Gene Mederos was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States with his parents and sister at the age of two. Raised in Brooklyn and later moved with the family to Miami, where he graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1987.
While earning a living at numerous day jobs, most notably a seven year run at the ASPCA in Manhatten where he oftened appeared on television to get homeless dogs and cats new homes, Gene has pursued his artistic career. Gene has designed sets and costumes for numerous plays in Miami, New York City, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He has exhibited and sold his art in NYC, Santa Fe and Tampa.
Now Gene has discovered the joys of Filmmaking, and the world will never be the same again...
Gene dedicates this website to his father and mother, who passed away in 1996 and 2001 respectively.
Artists flock to northern New Mexico for the clarity of the light and the beautiful, awe-inspiring scenery of the high desert. Lost Saints studio sits on a hilltop in the Pecos River Valley in the tiny Spanish Colonial vilage of Villanueva.
Although Gene Mederos has lived and worked in New Mexico since 1996, and has long dreamed of opening a studio, the dream became a reality in New Mexico. Two rooms of the hundred year old adobe house he calls home have been converted into a studio housing finished works and many works in progress, including sculptures and carvings created to decorate the house and grounds.
Gene believes you can discover something new about the world and the universe every day. In fact, he thinks the world is growing curiouser and curiouser....
So who, or what, are lost saints?
Most of the subjects of Gene's work are mythological and symbolic. Born in Cuba and raised in the Latin American diaspora of Brooklyn and Miami, Gene was exposed to the practice of Santeria, where a pantheon of African gods are secretly worshipped in the guise of Catholic saints. In his studies, Gene learned that a great many of the pagan gods and goddesses of ancient religions and myth were still being worshipped in today's religions and popular culture under new guises.
However, many ancient deities, particurlarly those of fertlity, joy, dance, celebration and magic, didn't make the transition to sainthood. These lost saints are some of his favorite subjects. See how many of these old gods you can find among his work.