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   Yesterday Marcia and I had the pleasure to go to Chicago and see the latest Bruno Surdo exhibit at Gallery Victor Armendariz. We were impressed. Bruno is a figurative painter working in a Realist tradition, mixed with elements that are painted loosely, with an impressionistic quality. I've known of Bruno Surdo for at least 23 years. Back when I first graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, I had a chance to become one of his students. I even interviewed with him. But other circumstances didn't allow it to become a reality. Bruno Surdo is one of the best contemporary painters, in my opinion. A true inspiration of mine.