to refract light and enhance reflection and shadow on what might have been a flat surface.
An embellished mannequin evokes an archeological find, a discarded paintbrush and can shimmer, a storage trunk turns treasure chest, while an alignment of vertical branches takes you to a gilded forest. With a flawless veneer of gold the vast number of items exhibited appear cast or dipped rather than painted.
Pluguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and spent most of his childhood in Arizona after a brief time in New York. Sean-Paul became fascinated with making art at an early age which ultimately led him back to New York City where he acquired a degree in Graphic Design from F.I.T.
Moving on from his Graphic Design background he began exploring new areas to express his inner vision. He worked with paint, observing how light affected color and texture on paper, fabric and various surfaces. From there he experimented with metallic colors, finding gold revealed a potential on canvas and in otherwise overlooked objects like no other medium. Even accidentally spilling gold paint over his much used work table proved to yield surprisingly beautiful results.
Pluguez became enthralled with the material not for the appeal of its monetary value but rather for the "value of honoring the surface". The artist describes his medium as "a light thief grabbing light from every direction" projecting it off varied planes and textures of the objects as if illuminated from within. Pluguez studied Fine Art, Communications Design, and Graphic Design at F.I.T in New York. He has exhibited