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701 SE 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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Metal prints are an Art-A-Whirl customer favorite, so I am discounting them by 20% through August 31, 2020! Use code 2020WHIRL when checking out on my website. If you are looking specifically for Minnesota images, look for Minnesota under the “Featured Locations” menu. Thanks very much for your support.


I was born in Puerto Rico, and moved to Minnesota to pursue graduate studies in architecture. I live in St. Paul with my wife, where I practice architecture and enjoy boating, dancing, camping, and as much travel as possible. My interest in photography was born in 1994 when I bought an EOS Rebel S for a student trip to Europe. I thoroughly enjoyed photography from the very beginning, but it had to temporarily take a back seat to my architecture education and first years of practice. During this time, the photography world changed dramatically as digital imaging opened new creative opportunities and challenges. I was initially disheartened by the change, and sold my 35mm kit in the early 2000s. I remember thinking that I was likely done with photography for good.

Things changed dramatically in 2014, when I casually purchased a used DSLR system for my first vacation with my soon-to-be wife. I quickly realized how much I missed photography. More importantly, I realized that digital imaging was still photography, that the experience of framing and capturing an image was still the same, and that the skills I had developed in the past were still relevant even with the newer digital equipment. Things have progressed rapidly since then. I am a frequent participant in art shows, and my images have been exhibited in galleries, restaurants and coffee shops in Minnesota. I am proud that my work, including my writing, has also been featured in local and international publications.

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