Antoine Saba

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Saba’s work is displayed in a Studio Gallery-curated show at Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine. Information:  949-701-8091 or artbyantoine.com. 

Twenty-one-year-old Saba put his art and schooling on hold to become the family breadwinner after his father became ill in 2005. Four years later, he returned to his education and his painting, and since has worked with the Orange County Fine Arts Association, Studio Gallery, and RAW: Natural Born Artists, among others. RAW named him Santa Ana Artist of the Year for 2011.

Color is primary for Saba, who first selects a palette. “I have been told I am not afraid of bright colors.” He then sands down the wood panel he paints on, and layers the acrylic colors until he gets the desired effect. The painting must dry on a level surface in a temperature-controlled environment to maintain its composition. 

“I’ve always thought the best teacher was nature, better than any artist. The color schemes, patterns, and compositions presented in nature provide me with my inspiration. My goal isn’t to re-create a portrait of nature, but to capture the essence and beauty of it in my own way.”

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This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue.

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