January 13, 2024 - February 3, 2024

Anthony Solano

Alive & Well (Gallery IV)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, January 13, 2024 6:00-10:00pm

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ANTHONY SOLANO
‘Alive & Well’
(Gallery IV)

Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 13 from 6-10pm

Artist Statement:
‘Alive & Well’ is the fourth chapter within an on-going story told through Solano’s vibrant and now recognizable style of painting. Starting in 2021 with his series ‘Once We Are Gone’, in which Anthony began to explore a reawakening and thriving world without humans. Followed by ‘Fun & Games’, which opened at Thinkspace Projects in 2022, and ‘Dazed & Confused’ in 2023, ‘Alive & Well’ is a continuation of a story, in which nature’s tenacious will to live is highlighted in scenarios surrounded by a juxtaposition of emotions, beauty and sadness, humor and anger, strength and tenderness, sparking thoughts of self-reflection in the viewers of his work. Within his evolving story, a theme that remains consistent in Solano’s work is nature’s strength and ability to thrive under the pressure of living surrounded by all the human stuff that, for the most part, does not decompose quickly. Different from the previous stories told, in ‘Alive & Well’, hints of recent human existence become louder, and the artist asks himself “who is Alive & Well? The thriving life that so strongly existed before, or could it be humans, that this body of work refers to?”

Artist Bio:
Having spent his childhood years between California and Guadalajara, Mexico, artist Anthony Solano turned to art at a young age, seeing it as both a source of escape and comfort. In high school he was exposed to painting for the first time, sparking what would become his life’s passion. Anthony, a self-taught painter, now resides in Portland, Oregon and credits the local landscape for a major creative shift, from abstract painting to the surreal genre that he currently practices.

Solano’s work explores today’s environmental conflicts, communicated with vibrant hyper-realistic imagery and thought-provoking storytelling.