Kent O'Connor (USA, b. 1987) received his MFA from Yale School of Art (2018) and BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore (2011). Kent O’Connor’s figurative paintings are painted from life, and he composes the portraits over several sessions. O’Connor paints his close friends and family; yet, the executed portraits become their own characters, taking on a personality and resonance remarkable for its strength and presence. The still lifes are a vivid, and somewhat surreal, arrangement of familiar but uninvolved everyday objects. They all are a stage for the light that moves around the objects. O'Connor had a solo show -- New Paintings -- (2018), and was included in the group exhibitions Way Out Now (2018) and The Seven Year Itch (2019), all at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. The artist is based in Brooklyn, NY.