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Henry Asencio


Henry Asencio (American, b. 1971) - A Contemporary painter, Avant-garde in execution, his work blends the classical ideals of figurative painting with a unique, contemporary style revered in his art. Asencio seeks to portray his female figures as strong and contemplative. Henry Asencio paints his impressionistic/expressionistic original oil paintings and mixed media limited edition Giclees on canvas. Women, life, experience and nature inspire Asencio. Henry Asencio works from live models as well as photos. Unique to Asencios’ mysterious style, his work could portray any woman leading the viewer to interpret them in various ways. His abstract and energetic backgrounds make the figure pop off the canvas. Read More

"I want people to feel what I am doing - not just see what I am painting."

Asencio is emerging as one of the most intriguing young artists working today. The artist states, "Painting for me is very cathartic and is the most articulate way for me to express my passion and internal dialogues." Merging introspection and visual spectacle, Asencio's personal investigations of femininity, spirituality and abstraction possess the power to transform today's ideals of elegance and contemporary sensuality.

In 1996, Henry Asencio was sponsored by art supply company Thayer and Chandler, which resulted in exposure in exhibitions as far as Germany and Paris. In 1998, Henry Asencio's work was recognized in an art competition in Amsterdam, where he earned the prestige of being a first-time artist dually awarded with gold and silver medals in two separate divisions: self-portraiture in oils and work in acrylic medium. Excellent in his chosen discipline, Henry Asencio graduated with honors from the San Francisco Art Academy in 1999. Henry Asencio was even a chosen finalist in The Artist's Magazine competition that same year, again for his work in portraiture.

Asencio proclaims an admiration for artists who have chosen their own path, those who are inspired to follow their muse. And it is this path that he has chosen for himself as a fine artist. Inspired by the works of British artist Lucien Freud, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Asencio claims, "his work of the flesh is unsurpassed". He is also motivated by the "unbelievable vision, work ethic and unrelenting passion" of Pablo Picasso. Other notable inspirations include Wilhem de Kooning for, "making every stroke of the brush different" and Gustav Klimt for, "making decorative painting with integrity".

“Abstract expressionism” or “abstract realism”, Asencio's work cannot be categorized by style or semantics. His open brushwork, sweeping color, use of texture and precise drawing has resulted in a body of work that has earned him international accolades.

Asencio's work is influenced by themes of transformation and spontaneous beauty and has fast become the artist's hallmark in creating the excitement of his masterful works of art. His artwork combines figurative drama with spontaneous abstract backgrounds. His signature use of color, form, and texture coalesce to reveal a contemporary dialogue between the material and the spiritual--the artist, his subject and his subconscious visions derived therein. Agitated by extreme texture and intentional use of color, Henry Asencio unravels an unspoken narrative replete with seemingly incongruent, yet harmonious ideals of quietude and fascinations of that, which intensifies the moment.

Using life as a vehicle to produce his art, Asencio's work translates an impulse into his own reality on canvas and other surfaces. He has recently begun to paint on board, as the surface is more resilient to his aggressive paint style. The artist prefers to work in oil as "nothing compares to the richness and workability of the oil medium and it fits my technique perfectly." He frequently works with live models or photographs. He will begin a painting with a gesture drawing and then begin to mix color and apply the paint according to his temperament. Asencio applies the thick paint with a palette knife thereby transforming a traditional painting into one possessing his "cutting edge signature style".

A native of California, today the artist lives and works in his studio near San Jose, north of his birthplace of Los Angeles.

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  1. Adoration by Henry Asencio

    Adoration, Framed - Henry Asencio

    Regular Price: $5,000.00

    Special Price $2,500.00

    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Adoration"

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 30" x 36"

    Edition Size: 195

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    Throughout art history a man’s reverence for his female muse has been etched on cave walls, carved in stone, painted on canvas and written in volumes. The fascination with feminine deities, goddess iconology and pure love for a woman as reflected in art has endured for centuries. And it continues to endure. Contemporary painter Henry Asencio is acclaimed for his exquisitely beautiful and introspective renderings of the female figure. In each of his works of art, Asencio portrays women with dignity and an aura of mystery.

    Asencio’s “Adoration” pays homage to his ultimate inspiration. The profile captures the complexities and dichotomies inherent in all women. She serves to inspire us to contemplate the power of her essence and to celebrate her very existence. Layers of paint build the substance of this work, reflective of the many layers which comprise the woman – nurturing and tender, yet wrought with potent wisdom and resilient strength. Amid his striking color palette, Asencio’s figure is posed with her hand placed gently on her shoulder. A tender yet strong sense of confidence and acceptance is silently expressed. A quiet pose juxtaposed against a flurry of color and texture serve to convey the artist’s passionate intent. Asencio’s “Adoration” is a tribute to centuries of admiration and the commanding influence of a woman’s presence in our minds, in our hearts and in the very fabric of life itself.

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  2. Azure - Limited Edition

    Azure - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Azure”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 24" x 36"

    Edition Size: 195

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    The sophisticated, sensual elegance of Henry Asencio’s artistry incites our appreciation for beauty and our yearning to discover its essence. 

    Although stunning at first glance, upon closer inspection we realize that Asencio’s paintings are a visual embodiment of his ideas and artistic motivations. His compelling images explore conscious and unconscious themes amidst the symbolic content in his art. His messages are ones of beauty, nobility of the human spirit and our collective struggle with transcendence. 

    Asencio’s mastery of the female form and ability to use color and abstraction to express emotion are testament to his refined artistic talent. His work entitled “Azure” is a perfect illustration of this communion of color and form. 

    Surrounded by the empty lightness of the blank canvas, a beautiful woman emerges from the abstract wreckage. Loosely draped in a richly colored azure cloth, she stands confident, yet modestly covered as if ready to bare her soul.

    The artist’s use of minimal color in this electrifying composition serves to make a more profound statement. Mesmerized, our eyes are immediately drawn to her statuesque pose. She epitomizes sensuality, forever preserved as if immune from the ravages of time. Through the artist’s choice of posture and expression, we are also able to sense the underlying strength of her spirit. 

    Like all great art, its true power lies in the ability to preserve beauty and illicit an emotional response. Henry Asencio’s masterful portrayals accomplish this through the technique and unique vision.

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  3. Beholding by Henry Asencio

    Beholding, Framed - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Beholding”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 30" x 36"

    Edition Size: 195

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    All artwork is signed and numbered by Henry Asencio and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Art Leaders Gallery is an authorized Henry Asencio art dealer.

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    A face is more than just a physical manifestation of genetics or biology. It is the facade that masks the mind and the soul. It is soft and beautiful, it is fragile and powerful. One’s face can tell countless stories. Henry Asencio’s “Beholding” is a quiet and sensual portrait of self-examination and reflection. 

    Through style and composition, the artist takes us up close and personal to behold and embrace the person within. A state of bliss pervades artistic intent as the figure in this image gently caresses her face. Abandoning appearances for what lies within and what lies ahead, Asencio’s composition makes a statement of the importance of self-reflection and the quest for inner beauty. Through light and color the figure emerges from the darkness to shine in quiet reverie of acceptance and inner peace. The nurturing grasp of her face symbolizes ones need to nurture spiritual growth and embrace change. No fears, no regrets the looking glass serves as but a reflection of time: past, present and future. Asencio’s “Beholding” invites you to look beyond the visage, to what will surpass a meir external existence.

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  4. Bliss - Small

    Bliss - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Bliss”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 16" x 20"

    Edition Size: 195

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    “Bliss” is a powerful word with even more powerful connotations. Defined as “a state of profound spiritual satisfaction, happiness or joy”, bliss is a seemingly elusive state of being sought by us all. Yet, bliss can be experienced in an instant, if only we were prepared to surrender to it more often. Henry Asencio’s portrait of “Bliss” is a unique departure from his more ambiguous, figurative abstractions, as here he chooses to paint with more clarity and focus. Powerful in its complex simplicity, the artist is captivated by the momentary state of nirvana experienced by his muse. Head back, embraced in her own arms and cloaked in pure white, she takes a deep breath and becomes the personification of complete surrender, peace and spiritual joy. Perhaps in the execution of this work Asencio, too, has found his bliss.

    For Asencio’s dedication to his artistic journey is a continual process of seeking. He finds his bliss in his aspiration to paint. He opens new worlds with the eyes of his creative spirit and uses paint and brush to translate his ephemeral visions. And in the end, he shows us that perhaps bliss really is as simple as finding a new way of seeing, thinking and being.

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  5. Blue Rhapsody - Limited Edition

    Blue Rhapsody - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Blue Rhapsody”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 12" x 32"

    Edition Size: 195

    Please contact the gallery for pricing and availability. Commission works are available.

    Receive a complimentary art DVD with any Henry Asencio purchase.

    All artwork is signed and numbered by Henry Asencio and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Art Leaders Gallery is an authorized Henry Asencio art dealer.

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    Asencio communicates the introspective nature of the female muse. He invites the viewer to stand back and contemplate the movement of her exquisite form and her inherent complexity. “Blue Rhapsody” is a portrait of this elusive notion. Ethereal smatterings of cerulean blue are suggestive of solace in the midst of chaos.

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  6. Celebration - Limited Edition

    Celebration - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Celebration”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 22.5" x 32"

    Edition Size: 195

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    “My women friends sustain and nourish me. Without them my soul would starve” - Unknown 

    Friendships are essential to a woman’s identity. The bond between two women can be as strong as it is delicate. In his latest painting, contemporary artist Henry Asencio sets out to capture the essence of this unique and life affirming bond between two women through color, form and style. 

    Lovely, mysterious and evocative, the figures embrace each other with delicate strength. The women are poised, as if teetering in a moment of connection and liberation. Throughout this painting, Asencio’s women exemplify the epitome of the freedom to be oneself in the presence of another. Dramatically, contrasted in color they harmonize as they begin to intertwine in developing a bond with their bodies and spirit. A harmony and balance permeates in his painting, not only within his figures, but in contrast of texture and mood. Asencio’s power to communicate unspoken messages of loyalty, love, secrets and salvation is evident here, as is his “Celebration” of the special bond of sisterhood.

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  7. Chaos - Limited Edition

    Chaos - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Chaos”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 15" x 20"

    Edition Size: 195

    Please contact the gallery for pricing and availability. Commission works are available.

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    All artwork is signed and numbered by Henry Asencio and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Art Leaders Gallery is an authorized Henry Asencio art dealer.

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    Day and night, sky and earth, rain and shine, male and female, yin and yang — these complementary opposites are at the very core of life and existence. Take away science and biology, enter the human spirit, and we find a miraculous, albeit mysterious, phenomenon of a perfect union between man and woman. From the beginning of time we have relied on this mystery for the survival of our species.

    Artist Henry Asencio’s introspective works of art ponder such mysteries of spirit. Renowned for his paintings of the female form, the artist expands his visual repertoire in his most recent work to pay tribute to both masculine splendor and the strength of its female counterpart. The explosive pose of Asencio’s female muse in Chaos is juxtaposed against the unyielding stance of the male figure in Resolution to serve as a commentary on the passionate and poetic “Dance of Polarity” that plays between the sexes. The artist’s choice of color further enhances the visual power of this pair of images. Like fire and ice, his bold yet complimentary palettes of intense reds and sobering blue hues create a dynamic balance amidst the Chaos and Resolution, respectively, as the dance ensues.

    Like the inexplicable connection between a man and a woman, Asencio invokes his artistic prowess to render a union of form and beauty. Together, these works become more powerful than the individual. Together, they transcend that which one cannot achieve alone.

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  8. Classic Beauty - Limited Edition

    Classic Beauty - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Classic Beauty”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 22" x 28"

    Edition Size: 195

    Please contact the gallery for pricing and availability. Commission works are available.

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    All artwork is signed and numbered by Henry Asencio and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Art Leaders Gallery is an authorized Henry Asencio art dealer.

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  9. Comfort - Limited Edition

    Comfort - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Comfort”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 30" x 22.5"

    Edition Size: 195

    Please contact the gallery for pricing and availability. Commission works are available.

    Receive a complimentary art DVD with any Henry Asencio purchase.

    All artwork is signed and numbered by Henry Asencio and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Art Leaders Gallery is an authorized Henry Asencio art dealer.

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    Once again demonstrating his mastery of color and realism, Contemporary painter Henry Asencio introduces the second image of his “Golden Light Series”. In this collection, the artist continues to explore the idea of conveying emotion through the minimal use of color and the concurrence of light and dark.

    And less is more, indeed. Expertly utilizing a color palette reminiscent of Renaissance art, Asencio chooses neutral and warm yet ultimately radiant tones of sienna, ocher and amethyst. His masterfully layered application of oil pigment creates a natural luminosity that allows him to achieve delicately powerful effects in this work.

    Asencio’s “Comfort” depicts a beautiful woman embracing herself in quiet serenity. For this image, the artist chose to pose his muse in the fetal position. Often used symbolically, this posture serves as a metaphor for healing, transformation, awakening or rebirth. Her legs are soothingly pulled against her body; her hair gently cascades as she drops her head to her knees and her arms reach out to engulf her entire being. She is safe and finds comfort from within herself that perhaps may even have its origins from another dimension.

    Through composition and color Asencio is able to skillfully convey the unspoken truths of body language. And in spite of his sensually simple imagery, he weaves spiritual tales of inner beauty, hope and strength into each work of his art.

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  10. Contemplation - Limited Edition

    Contemplation - Henry Asencio

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    Artist: Henry Asencio

    Title: "Contemplation”

    Medium: Hand-Embellished Mixed Media on Canvas

    Size: 30" x 24"

    Edition Size: 195

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