PALANCA – crudely sexual and delicious

Palanca is a Peruvian artist known for his homo-fetish art which centers on the bare male foot. At early age, he started creating cartoon characters and some depict homoeroticism. Palanca began making underground erotic drawings in 1982. It wasn’t until 1994, after a short summer holiday in Spain, when he decided to do something to introduce his work to the Gay public. Then his pseudonym was born (Palanca in Spanish means lever, or a closer definition, gear shift.

PHOTO: Andrew Epstein

PHOTO: Andrew Epstein

From 1995 to 2001, Palanca’s style went from primitive to cartoonish (and that’s why his work was easily accepted, even by non-Gay or non-fetish people). In 2001 Palanca went to Los Angeles where he met the founder and the curator of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF). He showed at the Tom of Finland Art Fair, L.A. Pride’s Erotic City and TOM’s Bar. In L.A. he also met filmmaker Chris Maher.

In 2007 he was honored with a Special Recognition from ToFF. His drawings have been published in the American magazines FootScene, Sneerzine, Honcho and Inches, and in European magazines, as well.

Palanca applies the same skill needed to finely delineate the male foot to the rest of the anatomy with crudely sexual and delicious results. Please add some Palanca’s to your collection or drop him a line to say hello and wish him well.

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