Marina Perez Simão's Paintings Won't Stop Growing in Size

Marina Perez Simão in her studio.

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. 

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