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Le Salon de Diego
10-23-2017 02:40 pm

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          Dnepr to Infinity
, 16"x 20", oil on canvas by Araujo


Le Salon de Diego
SFAI Alumni Exhibition
November 5th - 11th, 2017
Saturday, Nov. 11th

4:00 - 6:00pm
Diego Rivera Gallery
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94102



Alumni Exhibition

 The 2017 San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Exhibition at the Diego Rivera Gallery invites alumni artists to participate to a salon-style exhibition - Le Salon de Diego. Taking its name and from the Parisian salons of the 19th century academic competition, the style refers to an organic way of taking over a space and hanging throughout the wall and will feature original artworks under 30" in dimension. Coinciding with SFAI Alumni Weekend, and the grand opening of the school's Fort Mason Campus, you are cordially invited to attend Le Salon de Diego opening reception on Saturday, November 11th, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. This exhibit will be on view from November 5th to November 11th, 2017, at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street.

I'm pleased to showcase a new painting for Le Salon de Diego, titled "Dnepr to Infinity" (16" x 20", oil on canvas). This painting forms part of my Tomorrowland series that I developed in 2008 to 2010, and have recently completed this new piece. The imagery is inspired by both Disney's Space Mountain (a favorite amusement ride) and a circus arena in the city of Dnipropetrovsk (also called Dnepr). Dnepr has been the major center of the steel industry from the beginning of the 20th century until the present. It has also dominated in the machine-building and aero-spacebuilding industry since the 1950s, and in a sense is a city of the technological future. Through researching about this arena, I've made several paintings depicting this site with resemblance to a spaceship influence. For this piece, I softened the building facade and its atmosphere, in monochromatic bright green-blue tones, merging the two, seen as a memory of Dnepr!

I'm delighted to exhibit this new painting and alongside group of alumni at the Diego Rivera Gallery and accompanied by Diego's beautiful mural. If you're in the area, come visit next Saturday, November 11th...would be very nice to see you at the opening and mingle with the artists!

View photos from the reception!

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Artist moi next to Dnepr to Infinity!

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with Chester Chan

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with dear friend and art critic, Jerome Tarshis

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with my mother Patricia

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Ron and Ivy Young

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with Anne Schnoebelen and Kathyrn Ayers

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above: Peter and Wilma de Pavloff



Patricia Araujo


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