BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT
Arturo Cabrera is a Brooklyn based artist who specializes in portraiture. His work aspires to capture the subtle nuances of what it means to be human. His paintings incorporate gold, silver and copper leaf - each of these represents an aspect of humanity. He has developed an artistic process that takes inspiration from the 12 stages of the human life cycle.
After graduating from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in 2012, he was awarded a year-long residency at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA, where he held a private studio. Cabrera then moved to New York City in 2014, where he worked for the renowned Jeff Koons Studios for two years.
Cabrera currently attends classes and has helped organize events at the Art Students League of New York. He has been taught by Alyssa Monks, Erin Anderson, Kristy Gordon, Max Ginsburg, Alonsa Guevara, and Edmond Rochat.
Humanism II, Cabrera’s most recent solo show in New York, opened at Dacia Gallery in Soho in October 2018. His work is featured in private collections throughout America and Europe and is in the permanent collections of the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.
"I’m mesmerized by portraiture—gazing at someone until I no longer recognize them, building their image back up through mark making until they appear again, a bottom lip catching light, a golden wisp of hair, the gentle curve of a clavicle. I still don’t know what it all means, but I know how I feel when I capture it. I know that there is no better feeling in the world than when I do. It’s enough for me."