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Erotic Artbeat – Sensuous Oil Paintings by Ponciano

Sensuous Oil Paintings by Ponciano at Sanctuary


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Ponciano is an internationally known modern contemporary artist based out of Portland. For more than three decades, their large-scale abstract and surrealist oil paintings have been a favorite of art collectors worldwide. Ponciano first gravitated toward the international language of art at the age of 6, exploring murals and paintings inside the ruins of “El Casino del Agua Caliente” near their grandparents’ home in Tijuana, Mexico. Ever since, Ponciano has sold out their entire collection of originals and kept painting, refining their craft not only as a professional artist but also as an art collector, former gallery director and curator. Each brush stroke captures vibrant colors and dynamic movement, infused with hidden meanings related to philosophy, sensuality and the artist’s life story. After showing in hundreds of private and public exhibits, Ponciano is excited to finally showcase their work as an out artist in the LGBTQ+ community. Their erotic collection showcases the intensity, intimacy and rawness of queer relationships, showing how humanity and specifically those communities have evolved. “It’s about beauty. It’s about free form. It’s about releasing emotions through color and brush strokes,” Ponciano says. “I’m excited about knowing that the vast majority attending my exhibit will be my community. Because I’ve never had that before.”

Sensuous Oil Paintings by Ponciano

Internationally known modern contemporary artist Ponciano brings a decadent selection of abstract and surrealist erotica to an intimate art show at Sanctuary. The artist’s private collection spans nearly two decades of original oil paintings, many kept secret due to queer imagery back when art dealers urged the artist to stay closeted professionally. For Portland’s First Thursday Gallery Walk, Ponciano invites the open-minded, discerning and the passionate to attend a one-of-a-kind exhibit. Prints of selected works, as well as originals, will be available for purchase. A luscious DJ set will be provided by beat mixstress Jen Siren.

The Sanctuary Club is an upscale and elegant event space and nightclub. Sanctuary provides a gathering space for a large and diverse sex-positive community. Sanctuary welcomes all gender identities and relationship configurations, LGBTQ+, poly, swing, kink, POC, and all curious, like-minded, happy people. Their venue is ADA accessible.

Sanctuary offers a full bar, lounge seating, dance floor, open play areas, dungeon furniture, ample sanitary supplies, and a fun, convivial atmosphere.

Ponciano will be hosting a First Thursday Art Gallery Opening Gala on Thursday, March 5 from 7pm-9pm. Entry is free to the public and there will be opportunities to meet and greet with the artist and enjoy the show in a quiet decadent setting that Sanctuary provides.

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Portland, OR 97209
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