Southwest Art’s September issue announcing the winners of the “21 Under 31” competition arrives in mailboxes and hits newsstands across the country soon. The annual feature story spotlights young, emerging talent, along with comments on everything from their lofty aspirations to their creative inspirations.
Cesar Santos, who is currently living in New York City, won first place for his arresting portrait, Young Versed. “I aspire to show images that transmit the impression of paintings of the past, but that are also imbued with contemporary, fresh concepts,” Cesar says. In an interview, he adds that his early inspiration springs from his uncle, Santos Zerpa, a prominent Cuban artist.
The editors awarded Robert Christian Hemme from Florida second prize for a figurative oil painting, and third prize to Eugeniu Chisnicean, who lives in the Republic of Moldova, for an atmospheric watercolor depicting a wintery street scene in his hometown. To read more about these artists, and the other 18 up-and-coming painters, pick up a copy of the September issue of Southwest Art. –Bonnie Gangelhoff