Art & Beyond Summer Edition 2015

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art&beyond Vol. 6 • Summer Edition • 2015

from artist to artists - market, promote, succeed

Isabelle Malo

MONACO DREAM. Oil on Canvas, 72” x 60”

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

Sabina D’Antonio

HIDDEN TREASURES. Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 48” x 1.5”

point of interest OPUS EVENTI | EXCLUSIVE ART FAIRS 2015

Where Art Meets GLAMOUR...!


pecializing in producing and managing events from every angle of both entertainment and artistic industries, Opus Eventi caters its esteemed services to English, Hispanic and French markets from every corner of the globe. In 2015, – under the direction of the international event promoter Johnessco Rodriguez – Opus Eventi has the honor to present, as part of its repertoire (on production), three of the top events: the sixth edition of ART MONACO; the special edition of ART IBIZA; and the first edition of MC ART Miami. We all know the number of contemporary art shows has increased in the past two years worldwide. Unfortunately, not all emerging shows are capable of providing value in both sales and prestige to the exhibitors and partners supporting them. That is why ART MONACO and ART IBIZA focus on keeping an exclusive by invitation policy. An international exposure, however, guarantees the participation of VIP personalities, potential buyers and exhibitions. Monaco is one of the most prestigious places in Europe and one of the most coveted markets in the world. With its prosperous lifestyle, ceaseless flow of golden champagne and multi million pound yachts gleaming in the Monte Carlo harbor, Monaco breathes glamour. That is why Art Monaco is all about quality rather than quantity and is renown today as THE ONLY international attended contemporary art fair in the French Riviera. Its own style and image differentiate from the other 275 art shows produced worldwide since 2009. A VIP reception will kick off the event, followed by three full days of vernissage-style exhibits open to the public with a few private showings. “Art Monaco 2015 will be bigger and better; some highlights this year include a special presentation of a never-before-seen curated selection of masterpieces attributed to the controversial American Painter JACKSON POLLOCK (19121956), who was a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Those paintings were kept in a private collection for over 50 years. Also, to be showcased for exhibition and sale are some original bronze cast sculptures from the man who is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance, MICHELANGELO di Lodovico Buonarroti (1475–1564). Among his works are “David” and “Saint Peters Pieta” statues.” Johnessco Rodriguez – Fair Director.

SHOW SCHEDULE & PRICES THURSDAY July 9th 17:00 to 19:00 Patron’s preview Black-tie (by ticket only) Exclusive early access to Patrons who want to admire or purchase works of art during the fair in advance and in a more exclusive environment. Tickets are limited and guests are invited to stay for the Opening Night Preview. RSVP 19:00 to 22:00 Vernissage, private opening (VIP) Black-tie Please join us for the Opening Night Preview; featuring over 4,000 modern and contemporary pieces of art for exhibition and sale, before doors are open for the general public next day. RSVP FRIDAY July 10th 13:00 to 17:00 OPEN FOR GENERAL PUBLIC 17:30 to 21:00 Private night (VIP) Black-tie Come raise your glass, view and purchase artwork. Mingle with leading members of the art community worldwide and invited international guests. RSVP SATURDAY July 11th 12:00 to 20:00 OPEN FOR GENERAL PUBLIC 21:00 to 1:00 Gala dinner – Excellence Prize (by ticket only) Exclusive cocktail reception with 3 course diner. RSVP

SUNDAY July 12th 12:00 to 19:00 OPEN FOR GENERAL PUBLIC General admission: General Students and Golden age : Children under 12:

25 ¤ 10 ¤ FREE

This July promises to be more grandiose than ever with Art Ibiza occurring from July 16 to July 19. Surrounded by some of the most pristine waters in the Mediterranean and fine white sand beaches, the island of Ibiza is certain to expect a worldwide attendance of important individuals with great buying power, art collectors and celebrities flocking the event with style. Dedicated to showcasing contemporary and modern art in an elegant and glamorous flare, this special edition of Art Ibiza is surely not to be missed. Art and culture enthusiasts will find themselves being enchanted over outstanding artwork that will take your breath away. To be held in one of the most splendid centers of the island, the art fair will be presented in a form of high class and luxury exposition. Art Ibiza’15 will be a special opportunity for those wishing to buy or sell art collections or those who simply wish to be taken aback by one of a kind inspirational art creations presented in a variety of styles. “Our shows are not for the faint of heart (or light of wallet).”, says Opus Eventi C.E.O. & art fairs’ director Johnessco Rodriguez, “We focus to attract art collectors, art creators and art lovers with a higher buying power (UHNWI), that will add value to our VIP guest list year after year”. Art Monaco, for instance, has welcomed Royalty such as H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Empress Farah Pahlavi, S.A.R la Princess Marie Gabrielle de Savoie, T.R.H. Prince and Princess Charles of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, Madame la Baronne Danièle Courcelle von Prohaska, Baron & Baronne Renald de Meester de Betzenbroeck, Baron et Baronne Roland Gillion Crowet, Baronne de Masy, H.S.H. Prince of Montenegro and other personalities that such as Mme Jaleh Khosravani, Mr. Giovanne Randonini, Charles et Catherine Napoleon, M. Paul Sarkozy, Lady Monika Bacardi, Didier DesChamps and some Hollywood stars, just to mention a few. Aiming to offer a greater value to all participants, our three events will also serve as film sets for the up-coming Hollywood movie «The Curator» as part of the Platforms for large corporations, business leaders, international media, renowned galleries, established and emerging artists, as well as art collectors and art lovers. Art Monaco, Art Ibiza and MC ART MIAMI will share the same value for both entertainment and culture that are catered only towards those who enjoy living with the pleasure of exclusivity and luxury. IMPORTANT DATES: ART MONACO VI ART IBIZA Special Edition MC ART MIAMI Contact: Information & reservations: Media inquiries: Sponsorships opportunities: North America: Europe: Latin America:

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Vol. 6 • Summer • 2015

art beyond &


from the publisher Art is a universal language where one can experience its power by sight alone. It is a form of communication based on a range of emotions one can express using brush strokes, color, various techniques, different medium and materials. The viewer is able to experience the visual impulse that creates a fountain of feelings. Art & Beyond Magazine is published by Art & Beyond Studio, Inc. and serves as a promotional tool for artists and art event organizers. Art & Beyond Magazine is delivered directly to galleries and art consultants. The artists presented on its pages are given an opportunity to showcase their work and increase visibility throughout the art sphere and bring their artistic career to the next level or representation. Art & Beyond Magazine is proud to present this special issue that will be presented at Art Monaco 2015. Featured in this issue are 7 incredible artists who will exhibiting their work with the Mona Youssef Gallery at Art Monaco and Art Ibiza in July 2015, each possessing their own style, unique ideas and vision of the world around us.

Fine Art • Sculpture • Jewelry • Digital Art

Point Of Interest 5

Sandy Den Hartog 23

Where To Go

Raquel Rub 23

Gabi Domenig 24

Sara E. Swan 24­­­

Mona Youssef Gallery 8 Eva-Li Hansson 9

Michael Cheung 10

Maruka Carvajal 25

Stephanie Holznecht 11

Raquel Sarangello 25

Sabina D’Antonio 12

Dianna M. Sapara 26

Helen Kagan 14

Lizzy Forrester 26

Jim Lively 15

Irina Vysotckaya 27

Silvana LaCreta Ravena 16

Tom Zimmerman 27

Isabelle Malo 17

Amy Polling 28

Rafat 18

Melencio Sapnu Jr. 28

Grace Schlesier 19

Mila Agirre 29

Bert Koeck 20

Roshanak Khalilian 29

Bruno Wojnicz 21

Ronit Kristal 30

Yulia Altas 22

Diana Whiley 30

GK Brock 22


Back Cover

The artwork “Red Sight” by Silvana LaCreta Ravena (p. 16) has been chosen for the Back Cover of Art & Beyond.

Isabelle Malo

Silvana LaCreta Ravena

The artwork “Hidden Treasures” by Sabina D’Antonio (p. 12) won the Inside Front Cover.

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Sabina D’Antonio

Michael Cheung

Traditionally, the Art & Beyond Cover Competition is held for every issue where four artists are given the opportunity to be featured on four covers of the magazine. We are proud to announce that the artwork “Monaco Dream” by Isabelle Mola (p. 17) has been chosen as the Summer Edition of Art & Beyond Magazine Front Cover.

And for the Inside Back Cover was chosen the artwork “Precious Jewel 1930 #17” by Michael Cheung (p. 10). Congratulations to Isabelle, Silvana, Sabina and Michael! We would like to thank all of the immensely talented artists who participated in this issue. Art & Beyond wishes you great success in your artistic future. Publisher

Mila Ryk

Art Director

Mila Ryk


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 © All rights reserved

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 • 7

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Mona Youssef is a poetic artist, curator and gallerist. Selling her first oil painting at age of 12 was truly a prodigy. Following her passion, Mona obtained a B.F.A. and several Diplomas in the Art Field with honors Awards. Because her artwork combines previous experience of interior/ exterior and graphic design and architectural presentation which added special depth to her paintings, this has caught the eyes of those from royal families and became her collectors. Mona’s realism oil paintings have received universal acclaim and won numerous national and international Awards includes “Leonardo Award” Second prize, Italy, “Palm Art Award” and “Certificate of excellency”, Germany. She creates quality work that found in large museums and found with private collectors. Some of her private collectors found her artwork to be equal to Carl Barks and Don Rosa. Hence, her experience carries over to each piece in a way that’s clearly, denoted with vivid colors and lively intricate details in every stroke of her brush. Believing that art is to love, Mona extends

AUTUMN HAS FALLEN. her love and success to promote her fellow artists and presents them in honorable exhibitions worldwide. Canada

Visit Mona Youssef Gallery at ArtMonaco, July 9-12, 2015 and ArtIbiza, July 16-19, 2015

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Bert Koeck

Roshanak Khalilian

Bruno Wojnicz

Isabelle Malo

Mila Agirre

Melencio Sapnu Jr.


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



IN THE MEMORY OF LOVE #38. Oil on Canvas , 50 cm x 40 cm

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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PRECIOUS JEWEL #19. Oil on Canvas , 60 cm x 60 cm

OPPOSING SIDES. Fluid Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 24” x 30”

Stephanie Holznecht is originally from the southeast coast of England. She immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen and attended University upon arrival, obtaining a BA in Graphic Design and Fine Art. For 10 years Stephanie worked as a graphic designer and art director, leaving to pursue a career in professional art. Stephanie’s current artistic style has changed dramatically from earlier years, moving from realism to a purely abstract artist. With abstract painting she is inspired to let go and free herself to feel art in a totally different manner, reaching levels of emotional strength that far exceeded her expectations as a painter. Stephanie’s main focus has been in using fluid acrylic paint. A challenging medium, that guarantees a different result with each painting she creates. She has had great success using this medium and her unique layering technique. Stephanie invests in the creation of a piece of art to convey what she feels inside: her thinking, her emotions, her life, her essence and her soul. Stephanie’s goal is to always evoke some emotion from the viewer. There should always be something there for others to be able to read and draw their own conclusions.

GPS MALFUNCTION. Fluid Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 24” x 24” • 11


CRAZY DAISY. Acrylic on Canvas, 33.5” x 33.5” x 1.5”

HIDDEN HARBOURS. Acrylic on Canvas, 31.5” x 31.5” x 1.5”

Sabina D'Antonio As an artist and photographer, inspiration comes to Sabina in many forms. She sees so much beauty in old weathered things waiting to be discovered once again. Layers of chipped paint, rusted metals, the raw beauty Mother Nature creates over time, these and so much more entwined with my manufacturing background spark new ideas within her. Sabina is a self taught full-time artist with a passion to create and capture a true beauty of art in each painting, with the hopes in making a happy escape for the viewer. 12 • Art & Beyond • Summer Edition 2015

A BRIGHTER DAY. Acrylic on Canvas, 31.5” x 31.5” x 1.5”

MAKING MARKS. Acrylic on Canvas, 39.5” × 39.5” × 1.5”

“Sabina paints with energy, spontaneity and emotion resulting in pieces that arouse and captivate the viewer. Her abstract paintings are expressions of her love for colour, textures, and numbers. Sabina has nurtured her independence and artistic freedom and paints spontaneously from within: expressing a feeling, a memory or an impression. Her abstract art is wellknown and collected nationally and internationally. She has been painting her entire life and just recently selling professionally.” • 13


HIGH WAYS. Acrylic, Mix Media on Canvas, 60” x 48”. 2015

Helen Kagan, PhD Coming from a family of scientists, Helen’s always been fascinated by the left and right brain relationship. A holistic therapist and artist, she’s been developing her unique technique and style as “Healing Arts” which reflects her own deep introspective view on life, a desire to bridge realities and heal the Past. Helen Kagan, PhD. was born in a cold Siberian winter in what then was the USSR. She grew up in a Communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 her quest for freedom led Helen to the US, whereto she brought her Jewish heritage, a couple of graduate degrees, and an unending thirst to explore the World and its meaning. Mainly self-taught Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers herself, since 2005 does it professionally. Her canvases are influenced by impressionism and expressionism and, the spiritual messages - being on your Journey, going towards the Light, following your Path, self-reflection, awareness of ‘Here and Now’, and of course ‘j’oie de vivre’! - are always present in her art, where she’s integrating the Fine Art and the Art of Healing. If you are a seeker on a Quest, or just trying to find answers to quintessential questions like - Who we are? Why we are here? Where are we going? - then you might find very rewarding to meditate with Helen’s paintings. They are better experienced

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WE CAN DO IT. Acrylic, Mix Media on Canvas, 36”x36”. 2015

“in-person” due to live vibrations of bright colors, heavy textures, usually large size, and just an overall charisma and liveliness. Helen believes that art as a powerful form of self-expression can become a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and can enhance healing to those in need. She believes that tragedy, trauma and pain can be healed with beauty, positive energy, self-expression. Helen believes in mindbody-spirit connection and her passionate vibrant “Healing Arts” is a statement of all her beliefs.

PRETTY GIRLS DON’T HALLUCINATE. Acrylic and 5 Drops of Cabernet Sauvignon on Canvas.

Jim Lively is a Resident Artist and Wine Sommelier at LuminArte Gallery in Dallas, Texas. His works have been recognized in numerous juried competitions and publications. He was named to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 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. Whether portrayed in the abstract, realism or somewhere in between, Jim’s work is most influenced by the attractive, unattractive and sometimes humorous components of contemporary culture. His figurative and surreal works tend to focus upon interesting juxtaposition of images which share the same canvas. Jim likes to challenge the viewer to question how these images relate to one another. On the other hand, his abstract paintings reflect culture through the use of texture, intersecting lines, color shading and often text. The latter part of 2013, he ventured into the single most experimental aspect of his professional career as an artist. This experiment consisted of incorporating actual wine into his paintings. What began as an experiment has morphed into a long term commitment to perfecting the use of wine in art. Art and wine have for years been intertwined in art exhibitions and events around the world. Wine is an essential component to enjoying and experiencing art. Jim thought why not take the final leap and incorporate wine directly into his paintings. In August of 2014, Jim thought it only appropriate that he take steps to enhance his knowledge and understanding about wine in general. Towards this end, he completed the requisite course to be certified as a Wine Sommelier. LuminArte Gallery: •

ORNAMENTAL SHOE TREE. Acrylic and Pinot Noir Wine on Canvas, 30” x 24” • 15


Barcelona. Oil on Canvas, 72” x 30”

MIAMI MIX. Oil on Canvas, 40” x 72”

Silvana LaCreta Ravena is a Brazilian-born artist who moved to the Twin Cities in 2006. She was educated as a psychologist and also holds degrees in art therapy, art history and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Since she established her studio in Minnesota, she has exhibited regularly in galleries and art centers throughout the country. She has gallery representation in four states including Minnesota, and her work has been featured in TV art shows and art publications in the US and Europe. The connections between psychology and art have been the constant subject of Silvana’s paintings. She became fascinated with this topic during her practice as a clinical psychologist – an experience that helped her infuse her art with principles based on different lines of thought in psychology. Since she moved to Minnesota, she has centered her focus exclusively on painting, making it her way of stimulating people’s psychological dynamics. The intention of Silvana’s work is to encourage people to creatively question what they are seeing and to make contact with their innermost being. Art is a way of awakening perception by addressing the senses directly, allowing better conditions to facilitate the communication between the person and his/her deeper self.

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LET’S DREAM. Oil on Canvas, 72” x 60”

“Dear observers, take the time to look at the details of the many oil paintings linen made with a knife, because there are many. It is up to you to experience and discover the visual message I have for you!” - Isabelle Malo

NIGHT CLUB. Oil on Canvas, 30” x 60”

Le 16 mai dernier, Québec, CAPSQ, le jury lors du gala international des Arts visuels Son et lumière a décerné à l’artiste et la designer Isabelle Malo le troisième grand prix lors de son 31 ième Concours annuel: pour l’originalité, la valeur esthétique et techique de son oeuvre à l’huile, Night Club.

Isabelle Malo @ Art Monaco 2015 Isabelle Malo was a Leonardo da Vinci fan since childhood. Her and her family have many discoveries in the arts and sciences environment that allowed her to develop a taste for beauty as well for functionality and practical side. Isabelle obtained a degree in Industrial design and to master the new technologies and better understand the world and enabled her to intervene by creating works and objects that can improve the quality of life. The creative process is at the heart of all her steps in the visual arts design. As professor of multimedia and animation, Isabelle has developed with her students several cultural products over a ten years period. This curiosity and constant taste for discovery opened and is still opening infinite doors of her creative possibilities. As an artist and a designer, Isabelle loves interior design, mystery, people-watching, nature, the ocean and the force of the waves on the rocks where her paintings reflect her life. • 17

fineart • sculpture

DESIRE. Acryl and Gouache on Canvas, 100 cm x 70 cm

BIRTH OF VENUS. Acryl and Gouache on Canvas, 100 cm x 70 cm

The Fabulous Personages of Rafat The artist Rafat inhabits a realm of magic that exists apart from the usual concerns of the mainstream art world. Her fantastic realm is filled with figurative enigmas and fanciful personages. Their demeanor is as fully fanciful as the beings dreamt up by Paul Klee, Victor Brauner and other masters of anatomical anomalies. All of Rafats picorial dramas are enacted against a black background that makes her colours glow all the more vividly besides suggesting nocturnal atmospheres that add to the mystery of her compositions. Indeed, it is Rafats unequaled ability to present us with the outlandish projects of her fertile imagination and make them inexplicably believable that makes her work so thoroughly enjoyable.

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These where excerpts from the article, Bernard Katz wrote in 2003 about an exhibition of Rafat in New York. Every picture she painted was a part of her soul, like another facet of a diamond. Rafat passed away in 2013 and my duty as her daughter is to present her art to an audience which honors her talent and allows her to live on through her paintings. In loving memory. Nadja Mey •

MAUI DREAMING 2. Oil on Canvas, 24” x 30”

Grace Schlesier is an Award Winning Plein Air Oil painter, specializing in the beauty of our Earth. She was named one of the 10 Top Women Artists in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Art of the West magazine. Grace received Paint Americas Top 100 award with her image being shown at the Museum at Torrey Pines, CA. Her paintings are featured in many books such as How Did You Paint That? International Artist Magazine and Art of the American West. Painting is Grace’s way of relaying a message to the viewer. She says, “I love what I do and through my paintings, hope to spread a feeling of goodness to a sometimes chaotic world.” She sometimes say, “I’ll go out in the wind and weather, so that you can sit back and enjoy the view.”

AT REST MOONLIGHT BAY, WI. Oil on Canvas, 24” x 36” • 19

digitalart • photography

TIME SHIFTING. Photoprint/Diasec (drone, video, screen, handscan), 120 cm x 40 cm

DON’T TELL GOD YOUR PLANS. Photoprint/Diasec (laser bodypaintng), 100 cm x 70 cm

“It’s not about immortalising an environment, it’s about freezing an atmosphere and simultaneously reanimate it” - Bert Koeck

Bert Koeck @ Art Monaco 2015 Bert Koeck was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1971. He graduated from the Luca School of Arts as a Master Designer in 1996 and then worked for several renouned European offices as an architect (interior-, furniture- [ - traces “Dubrovnik”] and object design). Currently he is a professor/academic “hands on” design studios at the “LUCA SCHOOL OF ARTS. Koeck’s artistic knowledge and fascination for different techniques and experiment as well as a stubborn sense of abstraction, reflects explicitely in these experimental, two dimensional projects. All experimental work takes root in a “think process, not product”-point of view. “Process”, is encouraged by experiments concerning a wide scale of image-capturing techniques. (existing-,

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converted- and DIY-developed devices). Koech is constantly trying to keep the “beginner’s-spirit” alive is extremely important! -“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind, there are a few”- (Shunryu Suzuki) On the website, every project is conceptualy and technicaly (tools/techniques/how it’s made…) explained. No Photoshop adjustments are used! The organic evolving website ( is rather a “self-invention” platform, than a “self-promotion”-machine. It shows weekly new projects, studies,… Visit, revisit, enjoy….!

“I am engrossed in those intense images delving into abstraction of the soul. The more involved I become in the work the more intense the images. I grew more interested in the contradictions, extreme expressions and the feelings not shown in a moment that underlies a human context. More than merely a snapshot my aim is for the viewer to relate to the emotional circumstance of the image and to draw out of the viewer their own personal story and feelings in the current situation and those drawn from memory. To achieve that “I have been there” or “I am there” instance. In this era of the unfocused and where images move quickly from one instant to the next my aim is to hold the viewer’s attention to allow for a deeper emotional involvement to the work.”

fineart • jewelry • sculpture

FATTERING LIPS. Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 36”

BUTTERFLIES ARE DANCING. Mixed Media on Canvas,16” x 24“

With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him.

Yulia Altas

Proverbs 7:21

Russian-born artist Altas Yulia was one of a handful of international artists who was chosen to exhibit her artwork at “La Grande Exposition Universal” to be held inside the Eiffel Tower, “Gustavo Eiffel” Hall and Louvre in Paris, October 2014. Her works are tender and emotional and she finds many opportunities in the open air to recreate her inspiration with the total energy of life that would be later used when she sets the theme to craft a particular motive or creation. The Prize in for Artist that are worth for their artistic merit. Awarding of the “Sandro Botticelli Prize” 2014. Yulia’s’ works have been showcased in New York at the Caelum Gallery in 2012; Spanish Society Benevolent Gallery in 2012 and 2013, she was one of a handful of international artists that exhibit in 2013 at the Miami Iron Side - endorsed exhibition entitled “International Biennale Artists Exhibition Miami, IBAEM,” an event produced by The Art Marketing Mind, LLC.; at the Elena AB Gallery Tribeca in NY, July and September in 2013; at the Chelsea Eye Gallery in NY in 2013. For a whole year (2014) MONTSERRAT CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY in Chelsea, New York, proudly presents her artworks in public showroom for international group exhibitions and for sale. In July 2014 she was one of a handful of international artists who was chosen to exhibit her name and work on 25-story-tall video billboard above the American Eagle right in the heart of Times Square, Broadway, New York City. Two of her artworks have been selected for the 2nd International Biennale of Art of Palermo, Florence, Italy, 2015. 1st Biennale of Art of Barcelona April 2015. 22 • Art & Beyond • Summer Edition 2015

GK Brock GK Brocks’ art is a spiritual experience, the creation of scriptural based pieces by leveraging the power of visual color, space and form while correlating biblical scripture that inspire internal/external/self. His work has evolved from a true spiritual revelation, a gift from God following head trauma and is the central attribute of my work or resume. Each piece is a creation of personnel visionary interpretation that provides stimulation to the eye while enhancing wisdom and faith of ones heart by Gods word illustrating partial meaning of that painting or sculpture. The primary role of his art is to provide clarity and insight into ones spiritual awareness by visual and intellectual means. As awareness and consciousness increases so does Gods word that is applicable in everyday life enriching our personal interaction with others. GK Brocks’ work utilizes abstract-expressionism in most compositions that evokes vibrant color harmonies and emotional contrast revelation. http:/

Sandy Den Hartog is a Native California. She now resides in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She is an Award Winning Artist. Sandy has placed in numerous Juried Art Shows throughout Arizona. Her pieces of Art continue to be showcased at DAVID RAFAELS at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Other pieces with a different flair at THE JAMES RATLIFF GALLERY in Sedona, Arizona. She is a self taught Artist. Her Jewelry displays both serene and harmonious qualities that have been regarded as the highest of models. Her work covers many styles, from Ethnic, Classic, Over the Top and everyday Chic. She refers to herself as displaying “ARTISTIC FREEDOM.” Although quite versatile in her designs, she leans toward the large and Ethnic Style. Many of Her designs are created in HER RELAXED TIMES. She considers them to be her most Dramatic Pieces. She also believes “If You Can’t See Your Jewelry From Across The Room, Why Bother...”

This is a Tuareg Pendant from the Tuareg Nomadic People who travel the Sahara Desert and do there beautiful work. Pendant is .999 Silver and Black Onyx. Surrounding the Pendant are various cuts and shapes of Black Onyx. Spaced with Sterling Silver. Very Striking. A go with everything Necklace

The is a Beautiful Pendant of an African or Egyptian Woman. The necklace consists of Old African Silver, Along with Old Turkish Silver Beads. Added are tiny Scarab Amulets for Good Luck. The Second strand are the same except with some added pink African Agate and African Turquoise. Between each Silver bead is a Tiny Swarovski Crystal. Just enough to give a glint when you move.

Raquel Rub Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces – and most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past. This Artistic expression of a red bike conjures emotions of audacity, bravery, creativity, and romance. When assessing the sculptural work of Peruvian artist RAQUEL RUB, we can only wonder ... “how a delicate and fine woman is able to dominate with such mastery the hardness of marble, transforming it into fine art pieces? Raquel gets so soft and sinuous with details of rustic finish, that invite a visual caress of forms; abstraction of the shapes are a constant that speak of the spiritual meaning of the stone, silent witness of eternity to which man renders tribute. The artist shows us this time that the force of passion is certainly very important in life and especially in art, in the language of the soul, and much better if, it delivers an exquisite execution. This encounter with the art will bring us many satisfactions.”


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VINTAGE SWIMMER #7. Pastel on Paper,18” x 24” QUEEN OF FASHION. TIME OUT IN THE FLAMINGO PARK. Acrylic on Canvas. 140 cm x100 cm x 2 cm. 2015

BLUE. Acrylic on Canvas. 30 cm x 40 cm x 2 cm. 2013

Gabi Domenig paints in the style of Neo-Expressionism. Her work embodies in figurative painting and an intense color palette. The central theme of her usually large-scaled acrylic paintings is the woman. Multi-faceted, highly emotional occupied, often magical and mysterious snapshots, which pull the viewer into its spell. The figures are mostly located in a particular environment cutout. Flowers, plants, animals, patterns and landscape sections are decorative parts, but are usually situated in the background. You can find her artworks in private collections, in art magazines and art books. Participation in exhibitions in Europe, USA and South America.

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VINTAGE SWIMMER #9. Pastel on Paper,18” x 24”

Sara Swan The human form, body language, costume and fashion characterize my art. I often draw from my imagination, or work from my own photos of people who allow me to take their picture. Pastels, oil colors and oil sticks are my favorite mediums. I tend to work at a large scale, sometimes as large as life size. I like to have a balance of very bright colors, mostly reds and oranges, and more neutral and subdued colors in each piece that I create. At the moment, my art tends to be female-centric. •

MARUKA CARVAJAL Art is for me a way of expressing and conveying emotions that cannot be described with words or other means. Space, color, shape composition – everything I see that impresses me, is part of who I am, and I want to share it. My artwork is influenced by many years of exposure to multicultural environments, my love for art, my architectural background and my passion for colors. My inspiration originates in my memories from past life experiences while living in different cities in Bolivia, Brazil, Singapore and the US. The geometrical style of my work is characterized by bold color and fragments of buildings with distorted shapes and the strong determination of different types of contour dark lines. I bring to life those subtle and undefined geometrical shapes that spontaneously emerge from city scenes. The structure and composition of my work is defined with the use of lines that drive me deep trough the space creating the urban settings as I’ve seen around me.

SNOW FALL. Acrylic on Wood Board, 12” x 12”

FROM THE SOUL. Acrylic on Canvas, 110 cm x 110 cm

Raquel SARANGELLO is an artist from Argentina. His works can be found in both corporate and private collections in Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, USA, Argentina, Holland, Ireland, India, Budapest, Mexico. Currently, Raquel is exhibiting his work in galleries in Italy and the United States. His works are figurative paintings and sculptures in various techniques: oils, acrylics, charcoal, inks, polyester resin, glass, digital, etc. My interest is the human being and its context, the works reflect the lives of people at different times of life’s greatest artistic device is the color that surrounds these situations.

MUSICIANS CHILDREN. Oil on Canvas, 110 cm x 80 cm

Always with an open mind to learn and grow Raquel finds his interaction with different people in different countries to be the driving force behind his work and is always in search for that which allows him to reach a constant connection between his art and the world. • • 25


UNDER THE SHADE OF THE ALMOND BLOSSOM. Oil on Canvas, 80 cm x 40 cm

Lizzy Forrester REFLECTIVE. Encaustic Wax,12” x 48” x1”

BEFORE THE FREEZE. Encaustic Wax,12” x 48” x1”

Dianna M. Sapara is Canadian artist living in the country, where she gets all her inspirations. Dianna has painted in different mediums almost all her life, and her works can be seen though Canada and the USA. While oil was her choice of medium, she has added encaustic wax to her list of mediums. This 2500 year old ancient art of painting with molten wax intrigues her. She loves the challenge of the unknown, unpredictable, the surprising end result. Dianna intuitively paints, pours, carves, and scrapes – then fuses with a heat gun, iron or blowtorch creating a rich and lustrous painting. 26 • Art & Beyond • Summer Edition 2015

“When I paint I find complete peace: That is what I hope reaches out to others. I believe Creative works have the power to heal through rebalancing life energy, “Chi”, either by touching one’s inner space (providing a key for ‘self- healing’, access to somewhere deep inside, helping to release or unblock stagnated energy) or by rebalancing our energy in our work or living space (art for homes or offices as part of a FengShui project ). In private sittings, through meditation, spiritual inspiration is what I allow to guide the work. To enhance and empower this connection, I ask for the person’s favorite piece of music, Classical, an Aria, something special, sacred to them: I also work with fragrant oils to enhance art work. I always paint from my heart, at times in an almost ‘altered state’, totally lost in the painting. I am grateful and humbled to be able to communicate creatively, a wonderful gift, so I try to do good with it.

PEONIES AND BELLS. Mixed Media on Paper 80 cm x 60 cm

Irina Vysotckaya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and currently lives in Germany. She is an experience professional artist who has exhibited her work in over 15 solo exhibitions. The main theme of her work is “the quaint flower line”. Irina is also an enthusiastic photographer with more than 170 Web Albums in Picasa.

CLEMATIS ON THE LAKE. Acrylic on Cardboard, 55 cm x 75 cm Her flower paintings are made in different techniques, mostly with gouache and pastel. Irina also paints portraits and landscapes. The works of Irina Vysotckaya were sold or donated (including VIP-persons) in 25 countries - in U.S.A., Russia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, as well as in U.K., Poland, France, India. •

STARGAZERS. Watercolor, 18” x 24” Here Tom took an incredible sunset from photos on the big island of Hawaii, and worked them into a southwest scene, complete with purple mountains, immaculate shading, five Pronghorn Antelope in the foreground and short grasses to tie up the arid enviroment.

THE ICE CREAM PARLOR. Watercolor, 18” x 24” A depiction of a specialty ice cream shop in Beach Haven, NJ., where the waiters and waitresses dress in broadway costume and sing show tunes, while dishing out delectable ice cream concoctions, and picking on the clientelle. When chosen, the guest may have to stand up and sing, recite, dance or just act like a fool in front of everyone. The ceiling in this shop is high gloss, as such, reflects everything in the entire room.

Thomas A. Zimmerman is an artist that works in many mediums; Oil, Acrylic and Watercolors, he is a member of the Doylestown Art League, the American Watercolor Society and the New Hope Arts Center. More recently painting with Watercolors Tom has created many Landscapes, Seascapes, Portraits, Still Life, Animals etc.

paintings. He is a moderator for the Watercolor Workshop WCW on facebook. Tom has some of his paintings in “Living Artist of Today” part II, from Art & Beyond. • 27

fineart • digitalart Amy Polling @ Art Monaco 2015 Amy Polling studied at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, Netherlands. She then moved to Paris and began her career as a Fashion Designer. Amy worked as a Theatrical Costume Designer for major Musical and Opera Productions for a number of years. Amy’s paintings embody a strong influence from her theatrical background. Each work contains a sense of drama, poetry and music. Amy paints masculine with passion, and feminine with sensuality, serenity and mystique. Although, Amy has been painting much of her life, it was not until 2006 that she followed her heart and changed her profession from a successful career as a Fashion Designer to that of a Professional Fine Artist, where she showcases her unique and recognizable style and oeuvre.

COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE. Acrylic on Canvas, 160 cm x 100 cm

THE BLESSING. Oil on Canvas WAY BACK HOME. Oil on Canvas

Melencio Sapnu Jr. @ Art Monaco 2015 Melencio Sapnu Jr. has been an artist since 1980. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Feati University, College of Fine Arts and blessed as a university scholar. Working in a realistimpressionist style, his paintings are noted for his chiaroscuro technique and the dramatic interplay of light descending in a near-divine manner. Coupled with buildings and structures of a distinguished antiquity, he conveys the graces of the old world. His scholastic influences stem from Rod Dayao and Ibarra Dela Rosa, both Masters of Philippine Art. He has held one-man shows

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at the Lopez Museum and Galerie Y as well as participating in group exhibitions at Gallery Genesis, Ayala Museum and Art Manila. He is included in the “100 Artists of the Philippines” published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Century of Realism by Manuel Duldulao, Art Asia and the Pacific in Hong Kong, Philippine Art Now and the Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. His paintings have been reproduced for the Philippine Tuberculosis Seals from 2002 to 2013.

TRAPÈZE (THE CIRCUS TRAPEZE). Perspex, 70 cm x 53 cm CHAPITEAU (THE CIRCUS TENT). Perspex, 70 cm x 53 cm

Mila Agirre @ Art Monaco 2015 Mila Agirre is a self-taught photographer and digital artist with a deep passion for exploring the limits of creativity and the evolution in visual arts. Her artwork reflects rich imagination and opens a gateway that attracts viewers to a fantasy world full of color and beauty.

value to her personal conception of the visual arts. Creating such captivating artwork sets Mila in a single position in the artwork as a talented artist. Her work has been exhibited internationally and caught the serious interest of viewers.

Being a lawyer and a Licentiate in East Asian Studies have added

Roshanak Khalilian @ Art Monaco 2015 Roshanak khalilian’s evoking paintings reflect her interest in different cultures and their interpretations of happiness and life. The long history of gold infuses her work, being a reference to celebrate the hope of mankind anticipated in the course of its history. “For me, Gold is not only the shiny metal that enriches everything it covers and certainly not only the proof of sophistication, wealth and power. It’s tale and significance has enchanted me for many years and is now encapsulate in the essence of my works. My works evoke contrasting and even conflicting feelings and experiences: hope and death, wealth and poverty, joy and sadness, the light and the dark aspects of hope in life. They reflect the ambiguity and fullness of human nature and power of hope”. Within challenging techniques I experiment with abstraction, exploring the significance of gold and its long journey throughout life and history. I attempt to create a luminous atmosphere, to represent hope as the strongest element.” Roshi

ALL THAT GOLD 15. Mixed Media with Gold Leaf, Acrylic on Canvas, 80 cm x 120 cm

Roshi’s philosophy by quoting what she wants to say with her art: “Life is beautiful, live it up!” • 29

digitalart 443. Digital Art.

Kristal paints spontaneously and intuitively. Her work process is unique, fast, and focused.

Ronit Kristal is a digital painter and a new media artist from Tel-Aviv, Israel. She is an autodidactic computer artist and a leading figure in the new-media art world. Ronit began to paint only two and a half years ago and has led a successful career as a make-up artist and stylist in the Israeli television.

The creator’s versatile paintings are created on a computer program, and influenced by heterogeneous and diverse worlds of content: fashion, design, video-clips, Rock N’ Roll, etc. in some of the works she uses transparent Plexglass, which endows them with a polished finish. Kristal’s works were showcased in many projects and exhibitions in Israel and around the world.


Diana Whiley Diana Whiley’s inspiration comes from nature and its symphony of colour, of season and time; considers its impact on our body and psyche as it transforms. She likes to bring elements of texture into her art. As a fantasy writer she looks to our sense of the past and how it impacts on our present; our dreams.

MOONSTRUCK. Digital Art.

Diana has book covers published and has exhibited locally. She is currently experimenting in art and design as well as Illustration. Her latest goal is to create a graphic novel.

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Michael Cheung

PRECIOUS JEWEL 1930 #17. Oil on Canvas, 60 cm x 60 cm. 2013

Silvana LaCreta Ravena

RED SIGHT. Acrylic on Canvas, 47” x 72”