Cantor’s practice is reactive and reflective of his geographical, physical and emotional contexts. His paintings are a collection of existential thoughts, phrases, memories and personal experiences distilled into compositions that attempt, or hope to, capture the essence of his ideals. These paintings, although fictional and idealised in nature, address both the mundane and the transcendental guts, and act as a personal journal and guide to navigate the anxiety of being, as an individual as well as in regards to others.
In Cantor’s paintings, topics are explored and portrayed through symbolic compositions comprised of motif and text. The motifs in the paintings are a vocabulary personal to Cantor, often permeated with a heavy sense of nostalgia and always specific to his experiences; his history, his Latin American heritage and his time spent away. The imagery is sometimes cryptic and personal, sometimes direct and appropriable, with the elements present working as vessels for his thoughts and emotions, and ultimately becoming a reflection of the unfolding of his identity.