Cabrera's work employs portraiture to reveal larger themes such as the human condition or more private, intimate moments, "I hope my work helps viewers see that painting can be more than just a pretty picture - that painting can be expressive and thoughtful" he said.
Cabrera is drawn to the primitive power of paint and how our ancestors painted with different marks and colors to determine what shapes best represent the human form. “It is this kind of thinking that interests me when I paint.” Cabrera said. “Creatively pushing paint around to create living breathing forms - when to brighten a color versus when to let it fade away into the background. The eye has to travel. How will I waltz my viewer around and around the surface of a painting? How will I create rhythm - a pulse - in my work to bring it to life? These are the questions I seek to answer when painting"