Figurative art on view -
Jose Luis Cena Ruis (Spain), “Listening to the Classics,” 2016, oil on linen, 31.5 x 31.5 in.

The 2nd International Figurative Biennale at John Natsoulas Gallery was created to give the opportunity to experience avant-garde, worldwide trends in art.

More than 30 contemporary cutting-edge artists have provided work that grapples with a notoriously difficult subject: the human figure. Throughout art history and across all cultures, this has remained a subject to which artists have been continually drawn.

Figurative art on view -
Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco (Italy), “Snow in March,” 2017, oil on panel, 40 x 34 in.

This year’s exhibition features classical artists such as Italian artist Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco, who has incorporated the figure and still life in a looser, more traditional style of painting. Del Turco, as well as Californian artist Dean Fisher, pays homage to these classical traditions.

[Grow as a painter and learn from modern day masters at the 2nd Annual Figurative Art Convention & Expo, November 2018, Miami, FL]

Figurative art on view -
Gabriel Sainz (Argentina), “Simulacro,” 2018, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 in.

There are also displays of both neoclassical and surreal works — such as those by Avery Palmer and Argentinian painter Gabriel Sainz. At times unsettling, these paintings undeniably command attention.

Figurative art on view -
Najlaa El-Ageli (Libya) Untitled, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 40 in.

Libyan artists Yousef Fetis and Najlaa El-Ageli have provided paintings that successfully create a relationship between their past and present culture.

Paintings from Greece, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Czechia, Albania, the UK, and more will also be on display for the public. These are just a handful of the marvelous artworks at this year’s International Figurative Biennale — a marriage between cultures and tradition.

The 2nd International Figurative Biennale at John Natsoulas Gallery (Davis, California) is on view through September 22, 2018. For more information, please visit

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