During the city’s First Friday Art Walk June 6, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will be showing work by Argentinian artist Ricardo Cony Etchart. Carver Hill is the first gallery to bring his work to the states.

Etchart was born to be an artist, but a law degree, accounting and various other intellectual and philosophical pursuits shanghaied his early efforts. A few years ago, when his children were less dependent on him and his career was at cruising altitude, he set up shop on the seventh floor of his Buenos Aires apartment and began to put down some serious paint: with a famous Argentinean artist guiding him, Etchart started painting Vermeer-style portraits in oil, each taking several months to complete due to his perfectionism.

Etchart’s early success and natural ability might have led many down the road of portraiture, or, at least, realism; however, his strong sense of color, design and composition, combined with a fascination for people and the human condition, led him down an entirely different path, deeply influenced by the primitive art of non-Western civilizations. The result is bold, bright and filled with symbolism.

The show will run through June 30. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit carverhillgallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.