SmithKlein Gallery offers an eclectic mix of high quality art from artists that are local, national and international. Predominately featuring large paintings and sculpture in various styles, SmithKlein Gallery curates an experience and ambiance that attracts both major collectors, first-time art buyers and everyone in between.
SANTIAGO GARCIA | Zebra 1563 | 48 x 60 | Oil on Canvas
The work of Santiago Garcia explores the intriguing world between realism and abstraction. The artist’s work conveys fictional situations within a framework of the everyday world and leaves the viewer free to interpret the painting in a personal way.
The artist was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1974. As a self-taught painter, Garcia produced an immense body of work in his early years. During the mid-1990s, on an art scholarship with the University of Uruguay, he studied under master engraver Eduardo Fornasari, master painter Clever Lara, and acclaimed ceramicist Susana Pizzurno.
The work is often referred to as “new figuration” or “magic realism.” “New figuration” refers to the revival of figurative art in Europe and America in the 60s following a period dominated by abstraction. Garcia’s work shows a passion for the form, be it human, animal or other.
Converse 1567 | 20 x 40 | Acrylic on Canvas
Converse 1517 | 53 x70 | Acrylic on Canvas