Updated: Aug 26
The Canvas of Childhood: An Artist Is Born
Aloha, I'm Ariel Quiroz, the artist behind Maui Wedding Art. My journey into the world of art began in the bustling city of Santiago, Chile. As a young boy of just four years old, I found myself drawn to the vibrant colors and textures of the world around me. I would often spend hours doodling on the walls, using anything I could find - charcoal from the barbeque, drywall, dirt, even mashed-up flowers and leaves. These early experiences ignited a lifelong passion for art, a flame that continues to burn brightly within me.
The Colorful Journey: From a Dreamer to a Graduate Artist
In this part, I delve into my early years growing up in Chile. Born under a dictatorship and amidst extreme poverty, I feared not poverty itself, but the lack of education that my parents had experienced. At the age of 13, I realized that I wanted to pursue a professional career in art. This passion led me to apply and be accepted into the prestigious L.E.A. Art School, an alternative school dedicated to nurturing the talents of young artists. I remember my pride and excitement when I received the acceptance letter, knowing that only 11 of 300 kids qualified that year, this opportunity would change the course of my life. My time at L.E.A. provided me with a strong foundation in visual art techniques, specializing in painting and graphic arts. I made friends from different social backgrounds and artistic disciplines, and I learned from them as much as I learned from our art teachers. As a teenager, I threw myself into the world of art participating in various competitions and exhibitions, honing my craft, and developing my artistic style and skills. This education set me on a path toward a career in art, and in 2006, I graduated with a degree in Visual Art from UPLA University. In 2010, I earned two more bachelor's degrees, one in Education and the other in High School Art Teaching from U.N.A.B. University. Although I have taught private classes, I have not yet had the opportunity to work as a high school teacher. I still vividly recall the sense of accomplishment I felt as I receive my diplomas, knowing that I had overcome numerous obstacles to reach that point.
As I reflect on my journey, I realize that my early experiences in Chile laid the foundation for my career as a Live Wedding Painter. The vibrant colors of my childhood, the diverse faces that captivated me, and the recognition I received as a young artist - all these experiences have shaped me into the artist I am today, painting love stories in paradise with Maui Wedding Art.
The Canvas of Life: An Artistic Odyssey from Chile to Maui
After my studies, I moved to Brazil in 2011, where I continued to explore and develop my artistic skills. In Brazil, I got new experiences, challenges, and opportunities to grow as an artist and as a person. One of my favorite memories from Brazil is doing live portraits alongside fellow artists on the vibrant Calçadão de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, soaking in the local culture and exchanging ideas and techniques. It was in Rio de Janeiro that I met and fell in love with my wife, Vanessa. Our love story eventually led me to move to Maui, where we married in 2015 and now live together in Lahaina. I love to remember the warmth of her smile, intense physical chemistry, and the feeling of butterflies in my stomach as we shared our first dance together under the moonlit Cristo Redentor in Rio. This powerful connection has continued to be a driving force in my life and my art, as it is a testament to the transformative power of love. After Brazil, I moved to Playa del Carmen in Mexico in 2012, before finally settling in Maui in 2014. Here, I found a new source of inspiration in the vibrant colors and natural beauty of Maui, and the cultural heritage of Hawaiian and Polynesian people. I found myself compelled to incorporate these elements into my art. I remember the first time I painted a Hula Dancer on a piece of packing paper; her fluid movements and the gentle sway of her hands and hips, it was just a sketch, but my wife still loves it and kept it for our wall. The vibrant colors, the lush landscapes, and the rich culture of Hawaii became my new canvas. My art began to evolve, integrating the figure of hula dancers and lovers into Hawaiian landscapes. You can see this evolution in my Hula collection and Landscapes collection.
Painting Love in Paradise: The Inception of Maui Wedding Art
My journey as an artist has been a transformative one, beginning in Chile, moving through Brazil and Mexico, and finally settling in Maui. Each location has offered unique experiences, challenges, and opportunities to grow as an artist and as a person. My love for art and the beauty of Hawaiian weddings inspired me to found Maui Wedding Art, offering services such as live painting at weddings, caricatures, and paintings from pictures.
In my early days, I earned my first income as an artist drawing caricatures on the streets of Viña del Mar, Chile. This experience solidified my passion for art and motivated me to continue pursuing a career as a professional artist. My journey took me to Brazil, where I got new experiences, challenges, and opportunities to grow as an artist and as a person. One of my favorite memories from Brazil is doing live portraits alongside fellow artists on the vibrant Calçadão de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, soaking in the local culture and exchanging ideas and techniques.
My artistic style evolved as I relocated to Maui, integrating Animals, Hula Dancers, and Lovers into Hawaiian landscapes, capturing the unique beauty and spirit of the island. I was captivated by the vibrant colors and natural beauty of Maui, and the cultural heritage of Hawaiian and Polynesian people, and I found myself compelled to incorporate these elements into my art.
My life with my wife on the beautiful islands of Hawaii, our friendship, and the romantic connection I share with her has been a constant source of inspiration for my art. This inspiration, coupled with the love and joy shared by couples and their guests during weddings, led me to start offering live wedding paintings as part of my artistic services. By immortalizing these special moments and the love that permeates these events, I am able to create unique, meaningful, and heartfelt keepsakes for couples to treasure forever.
The intertwining themes of love, intuition, and beauty have influenced my artistic evolution and guided me to a life of joy, inspiration, and fulfillment. My experiences have taught me the value of love, intuition, and the importance of following one's passion, and I want my clients to know that the driving force behind my work stems from a genuine appreciation for the world around me.
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The Art of Love: Services that Make Weddings a Work of Art
At Maui Wedding Art, I offer a diverse range of artistic services that transform weddings into unforgettable experiences. Each piece of art I create is a labor of love, capturing the essence of the couple and the beauty of their special day.
Live Paintings: As a live painter, I bring a unique element to your wedding ceremony or reception. I capture the essence of your special day in a fine art masterpiece that serves as a lifelong memento. As the bride, groom, or event planner, you can watch your wedding day unfold on canvas, creating a unique keepsake to remember forever. I believe that Live Wedding Painters brought a revolution in the wedding industry in recent years, thanks to social media this service is the new essential vendor you need to book for your wedding, and I'm so honored to be part of this new trend.
Live Guest Portrait Paintings: This service allows me to paint your guests into captivating works of art. As your guests watch their portraits unfold, they become part of the art, adding an extra layer of engagement and excitement to your wedding.
Live Caricatures: I offer live caricature entertainment for your party or wedding ceremony. My flattering and fun portrait caricatures bring out the best in your guests, adding a touch of humor and personality to your event.
Commissioned Works: I offer commissioned portraits that showcase you or someone you love. You can turn any picture into a custom handmade realistic or expressive portrait. I also offer commissioned caricatures, providing a funny and cute caricature of your loved one.
Custom Artwork: I can bring to life completely personalized artwork based on your unique ideas. Whether your inspiration is a landscape with the location of your wedding, customized portraits, illustrations, or something else, I can create a truly personalized design.
Original Artwork: I offer a wide selection of original artworks that showcase the natural beauty and unique culture of the Hawaiian Islands. My artwork spans a variety of subjects and styles, including landscapes, seascapes, and cultural traditions.
You can explore my Services to see how I can make your wedding a work of art. Whether you're looking for a live painter, a portrait artist, or a caricaturist, I have the skills and passion to bring your vision to life.
Exciting New Services: Live Guest Portraits on Canvas
I am thrilled to announce the latest addition to my offerings at Maui Wedding Art: Live Guest Portraits on Canvas. This unique service captures the essence of your guests in beautiful guest portrait paintings during your special day. These live guest paintings provide a personalized and unforgettable wedding art keepsake for your guests, making your celebration even more memorable.
Live wedding guest portrait painting adds an artistic element to your event, serving as a unique entertainment option for guests and creating personalized keepsakes that will be cherished for years to come. By incorporating this creative touch into your wedding, you can transform your celebration into a truly memorable experience.
This artistic element serves as a conversation starter, engaging guests and creating a lively atmosphere. It can be a great addition to social media posts and wedding albums. Guest portraits on canvas offer a one-of-a-kind memento that your guests will cherish for years to come. These custom artworks serve as a lasting reminder of your wedding day and the special moments shared with loved ones.
To book your live wedding painting session, simply provide your name, phone number, and email address, along with your wedding date and ceremony location. Once your booking is confirmed, I will arrive at your event and set up my easel and materials, ready to create beautiful guest portraits on canvas.
I have flexible pricing options, starting at $1,200 for a 3-hour minimum booking. Customize your package to fit your needs by adding on options such as custom wedding paintings on canvas for the couple, family members, bridesmaids, and groomsmen, as well as additional painting time at a rate of $350 per hour.
To celebrate the launch of my Live Wedding Guest Portrait on Canvas service, I am offering an exclusive 20% discount for the first four clients who book this new service. This limited-time offer is the perfect opportunity to enhance your wedding or event with the magic of live art at a reduced cost.
For more information or to book your live wedding painting session, please reach out through email at email@example.com or call (808) 633-1902. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you create an unforgettable event with beautiful guest portraits on canvas.
The Artist's Signature: Ariel's Impact and Contributions
Over the years, I have had the privilege of painting many weddings, each one a unique story of love and celebration. My work has not only added a touch of art to these special occasions but also created lasting memories for the couples. You can read some of their stories in the Testimonials section on my website.
The Frame of the Future: Ariel's Vision for Maui Wedding Art
As I look to the future, I am filled with excitement and anticipation. I have big plans for Maui Wedding Art. I envision it not just as a service, but as a movement that redefines the way we celebrate love and commitment. I plan to continue my artistic journey, exploring new themes, experimenting with different styles, and pushing the boundaries of what is possible with live wedding painting. I am particularly excited about my Alla Prima Impression service, which alowes me to be more expresive and bring a fresh perspective to wedding art.
The Gallery Walk: Final Reflections on Ariel Quiroz and Maui Wedding Art
As I reflect on my journey, I am filled with gratitude. From a young boy in Santiago doodling on walls to the founder of Maui Wedding Art, it has been an incredible ride. I am grateful for the opportunities I've had, the people I've met, and the love stories I've been privileged to paint.
My work has allowed me to merge my two passions - art and love - into a career that brings joy to others. Every wedding I paint is a new adventure, a new story to tell. And the best part? I get to do it in one of the most beautiful places on earth - Hawaii.
I invite you to explore my Gallery and experience the magic of Maui Wedding Art for yourself. And if you're planning a wedding, consider adding a touch of art to your special day. After all, every love story deserves to be a masterpiece.
Over the years, I've received many questions about my work and Maui Wedding Art. I've compiled some of the most common ones in the FAQs section on my website. If you have a question that isn't answered there, feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to chat!
As I sign off, I want to leave you with this thought: Art is not just about creating beautiful things. It's about capturing moments, telling stories, and touching lives. And that's what I strive to do every day at Maui Wedding Art. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Here's to many more years of painting love stories in paradise!
Stay tuned for more updates on my work and Maui Wedding Art. Until then, keep celebrating love, keep cherishing moments, and keep making memories. Aloha!