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Geisha Muerta Artwork on MTV’s The Real World
April 16, 2008
Southern California Illustrator Naomi Valdivia was chosen to have 3 pieces of her Geisha Muerta series (below: Geisha Muerta #1, Geisha Muerta #2, Geisha Muerta #3) featured in one of the many extravagant rooms in The Real World house, located in Hollywood, California. The room which the artwork is located in is an Asian style room, with very bold reds and blacks. Links to a picture gallery of the entire house can be found here at http://www.mtv.com/photos/?fid=1583900&view=thumb
This season of “The Real World” will mark its 20th season on air. This will also be the first season to be “Environmentally-Friendly.” The Real World has long been at the forefront of pop-culture as we know it today, which makes it even more significant that they are “going green.” The first episode of The Real World Hollywood will air Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
Naomi’s artwork on the show will feature very graphic iconic Geishas with bold colors (black, red, violet). Within each piece, aside from the first impression of “cuteness” is the element of the “muerta” inspired by the very distinctive Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead. Skulls are used in each of the 3 pieces to give an interesting mesh of imagery and also a mesh of cultures.
Naomi Valdivia is truly a Southern California artist, raised mainly in Carson, CA. She attended High School in Hollywood at the Fairfax Visual Arts Magnet on Melrose Blvd, and college at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles finishing with a BFA in Illustration. She is currently a Graphic Designer and freelance Illustrator in Camarillo, CA.
Her style is very influenced by the meshing of cultures, as she is a living, breathing mesh of cultures herself; she is half Filipino, a quarter Japanese, and a quarter Caucasian, and within those ethnicities are even more culture meshes. The style of her work is mostly digital, mixing the clean vector quality of Illustrator with the many painterly possibilities of Photoshop. Another main theme often seen in Naomi’s work is the mixing of something beautiful with something that is seen as somewhat morbid, therefore, creating its own haunting and thought provoking beauty. She is the “Rice” factor of Beenznrice, of which her husband Carlos, who is Mexican American, is the “Beenz.”
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