june, the III Illustration, Painting and Photography Workshop took place in Mexico City. Alvaro Nates and Miguel Angel Cordera where the invited artists. Alvaro is a very talented photographer and Miguel is an abstract painter. Both work and live in DF.


Alvaro Nates

We experimented taking photographs at Alvaro´s studio in collaboration with Revês, a mexican dance-performance agency, and then worked on that images in both Abstract and Figurative ways during the weekend.

Priscilla Hernández, our model, made an impressive performance spending 7 minutes with each participant modeling, dancing, acting and feeling what each person had in mind. Alvaro guided us through the technical process of taking pictures with high quality equipment. But first, he gave us a lecture about photography showing us his favorite artists and explaining their technique and concept.

Before the shooting Alvaro explained to us some basic techniques about photography and the gadgets we had and how to play with them, and after each session (7 minutes each participant) he took a portrait of each one of us. One shot.

Here some results of the shooting:

By Vane

By Arturo

By Pame

By me

And here the portraits by Alvaro of each one of us:










and me.

After a very intense first day we all went home with our heads full of ideas.



Miguel Ángel Cordera is a mexican abstract painter, and we started fresh in the morning with a lesson in abstract art, analizing different artists and his own work. He explained his creative process and we chose some of the pictures taken the day before, and started to work on them.

Coffee Break 🙂

The catering was in charge of Pamela Macko, a nutritionist who made us very happy during the whole weekend with healthy and delicious munchies.

VERY happy!

After having lunch, we started painting. Each one chose between the pictures taken of Priscilla, or the portrait Alvaro Nates made of each participant after their 7 minutes with the model. So you could do a portrait or a self-portrait. Interesting things came out….



During the first and second workshop we started painting a huge mural, so it was time to finish it. It was sunny and it was my birthday as well, lucky me 🙂

Happy birthday to me 😀

As some amazing paintings came out on saturday, some of us finished them after lunch, and others continued painting the mural. We decided to do a little show with the paintings and celebrate my birthday, so some friends came over to celebrate with us. Thank you so much to all the people involved, it was for sure the best birthday of my life 🙂

Thank you Pame!!!! 🙂

Self-portrait by Poncho

Self-portrait by Vane

Me by Paola

Priscilla (our model) by Artruro, and Pame´s self portrait



III Taller de Ilustración y Pintura, 22-24 Junio

Como parte de la serie de talleres de Ilustración, Pintura y a partir de ahora, Fotografía, arranca éste III Módulo en el cual, 2 artistas visuales invitados guiarán las disciplinas que serán abordadas, en éste caso, Alvaro Nates (Fotógrafo) y Miguel Ángel Cordera (Pintor).
Este taller está pensado para personas con interés en desarrollar su técnica pictórica y fotográfica, o iniciarse en ella. Experimentando con la abstracción y la figuración, descubriendo así un abanico de posibilidades y técnicas para desarrollar sin guía.
Buscamos despertar en cada uno la forma de canalizar y descubrir nuevos medios de expresión.
Aqui las fotos de los 2 talleres anteriores:
*El catering estará a cargo de Flor de Río
Horarios y Temario:
De 6 a 7 pm- Introducción al taller, y plática con Alvaro Nates sobre su proceso creativo e incursión en la fotografía de autor, algunas referencias de fotógrafos contemporáneos.
7.30 pm Coffee break
Shooting en su estudio (Condesa) en colaboración con la agencia de danza Rêves Agency y edición de las fotos.
Alvaro Nates
Rêves Agency:
11 am a 3 pm- Introducción a la Pintura por Miguel Ángel Cordera.Teoría del color y blanco y negro, ejercicios con carboncillo y tinta china.
1 pm Coffee break
Miguel Ángel Cordera
3-4 pm- Break de Comida
4-9 pm- Introducción a la Pintura Figurativa. Análisis de artistas contemporáneos y sus técnicas y métodos pictóricos.
Paola Beck
Análisis de las fotos seleccionadas y editadas en el shooting por Alvaro Nates y realización de un lienzo en acrílico o óleo.
7 pm Coffee break
11-2 pm- Pintura Mural (Conclusión del mural iniciado en el I Taller) por Paola Beck.
12.30 Coffee break
2-3 pm- Break de comida
3-6 pm- Introducción a la pintura abstracta por Miguel Ángel Cordera.Pintura de acrílico sobre lienzo.
6.30 pm Cierre del taller.
*Todos los coffe breaks estarán a cargo de Flor de Río.
Cuota del taller: $2,500.00 *Incluye: material para el mural y los acrílicos para la pintura abstracta, coffee breaks, un juego de textos referentes a los temas del taller, una constancia del taller y la impresión de las fotografías del shooting.
No incluye: materiales específicos como lienzos, pinceles, óleos, etc.*Se enviará la lista completa de materiales a las personas inscritas.
Se requiere cámara fotográfica (si no se cuenta con ella, funcionan smartphones).
Información adicional: paolabeck@hotmail.com5522716084
Inscritos antes del 15 de Junio: $2,200.00Aparta tu lugar!!
Cupo máximo: 12 personas

Algunas obras de los que daremos el taller:


Alvaro Nates


Miguel Ángel Cordera


Paola Beck




Maya Hayuk at La Quiñonera


In contemporary of her solo show 2012 Apocabliss at Anonymous Gallery Mexico City and ZONA MACO, american-hungarian artist Maya Hayuk painted one of the walls of La Quiñonera in Mexico City. I was lucky enough to help her out painting the huge wall, and getting to know her backround, technique and point of view. She is an amazing talented and lovely human being. Check out her art, you´ll love it!

We finished!!!

And as a thank you gift, I got this beautiful hand painted bag by Maya 🙂


Sick Love

This is a serie or 4 new illustrations called Sick Love. This one is called “Jim y su amor” and it was part of CASA DE EMPEÑO group exhibition at Anonymous Gallery Mexico City last february.

Separación inventada


Im in love with a dying man


Look outside

This 3 are part of the current show “Cadáver Exquisito” by White Spider, in Choapa 44, Mexico City. Songs by Natalia Lafourcade, or Lana del Rey inspired me for the titles. I did these drawings in a very dark moment, and I took it as a big challenge to work with very much patience like I did in my university days. And I loved it.

Illustration and Painting Workshop, Part II


Last february we had the second Illustration and Painting Workshop here, in Mexico City.

I invited two visual artists Vena2 and Diana Quintero that gave very interesting lectures and practical lessons. After a long and intense weekend, where the theme was to focus on creating a collective thought and to develop this thought into reality, the magic happened.

The teachers


The object of the workshop was to open up our creative side, with a concept to stand on. It was very interesting to see how each different personality ends up merging with the whole group, creating an original and intelectual vibe that can only push you to surpass your creative limits.

Here are the members of the group:



Diana Quintero












and myself.

On Friday, we started warming up and then we painted with acrylics. Some, had never painted before, and big surprises came out!

On Saturday, we had theoretical introduction to the working progress of Diana and Vena2, and then we did collage based on that method.

The catering was in chargo of Flor de Rio


Happy birthday Poncho!!! 🙂

On Sunday we did live model drawing and we continued painting the mural we started during the first workshop.

Lunchbreak in the park!

Planing how to continue the mural painted by the group of the first workshop.

Ready, set, paint!


The third illustration and painting workshop will focus on textile and fashion design, combined with drawing and sketching.

I will keep you posted on the invited artists and date! See you very soon 🙂



New stuff


Part of  “Entre perros y carreteras”  (between dogs and highways). In progress.

The bird sculpture was made by a friend of my adolescence and my very first love, Philipp Reichardt.

Steel and glass, 2000.

“Let the devil in o el fantasma tropical” This drawing was made after someone came into my room while I was sleeping alone in Puerto Escondido, took all my money and left in silence.

This was the wrapping paper of a gift.


Alvaro Nates, my official photographer did a shooting for Spot Magazine in Mexico City,

and I asked him for one picture to paint on. this is what came out. I love it! Its called Tiger.


“Frida en un jardín escocés” Oil on canvas, 2011

“En el norte” Watercolor on canvas, 2011