Some vibrant nostalgia from the mind of Michelle Guintu. East Bay raised but SF residing, Michelle has developed her aesthetic simply by painting the things she likes. From 90′s R&B superstars, like Missy and Aaliyah, to Joe Montana paintings and McDonald’s installations.


Paintings lightweight fascinate me. A series of deliberate (or perhaps whimsical) brush strokes that lead to a masterpiece. I want to see what goes on in a painter’s head. Do they know what they’re gonna do ahead of time, or do they simply build off of each previous stroke. Probably a combination of both. It’s the efforts of Leonid Afremov that got me pondering art at 4:38 on a Thursday. It’s amazing what colors and strokes can lead to.

Posted By Max Gibson
Max Gibson is a journalist, web curator and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Wine & Bowties, an Oakland-based art and culture publication with the focus of celebrating creativity. Today Max resides in Oakland after receiving his Bachelors Degree in Communications at Loyola Marymount University. Max also has a deep passion for photography, basketball, and good jokes.


  1. B. Williams
    Posted April 3, 2010 at | Permalink

    I need some shit like this hanging up in the tree house…

  2. Max
    Posted April 5, 2010 at | Permalink


  3. Nicole
    Posted April 12, 2010 at | Permalink

    I agree Leonid Afremov is a master of color and strokes. I found a bio of him at http://qart.com/Afremov-Leonid-bio. Great Artist

  4. Max
    Posted April 12, 2010 at | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the bio Nicole.

    It’s interesting that he uses a knife instead of a paintbrush.
    His creative process is really unique.

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