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Ethné Smith of Worcester writes I inherited these three paintings from my mother, who bought them all during the 1970s, as far as I can recall. They are all by the same artist, Carlo Sdoya, and all are framed. Can you tell me a bit about the artist and what the paintings might be worth?

Kayleen Wrigley of Walker Scott Art Advisory replies Unfortunately, not much is known about the artist Carlo Sdoya. He was born in Rome in 1914 and moved to South Africa in 1947. During his time here, he resided in Johannesburg where he ran The Da Vinci School of Fine Art and he participated in three solo exhibitions and various group exhibitions that travelled as far as Namibia. Sdoya is known for his expressive use of the palette knife, creating oil paintings with gentle impasto, as can be seen in these works. Despite not achieving high prices, Sdoya has performed consistently on the auction market.

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