Ravencon 2016


Armand Cabrera

I attended the Ravencon Science Fiction Convention this last weekend as a guest artist. The convention was a great place for people who enjoy the genre. Artist guest of honor was Vincent DiFate who is a force of nature in the art world, and I was glad to get a few minutes and sit a talk with him and hear some stories from his 50 plus year career as an artist.

Calling a Maker study 8 x 10 oil
The art show was well organized and there was some great stuff in the show. Most of what images were prints and I was one of the few people with originals. I showed a number of small studies that were the basis for larger paintings.

Ice Station study 9 x 12 oil
This process is a learning curve for me as I work on building new outlets for my imaginative work and so far the response has been positive. I do think going forward I will focus on larger venues and markets where there is a greater potential for sales of original paintings.

The Argonath study 9 x 12 oil

Saturday evening I did a 3 hour painting demo from a photo of a smaller study. This is the finished painting ‘Return to Dragon Hall’ 20 x 24 oil on canvas.

Inner Visions: Contemporary Imaginative Realism

Armand Cabrera

I am pleased to announce I will have two of my oil paintings in the upcoming Inner Visions show at Abend Gallery in Denver Colorado. 

The following is one of the press releases for the show.

Inner Visions: Contemporary Imaginative Realism

October 8ththrough November 11th

Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 8, 6-9 pm

A show curated by Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, Directors of IX Arts

 Armand Cabrera   ‘Ice Station’ 18 x 24 oil

Imaginative realism, as the cutting edge of contemporary realist painting, combines classical painting technique with postmodern narrative subjects, focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible, offering visions of humanity’s mythic past, its unexplored future and, in some cases, it’s terrifying present.

Armand Cabrera   ‘First Light Dragon Hall’ 20 x 24 oil

Inner Visions brings together over 70 artists covering the gamut of contemporary imaginative realism, showcasing the remarkable diversity of work being created under its banner. The show includes upcoming young artists side by side with award-winning, world renowned painters with multiple monographs dedicated to their work. Their work hangs everywhere from galleries and museums to major private and corporate collections.

“Imaginative realism satisfies a dual urge in the viewer, “says co-curator Patrick Wilshire. “It meets the viewer’s desire for aesthetic quality and appreciation of technical skill, but also provides the opportunity to experience narrative, character and concept within that technically-skilled framework.”

Participating artists:

Linda Adair, Julie Bell, Steven Belledin, Rick Berry, Laurie Lee Brom, Scott Burdick, Armand Cabrera, Jeremy Caniglia, David Cheifetz, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Jeff Easley, Bob Eggleton, Craig Elliott, Jody Fallon, Fred Fields, Scott Fischer, Marc Fishman, Donato Giancola, Erik Gist, David Gluck, Mark Harrison, Michael C. Hayes, Richard Hescox, Greg Hildebrandt, Luke Hillestad, Kelly Houghton, Bruce Jensen, Steve Hickman, Steven Kenny, Vanessa Lemen, Rebecca Leveille-Guay, Travis Lewis, Martin Llamedo, Travis Louie, Don Maitz, Susannah Martin, Brian Mashburn, Menton Matthews, Gianni Monteleone, Matt Mrowka, Aaron Nagel, Vince Natale, Odd Nerdrum, Billy Norrby, Tammi Otis, Anthony Palumbo, David Palumbo, Ryan Pancoast, Jim Pavelec, Shane Pierce, Marc Potts, Omar Rayyan, Rob Rey, Tooba Rezaei, Larry Schwinger, Dave Seeley, Tenaya Sims, Britt Snyder, Annie Stegg, Christophe Vacher, Boris Vallejo, Dorian Vallejo, Eric Velhagen, Jeffrey Watts, Michael Whelan, Eric Wilkerson, Jeremy Wilson, Martin Wittfooth, Chie Yoshii, and Mark Zug

Illuxcon Main Show Artists Announced

Armand Cabrera

Once again the Illuxcon show will be back in Reading PA, October 18- 22 2017 for a week of the best in the contemporary traditional imaginative art field. Illuxcon is now the largest showing of contemporary imaginative realism in the world.

 I am honored to have been juried into the main show once again with this fine group of talented artists. This will be my 5th year showing in this venue.