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Ryan Rocha is a thinker, which you can probably tell by the detail in his paintings. In our interview, the Sactown-bred painter and illustrator breaks down his journey, from skating and making flyers for punk shows, to hanging with Grandma, to setting up shop in Oakland.



Piet Mondrian
Broadway Boogie Woogie (1943)

Describing his artistic pursuits as as “a search for beauty in its most simple (honest) form: line, shape and color,” the work of Piet Mondrian remains influential to the development of abstract art in the 20th century. Most recognized for his bold, grid-based paintings, much of Mondrian’s work dealt with theories of life, spirituality and the celestial. Distilling his work down to the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow along with black and white, Piet’s paintings sought to visualize the world through the use of vertical and horizontal lines. Relating the dualities of life through the perpendicular lines, much of Mondrian’s work represents spiritual energy through his own artistic lens.

A major point of reference in commercial design as well as popular culture, the influence of Mondrian’s paintings can also be seen in the work of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who used Mondrian’s designs to formulate a variety of iconic dresses in 1965. Although it may appear hard to decipher the messages that lie within the work of the artist, it appears as though Mondrian maintained a continuous curiosity about the world throughout his career, once famously stating, “I don’t want pictures, I want to find things out.”

Piet Mondrian
Rhythm of Black Lines (1942)

Piet Mondrian
Composition with Yellow Blue Red

Piet Mondrian
Composition No. 8 (1939-1942)

Piet Mondrian
Composition Red Yellow Blue (1937-1942)

Piet Mondrian
Composition II in Red Blue Yellow (1942)

Piet Mondrian
New York City (1942)

Piet Mondrian
Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian Inspired Dress

Posted By Max Gibson
Max Gibson aka Dispo Max 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 living in LA. Max loves hoop, dispos and good jokes.

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