Olivié Ponce is a Mexican artist who created #ExtraEstetica, a project supported by FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts, Mexico). This series of paintings has been exploring urban aesthetics for more than fifteen years, beginning in Mexico City, collecting experiences around the world, and eventually arriving in Brooklyn, New York, where the artist currently lives and works. The project creates a new allegory of the urban landscape.
Interspersed with #ExtraEstetica, Ponce has been working for four years creating stylized pieces that use vernacular Spanish terms, which are commonly known as negative or have vulgar connotations such as Puto, Perra and Bruja (Fagot, Bitch and Witch). The process of these artworks utilizes fine art techniques, where each piece is meticulously elaborated through the application of paint, texture, real gold leaf, etc. In a completed piece the connotation loses strength remaining ambiguous and giving rise to a new definition.
A master of traditional painting techniques, Olivié Ponce is also founder of OP Art Design LLC, a group of Brooklyn artists who offer professional services in interior decoration. He is also founder of Méxtasis, an alternative forum that exhibits Mexican art in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
A majority of Ponce’s works are in private collections in Mexico and the United States. His most recent commercial acquisitions include Banco Del Bajío, Mexico and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, NY. His work is featured in the movie “What Maisie Knew” (2013) with Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard.