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The latest oil paintings by artist Ramon Navarro, whose work is prized by art collectors and lovers of idyllic scenes of vintage Trinidad, will be featured at Horizons Art Gallery.
Navarro’s exhibit will mark Horizons’ long-awaited return to in-person opening nights, though it won’t be ditching its popular virtual shows, but rather offering guests the option of both, a press release said. .
Navarro was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1945. He began painting at an early age, already favoring the figurative, folkloric and landscape themes for which he is known today. He turned to advertising as a lucrative outlet for his creativity.
He explored other art forms over the next 20 years, but eventually settled on oil on canvas and a serious career as an artist. Although inspired by his dear friend and mentor Len “Baba” Holder, one of the biggest influences on his painting style was a trip he took to Paris in his youth, according to the release.
Visiting the Louvre and its collection of works by European masters, Navarro spent hours contemplating these paintings. It was a dream come true for the young artist. In his earlier work, the effect these great artists had on his style was evident. Navarro’s paintings have become known for their luminescent quality, his oils practically shining on canvas, his subjects portraying an idealistic and somewhat romantic outlook on life, according to the release.
While he studied the works of the American masters and dabbled in abstraction and other schools of art, he found none that matched or was as capable of expression as his original style. . With a career spanning decades, he rarely exhibited, but with great success. He continues to paint and represent the Trinidad of yesteryear for which he is so well known.
Navarro’s exhibition opening can be attended in person or virtually on April 5 at 6 p.m. Art lovers can attend in person until 8pm at the gallery, 37 Mucurapo Road, St James. The virtual opening will be pre-recorded and will air in tandem with the live broadcast. It is accessible HERE.
This exhibition is also visible at the gallery until April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.