Archive for November 14, 2014

Artist of the moment………Emiliano Di Cavalcanti


Emiliano Di Calvacanti was a Brazilian painter renown for his work with the figure. Emiliano Di Cavalcanti was born in Rio De Janiero, Brazil in the year 1897. His wife was also a painter named Noemia Mourao. For college Di Cavalcanti tried to attain a law degree, but left to pursue artistic endeavors before becoming a lawyer.

The artist was avid supporter of the Communist party and was put in jail on two separate occasions.

Di Cavalcanti moved to Paris, France and found other modernist painters including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Fernad Leger. Whilst he was living in Paris he attended the Academy Ranson located in Paris.

Below a great montage of works by Di Cavalcanti showing his fantastic paintings of the figure:

After his marriage the couple remained in Paris before they had to leave in a hurry due to the fact that Paris was being taken over by the German Nazis.

Emiliano Di Cavalcante passed away in 1976.

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What a great mix of styles that composed this artist’s work. I can see glimpses of Impressionism, Cubism, and Expressionist styles in his art.


Artist of the moment…….Remedios Varo Uranga



Remedios Varo Uranga was born in Angles, Spain in the year 1916. Remedios Varo Uranga was a painter who worked in a Surrealist style. The artist attended the Academy of Art San Fernando located in Madrid, Spain. Her father was an industrial engineer and as a young child the artist would copy the technical drawings her father brought home from work.

Whilst the artist was attending college a civil war began in her native country so she relocated to Paris, France. It is her that Varo Uranga became influenced by the Surrealists and starting painting in a Surrealist manner.

She was first married to a painter named Girardo Lizarraga. After they separated she lived with a French poet.

When the German’s took over Paris, France during World War 2, the artist relocated to Mexico City, Mexico where she would remain the rest of her life.

Most works are painted with oils on Masonite.

Below a wonderful montage of works by Remedios Varo Uranga:

Just as her career was flourishing the artist had a heart attack and passed away in 1963. Remedios Varo Uranga was only 54 years of age.

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What a great surrealist painter. The artist is often compared to a contemporary already profiled here named Leonora Corrington.





Artist of the moment………….Bonnie MacLean


Bonnie MacLean was an American poster renown for her work with the Fillmore Auditorium located in San Francisco, California. MacLean was also a promoter and was also once married to concert promoter Bill Graham.

Bonnie MacLean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1961.

She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.F.A. After college she headed to California and took a job where Bill Graham would serve as her boss. When living in California she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and San Francisco Art Institute.

MacLean took over for artist Wes Wilson after the two had a falling out. She was then in charge of all promotional works that took place at the Fillmore. She went from overseeing the projects, to being the one that had to produce them. She handled the task wonderfully.

MacLean quit doing the posters in 1968. She divorced Graham in 1975. The artist went on to paint landscapes and the nudes.

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Below a montage of works by Bonnie McClean. Images began at the 1:50 mark in the clip:

She became famous for her posters during the late 60s. Her posters gave the appropriate look of psychedelic imagery quite popular at that time. She lived an exciting lifestyle in the 1960s. She expanded on what prior artist Wes Wilson did for his posters by cultural items from the Native American culture. Other poster artists profiled here include David Klein, Stanley Mouse, and Alton Kelley.