An artist who was homophobically beaten is set to open an art exhibition in October.

In 2008 Andrew Salgado and his partner were attacked in a hate crime. Since then his art has become a political catalyst, evolving his vision of masculine identity. His work is so admired he has amassed over 180,000 Facebook fans.

His latest solo exhibition is called Storytelling and will take place at the Beers Contemporary in East London on the 4th October.

He has worked actively to raise money through donations to LGBTQ charities such as Terrence Higgins Trust and Diversity Role Models.

Noted by Saatchi Online as one of “twelve artists to invest in today”, Salgado’s dynamic paintings have earned a Facebook following of over 175,000 fans (and growing daily). Esteemed critic Edward Lucie Smith has lauded him as “a dazzlingly skillful advocate for painting,” and he has received commissions from major retailers such as Harvey Nichols and fashion industry staple Rootstein Display Mannequins. Salgado has also been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming book 100 Painters of Tomorrow, set for publication next month by Thames & Hudson.

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Storytelling [SOLO] – Beers Contemporary. London, UK. October 4 – November 22, 2014.