Protest Meets Grandeur in the Art of Kiko Sobrino

The Brazilian artist Kiko Sobrino employs a number of techniques –– including acrylics, ink, serigraphy, and even computer graphics on canvas and wood –– to create works that move fluently between the figurative and the abstract.

New York, NY, January 16, 2012 --( Brazilian artist Kiko Sobrino’s work cannot be classified as classic or pop culture, figurative or abstract. Instead, he paints images of visual poetry, combining various media and techniques including acrylic, ink, silk screen, and computer graphics on canvas and wood. Although aspects of his work are representational, he goes beyond recognizable forms in order to convey new ideas and inspire the visual imagination of his audience.

Sobrino infuses his art with a sense of the political, referring to ecological and social matters that are very much a part of modern everyday life. Indeed, each painting reverberates with layers of meaning, as representational forms are re-contextualized in new and surprising ways. Light and compositional elements render the work particularly edgy, reflecting a tension and discontent that the artist himself experiences as he observes the world. He calls this artistic process his research, a way of decoding his daily impressions of life — impressions intended to “help people in the way they see the world... and how they see themselves.”

Exhibition Dates: January 17, 2012 – February 7, 2012
Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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About the Exhibition:

Agora Gallery dives into the New Year with three exhibitions which explore the rich potential revealed through the creative power of art. Figuratively Speaking investigates the varying sources of inspiration that motivate and direct artists in their imaginative process. Combining a reflection on the most esoteric levels of experience with an understanding of the innately physical nature of the world, these works display a sensitive and emotive comprehension of what it means to be human. The art in Portal to Enigma looks to the hidden secrets and mysteries that help to define existence as we know it, approaching these intriguing topics from a variety of intelligent and innovative perspectives. The result is appealing, thought-provoking and ultimately represents a call to alter the way we view the world and each other. The artists of Degrees of Abstraction concentrate on encapsulating the essence of what they see and sharing their unique viewpoint with their audience. Focusing on form, shape and color in their determination to portray their personal vision, they achieve the ability to construct their message in universal terms as well. The exhibitions will open on January 17, 2012 and run until February 7, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6-8 PM. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

Featured Artists:

Figuratively Speaking
Jim Cobb | Nancy De Boni | Lane M. Duncan | Pat Gastreich | Eliza Gomez | Gwen Graham | Patrick Mason | Coco Mobuli | Trevin Prince | Shyamala Rao | Mark Salevitz | Carmen Sotuela

Degrees of Abstraction

Sevega Adriano | Lawrence R. Armstrong | Brigitte Balbinot | Christian Bundegaard | Carmen Egea | Yuri Elperin | Ivana Kosanovic | Deva Lei | Marianna Merler | Marjolijn Oude Vrielink | Andreas Strobel

Portal to Enigma

Mauricio Cadavid | Roula Chreim | Rodolfo Cuesta | Jacques Desgagnés | Debra Fitzsimmons | Ignacio Hábrika | Kiko Sobrino | Jesús Uclés | Zae Ulrich | Aleksandra Vavilova

About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Gallery II, an elegant adjacent gallery space, gives artists the ideal area for a solo or group exhibition of their own, organized and publicized by Agora Gallery. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Agora Gallery
Lee Eagle
530 West 25th St
Chelsea, NY 10001