In the West Hollywood area….Barakat Gallery Los Angeles (941 N La Cienega Blvd., LA 90069) presents the contemporary portrait work of Robert Vargas side by side with some of its most ancient predecessors on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 6-9pm. RSVP NOW:

Vargas is a contemporary artist known for his mixed-media portraits, murals and live events. Born and raised in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, Vargas is a leading creative force in the revitalization of Downtown LA’s art scene.
Mixed media works on paper and canvas will be displayed amongst evocative and dynamic African wooden masks, dignified Roman marble busts, and powerful Pre-Columbian stone effigy figures. Vargas’ work will be set against carvings in stone that encapsulate layers of sophistication and seem to defy time itself.

One can expect to see a two thousand year old iconic portrait bust of an exalted dignitary from a long lost empire or a deeply intimate and expressive portrait painting of a passerby on the modern streets of any town USA these deeply personal portrayals speak directly to the passion, presence, and humanity in each and every one of us.

One thing that many of Vargas’ biggest followers and fans may not know is that this visual vocabulary is heavily influenced not only by classical art forms and techniques but ancient art itself. And in fact, Vargas is a noted collector of ancient art himself, owning and drawing inspiration from a rather comprehensive assemblage of artifacts from all over the world.

Be sure to rsvp if you would like to attend the special opening night art party. Vargas will paint an artwork at the reception; RSVP:

On View: February 23rd, 2020 – Monday April 13th, 2020

What: Opening Night Art Party, LIVE painting performance by Vargas
Where: Barakat Gallery, 941 N La Cienega Blvd., LA 90069
When: Saturday February 22, 2020; 6pm – 9pm