In this painting Cardozo captures the exuberating essence of the feminine spirit. Resting enamored on the very thing that gives her life and the ability to love. Her benevolence draws you in but it is her energy that entices you to explore her spirit. Ravishing is the mood of passion and pain.
I am a bit biased towards the strange and the surreal. That being said, my favorite work by Horacio would most absolutely be “Beauty of the Carnival.” Here we see what we have already come to expect from the artist, patient attention to detail and rendering of the form, but a stronger element of surrealism is introduced into his work. The juxtaposition of the colorful, nude female and the clothed man in black and white demands the viewer to stare and stare, and yeah stare some more. Another contrast heightens the painting. Look closely and you can see the collision between the woman’s enticing smile with the gentleman’s stiff lips and brow. Cardozo’s work is almost devilish in its ability to relax your mind, then sneak up and grab onto you with a mysterious power.