Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SF Open Studios Report: Victor Cartagena

photo © Marianna Whang, 2009 All rights Reserved

Project Artaud member artist Victor Cartagena is well known in Bay Area art circles and beyond. He has been living and working in the Bay Area since the 1980s. His large paintings and drawings are mostly focused on the figure (an everyman) with a classic palette of black, white and reds. The content of his work references geopolitical issues but it's really about the human condition.

Many of his canvases are enormous and, while his studio is a fairly big one, it looked more like a gallery than a working space. I asked him where he worked and he said "right here." He spreads the largest canvases out on the floor and uses bridges to work on them.

His current project is theater sets and installations and he also conducts workshops.

(photo at right © Marianna Whang, 2009 All rights Reserved)

Victor Cartagena
Project Artaud,
499 Alabama #101, San Francisco

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