Growing up as a child in Hawaii, Luis Kaiulani describes his influence as a mixture of culture & nature, geography & philosophy. His upbringing involved absorbing all of the wonders of the Hawaiian forests, playing in the sands on secluded beaches, meditating on mountaintops and diving into one of the world’s most amazing bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean. While he credits his affinity toward nature to this idyllic time – there is another side of Luis Kaiulani that is fiery, passionate and aching for excitement. He attributes this ‘fiery’ side to his Latin American heritage.
For the past 20 years, Luis Kaiulani’s attention to fluidity, mindfulness and color dimension bring his artworks into a realm all of their own. Luis creates abstract works that draw from his Hawaiian and Venezuelan backgrounds and are expressed via his sculptures, paintings and art objects. For the onlooker, his work simultaneously feels strong and imaginary, much like the archipelago he hails from. His focus on color brings to life his work’s objective, Luis says, “My art is a metaphor for nature’s constant quest for growth through learning, experience and contribution.” And this objective is made evident when one looks at the color and rhythm that his works of art exude.
Luis has trained with very accomplished artists such as master Octavio Acuna Solano, Ramon Diaz Lugo, Pedro Centeno Vallenilla, Oscar d’Empaire, Henry Bermudez & Edgar Gutierrez. Among those early influences were the works of Rothko, Kooning, Miro, Kandinsky and Pollock. He seeks subjects that compliment his growing concern with form, space, and color, where the presentation of archaic forms and symbols as subject matters illuminate modern existence as has been the influence of Surrealism, Cubism, and Abstract art.
In his arsenal, Luis utilizes various combinations of painting methods that include the use of acrylic paints, gesso, oil bars
and pastels. Kaiulani finds circles to have many variations and these variables allow him limitless options of expression.
While creating artworks, Luis transfers onto canvas, body movements and a notable graceful emphasis that permit him to
express himself and create wondrous masterpieces. One of Luis Kaiulani’s signatures is also in the form by which he
mounts his own canvas - the fold, the fit, the feel – it all has to be just right. To Luis, even the canvas is part of the
artwork. From beginning to end, the mounting is the physical part of bring a piece together. It’s more than a mind
connection, it’s a physical connection.
Luis is always creating and producing in his studio, he is currently preparing various installations that will soon debut. Luis
declares, “My goal is to keep moving forward, to keep making works of art; I’m focused on making many more paintings and sculptures.”