When you think about a kick ass female wearing combat gear, wrapped in a few hundred rounds of ammo and swaddled in bloodied bandages with a lit cigarette dangling from her parted crimson lips, it’s hard not to think of Brian M. Viveros. At first glance, the hyper-real paintings of young and innocent doe-eyed women seems alarming. But then, one begins to realize that the evocative mix of oil, airbrush, acrylic, and ink is nothing more than the inner light of an artist; whose world involves a bevy of cult worthy heroines, emerging triumphant from battle, complete with tattoos and wounds which rivals that of a male soldier.
Viveros is adept at capturing women in two ways—First, their alluring beauty and seductive outer attraction. Second, female inner strength and independent spirit. Extremely stunning, yet ruthless as hell, his female characters exude an overwhelming power and vulnerability. Both fighters and survivors, these immaculately rendered bombshells are bloodied just enough to remind us all they are formidable opponents, who are not to be underestimated. These ladies are steel tough magnolias created by someone with a sublime and tender nature. Revered by men who love tough broads, and adored by women who want to show off their inner bad girl.
This self-taught artist began his career doing science-fiction erotica and underground fetish comics before turning to painting. His art is a celebration of women, especially the one’s of a badass nature. Viveros’ sexy pin-ups and femmes fatales are well-practiced in boxing, war, and bullfighting. Covered in blood splatter and gorgeously inked, they seem ready to fight, but their provocative pout suggest they want to fuck too. Often copied by other artists, Viveros is indeed a great inspiration for tattoo artists and tattoo lovers alike, who wish to keep his art with them permanently.
A lot of people automatically assume that the women portrayed in Viveros’ artwork have been battered or abused. However, according the the artist, “Those people are blind, and they only want something to say. If you look closely, you will see that my work is all about pushing the strength, the power and the sexiness of a woman.”
“I have always looked at my mom as a strong woman who kept things together and kept me on track. These women aren’t victims, actually they are heroes, and they have won the battle, they have won the war!”
For Viveros, painting the female form is a hell of a lot more exciting and fun than painting guys. Referring to the females as his “Arm-Me of Smoking Girls,” every painting comes with an exciting rush of energy. Playing the role Dr. Frankenstein, Viveros thrives, especially while he’s creating strong, sexy women. By design, they bring us a that much closer into his world—-as she stares us down and exhales the smoke—he wants people to exclaim, “She’s Alive! She’s Alive!”
To learn more about Brian M. Viveros and see more art, check out his website here.3