Varda Caivano

Chisenhale Gallery

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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