Llanos has taken inspiration through appreciation of other noted artists including Honore’ Daumier and John Sloan. Both of these artists had documented the interaction of individuals according to the current time period. In his own work, Llanos not only takes aim, but hits the bull’s-eye, which is no doubt another reason why he educates through lecture and forums at prestigious institutes of art around Los Angeles including the Pasadena Arts Center, Brentwood Art Center and the Art Center College of Design.
Since childhood, Llanos has utilized his adept skills of social observance to create drawings that are beyond anything outsiders might attempt in showing a side of Los Angeles with a heartbeat.
He understands his city, but what’s more is that he clearly loves his city.
Llanos’ exhibit at Wax Poetic may be small, but how often do you walk out of a gallery with a smile on your face because the work actually made you feel good about your city? Exactly.