Nick Gentry is British artist from London. Much of his artistic output has been generated with the use of contributed artefacts and materials. He states that through this process “contributor, artist and viewer come closer together”. His art is influenced by the development of consumerism, technology and cyberculture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media. He is best known for his floppy disk paintings, placing an emphasis on recycling and the reuse of personal objects as a central theme.
Gianluca Traina was born in 1984 in Palermo, where he currently lives and works. He attended the art school of his hometown, where he graduated in 2002. In the same year, he moved to Florence to study Fashion Design at Polimoda. In2004 he won a scholarship of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in Milano attend a specialization course in Fashion Home Design. This course enabled him to acquire the necessary knowledge that will open the doors of the fashion Empire. His work until 2008 for the most important companies in the industry, boasting important partnerships and experiences.
The failure of his expectations in the fashion industry and the lack of real opportunities for professional development led him in 2009 to return to his hometown and attend a course in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo.
Since 2009 in parallel with the study begins to develop interests and projects, that would soon lead him to live an extraordinary popularity and rapid and intended career in the art world. His research is focused in painting and sculpture, overlapping unusual and contemporary materials such as PVC and paper, through which develops forms, signs and places taken from a personal memory and the suggestions from different cultures and historical periods typical of his Mediterranean identity.
In 2012 developed an innovative system for creating three-dimensional shapes through the use of two-dimensional surfaces such as paper, this system will allow him to create his own project called PORTRAIT 360 °, a series of portraits of people through the synthesis between image digital and craftsmanship will make him obtain a great success in 96 countries of the world. It ‘so clamorous his success in a few weeks captures the attention of the web and many design, fashion and communication magazines that identifies the innovative and futuristic value enough to suggest the project portrait 360 ° as a trend to be followed for the design of new products. In December 2012 Gianluca Traina exhibited for the first time Portrait 360 ° in Miami during the Art Basel with ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY at the art fair SCOPE. Since then he established a partnership with this American gallery that continues today and that allows him to be present, year after year, in the most important art fairs in America. With Robert Fontaine Gallery Gianluca Traina exhibited his Portrait 360 in group exhibitions, and part of its production it is represented by this gallery.
In 2013, Gianluca Traina participates in the Tokyo Designers Week, exhibiting the work UnPortrait in the section THE YOUNG ASIA, together with the exhibition of his work won first prize as best designer of 2013. In 2014, Unportrait will be exhibited in Milan during the Salone Del Mobile in Japanese pavilion with the association of Japanese design.
In 2014 he participates in Americans ArtPrize , his work “Low & HIGH” has an incredible success, its production was noticed by a major American company that manufactures sunglasses and eyeglasses, the MARCHON that selects for artistic committee. With Marchon produces a work with the industrial wastes in production of glasses and that will represent the company in a sustainable project that will allow him to exhibit the work in the world between 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, his work “Watch Me” is selected to be exhibited during the EXPO MILANO 2015 at Fabrica Del Vapore in the group exhibition MILANO CITY OF THE WORLD. In the same year, the artist received the proposal to be represented in China, Hong Kong and Singapore by the platform ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART BUYER. Asia seems to be a familiar place for the artist, territories that with time he learned about and from which is inspired by the hand skills in manufacturing objects and place of the heart that promptly used to search for new languages. His artistic research and the attention with which the artist produces his works allow him to develop pathways that hybridize between the sectors of the art, fashion and design. His work is always trying to create a human relationship between the viewer and the art object, the report with which the artist develops unusual paths of perception that take advantage of the modernity of digital imaging and analog fruition of the vision artwork. The modernity of this process make his artistic research unique and unrepeatable, contemporary and futuristic.
Marco Battaglini invites us to think that in today's global village, with the 'democratization' of culture, the evolution of knowledge, information immediacy, immersed in the heterogeneity, the Patchwork Culture forces us to confront with a need understanding beyond our geographical boundaries of time. Marco Battaglini is to conceptualize the possible coexistence of the ideals of classical beauty with the anti-aesthetic, the combination of the divine and refined with the vulgar, through a composition that can complement different realities in an eternal instant.
I see myself as essentially a figurative painter in the European tradition, attempting to maintain my craft at the highest level, using painting to explore issues of truth, meaning and value. All my paintings are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin's famous painting: "˜What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?' My art is founded upon a study of nature because for me nature is the basis of all life, all beauty, all our wealth. The human image is central to my work because I believe we need images of ourselves to gain self-understanding; to comprehend our relationships with each other and with nature. Cennino Cennini said 600 years ago that painting "˜calls for imagination, and skill of hand, in order to discover things not seen, hiding themselves under the shadow of natural objects ... presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist'. I am still essentially committed to painting as Cennino defined it. But whereas painters in Cennini's day could paint a Crucifixion or a Madonna and find in this image the highest embodiment of meaning, value and purpose for their society, our society lacks images that articulate common beliefs, common values and meanings. My response to this situation is to start from scratch, to go back to nature and the human form, back to my own first principles and to try to paint new images that can embody my own convictions, in the hope that they find a response and strike a chord with others. Although my work may appear traditional, my engagement with the various traditions I draw upon is closer in spirit to selective salvage and retrieval. I see this project as ultimately one of renewal, creating new values and meanings. My starting point for a figure painting is usually an "˜idea' that is developed, in collaboration with the model, through a series of drawings and painting studies before it reaches the final canvas. Because the starting point is an "˜idea' or mental image, there is a strong imaginative element in this sort of painting: I work with the model in order to strengthen this mental image, using the model to find what I want to see, rather than simply observing and copying what is before me. There is much trial and error in this process. Even in the final stages I try to paint freely and spontaneously, often subjecting the pictures to drastic revision, obliterating and repainting areas repeatedly until they "˜work'. All this takes time: paintings can take months and even years to reach completion in this way. But I believe the results of this method are incomparable and well worth the effort artistically."
Porkchop is a multi-disciplinary artist from New Jersey. He has an MFA in sculpture from VCU and a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has a successful career as a working and exhibiting artist: creating murals, mixed media art and sculpture. Porkchop often imbues vintage images with darker and more contemporary elements, combining paint, illustration and text.
Influenced by ancient block printing techniques and referencing history and literature, Porkchop sources, manipulates or casts familiar objects and painstakingly paints and re-creates their surfaces. Often unexpected marriages of imagery and object are the result. By stripping these pieces of his normal vibrant palette and using only black, white and gold, a bold stark narrative becomes more evident.
His work also explores religion and religious iconography. In his most recent work, the artist has constructed a vision of a new religion or polytheistic version of one from a distant past. Images of dieties, cult-like saints and devotees are now the focal point of his works. Text and typography have always been an important and recurrent element to Porkchop’s work and in recent work, has become his own creation as he has developed a font system and these symbols and typography are the common thread that weaves throughout the various pieces.
He creates images of abstract architectural volumes, that seem weightless and transparent, where the scale is left to the imagination of the viewer Emptiness is at the core of my thoughts about my perception of reality. As a child he really knew how to play, his imagination dominated his experience of my surroundings. He often got dragged kicking and screaming back to reality. He thinks at the core of things He feels as a person stuck between reality and his imagination and yet somehow can move between both.
Derek Boshier (b. Portsmouth) first came to prominence with his paintings as a student at the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1960s, with fellow students David Hockney, Pauline Boty, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, and others in the British Pop Art movement.
Today, from his studio in Los Angeles, Derek works in various media including: painting, drawing, printmaking, film, books, photography and other 3d objects. In the last two years he has returned to film making, continuing from his work in the early 1970's. The new films are short 5/6 min films, involving an aspect that has always been in his artworks, collage and morphing.
His art is in more than 60 notable galleries or museums around the world including: Tate, V & A, British Museum, Pompidou, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Alfredo Lam Museum, Havana Cuba The Brooklyn Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum, The National Gallery of Art, Canberra Australia, UK Government and the Queen’s collections.
In 1962, he appeared with Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and Peter Philips in Ken Russell’s seminal BBC film Pop Goes the Easel and his large shaped canvases were key in the notable The New Generation show at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1964 alongside Bridget Riley, Patrick Caufield and David Hockney. His art was brought to a wider audience with his graphic work with The Clash and with David Bowie - who was also Derek’s largest private collector.
Much of his recent work and international exhibitions have returned to social commentary tackling head on subjects that have strong political overtones such as war, multinational companies, police brutality and gun control. His “99 Cent War” installation and hand-drawn limited edition book, enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. Derek’s most recent paintings have included the series Otherwise Engaged with computer, smart phone and iPad imagery – recently shown in Los Angeles and Brussels and continuing his Extreme Makeover, which is a new and ongoing series of ink drawings made on found photography, that has its roots in work first visited in the early seventies.
In August 2015, the BBC hosted Pop Art Week. As part of that Derek, along with Sir Peter Blake and Peter Philips, was commissioned to create a special 30 second “ident” for BBC four, was featured in the cult film Pop goes the easel and he was the subject of the prestigious BBC four’s TV documentary: What do artists do all day? (They have previously covered: Anthony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker and Jake and Dinos Chapman).
In October 2015, Thames and Hudson published a long awaited monograph on Derek, edited by Paul Gorman’s and featuring seven essays by leading artists entitled: Rethink/Re-entry. With a forward by David Hockney, this book is set to be the definitive book on Derek’s 60 years (and counting) body of work.
In addition to all of this, Boshier is also an accomplished teacher and lecture and has an insatiable appetite for life – probably the reason he found his National Service in the Royal Engineers so boring and why he was more interested in the personal invitation to study with Marcel Marceau in Paris.
"Tech + Art is in the creative platform. Art is no longer limited to a frame on a wall. Techism is the art of consciousness itself.
Software allows the artist to become an architect and the fashion designer and entrepreneur. It's about being yourself and finding what fits and making it yourself because you can.
Art becomes experiential, the phenomenal. The viewer participates, and discerns for him/herself, what s/he beholds.
Techism is artist expression from the cross-hybridization of modern tools: intelligent software, leading-edge technology and digital media.
Techism is about making sense of the virtual world in our world, a digital paradigm that has altered our behavior and is integrating more and more into our natural reality.
What is digital human existence, and what is the beauty in it? "
- Krista Kim
Silvia Poloto is an accomplished artist working in a range of visual disciplines. She is known for her lively abstract canvases and mixed-media sculptures. Recognized for her dynamic compositions and color sensibility, Poloto exploits a vibrant visual vocabulary of boldness and subtlety. Her deftly handled juxtapositions unfold in rich, textured hues and expressive gesture. Poloto has worked in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting and video. Elements of each of these media find their home in her current work.
Liu Dao is an electronic art collective that works in multimedia techniques mainly involving LED, interactive components, photography, video, neon, sculpture and post-contemporary painting.
Liu Dao's LED art techniques draw from each member of the collective, involving actors, models, directors, choreographers, cameramen, and computer programmers. The information on the chip within the artwork is communicated by a signal passing through each LED unit, spreading like senses in the delicate framework of the human sensory system, through the physical world and into the mind. The images are presented in frames of all sizes as well as three-dimensional light towers featuring multi-surface displays.
An organic interaction between object and human is embedded in Liu Dao's interactive artworks: Shanghai's surging technological character is embraced and echoed in creations conceived in rumbling subways and high rises blinking with life in a landscape of concrete and metal that acts and reacts with resident humanity. LEDs light up with proximity, mirrors change reflections, stuffed animals speak, wooden masks laugh and videos respond to telephone calls, all through the use of light sensors, GSM modules, sonar range finders, microcontrollers, and IR sensors.
“Born in Kortrijk 1958 Belgium Hildegarde resides and works in Terlanen (S.E. of Brussels) . With an articulate preference for the figure and the nature of woman she went the self-teaching way in the plastic art form . The sensitive approach of this theme remains her source of inspiration which is utterly inexhaustible . The recognition of her artistic plastic language was a fact a couple of years ago when she obtained the third international prize for painting in Libramont . Hildegarde Handsaeme paints mainly women and follows a harmonic and constructively perfect pattern . The figure in itself is dominating but she knows how to put it the right surroundings where nature and cosmos play a symbolic part . With a set of straight lines she builds a mysterial haze of inner feelings on the canvas in a simple but penetrative way . She does not call for hallucinating images bet lets herself go with sensitivity guided by an unfailing intuition . Even when the figures at first sight seem distant they point to a certain duality and yet her usage of colours express a honest alliance between the data and the deeper thoughts .Simply and honestly Hildegarde gives us the message of love and tenderness which should be shown to each individual .”
He captures the mood of the moment, create a new language which he translates into soaring pieces of art that convey turbulent movement, rhythm and sound. These are the sights he imagined softly framing, shooting and using as raw materials for his visual creations. He starts in shooting urban closeup photos, print them directly on pieces of wood, before he start designing the art, paint on it, glue and press it. For him there is a process of hoarding and careful curation of images and words that are rearranged and reassembled in order to create his own particular brand of artistry.
"Joseph Lee is a self-taught artist based out of Los Angeles. His portraits channel various observations ranging from pop culture references to the daily people he encounters on the street. His "faces" capture an external likeness while evoking the complexities of the human emotion beneath. At 27, Joseph continues to explore his never-ending fascination of true and primal emotions behind societal "masks". He has been sought out to do commissions for NIKE & Floyd Mayweather's TMT as well as private commissions throughout the world."
He works mostly as a photographer but also started to experiment the "fusion" tecnique, a tecnique in which he mixes, in a very personal way, the art of photography with the art of painting. Until 2008, portrait photography had been his main activity. His photos have been published in the most famous and glamorous magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Max, Rolling Stone. In 2008 he closed the photography studio and opened the painting atelier dedicating himself, on one side, to the fusions between photos and painting which he had always been cultivating.
Her figurative paintings and drawings juxtapose her realist technique with darker subject matter, often exploring the human body. She describes herself as an artist motivated by sensations rather than ideas, and her aim is to make manifest those feelings in her works. She has exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, and is the winner of several awards in France for her paintings.
Chris Silver's work is entirely varied, as he likes to take influence from movements such as neo-classiscm, abstract-expressionism and pop art. Through juxtaposition, he tries to get across a sense of anxiety in his portraits - this can be created by repetition and mixed media.
Born in 1982 in Laval, Quebec (Canada), Mathieu Laca's work is professionally exhibited for the first time at the age of 17 at the Maison des Arts de Laval. In 2002, he is awarded the City of Laval Culture Prize and is selected by painter Marc Seguin to showcase his work in the group exhibition, Generation Montreal, featuring some of the most talented young artists from Montreal. In 2005, he graduates from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. By 2010, Laca is featured in a number of solo exhibitions, including Quebec City's L'espace contemporain. In 2011, his work is represented in Ottawa at the Patrick John Mills Art Gallery and in 2012-2013, in Montreal's Modulum Gallery. Since 2014, Laca is represented by galleries in Montreal, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Quebec city, Lévis and Bromont. His work is held in public and private art collections across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Spain, Germany and Israel. Laca lives and works in Laval, Quebec.
Massimo Onnis is a 360artist, painter, sculptor, designer, Fashion designer, photographer, ceramicist, performer, installer, videomaker. He lives and works in Nuoro Italy. Self-taught. From a very young age he approached with passion to the world of the visual arts. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in prestigious locations around the world such as the Museum of Man of Nuoro is the most important biennials New York - Izimir -Palermo -Brescia-Dubai-Triennale in Rome in 2014, Venice Pavilion Costa Rica in 2015 and in demonstrations and competitions.
"Art which conveys a simplistic, clear color story energizes and enhances any environment. Through the use of distinctive, unconventional materials--such as diamond dust, glass microspheres, resin, silica, liquid and crushed metals--my works transcend the realm of two dimensional images, inspiring unique perspectives, impressions and experiences. One small step in a different direction or a slight shift in lighting brings to life a new image subject to each individuals' interpretation of seemingly ever changing canvases. What you see is exemplary of my artistic philosophy: an uncomplicated story portrayed in rich colors and nuanced dimensions all designed to incite your thoughts and emotions as they do mine."
He paints relatively large paintings with mixed techniques and mixed imagery. The paintings depict sketchy meeting rooms, linguistic structures and figurative memories that blend into each other inside an abstract space that constitutes the possibilities and the limitations of the scene. What interests him is the volatile in the definitions of society and of life, as well as the mental images that can occur when different ways of seeing are combined.
Diana Kortbeek is a well known and acclaimed artist who makes oil paintings and bronze and stone sculptures. She manages to be one of the few to renew and reinvent herself constantly. With the introduction of the iPad she has found a spectacular new way to express her creativity. Her iArts are created on the iPad and are distinctly different from her other work – refreshing and innovative. The freedom of creating with of iArts, there where inspiration is bubbling, makes that she has found a perfect place in the Artists in Transit movement. The iArts can be translated into innovative, contemporary interior products such as aluminum Dibond paintings, designs lampshades, beanbags and sit cubes. Not only the application but also dimensions and material make that one can adapt to their own interior and the personal budget. The traditional work of Kortbeek are probably reserved for the happy few but today iArts are thus accessible to a very broad audience. The paintings, the iArts and interior products available in the shop.
"Manzur Kargar, born in Kabul, Afghanistan, is a Berlin-based painter whose work deals exclusively with the world of media. “I’m not looking for the truth; I’m looking for splendid appearances.” Kargar sees the world as it is currently presented in the media - sugarcoated, unreal, dramatic, seductive, frightening, bizarre and glamorous- as our ubiquitous reality. In this world he finds an endless resource of images he can use for his paintings.
Based on images he “finds“ in the Internet, he composes objects, scenes or graphic elements in the form of digital collages, which then serve as master illustrations for his paintings on large canvasses. He uses motifs with which we are all familiar, pulls them out of their contexts and puts them into new ones. This creates a sensation of irritation. The viewer can hardly resist the attraction of his hyper-realistic work, painted with elaborate technique in numerous layers."
"Viktor Chapovalov, born in 1955, received his artistic training for five years at the College of Art and Design in St. Petersburg from 1976 to 1981.
- College gave me a firm foundation in most techniques and artistic expression - drawing, painting, composition, art history, sculpture and more, he says.
Chapovalov chose industrial design as a specialization. He worked in this field as well as with graphic design after graduation. In the mid-80s, he applied to the group of independent artists, an artist groups who wanted to work freely and not follow government guidelines.
He now developed his surrealist and abstract paintings. Inspiring people were the constructivists of the 20s, such as Kandinsky, Malevich and El Lissitzky.
In 1990, Chapovalov was invited by a collector in Stockholm to work. The new political winds in Russia meant that he decided to move to Sweden. He now lives at the Swedish west coast since, 1991.
In Sweden, he has since developed his special minimalist style that he has exposed at several exhibitions. After 2000, the computer has increasingly become an important tool. He often creates a sketch on paper which he then scans and further elaborates on the computer with various effects. As a result after this process, the finished sketch will become an art work on canvas."
Sara moved to Valencia in 1999 to begin her studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos. In the early years of college, she left painting and drawing aside, going for disciplines related to design and advertising. In the last two years, she met fellow artists working with graffiti and urban art, and was completely seduced by this language that felt so familiar and somehow reminded her of her childhood, going back to painting as a fundamental part of her work.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Hoda Afshar is now based in Melbourne where she practices as a Visual artist. She completed a Bachelor degree in Fine Art – Photography in Tehran and began her career as a documentary photographer in 2005. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Art at Curtin University, and a lecturer at Photography Studies College in Melbourne. In 2006, World Press Photo selected Hoda (as one of the top ten young documentary photographers in Iran) to attend their Educational training program. She has been exhibiting locally since 2007 and also internationally in major photography festivals such as Pingyao international festival of photography in China (2012) and PhotoVisa festival of photography in Russia (2013). Hoda has also been shortlisted for prestigious photography awards such as the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes. In 2015, she was selected as the winner of National Photographic Portrait Prize.
Through her practice, Hoda reflects on issues related to power relations, displacement and post-identity politics. Her artwork attempts to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration. She tests diaspora, exoticism and cosmopolitanism for artistic and uncanny image-making possibilities.
He works on daily views, often anonymous. Plastic Chairs, shutters of shops. light poles, buildings, terraces. He doesn’t care if what he represent is contemporary or not, what interests him is their attitude, the way in which they arise in the eyes of the viewer, full of colors, clean, and hyper excited by their modernity.
Born 1956 in New York, childhood in Switzerland. Studied at Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A., 1977), and Camberwell School of Art (London). Began exhibiting in 1976, in Switzerland, USA and Italy. In 1977 moved to NYC where activities included publishing an artists’ periodical, running an alternative art gallery and participation in art-rock bands and performance art. Since 1986 lives and works in Umbria, Italy. Recent work ranges from digital media to oil on canvas, including monumental panoramas and dioramic cabinets.
“My work is an exploration of the abstract, like dance gestures and the vibrations of color. Light, movement, nature, thoughts and new spirituality with scientific grounding are essential to my work. Since color is light, it is my first choice when I start my painting to connect instantly with the viewer. My knowledge about color comes from my experience in textile design knowing a small alteration of color tone can change the whole mood of a collection. Next comes a gesture, a sort of dance, an impulse, an expression of energy. I believe that this is ultimately the energy you read in a painting, the force or, on the contrary, the softness of the brushstroke that captures your attention. My background of studying architecture made me also a constructor. Layer by layer the painting grows, refining what you can barely see, accentuating, canceling, for in the end, I want the viewer to feel intrigued by what they see without necessarily understanding it. I like the element of mystery, because that’s what life is, mysterious. So I play a lot with transparency. I have a fascination in things I do not completely apprehend, things that are strange, which are disguises perhaps and might resemble something you know very well. And that’s exactly why I paint abstract. Like Gorky said, “Abstraction allows men to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes.“ The element of not knowing, rather than becoming an unwanted obstacle, can open up to wider, unforeseen possibilities. Gorky also said, ”Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible.” And that’s my mission, to make the viewer feel, to pull him into the canvas with colors and let his emotions take over, to re-interrupt his daily routine, to lead him to see something he knows in a different way, and discover by transmitting power through color and gesture, allowing the observer to find a new way of accessing the beauty and wonder of the world and emancipate his mind and explore the unknown. In my work I am filtering what interest me, so the paintings become a reflection of reality, my thoughts and hopes distilled through my experiences in life, into abstraction.” Michelle Hold
Painter. Lives and works in Italy. He began working in art in 1975, immediately attracting a lot of interest among the most important Italian art critics and historians (Filiberto Menna, Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, Enrico Crispolti, Lorenza Trucchi). He was considered a young master and one of the great Italian colourists. Protagonist in the ’80s in European painting, De Liberato has more than 40 solo exhibitions, including in the prestigious “Art Basel” 1983 and 1984. Since 1990 to devote exclusively to his work, he retired to his study in the Italian province. All his work is created through research cycles. Since 1994 he uses a unique and very personal language, as well as authentic poetry that are away from fads and mannerist trends. In 2011 he was invited to the Italian Pavilion (Abruzzo) of the Venice Biennale. In 2012 one of his works, “RED”, was chosen as an image of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, which gave to his work global renown.
Pierre Bellemare holds a background in art and a bachelor's degree in graphic communications. As a computer graphics designer, he founded the agency Bellemare Graphic Design. He has realized several national and international assignments, some of which were published in over 65 countries. As a painter, he has exhibited his work in various galleries in Canada and the United States. He also participated in group exhibitions in both Canada and Europe. Since he started devoting himself fully to his art, travel and music have become Pierre Bellemare's greatest sources of inspiration. The cultures of different countries he visited in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the music, have inspired vibrant colors that he uses with great pleasure as integral elements of his paintings. His paintings have found a home in private and corporate collections in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Noemi Safir-Dolev work includes taking photos and sketches and translating them onto large canvases. Her aim is that the passion and vision will touch people’s heart. She is fascinated about the way that the viewer moves into a place of speculation, revealing imagery and emotion and how the painting tells a private and intimate story to each beholder. Her current style is colorful, modern, abstract with touch of pop art. She use acrylic paints on canvas.
Everything that she creates is a reflection of herself and her long road of knowing and learning more about herself.
María Isabel Salazar de Lince, is a colombian artist. Studied Art & Arquitecture Design and Psychology, Javeriana University, Bogotá Colombia. Drawing and painting in Cooperartes Workshop, and with Masters David Manzur, Fernando Dávila, and Miguel Moyano. Has participated in several exhibitions .Here are some of them: Beiging Art Fair, Art Dubai with Museum of Americas, II Don quijote de la Mancha Award in Crisolart Gallery of Barcelona, Carrusel of Louvre in Paris, Miami’s Colombian Consulate individual Exhibition, Expression of the Colours in Paks Gallery Castle Hubertendorf, 1st International Modern Art, Austria Biennale and Modern Art fair in Viena. Has obtained several awards like: Honorable Mention Women in the Arts. Museum of the Americas, Honorary mention. Rotary Club in Bogotá, Honorary mention International Print Festival in Bérgamo and Award for a lifetime, Magazine Momentos in Bogotá.
" I am a 33 year-old international contemporary visual artist living and working in Capetown South Africa.
My work draws elements from the fields of photography, new media, print and collage to create uniquely appealing artworks.
Inspirations for my subject range from autobiographical beginnings, the female form and its loaded possibilities, to simple, clean objects.
A perfectionist by nature, I take pride in mastering small details, and am no stranger to hard work. The layered nature of my work brings into light this evidence of laboured methods and scrutinized detail."
"My Felt paintings developed from my interest in a variety of paranormal phenomena such as thoughtography, telepathy, telekinises and various other fortean related phenomena. The main objective is to investigate ideas relating to apparent spirit phenomena and compare those with instances of artificially created poltergeist phenomena.
Thoughtography, also referred to as Nensha, psychic photography or thought photography, is the apparent ability to will images into existence using only the mind. This idea has its roots in 19th century spirit photography where spirit extras which were appearing on photos were not in fact spirits of the dead but images imprinted onto the glass negatives by the sitter getting their photo taken. This explained (conveniently) why a lot of the imagery looked fake or like previous known photos of the deceased.
The idea for the Felt paintings came from Ted Serios, Masuaki Kiyota and Margaret Flemming, three people who claim to be able to produce thoughtographs. Ted Serios became famous in the 60's for producing images on Polaroid film by concentrating on the camera with an image in his head. Masuaki Kiyota a Japenese psychic was also able to achieve this by only looking at the film which was still wrapped in its protective packaging and Margaret Flemming was a well known medium who would use just photographic paper in the dark room and some say they would change over time.
The work asks questions about these images and how they are formed. This also carries on my interest of my earlier work which explored the relationship between spirit phenomena and technology, particularly image based technology and how they both influenced each others development throughout history.
The surface that I paint on is green mineral roof felt. It is a rough but soft material, reflecting the visual hazy thoughtographic portraits by medium Margaret Fleming , Ted Serios and the fluid but solid photos of 19th century spirit photography. The portraits painted on the felt emerge out gradually from the surface much like a processing Polaroid film. A lot of the times Serios attempted to produce images he would only end up with 'selfies' as the camera was pointed at him. These self portraits were to me, as interesting as the urban landmarks that defines his thoughtographs and was the reason why I chose to create portraits on the Felt. Despite its origins this series has become its own body of work and will continue to be developed and expanded upon.
Andrew Kenny graduated from the Wexford School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 having previously studied for three years at the Gorey School of Art. Since 2011 he has undertaken solo shows nationwide and has been awarded national and international residencies. During this time he has done extensive research in various paranormal phenomena including spirit photography, thoughtography, ESP, telepathy, out of body experiences etc and produced experimental works which has led to this body of work - Felt."
Mixing fine-art and fashion photography, Miss Aniela creates an intricate balance of contemporary creativity. Miss Aniela's 'Surreal Fashion' collection is where beauty meets absurdity and couture meets chaos.
At once both cinematic and painterly, the artist shows her love for bold aesthetics telling a movie production in one frame. Larger than life characters dominate the scene, some wistful, some intimidating, some fused with classic paintings, shot in the most surreal and beautiful locations in the world.
Aniela is the middle name of Natalie Dybisz, artist and photographer based in London, UK.
Alec Huxley is a painter based in San Francisco, California. His work is representational, anchored by haunting cityscapes definitively of the American West Coast. Cinematic-like scenes serve as historical records of place, time and architectural style as well as the settings for surreal narratives. Well dressed figures in space helmets float among Victorian buildings or rendezvous with wild animals in the deserted streets of San Francisco.
"I´m a photographer, lecturer and visual artist working worldwide. I like to introduce some photographic and mixed media works, projects and ideas. I´m engaged in printmaking and photography since 1992. Find out my work ranging from panorama to mixed media collage with fragments of various printing techniques combined with photography and some partial painting. I´m always looking for interesting projects and collaborations."
Born in Manila, Philippines in 1986, Michael lives and is based in Taichung, Taiwan. He is a visual artist who focuses on photography, photo-manipulation and installations. His work is inspired by the imagined memories of nostalgic and dream-like environments; his works documents their decline into post-apocalyptic, nightmarish creations.
Manalo has exhibited in several countries - Australia, England, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and USA. He won 1st prize in the Digital Art Category at the Art Museum of Chianciano Terme, Italy and Best Photography Illustration from The Redmond Digital Arts Festival in Washington, USA.
Lilia Varetsa started her professional education in visual arts at art school in Kharkov, Ukraine , graduated Academy of Fine Art in Kharkov and was granted official membership of Artist Alliance of Ukraine .Lilia has won a number of National art prizes.Her artworks are in permanent collections at National and Regional Museums in Ukraine and Belarus.From 1991 to 1995 Lilia exhibit her artworks in Europe. In 1996 , Lilia immigrated to Sydney , Australia.In 2006 Lilia and her husband artist Valentin Varetsa moved to Melbourne, and now live and work in Melbourne, Australia. Lilia draw from memory,using watercolor and acrylic.Color is very important to her,it is the subject matter of her painting.She believe: "The true artist does not create what exist in nature , nature serves him only as a key to organ in his soul".
Javiera Estrada was born in Acapulco, Mexico on Aug. 6. making her a Leo Rooster with a Scorpio Moon. During her educational years Javiera was classically trained in piano and violin which continues to influence her aesthetic through visual lyricism. In conjunction, the artist's vivid dreamworld has shaped memories into reality, impacting her imagination and fate.
A seeker of the spiritual nature of the inner terrain, Javiera believes that every piece of art created is a self-portrait, a physical expression of that inner world that is nameless. Furthermore, her fascination with the timeless themes of life + death, has led to the exploration of unmasking the layers between darkness and light. Using photography as her visual journal, the sound of the camera's click is the confluence between reality and the ethereal.
A multifarious artist, her creative expression encompasses traditional photography alongside mixed media. The latter journeys the natural cycle of decomposition and is reflected through the deconstruction of an image. The photograph has been altered and the result is a fragmentary view of what was once whole. A symbol of transient beauty.
Javiera's art has been exhibited in numerous galleries and most recently on actor Kevin Bacon's television series THE FOLLOWING. She currently resides in Culver City California with her dog-cat named LOVE.
"I live and work in Italy, in Vasto, a small provincial town. My region, Abruzzo, is the place that started my visual dialogue with the landscape. A six years, I bought my first camera, a Kodak automatic yellow, I thought not knowing I could take away draw with me the secrets of what I saw. The camera has always been my faithful accomplice, a medium surprising that forces me to destroy to create, to look to the soul as well as the eyes. Leads me to look for the chaos to have order. I have always been inspired by the colors and the light of my land, extreme Italian province, and the poetic images of some Italian authors, but also to Italian artists who made light of the pure essence of color. I speak of Ettore Spalletti, Franco Fontana and Luigi Ghirri. I really like the work of women, including love Annie Leibowitz for his eccentric style and visionary and the Dutch artist Ellen Kooi. Every day when I wake up I think about what I’d like to take pictures, everything that I have not seen, and in this vagueness is the beauty of photography."
Adam Fielbelman is a San Francisco based artist who is known best for his stencil and cut paper based works. His childhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico was spent examining and interacting with the surfaces of the city through making graffiti art. His awareness of the structures we use every day but often overlook has become the subject of his current work: the buildings, doorways, fenced trees, discarded buses and chipped alley walls that fill our cities and map our lives.
"I am an artist from Athens, Greece, currently residing in London, UK. After finishing an illustration degree in Bournemouth, I have had a few exhibitions and sold in galleries around London and Greece, but have also been commissioned to create street art murals on buildings and private establishments. I work predominantly in paint but also digitally depending on the project. The imagery I create is based around an Absurdist perception of the weak line between truth and illusion. In my personal work I attempt to create illustrations that metaphorically interfere with the reality of human nature on an individual and societal level, to project a subjective truth. Nature, architecture and personal observation are a big influence on my work, but I try to keep an unbiased stance in my visual, social critique. "
William Kendall thinks in terms of abstraction. The subject of his paintings is the paint itself. He is totally involved in what can be done on the canvas by the manipulation of the paint. he is dealing with the power of color - the richness of texture created by the complicated layering of imposto, scumbles, and glazes. The edges are my vocabulary - much like Jazz, improvisation is my language. He tries to keep pushing the paint- to make things happen is spontaneous ways; he uses combinations he has never used before, to see if they can function as a whole.
John Westmark is an American artist whose work has been exhibited widely and is held in
collections worldwide. In 2011, John was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant and was selected as a finalist for the Arte Laguna painting prize and exhibition, Venice, Italy. In 2012, John was awarded The Gibbes Museum of Art Factor Prize (Charleston, SC). The Factor Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the American South. John’s work has been featured in New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Studio Visit Magazine and Surface Design Journal.
John received an MFA from the University of Florida and a BFA from the Kansas City
Art Institute. He currently lives and works in Gainesville, Florida.
I’m a painter working at a medium to large scale. I work in acrylics on canvas and wood. I’m interested in architecture, circuits, electronics, systems, nature, mathematics, music, iconography and mythology. I use color, rectilinear geometry and the fractal geometry of nature to play with these elements as one who composes music. It is a dance that is always in motion but must be balanced and contained. My geometry is always hard edged. My color employs intense color combinations, traditional and non-traditional harmonies, stripes, and gradations. Through color I can express heat, electricity, movement, as well as stillness and quietude. Through shape the paintings speak of service and dependency. One generator feeds another or one is leeching off of the other, both in interplay, both dependent on each other. By using both man-made Euclidian rectangles and the fractured geometry of the natural world, I pit these two opposing worlds against each other. They are forced to exist together on the same plane. It is man and the machine, the computer and the natural world. They belong together yet are in battle for supremacy."
Jessus Hernandez lives and works in Southern California. He is a self-taught artist drawing inspiration from the diversity that abounds. Architecture and nature converge in his works where he uses vibrant color, linear form, dimension, and space to create geometric abstract art forms in a vast range of mixed mediums. From a very young age his imagination was his space of infinite possibilities and he knew that his life’s path would be creating art for the world. Seeing a Cubism Art exhibition for the first time made what once were possibilities a reality and inspired him to pursue his dream to become an artist. Always intrigued with the placement of shapes and lines in cityscapes, he developed a love for architectural design and his first drafting class would become the connection that he would later in life draw into his art and would lay the foundation for his artistic space.
Jessus’ quote favorite by Picasso is, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working”, and that he does every day, working passionately to pursue perfection in his art. Geometric abstract art forms first come to him in visions which he expounds upon in active creation. Then each piece goes through a number of phases which he meticulously executes from start to finish; planning the size, building the canvas, determining the colors, and creating the vision.
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FIDIA FALASCHETTI is an Italian artist, born in 1977 in Marche Italy.
Falaschetti presents a wide range of multi-media pieces that delve into the concepts of commercialism, consumerism, pop culture and the globalization of mainstream media. The artist explores the relationship between digital and analog, appropriating materials and elements of the past and transforming them into impactful contemporary objects. Fidia Falaschetti creates work that is satirical and playful but also confronts the viewer to think about how and what they consume.
Fidia’s journey into art began in his early childhood, raised in a hugely inspiring and creative family. At the age of 16, Fidia was hired to produce wall paintings and illustrations for multiple stores and established companies. He grew up inspired by different subcultures, and then formed his creative skills from street art and the hip hop world. He studied “Production Design” at the Academy of Fine Arts, between Macerata and Florence in Italy, where he graduated in 2002. Having already embarked on his professional career as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer since 1995, he has also collaborated with many international brands.
Over a few very successful years Fidia has exhibited his work in museums, art fairs and galleries in India, France, The United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Switzerland, The UK and of course Italy, highlighted by international awards, newspaper and many magazine publications. He also spends long periods traveling outside of Italy, to become inspired by the amazing things which the world has to offer.
"Color is a very important part of my art. I mix paint intuitively and create personal and idiosyncratic colors. Simple geometric shapes in uniform colors are for me the way to express myself clearly and convincingly.
My work is about human experiences. Emotions, feelings, and thoughts are represented by a dynamic interplay of color and abstract forms. I often express energy and motion in my paintings and sculpture. One of my artistic objectives is to create ever more intense artworks that convey emotional power and energy.
My painting process is not spontaneous. First I come up with an idea of an image from intuition. Then I go through a process of developing the idea using digital blueprints. These digital images evolve over a period of time until they are “ripe” and that's when I start putting them on canvas. The entire process from conception to execution may take a few months. My sculpture is an extension of my painting. Moving from painting to sculpture, the intuitive ideas not only get an additional dimension but also are somehow less abstract and more apparent than my paintings. My sculptural works also have architectonic quality. Unlike the process I use in painting I do not use blueprints to make sculpture. The idea-to-artwork path is more direct and spontaneous."
"As an artist, I look for the unseen patterns and hidden narratives that reveal the magnificence in all things. Robert Henri said, "Paint the spirit of the bird rather than its feathers." There is a still point in every moment and to capture this essential luminescence is to acknowledge the ancient wisdom in all things. I make use of archetypes from the cultural and mystical history that connects all humans and all life forms. Joseph Campbell said that artists are the shamans of our time. I believe that we have the ability as well as the obligation to find and share truth and offer direction to the greater community. It is with this inspiration that I delve into the riches of the collective unconscious and the imagery and symbolism of my dreams to draw out something bigger than myself to share with the world.
I was born and raised in Utah's wild red desert, but have had the great fortune to call many amazing places around the world my home. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, I am as comfortable painting large oils as I am illustrating children’s books. In 2007, I won an International Creativity award in the category of commercial illustration for “The Peaceful Warrior.” My first children’s book, “The Illuminated Desert,” written by Terry Tempest Williams and published by the Canyonlands Natural History Association in 2008, won The Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award for Best Children’s Book."
"Doug Bloodworth enjoys evoking the viewer’s nostalgic feelings of one’s childhood, be that in comic books, games we played, or our comfort foods.
Doug Bloodworth’s oil paintings are available at fine art galleries throughout the US such as Atlas Galleries in Chicago, Russeck Gallery in Soho and Palm Beach, Effusion Gallery in Miami and Miami Beach, Art Gone Wild in Key West and Santa Fe, Pop Gallery in Downtown Disney Orlando, Hamilton-Selway Fine Art in Los Angeles, as well as around the world at Foxx Galerie in Zurich and Zimmermann + Heitmann in Dusseldorf and Dortmund.
Seeing these pieces on a computer screen, it is difficult to imagine how they would look in one’s home. Therefore, we have a try-it-at-home service. Please contact us to arrange."
"Jon Stucky was born in 1972 in Dover, Ohio on the Cusp of Ohio’s Amish country. His early exposure to art and design was the goods and products that the Amish created for use in everyday life. The strong use of colour and pattern used in quilts were especially intriguing to him and have an influence on his work to this day."
Teiji Hayama's work join together western and Japanese influences, combining different art historical periods varying from Christian art, Greek mythology, subculture to Japanese culture.
The portraits are pure and barly covered. Nudity is not nakedness, but a form of innocence – one and unique entity showing the purest essence of the human being.
Hayama's artwork depict young girls evolving into women, a physical and mental transitional stage involving social and psychological changes. They represent messengers whose glassy, ambiguous gazes remind the viewer of the importance of life.
"I want my portraits to have a psychological charge and the viewer to feel the fragility of this phase of life".
Teiji Hayama is a Japanese painter, he is known for his supernaturalism elongated, milk- skinned nymphs paintings. Hayama was born in Japan in the island of Kyushu, he grew up in Kumamoto in a large family of artists. Ancient and modern, traditional and eccentric, simply and extraordinarily contradictory, immersed in a Shinto environment and studying in a Protestant Christian school, influenced Hayama's artistic expression. After high school, Teiji Hayama moved to London where he studied art and fashion.
Born Japan 1975
Lives and works in Switzerland
1995 -98 Central Saint Martins London College of Art and Design
1999 - Assistant designer & creation Cabane de Zucca, Issey Miyake Group, Tokyo
Nominated for the annual Swiss art scene exhibition organised by the Musée Cantonal des Beaux.Arts Lausanne Accrochage Vaud 2009
Nominated for the 2008 Sovereign Art Prize
Nominated 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide Luerzer's Archive 07/08
2013 Thomas Punzmann Fine Arts, Thir-Teen, Frankfurt
2012 E¦C Gallery, INNO-SCENTS... Chicago
2011 Krisstel Martin Gallery, INFANTARIVM, Singapore
2011 Galerie T40, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010 Galerie T40, NYMPHS, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010 Janine Bean Gallery, Is this desire?, Berlin, Germany
2010 Willem Kerseboom Gallery, IDENTITEEN, Amsterdam
2010 Kunstraeume Zermatt, MADONESSENCE, Switzerland
2009 SCOPE ART SHOW Basel 2009 with Galerie T40, Germany
2009 Leslie's Artgallery ContemporaryArt, Luxembourg
2009 Galerie T40, INNOCENCE, Düsseldorf, Germany
2016 Galerie Geraldine Zberro, Paris
2015 BLOOOM Art Show, Cologne, with PinkZeppelin Gallery, Berlin
2015 Galerie Géraldine Zberro, Beautiful Bizarre, Paris
2015 CHG CIRCA, Dreamlands, Culver City, CA
2015 PinkZeppelin Gallery, Floating Intersections, Berlin
2015 Metro Show Art Fair, NYC, with Stephen Romano Gallery
2014 Stephen Romano Gallery, Cornu Copiae, Brooklyn
2014 Manila Art Fair, Endangered Visions, curated by G. Semper, Manila
2014 Ayden Gallery, Hikari, Vancouver
2014 Dublin Art Fair with Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2014 La Luz De Jesus Gallery, The Coaster Show, Los Angeles
2014 Hillsboro Fine Art, Gallery and Invited Artists, Dublin
2014 Stephen Romano Gallery, Mysterium Cosmographicum, Brooklyn
2014 Hillsboro Fine Art, Collected, Dublin
2014 Scope Art Show New York with C.Emerson Fine Arts, Florida
2013 Galerie Rothamel, Dollhouse, Erfurt
2012 Scope Art Show Basel with Willem Kerseboom, Amsterdam
2012 Scope Art Show New York with C.Emerson Fine Arts, Florida
2011 Le Radar, Basse-Normandie, France
2011 C. Emerson Fine Arts, Lucid Dreams, Saint Petersburg, Florida
2011 Mio Mao Gallery, Perugia, Italy
2011 Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, The New Lost Generation, Roma, Italy
2011 Galerie T40, 7 Years Anniversary Review, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010 PAN Amsterdam with Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam
2010 Aqua Art Miami with Galerie T40, Miami
2010 Berliner Liste with Galerie T40, Berlin
2010 SCOPE ART SHOW BASEL with Galerie T40 & Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2010 Mess Gallery (at Saatchi Gallery), London
2010 Art Amsterdam RAI with Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam
2010 Artantique Jaabeurs Utrecht with Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam
2010 The Affordable Art Fair London with bo.lee Gallery, Bath
2010 Helene Nyborg Contemporary, The Hello Show, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010 The Affordable Art Fair 2010 Brussels with Leslie's Artgallery
2009 The Affordable Art Fair 2009 Amsterdam with Willem Kerseboom Gallery
2009 PAN Amsterdam 2009 with Willem Kerseboom Gallery
2009 Lelsie's Artgallery, New Figurative Contemporary Art, Luxembourg
2009 Holster Projects, GODS AND RITUALS, London
2009 Espace Arlaud Lausanne, Accrochage Vaud
2008 SCOPE ART SHOW Basel 2008, represented by Saatchi Online London, Basel, Switzerland
2007 Transition Gallery, The Painting Room, London
“Some artists paint the sun and it’s a yellow dot, other artists paint a yellow dot and it’s the sun.” - Picasso
"Everything is open to multiple interpretations. My paintings are driven by the excitement of provoking curiosity. Making art is a hunt; I compose my canvas from the abstract. As I sketch, bodies of color define themselves and become cues to the composition that connect to form a focus.
Working on all parts of the canvas at the same time, movement and a sense of depth develop in the balance between bold lines and the bones of the original sketch. Process is revealed in each picture, crucial to the totality of everything I paint. My work is a melting pot of intuition, labor and chance. The immediate goal is to make every line more meaningful than the last.
I am influenced by abstract expressionists, CoBrA, and impressionists with action painting at the center of my practice. Expressive and abundantly colorful, playfully challenging, my work contains a raw stream of shapes and colors traveling uninterfered from imagination to brush. I continuously explore new mediums and will use anything that leaves a mark. My paintings are my footprints my oeuvre is my path.
Born and raised in Fryslân, The Netherlands, Reinder Oldenburger developed a passion for the arts at a young age. Fascinated by the world around him, color and sound proved to be the two things that moved him most. At the age of 13, Reinder began studying and playing guitar, eventually moving to Amsterdam at age 19 to attend the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he graduated in 2007. When asked about his songwriting techniques, he would often be found describing how each song had a color, which he then turned into words and melodies. He has been painting since 2011 and continues to make music.
- Reinder currently lives and works in New York City"
Tripp Derrick Barnes was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised as a true southern gentleman. While attending Savannah College of Art and Design, Tripp discovered his true passion as he completed a Life Drawing class requirement. After graduation Tripp traveled the globe, visiting over 16 countries across 4 continents. He studied culture, worked with locals, and helped impoverished children. The entire experience readied him for his next adventure: life in The Big Apple. In 2012, Tripp moved to New York City to work on films such as “The Dark Knight” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. ” While working in the entertainment industry, Tripp continued to pursue visual arts. In early 2013, Tripp found himself living on the Upper West Side next door to Steven Swancoat, an OB/GYN by day and painter by night. Upon seeing Swancoat’s paintings, Tripp was inspired to completely return to his fine art roots, leaving behind the commercial and film production industry. The two began working collaboratively and influencing each other’s styles. Together they coined the name "PopNeoism," meant to reference their combination of abstract expressionism and pop art aesthetics.
In the following years, Tripp continued to gather a large social group. Many of these individuals are actively involved in philanthropy and support Tripp in the goal to better the world through art. In July of 2014, Tripp and PopNeoism participated in their debut event at SPiN New York, an art show, ping-pong-a-thon, and charity fundraiser. Actress Susan Sarandon, co-owner of the venue and fan of PopNeoism, donated the entire space for the evening.
Tripp's work and audience have been expanding at an ever-increasing rate. He has been featured on Good Morning America, Project Runway and starred in 5 episodes of Bravo’s “The Singles Project.” He has completed personal portraits for celebrities including Matthew McConaughey, Drew Brees, Susan Sarandon, Andy Cohen and rap artist Wakka Flakka.
Joan Scheibel’s series of paintings is primarily an exercise in self-expression. Ms. Scheibel’s use of color and form, drive one into a forward march, a re-born and re-inspired spirit, whose identity is unleashed and ready for action.
Some paintings center around her own shadow and figure, while others unite with shapes and forms; all of which create images that are playful, personal and discerning. Her work shouts of global, soulful awakening, with a resolute determination of joyful energy.
“Gravitating to Pop and Modern Art, I am able to combine my paintings with graphic elements relating to strong influences from Peter Max, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. My elongated figures have a strong Giacometti influence. Each painting reflects thought, movement, dreaming, contemplation and process, giving the viewer an opportunity to see the painting and make up their own story.”
"I received a full scholarship and studied at the distinguished Otis/Parsons College of Art and Design. I also attended Platt College of Design receiving a Graphic Design degree.”
Ms. Scheibel is currently living and exhibiting in Los Angeles and around the country. She has been the recipient for several of the “Artslant” showcase competions. She is currently exhibiting with Michael White Gallery, Sante Fe, NM. Her work has been shown and collected extensively.
Maria Raquel Bonifacino is an international artist active both on the local and international market.
Maria Raquel Bonifacino presents a variety of quality artworks with Acrylic on Paper and canvas.
Self-taught artist Mauricio Ezequiel Paz Viola (b 1985; Carmelo, Colonia, Uruguay) embarked on his artistic journey early in life. Dabbling in plastic art since 7, he has participated in various art competitions in his native Uruguay and abroad. At 14, Paz Viola began to participate in group shows and individual shows nationally and internationally in galleries and museums in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, United States, Italy, among others. His work have been featured in doctoral studies programs in art in universities in Chile, Mexico, Argentina and Spain, and are frequently featured in magazines and art books, among which are Latin American Plastic Art Annual Review, High Impact: the Art of Visual (New York) as well as books in Spain, Argentina, UK, France, etc.
The style of Paz Viola has evolved from realism, landscape and portraits in his youth to surrealism and expressionism. Since his arrival in Chile in 2008, he started to focus on abstract expressionism.
The most notable influences of Paz Viola are Roberto Matta, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Joan Miró, Vasili Kandinski, Max Ernst, as well as Uruguayan artist and friend Javier Gil, who imbued a sense of motion into rigid objects as if everything had a life of its own – a concept expressed in Paz Viola’s series “Nothing in the Void”.
Paz Viola Artist Statment:
"I would define my artwork as a manifestation of self, an extension of my spirit or sub-consciousness, which is still beyond my grasp and lies at the deepest sphere of pure self. In particular, I try to minimize intellectual inclinations when I create to prevent the ego, the fictitious self from intervening, and hence my works are the most loyal reflections of who I am (dreamer, fantasy-prone, sensitive, sexual and a bit dark and gloomy sometimes). I paint, therefore I am. My works feature images of imaginary landscapes, empty or inhabited by unknown beings – landscapes that externalize a constant inner struggle of being human, that visualizes conflict between good and evil, between light and darkness… hence, the best way to describe my work is – landscapes inhabited by my own self, where a step forward is eternal light and a step backwards is total darkness.
In reality, my work refrains from saying too much: it was never my idea to talk about politics or social matters in my work. More than anything, my oil paintings, watercolours and collages are an invitation to enter the world of dreams, where the viewer can escape from the mundane for a few moments – like some kind of hallucinogen – being in there and being as oneself, and see things in a different way. This is why I have chosen an abstract approach which provides such resources. I am convinced that these images exist somewhere in the universe, and that I have seen them in the many previous lives I have lived as a particle of cosmic dust and am now only re-creating these worlds, never before seen by others, with luxurious details and narratives.
In a nutshell, a constant theme of my work is life itself as it is manifested in nature, the universe (or universes) and the infinite worlds and dimensions about which we know nothing, towards which biology, science, art try to grapple… in a word, Life."
I have found that the people who collect my work do so because it takes them to places they've never been, or it is a reminder of places they have been and loved. The bright colors, the repetition of shapes, the play of shadows and light, the moment in time captured just so create a narrative for them that they can enjoy each time they see the painting. The idea that they can buy a piece of art, and at the same time contribute to a charity of my choice also gives them an incentive to contribute to a good cause.
Each year I choose a charity that may reflect the theme of my paintings, for example when I did the series Women of Power and Interest, my charity for that year was Womankind Worldwide. However, it doesn't always have to be that way, sometimes I choose a charity based on a personal interest. I recognize that a little bit of money can go a very long way in helping charities that aren't so well known. All of these things together offer my client an exciting way to collect art.
On a more personal note, I have always been interested in the arts, even as a young teenager painting murals on the walls of my bedroom. It was how I could be creative and tell a story visually at the same time. With a degree in Art, and Art history I worked in both the private and public school sector in the Detroit area as a Director of Art for 10 years. I loved teaching, and inspiring young minds to be passionate about art and art history. Introducing art history at a young age allowed the children the chance to learn about the inspirational characters in this field; as well as offering them examples of the different ways one can create.
Creating art as well as contributing to help others in need through my art has been my dream for a long time.
Deborah Burdin was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1972 and spent her youth in Illinois and Iowa. In her adult years, Deborah lived in several metropolitan areas in the United States. She pursued a degree in Fashion Design but ultimately graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Known as a soulwork artist, Deborah offers individual sessions where she teaches creative exploration of the psychological and emotional experience expressed abstractly on canvas.
Her body of work consists of abstract and representational art based on the psychological and emotional realm. Bringing to life the expressions of diverse emotions and everyday lessons, Deborah Burdin utilizes fluid whimsical form paired with texture and geometrical shapes meant to build up an emotional yet analytical impression. While employing a variety of mixed media, Deborah will occasionally incorporate found objects into her pieces to harmoniously deliver lush textures and soulful sparkle to her art.
The intent of these works is to beckon viewers to find comforting connections to the expansive emotional world around and within them. To emphasize the intricacy of unique personal experience, Deborah builds a concept over layers. Each layer overlaps peeking through to the next in washes of color with assorted textural elements to emphasize depth of expression and to celebrate vibrancy of personality.
Deborah is settled in the Phoenix, Arizona area where she lives and works drawing her inspiration from sources relating to her personal and professional life. Deborah has exhibited her paintings in Northern Virginia, Arizona, Colorado and New York City. She is recognized with awards in international juried shows.
“My work is a confluence of color and movement. I strive to expand people’s horizons and bring them together in recognizable contexts. I like to change my images and subject matter and to experiment with different styles after completely exploring a subject. In my latest series “Dancer’s Palette” a series of 50 paintings, I explore the fusion of color and movement using the dynamism, flight and flow of the ballet trained body. Because I was a dancer, I can feel the movement and range of what is possible when I paint. Movement and color have energy and together create a high vibration that is impactful on the subconscious. Always the figures are anonymous and slightly obscured. I lay down multiple layers of color, sometimes painting wet into wet in acrylic and mediums by dragging the paint with large palette knives to move the color. Figurative elements are drawn in a choreographic pattern as if you are viewing the evolution of a modern ballet on the stage, eyes searching the canvas. The paintings are in flux until I feel they are complete. More color is applied to the negative space. Then the process repeats building up a smooth layer of color. I’m interested in capturing energetic moments and vibrancy.”
Barbi Leifert has been painting since childhood. Her first artwork sold to a collector when she was nine. She studied dance intensely and after
years of performing dance, experimental theatre and writing about dance, returned to painting. Her work is shown in major cities around the world.