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Vol. 23 • December Special Edition • 2014

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from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

Current Art Group USA - A Division of Contemporary Art Projects USA Ferreyros Art Projects Wynwood Selection 2014

at SPECTRUM MIAMI 2014 Luisa Mesa INVITED ARTIST

MEDITATION SERIES, RED

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


Vol. 23 • December Special Edition • 2014

art&beyond Art & Beyond Magazine is a bridge between the artists and the art world. It is an essential marketing and promotional tool every artist needs to possess when exhibiting their work, whether at art shows, art expos, or small exhibitions. Art & Beyond Magazine is proud to present the incredible artists featured on the pages of this issue. Each exhibiting their own style, unique ideas and vision of the world around us. From nothing they are able to create what inspires and enhances our everyday lives. This Art & Beyond Online issue is a Special Edition and serves as the catalog for Current Art Group USA— Art Projects a Division of Contemporary Art Projects USA based in Miami, FL will present its 2014 Art Basel Week Spectrum - Miami Project in which it will showcase emerging and invited established international artists at its 700 square feet booth #315 under the direction and marketing expertise of Tata Fernandez, Executive Director. Art & Beyond wishes a great success to all participating artists in the biggest event of the year this December in Miami FL.

CONTENTS

Point of Interest

Contemporary Art Projects USA

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Fine Art

Ricardo de la Fuente Luisa Mesa Anabel Peicher Rub Anica Sphilberg Beatriz Aizenstar Carlos Augusto Pereira Carlos Perez Vidal Celia Zusman Chris Delias Diana Bursztyn Eva Rimsky Evelyn Walg Fermin Fleites

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Gilbert Salinas Jaime Ferreyros Koqui Handal Laura Sion Luzmila Giraldo Mark Taylor Melanie Papalous Nehama Sasson Raquel Rub Rebecca Bibas Rosy Lofer Tania Bakalarz Valentina Bilbao William Stalhuth Maria Teresa D'Azucena Vanessa F. Benhamron Yvonne Konig

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Luisa Mesa - Invited Artist

Publisher Art Director Interview Editor

Mila Ryk Mila Ryk Justin Hoffman Alina Lampert

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point of interest CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECTS USA will be showcasing a unique international juried project “Cosmic Connections” at the first inaugural edition of Concept Fair aboard the iconic world mega-yacht SeaFair, known for its exclusive VIP venues and superbly curated art shows. Smaller, affluent, and exciting in design and a much more exclusive high end fair. Concept Fair will serve the most discerning international art collectors in the world. As an icon of downtown Miami, SeaFair is located next to the new Perez Museum and Frost Museum in conjunction with Bayfront Park premises will be a unique Fair. A magical experience running during Art Basel Week, December 2nd – December 7th which will attract international visitors including galleries, curators and art enthusiasts. The yacht will create an addition to the Downtown Art District one of the most desired visited locations during this week. Pablo Pro. UNCONCIOUS V. Digital Photography. 40” x 60 “.

This project features the most Avant garde artists of today’s art world. Notable artists exhibiting at the show are: Marcus Jansen-USA, Andrea Batorfi-Hungary, Pablo Pro-Spain, Magaly Barnola Otaola-Venezuela, Maria Fernanda LairetVenezuela, Cesar Santos-Cuba, Reynier LLanes-Cuba, Ryota Matsumoto-Japan and T. Cris Alencar-Brazil, Nicholas Berdysheff-Georgia and Mike Gould Laser Art USA. It will be composed of all innovative media including painting, photography, small and monumental sculptures. Installations, 3D printing, digital and computer art, mixed media, short films and videos. The Project was conceived by Lead Curator Roberta Gonella responsible for the ground breaking “The Young Mandarins” to Miami at the Art Basel Miami Beach Fair 2006. Her insiders blog visionaryarttrends.com is followed by art insiders. Richard Tooke, Curator, bringing his thirty years’ experience in the field of Photography where was Director of Rights and Reproductions at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York and Silvia Medina, Curator, former Director of Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela.

Nicholas Berdysheff. ANOMALY II. Digital Print. 28” x 28”.

Miami Dade College and the upcoming cultural City of Doral was exposed to this project and their theme “Cosmic Connection” which they agreed to create a Pre-Art Basel Week event at the premises of Miami Dade College West Gallery on November 13th, 2014. This project will give the opportunity to the art students and local artists to be challenged and be able to win the opportunity to participate at the magnum exhibition during Art Basel Week Miami. The winner will be displayed at the Concept Fair along with all the other selected international artists. On December 2nd, 2014 there will be a Special VIP Reception for Miami Dade College Affiliates and Doral Community. Located at the Booth of Contemporary Art Projects USA..

T. Cris Alencar. ENCOUNTER OF THE FIFTH KIND. Mixed Media, 3D.

Roberta Gonella, Chief Curator came up with the historic concept to travel the Cosmic Connections Exhibition and selected winners of the Doral up to Paul Fisher Gallery in Palm Beach February 2015. For the first time Palm Beach Collectors will be exposed to the Art Basel Miami Week’s Excitement.The Media Partners for Contemporary Art Projects USA are Emotions Marketing Services, LLC, Digital Media 365 and The Smiley Stone USA. Cosmic Connections Project has been sponsored by Miami Dade College, Anonymous Sponsors and endorsed by City of Doral along with its Cultural Affairs Committee. Tata Fernandez, Executive Director of Contemporary Art Project USA is invited to become part of the International Selections Committee composed of eminent personalities in the world of art and culture. The mission of the C.I.S. is to select talented Artists, both emerging and established, to participate in the X Edition of the Florence Biennale, which will take place from 17 to 25 October 2015.

Ryota Matsumoto. THE INTERSECTION OF INFINITE PLANES

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CURRENT ART GROUP USA­—ART PROJECTS a Division of Contemporary Art Projects USA based in Miami, FL will present its 2014 Art Basel Week SpectrumMiami Project in which it will showcase emerging and invited established international artists at its 700 square feet booth #315 under the direction and marketing expertise of Tata Fernandez, Executive Director. The project will be curated by Silvia Medina. Ms. Medina was founding member of the Havana Biennial as well as Wilfredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba. She worked at the Foundation for the Development of the Arts and Execute Director of Sala Mendoza in Caracas, Venezuela. Her present position is as Consultant Curator for worldwide projects. Current Art Group USA—Art Projects will offer the modern methods of Sales and Marketing including social networking, artists’ personal interviews to promote the project as well as the participants’ artists. The Smiley Stone and Arte Mundo Latino are the official media partners for this event. This year, Current Art Group USA will showcase besides the participants artists, three sub-projects, a Solo Show of Ricardo de la Fuente-Venezuela, Ferreyros Art ProjectUSA, and Wynwood Selection 2014-Colombia.

Gary Traczk. SPLIT ORBIT. Stainless Steel.

Tania Bakalarz. COSMIC CONNECTIONS. Plexi, 40" x 30".

Ferreyros Art Projects-USA will include abstract, figurative, sculpture and figurative abstract works by: Alexandra Betancur, Caty Cucalon, Lorena Fernandez, Juliana Ferreyros, Lucy Garcia, Bibiana Martinez, Gerardo Noriega, and Cesar Santafe. Wynwood Selection 2014-Colombia will have Mariano Cinat, Dario Posada, Laurel Holloman, Maquiamelo, Oscar Villalobos, Ricardo Villegas, Rosemarie Gleiser and Sofia Ruiz among others. Current Art Group USA-Art Projects will include as participants artists: Anabel Peicher-Rub-Peru, Anica Sphilberg-USA, Beatriz Aizenstar-Bolivia, Chris EliasAustria, Carlos Augusto Pereira-Venezuela, Carlos Perez Vidal-Cuba, Celia Zusman-Peru, Diana Bursztyn-Colombia, Eva Rimsky-Chile, Evelyn Walg-Venezuela, Chris DeliasAustria, Fermin Fleites-Cuba, Gilbert Salinas-Puerto Rico, Jaime Ferreyros-Peru-USA, Koqui Handal-Bolivia, Laura Sion-England, Luzmila Giraldo-Venezuela, Mark Taylor-USA, Melanie Papalous-Greece, Nehama SassonColombia, Raquel Rub-Peru, Rebeca Bibas-Colombia, Rosy Lofer-Argentina, Tania Bakalarz-Colombia, Valentina Bilbao-Venezuela, Vanessa F. Benhamron-Venezuela, William Stalhuth-Venezuela, Yvonne Konig-Curacao.

Carlos Tirado. ABSTRACT I. II. Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40".

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Current Art Group USA presents

Ferreyros

BIBIANA MARTINEZ LORENA FERNANDEZ

Art Project

JULIANA FERREYROS

FERREYROS ART PROJECT, based in Dallas - Texas, is founded and owned by Juliana Ferreyros, an artist born in Cali, Colombia. Juliana started this project three years ago, not long after she moved to the United States. As an artist, Juliana has experienced the struggle to exhibit and promote her work in the United States. Because of her own struggle, she developed a vision for providing equal opportunities for emergent and mid-career artist to establish themselves in the art world by exhibiting their work in important curated exhibitions and international art fairs. During this year’s Art Basel Week, Ferreyros Art Project will feature eight Latin American artists recognized in their countries of origin, in the Art Fair “SPECTRUM” which will be located in the heart of Midtown Miami from the 3-7 December 2014.

ALEXANDRA BETANCUR

These artists are presenting their work, which is characterized by a fusion of energetic colors, fresh styles and unique techniques. The featured art will include abstract, figurative, sculpture and figurative abstract works. Ferreyros Art Project is pleased to present and feature art by artists: Alexandra Betancur, Caty Cucalon, Lorena Fernandez, Juliana Ferreyros, Lucy Garcia, Bibiana Martinez, and Cesar Santafe.

Juliana Ferreyros Ferreyros Art Projects Dallas, Texas

CATY CUCALON

LUCY GARCIA

CESAR SANTAFE

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Current Art Group USA presents

WYNWOOD

Selection 2014

BOOTH Project 315

MARIANO CINAT

DARIO POSADA - COLOMBIA

LAUREL HOLLOMAN

MAQUIAMELO

OSCAR VILLALOBOS

RICARDO VILLEGAS

ROSEMARIE GLEISER

SOFIA RUIZ

VANESSA BARRAGAN

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CHAMELEON.

Ricardo de la Fuente - Venezuela Solo Show

I have always been a fervent admirer of human beings for been the only specie capable of breaking with evolutionary paradigms, thus forging their own destiny. Unlike other inhabitants of the planet, we are aware of our existence, which since ancient times we have reflected through art, according to our culture, religion and geographical location. The purity and ingenuity of the early civilizations on the five continents have been my inexhaustible source of inspiration to create a one and global ethnicity that goes back to the origins of mankind, without being influenced by their different historical and evolutionary processes. In my work I have given life to a new and irreverent universal race of beings, combining the most relevant artistic expressions of each culture and mixing them according to my judgment. Far from offending the religious meaning that they may have, I try to unify the most fascinating and aesthetic aspects of each one of them, because in the end we are all Homo sapiens who come from the same family tree. The mystical load in my pieces is imperative for the ancestral symbolism of certain elements embodied on them. As I begin to materialize my paintings and sculptures, they begin to relate to each other as if they were members of a prolific family, but with different facial features because of their genetic diversity. I connect their personalities with

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characteristics of animals such as eagles, bulls, jaguars and zebras, because as citizens of the same system, I admire the top view of a bird, the imposing horns of an antelope and the quickness of a feline. Maybe due to the fact that I have lived in a tropical country like Venezuela that has an amazing diversity of fauna and flora, my passion for nature and my hobbies of studying Entomology in the area of butterflies and beetles, Malacology and Mineralogy, are fundamental reasons to explain the interaction of different species that fuse in my work. There is a reliable communication between this new generation and me, through which they inexplicably indicate me how he or she wants to be, and when should I continue or finish the work, never repeating them, because I consider an offense to clone a member of my own tribe. In this unprecedented world of multifaceted inhabitants, I try to reproduce the ideal coexistence of living beings on the planet: a free interaction in which each creature absorbs aspects from the other, they feedback one another and unite as brothers regardless of race, color or beliefs, in an inevitably increasingly globalized world. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com


INSTALLATION.

Luisa Mesa - Cuba Invited Artist

Art is my passion and a vehicle for growth. It allows me to get in touch with my Self and trust my intuition, among other realizations. Through the practice of my work I discover many analogies that apply to my own life and life in general, and that help me become more conscious. Because my work is intricate and repetitive, one of the most fundamental intentions in my creative process is to focus on the moment. If I anticipate the finished piece as opposed to placing my attention on the immediate task at hand, discomfort sets in and I am not able to finish the piece. By trusting my intuition in art making and allowing for the spontaneous, I learn to do the same in my life. I allow each piece to go in the direction it flows, thus relinquishing the need to control the outcome. The more I apply this principle in my life, the more effortless and easy life becomes. When I draw a line, it connects two or more elements together in the same way we are all interrelated to each other and the All. Empty space is important in my work; it allows the eye of the viewer to rest, it creates balance and promotes a feeling of relaxation. I find parallels between the empty space and a quiet and uncluttered mind. Through my work I discover who I am. That discovery allows me to interpret and relate to the world I live in from a more integral perspective.

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fine art NATURA. Fiber glass sculpture on marble base, 13”w x 13”h x 13”d.

She has participated in the American Red Cross Designers Show house of Broward County in 2007 and 2008. She participated in Art Serve Eagles Soar…A Tribute to Liberty with her artistic design on the ‘Liberty Eagle.’ She is constantly entering competitions and exhibiting at the Ceramic League Miami, Broward Art Guild, Broward College Potters Guild, Art Serve, Armonia Galery-Caminos del Inca, Lima- Peru, Galeria Vertice, Lima - Peru. She currently attends Broward College to improve her photography and ceramic skills.

Anabel Rub Peicher - Peru Born and raised in Lima Peru, her passion for Art started at an early age while taking drawing lessons at The Academia Suarez Vertiz in Lima Perú. On December 1974 she relocated to Miami, Florida and graduated with a bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami. She is licensed in Interior Design. She lived in Los Angeles, California in 1987-89, where she took classes in acrylic painting.

She is currently exhibiting at Art Viva at the Miramar Cultural Center from September 19 through October 23 2014, Art Serve “Big Exhibit” October 2014 and the Oakland Park Library October 2014. Her artistic passion and creativity comes through designing interiors, furniture, logos and artwork, undertaking a diversity of media such as stone, ceramics and metals, enabling her to produce unique artwork. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

UNLOCKED. Photography, 24" x 34".

ANICA SHPILBERG - USA The Doors of Gallipoli Series

Images are the language of my thoughts. I am inspired by my surroundings and experiences lived. Color is integral to the story, and my aim is to make the story a personal one, yet one the viewer can enter and share. Sorting thru the images that “make sense”, I weave them into fragments that tell a story. Some are printed on canvas, others or paper and mixed media. Some I leave pristine. The purpose 12 • Art & Beyond • December Special Edition 2014

of it all is to capture instances in time that form a narrative, one that is interpreted by the observers who add their biases as they reflect on the images. This series explores the doors of Gallipoli, an ancient town on the heel of Italy’s boot. The doors tell the story of civilizations that traveled the Ionian Sea, its locks the perils of its hardy residents, leaving the rest of the story to the imagination. For more information: Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com


Beatriz Aizenstat - Bolivia Beatriz Aizenstat’s paintings emerge and configure from virtual shapes that produce a combination of light and shadow; articulating a language that focuses upon perceptions of feelings and intuitions, dreams and chiaroscuros of the human universe. Hence, as Beatriz openly addresses issues of inspiration, the environment of her space and the artist's relationship with her models and influences as her to communicate; The contemplative gaze of her muse, nostalgia, and reflections on a personal poetry, somewhat folkloric, where a panoramic melancholy reveals that Beatriz subtly evokes with feminine sensuality, symbolically opening the windows of her inner spectrum, that configures the viewer aesthetically sensitive emotions and the world in which we live Beatriz Aizenstat proposes through aesthetic look, the resources of her creative method, that give birth in an intimate stage to the magic of light, that is the protagonist, entering from the windows and stained glass, building and shaping life and live models, in perfect harmony with mystical chiaroscuros projected by the human figures on the environment and the flora that populates them. Beatriz uses in her creations a visual composition of unquestionable beauty and human spirituality; she nourishes and incorporates influences her artistic growth with known photographers and master painters of modern art such as Lucien Clergue,

CHIAROSCURO 18. 24" x 36". Jack Vettriano and Henri Matisse. Her pictorial works are an invitation to enjoy and talk with them in an open outlook where viewers actively participate in an aesthetic and reciprocating feedback. - Silvia Medina, 2014. For more information: Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

Carlos A. Pereira - Venezuela My most recent artwork, “Little Creatures”, is the merging of all techniques and medias previously used, coming together at last. Free from academic structures, limitations, and prejudices. This multi-dimensional artwork is an open doorway for the creative spirit to flow and manifest, here and now, revealing the most important element present in all artistic expression; intention and thought. The essence and perception of the artist. infused within his work.

The energy of the maker

Artwork perpetually radiating these loving energies to all. Altering consciousness, inspiring, uplifting, and promoting progression. Making something meaningful out of found objects and recycled material. Artwork that gathers diverse items and fragments of matter from all over the world to communicate beyond our limited vocabularies. A unique assortment of “things” bound by the will of a universal force, through the heart and mind of the artist, attuned to it. The complexity of its components makes it impossible to replicate, making these “creatures” unique, like each one of us. It’s fascinating to observe each one of these “creatures” taking a life of its own. A new form of existence with purpose. Inspiring artwork that preserves love, goodness, innocence, simplicity, complexity, dignified appreciation, intellectual thought and emotional understanding, or at least, amusement for the eyes. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

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fine art NO TAKE TITLE. Mixed Media, 25" x 28". Installation, 2014.

Carlos Perez Vidal - Cuba My art born from reconceiving traditional genres to exploiting new mediums, from rejecting decadent discourse in favor of poetical symbolism as universal language, to displaying off - the shelf sculptural objects as combines conventional techniques and experimental works of art; merging natives, ancestral, ancient, mysticism, modern and contemporary

philosophy and cultures, from redefining painting and sculpture as a natural combination through materials, incorporating organic pigments just as soil, clay, charcoal, verbal supplements, conceptual structures and movement, to remaking a new aesthetic tools, perspective and visions of the art process, in a pictorical cycle with a reflective dialogue, reinventing the world as a sacred spiritual beauty. For more information: Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

DIVERSITY 1. Fiberglass.

Zusman artwork are constructed in an organic style, with a feminine sensuality and a lovely symbolic purpose that guides the viewer to find her artistic vision and ancestral identity. Taking advantage of the beauty and spirituality of the human being in relation to the natural environment and the universe, causes a variety of reading and reflection on the fascinating world in which we live.

Celia Zusman - Peru Celia Zusman Models in a very singular way by trying to make her sculpted unconventionally. Her academic studies taught sculpture modeling in clay and plaster, likewise, all learning has led her to achieve excellently bronze finishes. Any viewer can clearly see the fascinating process of her sculptures, as well as the artist knows the limits of matter, revealing the original character of the block and a sublime surface of the marvelous bronze. Celia incorporates some influences of masters of art history, primarily Brancusi, pioneer of modernism and minimalism in the contemporary sculpture. 14 • Art & Beyond • December Special Edition 2014

One of the most inspiring movements in today's world is the movement in defense of Human Rights. Celia Zusman study art in Italy, where she experienced the wonderful world of light that transforms and reveals, which enhances the subtleties of shapes and contours with a poetic perspective. Celia seems to return to the deeper and larger universe of the Inca culture of her native Peru. In fusion with the arcane mystical world, penetrating the heart of wonder, to finally conquer the mystery of bronze sculpture and creating impeccable pieces. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com email: info@currentartgroupusa.com


Chris Delias - Austria “Everything what can become digital will become digital” (said by Benny Landa, the inventor of the Indigo Digital Printing Technology) – and so 3D printing is revolutionizing the way we design and build things, just as digital photos replaced polaroids and photo books replaced the paper album etc. Several Social Media concepts have tried to digitalize our daily lives and the relationships between humans. These concepts fail for the simple reason that all they do is make our lives more public and predictable. But: Social Media is just the symptom! The root cause of this sickness is superficiality. The result of this sickness is what I call „Anti-Real-Relationship“. This superficiality is demonstrated in the artificial connections and relationships on various social media. For me it is terrible to see how real friends, real relations and feelings become less important and more voyeuristic. Of course these social media have revolutionized the way we communicate and have made it easier to stay connected regardless of where we are at any given moment. Everything that makes our lives easier and faster has a chance to be successful, but it leaves a gap between the digital and the real. My art intends to close this gap. My art has to be seen as a counterpart of this „Anti-RealRelation“ in the actual spirit of time. It should depict emotions, humans, faces in a way that you cannot find in our digitalized society. For me the spotlight is on the beauty of humanity, it’s my first priority – emotions caused by love, music, harmony and the erotic. But it is not only the sunny side of the world that will be represented in my art – people do not just love one

TIMES SQUARE I. Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 55". another – they hate and fight – they lose, they feel intense pain, experience crushing war and destruction, all of which are part of human interaction and which will feature in my art. My work should not show the reality 1:1 – the colors, proportions and poses I use are reflective of my emotions and feelings during the painting process. It is an interactive process between my soul, the model or person and the canvas – an interactive realism. My art is a projection of the reality to my soul. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

GIVE LOVE RED. Plexi, 42" x 36".

Diana Bursztyn - Colombia To paint is to learn to see, before I painted, I didn't realize that everything has many different colors; I thought that the sky was blue, but when I looked closer, it has a million shades of blue, a million shades of gray. My present work is of crushed cans with emphasis on the movement, the shadows and the shapes of the cans. They have a message of love through which I hope that people will give a little more love every day and then our world would be a better place. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

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Eva Rimsky - Chile I started painting at a later stage in life as a way of coping with the pain of a second emigration. As time went by, the awareness of discovering this new tool, this new language with which to express deep and personal feelings and experiences has become a true life passion….. Today, painting is a fundamental element in my life. Blending colors, mingling textures, trying out combinations and at the same time being able to free and phantasy my visions is what painting truly is to me. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

BLUE RUSTY PAIL. Plexi, 20" x 20".

FRIENDSHIP. Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 40"

connected through internet, Facebook, twitter, iPhone, etc . . . . but we are not together, there is little touch and no eye contact and therefore many of us feel lonely. My people hold hands, look and touch each other and give each other warmth. They are in motion but they are not alone. I create individuals with no identity but with clear personality. I enjoy paying attention to each single little person of my canvas as they transmit messages and different energies. They represent and utopian ideal world of happiness, friendship, peace love and harmony.

Evelyn Walg - Venezuela Art is what evolves from my creative process. It is the result of my inner feelings towards the present day relations between human beings. Millions of us are constantly 16 • Art & Beyond • December Special Edition 2014

I like to use bright colors and heavy textures, it is a way of adding strength to my almost ethereal people stepping, dancing and running on the canvas. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com


Fermin Fleites - Cuba As a visual artist, Fleites´s understanding of the complexities of human nature is essential in the symbolic representations that define man´s cultural history. His artwork transcends the physical structure of reality to document imaginary events, using different media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, and video. His frequent use of unusual materials such as gunpowder, soil, carmine and organic substances of different origins instill an ethnic uniqueness to his work. The leitmotif in his works is the exploration of the defining roles of cultural diversity and individualism that makes the human being. His travels and studies provided him with the opportunity to test his thesis about the social function of art in different societies. This investigation focused on the resistance and cultural mechanisms that indigenous groups utilize in response to external incursions and influences.

Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com THE STORY OF MY CHIVICHANA. Watercolor on Cardboard, 28" x 20".

HYDROSPHERE. 36" x 48".

Gilbert Salinas Puerto Rico My central theme is based in investigating the variety of ways to address the organic forms of nature and its constant evolution through art. I am also interested in the aging surfaces of the planet and in the traces that time bares on earth. In my work I use the mysteriousness of the organic forms as reference to explore and experiment with organic patterns which are created, among other things, by manipulating the consistency of the paint as it flows thru different surfaces. I relate the accidental spontaneity of the works, with the spontaneity and unpredictability of our lives. As a continuity of my investigation I also focus on the

conscience, instincts and complexity of the human being. I explore those processes and phenomenon's that go thru our minds in order to understand our reality. I intend to project these introspective stages and energies on the canvas. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

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fine art Jaime Ferreyros - Peru Jaime Ferreyros, born in Lima, Peru, is an Emmy Award winning TV producer, and avid iphoneographer. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US and Europe, including the very first iPhoneography exhibits in the world at the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, California. Various newspapers have profiled his work, including the most influential iphoneography websites, magazines, calendars, books and book covers. Jaime has helped promote iphoneography in Miami, curating shows for the Artspace and The Lunch Box Gallery. His solo shows and exhibits during Art Basel Miami, have awaken the city’s interest for this new art form.

2013. Metallic Paper on Plexi, 12" x 12".

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those movements that greet the party. And the party is born down there, in the arena, the party that sacrifices the innocent, and those who participate do so wearing gleaming costumes, riding spirited steeds covered with impossible tunics in the colors of the rainbow. And in the middle, always in the middle, it is observed the man wearing the costume of lights, everything in him is shine, everything reflection, everything fine brass sheeting and gold leaf; sequin and glitter. And he is sporting a cape ¡A cape! Completely red, like the color of the blood to be shed –it is hardly ever the bullfighter’s blood- and behind the cape –hidden- arise the sparkles of the long sword, long and sharp,coward and treacherous.

BULLS. Acrylic on Canvas., 40" x 40".

Koqui Handal - Bolivia Crowded the stands close even more the perfect circle in which the show takes place. Everything is color, everything is light and sheen, everything is fatuous. The people in the stands wave their hats and if one looks, will find a cadence in 18 • Art & Beyond • December Special Edition 2014

Alone, to one side of the arena, snorting, throwing dirt, is the innocent, in black and white, not in color. The bravest is down there, cowed for the noise, for the movement of hats, for the undulating red cape and the concealed presence of the sword. The animal is still in black and white, albeit at some point the red tint will turn violet in his dark body, for him the party is always forbidden. I want my painting to be a homageof color to that whichis monochrome in the middle of the orgy of pain and blood. Those are my bulls. The same ones of the arena. But in colors. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com


Laura Sion England My Artwork was inspired by how the actual Elephant is hand painted in India ,as is their culture to do so!I feel it shows there true nature!Even though they appear big, over powering ,and their skin has a rough texture ,I feel that their true nature is that of a gentle one !Hence the delicate flowers and Symbols which are painted on their skin .They are beautiful ,majestic creatures .I feel that through my art work I evoke that feeling in them ! My Elephant appears vulnerable and beautiful and at the same time strong and gentle! One does not notice the rough skin anymore; instead it had been transformed into a work of art! I have used Oils to achieve the rich colors and the crystals symbolize how precious these animals are and should not be killed for their tusks!! My elephant is a "Diamond in the rough!"

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GOOD LUCK. Mixed Media, 60" x 60"

FANTASIA. 30" x 43".

Luzmila Giraldo - Venezuela I have dedicated many years of my life to professional makeup, and it has allowed me to experience the physical and emotional transformations that people go through when they see a version that they like of themselves in front of the mirror. It is an inspiring experience to see how an object that has reminded us for centuries about our imperfections is firmly confronted by challenging eyes rejoiced with satisfaction. Being an accomplice to create this feeling has been a constant motivation in my life and represents the engine of my work. In my paintings, I enjoy to line and contour the plurality of expressions which the human face is capable to produce, providing a unique identity to the characters that I conceive in a world of brushes, pigments and textures. Shadows and highlights enhance and attenuate their personalities, capturing

the paramount moment when their "perfect" version is revealed. These characters overcome the vanity of the mirror, making it burst into pieces that reflect the discovery of ethereal beauty. For me, portraying that sensation is magical. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

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fine art Mark Taylor - USA New York City. Everything seems like something you will want to capture and remember forever. Larger than life scenes are everywhere you turn. Some things are iconic “New York”; the colors, the people, the lifestyle, the construction on every block masked by the daily routine of life in New York City, and of course, the taxis. “Man About Town” captures not only the uniqueness of the enormous and suggestive advertisement that, except for a telling doorway to the construction site, would be just another message for the masses, but the pace of the city; the iconic yellow taxi flows by, flanked to the left and right with bright, red movement, while the “New Yorker” steps forth to hail a taxi from the sea to fast moving yellow carriages; scenes that could only mean one thing…. New York City. As the scorching summer sun moves across the sky over 5th Avenue, the shadows of the evening lights for the scantily clad “Man About Town” move in an eye catching pattern across the subject’s shirtless skin. Even HE appears to be sweating in this New York mid-afternoon summer heat. The “New Yorker” is still desperately trying to gain shelter in an air conditioned NYC Taxi that that just keeps on moving….. MAN ABOUT TOWN. Photography. Plexi, 40" x 30".

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Melanie Prapopoulos - Greece X-Rays: An internal Expression

The series of artworks on X-Rays grew out of my two previous series: Unearthing Beauty and Young, Fabulous and…, both of which explore how society pressures women to be young and beautiful at all stages and the inherent danger in that: the loss of identity. Though these two series are still very much alive and continue to grow – I want to do more with the source of light. My initial interest in working on x-ray film was to be able to create works where I could project the light from behind the work, as opposed to beaming light on the work – I wanted light to come from within the text, and radiate outwards – highlighting what is within and what better medium than x-ray film? I also believed that having light radiating from within would be less exposing and invasive than having a light beam on a work, as though light from inside became more the choice of the work, than of the viewer. From there I became interested in the symmetry of the skeletal form and how color imposed on that organization can enhance the lines, shades and shadows of the x-rayed image thereby presenting a new way of looking – offering alternatives to the understanding of one’s internal identity.

X-RAYS 1. Mixed Media, 20" x 15".

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ZUCCINI FLOWERS. Plexi, 40" x 30".

Nehama Sasson - Colombia My inspiration comes from my soul and the mystical spheres of life. My creativity comes from above, a sensitive attempt to reflect the beauty surrounding us everywhere‌ Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

IMAGINATION I . 17" x 10" x 7".

Raquel Rub - Peru Raquel Rub sculptures enclose dedication, study and creative work for the mamy years that the artist has been developing. Her pieces are forms that she finds in stone as she is working with it. This forms are implicit in the stone, and presents us with an exquisite finish and unique beauty. Since the beginning of the creative process of Raquel sculptures, the artist connects with the material, dialogues with those voices emanating from the stone, and the vibrations of the stone accumulated all the way to its detachment from the mountain. It is then when it gets into the hands of Raquel, and a harmonic connection between the art form and its reflection is established. The highlights that draw her sculptures resemble veins, arteries of a body, and are precisely the highlights of the stone, which were generated in the mountains, and Raquel caresses it with her hands, giving them life and enhancing them with infinite beauty. Her work have anthropomorphic forms, in some cases it suggest playful beings who invite us to the discovery and the dialogue of the work. The sculptures of Raquel remind me of the famous quote

from Miguel Angel: "A good sculpture is one that leaving it roll down a slope, it would still remain a sculpture." Silvia Medina, August, 2014

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fine art DANCE SERIES 1A. Plexi, 24" x 48".

Rebeca Bibas - Colombia The recurrent motif of flora throughout my work is not meant to establish a factual connection with the universe but instead supposed to create a sense of emotion that leads to that connection. For me the sight of flowers instantly relaxes me. I feel serene and calm no matter the circumstance. The multitude of colors, smells, and shapes all combine to create a highly spiritualistic ambiance. Specifically the color violet brings about a sense of tranquility and a connection to the cosmos. My life is surrounded by flowers, whether they are there physically or spiritually present the feeling I get is constant. Time slows down for me, but the people around me do not. The pandemonium which the universe has created is ever present in our lives. My quick brush strokes and erratic splatter represents the inescapability of this chaos. When juxtaposed with the serenity of the flower my feelings are presented to the viewers. I am just another person trying to find serenity among all the chaos. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

TREE OF LIFE I. Oil on Canvas. 48" x 60".

In 2003, Rosy started to recognize her own talent for painting. She began her formal art education in 2004 with artist, Carlos Augusto Pereira at HeArt Studio. Under the direction of this internationally known artist, Rosy’s talent in artistic expression has been taken to new heights. Her magnificent and imaginative paintings captivate the viewer with their rich tones, vibrant color, and inspired themes.

Rosy Lofer - Argentina The recurrent motif of flora throughout my work is not meant to establish a Rosy Lofer was born in Buenos Ares, Argentina. After moving to Miami in the mid 1980’s, Rosy developed a deep appreciation for art, and her passion was kindled by Miami’s rich cultural community. This passion for art, soon grew into a desire to not only appreciate fine art, but to create it from her own heart. 22 • Art & Beyond • December Special Edition 2014

In discussing her work, Rosy says, “Creating each painting brings to me an incredible feeling of peace, tranquility, and positive energy. I believe these are the emotions that others feel when they look at my paintings”. Today, Rosy’s work can be found in private collections in many countries, including Israel, Brazil, Panama, Argentina, Canada, London and in many US States. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com


Tania Bakalarz - Colombia We are all aware of the seductive power of women. History and literature have taught us that there have been wars and battles over them. Thru my work I amplify the expression of that power by way of describing in each painting different characters and personalities with attributes of being self confident, strong, sexy, sweet, fun, and some even with attitude. They use tools and weapons to enhance their beauty such as makeup, accessories and fashion, and use body language to provoke feelings, and yet subtle enough so the beholders don’t realize and get the notion they are being seduced. There are many contrasts in life that give us balance, like without a negative there isn’t a positive, without light there isn’t shadow, without sadness there isn’t happiness, and I express this balance by using the brightness of color with texture and the flawless smoothness of black and white. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

FLIRTATIOUS 4. Mixed Media, 48" x 36".

ABSTRACT SERIES. Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 75".

Valentina Bilbao - Venezuela Valentina Bilbao is a visual artist she was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but when she was little she moved to Valencia, Venezuela. From a very young age she discovered her love of painting, drawing and poetry, she dedicated herself learning new techniques that allowed her to further develop her artistic skills. She felt the need to convey her knowledge, and created the Drawing and Painting Workshop "Brushstrokes", which had children and youth of different ages. Valentina continued to dabble in art and received more training at the School of Visual Arts while at the same time she studied Psychology. Her artwork captures a full and complete expression of emotions; joy, passion and love with spontaneity, energy and strength through a wide range of colors, textures, shapes and figures making all of her artwork comprehensive and rich in content. In addition her artwork has balance and harmony, which is the result of all the

elements in the right proportions coming alive and maintaining a constant motion. Color is the main character of her work and which all other elements are combined. This technique is the result of admiration and study of Impressionism, among other artistic surrealisms, which shows an extraordinary capacity for synthesis and integration. That is why it is not difficult to understand why her paintings are abstract in beauty. Her work is full of light and harmony and it complements the space. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

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William Stalhuth - Venezuela Stalhuth was born in Caracas on December 30, 1967. Very early in his life he discovered his passion for the plastic arts, particularly painting. He studied Graphic Design in the “Instituto Villasmil de León” in Caracas, where he began to create oil and acrylic paintings and then to commercialized them, many of them crossing borders into other major cities around the world such as Madrid, Buenos Aires and Bogota, among others. In 2004 he arrived to the city of Miami, where his passion for the abstract and contemporary painting began to awaken, due to the presence of this tendency in the surroundings. His work is inspired mostly by the richness of the textures, combining them with modern colors that complement the vanguard architectures typical of a cosmopolitan city like Miami.

SQUAREZ. Mixed Media, 42" x 42".

According to the Artist Color exists when there is light, the presence of light generates shadows, and when you combine Textures with color, light and shadows your extradionary artistic creations are born. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

KAIROS. Mixed Media on Canvas, 30" x 40".

Art is like a key. It can unlock the human consciousness and imagination, unlock feelings and provide the motivation to create. That is what happened when I was creating Kairos ,it was my Supreme moment, my key.

mixed media paintings in a unique passionate style. Her vibrant colorful work has been exhibited in various group, as well as solo shows, both nationally and Internationally.

Maria Teresa D'Azucena EL SALVADOR Maria Teresa D’Azucena obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in her native country of EL Salvador. She moved to Miami in 1991 where she began her art training under the tutelage of several well-known artists. As a contemporary abstract artist Maria Teresa is using oil and acrylic to create 24 • Art & Beyond • December Special Edition 2014

Maria Teresa also teaches art to children and adults in her art studio. She thinks the fine arts are a powerful dimension of communication. It is a unique way to touch someone feelings and an extraordinary opportunity to express oneself and allow viewers to enjoy. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com


Vanessa F. Benhamron - Venezuela This art piece was inspired by the different ways we project LOVE, even in what we wear. For me LOVE is everywhere, beginning in us and then spreading it in the universe, our environment, our lives and all around us so then we can share it with others. LOVE can transform everything in different ways, but always with a positive energy, so lets start with my sweater and take it of the hanger. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

DRESSED IN LOVE. Plexi, 30" X 30".

Yvonne Konig - Curacao The Eyes of Innocence. We live in a beautiful world full of light, color and noise. Children are the most unique expression of our planet’s perfection. To me, children represent purity, happiness and goodness. Through my painting I want to convey the innocence and illusion which children can express through a look, through a smile, even with the unrest that may surround them…. Current Art Group USA www.currentartgroupusa.com info@currentartgroupusa.com

EYES OF INNOCENCE. Installation.

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