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Paintings by Luís Cabral

Oil and acrylic

Luís Cabral was born into a family of artists. His great-grandfather, Roque Gameiro, is considered Portugal's greatest watercolor painter ever. His grandfather, Martins Barata, was one of the country's most prolific and admired fresco painters of the 20th century. Despite all of the encouragement and instruction from his grandmother and mother -- themselves accomplished artists --, Cabral lapsed into economics and academics and is currently W. R. Berkley Term Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Beginning in the early 1990s, Luís Cabral started his way back into art, first watercolor painting, then other media such as acrylic and oil. His style is primarily figurative, ranging from the realistic to the semi-abstract. His subjects are varied, ranging from seascapes to landscapes to cityscapes. A recent series of "vertical" acrylic paintings celebrates New York City's urban architecture.

Cabral's work has appeared in close to a dozen exhibits, collective and individual, on both sides of the Atlantic. Recent shows include a solo exhibit in October 2005 at Lisbon's Atelier de Artistas; a collective family exhibit in November 2006 at Lisbon's Water Museum (featuring more than twenty descendents of Roque Gameiro, spanning five generations of artists); a joint show with painter Karleen Loughran at New Haven's Wunderlee Arts gallery in May 2007; a joint show with Maria Madalena in Estorial in September / October 2011; and a solo show in Minde's Museu de Aguarela Roque Gameiro in December 2011.

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