A creative mind since birth, Pepe Soto (aka DESOTO) has had an extensive journey in the arts. He began to sing at age eighteen and later on compose music in his early twenties. Spending over thirty years in the music industry, Pepe always had a passion for the visual arts.
He immersed himself in the world of photography shortly after retiring from music. Over the years, his passion for photography combined with his natural talent in digital art led to the creation and evolution of his signature style known as Fragmented Reality.
Fragmented Reality is a reflection of human nature. Each subject is divided, broken down into a profusion of feelings. Like a puzzle an answer lies behind each piece. An unfinished masterpiece yearning for completion.
From this foundation, DeSoto began to create a series of experiments in search of new textures that broke away from traditional color palettes. His newest collection known as Translucent Dimension is a result of a year’s worth of what he calls “artistic discovery.” DeSoto not only discovered new textures, but utilized light to create something indescribably beautiful.
What is central to your creative process?
"Time is central to my creative process. That is to say, my focus is on creating works of art that’ll endure time. By doing so, I am able to create pieces which go beyond current trends or styles, to create something which firmly settles within the viewer’s mind."
What do you like about Loupe?
"I like that Loupe allows art lovers to go beyond the traditional concept of a gallery; giving them a unique visual experience which they can bring into their own homes."
We liked your concept of fragmented reality so much that we created a channel centered around that phrase. How do you define your fragmented reality and how do you capture this in your work?
"Fragmented Reality is a reflection of human nature. I captured this concept in each work by starting off with an image. As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and being a photographer, I knew this to be true. However, Fragmented Reality was something deeper than a picture, it was a puzzle. A puzzle which could only be deciphered by the viewer because what lied behind it was undefined. That being said, my process of creation was antithetical to that of most artists. I began with an image which was clear and concise, and then began a process of reversal layering which resulted in a fragmented work of art. Ultimately, my goal was to create something that did not speak for itself, but instead communicated an abstract, yet powerful message on an individual basis; striking each viewer differently."