ARTIST  PROFILE  & CREDITS
   
Armand painting at the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC


ARTIST BIOGRAPHY


Armand Cabrera makes his home in Northern Virginia. An award-winning, self-taught artist,
Armand is a full time oil painter represented by galleries across the United States.

Armand has spent over 2 decades as a successful production artist in the computer games and entertainment industry, creating conceptual designs and background art.
His clients include LucasFilm Games, Disney, Electronic Arts,
Virgin Entertainment, Zynga, Nickelodeon, Microsoft and Paramount Pictures.
Armand is also recognized in the fine art field of Imaginative Realism.

Armand has had numerous One-Man Exhibitions and his work is found in notable corporate and private collections around the world. He has been juried into the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Competition, Plein Air Easton,
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions, International Museum of Contemporary Masters "Salon International", Napa Valley Museum, The Haggin Museum and many other national exhibitions.
Armand has been honored with top awards at many of these shows.

Armand writes weekly informative articles about his painting process, the business of art
and historical artists on his very popular blog. ArtAndInfluence.com
He teaches studio and plein air painting, when his schedule permits.

Armand is often published in regional and internationally-known art publications. International Artist Magazine,
American Art Collector, Art of the West, Art Business News, The Piedmont Virginian, Elan Magazine, Plein Air
and Southwest Art Magazines have recognized Armand as one of the premier,
contemporary painters in the country.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT


Painting from life, when approached with integrity, is the most honest form of painting I know.
There is no filter between the artist and his or her experience;
no camera or computer to crop the image and freeze the light moving through the sky.
It is just you and your ability---or lack thereof.

I appreciate artwork that reveals a dedicated artist in command of their craft---
paint calligraphy, color harmony, strong design and interesting composition---all under control of the painter's hand, manipulated to depict a single, clear idea sincerely expressed in an individual style.
The painting must be a unified whole with no inappropriate passages to distract from the artists intentions.
Its impact must linger, not just grab with superficial handling.

The emotional impact of an Isaac Levitan…the bravura facility of a John Singer Sargent…
the vibrant colors of a Joaquin Sorolla… the sensitive intimacy of a Cecilia Beaux…
these are the finest examples of painting from life…the qualities I strive for when creating my paintings.

Armand Cabrera

 

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Armand Cabrera Awards

PRODUCTION & ILLUSTRATION RESUME'
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FINE ART EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

2017

IlluXCon, Juried Main Show Artist, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, Pennsylvania
Art of the Piedmont Benefit, Middleburg Montessori School, Middleburg, Virginia
Art in Embassies, United States Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland
Garden Club of Virginia, Historic Garden Week, The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA
Boskone Fantastic Convention, Judges Choice Award, Battle Council

2016

New York Botanical Garden Plein Air Invitational, Bronx, New York
RavenCon, Juried Artist Guest, Williamsburg, Virginia
IlluXCon 2016, Main Show Juried Artist, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, Pennsylvania
Abend Gallery Contemporary Imaginative Realism Juried Exhibition, Inner Visions, Denver, CO

2015

IlluXCon 2015, Main Show Juried Artist, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Historic Garden Week, Featured Painter at Springfields Farm, Orange, Virginia

2014

Three Person Exhibition, Tirage Fine Art Gallery, Pasadena, California
Art of the Piedmont Benefit, Middleburg Montessori School, Middleburg, Virginia
Instructors Exhibition at The Bascom, Highlands, North Carolina
Group Exhibition Opening, Roux & Cyr International Gallery, Portland, Maine
IlluXCon 2014, Main Show Juried Artist, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

2013

Western Vistas, Tirage Fine Art Gallery, Pasadena, California
Annual Small Works Exhibition, One Man Show, Warrenton, Virginia
Solo Exhibition, Interiors of Washington Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland
IlluXCon 2013, Main Show Juried Artist, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Summer Scenes, Tirage Fine Art Group Show, Pasadena, California
Holiday Small Works Exhibition, Palm Avenue Fine Art, Sarasota, Florida
Holiday Salon, Tirage Fine Art Gallery, Pasadena, California

2012

Plein Air Magazine, Alla Prima Plein Air Painting, March Issue, Featured Artist
One Man Exhibition, Baker Gallery, Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Virginia
Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden III, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, California

2011

One Man Exhibition, Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, Georgia
One Man Show, Seasons of the Piedmont, Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane, Virginia
The Piedmont Virginian, Cover, Winter Issue
Solo Exhibition: Recent Work, Barrel Oak Fine Art Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia

2010

Three Man Exhibition of Virginia Artists, Broadway Galleries, Fairfax, Virginia
Three Man Show, Tirage Fine Art, Pasadena, California
Artist in Residence, Riverbend Park, Great Falls, Virginia
Holiday Salon, Tirage Art Gallery, Pasadena, California
Colors of Catalina, Pasadena Gallery Association, Pasadena, California
One Man Exhibition, Piedmont Environmental Council Benefit, Middleburg, Virginia

2009

American Art Collector, "Paintings of the Piedmont", November Issue
One Man Exhibition: Paintings Of The Piedmont, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, Virginia
American Art Collector, Featured Artist, October Issue
Invitational Paint Out: In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran, Human History Museum, Zion, Utah
Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, California
Charleston Art Auction, Charleston, South Carolina
Zion National Park Centennial Art Exhibit: A Century of Sanctuary, St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah
Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
"Southern California Story", Michele Zack, Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society

Elan Magazine, "Essence", Featured Artist, Donna Cedar-Southworth, December Issue

2008

One Man Exhibition: The Chesapeake & Beyond, Mille Fleurs Fine Art, St. Michaels, Maryland
Salon International 2008, International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Texas
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast Group Exhibition, Anderson Fine Art, St. Simon's Island, Georgia
Two Man Exhibition, Tirage Fine Art Gallery, Pasadena, California
Zion National Park Centennial Art Exhibit: A Century of Sanctuary, St. George Art Museum, Utah
10th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
23rd Annual Conservatory Art Classic, Bosque Conservatory, Clifton, Texas
Chesapeake Bay Heritage Gallery Opening, Featured Artist, Easton, Maryland
The Piedmont Virginian, "Art Gallery", "Grapes of Beauty", Autumn Issue

2007

9th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
One Man Exhibition, Old Tavern Gallery, Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia
Plein Air Competition & Arts Festival, Easton, Maryland, "Best Architectural Painting" Award
2nd Annual Havre de Grace Plein Air Competition, Havre de Grace, MD, "Best of Show" Award
2nd Annual Riverbend Plein Air Competition, Great Falls, Virginia, "Best of Show" Award
96th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California
Joan Irvine Smith Museum Heritage Art Invitational Exhibition, Orange County, California
Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, California
New Oil Paintings: One Man Exhibition, Thos. Moser Gallery, San Francisco, California
8th Annual Paint Annapolis Invitational, Annapolis, Maryland
Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast Group Exhibition, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, Tennessee


2006


Salon International 2006, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, San Antonio, Texas, "Merit Award for Landscape"
54th Stockton Art League Exhibition, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California, "Best Traditional Oil Painting" Award
95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California
Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
American Art Collector, Featured Artist, August Issue
5th Annual Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, Sonoma,
California
18th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County,
California
8th Annual Landscape Exhibition, Garden Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California
Three-Man Show, Tirage Fine Art Gallery, Pasadena, California

2005

12th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, "Award of Merit"
Featured Article, August Issue, Southwest Art Magazine
National Arts for the Parks, Competition Finalist, Mini 100, Jackson, Wyoming
Pasadena Fields and Gardens Juried Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena,
CA
Northern Views: California Painting in the Plein Air Tradition, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA
Salon International 2005 Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, Awarded "Jury's Top 50"
Telluride 2005 Plein Air Invitational, Telluride, Colorado
Split Personalities, Tirage Fine Art Gallery, Pasadena,
California
17th Annual Marin/Scapes Invitational, Marin County,
California

2004

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

2003

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


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 Historical Museum, California
Solo Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes, California
9th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
Plein Air Painters in the Sierras Invitational, Sonora, California
"For the Love of the Land", Featured Artist, Art of the West Magazine
"Art Events", North Carolina, Southwest Art Magazine


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 Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes Station, California
Hudson Valley Art Association 70th Anniversary Exhibition, New York
Marin Open Space Benefit Show, Point Reyes Station, California
"Artist to Watch", Southwest Art Magazine


2000

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


1999

Explora Museum of Albuquerque Invitational, New Mexico
National Juried Exhibition, Bosque Conservatory, Texas
Solo Exhibition, Rutherford Grove, Rutherford, California
One Man Show, Freemark Abbey, Saint Helena, California


1998

Solo Exhibition, Freemark Abbey, Saint Helena, California


1997

Endangered Landscapes Invitational, Napa Valley, California


1996

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



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