LOS ANGELES – Adam and Eve contract starlet Carmen Luvana has agreed to be the first subject in a series of adult film star portrait paintings by New York artist Julio Aguilera.
“A porn star is a new challenge,” said Aguilera, a Venezuelan-American painter and sculptor known for his abstract style. “Carmen requires more than just a portrait. She is the focal point for any study of the human body, plus the passion and intensity that follow in her wake.”
According to Aguilera, the series is expected to consist of five paintings, each depicting a different adult star. The girls will be recognizable, but the abstract rendering will make visual that which usually is hidden.
“Imagine seeing a heat map of Carmen in stark contrast to a blue background,” Aguilera said. “You see her in an entirely different way. But, you still know it’s Carmen.”
Aguilera cited Pablo Picasso as an inspiration for the as-yet untitled project: “All he did was paint and sculpt and fuck, so working with porn stars just makes sense to me.”
“TV and movie crossovers are becoming so common,” said Luvana. “Crossing over into art is going to be wild. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
Aguilera said he chose Luvana for her “body style, passion and intensity. When she enters a scene, she’s just on fire.”
Augilera’s work is on display at the Venezuelan Consulate Gallery and has appeared in New York’s Marriott Marquis, the International ArtExpo at the Jacobo Javits Center and the Latin Museum in Miami.