It’s no mystery why Enrique Suarez makes his home in the Chicago area. His love of the Windy City is evident in much of the art he creates. He is the Featured Artist for this weekend’s 23rd Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival, and for good reason.
This year, Enrique has been innovating a new style. His latest work combines realism with more of a cartoonist style. Each painting tells a story from the artist’s life, something he has experienced himself or witnessed in the lives of people around him. He has gotten a phenomenal response.
Enrique began as a portrait artist. He made every effort to capture every detail with accurate realism. Now, he is moving away from that. He recalls the freedom and flow he enjoyed drawing with crayons as a child. His new style aims to recapture that and his audience loves it. Clients who bought from him five or ten years ago notice the changes and think it’s tremendous.
If you know Enrique Suarez’s art, you know he’s known for using very vibrant colors. It’s a throwback to his Mexican heritage and that’s something that hasn’t changed in his art. It also reflects his sunny disposition.
Make sure to stop by his booth this weekend to meet this jovial fellow. You may notice a limp but all he has to say about that is, “Ah, my tire’s got a flat.” He remarks how life is queer, but no matter what challenges life throws at you, life is still beautiful.
When you’re at Enrique’s booth, you can enter to win the beautiful “Lovely Rose,” a 24” x 36” mixed media piece that is valued at $1485. The art festival is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Pioneer Court on North Michigan Avenue. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The winner of the drawing will be announced during the final hour of the show.
To learn more about Enrique and his art, visit his website. For up-to-the-minute info, stay tuned to our Facebook page. Don’t forget to participate in all our social media sites and tag your posts with #ChicagoTribArtFestival. See you in the Windy City!