American Art Collector - - Contents - Samaniego ART @ar­tur­osamaniego

Born in Mexico, Ar­turo Samaniego’s first for­mal art stud­ies took place at In­sti­tuto Na­cional de Bel­las Artes. In 2004, he took the plunge to be­come a full-time artist, with the past 14 years hav­ing been a jour­ney that’s al­lowed Samaniego to de­velop his ca­reer. He now has gal­leries rep­re­sent­ing his work in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try in­clud­ing Miami, Hous­ton, Charleston and Den­ver.

“I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing art that uses aes­thetic val­ues, a high level of technical execution and po­etic sense to con­vey a view of an el­e­vated hu­man­ity. This is the rea­son

I feel part of, and iden­tify with, the con­tem­po­rary fig­u­ra­tive cur­rent,” says the artist. “For all our fail­ures I still be­lieve there is a higher pur­pose and destiny for each one of us. In my work I try to present that mys­te­ri­ous mo­ment, ges­ture, ex­pres­sion that takes a per­son out of the ordinary and re­veals the sublime code that makes them tran­scen­dent.”

Samaniego’s cur­rent se­ries, Dream­ers, ex­plores “the idea of du­al­ity in hu­man ex­is­tence by jux­ta­pos­ing dif­fer­ent styles in the same paint­ing,” he says. “I use a classical oil tech­nique in the fig­ure to ren­der ex­ter­nal ap­pear­ance, while the fluid acrylic ab­stract ex­presses the in­ter­nal life of the psy­che.”

Tran­scen­dence, oil and fluid acrylics on alu­minum, 16 x 20"

Dreamer #1, oil and fluid acrylics on panel, 20 x 16"

Await­ing by the Sea, oil on can­vas, 24 x 30"

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