i simply love the way andrew salgado portrays masculinity… the tender and the violent meet on the canvas in an evocative reflective moment. his portraiture has such a fascinating busy-ness to it, but yet stops short of being distracting, like viewing someone from across a crowded room; what is important here is the texture, the contemplative is portrayed with bold and broken strokes that elegantly points to the turmoil within. this layered dichotomy of the modern male psyche is poignantly expressed and one gleans an instant understanding of this delicate position of men through salgado’s work, which would naturally account for his instant but steadfast rise in ‘the currently collectible’ art circles.