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Always Worth Another Look...

  • marcarelli-200Conrad Marca-Relli  (USA, 1913 - 2000) When one thinks of the American abstract expressionist movement in general or the NY School in particular, Jackson Pollock and the de Koonings first come to mind. Painter and collage specialist Conrad Marca-Relli was one of the first wave of NY School expressionists. While his works at auction don't command nearly the same prices as the more famous leaders, Marca-Relli and Nicholas Carone were two of Pollock's inner circle after Jackson and his wife Lee Krasner moved to the Hamptons. Conrad's collage works, specifically the near monochromatic abstracted human forms, are some of our favorites from the entire AbsExp movement.
  • mehretu-200Julie Mehretu  (Ethiopia / USA, 1970-) When Jule Mehretu received a $5 million commission to create an 80 x 23 foot mural for Goldman Sachs, eyes fluttered. Yet few artists epitomize the 21st century like Mehretu. Magical, non-confrontational yet intensely complex layers unfold in works that are abstract yet decidely representative. People complain about artists who paint from projections, design with computers or use tape to mark straight lines. Mehretu does them all and uses teams of assistants to work large. She clicks many "negatives," nevertheless her work is honest and pure, unique and represents now. A fitting example of how digital can merge with traditional methods to create compelling art forms. View videos at
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    JP Paul is a North American visual artist and writer currently working in South America. His career includes collaboration with arts-related websites, international journalism, modern/contemporary art galleries and representation for Latin American artists since the '80s. The artist's work is best described as visual communication using a fusion of traditional painting and digital techniques coupled with mixed media collage and alternative transfers. Themes are thought provoking but handled with integrity and tolerance. For his digital work, Paul prepares custom substrates an further manipulates them post printing, often employing multi-layered collages with unique materials including found objects, metal, hessian, wood, acetate and acrylic. For more information, please visit or




  • cardozo-200Eduardo Cardozo (Montevideo, 1965-) is another of Uruguay's fine generation of artists born in the late 50s and early 60s that zoomed to national prominence over the past two decades. After a career featuring various tangents, Cardozo's work has matured into a lyrical play of drawings, painted forms and multi-layered explorations presented in very large format. Some works feature stained fabrics, others fragments of glass. Although the palette is comparatively light, Cardozo's paintings are anything but. Read curator Alicia Haber's review of his first solo show at the National Museum of Visual Arts @  Haber Review (in Spanish) or contact his gallery at
  • CPF-200Carlos Perez Franco is an Uruguayan abstract-figurative artist and architect. Having spent most of his career as an architectural design professor outside of his homeland, Perez Franco is much more prominent in Venezuela and Florida where he exhibited frequently during the eighties and ninetes. Recent themes relate to the culture and lifestyle of Uruguay now that he has returned to work full time in his seaside studio in Montevideo. Artfronts has represented Perez Franco througout the Americas and Europe since the early 80s. Learn more about the works of Perez Franco at

  • horkay-Rembrandt-1-200Istvan Horkay  (b.1945-Hungary) is a leading digital specialist. His works can be viewed in some of the finest art galleries and museums inEurope and the Americas. Horkay's digital collages combine historical, cultural and political references. Swatches of life ranging from meaningless to profound become segments or fragments of an altered reality.  For more information, visit the following websites:,,

  • kiefer-200Anselm Kiefer (Germany, 1945-) Critic Simon Shama describes the neo-expressionist work of Anselm Kiefer; "Kiefer is incapable of doing anything trivial" and "contemporary art doesn't get any better than this." Born into war-torn Germany, Kiefer says his work is difficult and serious. The sculptor, painter and larger-scale installationist does not create entertainment or non-art like so many of his contemporaries, rather his works provoke a wide range of deep emotional responses.

    Simon Schama on Anselm Kiefer | Alex Needham on Anselm Kiefer |Kiefer @ Wikipedia | Kiefer @ Yahoo Images

  • paulos-abuela-con-derrame-200Santiago Paulós (b.1983- Uruguay) Young Uruguayan Santiago Paulós is an extraordinary portrait painter whose style has morphed considerably over the past decade. His early works 2003-05 show an inclination towards deep, heavily textured somber palettes and serious poses ala Lucien Freud. As Paulós progresses, his works have evolved into loose and vibrant contemporary compositions. See for yourself by clicking through the images below.

    To view more of Paulós' work, please visit his website



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Many of these names are recognized as some of the most influential modern & contemporary artists of the past 75 years. Others represent the hottest current trends. You will find icons and fast rising stars, emerging potential and some carefully-selected relative unknowns who we believe are not getting nealry the attention their work to date deserves. Artfronts is not affiliated with most of these artists but we feel it is important that viewers become familiar with their work and the contemporary trends they represent.

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