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Abstract Portrait Paintings

ABSTRACT STYLE

Beginning in the early 20th century, abstract art became a leading style of modernism. Rather than portray the world in a way that represented reality, as had been the dominating style of Western art in the previous centuries, abstract paintings, prints and sculptures are marked by a shift to geometric forms, gestural shapes and experimentation with color to express ideas, subject matter and scenes.

Although abstract art flourished in the early 1900s, propelled by movements like Fauvism and Cubism, it was rooted in the 19th century. In the 1840s, J.M.W. Turner emphasized light and motion for atmospheric paintings in which concrete details were blurred, and Paul Cézanne challenged traditional expectations of perspective in the 1890s.

Some of the earliest abstract artists — Wassily Kandinsky and Hilma af Klint — expanded on these breakthroughs while using vivid colors and forms to channel spiritual concepts. Painter Piet Mondrian, a Dutch pioneer of the art movement, explored geometric abstraction partly owing to his belief in Theosophy, which is grounded in a search for higher spiritual truths and embraces philosophers of the Renaissance period and medieval mystics. Black Square, a daringly simple 1913 work by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, was a watershed statement on creating art that was free “from the dead weight of the real world,” as he later wrote.

Surrealism in the 1920s, led by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Meret Oppenheim and others, saw painters creating abstract pieces in order to connect to the subconscious. When Abstract Expressionism emerged in New York during the mid-20th century, it similarly centered on the process of creation, in which Helen Frankenthaler’s expressive “soak-stain” technique, Jackson Pollock’s drips of paint, and Mark Rothko’s planes of color were a radical new type of abstraction.

Conceptual art, Pop art, Hard-Edge painting and many other movements offered fresh approaches to abstraction that continued into the 21st century, with major contemporary artists now exploring it, including Anish Kapoor, Mark Bradford, El Anatsui and Julie Mehretu.

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Style: Abstract
Rayuela
Located in New York, NY
Isabel Peña Rayuela Photo-painting on parchment paper 46h x 40w in 116.84h x 101.60w cm
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media

Untitled
Located in Barcelona, ES
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media

"Iv" Painting 35" x 28" inch by Vladislav Chenchik
Located in Culver City, CA
"Iv" Painting 35" x 28" inch by Vladislav Chenchik Vladislav Chenchik is a contemporary artist from Ukraine. His artwork combines abstract and realistic styles, with a focus on port...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

"Seduction Series" RK87TR , Abstract, Painting, 21st Century, Acrylic , Clay
Located in Dessau-Rosslau, Sachsen Anhalt
Artist: Roger König b. Dessau, Germany (1968) Master student of Kurt Schönburg, HWK Halle, Germany. König combines modern painting with acrylic with old techniques and in this way, h...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Clay, Acrylic

'Naiad' - Abstract Profile of a Woman by Masri
Located in Carmel, CA
Presenting 'Naiad,' a stunning abstract portrait by Masri, celebrated for its vivacious flow and splatter techniques. This singular piece portrays a woman in profile, her form crispl...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil, Acrylic

'Portrait of Cubist Man', Berlin School (circa 1960s)
Located in London, GB
'Portrait of Cubist Man', oil on board, Berlin School (circa 1960s). A striking cubist depiction, this is a vibrant portrait of a figure in geometric perspective. The varied hues - b...
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1960s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Soyva" Painting 20" x 16" inch by Vladislav Chenchik
Located in Culver City, CA
"Soyva" Painting 20" x 16" inch by Vladislav Chenchik Vladislav Chenchik is a contemporary artist from Ukraine. His artwork combines abstract and realistic styles, with a focus on p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

"I Identify As You" (Sensual, Feminine, Romantic, LGBTQ, Figure Painting, Wood)
Located in Paris, IDF
"I IDENTIFY AS YOU AND I'M OBSESSED WITH MYSELF" 2024 Paris, France A commentary on narcism and vanity, identity and obsession. The viewer is presented with two figures, sexually a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic, Oil

Contemporary Abstract Face Portrait. Faceless Red And Green. "Currency #205"
Located in FISTERRA, ES
This piece belongs to the "Exchange Currency Series" created by Natasha Lelenco in 2024, starting from the concept of the "face" on coins.In this case, the piece, crafted in contrast...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Metal

Abstract Expresionist Pop Surrealist Portrait With Smileys "Currency #191"
Located in FISTERRA, ES
This piece is one of the most recent and belongs to the "Exchange Currency Series" created by Natasha Lelenco in 2024. It originates from the concept of the "face" on coins. It is a ...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Metal

Brave Girl 18
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Vermilion
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Brave Girl 12
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Brave Girl II
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Brave Girl 16
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Brave Girl 15
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

Materials

Wood, Acrylic

Brave Girl 14
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

Materials

Wood, Acrylic

Gingham
Located in New York, NY
Angels Grau is a Catalan artist who spends her time between Barcelona, New York, and a small village located in the breathtaking Priorat, one of the most notorious wine regions in Eu...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Large Abstract Cubist Style Multicoloured Original Oil Painting Signed
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Abstract Art, Picasso Style, Multicoloured, Original Oil Painting, Signed By French artist Beatrice Werlie, early 21st Century Signed by the artist Oil painting on canvas, unframed ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Large Abstract Cubist Style Multicoloured Original Oil Painting Signed
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Abstract Art, Cubist Style, Multicoloured, Original Oil Painting, Signed By French artist Beatrice Werlie, early 21st Century Signed by the artist Oil painting on canvas, unframed C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Spanish Beauty (Portrait of the Artist's Wife)
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Spanish Beauty (Portrait of the Artist's Wife) Oil on canvas, c. 1940's Signed upper right "A.G. Warshawsky" (see photo) According to the daughter-in-law of the artist, this painting...
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1940s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Counterparty Art, Self Portrait, Serj Tankian.
Located in La Canada Flintridge, CA
This artwork, created by the multi-talented artist Serj Tankian, is a captivating self-portrait rendered in a vibrant and eclectic mix of media. Executed on paper with a blend of col...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media

Abstract Expressionist Original Oil Portrait of Man with Beard
Located in Soquel, CA
Mid Century Abstract Expressionist Portrait of Man with Beard Original mid century abstract expressionist of man with beard by California artist Genevieve Rogers (American, 1904 - 1...
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1960s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Paper

Elegant French Expressionist Portrait Large Size Original Oil Painting Signed
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Elegant French Portrait, Large Size, Original Oil Painting, Signed By French artist Beatrice Werlie, early 21st Century Signed by the artist on the lower left hand corner Oil paintin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

"Woman sleeping on couch"
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This painting dedicated to "Women" series is a special one since it is all about my strong deep personal transformation as an artist. This transformation was based on the expansion ...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic, Watercolor

Continuity 1 -original abstract expressionist figurative painting- modern art
Located in London, Chelsea
"Continuity 1" by Magdalena Morey is a stunning exploration of movement and form in the realm of abstract figurative art. Executed on a deep stretched canvas using a captivating comb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media

Continuity 2 -original abstract expressionist figurative painting- modern art
Located in London, Chelsea
"Continuity 2" by Magdalena Morey is a mesmerizing abstract figurative painting that explores the essence of movement and continuity through the depiction of an abstract female figur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media

'Stoic' by Masri - Black and White Abstract Portrait - Mixed Media Painting
Located in Carmel, CA
"Stoic," is an enthralling piece by the distinguished Masri. The artist employed his bare hands, utilizing his thumbs and palms in place of a traditional paintbrush, to craft this un...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media

'Ponder' by Masri - Colorful Portrait of a Man - Mixed Media Painting on Canvas
Located in Carmel, CA
The enthralling piece 'Ponder' by the artist Masri is a masterful example of abstract portraiture stretched across a 40" x 30" canvas. Masri's unique application, forgoing brushes fo...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media

Portrait. 1975, oil on plywood, 32x27, 5 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Portrait. 1975, oil on plywood, 32x27,5 cm Abstract portrait Robert Elibekyan (1941) (Armenian: Ռոբերտ Էլիբեկյան; born 21 April 1941) is an Armenian pa...
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1970s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Plywood

Contemporary French Abstract Orange and Blues Still Life Original Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
French Abstract, Orange and Blues, Original Oil Painting By French artist Beatrice Werlie, early 21st Century Oil painting on canvas, unframed Canvas size: 19.5 x 24 inches Sensatio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Original Painting on board by Serg Graff, Portrait, "Stranger", COA Gold frame
Located in Framingham, MA
This is a unique original acrylic painting on canvas board in abstract style by Serg Graff, Portrait titled "Stranger". It comes signed, dated, and with a COA (Certificate of Authe...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Laßt Blumen sprechen and Hole, Diptych. Mixed media fashion portrait photograph
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Laßt Blumen sprechen and Hole, Diptych, 2022 by Hunter & Gatti From the series INFINITE Acrylic and scratch on fine art metallic paper with a pearlescent coating Overall size: 21.2 i...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Archival Paper

'Steinbeck Re-Visited' - Portrait of John Steinbeck - Geometric Portrait
Located in Carmel, CA
"Steinbeck Re-Visited" by Robert Glick is a 20" x 16" oil on canvas that gracefully intersects the realms of contemporary abstract expressionism and geome...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Spur, Noiseless and Stuttgen Triptych. Mixed media on a B&W photograph
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Spur, Noiseless and Stuttgen Triptych 2022 by Hunter & Gatti From the series INFINITE Acrylic and scratch on fine art metallic paper with a pearlescent coating Overall size: 21.6 in ...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Archival Paper

'Emerging' - Minimal Abstract Female Portrait - Geometric Acrylic Painting
Located in Carmel, CA
"Emerging" by Robert Glick is a captivating 30" x 30" acrylic on canvas that celebrates the simplicity and elegance of minimal abstraction. Dominated by a palette of soothing blues, ...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Contemporary French Cubist Portrait Multicoloured Original Large Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Cubist Portrait, Multicoloured, Original Oil Painting By French artist Beatrice Werlie, early 21st Century Oil painting on canvas, unframed Canvas size: 21.5 x 18 inches Sensationa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Third Chapter, Suite #1
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Kennedy Contemporary is proud to announce a solo exhibition by Laguna Beach artist, Chris Gwaltney. This will be Gwaltney's second solo exhibition with the gallery and will remain on...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Linen, Oil, Wood Panel

ASTRACT COMPOSITION - Oil on canvas signed Salvatore Benincasa, Italy 1970s
Located in Napoli, IT
Delightful brightly colored oil on canvas signed Salvatore Benincasa, with frame
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1970s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Abstract Cactus, Sculptured Totem 3D Shapes in Green, Purple, Pink on Beige
Located in Barcelona, ES
"Abstract Cactus" is an acrylic painting from Ryan Rivadeneyra's series of imagined modernist sculptures. In this series, Rivadeneyra explores the possibilities of colorful sculptura...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Ink, Sumi Ink, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Archival Paper

Strength in Diversity 5
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
We tend to lose a lot when we are divided probably because we are from different parts of the country or the world. Inside our differences lies a strong force that can never be defea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

'Mayor of Lyon' - Portrait of an Older Man - Vibrant Abstract Geometric Portrait
Located in Carmel, CA
"Mayor of Lyon" by Robert Glick is a 36" x 36" oil on canvas that exemplifies contemporary abstract expressionism with a distinct geometric twist. This st...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

FAR FROM THE WORLD
Located in THOMERY, FR
In the serene piece titled "Far from the World," the artist transports the viewer into a realm of tranquil solitude. Measuring 40 x 30 cm, this gouache on paper captures a captivatin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Gouache, Handmade Paper, Stencil

Basic Instincts
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This abstract portrait painting is inspired by the work of Picasso. A unique patchwork style composition by artist Ilana Greenberg. The work is framed ...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Sophie
Located in Greenwich, CT
Sophie is an expressive and highly individualistic Post Impressionist work reminiscent of Chaim Soutine. Cottavoz isn known and celebrated for using incredibly thick paint that is a...
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1960s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Garden Sculpture, Pastel Palette, Abstract Render Shapes Pink, Yellow Monumental
Located in Barcelona, ES
"Garden Sculpture I" is an acrylic painting from Ryan Rivadeneyra's series of imagined modernist sculptures. In this series, Rivadeneyra explores the possibilities of colorful sculpt...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Ink, Sumi Ink, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Archival Paper

Pink Sculptures on Green, Organic Rocks, Pastel Tones, Garden Render Shapes
Located in Barcelona, ES
"Pink Sculptures" is an acrylic painting from Ryan Rivadeneyra's series of imagined modernist sculptures. In this series, Rivadeneyra explores the possibilities of colorful sculptura...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Ink, Sumi Ink, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Archival Paper

Vintage Latin American School Original Painting of Artist’s Self Portrait
Located in Soquel, CA
Vintage Latin American School Original Minimalist Painting of Artist’s Self Portrait in Acrylic on Paper Oustandingminimalist self portrait by California-based Latin American artis...
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1980s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic

French Expressionist Abstract Portrait Of A Man Studio Provenance
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Abstract Expressionist Composition by Jacques COULAIS (1955-2011) dated 95' signed oil painting on canvas unframed: 10.75 x 9 inches condition: excellent provenance: all the painting...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

"E.S.H. IV" (black & white, figurative, horse sculpture, historical, abstract)
Located in Paris, IDF
E.S.H. IV PARIS, France 2023 Inspired by sculptures and statues of Europe, a horse and rider are depicted as a black silhouetted abstraction. White and grey acrylic paint over text...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Dye, Canvas

"Sensitivity"
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This artwork makes part of my new period in my artistic expression. This painting dedicated to "Women" series is a special one since it is all about my strong deep personal transfor...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Contemporary, Floral Portrait. Minas Halaj Floral.
Located in La Canada Flintridge, CA
The artist certificate is included. Floral Portrait" by Minas Halaj is a captivating masterpiece that seamlessly blends natural beauty with the human form. The artwork features a fi...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Contemporary Abstract British Unfinished Painting Of A Cubist Face
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
'Abstract Portrait' by Bolly Frost Acrylic painting on canvas signed on verso painting: 20 x 16 inches Superb original modern abstract portrait painting by the rising contemporar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Pathfinder - Abstract Map - Mid 20th Century Mixed Media by George De Goya
Located in Watford, Hertfordshire
Professor George De Goya. PhD. MA. FRSA. Born In Budapest, 1915-1992, related to the Spanish artist Goya on his mother’s side. Educated in Budapest and France where he received a de...
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1960s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Mixed Media, Board

American Modernist Black Woman Artist New Orleans Family Portrait Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage American modernist southern school painting. A family portrait on a New Orleans porch. Beautiful detail in the wrought iron. Brilliant color palette here. Signed verso. ...
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1950s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

"Innocence" Painting 22" x 14" inch (circa 1970) by KAMAL KHALIFA
Located in Culver City, CA
"Innocence" Painting 22" x 14" inch (circa 1970) by KAMAL KHALIFA Kamal Khalifa is regarded as one of Egypt’s most prolific modern artists. He left the art world with several catego...
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20th Century Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic

Portrait of a Young Woman
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
Sylvia Bernstein (1918-1990). Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1960. Gouache on paper, image measures 9.5 inch h.., 10 inches w. ; 17 x 17 inches framed measurement. Signed lower right. Excellent condition. Born : New York City Education : National Academy of Design Exhibits (group) Juried Shows at : Allied Artists; Audubon Artists; National Society of Painters in Casein; Hudson River Museum; Butler Institute of American Art; Portland Summer Art Festival; Columbia Painting Biennial; Columbia Museum; Riverside Museum; Brick Store Museum; First National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua, New York; New York City Center; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Philadelphia Watercolor Annual; Brooklyn Museum International Watercolor Exhibition; Art-USA; J & M Ringling Museum; 9th Annual American Watercolor Traveling Show; Whitney Museum of American Art; Parrish Museum; American Academy of Arts and Letters; Wadsworth Atheneum. Solo Exhibits 1956 Ruth White Gallery; 1959 Ruth White Gallery; 1959 Silvermine Guild of Artists; 1960 Ruth White Gallery. Awards : National Association of Women Artists, 1954, 1957; New York City Center 1956; 1957 Honorable Mention National Arts Club, Allied Artists, Jane C. Stanley Memorial Award, Grumbacher Award in Watercolor at New England Painting...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Gouache

'Shattered Atlas: The Modern Burden' - Abstract Cubism Portrait by Masri
Located in Carmel, CA
In "Shattered Atlas: The Modern Burden," the artist Masri presents a 40" x 30" mixed media canvas that epitomizes 'Shattered Cubism,' a style that fragments reality into geometric fo...
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Early 2000s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Mixed Media, Oil, Acrylic

Abstract portrait paintings for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Abstract portrait paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add portrait paintings created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of blue, purple, red, orange and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Beatrice Werlie, Carlos Carnero, Masri Hayssam, and Addison Jones. Frequently made by artists working with Paint, and Oil Paint and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Abstract portrait paintings, so small editions measuring 1 inches across are also available. Prices for portrait paintings made by famous or emerging artists can differ depending on medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $22 and tops out at $570,000, while the average work sells for $1,960.

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