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art&beyond Vol. 32 • November/December • 2015

from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

Ricardo Cardenas

La Noche que Van Gogh Sono con los Girasoles. Acrylic on Concrete, 5’ x 4’

oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art • sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

Maruka Carvajal

FAVELAS RJ 1. Mixed Media, 24" x 30"

point of interest Contemporary Art Projects USA, has announced its participation in this year´s Art Basel Week at Spectrum Miami 2015; one of the major satellite fairs located at Midtown/Wynwood Miami Art District, taking place December 2-6, 2015. The exhibition will be curated by Silvia Medina. Ms. Medina was a founding member of the Havana Biennial and the Wilfredo Lam Center in Havana, Cuba; she also held the director position at The Foundation for the Development of the Arts, and was the Executive Director of Sala Mendoza in Caracas, Venezuela. She is presently the full time curator for Contemporary Art Projects USA.

By Motoko Oyamada | Japan

This year Contemporary Art Projects USA will be showcasing: Special Solo Shows Ricardo Cardenas, Mexico – Invited Artist, “Autobiografico “Pure







Surekha by


Sadana, Delias,

Dubai, Austria,

“#City Life” ; Evelyn Walg, Venezuela, “Conquering Success”; Jorge Cavalier, Colombia, “Andean Gold”; Kelly Fisher, Switzerland, “Scaffolding No Safety Net-Parchute”; Luis Alberto Hernandez, Venezuela, “Polyptych of Saint Augustin”; Martin Schoffel, Venezuela, “Geometria








Post Contemporary Art Initiative by Carlos Martinez-Leon, Venezuela;

By Roy Rodriguez | Cuba

Elkin Canas, Venezuela; Mercedes Cisneros, USA; Milixa Moron, Venezuela and Collective Artsy Project by Dario Posada, Colombia; Elena Bulatova, Russia; Grace Berge, USA; Ileana Collazo, USA; Lorena Fernandez, Colombia; Mariana Avila, Mexico; Monica Loncola, USA; Motoko Oyamada, Japan; Passion Art, Brazil; Ronit Kristal, Israel; Roy Rodriguez, Cuba; and William Stalhuth, Venezuela. Alongside this talented roster of national and international artists, Contemporary Art Projects USA has been accepted to exhibit a unique juried fundraising international collaborative where 300 hundred artists will come together to create the “Help-Hope-Nepal Mural” to benefit the April 2015 Nepal earthquake victims through the MAITIRERELIEFFUND. The mural will showcase all innovative media including: painting,

By Piasson Art | Brasil

photography, 3D printing, digital art, and mixed media. The image icon for this mural will be a photograph by Venezuelan artist/photographer, Maria Fernanda Lairet.

Contemporary Art Projects USA Tata Fernandez, Executive/Gallery Director Email: Telephone: 786-262-5886/772-410-9126 Web:

By Elena Bulatova | Russia • 5

CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECTS USA Hosted by: Spectrum-Miami 2015 Dec 2-6, 2015 Opening: December 2, 6-10 pm

Contemporary Art Projects USA has been accepted to exhibit a unique juried fundraising international collaborative - envisioned by visual artist/photographer Maria Fernanda Lairet and embraced and developed by Contemporary Art Projects USA - where 300 hundred national and international artists from Dubai, Japan, Latin America, Switzerland, the United States, will come together to create the “Help-Hope-Nepal Mural” - sponsored by major corporations - to benefit the April 2015 Nepal earthquake victims through the MAITIRERELIEFFUND. The mural will showcase all innovative media including: painting, photography, 3D printing, digital art, and mixed media. The image icon for this mural will be a photograph by Venezuelan artist/photographer, Maria Fernanda Lairet.

Maria Fernanda Lairet’s Statement: In my portraits, I seek the moments of abandonment, the essential soul that peeks, the experiences fused on the faces of the subjects… When I find a person – or the appropriate subject – I might return one, two times, or a half a dozen times; always waiting for “that moment”. Unlike the writer, once the subject is ready, for my camera shot, there is no other opportunity; I either capture him, or I do not. I feel that this is what drives and obsesses professional photographers; the rush of saying: “I got it”. For me, portrait photography is about the desire to connect; the very strong longing that drives people who know that they will never see me again to allow me to photograph me- all with the hope that, somewhere else, another person will be seeing that image; someone who will laugh or suffer from that experience. I can never forget the faces; and some places I do not wish to remember. Everyone represents for me casual acquaintances in a world of resistance and adaptation. The professional and personal process that I have undergone has been one of satisfaction mixed in with trial after trial; with countless experiences relating to them that I am most passionate about: creating.

Maria Fernanda LAIRET, Artista Visual / Fotógrafa, @MFLairet

Immersed in the designing process; producing and transmitting what I carry inside of me; my creativity, spirituality, and passion for photography – where one observes what one can; be it nature, faces, or details that serve as my inspiration to create and innovate. Each time I create, I transport myself to what lays behind what I want to transmit. All fields such as painting, photography, and the world of spirituality are interconnected; because they all lead us to the creativity that I am most passionate about – to what has allowed me to obtain the visual results that so much please the viewers. In this case, the portrait of this little boy in India, I have chosen to donate to help the Nepal children who continue to suffer alongside their families and need assistance after the devastating earthquake that lasted 17 days. Our objective remains focused on protecting them after this terrible situation, and you are all indispensible. This is why we artists, photographers, and creatives have collaborated to help – through our work – this beautiful special cause. Please, donate now to help the children who remain in grave danger; they need you. With the purchase of a painting or photograph, you are helping them. We thank you for opening your hearts and spirits to this humane endeavor. The mural will be curated by Silvia Medina. Ms. Medina was a founding member of the Havana Biennial and the Wilfredo Lam Center in Havana, Cuba; she also held the director position at The Foundation for the Development of the Arts, and was the Executive Director of Sala Mendoza in Caracas, Venezuela. She is presently the full time curator for Contemporary Art Projects USA. Copyright @ by Fatima Canovas, Art Daily News International Magazine; all rights reserved.

Chester Arts Fair launches on Friday 20th November with a Charity VIP Preview General public Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 10:30 am to 17:00 pm

International Arts Fair Returns to City of Chester Showcasing Exclusive Works by Nelson Mandela Returning to the city for its fourth consecutive year, the Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair 2015 will take place at Chester Racecourse from 21-22 November, featuring over 1,000 pieces of art for sale from 40 high calibre British and international artists and independent art galleries.

This year, the Chester Arts Fair is proud to showcase artwork by some of the most highly regarded and influential individuals of the 20th & 21st Century. Original artwork by former World leader Nelson Mandela will go on public display and sale, a rare opportunity to view pieces taken from The Long Walk to Freedom collective inspired by his time on Robben Island. The drawing’s and handwritten motivations to accompany the works are of great historical significance. The Belgravia Gallery from London will be presenting this unique collection alongside original Lithographs by Henri Matisse and HRH the Prince of Wales. Art Fair Co-Director, Laura O’Hare said “This will be a rare opportunity to view and buy original Nelson Mandela artwork. We are very privileged to be entrusted with the sale of these iconic pieces to allow his vision to continue. This art collection will no doubt be a highlight of the Fair”. In addition to showcasing artwork by leading galleries and established artists, the Fair is also pleased to introduce a New Artist area designed specifically for 2015 to showcase work from a hand-picked selection of up and coming, emerging artists. Selling affordable and investment art ranging from £40.00 to £10,000 plus, the Fair will include a range of visual art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass work and a full programme of live art demonstrations and talks by leading UK artists, curated tours and a dedicated children’s area offering fun arts and crafts activities. For those looking to visit the fair to snap up some affordable art, there is a wide variety of original artwork on sale. Art Fair Director, Laura O’Hare advises “It’s never been easier to invest in paintings, prints and framed photographs. All our art is exhibited by leading galleries which guarantees its authenticity and high level of quality.” Chester Arts Fair launches on Friday 20th November with a Charity VIP Preview which will give an opportunity for private buyers, interior designers, collectors, press and VIPs to view the collections in advance. The Fair is then open for the general public Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November from 10:30am to 17:00. For tickets visit www. or alternatively you can register to enter at the Fair on the day. For more information and tickets please visit www.chesterarts Tel: 01244 893 185 Email:

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art beyond



In This issue: Art & Beyond is proved to be an official Media Partner for the following Art Events: Chester Fair 2015, UK November 20-22. Spectrum Miami Fair 2015, December 2-6. Contemporary Art Project USA, exhibitor at the Spectrum Miami Fair 2015. Art! Vancouver 2016, May 26-29. In the November/December issue in our column Point of Interest we published the upcoming events to be visit during the Spectrum Miami 2015; especially Contemporary Art Projects USA Booth 315. This year Contemporary Art Projects USA brings with it a wide arrange of artists. Exhibitions not to be missed are the Special Solo Show Project by Ricardo Cardenas; Post Contemporary Art Initiative Solo Show with multiple artists; a Collective Artsy Project presented by multiple of artists and there will also be a number of different Solo Shows in the Contemporary Art Projects USA Booth #315. Also featuring a unique juried fundraising international collaborative where 300 hundred artists will come together to create the “Help-Hope-Nepal Mural”.

Point of Interest

Jim Lively Michael Cheung Lis Engel Stephanie Holznecht Ryota Matsumoto Michelle Purves Barbara Walder

Contemporary Art Projects USA 5

11 Business and You Finding a Web Developer Art! Vancouver

to Improve your Business By Justin Hoffman


Taras Bibilashvili Olivia Alexander Ann Dunbar Maruka Carvajal Eva-Li Hansson Debbi Chan Jorge Cavelier Ricardo Cardenas Gabi Domenig


Art 14 15 15 16 17 18 20 21 22

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Sculpture Steven Lustig Musaffer Tunca

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Jewelry Sandy Den Hartog


Sue Eves Jane Gottlieb Diana Whiley

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Photography • Digital Art

Also we are introducing the upcoming Art Fair Art! Vancouver in May 2016. For this issue we added a new column “Business and You” to give our readers more information about the importance to have a good updated web site being in the business of art.


Back Cover

Ricardo Cardenas

Jorge Cavelier

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Maruka Carvajal

Sandy Den Hartog

We would like to congratulate the following winners published in this issue for their amazing work. Congratulations to Ricardo Cardenas who’s artwork “La Noche que Van Gogh Sono con los Girasoles” won the Front Cover for November/ December Online issue. The Inside Front Cover won beautiful work "FAVELAS RJ 1" by Maruka Carvajal. The Back Cover won a wonderful artwork "White semi-round forest” by Jorge Cavelier. And Inside Back Cover was awarded to Sandy Den Hartog for her beautiful necklace. We would also like to congratulate those artists who have been chosen as Publishers Choice Award winners in this issue for their outstanding artwork: Debbi Chan, Taras Bibilashvili, Jim Lively, Eva-Li Hansson, Gabi Domenig, Michael Cheung, Lis Engel, Stephanie Holznecht, Ryota Matsumoto, Steven Lustig, Michelle Purves, Musaffer Tunca, Jane Gottlieb, Diana Whiley, Barbara Walder, Olivia Alexander and Ann Dunbar with One Page article and Sue Eves with Two page article. We thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in the competition and wish you all great success in your journey. Publisher Art Director Interview Editor

Mila Ryk Mila Ryk Justin Hoffman Alina Lampert

Art & Beyond published 8 times a year. Six (6) Online issues and Two (2) printed issues. Distributed to the galleries, museumes and other

Entry Form to apply to be published in the Art & Beyond Online magazine is available at Membership Program application is available at For any additional information please contact Mila Ryk at • 9




point of interest

Art! Vancouver returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre for its second annual art fair, May 26 – 29, 2016, after the success of its inaugural fair. Art! Vancouver 2015 brought over 130 exhibitors and more than 8,500 attendees, from Canada and abroad, together under the Sails of Canada Place. According to exhibitors it was “a great place for art sales” (Red Canvas Gallery) and “[drew] and collectors and artists from around the world.” (Christine Allan) The international art fair circuit is progressively gaining importance in the art market; according to The European Fine Art Foundations annual art market report, in 2014 almost $12 billion (USD) worth of art was sold at fairs, which makes up 40% of gallery sales worldwide. In 2014, the ten largest fairs attracted over 798,500 visitors combined (ArtVista), bolstering tourism in their host cities. As Art! Vancouver is the only international art fair in Western Canada, Lisa Wolfin, Director and Founder of Art! Vancouver, has made it her mission to develop Art! Vancouver into an essential stop on the international art fair circuit. The art market is expanding; more and more art fairs are cropping up on the West Coast, from Silicon Valley to Seattle. It is only natural that Vancouver be the next in line. Vancouver is a popular tourist destination, with a beautiful landscape, great shopping, delicious restaurants, and a flourishing art scene. New galleries are regularly opening throughout the city and local artists are inspired by the city’s prosperity. Vancouver is the ultimate host for an international art fair, with collectors flying in from all over the world, locals having an invested interest on art, and tourists constantly passing thorough. Art! Vancouver 2016 fair will follow the success of 2015, it will feature a wide-range of Canadian and International artists and galleries. The Opening Night Gala will feature The Face of Art, a runway show where artists strut down a catwalk highlighting their favorite work. Art! Vancouver 2016 will also include a speaker series, featuring a broad range of artists and art professionals, art tours and walks, and various forms of entertainment. Art! Vancouver 2016 takes place May 26 – 29, 2016, in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s East building. More information about exhibiting and tickets are available at • 11

business and you

Finding a web developer to improve your business By Justin Hoffman

You already have a business, and you may even have a website. But is your website doing everything that it can for you? Can customers (and potential customers) find you easily? Can they find the information they need? If you’re not sure, it may be time to consider hiring a professional web developer. Like all business decisions, you should ask yourself: Is it worth it? You should answer this question the same way you would answer if you were told you needed a new roof on your house, or a new transmission in your car. Too often people choose to build their own websites because it can be less expensive. There are resources out there that can help you do this, but often the result is something that will take longer to build and is most likely missing a key component such as a responsive design, solid SEO, easy navigation, fast load times, or a server with enough resources. If having a website that works for you is important, then it is probably worth hiring a professional. Can you afford to hire a professional? Building a website on your own will cost less money, but probably only if you don’t consider your time as money. A professional web developer can do the same work more efficiently because they are trained to do the job. They will also know how to get the most out of your site to make it work for you and your business (not to mention save you from potential headaches). Like most professionals, web developers charge differently based on their experience. When contacting web developers for quotes, you should receive one of two things to help you make your decision: either a written proposal regarding the work including an estimated timeline (and a breakdown of how the time will be spent) along with an hourly rate OR a written proposal that specifies a flat rate for the job and includes everything that will be done (“Your website will cost $X and will include A, B, C”). Don’t be afraid to seek out multiple proposals and decide which one works best for your business and budget. No matter what your business is, everyone, from artists to retailers to restaurants, needs to have a high quality website in today’s marketplace. A professional web developer can help you get a website that will work for your business.

Justin Hoffman is a web developer in Chicago. He has been building websites for 10 years. Find him at • 13

fine art

'New York and Globalizacion series. Oil on Canvas, 105cm x 135cm

Taras Bibilashvili was born on April 2, 1960 in Zestaponi, Georgia. In 1977 Taras graduated the Arts School in Tbilisi and the year after began his career as an artist in the workshop of famous artist Professor Zurab Nizharadze. In 1983 Taras studied at the Lakob Nikoladze Arts College and has been participating in many local and international exhibitions since 1985. In 1994 Taras traveled to Athens, Greece for creative work. There he met famous artist and sculptor Khristos Ksarakaciano, sculptor, the director of modern museum.

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In 2014 Taras began working at the Artist Pablo Picasso Collection in Artist Star Arts Production, in Artist Star Arts Production Gallery and Art-On-Google. Taras (Davit) Bilashvili (nickname – “Biblieli”) has held many personal and group exhibitions. He is rewarded with many encouraging rewards for his creative work. His many creative works (painting, sculptor, drawing) are included worldwide in both state and private collections.

Olivia Alexander

and Ann


an extra-ordinary art exhibition

Oceans of Oz Opening from December 1st. One Week Only

Galerie Art & Miss 14, rue Sainte Anastase, 75003 Paris

both artists have different expressions and unique mixed media methods

Oceans Deep.

Sea Dreams.

Olivia Alexander (Australia) phone: +61 (0) 411 197 254 •

Ann Dunbar, born in Hampshire, England knew at a very early age that she wanted to become an artist and she was encouraged by both parents and teachers. She spent six years studying, firstly to obtain a teachers certificate with honours and secondly a for bachelors of Arts degree in textiles and fashion. She taught in schools and colleges for sixteen years, before she became an artist in her own right, fulltime, with a launch of her first solo exhibition in 1990. Ann relocation to France in 1996, and made the most of her surroundings and spent time to find her own style and expression and to establish herself in the French art scene. Ann’s work is a figurative and romantic style whereby she embellishes her painting with embroidery. Thousands of silk threads superimposed create exciting effects. Ann has a long list of awards and medals; most recently she was given the Rubens Medal of high recognition from Italia in arte, the Art Critics Award and Rome Imperial Award (Salvatore Russo) from Italy and a finalist in the “Healing of art competition”, with Manhattan Arts International. Ann exhibits have travelled the globe, in Europe and abroad such as Japan, China, Cambodia, Australia and USA. She is represented by galleries and curators in Italy, Australia and France.

When the evening comes. 90cm x 70cm

Olivia Alexander, born in London in 1961, moved to Australia with her parents as a child and soon discovered her talent for drawing. It was after she married and brought up her four children, that she pursued her art career following art classes and finally opened up her studio in Shellharbour, south of Sydney in 2007, where she works fulltime now. Her work is described as abstract expressionist, where she does not paint realism but rather the expression of the emotive factors she experiences. Her speciality is the layering of diverse mixed mediums which create a richness of luscious colours and profound range of texture. She was awarded the Silver Medal from the French International Academy of Merit and most recently the Art Critics award, the Rome Imperial International Award in Italy and a finalist in the international Brisbane art prize. She is represented by galleries and curators from Italy, Singapore, Australia and France.

Burrowed Beauty. 100cm x100cm

Ann Dunbar (France) phone: +33 (0) 6 11 23 12 19 • Both Olivia and Ann have created a body of work which ties up with the issues of the fragile environment we live in: rising sea temperature and global warming, hot topics which hit Paris at this moment with the COP21 debate. Both Olivia Alexander and Ann Dunbar, who are passionate about nature, wish to raise awareness of the fragility, beauty and natural spirit of our marine world, through their own personal expression. Countries spend millions exploring space but very little beneath our seas and this exhibition stresses on its magnificence and the urgency to take action now. • 15 • 15

fine art

Festival in the City. Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 30"

canvas the emotions that cities awaken inside of me. I recall my experiences in different cities that have impacted me and I look into that past at the feelings that came over me in those moments. Some artists inspire me, especially Hans Hoffman because of his exuberant use of color, the relationship between them, and the spatial tension.

Maruka Carvajal I was born in Bolivia, and I am a naturalized Spaniard. I have lived in Brazil, Singapore, Colombia, and currently in Washington DC. I was educated to be an architect but my passion led me to dedicate myself to the visual arts instead. I enjoy painting so much! It is a chance to get involved with my thoughts, my memories and my feelings; it's my moment. When I start a painting I always choose colors first; without thinking maybe it's just intuitively or sometimes based on my mood. In my art I like to explore the abstract secrets of cities I have lived in, cities I have passed through, and cities I hope to visit. I bring out the similarities between cities around the world, capturing their true nature. Using different shapes, lines, and vibrant colors I interpret onto my 16 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2015

I use different acrylics in different to express myself. My strokes reflect my visual language and respond to the impulse to fill the canvas. Using geometric shapes adds structural order to how freely I use colors. In addition, I like to use both paint that is slightly watered down and pain that is thicker. To me this combination of shapes and my free use of colors along with varying viscosities of paint is the most appealing part of my creative process. The colorful nature of my painting makes them stand out and appear bright. Vibrant colors are very powerful tools and I am able to manage their effect on a composition. I am fascinated by cities because they are short-lived but form a long lasting memory. I think my paintings serve the purpose I intended and convey what I want them to. My goal is to make the viewer curious about the meaning behind my painting. I expect my work to represent the places that I have had the fortune to visit or have lived in and I hope it shares these places with the viewer inviting them to take an emotional journey where their spirit can drive free.

Eva-Li Hansson

NEBULOSA ~ ツュ Jury valued at MUSテ右 DU LOUVRE Paris 2014 Acrylic Mixed Media, 30 cm x 30 cm


fine art

ciao Italy album. Watercolor and ink in a traditional Chinese style,15" x 22"

Debbi Chan Born and raised in the metropolis of Houston where the glare of sunlit skyscrapers the landscape I was most familiar with did not stop the smooth transition to a landscape of pines and snow in Idaho. What the surprise move did was open my creative mind and allow me to expand and my art to grow. I took up three new mediums and set my schedule to allow for art to be the focus of my time. The mediums were new but I managed to keep to the traditional Chinese style which I took up almost 15 years ago. Days for me are all about art . Making it keeps me busy and rarely does a day go by without it. If not painting I am gathering for it. Looking out my windows I see the vastness of nature about me and watch wildlife romping that I previously could only have seen in a zoo behind bars. My tight drawings loosened and the subjects I once was afraid of painting flow across the leaves of 70 ft. Continuous story

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paintings in jumbo folding albums, my newest passion. They are being shown currently at Magnuson Gallery in Kendrick Idaho while awaiting a future home hopefully with WSU in their art museum. After completion I now publish each album as a wordless magazine and make them available to the public. And now the albums are coming to life in galleries you can carry in your pocket. The amazing 3-D app EXHIBBIT allows me to have entire albums on the wall. I have two shows open to the public now and a third will be open any day. You will most likely run into my blogs as well. Hopefully the albums will find their way to a permanent museum that appreciates story telling with art and without words. My time is still about making the art. If you don't make it you have nothing for others to see.



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fine art

Oro en los Andes. ©Jorge Cavelier 2015. Oil over Gold Gilded Wood. 17.75" x17.75"

Jorge Cavelier | Colombia Rain forests are the earth's lungs. Beauty and life emerge from those magical places. I consider forests as beings with their own soul. Each time I make a work of art related to them I'm rising my own awareness, thriving to expand it in a most direct way. Once collective awareness reach into love and compassion, we may reach to the forests and save our air. Depicting the cloud forests atmospheres and transmitting the golden peace that emerge from them I believe the difference will be done. I work with oils as my primary media on linen or gold gilded wood to achieve the soft mystical sensation of the forests' atmosphere. Painted laser cut stainless steel is the material used for the sculptures, which often sit on granite or plexiglass platforms; a crystal or stone sphere makes their center. The mysterious sceneries found in the rain

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forests canopies are represented by these successive planes reflected on the platforms they are placed upon. Painters like Turner and Monet, Rothko and Hockney have inspired my work from the beginning. Giacometti and Serra the sculptors I admire. The Artist will be showcasing a Solo Show called “Andean Gold” during Art Basel Miami Week 2015 at Spectrum-Miami with Contemporary Art Projects USA, Booth #315. For More Information Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886

Tu y yo bajo las estrellas. Acrylic on Concrete, 3’ x 4’

Ricardo Cardenas | Mexico His work, as defined by the artist: “My work expresses my sentiments and passion for art". Ricardo's art encompasses a combination of the elements of cubism, gestural abstraction, and traces of the figurative that reinforce his renditions of daily life and the people who populate it. His color schemes ­representative of his culture's folklore ­ the flora, the exuberant scenes depicting daily life, are the elements from which his work derives. His works ­ created from cement covered with mesh ­ portray great visual force and rich formality of structure. His work, overlapping in a synthetic language where autobiographic themes prevail, revolve around the stylizing of fugues and symbolic compositions; focused on search, experimentation, and inquiries of Aztec art ­all of which has been instrumental in inspiring the young artist. Povera Art has been influential in the construction of his sculptures ­the exquisite sculptures he creates on the cement that serves as a platform on which he mounts the heavy pieces onto the wall­as he employs his civil architectural knowledge.

His work is an open picture gallery which projects the anthropological archaeology of his spiritual landscape; immersed in the ephemeral culture of today's absurd, cybernetic contemporary world. His works depicting the timelessness and inertness of his ancestor's poetic magic; which are artistically translated through aesthetics and human sensibility. By Silvia Medina, Curator

Ricardo Cardenas will be the “Invited Artist” of Contemporary Art Projects USA with a Solo Show called “Autobiografia en Concreto” during Art Basel Miami Week 2015 at SpectrumMiami, Booth 315. For More Information Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 21

fine art Guardian Angel. Acrylic on Canvas, 80 cm x 80 cm

Gabi Domenig was born in 1963 in Lienz. Since her early childhood she was attracted to the fine arts, but especially to painting. Gabi took classes in nude painting, color theory, drawing and composition. Especially charcoal, red chalk and pastels on paper and primed wood panels were the medium in the nineties. After her first exhibition in 1999, when she presented 20 large pastel paintings to the public, she began to paint with acrylics on canvas. The strong and bright colors and the way of working with acrylics approached very well to her nature. She concerns herself primarily with the representation of man and especially of women. She tries to capture moments and to build up emotional tensions. The viewer should feel something of her passion when she paints. She does´nt want to stir up. For her art should be life-affirming and beautiful, touching and connecting. A language without words. 22 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2015

Her characters send out varied emotions such as pride, pain, love, sadness, loneliness, joy and longing. They are sensuous, strong, vulnerable, thoughtful, dreamy, seductive, promising and cautious. The figures are mostely located in a particular environment cutout. The expression of the eyes should draw the viewer into its spell and animate him to enter in a deeper communication with the figures in the picture. Flowers, plants, animals, patterns and landscape sections are decorative parts, but are usually situated in the background. Because of her intensive color palette and the figurative painting she is attributed to the Neo-Expressionism. You can find her images in privat collections, in international art books, art magazines and online art galleries. Participation in many national and international exhibitions in Austria, Germany, France, Italy United Kingdom, USA and Brazil.

The Giraffes Have Made Their Choice. Acrylic and Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, 24" x 30"

Jim Lively is an attorney who left the practice of law to pursue his passion full-time as a contemporary figurative and abstract artist. His works have been recognized in numerous juried competitions and publications. He was named to the 2013 and 2014 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art ( In addition, he has participated in several group and a solo exhibitions across North America and in Europe. Jim has published four books containing images of his art including two novels. Selected 2012 - 2014 Credits

I am Curious Blue Too. Acrylic and Chardonnay, 15" x 30"

• N  amed to 2013 and 2014 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art • Selected to represent Southwest Artists and appear in Art Portfolio Magazine, 2014 Northeast Artists vs. Southwest Artists Edition • Placed Second in the Abstract Category in 2013 American Art Awards for “Layers of Civilization” and First in the Humor Category for “A Second Cup of Coffee” ( • Art and Beyond Magazine, March/April 2014, Publisher Selection for “Butterfly Effect” and “Breach” from the “Red Wine” series of paintings • Art Portfolio Magazine, Editor’s Selection for 2013 Landscape Competition for “Five for Fall” • • 23

fine art in the memory of love #10. Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm, 2013

in the memory of love #18. Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm, 2013

Michael Cheung is a Chinese visual artist based in Hong Kong. Growing up in the former British Colony where East meets West, Michael is influenced by both Oriental and Western culture. Michael Cheung (born 1978 in Hong Kong) belongs to a new generation of Hong Kong artists. His approach is edgy, sophisticated and creative one that understands the value of good art. His art creation is deeply embedded within perception, memory, identity and communication in contemporary life. A self-taught artist, trained as a graphic designer, he has exhibited in New York, Seoul, Berlin, Copenhagen, Moscow, with magazines such as Don't Panic magazine. He always seeking challenging projects to expand his artistic repertoire.

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October song. Acryl on Linen, 120cm x 90 cm, 2015

Dance. Acryl on Canvas, 120cm x 90 cm, 2015

Lis Engel is a contemporary Artist living in Denmark. She is inspired from nature, music, poetry, myth, dance and dreams. Her images are meditative and visionary intertwining the figurative, the poetic, and the abstract. “I think of contemporary art as a voice of beauty and freedom rooted in awareness of radical aliveness.” Invited and censured exhibitions I Segnalati in EDINBURGH, 14-16 November, 2015, Biennale Chianciano, Art Museum of Chianciano, 5-13 September, 2015, Art Expo, Future Memories, Venice, Italy, 18-29 August, 2015,

Solo Exhibition at Marziart Hamburg, December 2014 - January 2015, ”Salon Gustave Eiffel” - La Grande Exposition Universelle 2014, curated by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo. Museum of Americas, 2011, Firenze Biennalen, 2011, Gallery Broadway, New York, 2011, Nyart Beijing Project, 2011. Presented in: The best Modern and Contemporary Artists, 2015. Masters of Today-Art of Excellence, International Contemporary Artists Vol VIII, 2014. The Best Modernand Contemporay Artists 2014. • • • 25

fine art • sculpture

Vortex. Acrylic, 16" x 20"

Stephanie Holznecht Stephanie was born in England, arriving in the USA at the age of nineteen, where she now resides. Upon arrival she attended university, receiving a BA degree in graphic design and fine art. She went on to work in the design industry as a graphic designer and art director. After ten years she left her position as art director to raise a family, and begin to pursue a career in professional art. Stephanie invests in the creation of a piece of art to convey what she has inside: her thinking, emotions, her life, her essence and her soul. It’s also a way to reach her own desires and crucial demands out of life. When she creates a new piece of art, what she feels smoothly becomes real. At first she hesitates, knowing she can afford only a few false moves, but once her creativity is ready, her

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vision becomes clear and flows out onto the canvas. For Stephanie it is important to create what she feels. Her abstract art is an extension of herself. Full of passion and emotion, all playing a part in her creative process. The inspiration that she takes from experiencing life creates a feeling that continues to inspire her. She feels, as an artist, that is something she could never lose. Stephanie has won a number of awards, most notably a bronze award from an exhibition in London, England. She has exhibited worldwide; including Italy, England, India, Nepal, and all over the USA. •

the Frozen Air Evoked the Analogical Still of Ephemeral Swarms. Mixed Media, 20" x 32"

Ryota Matsumoto is a principal of an award-winning design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio based in Tokyo. He is an artist, designer and urban planner. He received Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after studying at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s. The artworks of Ryota Matsumoto develop and demonstrate the spatio-temporal conditions of our ever-evolving urban and ecological environments. They are created to act as the catalyst for defining speculative changes in notions of cities, socities and cultures. Essentially, the work facilitates a reciprocal dialogue among those multifaceted realms in the morphological nature of constantly shifting topography and geology. The drawings explore the hybrid drawing techniques combining both architectural and visual art languages. The varying scale, juxtaposition of different forms, intertwined textures/tones and visual metamorphosis are employed as the hybrid/multi-layered drawing processes to question the nature of representation. The application of these techniques allows the work to transcend boundaries between analogue and digital as well as between two- and multi-dimensional

the Reverberant Ambience of Interpretative Codes for an Ancient Artifact. Mixed Media, 27" x 37"

domains. The process reformulates the composition within which thresholds between organic and technological elements become indistinct and the spatial and temporal variations emerge. • 27

fine art spring blossoms. Oil on canvas, 86cm x 110cm

MICHELLE PURVES My love and intimacy with nature all started when my parents moved to a remote village on the border of a game park in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when I was nine years of age. The fiery sun and flaming red skies, contrasted to romantic soft pink skies bedding themselves on the horizon. The scorched earth begging for rain and the chameleon clinging with hope to a vivid green tree in the middle of a drought. The midnight blue sky, alive with flickering stars and fireflies dancing to the beat, of an opera of cicadas. Nowadays, clouds to me represent the interconnectedness of nature. The beginning of life. The colours of the sky resemble the moods of people and their colourful characteristics, whether it be romantic, imaginary, or dramatic overtones. 28 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2015

Each flower is unique and a flower represents a person, travelling through this vast world with hopes and dreams, reaching for the sky, whilst not forgetting the beauty of their surroundings. My paintings are in traditional oils and my technique is non conformist. I commenced painting in 1997. Since 2002, I have had numerous successful exhibitions in Australia. In 2015 I exhibited at ART MONACO, Salon d’Art Contemporain par excellence, Cote d’Azur and was awarded the “Prix d’Excellence Artiste Emergent”.

Spirit of desert. 2015. CollagenMalerei© Mixed Media on Canvas, 56cm x 40cm

BARBARA WALDER Through the light to the matter - My journey of discovery in the artistic use of matter began with the delicate application of pastels. By way of large-scale shapes with bold colours in transparent gouache I came to use solidifying acrylic paint and then to my own CollagenMalerei©. This is created layer by layer. Through constant reduction I get answers to my questions about essence and balance. In the opinion of Mona Youssef, curator, jurist and gallery owner: “BARBARA WALDER is fascinated by nature since childhood

which clearly reflected in painting striving to find answers about light and colors in nature and their relationship to man. Working with chalk and gouache, she adds special emphasis on naturalness, authenticity and originality which is important part of her existence. The brief moment of 'now-ness', the transition from night to day, day to night fascinates her with its peculiar color, a moment of indecision in which its perfect beauty unfolds.” I am living and painting in the Principality of Liechtenstein. • 29


Backwards over the Falls.1

STEVEN LUSTIG Art - Breath - Movement This art is born out of a love of the human form and its natural motion. It is powerful, passionate, and embraces both human and natural forms. Steven was born and raised near the North Shore of Chicago where he began drawing at a age five. In high school he met a regionally known sculptor and began his fine arts education. During that time, Steven was given a copy of Gray’s Anatomy. He became fascinated by what he saw and immediately began to draw directly from the book, changing the course of his life and starting a lifelong study of the human form. Steven received an art scholarship to Bradley University. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on Bio-technical Illustration. While at the University of Illinois, Steven began to work for the Biomechanical Engineering department. His early work combining computers, art, and human motion became the genesis of Steven’s fine art, regardless of media. He would go on to draw, paint and sculpt thousands of interpretations of the human form in his own distinctive style. In 1982 Steven moved to Southern California for the opportunity to work at an Olympic research center focused on Sports Medicine and Biomechical Engineering. Looking to the future, Steve quickly recognized the promise of what computer illustration could bring to traditional graphic design techniques. After seven years of working in corporate presentation graphics, Steven founded

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BioDesign Communications in 1989. BioDesign was a highly specialized computer graphics company supplying creative illustrations to the Life Science, Medical Device, and Healthcare industries. Steven has produced medical and life science images for companies around the world, and has illustrated four books, completed a series of life science illustrations for the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Throughout this time Steven continued to draw and sculpt, dedicating his life to the arts. His fascination with drawing the human form continues to ignite his creative talent and provides him with an endless supply of material. Steven currently teaches a stone sculpting class at the Laguna College of Art & Design. In addition to working as an Illustrator and fine artist, Steven has been the Cultural Arts Chair for the CA PTA and a leading art advocate Statewide. For the past twelve years Steven has been a volunteer legislative advocate, recruiting and training parents, running legislative junkets to Sacramento and leading parents in the cause of public education. Steven is a volunteer art teacher at a local elementary school and has taught students art privately. Steven has studied Kenpo Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his son and daughter and practices yoga. He lives in Huntington Beach with his wife and two children.

dual nudes. Ceramic (Unfired), 39 cm x 11 cm x 11 cm, 2015

WHO IS MUZAFFER TUNCA? Muzaffer Tunca (1950) is a professional educator and a selftaught artist and sculptor. Muzaffer Tunca graduated from Hacettepe University with M.A. Degree in English Literature with a Certificate of Education (Teaching Certificate) Department of English Language and Literature, 1975. He got an M. Ed. Degree in Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Department of Education, Hacettepe University, 1979. After teaching various higher education institutions, he got retired in 2005 and began to teach at FAEP at Bilkent University. He has been teaching academic English and social and political philosophy. He was nominated as Bilkent University distinguished teacher award and got BUSEL distinguished award in 2010 Muzaffer Tunca is not only an exemplary English language instructor but also an avid artist. He has a lot of hobbies such as painting, sculpting, photography, poetry (Haiku), and writing short stories. He has been involved in making sculptures since 2010, and is a professional member of ISC- International Sculpture Center, USA.Muzaffer Tunca tries to turn one dimensional images on his sketchbooks into a three dimensional ones using a

touchable, sensible and breakable material. By breakable he means changeable. Each dimension of his sculpture has a different shape and form. Why? Because nothing has one dimension including human beings. He defines himself as “I am a multidimensional being and life is an infinite-dimensional function space for me, and I am trying to create multidimensional sculptures.”Muzaffer Tunca opened a solo sculpture exhibition in Ankara in November 2014. Muzaffer Tunca participated in three art competitions in 2013 organized by See.Me. He passed three levels and in the competition, “Creatives Rising” he deserved to be included in the show to take place in New York City on 5th October 2013. In addition, his sculpture was digitally exhibited in New York City in December 2013 and in January 2014 in the Miami Beach Art Fair. • 31


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Sandy Den Hartog is a Native Californian. She now resides in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Her current home, she and her husband had built for themselves, faces the water with the desert a short distance behind and as a backdrop a dramatic and rather large mountain range. With this view Sandy has taken the time to absorb the impact of this beauty and pieced together jewelry that exemplifies each geographical characteristic, blending them into original jewelry objects.

Her work covers a wide range of Style, from Ethnic, Classic, to Over the Top and Everyday Chic. She refers to herself as displaying "ARTISTIC FREEDOM." Sandy loves to mix everything up. The old with the new, and the big with the small. Although quite versatile in her design she leans toward the large and Ethnic Style. Many of Her Designs are created as she sleeps. She considers them to be her most excellent art pieces.

She is an Award Winning Artist. Sandy has placed in numerous Juried Art Shows throughout Arizona. Her romantic pieces of art continue to be showcased at David Rafaels in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Other distinguished pieces of jewelry designed completely from within her personal workshop are in the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. Malouf on The Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a self taught artist. Her jewelry displays both serene and harmonious qualities that have been regarded as the highest of models.

Gemstones and Artifacts used in her talented designs have been found in her many World Wide Travels. These and and so much more from the nations she has visited, are incorporated into the designs made by Sandy.

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Viewing. Digital Photograph.

Narrative of ‘Headcount’ Sue Eves This is my story. It may be of interest. It is not necessary to know the story to view the work.Your stories will influence the way you interpret it.

Preparation. The preparation and production of this piece of work has been systematic. Whilst I prepare I think very carefully about the nature of my work. To begin I tear a set of 30 pieces of A5 paper. The paper is raw and unprimed. Each piece is of a set but very slightly different to the next, a lot like ourselves.I make piles of 30. When I have painted each set it is slightly bigger and heavier than the empty pages as if

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it has become animated.When people pass away they seem smaller because they are still. It has been said that a human looses 21 grams when they die.I like the brightness of the paper as it seems to suggest vitality.

Painting. I prepare a mix of black acrylic paint to which I add a small amount of white oil paint.I allow this to stand for a few hours so that it becomes tacky and visceral. I scrape this mix over the surface of the paper. Because it is unprimed it picks up the surface texture beneath.I place the image slightly towards the top of the page to suggest the genre of portraiture. As soon as an image of a face suggests itself I stop painting.I think about what Barthes said about

Headcount. Digital Photograph.

the death of the author. This theory could relate to my art as I invite the viewer to see what they will. Of course it is impossible to paint without leaving a bit of yourself behind. Each picture takes about a minute, thus a set represents half an hour of my labour and of passing time.

Display. The work consists of 6 sets of 60 pieces, each representing an hour of passing time.The total of 360 suggests that the work has gone full circle but also suggests that the cycle can go on repeating itself ad infinitum, suggestive of our life cycle of birth and death.The work is exhibited as a grid so that when it is viewed one’s eye flits from face to face making comparisons and connections.Each picture

is carefully pinned onto the wall suggesting fragility and a reverence for the life it represents.

Themes. As a mass, multiple images of faces suggest themselves, flickering in and out of the viewers consciousness. They also bring to mind bodies floating on the water, coming in and out of focus. The work tries to describe transience and mortality, our inability to hold on to the moment, to grasp a fleeting fragment of passing time. To hold onto each other. One is reminded that each head represents a person, this mass of people represents us. Synecdoche describes this. • 35

photography • digital art

Day Dream. Digital Art, 20" x 30"

Jane Gottlieb I have been expressing my joy of art with paint, shapes and colors since I was very young. I began as a painter, evolved into a photographer, and eventually began painting on my photographic prints over thirty years ago. I hand painted vivid colors on my Cibachrome prints, creating a wonderful new reality. Now I scan my one-of-a-kind hand-painted prints, enhance them with Photoshop and produce limited edition archival prints. I have been shown worldwide in many solo exhibitions including: Butler Institute of American Art; Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA; Laguna Art Museum. CA; Petersen Automotive Museum, LA, CA;

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LA County Museum of Natural History, CA; Monterey Museum of Art, CA; Louis Stern Gallery, West Hollywood, CA; Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York City; L’Image Gallery, Rome, Italy. My art has been exhibited in many solo and group shows and collected by museums, foundations, corporations and individuals worldwide. I have 65 large art works in two important venues at UCLA, on exhibit for the next ten & 25 large artworks at UCSB, on exhibit for the next ten years! I just installed 25 large artworks at UCSB Gradualte School of Education.

Muse. Digital Art, 50cm x 70cm

Diana Whiley I first created fantasy art to go with my writing and found that the digital medium best fit my style. It took time to get the affect I wanted but I’ve now hopefully managed to get the colour and mood right. I am transformed by the creation of art and enjoy opening myself to new experiences. Other pieces of my art range from abstract, to still life but I do love a portrait. Over a number of years I have been both editor and contributor to a number of community art projects and exhibit locally. Entering many on-line competition, I have won several

awards: “Best in Competition” With “Your Choice Award” at the on-line website this year at “Exhibition Without Walls” being a highlight. I have book covers published and appear in five International Contemporary Art Books. Currently I am working on a graphic novel and look forward to creating more art. • 37

Sandy Den Hartog

Pendant is a Beautiful Piece of Brass Repousse. Hand Crafted by an Indian Artisan. Set with a Beautiful Gemstone of Lapis Lazuli. The Brass Spacer Beads are done by the same Artisan. The Pendant is surrounded by hand faceted and round Lapis Lauzuli Gemstones. The Pendant hangs from tiny Carved Gold Plated Beads. Very Regal. Difinitely a STATEMENT PIECE.

Jorge Cavelier

White semi-round forest. ŠJorge Caveiler 2012. Laser-Cut Stainless Steel Powder Coated

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