Kalenderian is a Los Angeles-based artist with a BFA from UCLA. His often colorful work is reminiscent of the Futurists ( a good brief description of them can be found via the Tate Gallery HERE). But when I look at this piece the part that makes me think "Futurist" is the rug at the figure's feet.
There is something in his painting, not just this piece but in general; you like the people he depicts. You also feel comfortable in the surroundings they inhabit. His work goes beyond strong technique and reaches something beyond that in the viewer. His work inspires empathy.