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Brian Viveros is, by far and wide, one of my favorite modern artists. This graceful provocateur paints his bludgeoned subjects wickedly, in rich oil tones and with his trademark limp cigarette hanging from each set of crimson lips. Viveros' art evokes a poignant, highly scabrous tone, but manages to maintain a beauty and defiance in the limp, beaten, and often naked form of a human being.

"Eye Snatch Her"


"Frost Bite"

"Hear No Evil"

"Behind the Dirty Glass"


"Pulling Weedz"
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On December 14th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC), abandnamedlydia commented:
Never heard of him before, but now I'll be looking into it.
Thanks, Meli.
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On December 15th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC), steffers33 commented:
While I enjoy trademarks immensely, I don't like how it seems to take the focus of each piece. Looking at them, my eyes are drawn immediately to the cigarette first.

Still very incredible works. I love "Yoga".
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On December 15th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC), cemeteryonfilm replied:
I actually don't notice it. It took seeing several pieces all in a row to notice it for me. The first of his I ever saw was "Octopussy," though, and the cigarette is the least apparent, I think, in that work. But I think you're right. As far as trademarks go, it isn't the most ambitious. In fact, it's rather lazy. Still, I am so enthralled by the art.
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On December 15th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC), screamdaisy commented:
I love his stuff! Someone just sent me a link to his site the other day. I think he did a show with Audrey Kawasaki..another one of my favorites.
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On December 15th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC), cemeteryonfilm replied:
He is actually pretty popular. I know he's done a lot of shows, at least. I would kill to see his stuff!
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