22 - 25 January / CATALOGUE
International Contemporary Art Fair for Independent Artists
ARTROOMS 2016 International Contemporary Art Fair for Independent Artists 22 - 25 January 2016
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129 Erica Alberti 183 Inas Al-soqi 130 Diego Baldoin 102 Lorenzo Belenguer 196 Emily Beza 192 Kit Brown 131 Anna Cortada 104 Raffaello D'Accolti 115 Sarka Darton 171 Robert Lee Davis 132 Alessandra De Costanzo 198 Claudia de Grandi 134 Ale Dini 182 Melissa Eder 135 Beatriz Elorza 136 Delfina Emmanuel 197 Jake Francis 111 Jonathan Gershon 137 Otilia Goodhind 138 Roberto Grosso 190 Samuel Harriman 145 Ernesto Heen 116 Angel Iliev 148 Irma Irsara 117 Lea Jazbec 118 Lyudmila Kalinichenko 181 Taro Karibe 193 Jaykoe 147 Hyunsoo Kim 118 Kseniya Larina 180 Wendy Lee-Warne 176 Rosalind Lemoh 146 Silvia Lerin 139 Dimitrios Likissas 178 Michelle Loa Kum Cheung 126 Justine Luce 175 Yuliya Martynova 172 Liliana Mascio 174 Jack Mclean 125 Paola Minekov 110 Sanaz Motamed Rastegar 189 Ange Mukeza 109 Ozlem Habibe Mutaf Buyukarman
127 Milena Neubert 188 Tony Okura-Martins 144 Alice Padovani 128 Miodrag Peric 108 Fariba Rahnavard 187 Ian Rayer-Smith 103 Martin Reed 143 Margot Roulleau-Gallais 177 Andrea Sampaolo 107 Maria Sarkis 186 Neil Shirreff 198 Joshua Tennent 173 Shelley Theodore 129 Michele Tombolini 191 Nicola Troll 185 Joy Trpkovic 199 Paolo Vegas 179 Tinu Verghis 142 Milly Anne Vinogradof 133 Simona Visan 114 Teresa Wells 194 Maggie Williams 195 Liesha Yaz
Le Dame Art Gallery Estabrak Al-Ansari Evar Hussayini Manja McCade Enrique Verdugo Asta Zolt The SpheresVR project (Carl Guyennette, Steve Norris, Roger Eno, John Holder, Natasha Lees, Terry Nitshke) Lobby Daniela Papadia Albany Suite Will Thomson Trafalgar Marieke Krueger
Corridor (groundfloor) Lichena Bertinato Wuttin Chansataboot Gian Luca Gentili Corridor (1 floor) Egor Zigura Peter Crnokrak Jung Chan Liao John Brennan Michael Cheung Renata Vincoletto Ivona Moro Stairwell Holly Wilson Performance Saturday 23 Corridor (1 floor) Angela Corti & Rosolino Di Salvo ARTROOMS AWAKE Iona Bethany Jost
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INAS AL-SOQI UNITED STATES
With multiple residencies and gallery shows in countries all over the world, including Venice, Amsterdam, Marrakesh, England and New York, Inas has a wealth of life experience and a clarity of self exploration that only travel can bring. Matching that with her impressive array of certificates from Boston’s Tufts University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, she has wasted no time in becoming one of New York’s most impressive collage artists. Growing up in both Kuwait and Romania, she found her experiences and education restricted to the very specific teachings of both Muslim and Communist beliefs, sewing the seeds for a very distinct mix of artistic processes linked heavily with local traditions and lifestyles. Blooming in the shadow of this somewhat restrictive artistic approach, Inas began to draw a new world of her creating that allowed for the expression she craved. “The way they teach in the Arab world, you can’t really depict real world things. I started to draw sandcastles, and imaginary doors.
DIEGO BALDOIN ITALY
Born in 1973 in Moncalieri, Diego Baldoin’s art plays with fiction, game and illusion. He was shortlisted for the Gemini Prize in 2014 and has exhibited in several countries in Europe and in the US.
EMILY BEZA UNITED KINGDOM
British artist of Romanian parentage, she successfully completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins’ College of Art and Design. She has exhibited in such diverse places as the British Embassy in Moscow, Gallery Dream, Seoul in South Korea and The Romanian Cultural Institute in London. Artworks feature in various collections in the USA, UK, Norway, France, Romania and Hong Kong.
JOHN BRENNAN UNITED KINGDOM
OOverall winner of the 2015 ArtGemini Prize and finalist in the 2015 Arte Laguna Prize, John Brennan’s painting centres around emotional conflict and ambiguity, within works suffused by cultural influences ranging from vintage British television sci-fi and adventure series, to the world of the unexplained, twentieth century military history and the paranoia of the Cold War era. Brennan began exhibiting his work in 2013, following several years spent developing his practice in the privacy of the studio. In that same year, he was a finalist in seven open call prizes and exhibitions including Creekside, Neo, Worcester, Ludlow and The National Open Art Exhibition. He originally studied illustration and led a successful career as an illustrator in London throughout the nineties. Whilst working as a photographer, during a period of creative refocusing in 2009, he recognised a growing urge for self expression as a fine artist. At the same time, he rediscovered his love of painting, both as a medium and a process. His work is characterised by a sense of ambiguity and unease, the world of the unknown and the enigmatic.
KIT BROWN UNITED KINGDOM
London based artist, b. 1989, Southport. Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, 2012, awarded a first class degree in Fine Art. Filling space with (time-based) ‘content’. Rhythm. It is almost-nothing but becomes ‘everything’ that matters. It is stretched and copied and repeated and isolated. It is forced to move. Or, its movements are captured, however slight. Its composition is exposed. Rhythm, as a cognition of difference. Movement as a catalyst to explore visual and physical properties of sound. ‘Images’ that are ‘Objects’ that attempt to (de-)construct both. ‘Scrambling’ components of ‘experience’, searching for potential. Filling space with (time-based) ‘content’. Rhythm. It is almost-nothing but becomes ‘everything’ that matters. It is stretched and copied and repeated and isolated. It is forced to move. Or, its movements are captured, however slight. Its composition is exposed. Rhythm, as a cognition of difference. Movement as a catalyst to explore visual and physical properties of sound. ‘Images’ that are ‘Objects’ that attempt to (de-)construct both. ‘Scrambling’ components of ‘experience’, searching for potential.
MICHAEL CHEUNG HONG KONG
Michael Cheung is a Chinese visual artist based in HONG KONG. Growing up in HONG KONG 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.
ANNA CORTADA SPAIN
My name is Anna and I’m 25 years old. On July 2013 I graduated at the Fashion design school FDmoda (Felicidad Duce in Barcelona). Since I was a child I’ve been drawing and painting every day, I used to draw and make up stories to understand the world. This is how I started making a simple stories and simple fashion designs. I express myself with colours, textures and imagination. That is what I do.
SARKA DARTON CZECH REPUBLIC
Addressing issues of identity and the relationship between people, places and architecture, my art is about the process of looking and seeing: our awareness of the time and space that we occupy. Like many artists who come to live in a different country to that of their childhood and adolescence, I see my own identity as somewhat ambiguous and use my art as a means of working through this ambiguity. Always looking for new ways in which my art will create a space, rather than simply occupy it, my aim is to give the viewer a sense of being within the work and not just standing in front of it. Each exhibit in this show will have its own entity, but collectively they tell a story, a narrative open to individual interpretation, inviting the viewers into a playful dialogue of their own thoughts. Darton studied Art and Design in SUPS Turnov, Czech Republic, specialising in stonecutting and engraving before winning an academic scholarship to study enamelling at Dresden School of Art and Design, Germany in 1987. After a short career as a restorer of paintings and wooden sculptures at the Museum of Eastern Bohemia, Darton moved to the UK in 1993 where she studied jewellery and fashion design. In 2005 she graduated from the University of Chichester with a first-class degree in Fine Art and in 2007; she received an academic scholarship to study PgDip in Painting and Drawing at West Dean College, which she has completed in 2008 with distinction. In 2015 Darton received MFA (Master of Fine Art) awarded by the University of Sussex. Her postgraduate career has seen her undertake several private and corporate commissions for mural paintings, including one for the Earl of March, GoodWood, West Sussex, UK.
ROBERT LEE DAVIS UNITED KINGDOM
Born in Virginia, USA, Robert Lee Davis is a Melbourne-based artist who has lived and worked as an artist and arts educator in China, Egypt, USA and Australia. Working across painting and collage the artist has held group and solo exhibitions in China and Australia including Different Species (ifa Gallery,Shanghai, China, 2011), We Know Where We Want to Goâ€“Bu Wen Bu Wen, (YK Art Space, Shanghai, China, 2010) and Discoveries (Obscura Gallery, Melbourne, 2011). Continually collecting conversations and images from the people and places he encounters, the artist constructs poetic visual-scraps, which address themes of memory and conversation. Currently he is doing a residency at The American School in London.
ALESSANDRA DE CONSTANZO
CLAUDIA DE GRANDI/ JOSHUA TENNENT
UNITED KINGDOM/ USA
While I was born just out of New York City, my family hails from a small island in the bay of Napoli, called Ischia. I spent a good part of my upbringing in England, where I began photographing on the streets of London. Photography allowed me to capture and better understand my ever-changing physical reality; it became a way for me to analyze different places, faces and cultures. It also gave me a sense of stability in my mobile lifestyle, as it allowed me to take each of these places with me wherever I wandered next.
Joshua Tennent is a classically trained musician from New York and currently living in Berlin. He has played in Carnegie Hall as a Classical guitarist and also produced electronic tracks that have been played in some of the largest clubs in the world. Joshua brings his unique skill set to a new project with the artist Claudia De Grandi, marrying music and art in order to create a deeper experience of light and sound.
Upon my graduation from New York University this past May, I returned to London with a desire to pursue a professional career with my Media, Culture and Communications degree. I did a concentration in Image and Screen Studies as well as Global and Transcultural Communication, which has allowed me to give my pursuits as a photographer a more academic foundation.
Claudia De Grandi is a visual artist graduated with a Masters degree in the Practice and Theory of Transnational Art with the University of the Arts, London. Brazilian born, living and working in East Sussex, UK, Claudia’s passion is travelling and experiencing different cultures and places around the globe. Exhibiting her art in the UK, Japan, Brazil and Europe she was recently awarded the ‘painters prize’ at the East and West Award competition, Pall Mall, London. She just completed a residency in Kyoto, Japan, where she exhibited her site specific series of paintings Sakura Zensen. This collaboration is the fulfilment of the artist’s vision of bringing visual art and music together in one space.
I am currently living, photographing and working as a freelance creative in London.
ALE DINI ITALY
Graduated in Architecture at The University of Florence in 1995, I completed a Foundation Course in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2009) and I graduated (BA) Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins in London in 2013. I practiced as an artist, architect and interior designer in Florence, where I was brought up, in Paris and London, where I lived for many years. I reside in London since 2001 and have fully dedicated myself to fine art since 2007.
MELISSA EDER UNITED STATES
“Melissa Eder understands color.”Art F City, Monday Links: Spring Forward, by Paul Legault, March 9, 2015 Melissa Eder is an artist who creates photo-based projects that explore notions related to female identity, popular culture and kitsch. Ms. Eder received her B.F.A. in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City where she studied with Sean Scully and M.F.A. in combined media from Hunter College in New York City where she studied with Robert Morris and received a Meritorious Award from the Alumni Association. As a visual artist, her work has been shown nationally and internationally in such venues as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York University’s Broadway Windows Gallery, Art in General, the Aperture Foundation, the Humble Arts Foundation, the Parlor Gallery, the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri and in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany where she created a permanent art installation in a former kindergarten. She was an artist-in-residence at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, the SaltonstallFoundation in Ithaca, New York and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in NewSmyrna Beach, Florida as selected by photographer Graciela Iturbide. In 2011, her work was selected by Eric C. Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum for his curated exhibit on CurateNYC. Her work was also chosen by Sarah Hasted for Photography Now, 2004, for the Photography Quarterly, Woodstock, New York. Her photo book “Can You Dig It? A Chromatic Series of Floral Arrangements” was included in a group show at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York. During the summer of 2014, her work was included in the Aperture Foundation’s Summer Open and was chosen from over 860 applicants. She was selected to design a piano for the public art project for Sing for Hope during the summer of 2013 that was displayed at Lincoln Center. She has received numerous grants including funding from the Puffin Foundation and two Manhattan Community Arts Fund grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
BEATRIZ ELORZA SPAIN
Spanish Architect Beatriz Elorza, studied in Spain and in Italy.Trained with artist Leticia Ortiz de Urbina in mixed media and abstract conception. From 2011 to 2013 she was a member of ‘Art Students League of New York’, New York, studing with Frank O«Cain, Bruce Dorfman and Charles Hinman. Assistant to Bruce Dorfman from 2012 to 2013. Her works can be found at the Tsvetaev Museum Collection in Moscow, Russia: the Mauro Muriedas Museum, Torrelavega, Spain; the Wells Museum, Wells. She is represented by The Villa Americana Fine Art in New York and by Beatriz Balgoma Gallery adn Acuarela Gallery in Spain. Among attended art fairs: Feriarte IFEMA and Almoneda IFEMA, Madrid, Spain.
DELFINA EMMANUEL ITALY
Delfina Emmanuel was born in Sardinia, Italy but has called London home since the 1970s. Her love and passion for Ceramics was discovered very late in life under the wings of invaluable tutors like Steve Bucks, Christie Brown, Tessa Peters, Daphne Carnegie and Nigel Wood. Delfina’s inspiration stems from her birth island of Sardinia. The ceramic forms Delfina creates have been influenced by the delicate and fragile nature of living organisms found in the sea; such as the protruding coral structure tentacles, the huge variety of the porous sponges, how they take up different shapes and the porosity and pattern of their surface. Her works have been displayed in a variety of exhibitions such as Ceramic Art London, Plateaux Gallery, Mayfair and Contamporary Ceramic Centre to name but a few.
JAKE FRANCIS UNITED KINGDOM
Jake Francis is a recent fine art graduate from Norwich University of the Arts, and he’s currently wondering what that actually means.Through cynicism and sardonic humour, my practice can be characterised as a set of wobbly punch lines. By using everyday objects and visual puns I attempt to redefine the mundane furnishings that surround us. It is in this process of appropriation that the art world is both celebrated and mocked, similar to how a school bully pulls on the hair of a girl he truly loves. Even my own disposition is brought into this stream of parody, acknowledging the uselessness I feel as a ready made artist. In short, the artistic practice I pursue is destructive, playful, immature and cloying; it can be pretty much summed up through any episode of Tom and Jerry. Awards : Shades of Yellow 2015 - Eye-roller
JONATHAN GERSHON UNITED KINGDOM/ISRAEL
My work is intrinsically interdisciplinary, and I produce both single- and multi-media pieces. I have an intense interest in the aesthetic efflorescence’s that result from the collisions of aleatory (i.e. randomly gathered) and intended elements. Through fusions of audio, poetry, video, animation and things I make or find, I seek to explore suggested relationships and connections between what might seem highly disparate. The tension between the kinetic and static, as seen in juxtaposing video and physical object is of particular concern in certain of my works. I am inquisitive as regards motivation and reactivity in the psyche. The question of constitution, whereby objects present to consciousness receive layers of response, is something I wish to explore in imagery and sounds, reflecting this process in accreted fragments to which the viewer is drawn to supply ‘sense’. My work has also explored the issue of the artwork’s termination point, both in time of execution and in physical space, where the work ends and something ‘parergonal’, framing it, takes over. I have taken a deliberately indeterminate attitude to this, adopting and then discarding parts displayed, performed or played, so creating a different scenario or context viewable either as a unity or as separate entities.
OTILIA GOODHIND SPAIN
I began my professional life as an architect, and have worked as such in Germany, Sweden, the US, UK and in Catalonia, where I am now mostly based. I studied combined engineering and architecture, and it was my training at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London that gave rise to an enduring obsession with borders, ambiguity and uncertain and unstable territories. Through my art I seek to explore how I can capture moments of stability in an otherwise unstable equilibrium. Fabrics, sutures, scaffolding (which often establish borders that are temporary) all feature prominently in my work. I look for balance, but always on the edge. I like to recreate areas of uncertainty and the sense of regio ns on the verge of collapse. I work in a variety of ways, but typically I create small model pieces or a set of sketches that I digitally scan and then play with and alter. My work process is a mix of old fashioned architectural draughtsmanship, painting and inkjet media, all crafted carefully by hand. The results are mixed media paintings that portray unstable topographies. Some of the work I am doing now is only based on drawing, inking and acrylic painting although the feel is equally architectonic and still in search of those uncertain territories and landscapes. I am currently working on large format pieces (acrylic on canvas).
ROBERTO GROSSO ITALY
Iâ€™m an Italian Digital Artist based in London. Every piece is inspired by a song that gives its name to the artwork. My goal is to transform the music I listen to into visual artworks. I then create 8 signed limited editions, printed on metal, metallic paper or perspex. Iâ€™ve also partnered up with Aurasma to use their online app to enhance my art through the use of Augmented Reality(#HearWithMyEyes).
SAMUEL HARRIMAN UNITED KINGDOM
Samuel Harriman is a British artist based in Oxford. His work consists primarily of light, however, by using painterly processes, he combines the mediums of light installation and painting to intonate the point that the use of light is a form of painting. He uses both white wall gallery spaces and sites such as sheds or residential settings to install his work.
ERNESTO HEEN GERMANY
Ernesto Heen was born in Schleiz in Germany. With a professional background in international business administration and management he spent over 15 years working in operational roles for several large corporations in the aviation, engineering and IT sector. Especially the last 10 years living in France and England brought him closer to classical art while having had the chance to visit numerous exhibitions, study the works of great artists and participate in comprehensive training in classical drawing and painting. Ernesto has recently relocated to Hamburg in Germany where he sets up his new painting studio and office. Focussing on everyday practice of drawing and painting, he stays closely connected with fellow artists, galerists, and private collectors to further develop, enhance and showcase his work.
ANGEL ILIEV BULGARIA
Angel Iliev was born on April 15, 1968, in Sofia, Bulgaria, now lives in London. He works in the realm of painting. “What I would like to show in my art is the air we cannot see but still exists. I don’t want to follow the actual approaches in presenting art. I prefer to be myself enough and to show everything that I feel.” Art Link presented his works as part of the SOTHEBYS online auction in March 2001 and July 2001. Some of them have also been shown in Saatchi Online Gallery. His canvases can be seen in Peacock Fine Art Gallery, 65 Westow Street, London SE 19 3RW.
IRMA IRSARA ITALY
My work is generally abstract, sometimes with recognisable elements and often includes the use of symbols. One of my aims is to create a sensitive and harmonious interdependency in my work. For me the subject matter comes first then the technique. This includes installations using glass, mirror and projected light; artists books, including stained glass books; paper pulp work and printmaking (etching, relief and colograph).
LEA JAZBEC SLOVENIA
LYUDMILA KALINICHENKO/ KSENIYA LARINA
Lea Jazbec is born on 14 of June 1979 in Kranj, Slovenia. She studied art with Dragica Ade, and later with the painter Zmago Modic. In 2004 she studied at the Arts Academy in Ljubljana and in the same year moved to Italy. In 2008 she graduated at Accademia Di Belle Arti di Venezia with professor Carlo di Raco, Gaetano Maineti and Atej Tutta.
Lyudmila Kalinichenko I was born in the Urals in Chelyabinsk region. Miass. Now live in Ekaterinburg. I received a degree in interior design. At present I work as a web designer and also do photography.
In her practice she focuses on using various techniques such as drawing, graphics, collage, sculpture, light and sound objects, installations, video and animation.Recent work is a research and reconstruction of the object. The subjects of research are the eye, the time and the body, looking for the connections within the structure of time.She lives and works between Venice and Slovenia.
Cameras, films, lamps in our house have been since childhood, my grandfather was engaged in amateur photography. Truly the strength of the frame I felt in 2013 during the week of workshop in GCSS with Frauke Thelking. Photography for me has become not just a way to lock the moment in memory, but also an excellent medium for self-expression. In the beginning of 2015, I took a original idea for a project “Household surrealism”, curated by Ksenia Larina, followed by a series of photographs. During shooting I discovered a new expressive language. At the moment we are working compatible with Xenia on different projects. Kseniya Larina I was born in the Middle Urals, spent several years in Northern Kazakhstan, and then moved to Moscow. In 2002 she graduated at the art-Graphic faculty Nizhny in Tagil (socio-pedagogical Academy). In 2004-2007 postgraduate studies at the department of “social philosophy” of the Russian State Vocational University, Yekaterinburg. In 2009 Summer Intensive at the High School of Graphic Design, Moscow Professor of special disciplines and the course “Digital Photography” in the Ural College of Applied Arts. Member of international, national, regional, urban photography and exhibitions of contemporary art.
TARO KARIBE JAPAN
Taro Karibe is a documentary photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. After he received a Bachelor of Psychology at Japan’s college in 2012, he started working for a financial institution. At the same time, he started a career as a photographer in Tokyo. Now he is trying to extract social structure system and modern human’s identity, by using camera as a tool. His works are published on Huffington Post, British Journal of Photography, CBS News, Getty Images, Zimbio, Aserica Magazine, and so on.
My practice is based around drawing and tracing movements in city space, encompassing a range of processes to sample and form interventions. The work stems from a fascination with the centres we construct, the forms they take and what they reveal about us, at a time when more than half of the world’s population live in cities, a proportion that is expected to rise to three quarters by 2050.
Awarded for the Magnum Photos Tokyo Workshop 2015 Fuji and the Sony World Photography Awards 2014’s National Award 2nd. Shortlisted as the one of 8 photographers in the world in “Unted Photo Contest 2014” by World Photography Organization.
The alternative use of city space is explored through video, installation, sculptural work, image objects, drawing and books.
HYUNSOO KIM GERMANY
As an artist, I am concerned with human issues. I try to present my point of view on those issues through color, texture, and construction in acrylic on canvas paintings. Applying layers of paint that are then partially scraped off by a palette knife, the multi-layered surfaces are supposed to keep the viewer’s eye in constant motion. I try to transform space and move certain elements forward through color. I would characterize my painting style as “visual music,” and hope my paintings will communicate my message and feelings to the viewer.
WENDY LEE-WARNE SINGAPORE
Originally trained in architecture, Wendy worked as an architect for eight years before deciding to focus more on her photography career. She grew up in Singapore and lived in Australia for 10 years before moving to London four years ago. She has an eye for detail and loves documenting the arts, design and the people behind the creations. Her major project, which started autobiographically, is the beginning of her journey exploring female identity.
SILVIA LERIN SPAIN
Rosalind Lemoh graduated from the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art in 2007 with first class honours majoring in Sculpture. She was one of the three top performing graduates to be included in Hatched: National Graduate Exhibition at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Since then, she has completed residencies at Canberra Contemporary Art Space and the ANU Sculpture workshop. In 2008, she received a travelling scholarship from the Spanish Embassy to research and produce an exhibition on interpretations of death in 16th century Spanish still life. She has been a national finalist in high profile exhibitions such as the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, the Churchie Art Award, the Blake Prize and the Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Art Award. She has held multiple solo and group exhibitions across Australia. In 2014 she was highly commended for her entry in the Harris and Hobbs Small Sculpture Prize and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space members show. In 2015, her work was short-listed for the national Paramor Prize: Art & Innovation at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney.
Silvia Lerin is a visual artist living and working in London. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) in 1998. he made several solo exhibitions in Spain and also abroad, particular highlights were the ones she made in the Gallery La Nave in Valencia. Another example was in the Sophien Edition gallery, in Berlin , where she had a solo exhibition each two years and represented her work in several german Art fairs. More recently she has exhibited her work in the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL, USA, while she was doing her A.I.R. During all that time she has received numerous awards and grants, outstanding among others was the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant of NewYork in 2014 that brought her to London, where she decided to stay. Her work is permanently exhibited in many Museums in Spain and there exists numerous artworks by her in various public buildings, and in many private collections throughout Spain and abroad.
JUNG CHUNG LIAO TAIWAN
MONITOR FAST SIGN
I come from Taiwan. I received my master degree from Taipei National University of the Arts (TUNA), Taiwan. I am teaching visual arts in universities and colleges. As a digital visual artist, I create images that extract the most exquisite elements deep inside my heart, my mind and my soul. My art works reflect my senses of aesthetics and views of philosophy, rather than only record the explicitly observable phenomenal world. That is to say: â€œI feel, I think, so I create.â€? Most of the time, I rely on my instincts for creation. I intend to catch the evanescent moments and depict the essence of eternity from transience through photography. Besides the characters of impromptu delights, my digital art works are unbounded by existing forms and structure, and freely blend of western and oriental cultural elements. Some of them are endowed with metaphysical poetry.
My art is largely dominated by polka dots, which I call them Power Dots. When you look at, you can feel the power of transcedence. There is a mysterious pattern. The dots (or circles) are free in their movements, almost joyful. My art career really started out from a very young age. My dad was a tinkerer (and still is) and I was always at his studio help holding a piece of bronze while he was welding or soldering, or experimenting even. We take life and simple things for granted. I put them in perspective and under the spotlight. It has a deeper meaning. - Dimitrios
MICHELLE LOA KUM CHEUNG
JUSTINE LUCE LATVIA
Michelle Loa Kum Cheungâ€™s art is a study of the fragmentation and fabrication of memory and place, real or imagined. To inform her work, she draws on the natural world as a symbol of constant transience, nostalgia and decay. Loa Cheungâ€™s current practice is a response to her own dislocation from her cultural heritage and identity as an Australian with a Chinese Mauritian background. She employs the use of oil, acrylic, gold leaf and pyrography in her paintings and favours the raw materiality of wood as a base. Referencing contrasting modes of documentation, from old family photos to satellite earth imagery, Loa Kum Cheung creates imaginary landscapes, both familiar and alien. Loa Kum Cheung is a London based artist, recently relocated from Sydney, Australia. She graduated with Honours in Fine Arts from the UNSW Art & Design, University of New South Wales in 2011. Since then she has exhibited steadily in group exhibitions and prizes and held solo shows at Sheffer Gallery and Gaffa Gallery in Australia. Most recently she has exhibited in the Affordable Art Fair 2015 in Battersea, London represented by New British Artists, and in the Stour Collective Show at Stour Space, London.
Justine Luce was born in Riga in 1987, from a family of artists. Her father Edmunds Lucis is a painter and her mother Dace Luce specialises in anime. Justine attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Riga until 2009 and the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, where she graduated in painting in 2014. She was assistant professor (silkscreen) for two years. Her art work is an attempt to revisit personal memories reflecting the power of exclusion and inclusion as an interpretation of the actual mechanisms.
YULIYA MARTYNOVA UNITED KINGDOM
Born in 1980 in a small industrial town on the coast of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan, Yuliya spent 5 years training as visual artist in Aktau School of Fine Arts graduating at 15, however collapse of Soviet Union and financial uncertainty has influenced her decision to follow legal career at the time. She moved to Scotland in 2005 and couple of years later came to Croydon where she currently resides. After 10 years career in law, April 2015 she has moved to pursue her artistic development and already found loyal admirers of her distinct style selling via Saatchi Art and other online platforms to collectors round the world. Mixing watercolour with oils and acrylic, her artworks are full of energy, air, philosophical enlightenment and sometimes humour.
LILIANA MASCIO VENEZUELA
After completing the study of architecture in 1999 in Venezuela she pursued a brief career as an architect and interior designer. Her deep love for art pulled her away from the technical part of her profession towards the artistic aspect. She lectured art in Venezuela for many years, after which she attended the University of the Arts London studying interior design and fashion business as well as colour and lighting at KLC School of Design in London.
JACK MCLEAN UNITED KINGDOM
PAOLA MINEKOV BULGARIA
Jack Mclean is a New Zealand artist living and working in London, UK. His work reflects the contrast between his current lifestyle and that of his homeland. He adds artificial adornment to natural pieces to create collusions of raw and embellished beauty. His latest works are images of nature and cultural icons from New Zealand, which he enhances with colour to create a juxtaposition of ancient heritage and modern affectation.
Since moving to the UK in 2008, I’ve taken part in public art projects such as the Faberge Big Egg Hunt and The intu Elephant Parade. In May 2012 I curated the Google Art Project for the Google Cultural Institute, Zeitgeist Conference, UK and in 2014 I created one of the featured gallery websites for the Google Open Gallery launch.
The images simultaneously remain constant and continuously change with different light patterns, which reflects the everlasting presence and importance of both nature and culture in New Zealand and how both adapt to remain contemporary. “I wanted to use images that people take for granted in my homeland and share them with the world. I created a medium that enhances images that are ingrained in the minds of New Zealanders since birth. My work aims to both enhance and simplify my homeland’s icons.” Jack Mclean uses materials not typically found in traditional art to allow the subjects of his pieces to retain their heritage but also enhance their relevance to modern culture.
At the same time I believe that art is incredibly valuable in the development of children and young adults. In my practice I like to participate in worthy charitable initiatives and engage with educational projects. In 2013 I created and led a community project for the students of the Institute of Education in London, which culminated with the production of a large scale mosaic mural.
IVONA MORO SLOVENIA
SANAZ MOTAMED RASTEGAR
I was born in Slovenia and lived in Croatia, Germany, England and the Netherlands. I was the first generation born into post-war Yugoslavia. This created a pretext for me to explore the evolving human condition in a visually evolving manner. In 2014 I have started my BA in Liberal Arts at Amsterdam University College where I was able to further my artistic experience with some of the founders of Glitch Art who with their experience and advice have continually supported me. Nevertheless, I have recently restarted my academic path at King’s College London in studying International Relations with an interest to merge my political knowledge with error that I aim to explore my art. I have gained additional experience for promoting Tony Cragg’s art at the V&A. In October I was also published in Nick Sellek’s For-Example magazine and awarded a first medal of excellence for my art.
I have a bachelor degree in textile printing and design from Elm-o-Farhang University. Since I finished my education I started working at University with two master (Prof. Gangineh and Prof. Khavian) in Textile silk screen print and batik print for two years. Then I became part time instructor in batik painting and silk screen printing on fabric until now. In addition to solo and collective exhibition I have experience in educating different types of print and paint techniques on fabrics in few Universities such as : Elm-o-Farhang, Jihad Daneshgahy, Charm University, Shariaty University and some galleries in Tehran. Right now I am studying MA in Textile design at Elm-o-Honar University in Yazd-Ardakan. I received a letter of appreciation from art director of Tafakor Gallery in 2006 for my solo exhibition about textile art. Also I had three interviews about my area of expertise with Zarih magazine in 2004, Young journalist club in 2004 and Hamshahri newspaper in 2005. From three years ago I started my own women clothing collection for occasional events.
ANGE MUKEZA UNITED KINGDOM
OZLEM HABIBE MUTAF BUYUKARMAN
I use distinctive symbols in my paintings repetitively and obsessively. These are made up of 10 individual fragments inspired by the bright and bold patterns of African traditional dress and symbols of the written word from around the world. These fragments represent the elements of the ‘other’, and help the viewer understand that they have now crossed over into a different reality called ‘WonderWorld’. I was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, at a very young age my family moved to London England to start a new life where I now live and work.
Ozlem H. Mutaf Buyukarman has her undergraduate degree from Marmara University, Faculty Of Fine Arts Graphic Arts Department (2001), and her graduate degree from San Francisco State University, College of Creative Arts Design and Industry Department (2003). She graduated with Outstanding Graduate Award from SFSU. After she returned back to Istanbul she worked as an Art Director in several advertising agencies. She also worked as freelance project based designer. She had her PHD from Marmara University Graphic Arts in 2011. She has been teaching Graphic Design Project classes at Yeditepe University Faculty of Fine Arts Graphic Design Department since 2011 as an Assistant Professor.
MILENA NEUBERT UNITED STATES
Born in 1973 in Yambol, Bulgaria, where he graduated in 1997 at the National Academy of Arts ‘N. Pavlovitch’ in Sofia and after at the University of Burg Giebichenstein for art and design, Halle/ Saale, Germany. Worked as a graphic designer and in 2005 won the Award of Graphic of savings bank Nordhausen in 4th. NordhŠuser Award of Ilseraut-Glock-Grabe-Foundation, Nordhausen, Germany.
My mind is in a constant turmoil of ideas which manifest themselves during the creation of my art, be it in clay, paper, photography or even in a piece of software. The urge to materialise these ideas is kindled by research, exploration of materials and techniques which my mixed background of science, technology and arts gives a wide range of possibilities. I am inspired by nature and the constant interaction of its constituents, water, earth, fire, wind, light, dark, life and death and I feel that my art represents the capture of a single point in time, frozen but not immutable. The synergies of the different cultures in my brazilian-japanese background and scientific and artistic academic studies lend a unique slant to my work in which I seek to convey and evoke the senses of beauty, simplicity and raw feelings towards nature and our interaction with it.
ALICE PADOVANI ITALY
Born in Modena in 1979, where she still lives and works. Bachelor Degree with Honors in Philosophy and Visual Arts at Bologna University. From 2000 to 2009 she worked as an actor and directorâ€™s assistant for the Bologna Theatre Company Laminarie. From 2005 to 2012 she works as director and curator of events for Amigdala, association that operates within the experimental theater and contemporary arts. Since 2009 she works for the Municipality of Modena as Graphic Designer. Drawing, installation and performance, as a visual artist she takes part in several national and international solo and group exhibitions.
MIODRAG PERIC SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Born on 14. 02.1971. in Novi Sad, Serbia, where he graduated at Academy of Fine Arts (department: sculpture) in 1997. He is a member of EAA European Artists Association, Essen, Germany and a member of Artists Association of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia. Art director and founder of International Symposium for Sculptors IN VIVO, Novi Sad, Serbia
FARIBA RAHNAVARD IRAN
Surrealist artist Fariba Rahnavard was born in 1984 in Isfahan (Iran). She was interested in art since childhood. She studied painting and drawings with Iranian painters and later at the University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. She has participated in several exhibitions inside and outside the country.
I like my paintings to exude a raw human energy. I want the process and the struggle to be evident in the marks. I begin each painting with specific outcomes in mind yet I allow myself to go off on tangents, embracing each accident and creating something new within it. This ensures the process is lively and exciting. I create images that interest me with historical references from Romantic er as and Renaissance painting, combined with expressive marks inspired by abstract expressionism and the outsider artists, whilst showing the sensuality of the materials. Iâ€™m trying to create paintings that seem both familiar but are fresh and contemporary. I want to raise more questions rather than give answers.
MH SARKIS LEBANON
I grew up in Versailles, France where I was introduced to clay from an early age. When I was 19 I spent a year in Paris at the Atelier de Sevres. My mother then encouraged me to move to London, were I found recognition for my skills, after a year foundation at Camberwell College of Arts, I then applied for the technical arts and special effect degree at Wimbledon. Wimbledon College of Art gave me the opportunity to achieve really good skills with a variety of disciplines in three years. I have spent the best three years of my education; learning how to mold and cast, how to build a set and props, construct a puppet. I was so impressed by the facilities at college, having access to the wood and metal workshop gave me the freedom to build and produce my own designs. I left Wimbledon with an honorable mention from the Madame Tussauds award for my final year piece. I have worked at MDM in brixton where i worked for the artist Raqib shaw on a piece called swans and whimsey, exhibited at the White Cube in Piccadilly. I was then trusted enough to sculpt, in a very short amount of time, the statue of Thierry Henry for arsenal football club, witch is now in bronze in front of the emirates stadium. I was also part of the making of a 5 meters orchid plant and a meter wide orchid flower for the artist Marc Quinn. I was commissioned also to produce a bust of Edward Lear for the 200 year anniversary, which is now exhibited in The Reading Society in Corfu. I year later, I worked in Raqib shaw studios and created a series of miniature human creatures that were exhibited at the pace Gallery and in Mason yard The White Cube Gallery.
MH Sarkis is a painter born in the UK to Lebanese parents, and was less than a year old when she moved to Lagos (Nigeria). She was raised there for nearly two decades and then moved to London (UK), where she now lives and works. Her painterly practice is primarily concerned with contemporary portraiture that is tinged with this tri-cultural upbringing, and the resulting feelings of restlessness that continue to this day. Arising from her own experiences, MH Sarkis examines themes of cultural ‘otherness’ and identity through a play on portraiture and figuration. The subjects are based on historical images, real life acquaintances, and the artist herself, often involving a characteristic ‘carving’ technique and patterned image transfers. In her artwork, the portrayed figures are not simply figures but potential sources of friction or harmony. Upon completing her BA(hons) in Creative Arts with Art History, MH Sarkis received the Award for Outstanding Graduate (the highest awardable prize). In 2012 she was listed alongside painters such as Marlene Dumas and Wangechi Mutu on the A 1000 Living Painters online archive. In 2015 she was featured by Saatchi Art in the Contemporary Surrealists collection (in honour of Salvador Dali’s birthday) and in the Originals for 2000USD or Less collection. MH Sarkis has exhibited widely; at the Royal College of Art and Notting Hill Arts Club (organised by The Courtauld Institute) in London (UK), Breidenbach Studios in Heidelburg (Germany), and Quintessence in Lagos (Nigeria), to name a few. She has recently completed an artist residency with Free Space Gallery and her work hangs as part of the James Wigg Collection.
NEIL SHIRREFF UNITED KINGDOM
I am an artist based in London. As the lights change colour our perception of the photogramâ€™s colour and form is altered. The lights activate the photograph. Coloured light that had been fixed and was still now appears indefinable and in a perpetual state of transition. The over exposed spots of light seem to pulsate increasing or decreasing in size depending on their fixed colour and the colour of the light cast upon them. These changes create the optical illusion of motion as the spots appear to advance and recede before our eyes. This effect is most striking when spots of similar exposures are grouped together and in these designs where a square block of colour appears within another square, a design that recalls the colour studies of Josef Albers, the visual challenge to make sense of the continuous flux of ever changing colour and colour relationships is at its most compelling.
SHELLEY THEODORE AUSTRALIA
Shelley Theodore (b.1958 Brisbane, Australia) currently lives and works in London. She studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London (1992-1995) and MA Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art, University of London (2010-2012). An artist working across of range of mediums, she had 2 film based work selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013.
NICOLA TROLL UNITED KINGDOM
A trip to Ayres Rock in Australia inspired me to make art. As I had made screen prints at school this seemed like a good medium. Unfortunately I could not find a screen printing workshop, but instead went to an etching evening class at the Bournemouth and Poole School of Art and Design (now Bournemouth University). It became clear from my first plate that etching was my medium and I have been practicing now for over 20 years. I have worked at Kew studio for the majority of that time and now have a studio at Wimbledon Art Studio which houses my newly bought press. I exhibited with Richmond Printmakers over a seven year period (this included a group show at the National Theatre and the Barbican). I also belonged to Five Women Artists Plus for four years and exhibited with them. I have regularly exhibited with Hertford Art Society at their open show and Kew Studio Printmakers. I also open my house for Wandsworth Open House for over 10 years.
JOY TRPKOVIC UNITED KINGDOM
Joy Trpkovic was born in Colne, Lancashire and studied Fine Art at Goldsmithâ€™s College Portsmouth Polytechnic, where she obtained an Honours Degree in Fine Art. A postgraduate Teaching qualification followed from the University of Sussex, Brighton. She was elected a Fellow of The Society of Designer Craftsmen in 2012 for her innovative work in clay. Living by the sea for many years has been a powerful influence on her work. Her work has been bought for the Ceramic Collection at Southampton Museum and Art gallery. She has been a finalist in four of the last six years in the International Competitions at the Museum in Alcora, and has been Second Prize winner in 2012 and 2015. Her work is private collections worldwide and in public collections in Spain, and Britain. During the last few years, Joy has been invited to exhibit in Milan, Haacht in Belgium, Faenza in Italy, and Spain.
TINU VERGHIS INDIA
Born in Kerala India, Tinu just completed her BA in Fine Arts at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. Works of Tinu Verghis ranges nomadically across practices associated with land art, body art, performance, video, sculpture, and photography. She is best known as India’s most sought after fashion model. She has graced the covers and have been featured extensively over ten years in many magazines such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Femina, New Woman, L’Officiel, etc. She has used her media visibility to voice opinions on women’s rights in the fashion and entertainment industry in India. Tinu also experimented with acting in 2012 in Q’s Tasher Desh, an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by Tagore. In 2012 she left her modeling career, to study art as a new channel to address social concerns that are close to her heart. Tinu lives between Singapore where she studies and Goa where she runs an organic farm.
RENATA VINCOLETTO BRAZIL
Renata is a self-taught visual artist, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and she has been calling Cambridge, UK her home for the last 10 years. She is a trying to be normal mum of two, wife, artist and a working woman. Her educational background is technical, as she read Physics at University of Sao Paulo, and her present career is in Information Technology. Although she never had any formal art training, artistic creativity has been always a big part of her life. She has created a portfolio of graphite, charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil drawings and watercolour, mostly landscape portraits that have some meaning to her.
MILLY ANNE VINOGRADOFF
SIMONA VISAN ROMANIA
Milly Anne Vinogradoff was born in 1966 into a family of performers. She received two MAâ€™s in environmental sciences before deciding that her future lay in a career as a dancer and choreographer. Vinogradoff soon developed a passion and fascination with photography and for 15 years she avidly photographed her friends in the performing world. Moving her photography practice to the next level she graduated with distinction from Central Saint Martins College of Art in 2010. Female performers expressing their femininity surrounded Vinogradoff all her life but most significantly she grew up in a strong matriarchal environment. It is no surprise then, that women are a recurring subject of her work with a clear interest in exploring the cultural construct of womenâ€™s status in society and the way it influences our actions and beliefs today. Through aesthetics and conceptualism, Vinogradoff explores critically the classic form of the western paradigm that creates the hierarchy - god, man, woman, nature.
Simona was born in 1972 in Romania where she spent the years of her childhood and adolescence, in an era cold and deprived of freedom of expression. In those days, the only time people were allowed to use imagination and skills was on patriotism. She often found herself contemplating the horizon and imagining projected in a world surrounded by color, music, hopes and joys. She studied Visual and Performing Arts and together with her passion for painting she also developed an interest on ballroom dancing, another fascinating way to convey her passion for the arts through movement, color, design and music. In her personal and professional life Simona met Giuliano Fazzari for her a great artist, and thanks to him she developed further her knowledge on colors and pigments and improved on various painting techniques. Simona lived in several Countries immersing herself in each different culture and way of life and this has greatly influenced her vision and her artistic creativity. The common aspects of humanity and her continuous research in life brings Simona on a path to translate her vision of the world in art.
TERESA WELLS UNITED KINGDOM
Inspired by a moral upbringing, I possess an ethical consciousness along with a fascination for the question, “How do Humans Behave?” Through the medium of sculpture and drawing I explore the tenuous relationship between man, his society, religion, law, and kinship. Isolation and miscommunication resulting in disconcerted connections are most attractive. There is a need for me to express this in ways that become both, voyeuristic and participatory. Domestic tableaux echo nostalgia for congruity. Specific body language and positioning combined with an absence of facial expression and skin tone raise questions about scenario and relationship. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary when scale is reassessed. A straightforward scene of exasperation becomes freeze framed from a sequence of events, allowing the viewer to write his or her own screenplay. Teresa Wells grew up as the eldest of six to Catholic parents in Bradford, West Yorkshire. After giving up hope of producing a son, her engineer father began to encourage Teresa to access his workshop and bought her tools for birthday presents. With an interest in reading everything and a love of drawing, she grew up knowing that she wanted to be an artist. When she became a parent to one child with a life threatening heart condition followed by a second child with autism, she did just that, as she felt life had suddenly become too short. Teresa received a first class BA degree from Nottingham Trent University 1996 and undertook postgraduate studies at Loughborough University, where her tutors included John Atkins FRBS and Dan Archer MRBS. She is influenced by the ethnography’s of participant anthropologists, in particular Mary Douglas, Nigel Barley and Desmond Morris. She currently maintains a working practice at ‘The Grid Studios’ Warwickshire and is a prolific sculptor who also uses drawing in her installation work. Furthermore, she is committed to a rigorous work schedule combining teaching with her practice and role of carer to her autistic child. Her work is made to reflect the consciousness of all humans regardless of nationality and use of text illustrates her intrigue with human stories. After working on large scale installations / sculptures up to 4metres in length Teresa has recently moved to a more intimate scale, 50 cm in length where she explores domestic scenario’s and disconcerted connections in human relationships. Teresa is keen in continuing to exhibit her artwork both nationally and internationally and is a member of The Royal British Society Sculptors.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS UNITED KINGDOM
Maggie Williams explores the intersection between fine art and popular culture, without wasting time in callous irony. Her work is fresh and often surprising, with a cleverness which is both humane and devastatingly well observed. Gillian McIver, Studio 75, Maggie Williams most recent work intends to challenge the perception of Mr Olympia; an annual international bodybuilding competition. Fascinated with the extreme exhibition of masculinity, Williams creates a dialogue of antithesis and symbiosis in the portrayal of champions through the effeminate art of embroidery. The victors are emasculated as their final poses are transformed from an ephemeral Herculean moment in the spotlight to an ethereal cross-stitch, whilst the depiction of taut, bulging muscles brings about a new sensibility and contemporary twist to the medium of needlework. The redescription and transformation of an object or image is a theme that appears heavily throughout Williams work. Whether the process is delicate or destructive, her artwork mirthfully reintroduces the subject matter. Maggie Williams (b.1989) is a British artist currently living and working in London. Since graduating in 2011, Williams has both organised and exhibited in numerous shows in London and further afield.
HOLLY WILSON UNITED STATES
Holly Wilson received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1992 in Ceramic, an MA in Ceramics 1994 and an MFA in Sculpture 2001, both from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Holly has exhibited her intimate bronze sculptures and her mixed media encaustic relief sculptures nationally. Wilson’s figures draw both from real life and legends of her Delaware and Cherokee background. She now lives and works from her studio in Mustang. “I work with video in a painterly manner by capturing live routine and taking on the role of alter-ego’s relinquished from the general public and media. The sculptures and videos of my observations and performance combine to create installations that transcend the viewer’s reality as well as entice a reassessment of pre-cultivated virtue. Constantly probed to post and comment on every product, place, and emotion we encounter, I want the work to transcend these pressures, and reconnect with reality. Working in an excessive compulsive, I react to these human calamity as a personal outlet.”
LIESHA YAZ UNITED KINGDOM
Each painting is an emotional response to a place, a feeling or experience. I use references from nature, the suggestion of a landscape, a hint of sky reflected in water, or a storm brewing in the distance. I love the idea that the paintings are completed by the viewer’s imagination and response, a collaboration between two of us. I use oils and mixed media to create texture and form in my paintings. I love to play with consistencies and glazes and see what effects I can create, the painting always takes on a life of its own I like to work fast and capture the energy within the painting and other times the process will be slower and the piece will demand a slower more methodical approach. My interest in nature and the ever changing but constant landscape is a continual source of passion. One of my biggest sources of inspiration is the sky, particularly a stormy one, I love to explore the natural landscape to breath in the fresh air and look at the sky, it is then that a painting begins to form, sometimes I begin with a landscape and then the piece becomes more abstracted as the emotions take over. I am fortunate to live on Ashdown Forest with far reaching views across to the South Downs from my studio which provides me with constant inspiration. After studying at Maidstone College of Art I spent 10 years living abroad and travelling throughout Anatolia I also draw on the natural and rugged beauty I experienced whilst travelling. My work has been sold in the UK and Internationally.
EGOR ZIGURA UKRAINE
SPECIAL GUESTS Egor Zigura is a talented Ukrainian artist of contemporary art: easel and monumental sculpture in bronze, stone, wood, metal, plastic. He experiments combining various traditional and modern materials.He was born 1984 in Dnepropetrovsk city (Ukraine), graduated from the State Art School named by Taras Shevchenko (2003), and sculpture department of the National Academy of Art and Architecture (2009). Now he is an assistant trainee of the National Academy of Art and Architecture (since 2010), and works as a teacher of drawings and sculptures in the University named by Karpenko-Kariy in Kyiv (since 2011). Egor Zigura is a member of the National Union of Ukrainian Artists (since 2012). His artworks are in the Memorial estate of Lyzohub family (Sednev), Museum of O. Saenko (Borzna), in private collections in Ukraine (including Viktor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine), Russia, Denmark, Germany and other countries.
LORENZO BELENGEUR UNITED KINGDOM
Spanish artist based in London highly influenced by Minimalism and Arte Povera. Lorenzo Belenguer was one of the two performers invited by Leah Capaldi to perform ‘Hung’ at the Serpentine Gallery, participated at the Tate Liverpool as part of the Keywords project, and exhibited at ‘No Soul for Sale’ at the Tate Modern and many other exhibitions mainly held in London. In 2015, Belenguer exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale.
Graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London in 2011. Wuttin Chansataboot is a Bangkok-based freelance director and media artist working across disciplines from filmmaking to time-based-multi-media installation. The idea behind his art revolves around and investigates the impact of information technology evolution on the transfiguration of self and identity caused by virtual interaction on cyberspace. His shortfilms have been shown at film festivals and art events internationally, including International Film Festival Rotterdam(The Netherlands), Berlin International Directors Lounge(Germany), Kuala Lumpur Experimental film and Video Festival(Malaysia), Hamburg International Short Film Festival(Germany), International Festival Signes de Nuit(Paris, France), KOSMA International Film Festival(South Korea), Videoart Center Tokyo(Japan), WNDX Festival of Moving Image(Winnipeg, Canada), ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival (Indonesia), Asian Film & Video Art Forum at MMCA (South Korea), Alternative Film/Video Festival (Belgrade, Serbia). In 2012, his short film, “Visual Element” won top-prize in the R.D. Pestonji category (best short film by general filmmakers) of the 16th Thai Short Film and Video Festival. His installation art, “Chameleon’s CORE” won a silver medal (2nd-prize winner) in Mixed Media category of “the 61st National Exhibition of Art”, the longest running art competition in Thailand. Recently in November 2015, he won the Project Prize for his new media project, “ The Metamorphosis of Self and Identity in Digital Era ” at Celeste Prize Finalist Exhibition in Milan, Italy. Chansataboot is the only Asian to be awarded the Celeste Prize this year. As a part-time lecturer, he is currently teaching at School of Digital Media, Sripatum University. Alongside his creative practice and teaching job, he is doing a research as part of Ph.D.
MARIEKE KRUGER SOUTH AFRICAN
I currently live and work as a visual artist and lecturer of drawing and printmaking at the Jack Meyer Art Centre in Paarl, South Africa. I was brought up on a farm called “Rainbow’s End” in the Banhoek valley. Being surrounded by the beauty of nature since childhood, I developed a growing desire to study art and completed my B.A. Fine Art Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1994 (majoring in Painting). I moved to Johannesburg in 1996 and completed my M. Tech degree studies (cum laude) in Visual Art specializing in drawing and stone lithography at the University of Johannesburg. After completing a 4 month student exchange, specializing in printmaking, at the Karel de Groote Hogeschool in Antwerp, Belgium, I returned to South Africa to finish my M.Tech studies with a solo exhibition at the Civic Gallery, Johannesburg in 1998. Shortly after the birth of my first daughter, I moved back to Cape Town and worked as a Visual art and Design lecturer in various institutions. I am currently employed as a Visual art educator at the Jack Meyer Art Centre in Paarl, which focuses on secondary Visual art and Design education.
MARTIN REED UNITED KINGDOM
As humans we are persistently engaged in thought and our emotions govern our existence, these attributes contribute to what inspires us, yet it is our action our physical motion that directly interprets our response to stimulus. In this regard the painting process becomes his main concern, as this is the direct link with our human physicality, our presence. It is this physicality in his paintings that he believes, makes a direct connection to the viewer. “Through paint it is my intention to immerce the viewer in reality. not just my own relity as an artist, or the paintings reality, but for them to ask questions about their own reality”. Figuration underpins his paintings and is the main concern, the human condition, consciousness and existence. The fascination with human sophistication and our complex journey. “Currently my attention is directed to the West Wales Coast, having spent my life along this coastline, I am intrigued by our constant and persistent desire to return to specific areas that resonate with us as individuals, a yearning to return as if to meet up with an old friend”.
ANDREA SAMPAOLO ITALY
Andrea was born in Rome, on March 27th 1966. He graduated in Art in 1983 and ran his career as painter since 1989. However, his keen interest in visual installations and performances as well as in media and design rose up very soon. Although his research is much concerned with experimental painting, Sampaolo’s vocation to eclecticism has enabled him to challenge the changes throughout the years. He got close to the Underground musical movement in Rome and Italian jazz. Between 1989-93, he thus performed live music and painting in Rome at the Ulisse and A.C.E.A T. theatres as well as at the Palombara Castle, Sabina. More recently, he has performed music and painting with sax player and composer Javier Girotto. In 1998, he took a diploma in Graphic Design. In the following years, he produced advertising videos and short films (in 2004 he directed a cartoon). In 2000, he created his own art gallery in Rome and launched his own creative media company. He collaborated with prestigious brands and fashion houses as a designer. It is particularly worth mentioning his design projects to Nokia mobile’s covers (1999), Slamp’s special edition of lamps (2001), and background scenes commissioned by Ferrone’s top-fashion house. He also drew on his work patterns to design fashion shoes (2010) and bags. In 2003, he organised Benetton’s live show-room where he also performed as an artist.
WILL THOMSON UNITED KINGDOM
Will Thomson was born in London in 1992. At college, the artist spent a lot of time in a dark room experimenting with film and photography. Thomson was fascinated by the immediacy of the process of the picture revealing itself. His work is influenced by photographic methods which are not often used or discussed outside the field of photography. For instance, his series of paintings ‘Views’ focuses on decisive moments; the coincidental alignment of forms create a temporary composition, captured in a photograph. Here, the paintings identify these temporary compositions and eliminate the irrelevant aspects of the context. Thomson is interested in the idea of controlling some of the variables in the process of making the work, but never being able to predict the final outcome. The paintings, like photographs, are often revealed in a single moment. Thomson’s marble paintings enable him to explore the immediacy of photography in a medium in which works are not usually created instantly, and in which there is only limited interference from the artist. Similar ideas influenced the moiré paintings. They are are static, yet interact with the viewer by producing the effect of moiré. The final outcome depends on the eyes of the viewer and removes full control from the artist. The artist wants to create work that is visually stimulating for all viewers and therefore accessible, rather than conceptually complex. His paintings are created to provoke a visual response, in opposition to a decorative artwork. Like a photograph, his works may inspire questioning but never dogmatism.
Michele Tombolini was born in Venice in 1963. His studio is located in Marghera (Venice) in the Banchina Molini area in the midst of abandoned warehouses from ex-industrial complexes. In Tomboliniâ€™s artistic body his painting plays a significant role and he has dedicated himself to this since he was very young. The works he produces are of large dimension that seem to encompass the vital energy and the internal impulse that generate the connection and contact with what actually surrounds us. Performances, installations and sculptures - the expressions that he has explored the most since 2011 to today - all have one main objective: to expand the limits of perception towards three-dimensionality. Tombolini has exhibited both in Europe as well as in the United States for more than twenty years.
PAOLO VEGAS ITALY
Paolo Vegas creates dramatic, carefully staged fashion photographs, often utilizing theatrical lighting to create high-contrast and glossy effects. A year after graduating from the Institute of European Design, in Milan, the artist began to collaborate on advertising campaigns with photographers such as the portrait artist Giovanni Gastel. More recently, Vegas, who lives and works in his native Biella, Italy, has experimented in his fashion shoots with themes of cloning and doubling.
PETER CRNOKRAK UNITED KINGDOM
Peter Crnokrak is a London based computational artist whose work addresses the ever changing reference point of reality and experience, with a particular focus on the extremes of societal behaviour as a means by which to characterise the human condition. His practice is an experimental platform that utilises design language to communicate meaning in complex systems with work integrating research, analysis and experimental technologies. Peter’s work has been featured in over 100 books and magazines and has been exhibited internationally including Tokyo, London and New York. In 2010, Peter was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of award winning expertise in design and data visualisation. “What Need Angel” : What Need Angel is a synesthetic transcription of the brainwave response of a five year old boy while listening to music. The computational video uses dynamic particle animation segments that are reflection of the music listening experience. Particle behaviours such as size, speed, colour and direction of movement are all determined by the user’s passive brainwave responses to music stimuli. The project aims to develop a systematic methodology that allows for primal biological experiences to be visualised to facilitate the understanding of the emotional responses to stimuli.
DANIELA PAPADIA ITALY
Daniela Papadia’s project-exhibition, the Table of Alliance, is a 12 meters tapestry reproducing the Human Genoma. Suited by women from different Countries it has now become a symbol for solidarity, multiculturalism and a strong tool to raise awareness against racism. The genetic patrimony of the human race is the common bond and threads are our destiny. Mapping of the genes of various blood groups, designed by Daniela with the scientific support from neurobiologist Dr. Riccardo Cassiani Ingoni, this monumental work is the first in the world to visually represent blood. The exhibition features the main tapestry on embroidered linen and a documentary that weaves together art, science and issues of multiculturalism and solidarity. The project is supported by curator Sveva Manfredi Zavaglia, Mirta d’Argenzio, curator and a VIP Relations Italy for Art Basel, in collaboration with Que Simmons, Founder Muse Art Fair, and Yvonne McCormack-Lyons, President of the “Women’s International Film & Arts Festival. About the documentary : The documentary describes the development process, from creation to execution of the Table of Allianz. Six women of different nationalities, all of them inmates in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison (Italy), embroider a 12-metre tapestry map of the human genome, the common bond for all humanity. The documentary The Table of Allianz narrates the creation and realization of a multicultural art and science performance conceived by artist Daniela Papadia. The project The Table of Allianz is supported by the Italian President of the Republic for which obtain the “Medal of Representation”. It has also the Patronage of: Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Justice, Rome - Department of Culture, Creativity and Artistic Promotion, Pontificium Consilium Pro Familia. In 2015, the documentary has been shortlisted at the “Peace on Earth Film Festival” in Chicago and the “Women’s International Film & Arts Festival” in Miami.
ESTABRAK AL-ANSARI IRAQ
LE DAME ART GALLERY
Estabrak is a London(UK) raised Iraqi (former)refugee; Persian born, British classified, visual artist & film maker currently based between London(UK) & Muscat(Oman). The strive for equality&freedom of speech is what brings to life most of her works, often placing particular interest in progressive ways of storytelling. She has been a part of some pioneering projects such as ‘Imagine Art After’ and has had her work commissioned and supported by numerous organisations including ‘The Helen Tetlow Memorial Fund’ and ‘The Alserkal Cultural Foundation’. She has exhibited internationally at galleries such as TATE Britain and has recently won a prize for her underwater photographic series ‘Omanis Under Water’. She mainly works on independent & creative projects, in-particular with NGOs where meaning to her works are at the forefront of her visions. 2016 will see Estabrak showcase her existing multi-disciplinary works and new commissions at major Biennales such at ‘The Marrakech Biennale 2016’ as well as be apart of some major festivals in London, Europe and the Middle East.
ZOLT ASTA HUNGARY
LE DAME ART GALLERY
Zolt Asta (aka. Zsolt Asztalos). Fine artist (1974) Lives in Budapest, London : http://asztaloszsolt.com Education: 1993-2000 Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department Represented Hungary at 55th Venice Biennale, 2013 /// ‘Fired but Unexploded’ installation.
EVAR HUSSAYINI SWEDEN
LE DAME ART GALLERY
I am a multi-disciplinary artist from West Kurdistan residing in London. My mixed media techniques explore space, shape, form and line as well as having a recurring nucleus centered around the female naked or covered body and face to highlight the way identity is affected by surroundings, memory and culture. Having grown up around fellow artists who focused on controversial and cultural topics, I began to pick up this trait in my own artwork. The focus would be to go against the norms and values of the cultural ideologies that I was expected to follow, specifically the exterior dimensions and societal stigmas of a woman’s body and face, and to address subjects that have been silenced in our communities in relation to the many types of women that exist. In February 2015 I took part in an art festival in Diyarbakir, Kurdistan for two weeks where 230 artists chosen from across the world to exhibit their art work. As well as the main exhibition, me and 24 other artists were chosen out of the 230 to take part in a one week symposium where we created a piece of artwork in front of the public, which allowed us to build dialogue with the audience at any time, offer advice, take critique and learn. The artwork in the exhibition/created in the symposium were all up for sale, of which the proceedings were given to the displaced victims of the conflict in Rojava, Kurdistan.
MANJA MCCADE GERMANY
LE DAME ART GALLERY
Not much to tell I’m afraid, I was offered a coveted place at Kunsthochschule Halle Burg Giebichtenstein but didn’t take it, as the Berlin Wall fell: the world was a rather exciting place, to a teenager born in the east, wasn’t thinking too much about the far off future, just buying bananas today.
ENRIQUE VERDUGO AFGHANISTAN
LE DAME ART GALLERY
Enrique Verdugo is a photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in London and was born in Chile. His practice is composed of video, photography and installation. His work deals with the human body and its habitat, man as an individual, living in a complex environment. In his body of work ‘Body & Flux’, he uses the body as a canvas to experiment with. The staged portraits extend the physical qualities of the body towards a metaphysical quality in relation to light, time and movement. From a studio based approach, influences from news imagery and environmental issues, and natural resources, have led him to interact more intently with context and locations, producing more work on site, sometimes using props and models to create mise-en -scène, fictional or disrupted narratives, taking the form of ephemeral installations. His latest work ‘Memory and Migration, he reflects on the search for a new start, for a better economic future, explored in the film Elinkine. Enrique works as a freelancer, collaborating with editorial publications, architectural practices and artists.
IONA BETHANY JOST
Iona Bethany Jost is exhibiting this year as part of ARTROOMS Awake, a brand new programme designed to showcase extraordinary talent, from under-18s. Iona is a secondary school student in her final year at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is interested in exploring creative expression through painting, sculpture and industrial design and is inspired by the notion of how we romanticise the unknown. She hopes to achieve a place next year at a leading art school in the UK and is currently interviewing at Anglia Ruskin, Dundee and Edinburgh Universities. Himalayas Project “My fascination with the Himalayas began on a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park where a whole area was designed to look and feel like a small village in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Although not quite the real thing, it gave me a strong enough impression to love a place I’d never been to. Having not ever been there, it has allowed me to perceive it as an almost romanticised place filled with mystery and untouched by the outside world. This is what I wanted to display throughout my work showing culture and the landscape and giving people a glimpse of how they worked together to create this diverse and magical place that seems so far off.” - Iona Bethany Jost
ANGELA CORTI/ ROSOLINO DI SALVO
LIVE PERFORMANCES Angela Corti is an Italian artist from Brescia. Her debut took place in the 90s, with her first plate engraving with etching just before she started her academic studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. From acid etched engraving, she felt the need to make direct sign on metal and use a handmade paper that, when printed, could create a relief, a beginning of the two dimensional sculpture. Probably it is the light contrast between the direct sign and paper roughness, between black and white, that facilitates the transition to sculpture. Signs designed and printed on transparent surfaces become reflected shadows. Her sculptural research consists in the processing of stone blocks, through a deconstructionreconstruction operation: she fragments them, then puts them back together; giving the matter a new shape, bringing the pieces together sewing the stones with a metal wire which retains the fragments. She is one of the artists of IAGA Gallery in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), she has exhibited in various cities, including Athens (Greece), Vilnius (Lithuania), Milan, Rome, Cremona (Italy), New York (USA), Barcelona (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Prague (Czech Rep.), and others. In addition, she is part of the platform Design Street, Italian web magazine dedicated to International Design (Milan). Rosolino Di Salvo is a Sicilian architect and musician-composer who makes a search according to which harmony and shape are the tangent of the two paths; his musical process also includes multiple stimuli, through the transfer of experiences that deconstruct the rigid structures of the preconceived musical engineering. His music is therefore evolving, open and experimental, and its sounds are malleable and changeable, like our inner life. There is in fact in his songs a direct junction between the outside and inside world and the guitar is nothing but the instrument of encounter between the two hemispheres. Rosolino Di Salvoâ€™s sounds are therefore impressionistic, abstract strokes capable to transform into landscapes, that sometimes flow slow, sometimes fast, to take us elsewhere. Its sounds change the passing of linear time and turn into moving visions . He has performed as a soloist with various chamber ensembles, in various plectrum orchestras. He has performed as a soloist with various chamber ensembles, in various plectrum orchestras. He has published music for guitar and ensemble with BĂ¨rben Editions. His music has been performed in concert by several international musicians, including Giulio Tampalini, Giorgio Mirto, Carlos Bonell, Flavio Cucchi, Claudio Piastra, Giacomo Bigoni, Fabio Maida. They are also contained in Nocturnes for Guitar by Giorgio Mirto - Brilliant Classics (Netherlands), Colors by Giuseppe Spalletta (Italy) and Take time by Giacomo Bigoni - 3Sixty Studios in Fulham (London UK).
Published on Jan 21, 2016
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