A native born Californian, Derek Aguilera started his artistic career at a young age and his work has expanded in both technique and scale since then. His paintings are large, starting at 48” x 60” progressing to as large as 120” x 120”. Using oils and acrylics, they are contemporary in design and often use mixed media to add textural complexity to the paintings.
Derek believes that art is an essential part of our contemporary lifestyle. His large statement pieces provide a strong visual impact while still being very easy to live with. “Material, color and composition are the magic and challenge of creating something new and wonderful,” according to the artist.
Derek's passion for travel started as a foreign exchange student in Brazil and Sweden. For several years he was a high fashion model for the Ford Agency and lived in Paris, France and New York City. He received a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Foreign Relations.