2013 Emerging Artist Award Recipient | Andrew Salgado, Regina

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Andrew Salgado, Regina

Andrew's bold, predominantly large-scale paintings have garnered significant global attention, and his star continues to rise, as does critical and commercial acclaim for his work. Through convention-defying, abstract canvases, he explores ideas of masculinity, sexuality, and identity using broad strokes and vivid colours. His largely figurative paintings have received dozens of media mentions, including the 2011 Channel 4 (UK) documentary What Makes a Masterpiece and in recent articles in Maclean's magazine and The Globe and Mail. He was recently commissioned by exclusive British retailer Harvey Nichols to create a series of works for their Sloane Street windows in London. A MFA graduate of London's Chelsea College of Art, Andrew is busy in-studio producing work for a growing number of private commissions and an upcoming slate of gallery shows including Cape Town, New York, Copenhagen, and Miami.

His paintings have hung in esteemed galleries, such as London's Courtauld Institute of the Arts, and were included in the Merida Venezuela Biennale and the 2012 NordArt Carlshütte in Germany. He balances gallery showings and private commissions with philanthropy, donating canvases for auction in support of organizations including MacMillan's Cancer Support, the Terrence Higgins Trust, and Canada's Art For Life Charity Auction.

He contributed a chapter to the forthcoming theoretical book, The Sexualized Masculine Body (University of Chicago). An upcoming Art Gallery of Regina solo exhibit, The Acquaintance, marks his hometown debut. He is represented by Beers.Lambert gallery in London, UK.

Photo courtesy of the artist