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Surrealism and Portraiture: Celebrating Latin Artists

This is part two of our three-part series highlighting Latin artists from all around the world coinciding with the celebration of Latinx Heritage Month 2021. Discover artists that push boundaries, defy expectations, and celebrate culture.

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” - Frida Kahlo

Surrealism is a 20th-century avant-garde movement seeking to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. It contrasts the lived experience with the imagined, pulling from dreams and creating work that is often described as unusual or bizarre. In part two of this series we explore Latin artists and their interpretations of surrealism in portraiture.

Two vibrant paintings of women by artist Alexander Grahovsky
Left: See Me See Me Right: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Alexander Grahovsky


Alexander Grahovsky

Alexander Grahovsky is a self taught artist currently living in Madrid, Spain. His paintings are vibrant and capture moments suspended in time, blurring the lines between pop art and surrealism. Strong colors and bold humor are the foundation of Grahovsky’s style. Explore the latest updates from Grahovsky by following his Instagram.

Surrealist art of a woman made of stone by Mario Nevado
Featured Art: Deliberation by Mario Sanchez Nevado

Mario Sanchez Nevado

Mario Sanchez Nevado is a Spanish freelance Illustrator. His distinctive surreal signature on aesthetics, and his caustic approach on storytelling, has granted him a worldwide recognition. Nevado’s striking collection is deeply woven with bold narratives that allow the viewer to create their own vision of what they are seeing. Part magical storyteller and part sober messenger of society's ills, Mario Nevado's works begs for a deeper consideration of the world around us.

Two Surrealist Portraits of in bold colors by Arassay Hilario
Left: Mars in Green Right: Weaver by Arassay Hilario

Arassay Hilario

Arassay Hilario is a Cuban surrealist artist with an extensive background in animation, costume design, video production and illustration. Hilario creates contemporary drawings and portraits that are dark, quirky, and colorful. Discover their latest work on their Instagram.

Collage of Three Klimt-inspired portraits of women by artist Jose Cacho
Left: El Abrazo Top Right: Dale La Vueltas Bottom Right: Esta Es Mi Musica by Jose Cacho

Jose Cacho

Jose Cacho is a Mexican mixed media artist whose work travels around the issues related to human nature. In particular, women as the source of life, knowledge and harmony. He is inspired by the art of Mexico City that he grew up with, and directly influenced by artists such as Gustav Klimt and Rafael Cauduro.

Two pieces of surrealist art by artist Ruben Carrasco
Left: Spring Grenades Right: Sacre Coeur by Ruben Carrasco

Ruben Carrasco

Ruben Carrasco was born and raised in Mexico; he was exposed to art from an early age through his mother, who has a keen interest in art. His background as a tattoo artist, muralist, graphic designer, and graphic artist have all contributed to his multifaceted design technique and his unique surrealist take on everyday subjects. Check out Carrasco’s breadth of work on his portfolio page. ​​

Explore works from Latinx artists around the globe by checking out our curated art collection here.