Filmmaker, Painter, Writer and Educator
My name is Yeltsin Penado, I am from Los Angeles, California. I am currently living and working in the city of Long Beach, California. I Received my BFA in Painting and Community Arts Engagement from Otis College of Art and Design in 2018. I mainly work in Video and Film, and combined them with Paintings and writings. I am also a teaching artist hosting workshops in Fibers, Painting, Robotics, and Experimental video/film. Sound and setting are major inspirations In my work, I listen to the ambient noises found in different environments and translate these sounds into images. My work is inspired by themes landscapes surrounding plants, rocks, nature and the human spirit. In my drawing and painting practice I utilize natural dyes and pigments to create fiber pieces that I stretch on stretcher bars and use traditional painting materials on. The imagery reflects abstracted natural themes through a topographic use of materials though layering.
Creative Visionary behind MicrowaveFork, a Cross-platform live video streaming channel which includes: Art, Music, Games, Reviews, Experimental Journalism and Performances.
“I am currently focusing on projects involving Natural Fiber Dying, Writing, Video and Film. As a painter, I have always been interested in the origins of colors, materials, and supplies. I craft drawing and painting materials from scratch and combined them with fiber dying techniques to produce large sheets of colors and patterns. I research historical natural dye processes from cultures around the world and create works that reflect natural formations, seasons and regions. I select specific fibers: wool, silk, and cotton and use them to achieve different shades and tones on the fabric. My painting process involves using encaustic wax paint as a resist, and then a layer of natural dye is applied to form a pattern on a fabric that is stretched on handmade stretcher bars. With this work, I am documenting the delicate process and tradition of Fiber Dying.
I am also producing video pieces that use scripts from online videos, captures from video games, found footage and animated segments made on Unreal Engine. I am currently 3D scanning rocks and minerals, then uploading the scanned files into imagined spaces I have built using Unreal Engine. I’m writing a story that has been inspired and scripted by the Closed Captioning feature on YouTube. I am using videos from performances and live streams. A 1-hour clip is translated into 323 lines of text with detailed timestamps which I use as a reference in my script. My interest in this process is that the software struggles to accurately determine sounds, words, and concepts. This produces an abstract story which I combined with ambient sounds and images of empty spaces. I hope to create a playable experience at some point.”
You can check out the range of my work on my website and social media channels. I also publish Art Catalogues and Zines. I post updates on different projects and processes I am tinkering with. I also have a gaming blog on YouTube and Live Stream on Twitch where I connect with other gamers. On social media, I post updates if I am participating in any type of exhibition, event, workshop or convention.
People can support my work with their presence. I am always excited to collaborate and work with other artists and creatives. I am always sharing my projects, research, and findings so it’s important to follow me on social media and stay updated on upcoming workshops or exhibitions.