Arturo Cabrera
Manhattan, New York

Arturo Cabrera, a young artist in New York, paints portraiture that combines a classical style with a contemporary sense of expression. Using his friends as models, it’s clear that Arturo has a personal connection with the individuals he paints. Rather than portray his friends realistically, he seeks to capture a defining quality in each person, embodying a unique passion, personality or emotion. The result is often a religious quality, with the reverent way his figures pose and gaze beyond the confines of the canvas. Arturo uses gold leaf to create a luminescent surface, reminiscent of medieval altarpieces or the portraiture of Gustav Klimt. The natural scenes in which the characters are placed seem fantastical, as if we are entering their dreams. There is an introspective quality to the work, and it appears that each person is dealing with an internal decision, realization, or transformation. Utilizing classical styles, Arturo pulls his subjects from their modern settings and brings their physical bodies into the spaces of their internal musings.
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