Even before graduating from London’s Royal College of Art master’s program in 2004, Varda Caivano had been spotted by collectors, gallerists, and critics alike for her beautiful, small-scale, intensely painterly works. Caivano (born in Buenos Aires and based in London) is a young painter plainly enamored of her medium, bringing fresh eyes and hands to test the entire act of applying paint to a canvas. The brushstroke, the choice of palette, the canvas, the thickness of the paint; flatness and relief, figuration and abstraction, decoration and image, surface and depth: It all seems of infinite interest to Caivano, so we become interested, too. Each work poses a question as to the possibilities of painting; each deliberately unfinished canvas replies that the answer is limitless. And Caivano seems delighted by this inexhaustibility, working on as many as a dozen canvases in her studio at
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