Georgina Gratix (b.1982). Gratix grew up in Durban, South Africa. She studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, and graduated in 2005. Gratix has been interested in the properties of paint to translate the energy of human faces and bodies. Her particular technique, marked by a rich impasto, brings a new texture to traditional portraiture. Gatrix’s painting embraces the energy of the Cubist painters, sometimes even recalling Otto Dix, while infusing each portrait with a psychedelic spirit. In her work Becky (Thinking about Garfield), Gatrix restructures the face of her subject, keeping only the most important features of her face. The thickness of the material and the choice of colors confront us with sometimes contradictory emotions, between contemplation and disturbance. It is this very contradiction that appears in a smaller format with Matthew with Bubbles.