Welcome to the page of contempory realist artist and art instructor Marco Antonio Aguilar. Here you can view artwork, upcoming teaching seminars and theatre events for this fine artist, art instructor, actor, director and choreographer. Based in Los Angeles, California, Marco's lessons offer unique art & design in the acrylic medium. He is a proud member or the International Guild of Realism and the Ocean Artists Society
This all started with a gallery telling me that I needed a signature "thing". I asked several friends, "What's my thing?," and the answer was always the same: "You're really good at painting The Elements: water, fire, clouds, light. Oh, and animals" I decided to follow this broad term of The Elements, because I didn't want to box myself into one genre. I'm an artist who just loves to paint, no matter what it is. I love observing nature in all forms: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, Glass, Light, and Metal. My challenge for myself is to try to paint The Elements in all forms and try to recreate them with paint. Water and Light are my main focus, but I also love expressing myself through all forms of nature including clouds, rocks, waves, trees, and metal. My other love is painting fins, feathers and fur. So there will always be a large collection of wildlife paintings in my collection, further cementing my connection to nature.
Learn Marco's techniques for painting feathers with this portrait of a Cockatoo.
He will show you how to use specialty brushes to create various feather effects, as well as how to paint detailed eyes and beaks.
The class includes a downloadable e-packet with 40 step-by-step colour photographs, a pattern and a video of the class
Hosted by Art Room 2 Create
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Marco grew up in the small Caribbean nation of Belize. He cannot remember a time when he was not involved in something creative; and has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. Marco studied art at St. John’s College, and it was there that he fell in love with the acrylic medium. A true renaissance man, He is also an award-winning stage actor, director, choreographer and set designer, in addition to his accomplishments in the art world.
Marco is a contemporary realist painter who focuses on the elements and nature. He uses the play of light, shadow, and texture to create playful wildlife portraits, as well as land and seascapes that capture the imagination. He also loves painting still life, recreating the textures, with unique lighting and perspective.
“I love the play of light, shadow and texture,” Marco says, “I remember diving the barrier reef of Belize as a teenager and being fascinated with the shafts of light that illuminated the valleys of coral. Being a true water sign, Pisces, I have loved the sea and movement of water, since childhood, so my first instinct was to focus on water. This has now evolved into all elements, natural and man-made. I use my theatrical background as reference for the dramatic lighting that seems to be the general theme in all my work. Like a director of the stage, I often imagine the beams of light as theatre lights, illuminating these scenes and directing the viewer to look at highlighted areas in the painting. The main theme in my work is escapism, painting scenes of romance. The places where we want to be. My main stylistic influences come from the chiaroscuro style of Renaissance art and the 19thCentury Hudson River School Artists with a little bit of my own Caribbean flair thrown in.”
Marco’s collectors range from the United States to his native, Belize to Australia to Europe. His artwork has been featured in Artist's Magazine, and several art publications for North Light Books, including Acrylicworks: The Best of Acrylic Painting, and Art Journeys: Animals. Marco is also an accomplished instructor, specializing in acrylic painting, and teaches at online and in-person seminars, workshops, and conventions throughout the United States and Internationally. Through his artwork, Marco aspires to focus public awareness on the Earth’s natural beauty and the need for global conservation. He is a proud member of the Ocean Artists Society and the International Guild of Realism.
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