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DISJOINTED PERSPECTIVES BY JORGE SANTOS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jorge Santos spent his childhood in Luanda, Angola on the coast of Africa. In 1975, Angola exploded in the violent political turmoil of decolonization forcing Santos’ family to flee the country. At the formative age of 16, Santos found himself thrust into the equally turbulent and unknown culture of Lisbon, Portugal, as that country slid into its own revolution. The national struggle paralleled Santos’ own personal one and fueled his passion for drawing. At this early stage, pencil drawing, the most simple and direct form of expression, perfectly suited his complicated and dramatic images and expressed his unique vision.

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His paintings often feature a slightly exaggerated or disjointed perspective, such that they appear to float on top of the background. The paintings’ subjects are frequently allegorical, with ironic or humorous undertones. Santos exclusively used black-and-white until 1990, when he introduced a limited color palette in his works; in 2000, he dramatically changed his approach to color again, favoring vivid hues.

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HAIRY PORTRAITS BY ERIK MARK SANDBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist Erik Mark Sandberg’s work addresses issues such as globalization, gentrification, consumerism, and love in the modern day. His allegorical narratives incorporate an experimental mix of digital 3-D modeling, printmaking, photography, drawing, and collage. For Sandberg, the use of composite imagery symbolizes the disconnect that technology creates between man’s natural environment and the reality of the digital realm. Sandberg’s creatures conjure up images of yesteryear and when viewing them, you get a taste of long lost childhood. The portraits are lighthearted, familiar and recall the imaginative minds of children. The creatures seem every bit as alive as the spectator; with their big wet eyes and their fur resting lightly on their skin, revealing their human forms.

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ALLEGORICAL PAINTINGS BY KEVIN SLOAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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At the core of Kevin Sloan‘s work is a deep concern and respect for our planet particularly its “silent inhabitants” – the animals and plants we share this world with. Through allegory and symbolism he expresses this concern and at the same time reminds viewers of the wonders in this extraordinary world.

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Often lush, sometimes stark and theatrical, Kevin Sloan’s “allegorical realism” paintings always ask more questions than they present answers. They aspire to start a conversation about our relationship with nature in this modern, technological and quickly changing era.

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