Ray Cabarga

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My first gallery show at the Lankershim Art Center’s/NOHO Gallery received a rave review in the San Fernando Valley Sun Times. It took Art Reviewer, Rachell Heller, the better part of the article to explain an 11 piece body of work I call “Hedrons:” multi-sided geometric sculptures with a miniature oil painting on each plane and optical illusions inside seen through a viewing port.

In addition I offered a series of brushless paintings I call “Oozings.” The unusually complex organic-looking images were created by careful treatment and monitoring of the paint under specific conditions which allow me to control surface tension and other properties. In the latest evolution of this technique I interpret the naturally occurring formations, then enhance and elaborate on them in ink. This series, I call “Inked Oozings” appeared at Art Basel in Miami in 2010 and will be featured at the opening of Bothy Gallery in Scotland, UK in spring of 2011.


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From my earliest memories of my father at home at his drafting table working freelance with his abstract oils hanging on the wall behind him, to my Los Angeles studio today overflowing with art of every kind, art has been the focus of my life. But my creative experience followed a circuitous route. At age ten I toured with a children’s theater group directed by a friend of the family, performing as a stage actor throughout New England. After moving west with my family at fourteen, I took on an apprenticeship as an electronics draftsman with a small stage lighting firm in San Francisco, while learning to play the trumpet. At eighteen I was performing 5—7 days a week around the San Francisco Bay Area as a jazz and salsa trumpeter/composer/bandleader.

It wasn’t until 30 that I began a full time career in graphic design. As art director of a major ad agency I gained experience as an illustrator, photographer and operating a 6-color Heidleberg press. All the while I developed my fine art skills in my spare time.

My first gallery show at the Lankershim Art Center’s/NOHO Gallery received a rave review in the San Fernando Valley Sun Times. It took Art Reviewer, Rachell Heller, the better part of the article to explain an 11 piece body of work I call “Hedrons:” multi-sided geometric sculptures with a miniature oil painting on each plane and optical illusions inside seen through a viewing port.

In addition I offered a series of brushless paintings I call “Oozings.” The unusually complex organic-looking images were created by careful treatment and monitoring of the paint under specific conditions which allow me to control surface tension and other properties. In the latest evolution of this technique I interpret the naturally occurring formations, then enhance and elaborate on them in ink. This series, I call “Inked Oozings” appeared at Art Basel in Miami in 2010 and will be featured at the opening of Bothy Gallery in Scotland, UK in spring of 2011.


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