Puerto Rican contemporary artist Obed Gómez expresses himself in a variety of media, including acrylic on canvas, watercolor, pencil, ink and pastel. As a Latin American artist his passion for life and art is vividly depicted in his colorful pieces.
Obed was born on October, 1966 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. From a very early age he demonstrated interest in drawing. He studied at the League of Art of San Juan where he expanded his knowledge in drawing and painting. He also attended art classes at the Andrés Bueso Academy of Arts and earned a B.A. degree in Visual Art at the University of Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He lived in Puerto Rico until he relocated to the United States in 1995 with his family.
Gómez has evolved as a children’s art instructor, editorial cartoonist and as a prepress graphic artist. He currently works for a publisher where he designs web pages for the Internet. He also does freelance work as an illustrator for Pearson Education, Norwood Publishing, Bookspan, Scott Foresman and Arte Público Press.
Obed’s artwork adopts many forms and styles. His work has indeed found its niche and its own voice. This is most evident in his use of exuberant colors, inspired by his boundless passion towards his ancestral past, and traditions.
Some of Obed’s private collectors are Florida’s first lady Columba Bush, Sila María Calderón, former Governor of Puerto Rico, and world international golfer Ernie Els.
The artist is a nominee for the 2004 prestigious Paoli awards. His artwork was selected by Hollywood’s set designer Lance Lombardo for season 4 of Lifetime Network's Program, “The Division". Obed is currently working on an art project for the University of Houston. His artwork has been featured on Art Business News Magazine and the cover of Orlando Arts Magazine. It has been in exhibits at SeaWorld Orlando, Epcot, the Orlando Museum, the Brevard Museum of art and Science and Galeria Latina in England.
Obed’s rich ethnic background - Hispanic, Taino Indian and African - as well as his love for nature, influence his work which has been exhibited in the USA, Europe and the Caribbean.
“My purpose is to send a message of love, positive energy, balance and tranquility through my art.”