FLORE Highlights the Importance of Modern & Contemporary Art with Two Distinct Series

Inseparable from his New York roots, artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino captures the essence of Brooklyn and its bustling spirit through both his Urban Cubism and Modernist series, mimicking the city in overlapping color, texture and immense amounts of character, literal and figurative.

Formal art school instruction bolstered Flore’s deep understanding of color theory and the optical dynamics of space and movement within a painting, expertly deployed to create unique, architectural canvases that burst with energy and wit.

An Inspection and Evolution of Style

Born in Marine Park, Brooklyn in 1983, Flore derives much inspiration from the artists of his upbringing: his great-grandmother, first and foremost, followed by the revolutionary New York School, a post-war collective of abstract expressionist artists. Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell – key figures from the School – have continuously played a crucial role in the aura of his Modernist series, experimental with each stroke and their ever-evolving shape.

Urban Cubism paintings incorporate a graffiti throw-up technique influenced by his immense street art exposure, followed by black outline details that create a graphic and dynamic composition à la Keith Haring. Music is also a major influence, with lyrics finding their way into the paintings, further adding to the sense of narrative and emotional resonance between artist and canvas reminiscent of Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Each painting represents a moment in time captured in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner reflective of the artist’s own experiences and character. As his technique and style have developed a sharper cleanliness, each painting from both the Modernist and Urban Cubism series brings a stronger sense of refinement to every collection they grace.

Global Impact of The Artist’s Two Prolific Series

Since the inception of his illustrious artist journey in the city that never sleeps, Flore has taken from the streets of New York to Japan for a live Urban Cubism painting within the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum collection in 2017 and Venice, Italy to prominently showcase two Modernist paintings at the 2022 Biennale. Boasting a robust list of collectors from Audemars Piguet to Beyonce and beyond, the recognition of his cosmic oeuvre spans lightyears.

In April 2023, four unique Urban Cubism works in previously unseen palettes and proportions were displayed in New York’s upscale gallery-restaurant fusion Frevo, further solidifying the series’ expansive cultural impact. Since November 2023, a myriad of Urban Cubism pieces have been prominently showcased throughout the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami and will remain on display throughout 2024 even as the collection continues to sell.

Flore’s works can be viewed year-round at Art Angels Gallery in Los Angeles and through November 2024 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. For all inquiries and further information, please email info@artangels.net.