Posts Tagged ‘portrait’

Artist of the moment………Street Artist Don Mateo


Don Mateo is a French street artist who works with the figure. The artist works in black and white and color. Mateo also works as a gallery artist with small works on canvas. The artist works freehand and with stencils.

Mateo does much of his work on the walls of Lyon, France.

In this clip we view some of Mateo’s work that has been turned into wearable art!:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view the artist at work on a street painting of a child painting on a wall:

I enjoy Mateo’s work that appears on stairs the most. Its a very creative idea that is executed perfectly. One of my favorite street artists comes from France, Tilt.


Artist of the moment……….Xavier Bueno





Xavier Bueno was a  fantastic painter working with the figure and typography in his own unique style. Xavier Bueno was born in the year 1915 in Vera Di Bidasoa, Spain. His father was a journalist and writer.

Bueno attended the Academy of San Fernando located in Madrid, Spain. The artist also studied in Geneva, Switzerland.

He had a brother named Antonio who was also an artist.

The works of Bueno that received the best critical acclaim were his paintings of children that took place from 1959 to the mid 1960s. These works have a wonderful artistic appeal as the works show  great design with the occasional typography thrown in. Like a Kathe Kollwitz etching the children’s emotions in these images seem to pour out to the viewer.


Xavier Bueno passed away in 1979.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000. The artist worked mainly in oils.

Bueno is one of my favorite artist’s working with kids and children’s faces. The children are so expressive.



Artist of the moment……Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan in the year 1893. Kuniyoshi would eventually move to the United States and became renown for his lithographic work depicting the life and times of the 1920s in New York City. Some common themes were showgirls and vaudeville acts.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $210,000. Many lithographs in the $3,000 to $6,000 range.

The artist came to the United States when he was thirteen years old. For his collegiate studies Kuniyoshi attended Los Angeles School of Art and Design.He stayed in school for three years and then decided to relocate to New York City and become a professional working artist.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was a student and also became part of the teaching faculty at the Art Students League of New York. Whilst a student at the Art Student’s League of New York City he was able to learn a great deal from painter and printmaker Kenneth Hayes Miller. Below an example of Kenneth Miller’s style.


In this clip a gallery of works by Kuniyoshi. Many wonderful works of the female figure are included. This clip lasts almost 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Another selection of works by Kuniyoshi:

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The artist passed away in 1953.


Artist of the moment…..Avigdor Arikha

A tribute to the artist done in 2010 covering his life’s work in the art world.

A great collection of the artist’s work set to music.

This artist passed away in 2010, but I still enjoy her line quality and painting of folds in fabric.

Arikha was born in Bukovina, Romania in 1929 to Jewish parents that spoke German. He was born in Romania. He nearly escaped death at a young age as many people were killed, such as the artist’s father, at concentration camps run by Romanians.

He moved to Palestine in 1944 and was injured in the Israeli War of Independence. Studied art in Jerusalem and even Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.  In France he learned how to use fresco in his design. This involves the art of painting watercolor on wet plaster or ceiling.

In 1954 the artist decided to relocated to Paris, France.In 1961 the artist married the poet from America, Anne Atik.  He spent the remainder of his life living in Paris. He passed away in 2010 from complications due to cancer.

In the art world during the 1950s he became mainly an abstract painter. In later years the artist took up drawing and painting from life and eventually made a style for himself doing only subjects which he could finish painting or printing in one season. He loved to draw and paint directly from life using only natural light. An alla prima painter who didn’t like to spend more than one sitting working on a painting.

Arikia illustrated some books for the theater writer and producer Samuel Beckett.

The artist was commissioned for many portraits. Some famous public commissions include Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth and the former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

The artist was also well schooled in the history of art and curated a show that dealt with French artist Ingres. He has given lectures on art history at Yale University, Princeton University, and the Prado Musuem in Madrid, Spain.

Like so many artists from his time period she worked in many mediums including graphite, gouache, engraving,  charcoal, watercolor, pastel, oils, lithographs, ink, etching, and aquatint.

Low price range: Charcoal originals start close to $5,000. Etchings for $1,000. Drawings can be found in the couple hundred dollar range. Pastels from $1,000 to $5,000 range.

High price range: $134, 500 for an oil painting done the subject matter being books.

I enjoy this artist for being able to paint wonderful impressions of subjects. Without going into much detail about the subject the viewer still captures the fun shapes and color combinations found by the aritst. Like Wayne Theibaud the arist could take something boring like an umbrella lying on the floor, and make a wonderful still life from it.

Try painting something that might be boring to most people. In it see something that excites your artistic part of the brain. Be it color or some fun triangular shapes in the shadows.

On line and land based gallery: Marlborough Gallery in New York City handles art dealing with the artist’s estate.