Recently completed portrait: “Carlos Funes at Ensueno Milonga”

I recently finished this commissioned oil portrait of Carlos Funes. He is a tango dancer, originally from Buenos Aires Argentina but moved here with his wife Cathy to New Jersey decades ago. The two of them taught and performed tango for many years in New Jersey and New York. They danced tango for 50 years together! Cathy died a few years ago and Carlos now comes to the milongas on his own. She used to bake delicious things and bring them to the tango events and now Carlos has taken her place. Every Monday at Ensueno Milonga and Thursday at La Nacional Milonga, he brings wonderful empanadas and alfajores (Argentine cookies with dulce de leche filling) and hands them out to everyone with a big smile. He is like our tango grandfather and is a very important part of our lives. Just seeing his smile can make all the problems from your day recede! I loved painting his portrait. This is an oil painting on canvas using mostly Vasari paints. It is 23″ x 18″ and now resides in Carlos’ home.

Here are three videos of Carlos and Cathy Funes dancing tango, both in New York City and in Buenos Aires:
Tango at Sin Rumbo milonga in Buenos Aires:
Milonga at Town Hall in NYC:
Tango at Town Hall in NYC:
And here is a TV show about them (in Spanish):

"Carlos Funes at Ensueno Milonga" Oil painting on canvas, 23" x 18"

“Carlos Funes at Ensueno Milonga”
Oil painting on canvas, 23″ x 18″

Gayle & Tioma performing in Sugarloaf NY, Saturday March 8th


Come join us if you’re in the area!

Gayle and Tioma Tango Under the Tent performance

Gayle & Tioma teaching and performing schedule in March

Gayle and Tioma

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Tioma and Gayle will teach and perform at Tango Under The Tent at the Seligmann Homestead, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY 10918. If you are driving there and are using GPS, use Chester, NY 10918 instead of Sugar Loaf.

The class will begin at 6:30pm, the social dancing is 8pm-midnight and the performance will be ~9:45pm. All inclusive admission: Members – $10, non-members – $15. A contribution to the food table is always appreciated and we thank all who make donations. Tango Under The Tent does not supply wine – our Tangueros bring it – if you drink it, make sure to occasionally bring a bottle. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided as usual.

Check their website here for more information and any weather-related cancellations.
Tioma and Gayle will teach a workshop on Sunday March 16th at American Studios of Performing Arts, 721 Acorn Street, Deer Park, NY. Beginner workshop is from 11:30am – 1:30pm, intermediate workshop is from 1:30 to 3:00pm. The workshops are $20 per person for a single workshop or $35 per person for both workshops. See their website for more information.

Tioma and Gayle are teaching now every Monday night at Ensueño Tango Salon. There is a beginner class from 7:30-8:30pm and intermediate class from 8:30-9:30pm. Each week, Tioma and Gayle will teach one of the classes and José Fluk will teach the other and we will rotate each week. For the beginner class, there will be a discount for students with a valid ID. After the classes there is social dancing from 9:30pm-1:15am. This coming Monday, Marach 10th Tioma and Gayle will teach the beginning class.

Tioma was interviewed by Maria and Mario of Recuerdo Radio and it is now available online. There are two separate interviews, one in English and one in Spanish. Here are the links to his interview:
Click here for the interview in English
Click here for the interview in Spanish