Guiding Star And Butterfly Warrior

We have been busy in the studio and have some awesome pieces that we want to share with you. Enjoy!


Rustic Sterling Silver Compass Necklace

Rustic Sterling Silver Compass Necklace

This piece for me is all about keeping a “guiding star” talisman close to heart. Something that reminds us of our true north. Whether that’s a person, place, belief, goal, or anything that keeps us growing and moving forward on our individual journeys, it’s meant to be a small reminder of that. I personally like to wear jewelry that helps me stay focused on what’s important to me and what’s true for me.

I wanted it to have a very rustic old world feeling about it, as though it’s a piece of bullion or an ancient compass artifact. I felt it was important to acknowledge the human history of journey and self discovery, and I also wanted it, for the wearer, to feel as though it was always there with them and always would be there, as a steady and steadfast companion. -Klee

Butterfly Warrior Original Painting Art By Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Canvas 18X24

Butterfly Warrior

This piece symbolizes the two sides of empowerment. The fierce and tender nature of someone who takes fate and destiny into their own hands. The butterfly symbolizes cause and effect. The sword symbolizes the knowledge that she can overcome any obstacle that is in her way.

In my mind it is important to maintain that balance. To know that you are truly powerful, you understand that it is all about giving. One who has true power, will always defend and show love. Powerlessness and insecurity is where displays of power come in. -Rafi

Phoenix Reborn

It shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone that my favorite concept and mystical beast is the phoenix. The symbolic meaning of the phoenix is about renewal. The phoenix is about overcoming darkness and rising to the challenge to become powerful and succeed over adversity.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

It’s a symbolism that I have used a few times, but never like this piece that beautifully displays the body language of both anguish and freedom.

I wanted to create a piece that showed the transitional moment of someone taking a leap of faith into the unknown. This leap is taken with complete abandon and freedom.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

Several years ago I took a leap of faith that was terrifying. I remember thinking that I had to forget everything I thought I knew, because all those thoughts were telling me I was crazy. I was essentially burning the bridge to my old life, a life that was all I knew for 30 years. It wasn’t the most happy life I could live, which is why I decided to change it. This required me to hop in my car and leave all security and certainty behind… which was absolutely terrifying, yet was such a pattern interrupt in my monotonous life that I needed.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

Essentially, from the ashes of my old life which had completely self destructed, I rose and felt stronger than I ever had.

The thing is, I could have stayed in my old life… there is always a way to keep things going, but I had made a decision that I wanted things to change.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

I feel like the Phoenix is a powerful reminder that no matter what, you can always be reborn from the ashes of your old life.

New Art And Jewelry By Rafi And Klee 1-24-2019

Well, it looks like we are putting one of our 2019 resolutions into effect.

“Smile a lot and share your art as much as possible… especially with your email subscribers” and hey! that’s you!!

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Once a week I’ll be sending you a new post with our creations for the week, with an inspiring quote or something, I haven’t really decided yet… but it’ll be great.

So let’s do this! ” Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair

New Jewelry By Klee Angelie This Week

New Jewelry By Klee Angelie 1-24-2019

New Art By Rafi Perez This Week

New Art By Rafi Perez 1-24-19

New T-Shirts This Week

New Tee Shirt Designs By Rafi 1-24-2019

New Posters Designed By Rafi This Week

New Posters By Rafi Perez 1-24-19

If you click on the images above it’ll take you to our store and you can read more information about the items.

Have an amazing week you guys!

One Shared Place For All Of US

The other day I caught the last episode of “One Strange Rock” narrated by Will Smith.

It’s a 10-part cinematic series exploring the fragility and wonder of planet Earth. Shown to be one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe, it really delves into this beautiful planet. There are eight astronauts who provide unique perspectives and relate personal memoirs of the planet seen from a distance.

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By the way, if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It left me feeling hopeful and optimistic about our planet and the human race, which is rare in our culture of “disaster” driven television.

The thing is, there was something powerful about the experience of the astronauts living out on the international space station. Looking down at our planet for the first time and flushed with a feeling that most of them said was so powerful that the words to describe the experience do not exist.

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They also left space with the deep realization that they were no longer just citizens of where they came from.

Most of us describe ourselves as being from a town, a state, school, religion, or country. Our identity is wrapped up in the experience we have had.

I’m a New Yorker.

I’m Texan.

I’m Agnostic.

I’m a Harvard Graduate.

I’m American.

I’m White.

I’m Black.

I’m Magenta.

The Many Face By Rafi Perez

Most of the time when we identify ourselves in this way we are setting ourselves apart. Separating ourselves from the rest of the world. We find other people with a similar identity and we can relate to them… we have something in common.

What is interesting about this phenomenon, is when someone travels and stays somewhere for a while, they may adopt a new identity. Someone who travels the world starts to identify themselves as a person of the world.

For the astronauts, they were literally out of this world. They experienced something that not many of us will be able to imagine, a sense of looking at the whole planet and saying “There is my home”.

One Shared Place Tee Shirt By Rafi
One Shared Place Tee Shirt By Rafi

No walls, no borders, no race, no color, no gender, and no real separate identity… Just human beings living on a rock hurdling through space.

I think that is beautiful, and the words “One Shared Place” hit me in the chest and almost brought me to tears. So I created a tee shirt that I’ll be able to look at and wear to remind me of what is reality.

One Shared Place Tee Shirt By Rafi
One Shared Place Tee Shirt By Rafi

There are so many excuses that we use to set ourselves apart from one another, sometimes it is to give us a sense of being better than someone else.

But, we all came from the same place, we share the same place, we will die in the same place… The Earth.

We are all human beings, anything else used to describe us is only based on walls that we built in our own heart.

One Shared Place Tee Shirt By Rafi
One Shared Place Tee Shirt By Rafi

 

Yay! I Won Best Of Show!

I recently created a piece out of recycled plastic bags and it was giant. Two things that have been on my to do list for quite some time was to create a life size sculpture, and create something awesome using garbage.

Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez
Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez

Crossing both of those off my list with this awesome Nature Of Being Sculpture that I created for the Artel Gallery show called “RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE… REPEAT.”

And guess what??!? I WON BEST IN SHOW!!! How awesome is that?!

Opening reception will be Thursday May 3rd, 6pm-8pm at Artel Gallery in Downtown Pensacola.

Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez
Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez

This sculpture is modeled after a series of mine called the nature of being. This series combines human beings with trees to create a beautiful symbol of being rooted yet consistently expanding towards the heavens. Connected, growing, evolving, expanding, and beautiful is the message that I want to convey.

In this piece I wanted to expand on that message, by using old plastic bags to create the form and pose. I wanted the piece to be dynamic, to show some distress, yet be fluid and organic in its movement.

The message is open for interpretation, but in my mind, it is nature reclaiming the world, and bouncing back from the brink.

Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez
Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez

  • What: Art Exhibition – RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE… REPEAT.
  • Where: Artel Gallery – 223 Palafox Place, Old Escambia County Courthouse, Pensacola, FL 32502
  • When: April 24-June 1st, Opening Reception May 3rd, 6pm-8pm
  • Why: Because it’s awesome! Come hang out with me during the opening reception!

 

2018 Limited Edition Rafi Art Calendars

I am very excited to announce that this year will be the first year of limited edition calendars to be released by me.

Each series calendar has art that was carefully chosen by me in order to convey the message that I would like you to carry with you throughout the year.

Everyone that orders by November 10th will receive a free gift with their calendar!

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2018 Nature Art Calendar has a collection of happy images from flowers, to trees, to birds. My idea with this calendar was to bring a pop of color and joy to any drab work space. This calendar has no suggested nudity.

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2018 Marine Creatures Art Calendar has a collection of my colorful and bold water animals that I work on when inspired. The idea with this calendar was to bring a little of that calm and beauty to any space. This calendar has no suggested nudity.

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2018 Love IS… Art Calendar has a collection of my colorful and happy little characters that only have one purpose in life, to inspire and bring you joy. The idea with this calendar was to bring a little bit of color, fun, and happiness into any space. This calendar has no suggested nudity.

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2018 Meditation Art Calendar has carefully selected works that are meant to inspire a sense of calm and contemplation. This calendar has many images of meditation and of contemplative moments in my life.  This calendar is meant for a more personal setting.

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2018 Personal Power Art Calendar is a collection of some of my most empowering and controversial pieces. Each image is accompanied by a short quote that puts the piece in context. Due to some of the powerful images, this calendar is meant for a more personal setting.

Because I designed these calendars for myself and Klee, I also added a few non official holidays:

Along with all U.S. Holidays,
-January 13 – Make your dreams come true day
-February 16th – Do a grouch a favor day
-February 17th – Random act of kindness day
-February 22nd – Single tasking day
-February 24th – Tortilla chip day
-March 16th – Everything you do is right day
-March 19th – Let’s laugh day
-March 22nd – International goof off day
-March 26th – Make up your own holiday day
-April 14th – Look up at the sky day
-April 17th – Haiku Poetry Day
-April 23rd – Take a chance day
-April 30th – Honesty day
-May 4th – Starwars day
-May 5th – No pants day
-May 14th – Dance like a chicken day
-May 21st – Talk like Yoda day
-June 1st – Say something nice day
-June 8th – Best friends day
-July 3rd – Compliment your mirror day
-August 8th – Happiness happens day
-August 16th – Tell a joke day
-August 31st – Eat outside day
-September 4th – Eat an extra dessert day
-September 13th – Positive thinking day
-September 28th – Ask a stupid question day
-October 28th – International Observe the Moon Night
-November 24th – Celebrate your unique talent day
-December 19th – Ugly Sweater Day
-December 24th – Eggnog Day

I am currently taking pre-orders for calendars.  limited-edition-calendars-2018

 

All orders will ship November 15th. I will stop selling calendars in early December and once they are gone, they are gone.

Receive a 10% discount when you order 2 or more at a time. Use discount code at checkout: CALENDARS2018 and save!

 

 

Art By Rafi This Week #1

I decided to start showing off some of my art on a weekly basis. As some of you know, I spend a lot of time in my art studio creating. In fact, I spend so much time in my studio, that I’m pretty sure I’m what is called a hermit. Luckily, my lack of social interaction is the reason I am constantly working on art, thus have pieces to share with you almost weekly. Enjoy! Click on any of the pieces below to find out more information.

Art By Rafi This Week #1
Nature Of Passion By Rafi Perez 24X30

Art By Rafi This Week #1
No Strings Attached – Original Painting By Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 18X24

Art By Rafi This Week #1
Original Painting Woman Tree Wall Art By Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Canvas 18X24

Art By Rafi This Week #1
Sea Turtle Original Large Painting by Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Canvas 40X46

Art By Rafi This Week #1
Sunflower Painting Textured Original Six Sunflowers Painting by artist Rafi Perez on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 18X24

Hope you enjoyed my art! Let me know if you enjoyed this.

Love you guys!

 

I’m Excited To Curate Your Space

One of my favorite things to do as an Artist is to help my collectors plan, display, and curate the space in their home. It is amazing how art will change the mood and feeling of a room, or the whole house for that matter. I have people email me all the time telling me about their morning empowerment routine with one of my bright pieces of art.

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My only challenge has been bringing that sense of color and energy to a smaller space, or to a small work space.

Luckily, I have a solution. I am working on pieces that will allow you to curate any space. Small specialty pieces to bring that energy and power to a small bathroom or even a cubicle… or any place you can think of.

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“Curate your space” is a new series of enhanced prints. This is a high quality print of my work on textured archival art paper. I enhance my prints using either ink, paint, pastel, or a combination of mediums. Each one is unique, the piece is mounted on wood and ready to hang out of the box. It is completely hand crafted by me, with unique texture patterns added by hand, no two are exactly the same. These pieces are signed and dated on the back.

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I am adding several new pieces to my store daily, so check back often. I will be doing an official launch on November 15th of the series, but I’m just too excited about it… So, the cat’s out of the bag.

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Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

Ignited From Within

I’ve been thinking this morning,

I recently sold a piece of art that symbolized a very special story. When I posted it on social media I captioned it with:

Life can be a thrilling ride, or a terrifying one. It’s just a matter of perspective. It’s not always easy to remind yourself that you are on fire for life, but it is necessary if you want to ignite yourself, and blaze your own trail.

Ignited By Rafi Perez

This piece symbolizes what I think all of us have inside, a flame that burns and refuses to be snuffed out, no matter how hard we might try.

When I look at my life, I can see a very clear separation between the person who buried their ambitions and dreams behind a wall of fear, and the crazy risk taking weirdo that I am today. I’d be lying if I said that I am completely devoid of fear, but it is worlds away from the old version of me.

Ignited By Rafi Perez

The thing is, that if you ignore that flame, that passion that burns within you, it doesn’t go away, you are just constantly reminded of the things you are suppressing.

We are all such beautiful creatures, with amazing potential. I feel that we all know that to some level or another, but might be too scared to express it.

But the flame within you doesn’t go away.

Ignited By Rafi Perez

We are brilliant in our uniqueness. In the history of the world there has never been anyone like you, there is no one like you, and there will never be anyone like you… soak that in for a moment. Yet, we tend to compare ourselves and put ourselves down.

But the flame within you doesn’t go away.

It is simply a matter of perspective… The flame within you, is that part of you that sees your beauty, ability, potential, brilliance, your worth, and uniqueness. It see’s what you really are…

Amazing.

-Rafi

 

New Art From Rafi And Klee 11

Hola you amazing person you!

Rafi Perez Art Show 2017As you can see, instead of “Art Creations For Your Inbox” I’ve decided to change it to “New Art From Rafi And Klee” because I think, it’s way more fun… and more accurate.

My art reception was last Thursday and it was a huge success! Thank you so much to everyone that came out to the reception and throughout the exhibition so far. It will continue running at Artel Gallery in Pensacola until April 7th.

We have some new creations to share with you this week, both Klee and I are super excited about it!

But before we get into that, here is an amazing quote I would like to share with you:

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” Lucian Freud

I love this quote, because I love creating abstract work. It gives me an opportunity to share the way that I think and see the world. Try it sometime, take a look at a familiar object, detach yourself from the label or name of the object, then keep looking. Allow yourself to take it apart in your mind and turn it into blocks of color, textures, and shading. See the unknown in the familiar, and turn the world you think you know upside down.

Ok, as I promised here is the art and jewelry! Enjoy!

14k Gold Filled Quartz Crystal Lantern Necklace By Klee

14k Gold Filled Quartz Crystal Lantern Necklace

“This beautiful double terminated clear quartz crystal sits pristine in it’s 14k yellow gold filled woven bezel. The design is reminiscent of cathedral windows and old world lanterns, centering on the beauty of the light that passes through the crystal. A modern interpretation of a beautiful relic from times gone by.

-Klee Angelie

Window To The City original painting by artist Rafi

Window To The City By Rafi Perez
Window To The City By Rafi Perez

“Looking out the window at the world that surrounds me. I have a relationship with the city that looks back at me, the people that I recognize every day, going through the same routines. I know them, even though they will never know me, a silent child who dreams of joining the world outside.”

-Rafi Perez

Gold Filled Quartz Crystal Tassel Earrings By Klee

Gold Filled Quartz Crystal Tassel Earrings By Klee Angelie

“These earrings feature gorgeous raw clear quartz crystal points wrapped in 14k yellow gold filled wire, with spiral back detailing and gold filled chain tassels to create movement and light play with the crystals. Fun and funky, elegant and earthy, these are awesome for dress up or casual wear.”

-Klee Angelie

The Recovery Of Bliss By Rafi

The Recovery Of Bliss By Rafi Perez

“Logic and reason dominates the scene. Everything must make sense, everything must be logical, yet the greatest power we have is to stop thinking and melt away the calculating mind. To sit in silence, soak in our surroundings, or travel in our imagination to a place that is blissful… None of this makes sense in our analytical world and yet, there it is.”

-Rafi Perez

Have an amazing week! You are awesome! Just remember, we may have names for the things we see in the world, but really, they are just blocks of color, texture, and shades. Look at the world differently, who knows, you may see the similar in a vastly different way.

Remember to stay endlessly inspired by the stuff of life!

-Love Rafi and Klee