Francisco Bravo Cabrera, a.k.a. Bodo Vespaciano

Francisco is a graduate of Florida International University (Miami, Florida).  He has been engaged in the art world since 1998 when he began painting and selling watercolours which he titled “Jazz-Art”, mainly due to his love of Jazz music and the themes of the compositions. He created his studio, Omnia Caelum Studios in Miami where he lived at the time.  Presently he lives and works in València, Spain.

His first exhibition was in 2003 at the PG Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the success of his first show, he returned to Miami and began exhibiting in galleries in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, as well as in Miami, where he was named “Artist of the Month” several times in Miami’s “Cultural Fridays” programme.  He has exhibited in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida; New York; Zaragoza, Barcelona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Spain and again in Turkey, this time in Izmir.  His paintings hang in many private collections throughout Europe, the United States and Turkey.

Francisco’s style is surreal-expressionism, although he does not limit his work or perspective to just one style or approach.  He bases most of his paintings on musical themes and uses instruments as well as bodies to represent players and dancers which exist in the world of jazz and fantasy he is creating.  He uses colours boldly to express feelings and emotions, and many times he paints an abstract background to his mostly figurative paintings.  However, being that he believes that art is the “search” he continuously experiments and investigates new and different approaches to create paintings that truly communicate and transmit the message that he wishes to share.

Besides his figurative work, he has developed a way to approach abstract art thinking it something spiritual, and almost meditative.  Another aspect of his work is drawings, (illustration), which he does using various types of graphite and ink. These he does in series titled “JaZzArt” and the series is separated into phases.  And although most are in black and white, some are of the phases are drawn with ink upon a colourful abstract background of watercolour.

His present works seek to expand the use of colour, as well as to explore other styles. This would allow him the use of more symbols and abstract forms. He also looks to continuously delve deeper into expressionism. His “search” is to discover the true essence of this historical art movement and to try to more clearly and effectively reach out and communicate with his audience.  And of course to continue drawing JaZzArt because for Francisco the black line is the clearest and most visual manner with which to bring forth the spirituality of art. His upcoming projects are in his hometown of València, Spain, where in 2023, he will be exhibiting in one of the museums of the city.

Ms. Gul Aytug
Artist Representative

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LA MUJER CON MUNO AZUL – 45cmx60cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

TAMBORERO PISTACHIO – 40cmx50cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

YELLOW LEG – 45cmx60cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

ELEKTRA en el JARDIN – 50cmx70cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

LA VIOLINISTA – 60CMX90CM – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

EL BUHO AZUL – 40cmx50cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

TORO HAIR – 30cmx50cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

BAILAORA – 30cmx70cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

ANGELA – 49cmx90cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

BONGO MELON – 30cmx60cm – ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

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