Berkeley College Presents the Work of Luis Soler - Traditional, Yet Whimsical, Art
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122
Berkeley College is exhibiting the artwork of Luis Soler at its New York City Midtown Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit is on display from May 1 through 31 – Monday through Friday – from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
Mr. Soler was born in Malaga, Spain, and spent several years in his youth traveling around the world as a merchant marine. Always interested in art, he studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes, well known for its famous alumnus, Pablo Picasso. He moved to New York City at age 25 and studied at Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Museum.
Mr. Soler is especially interested in the work of the Surrealists. In many of his pieces he attempts to express ideas and feelings through a symbolic surrealism that has deep roots in classical painting. He also has a great passion for portraits, the human figure, and the classical still lifes. His favorite medium is oil, but he also works in watercolor, pastel, pencil, ink, and sculpture.
Robert Keiber, Berkeley College Gallery Curator, praises his work and says, “Luis is a wonderful, highly skilled artist in the traditional sense, but also likes to put a little abstract whimsy in his paintings.”
In the fall of 2011, the artist’s work was featured at the Berkeley College gallery, 255 Duffield Street, in Brooklyn, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. He has had exhibitions at various galleries n New York City, including a one-man show at the Lawrence Gallery. Additionally, his work “Amigos” hung in the Brooklyn Museum. He was commissioned by Next Experience Press to do a cover design for the book Two Wheels to Florida. He was also commissioned as the sole illustrator and cover artist of the book Parabienes, a Spanish primer for high school students published in the U.S. He is affiliated with various artists’ organizations such as All Community Arts and Grupo de Artista Latinoamericanos. His works have become part of several private art collections in the U.S. and Europe.
For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Mr. Keiber at rjk@BerkeleyCollege.edu. or call 212-252-2065.
Photo Caption: “Creative Mind,” oil on canvas from artist Luis Soler’s exhibit on display at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, from May 1 through 31.
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