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Tony Pro’s figurative work ranges from classical to reflections on pop culture, with the latter offering a look into the painter’s sharp humor. Series like “Sarcasm” take contemporary figures and recontextualizes them both with elegance and in parody. A bio cites his schooling at California State University, Northridge and studying under Glen Orbik has pivotal in the formation of his practice.

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Julie Heffernan’s oil paintings imagine habitats and situations formed in response to environmental collapse. “When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan,” a new exhibition coming to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, offers these recent pieces. It runs Sept. 22 through Dec. 30 at the venue.

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Artem Rogowoi’s oil and gold leaf paintings offer quiet, yet rich moments. In works like “Chamomile,” the artist’s rendering of elements such as hair or a bed of leaves carry unexpected textures. And each carries a fantastical quality, even when packed with everyday elements.

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The oil paintings of Liora Ostroff, with varying textures and contemporary imagery, call upon the history of the form. With her lush environments and occasionally morbid edges, she navigates humanity in both vulnerable and surreal terms.

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Horacio Quiroz’s rich, disconcerting oil paintings manipulate and toy with the human form. In an upcoming show at Booth Gallery, “Polarities,” his latest experimentations are displayed, whether on the canvas or in an installation of works on paper (including poems, sketches, and more). Quiroz appeared in Hi-Fructose Volume 46 and was last featured on HiFructose.com here.

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The oil paintings of Dino Valls balance the bare vulnerability of his figures with surreal touches with deceptively elaborate embellishments, from the transforming compartments of his triptychs to constellation-bearing freckles. In some ways, the Spanish artist continues a thread and approach forged by European masters; elsewhere, his psychological additions feel contemporary. He was last featured on HiFructose.com here.