I am Senén Llanos
I am Senén Llanos
The first time I saw a camera was in my father's hand, he was a passionate Nikon enthusiast and I remember being fascinated by seeing those photos on paper. Their rich colors and the smell of the photograph was something to fall in love with.
It was while studying computer science at the University of Puerto Rico that I started capturing images of friends close to me. Immediately falling in love with the medium. It wasn't until a close friend died that I learned about the power of an image, this served as a catalyst that sent me on the road I am now.
I'm known for my work with paint and skin. Where I project form and my subjects personal energy through textures and colors. I believe skin is the most interesting canvas of them all and especially love working with inspired people to create impossible beautiful imagery that celebrates our sexuality. We are nothing if not sexual creatures and while we tend to shy away from our nature it is when we accept it that we create art.
in 2011 I moved to New York, the city and it's energy inspired me like nothing before. It was there that I received the top prize for the New York Dancer Parade Photography Contest. Since then i've made it my priority to work with dancers of all types, who make the impossible and theatrical seem easy.
Each image I print is the result of hundreds of hours of experiments. It is only after thousands of images have been shot that I select a single one to be a part of my series. These ones are made available for purchase, as very limited edition large format prints.
My original paint series. Started as an ongoing experiment and officially launched as a series in 2013. All my work has evolved from this series.
The Bathtub Experiments. Three years worth of images using the bathtub as a creative studio. Where skin and paint is fused together to create fleeting textures that are captured in camera.
People become stunning colorful martians captured in their environment bringing an extraterrestrial sentiment…a Mars–like terrain. Very much a work in progress, it's something that I am very excited to be working on.
Beautiful dense work desires the right environment to showcase it, locations with history and love for details.
There is no replacement for large format work. When you walk up to a large piece you're no longer just looking at an image, you're falling in love.
Every stroke of a hand, every drop of paint can be seen and analyzed. Every flaw is easier to see, and my dedication to perfection can be appreciated this way.
I seek to study sexuality and desire. To embrace what makes us humans in an explosion of colors and textures.
My work consistently features us in our most vulnerable element. Stripped of clothing and surrounded by the most basic of elements.
In 2013 I launched my first collection in the penthouse of the magnificent Aeolian building located in Fifth avenue and 54th Street, New York City.
Recently, the Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico was the host to an exclusive event for my second series "The Bathtub Experience".
Keeping with the theme, select attendees where given access to see me work while I created an image in the bathtub of the exclusive presidential suite.
This series was once again presented by the end of 2013 where I had my second showing in the legendary Cipriani Hotel located in Wall Street, NYC.
This series is now housed in a gallery space located in Miramar, Puerto Rico. It is available for viewing via private appointment.
Besides solo exhibitions i've also been a guest to many group exhibitions where my work becomes part of a larger vision with talented artists.
The Other Canvas
The Other Canvas
In my quest to explore different art mediums, I created a clothing line which I dubbed Gotham Skin.
Over three years, I photographed New York City looking to use women's legs as a canvas. Bridges were a natural fit for their lines and their perfect symmetry would lend itself well to clothing.
It was another canvas, leggings as art.
Always provocative, my work is consistently featured internationally across many publications. Here's a few.