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Flavio Cabral

 (1916 - 1990)
Flavio E. Cabral was active/lived in California, New York.  Flavio Cabral is known for modernist figure painting, murals.

Flavio Cabral

Biography from the Archives of askART

“Viewing for the first time an exhibition by Flavio Cabral is a noteworthy occasion because one’s artistic frame of reference is not conditioned by former experience for such an artistic encounter. Cabral’s style has elements of the enigmatic, yet it stems from the recognizable object. His paintings cannot be classed as realistic because they depart in design, form and color from the object seen. Optically they are not abstractions even though they are as abstract in underlying structures as a Braque or Picasso. They are certainly not non-objective, and yet they radiate an indefinable aura of the psychological and the mystical. His cityscapes embody an atmosphere of historic distance and his spatial design projects an intense loneliness. The following quotation from Cabral himself assists in bringing added understanding to his work: ‘My prime concern is with line, space, the curve and the symbolic meaning with which humanity has invested them. I am, nevertheless, aware that my medium demands the ‘intellectual and emotional bribe’ that comes with the recognition of the familiar associable object in order to allow for the inner peace of identification.’” (from July 1964 Laguna Beach Art Association catalogue.)

Source: Nancy Dustin Moure, "Publications in California Art No. 11 , Index to California Art Exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1972; 2015 edition"

Biography from the Archives of askART
Flavio E. Cabral was born in New York City on July 7, 1916 of Portuguese parents.  Cabral arrived in Los Angeles in 1936 and studied at Von Schneidau School of Art while employed by the Federal Arts Project.   By 1940 he was active in the local art scene.  After earning his M.A. degree from California State University, he taught at Valley College into the 1970s.  While in that capacity, he painted murals in public buildings, portraits of notables, and surreal figures.  Cabral  lived in the small town of Agoura near Los Angeles until a fatal heart attack on March 22, 1990.

 Exhibited:  San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1941; Stendahl Galllery (Los Angeles), 1942; California Watercolor Society, 1942-47; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1944; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n, 1942-45; Hollywood Art Center, 1950; Chaffey Community Art Ass'n, 1954; Glendale Art Ass'n, 1962. 

Works held: Los Angeles Public Library (portrait); Fulton (CA) Junior High School Library (66' mural).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Death record, Los Angeles Times, 3-24-1990 (obit). 

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About  Flavio Cabral

Born:  1916 - New York City
Died:   1990 - Los Angeles, California
Known for:  modernist figure painting, murals