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Syncretism

Of Venus – feat. The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1831) by Katsushika Hokusai

Artists like Cesar Santos grow up with the intuition to go against the current and, that way, they often end up finding themselves in a unique position. “Some of my friends would tell me, ‘Don’t do classical art’,” he told Holistic Auction, “and my other friends who like classical art would say, ‘Don’t concern yourself with contemporary art’, so I thought, ‘Let’s make a mixture of these two things and call it syncretism and make these opposing schools of art live together within a painting’.”

Born in 1982, in Villa Clara, Cuba, in 2000 Cesar enrolled at the New World School of the Arts but, just before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he dropped out in search of his visual language. In 2006 he graduated from the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. His work is an investigation on contrast and form, playing with opposites. Actualizing old school techniques to shape ideas into lyrical and dramatic pieces. He is in permanent collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sicily, the New Salem Museum and Academy of Fine Art in Massachusetts and the Museum of Art and Design in Miami.

Aftermath – feat. Guernica (1937) by Pablo Picasso + The Starry Night (1889) by Vincent van Gogh
Juggler
En Plain-Air – feat. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) by Pablo Picasso
Picnic in Central Park – feat. Le déjeuner sur l’herbe / The Luncheon on the Grass (1863) by Édouard Manet
Bombast – feat. Whaam! (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein
Juliet – feat. Bedroom in Arles (1888) by Vincent van Gogh
Character Day
Babysitting – feat. Guernica (1937) by Pablo Picasso
The Fixed and The Mobile
Across
Salvator Artistis – feat. Salvator Mundi (ca. 1499–1510) by Leonardo da Vinci (Attributed)
First Tattoo – feat. The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio (ca. 1601-1602)
The Master’s Studio – feat. Jackson Pollock in His Studio, Springs, Long Island, New York (1949) by Martha Holmes
Basquiat Dichotomy – feat. Girl with a Pearl Earring
Page6 (Quincy) – feat. Cesar

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