by Justice Howard
Armando Huerta is giving Olivia and Sorayama a run for their money, and if
I were a betting babe I’d put my money on Armando and let it ride! Yes,
Olivia’s women are beautiful pin up queens and Sorayama’s babes drip
lovingly and lasciviously in latex skins but no one has detail in their
art like Armando. When I first received my Armando painting I unwrapped it
and had to run and get my drool bucket immediately, and then go and change
my panties. After the ruckus when I sat down to peruse the painting, one
of the things I was most impressed with was the detail with which he
painted the smaller things. More inconsequential features such as the
eyelashes (every single eyelash was there) and the eyebrows (it was like Betty herself had penciled them in!) were all there in minute perfection. He later told me he had spent 10 hours alone just on the hair. He states
“If I am not happy with the hair, then sometimes I’m not happy with the
whole painting.” It is these small details that breeds perfection. And
perfection of female pulchritude is Armando’s stock in trade.
It was not just the painting itself that was impressive; even more so, to
me, was the artist. His demeanor is soft-spoken and he is very humble, a
trait that a lot of lesser artists would do well to emulate. He is 34
years old and looks 14; he was carded one night when we were out drinking
at one of the casinos.
Perhaps some of you will know of the unfortunate beginnings with his art
and some of you will not. I think at this time, it’s unimportant and will not be mentioned in this interview. Just know that he got a very raw deal
from some scumball scam artist who claimed for some time to be Armando
himself, all the while bilking Armando out of thousands & thousands of dollars.
But now the shady characters and the deception are all behind him
and it will be Armando, the true-real deal artist that will be shining brightly
well into thefuture. When you read this interview, please remember that our boy is
originally from Mexico and has just very recently learned to speak English.
SG: How did you get started as an artist?
AH: You are born an artist; it’s something you have inside and sometime during
your life, it comes out. The only thing I do is make my spirit heard. My mother said I’ve been drawing since I was a baby, that I could draw beforeI learned to walk; she has drawings I did when I was a baby. I always
drew, all my life. There is a need to do this, like I told you before.
When I was a child I saw cartoons, and I started to draw what I saw on TV;
I drew, I don’t know, Mickey Mouse or that kind of character. The
Hanna-Barbera cartoons were very popular when I was a child. I also drew
Godzilla and Japanese robots like Ultra-Man. My mother would buy me
colored pencils and notebooks, and I would fill a 100-page notebook in
week. When I was a child; I was drawing all the time.
SG: How would you describe your art now?
AH: I’ve always liked women, I believe that women are the most beautiful
things on Earth. I don’t have any interest in drawing airplanes or
starships or porpoises, even though I can do that easily. I like women,
all kinds of women, so I display that love for them in my paintings. When
I was a student at university, I saw a Sorayama book and I was really
shocked. I believed he used some kind of trick (I couldn’t figure out what
it was) because his paintings are very realistic. Then, when I got my first
Sorayama book I realized he was actually drawing, there is no photo. I was
very impressed, and I was thinking, ‘I hope sometime in my life I can do
that.’ At that time I still hadn’t learned how to use the airbrush. I was
very good at drawing, with pencils or whatever. With time I got many books
by Olivia and Sorayama, and I learned to make paintings like them. I
learned how to use the airbrush. My first painting was an Olivia re-make.
I never realized when I really started to do the paintings, I believed
each painting was better than the one before it.
SG: So would you describe what you do as pin-up art?
AH: don’t know. Pin-up is an image you put up on the wall and you can have
a connection to it, like the soldiers in the Second World War. Many people
have told me that my images are very aggressive, sexually aggressive, and
they can’t put that on the wall.
SG: When you draw your women, they’re all very powerful entities; you don’t
draw any wimpy women.
AH: Yes. Because I’ve always been an open-minded person. I liked when the
people told me the paintings are progressive. There was a time when a girl
came to me and said one of my paintings”a butt shot”made her sick. I asked
her why and she told me, ‘Because the butt of the girl looks like a real
butt.’ I was happy, because this is a compliment to my skills.
AH: Like celebrities, ’cause I
noticed there’s a couple images of Cameron Diaz
Yes. I like to draw the women I like most, personally. I like Gillian
Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Cameron Diaz. I think you should do
something like, with the butt shot; you never saw a photo like this in your life. That kind of fantasy. Extreme fantasy that I have, I put in the
SG: I noticed some of your paintings are fantasy oriented, they have fantasy
swords and wings, can you tell us about those?
AH: I like comic books; heroines like Wonder Woman and Vampirella, those kind
of powerful icons. And I also want to express that in my paintings,
because the woman is the most powerful being on Earth. More powerful than
the forces of the moon, rainbows, or the stars.
SG: Why do you think that?
AH: Because a woman naked is more troublesome than a man naked.
SG: Why do you think that?
I don’t know, maybe it’s something deep inside our minds.
SG: You mean visually?
SG: Ah! OK, I get it. Tell us about your new website.
SG: My official website is www.armandohuerta.com and I put what I think is the
best work I’ve done there. You can find all of my paintings on that
website, but you can also find the paintings I like to show; my best work
and the work that I feel happy to show with no problems at all. There are
two paintings I did in the past that I don’t like. I think I had some kind
of problems with the technique or the drawing.
SG: You were telling me that you had something personal happening in your
life, and because you were not that happy at that time that some of the
sadness came into the paintings, right?
AH: Yes, exactly. You express your feelings in your paintings. So if you have
a real good eye you can tell when I was sad and when I was happy in the
paintings; you can see it in La Diabla, it’s a happy painting.
SG: La Diabla is a beautiful Betty Page rendition, one I purchased from
Armando,entitled “La Diabla 016.”
I can say that if my house was on fire,
that’s the first thing I would grab. [laughs] It’s absolutely stunning.)
AH: There was another painting I did when I had problems with the woman I loved, you see my desperation and my sadness in that painting. Maybe it’s
something I try to keep secret. I don’t like that painting because it
reminds me of that time. That’s why both of those paintings are not on the
SG: Some of your paintings area a little bit more explicit than some of the
others. Would you like to talk about those?
AH: Yes. When I was painting the butt shot I was afraid that women would come
up to me and say that I’m a misogynist or a pervert. I was thinking about
men and that men like that kind of stuff. In real life I realized that many women actually love that painting, and half the men are disgusted with
that kind of beauty and reality. That really surprised me. I was happy because maybe women saw some kind of freedom in my painting and don’t see
it in the traditional made for men thinking. You know how Sorayama
paintings are also very sleazy? You can find piercing, you can find girls peeing….. Ilike the art that makes you feel shocked.
I like when people see my
paintings and are very shocked: ‘Don’t you think that’s disgusting?’ Or I like when they’re very happy. I like the extremes.
SG: I will say that I think the reason some of the women like the more explicit ones is because you draw really nice female genitalia. They’re absolutely
geometrically and anatomically perfect; they look like little perfect peaches. So tell us
what you have planned for the future and where fans will be seeing your
most spectacular art down the line.
You’re also very early in your career arent you Armando?.
AH: The only fear for my art is that you can find several websites from many
countries with my art on them and most of those are my first paintings.
I know now that if I want to have a real career, I have to make my
paintings more glamorous, not so out of sight.
That will reach the most
people. But many of my fans love that kind of explicit painting. Maybe in
the future there will be a time for that but not now. Now I need to reach
all the world and I have to keep (or I have to save) explicit paintings for
the future. I don’t know,
maybe I can make one or two a year, because I
really like making those more extreme paintings.
By extreme you mean the ones with the perfect peaches?
Yeah, exactly. I’m also more of a realist, so I’m gonna make art to hang
on walls or expose in galleries.
We’ll all be holding our breath until you do.