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 Armand Cabrera  (1955 - )

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in San Francisco in 1955, Armand Cabrera has always been passionate about art. Encouraged by his family, Armand starting drawing dinosaurs, people and landscapes at an early age.  His mother was an oil painter while his grandfather drew birds.  By the time Armand was ten years old, he knew he would become a professional artist someday.  At fifteen, Armand entered the Rotary Art Show in the City of Newark, California, winning 7 out of 10 awards.  His first commissioned work came while in high school.  Armand's art teacher traded art supplies for one of Armand's oil paintings.

With no formal art training and little money, Armand took a job as a commercial illustrator.  Rapidly becoming very successful as an illustrator, Armand experienced a detour from his goal of painting oils for a living.  He continued to paint in his spare time and eventually was asked to display some of his pieces in wineries in the Napa Valley. After taking awards in national competitions, Armand received his long awaited recognition and was accepted into prestigious California fine art galleries.

A self-taught artist, Armand owns an extensive collection of fine art books that he studies and interprets for his own information.  Influenced by many famous artists, Armand draws his knowledge from Carl Rungius, Isaac Levitan, Percy Gray, Dean Cornwell and Albert Thomas De Rome, to name a few.

Armand divides his time between two art worlds---digital and traditional.  He works professionally for TotallyGames as a Senior Artist and Art Director in the computer entertainment field.  He creates backgrounds, concept art and animation.  Armand's numerous clients include Elliott Portwood Productions, LucasArts, Virgin Entertainment, Microsoft. Paramount Pictures and Electronic Arts.

In the fine art world, Armand is represented by art galleries throughout California and on the Internet.  He brings his love of the pristine landscape to the canvas.  An avid hiker, he prefers to paint while out on the land, capturing the color and value of the present moment.  Armand's attraction to nature translates to his paintings, creating a mood and style reminiscent of turn of the century landscape painters.

Armand's style is to paint alla prima, finishing his paintings in one sitting in the studio or out of doors. His subject matter spans many arenas--- landscapes, seascapes and wildlife. Although painting primarily throughout the West, Armand travels around the United States to photograph and paint various locations.

Armand Cabrera's works are purchased by high tech, entertainment, corporate and private collectors alike. For the past two years, Armand has been a finalist in the National Arts for the Parks Competition.  These awards have sparked his career and contributed to his ongoing success as a fine artist.  Armand is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, the American Artist Professional League and an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America.

Armand continues to hone his craft while studying with well-known artists. His instructors include Thomas Blackshear, Iain McCaig, Kevin MacPherson, Matt Smith, Joseph Mendez, John Budicin, Michael Lynch, Wayne Wolfe and Ralph Oberg.

Armand currently makes his home in beautiful Marin County, California where he is inspired by a wealth of visual information. In his spare time, Armand teaches plein-air workshops in Northern California.

Source:
Diane Burket, agent of the artist, from San Francisco:
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Armand Cabrera is a Bay Area artist, who paints landscapes. Armand's style is to paint alla prima, finishing his paintings in one sitting in the studio or out of doors, he finishes canvases as large as 24" x 30" on location.

Armand was born in San Francisco in 1955. He has worked for years professionally creating backgrounds for multimedia as a production artist. His numerous clients include Elliott Portwood Productions (the creators of Carmen San Diego), LucasArts, Virgin Entertainment, and Electronic Arts.

Armand is a juried artist member of the California Art Club, an artist member of the American Artist Professional League, and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. Armand was a National Arts for the Parks Competition Finalist in 2000.

Source:
William Lester Gallery


Biography from Tirage Gallery:
Armand Cabrera brings to his canvas the insight gathered from years as a production artist in the computer games industry where he created conceptual designs, background art, special effects animation and story boarding for LucasFilm Games, Disney, Virgin Entertainment, Microsoft and Paramount Pictures.

Now a full time fine artist with a studio in Virginia, he has become a dedicated landscape painter, often completing his work on location in one sitting, alla prima style. 

He is a regular guest columnist for Outdoor Painting.com, a sponsor of The Grand View, a National PBS series dedicated to painting outdoors.  Armand Cabrera was published in a recent book release, How Did you Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers, and Lakes and has been the subject of feature articles in Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Art of the West, and International Artist magazines.

He is an Artist Member of Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, American Artist Professional League, and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.

Exhibitions:
2009  "Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II", Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
Solo Exhibition, Chesapeake Bay Heritage Gallery, Easton, MD
"Zion National Park Centennial Art Exhibit:  A Century of Sanctuary", St. George Art Museum, UT
 
2008  Solo Exhibition - "The Chesapeake & Beyond" Mille Fleurs Fine Art, St. Michaels, MD     
Salon International Juried Exhibition, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, San Antonio, TX
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Group Exhibition, Anderson Fine Art, St. Simon’s Island, GA
Zion National Park Centennial Art Exhibit:  A Century of Sanctuary, St. George Art Museum, Utah
Armand Cabrera, Greg Carter, John Creech, Tirage Gallery, Pasadena, California
10th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2007  “Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden”, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, California
Havre de Grace Plein Air Competition, Maryland – Best of Show

Magazine Articles:
"Paintings of the Piedmont", Michelle Borgwardt, American Art Collector, November 2009.
"Armand Cabrera", Margaret McCann, The Piedmont Virginian, Autumn 2009.
"An Alla Prima Approach", International Artist Magazine, February / March 2008, pages 46-55.
"First Trip to Italy Inspires Artist", Joshua Rose, American Art Collector, August 2006.

Biography from Long Gallery:
Landscape painter Armand Cabrera was born in San Francisco in 1955.  He maintains his art studio in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  He finishes canvases as large as 36" x 48" on location, his style is to paint alla prima, completing his paintings in one sitting in the studio or out of doors.

Armand has spent 12 years as a successful production artist in the computer games industry creating conceptual designs, background art, special effects animation and storyboarding.  His clients included LucasFilm Games, Disney, Virgin Entertainment, Microsoft and Paramount Pictures.

Now a full time artist, Armand Cabrera is represented by art galleries around the country.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions, and his work is found in corporate and private collections around the world.  Armand is a regular guest columnist for OutdoorPainting.com, a National PBS painting series about painting outdoors.

Exhibitions and Awards:
2007
"An Artist's Journey: A Year of Painting", Solo, Long Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“The Outdoor Experience”, Solo, Thos. Moser Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006
Salon International 2006 Juried Exhibition, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, “Merit Award for Landscape”, San Antonio, TX
95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
54th Stockton Art League Exhibition, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, Best Traditional Oil Painting Award
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA
5th Annual Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, Sonoma, CA
Solo: An Italian Vacation, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
18th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County, CA

2005
National Arts for the Parks Competition, Top Mini 100 Finalist, Jackson, WY
12th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR, Award of Merit
Salon International 2005 Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX,
Judges Top 50 Award
Pasadena Fields and Gardens, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
Northern Views: CA Painting in the Plein Air Tradition, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA
Telluride 2005 Plein Air Invitational, Telluride, CO
Split Personalities, Tirage Fine Art, Pasadena, CA
17th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County, CA
Fourth Annual Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, Sonoma, CA

2004    
Solo, J Whitney Gallery, Southington, CT
Two Man Exhibition, Tirage Fine Art, Pasadena, CA
11th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Third Annual Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, Sonoma, CA
94th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
16th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County, CA
High Sierra Exhibition 2004, Red Bluff, CA
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Miniature Show, Estes Park, CO, Award of Merit

2003
93rd Annual Gold Medal Exh., Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
Napa Valley Museum, Plein Air Biennial 2003, Yountville, CA, 2nd Place Award
Solo, FountainSide Fine Art Gallery, Wilmington, North Carolina
Solo, D.E. Craghead Fine Art, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Estes Park Plein Air Invitational, Estes Park, Colorado
15th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County, CA
La Quinta Arts Foundation 5th Annual Desert Plein Air, Palm Desert, CA
Sonoma Plein Air 2003 Invitational, Sonoma, CA
Smith Rock Plein Air Invitational, Bend, OR   

2002
National Arts for the Parks Competition Finalist, Jackson, Wyoming
Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois
92nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum, CA
Solo, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes, CA
9th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel by the Sea, CA
Lincoln Plein Air Painters Association Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA
Plein Air Painters in the Sierras, Sonora, CA

2001
National Arts for the Parks Competition Finalist, Jackson, Wyoming
Vikingsholm at Tahoe Show, Emerald Bay, CA, Sierra Award
OPA West/Northwest Mountain Juried Exhibition, Springville Museum, Utah
Solo, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes Station, CA
Hudson Valley Art Association 70th Anniversary Exhibition, New York
"Marin Open Space Benefit Show", William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes, CA

2000
National Arts for the Parks Competition Finalist, Jackson, Wyoming
Scapes, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Marin Open Space Benefit Show", William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes, CA
Five Artists, Five Styles, California Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

1999
Explora Museum of Albuquerque Invitational, New Mexico
National Juried Exhibition, Bosque Conservatory, Texas
Solo, Rutherford Grove, Rutherford, CA
Solo, Freemark Abbey, Saint Helena, CA

1998
Solo, Freemark Abbey, Saint Helena, CA

1997
Endangered Landscapes, Napa Valley, CA

1996
National Oil Painters of America (OPA) Show, Quast Galleries, Texas
National Draft Horse Show & Competition, Grass Valley, CA, 3rd Place

Publications:
2006   
Featured Artist, American Art Collector Magazine, August Issue
Featured Artist, International Artist Magazine

2005   
Featured Artist, Southwest Art Magazine, “Suspended Moments”, August 2005 “Outdoor Painting”, Monthly Guest Columnist, www.outdoorpainting.com

2004   
"Master Painters of the World, United States Showcase", International Artist Magazine
How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes, International Artist Publishing
“What’s News”, Art of the West Magazine, September/October 2004
“Outdoor Painting”, Monthly Guest Columnist, numerous articles, www.outdoorpainting.com
“Gallery Watch”, Art & Antiques Magazine, May 2004
“Best of the West”, Southwest Art Magazine, April 2004, Bonnie Gangelhoff
”Art Events” Southwest Art Magazine, February 2004
The Artists Bluebook: 32,000 North American Artists 2004, AskART.com Lonnie Pierson Dunbier (Editor)

2003   
"Golden State Inspiration", Southwest Art Magazine, Molly Siple, May 2003
“Art Events – Colorado”, Southwest Art Magazine, August 2003

2002   
“For the Love of the Land”, Art of the West Magazine, July 2002, Vicki Stavig
“News from the California Art Scene”, Southwest Art Magazine, September 2002
”Coast to Coast”, Southwest Art Magazine, July 2002
”Start Your Collection”, Southwest Art Magazine, July 2002
”Membership News”, California Art Club Newsletter, October 2002

2001   
“Artists to Watch”, Southwest Art Magazine, November 2001

Affiliations:
Armand Cabrera ia an Artist Member of the California Art Club (CAC)

Education:
Thomas Blackshear, Iain McCaig, Kevin Macpherson, Matt Smith, Joseph Mendez, John Budicin, Michael Lynch, Wayne Wolfe, Ralph Oberg, Ned Mueller

Biography from Armand Cabrera Fine Art:
ARMAND CABRERA

He was born in San Francisco in 1955.

His art studio is in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  A dedicated painter, Armand’s style is to paint alla prima, completing his paintings in one sitting in the studio or out of doors.

Armand has spent 12 years as a successful production artist in the computer games industry, creating conceptual designs, background art, and special effects animation and storyboarding.  His clients included LucasFilm Games, Disney, Virgin Entertainment, Microsoft and Paramount Pictures.

Now a full time fine artist, Armand Cabrera is represented by art galleries across the country.  He has had numerous one-man exhibitions and his work is found in
corporate and private collections around the world.  Armand is a regular guest columnist for OutdoorPainting.com a sponsor of a National PBS series.

Armand Cabrera was published in a book release, How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes.

He has been featured in International Artist, Art of the West, American Art Collector and Southwest Art Magazines.

Awards:
International Museum of Contemporary Masters, “Merit Award for Landscape”, San Antonio, TX
54th Stockton Art League Exhibition, The Haggin Museum, “Best Traditional Oil Painting Award”
12th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR, “Award of Merit”
International Museum of Contemporary Masters,, San Antonio, TX, “Judges Top 50 Award”
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Miniature Show, Estes Park, CO, “Award of Merit”
Napa Valley Museum, Plein Air Biennial 2003, Yountville, CA, “2nd Place Award”
Vikingsholm at Tahoe Show, Emerald Bay, CA, “Sierra Award”
National Draft Horse Show & Competition, Grass Valley, CA, “3rd Place Award”

Exhibitions: (Partial List)
2006 95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA
5th Annual Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, Sonoma, CA
One Man Exhibition: An Italian Vacation, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
18th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County, CA

2005 National Arts for the Parks Competition, Top Mini 100 Finalist, Jackson, WY
Pasadena Fields and Gardens, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
Northern Views: CA Painting in the Plein Air Tradition, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA
Telluride 2005 Plein Air Invitational, Telluride, CO
17th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County, CA

2004 11th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Third Annual Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, Sonoma, CA
94th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
16th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County, CA

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