Being able to relate and have an emotional connection to a prior existing piece of art is an incredible thing, like falling in love for the first time every time. However often something more personal is called for in event of a special occasion, a hard to match color palette in your home, or simply because nothing speaks to you in the way you would like it to. This is where taking the route of a commissioned piece comes into play. Here are a few things you should know about commissioned art work to help you decide if going with your own commissioned piece is right for you.

First things first…what is a commissioned art piece?

The definition varies depending on a client, and also depending on the artist. For some clients this may mean giving a little bit of insight on what you would like to see in a piece (ie a piece revolving around music, family, or even a poem) and letting the artist take full range. In other cases it means working intimately with the artist, discussing preferred materials, colors, and content. The preferred process is usually chosen by the artist, Ivan Guaderrama is experienced in both methods.

How much does a commission piece cost?

Having your own customized piece can be a pricey ordeal. Fortunately at the Ivan Guaderrama Gallery you pay no extra cost for commissioned pieces, you pay exactly what you pay had you walked into the gallery and picked the piece straight off the wall.

How does commission pieces benefit my interior design?

With the options of color usage and material usage your piece will not only adequately reflect you and your family but the style and feel of your home as well. While some artist do this with just a few notes Ivan Guaderrama will personally visit the homes of locals, or used photographs from those who are not located in Cabo to create the perfect piece.

How do I go about getting my own commissioned piece?

If you would like to start the discussion of venturing into the world of commissioned art the best way is to visit the gallery and talk to us in person, or to send an email to

We will work to answer any questions you may have and to create a commissioned piece that’s just right for you. As always you can visit our website at to view a collection of preciously commissioned pieces.

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The advancements of technology have been an ever increasing blessing to people around the globe. The progression that has resulted in laser and even 3d printers have made books, magazines, and other literary expressions available to the masses in a moments notice at an affordable price. However such developments come with a cost. In the process of our technological growth we have lost the rare art form of the letterpress.

Invented in the 1400s by Johan Gutenberg as an alternative to the more traditional method of printing, which involved the time consuming carving of entire pages onto wooden blocks, the letterpress was invented with its sleek metal moveable lettering that could swiftly kiss the paper and print at a more rapid pace. Now, arguably, during this time period a more rapid pace consisted of 6 pages being printed in a day. The first fully printed literature on the printing press was the Bible, which took a span of 3 years to print despite a staff of over 30 employees.

However the letterpress did come with its own distinct style. Many have attempted to replicate the font and lettering of the classic press style to find that on flat, modern day printing paper the effect lacked zeal. Which is why Ivan Guaderramas newest venture of transcribing such a style into his inspirational art work results in a classically impressive piece. The collaboration of traditional lettering used in inspirational phrases with Ivans more modern and brightly colored abstract work creates a piece that is totally original and new while carrying a familiar note. The pieces very in their boldness, some carry a letterpress influence that sits front and center of the piece, unafraid to be in your face. While other have a faint and almost hidden impression in the art work, replicating the light handed effect found on vintage newspapers to avoid the transference of Ink. The theme is sure to be well represented in pieces of inspirational art throughout the course of 2013 and well into 2014.

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Faith, Love, Music. Those are the central themes in which so many works found in Galleria Ivan Guaderrama are based on. “Music” in particular has been a soft spot for Ivan, from Coldplay (see Yellow post) to a more instrumental focus, the artist pays homage to the great inspiration that can be found in so many forms around the globe. Most recently this concept has shown its face in two pieces involving two very different genres of music.

“The Jazz Age” has a look and feel that brings you straight to the 1920′s, the coloring and abstract details of a simple yet iconic saxophone form makes the concept jump off of the page. While “Beyond the Strings” creates a mood in which viewers can practically hear the gradually growing sounds of a full string quartet in their heads. The simplistic white backdrop gives the perfect contrast to a color pallet that is unmistakably Guaderramas signature. The final result is two pieces that celebrate the beauty that can be found both through sight and sound.

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When you live in faith you not only have greater momentum toward your goal, you not only streamline your life and are relieved of many inner conflicts, but some amazing transformations in your daily life or career often happen. This is why faith is so greatly encouraged, even in those who are by nature extremely skeptical.

The nature of faith stands as a constant inspiration for Ivan Guaderrama who attributes his success of his art work to his own personal faith in Jesus Christ. The beauty of faith is the moments in which we fully stand in it, despite having every reason not to. The memorable verse from the book of Matthew shown in the painting above and the video below is the Lords promise that he in fact asks very little of us, to have faith smaller than the grain of a single mustard seed, and in return He will move the many mountains in our life. Not to simply be taken as a literal mountain, the scripture uses the term ¨mountains¨ as it pertains to whatever sin each individual finds difficult to overcome.

Guaderrama incorporates an actual mustard seed behind a blue light in his stunning abstract piece, as a visual reminder of the small amount of faith Jesus requests of us so that He may create miracles.

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Psalms 31:24  “Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord”

These words appropriately grace a wooden canvas in the Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo accompanied by an array by abstract colors and floating hearts. The painting is just one of many in the gallery that celebrate the grace and love given to us by the Lord and his unending capability to provide for us, Ivan Guaderrama understands that the love of God is the most beautiful art form he could ever attempt to capture and that there’ s no better way to capture it then through the words of the King himself.

A variety of paintings in the galley done in acrylics and inks, incorporate the words of the Bible to feed the soul and nurture the heart. One of the most used verses in the gallery is  the much celebrated 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”. The verse so commonly used in wedding ceremonies speaks to Ivan Guaderrama on a creative level as he works it into his art work displaying the ultimate definition of love that is virtually unattainable without the help and love of the Lord.

A crowd  favorite is Ivan Guaderramas interactive piece “Faith Like A Mustard Seed” , inspired Matthew 17:20 : “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” “

The painting serves as a reminder of the fact that we all have our own “mountain” to overcome and that it simply requires a level of faith in the Lord. In case you forget just how small that level of faith needs to be, the artist incorporated an actually tiny mustard see in the center of the painting that lights up with the sound of a clap.

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Some of these angel paintings are subtle, and abstract in form while others are more contemporary, bold, and  larger than life; but there is no doubt that each takes on it’s own character and personality while delivering a strong and impactful message.

Ivan Guaderrama’s notorious Angel Collection comes in two forms;

the first is paintings. In these paintings done in vivid acrylic and ink-based colors each Angel stands in a pose that matches it’s only distinct personality. While some sit looking pensive and deep in thought, others stand tall with outstretched wings and bold tones. The paintings contain details to express each Angel’s love of music, life, and the word of God. The wings on so many of these Angels are done in such perfect detail, you’ll want to reach out and touch the wooden canvas to see if it’s real. Our patrons have described these descending beauties as regal, prolific, and captivating. Many of our guests have purchased an Angel due to the uncanny spiritual resemblance to a long lost loved one, to remind themselves that they are always being guarded and protected.

The second form of Ivan Guaderramas Angel Collection comes in the form of sculptures. Whether standing gracefully with wings relaxed back or spread wide in an impressive and strong stance these Angels grab attention n any home. The process is a personal one as Ivan Guaderrama sculpts each piece by hand using a clay base, the angels then come in a variety of colors and finishes including pewter and resin.

Whether purchasing on of Ivan Guaderramas angels as a personal memento or simply a decorative piece, there is guaranteed a perfect Angel for you here in the Ivan Guaderrama Gallery.

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