Marina Perez Simão's paintings look like how diving into a body of water feels. Luscious color envelops every corner of the canvas, brushstrokes swirl around the surface like a current, and edges bite with cold while the center warms up. Since the market for ultra-contemporary artists went gangbusters four years ago, the 43-year-old’s transporting abstractions have become sought-after prizes—perhaps because the kinds of people who can afford them fantasize about experiencing the quiet yet profound connection to the elements that her work embodies.
Marina Perez Simão's Paintings Won't Stop Growing in Size
For her first West Coast Exhibition, the Brazilian painter Marina Perez Simão wanted to make larger-than-life canvases glow using nothing but oil paint.