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Luis Sottil

Born and raised in Tampico, Mexico, Sottil has devoted his life to giving voice to the emotions of nature’s beauty. He enjoys a special relationship with the splendid wealth of his native flora and fauna that he likes to share with the world through his paintings, as well as his Talavera sculptures and leather creations.

Full Biography

 LUIS SOTTIL
CREATOR OF THE NATURALISMO ART MOVEMENT

Born and raised in Tampico, Mexico, Sottil has devoted his life to giving voice to the emotions of nature’s beauty. He enjoys a special relationship with the splendid wealth of his native flora and fauna that he likes to share with the world through his paintings, as well as his Talavera sculptures and leather creations.

With the purpose to capture his enthusiasm for nature, Sottil created the internationally renowned process of painting that he named Naturalismo, 30 years ago. His originality of expression is a song to life that has been heard, with melodic rhythm, around the globe, to the extent that a number of notable universities have now incorporated Sottil’s Naturalismo into their academic curriculum.

Given his mission to recreate the way nature feels, not necessarily the way nature looks, Sottil photographs, takes meticulous notes and contemplates the exuberant habitat of his subjects, collecting natural pigments of unparalleled depth and intensity from the same environments where his studies take place.

By using colors extracted from nature itself, like the penetrating blue from the cochinilla insect, dramatic purple hues derived from the beet vegetable, and invigorating orange tones extracted from the achiote seed, among many others, Sottil allures our appetite for the splendid beauty of our natural world.
The exuberant fauna, masterfully depicted on his canvas, come alive to interact with the viewer, reminding us of how much there is to learn from different animal behavioral patterns, thus becoming a subtle mirror of the virtues humanity should strive to pursue.

Sottil’s latest proposal towards achieving his purpose is for his paintings to become an opportunity to explore nature’s beauty, through all five senses simultaneously. With this in mind, he has created a first of its kind program named “Art of Delectable Beauty” using pigments derived from the subjects found in his compositions, like the deep rich red extracted from the Jamaica flower. These are colors that are not only captivating to look at, but you can smell and taste them while you contemplate each work of art. Through colorful and delectable cocktail and culinary creations, Sottil takes us through a mesmerizing journey where you get to explore not what nature looks like, but how it truly feels. “To view a work of art that you can touch, smell and taste is to embrace nature’s soul.”

Sottil’s creative sensibility has evolved to vast levels of the imagination, to the extent that he is the first Latin American painter to be invited by the Walt Disney Company to become an official artist for Disney Fine Art. The proposal was to merge the captivating artistic expression of the Naturalismo process with the magic of Disney’s legendary stories.

Sottil is represented by 14 galleries internationally including three of his own located at Disney, Orlando; El Paraiso De La Bonita in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and El Madrigal in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

His works form part of over 3000 private and corporate collections around the globe, including two that make the list of the world’s top five: the King Fahd’s Royal Palace collection of Saudi Arabia and the Tupperware corporate art collection, in Orlando Florida.
Sottil’s Naturalismo paintings renew and restore our enthusiasm for living in that you cannot only view them, but you can smell and taste nature’s mesmerizing beauty, simultaneously. They celebrate the human spirit of all things that excite and enchant.

Sottil was recently appointed as the Minister of Arts and Culture for his home state of Tamaulipas, Mexico and is looking forward to using his artistic skills and knowledge to make a difference within the community.

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Artwork Collections

Illustiration Art Collection

Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.

Bronze Collection

Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.

Taxidermy Colletion

Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.

 

Secret Art & Archives

Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.

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Couples Harmony (Egg Shell Series)
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Determine Posture (Egg Shell Series)
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Heavenly Mystery (Egg Shell Series)
Purple Encounter (High Relief Naturalismo)
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Purple Encounter (High Relief Naturalismo)
Tahoe Exuberance (High Relief Naturalismo)
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Tahoe Exuberance (High Relief Naturalismo)
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