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Local Realism Artist Debuts Hauntingly Beautiful Cityscapes Calvin Lai, "Sansome Street", 2017, Oil on panel, 36"x24"

Calvin Lai captures San Francisco in a new light with his realism cityscapes. SAN Francisco, CA April 11, 2017 – Transforming the city's grime through vision, subtlety, and oil paints, realism artist, Calvin Lai, debuts his new cityscapes at Wonderland SF's upcoming group show, “Urban Jungle”. The event will showcase several local artists and will prominently feature a selection of Lai's most recent cityscapes. A New Interpretation of San Francisco Based in San Francisco, Lai, is best known for his portraiture and figurative paintings. His style combines classical realism with expressive modern techniques. Now the painter is turning his artistry towards interpreting the environment in which he lives. Guided by a philosophy of finding beauty in the mysterious, Lai’s cityscapes capture the familiarity of a city many know and love while simultaneously provoking a sense of the unknown. Opening night April 22nd from 6pm - 9pm and running until June 22nd at Wonderland SF, 1266 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. If you would like to connect with the artist, Calvin Lai is available for interviews. About Calvin Lai Calvin Lai describes art as “the monkey that climbed onto his back” while he was drawing a self-portrait in kindergarten. He recalls that his passionate relationship with art began the moment when he was trying to get the loops of his shoelaces just right. This fascination with detail drove him towards realism, and he began teaching himself the basics of value and perspective at a very early age. His addiction to art progressed, and people became his favorite subjects. He eventually moved from where he grew up in Los Angeles to San Francisco where he studied drawing and printmaking at San Francisco State University. In 2008, he enrolled in the Academy of Art and began painting. Oil paints are now his primary medium. www.calvinlaiart.com http://www.wonderlandsf.com https://www.facebook.com/events/210273799459058/