Luis Tinoco is a Mexican American painter and illustrator, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area on November 1985. From a young age he quickly became enamored with drawing and illustration. As a teenager he focused strongly on anatomy and academic illustrations, inspired by works from the renaissance, baroque,orientalist and contemporary eras. Remaining hungrily studious and being mainly self taught through his career he has managed to advance in skill and knowledge with each execution. His concentration on realism has evolved and helped push his limits in creating colorfully emotive works.
He produced a his first solo show in April 2016, entitled “Beauty & The Streets” – A focus on empowered female subjects via emotive figurative and passionate portrait works. Graffiti heavy backgrounds served as the backdrop to highlight the harmony of beautiful and tough women and stark urban environments.
“Chingonas” was the sister series to “Beauty and The Streets” which debuted in June 2017. A statement on representation of women of color and “Chola Style” – The Chola look is style as a form of resistance personified, forged by the struggles of poverty, violence, and conservative gender roles. Both series’ embody the visibility and representation of Women of Color in Contemporary/Fine Art.
Although his work is primarily focused within the realm of Fine Art, he’s also a designer in his own right. He’s created many designs for screen prints and creates his own screen printed works in his home studio. He’s worked with various musicians and online personalities to help create their brand identity with logos, album artwork and t-shirt designs. Most notably, he has worked with Sister Crayon, Cutworm and Dear Banshee.
His works have been shown in various galleries on both east and west coast. He has worked with various musicians on design creations since 2010. He has been featured on several online platforms and was a Semi-finalist for the Bombay Artisan Series Art Competition for the San Francisco region and has been published in Strange Ways Magazine, Gross Magazine – RELISH Vol. 1 and The Art of Being Bill: Bill Murray and the Many Faces of Awesome.
In 2020 his painting “Sister Midnight” was selected among over 11,000 entries to be on exhibition at The De Young Museum in San Francisco for the first “De Young Open Exhibition”.