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MEDIUM: Oil Paint | Mixed Media Art
SPECIALTY: ✔ Technical

My history as an artist begins before my birth. At the end of the 19th century, my great grandfather, Juan Gamboa Guzmán, was one of the most recognized painters in the State of Yucatán, Mexico; he was, also, one of the first professional photographers in my hometown: Mérida. During the 20th century, it was my grandfather, Ermilo Torre, who was recognized as one of the greatest artists in the city. I grew up surrounded by art; since I was a child, I spent my time creating stories for the characters in the paintings around me. My most joyful activity during my childhood was to draw.

As a teenager, when I had enough reasons to hide, my art became a way of reconnecting with the outside world. The young, introverted and insecure boy I was, found in the canvases a way of communication and interaction with the rest of the world, as well as the only true way of catharsis to balance my emotions and thoughts.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.

Specialty: ✔ Technical



Colour and Composition


Studio Setup for Art Production


Making Portraits


Teaching How to Self Critique



Artist Statement & CV


Shows and Exhibits



Running your art business the day-to-day

“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.”
~ Deb, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

The search for mastery in technique comes early in my process.

I have always admired great figurative artists, either past or present.

I have continued the path of my predecessors, embracing the human bodies and faces with its tremendous depth, exploring its possibilities and reflecting a part of me in each character I paint.

I keep looking for what is not seen, what remains in the blank spaces, the raw beauty that goes beyond the utopian search for perfection, the images behind the images.

It is not just the eyes, but the gaze.

It’s not just the hands, but the gesture.

In my paintings, you will find the deepest part of my being, in their pain, my pain, in their serenity my peace, in their life my own.