Francisco Toto Vargas
I’m originally from Chile. I started painting at a very early age creating posters and graphics for high-end boutiques, and corporate companies in Santiago (my home town). I move to New York in 1985. I came to the USA to study at Parsons/The New School: BA/MA Media studies (1996) and Graduate Certificate in Documentaries (2009).
During my school years I was teacher and technical assistant at the film department; as well as retouch artist at the D&D building in New York City. In 1995 I was freelancing as web developer and designer: CD Rom’s, graphics, and animations with Macromedia Director and Flash. My clients included a great number of Advertising agencies.
From 2001 to 2011 I was faculty member at the Art Institute of New York City, Briarcliffe College NY, and Chub Institute NYC. The subjects I taught: Cinematography, Video Production, Digital Film, Computer Applications, Graphic Design, and Interactive Media. I always encouraged students to follow their dreams.
In 2011, I move to Palm Springs California, where I paint at the Gallery and Studio "Smith Vargas Fine Art"
I started making films (fiction) in 1985. I made my debut as Director/Producer/Editor in non-fiction on May 2009, with the film “Equal Rights Documentary”. December 2010, I finished the documentary: “Ulla, The Art of Ulla Darni”.
Visit the documentaries link under my name to watch trailers of these movies. The main focus in my documentaries is human rights, and spirituality.
My passion is paint on canvas. From this knowledge I see making movies as drawing with the camera and painting with the light. I paint in my gallery/studio Smith Vargas Fine Art
When I paint, I first work on the background. This technique allows the canvas to reveal me the subject; the media communicates the light, which let me create paintings that are diverse. I use acrylics. I glaze in between different layers of paints. Using this technique I reveal the colors and forms through the different layers.
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