Realism and Impressionism From Around the Globe Opens July 3rd, 2015
Vanessa Rothe Fine Art
New work From America, Russia and Ukraine
Opening Night, July 3rd, from 4:00 -7:00 pm With live demos’ by Tom Balderas and Leon Okun Vanessa Rothe Fine Art 418 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach, CA (949) 280-1555 Sample work from the exhibitionMore work can be viewed at: www.vanessarothefineart.com
About The Exhibition The Summer exhibition features reverred contemporary landscape, still life and figurative artists from America alongside well known Russian and Ukrainian artists, as well as fine historical works from both regions. From lively plein air works to larger scale studio pieces, this exhibition will allow collectors and artists a chance to view and compare these contemporary and historical works side by side and to contemplate simiar subject matters and strokes. The selection of artists are classically trained representational artists that believe in the successful combination of objective traditional training combined with expressive personal subjects, and often intuitive painterly strokes. Curated by Akhmed Salakhly (Repinart curator), and exhibiting artist/Co Curator Vanessa Rothe, the fine collection boasts a wide variety of subjects spanning one hundred years time, and two vast continents. “We share an admiration for “realist” art, especially Russian works, because they were the only ones to keep up the realist tradition when the world was going towards modernism”. says Salakhly. “We admire both realist and impressionist art and many of us will often combine the two genres in order to create strong appealing works of art”. says Rothe This diverse and talented group of contemporary painters from east to west have had impressive traditional training from such schools as the reknown St. Petersberg Academy of Arts, (Repin Institute), Penza Art Institute, the Kharkov Art Institute, The Florence Academy of Art, Watts Atelier, Laguna College of Art and Design, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco in California, just to name a few. They have shown in top exhibitions worldwide from St.Petersberg, to Paris, to Los Angeles and have impressive resumés as well as strong bodies of work ranging from classical academy works to painterly plein air or impressionist pieces. This catatlog serves as just a sampling of the works that will be at the exhibition. More images from the exhibition and artists can be found at
We look forward to seeing you and working with you to help you create a truly fine, art collection.
Historical Artists Franz Bischoff Alexi Borodin Boris Gladchenko Lawton Parker Alex Petrov Yuri Podlasski Eric Rebane
Contemporary Artists Andrei Alekhin Tom Balderas John Burton Eric Bowman Mark Fehlman Debra Huse Alexi Kamenev Olga Krimon Irina Kristova Sergey Kovolenko Peggi Kroll-Roberts Ksenia Logvinenko
Alan Lawson-UK Leon Okun Craig Purseley Renat Razmananov Rodolfo Rivadelmar Ray Roberts Vanessa Rothe Sergey Rozhnov Valery Schmatko Vadim Suvorov Daniil Volkov Vincent Xeus
“Laguna Tide Pools” C. 1922-1924
Franz Bischoff (1864 - 1929) Painter, ceramist. Born in Austria in the small town of Bomen on January 14, 1864. Bischoff studied art in Vienna before immigrating to the U.S. in 1885. He worked as a decorator of china in a New York factory and later continued this line of work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Fostoria, Ohio. In 1892, he moved to Dearborn, Michigan where he produced ceramic works and taught china decorating. He first visited California in 1900, but it was six years later before he and his family moved to Los Angeles. Bischoff established a studio in the Blanchard Building, and in 1908 built a palatial Italian Renaissance style studio-home in the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. He brought with him a reputation of as one the nation’s greatest china painters; however, in California he turned to painting Impressionist landscapes of the desert around Palm Springs and the poppy fields near the Arroyo Seco. His subjects also include still lifes, harbor scenes of San Pedro, coastals, and Zion National Park (done on trip in 1928). His early works were mostly 13 x 19 in., softer and more muted than his later works, which often show the influences of Expressionism and the Fauves. He died at his Pasadena home on Feb. 5, 1929. Member: California Art Club.Exhibited: World’s Colombian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 (ceramics); Louisiana Purchase Expo, St. Louis, 1904 (ceramics).Awards: bronze and silver medals, Panama-Calif. International Exposition, San Diego, 1915; Huntington Prize, California Art Club, 1924.
“Plein Air Paintier”
Alexi Borodin was borniin 1915 to a family of peasants. During the Russian Civil War he was orphaned as a child and was placed in the care of the military regiment on education, and orphange for boys that trained them to become soldiers. After this Borodin attended Saratov Art and Industry high school from which he gradutted in 1936 with a diploma in teaching painting and drawing. Also for a short time, he was a student of Igor Grabar, one of the most celebrated Russian Impressionists in history. Borodin was wounded later while serving in an armored division of the Red Army during WWII. After the war he taught art at his alma mater until the 1960s when he moved to present day Volgograd ( Stalingrad)to teach.Here he passed away in 2006 and is an honored Russian artist. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“In The Park”
Boris Gladchenko was born in 1929 in Leninsk, Volgograd Region. His first art education was in art school there. He finished schooling in 1945 and in 1957 finished at Savitsky art college in Penza. Since 1958 Gladchenko has taken part in art exhibitions working in the genre of Impressionist landscape. A humble brilliant painter to the end, Boris’s works are revered thru Russia and American alike. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“The Pink Dress, Giverney” c 1920
Lawton S. Parker was a proud member of the Giverny Group, along with six other young American painters who studied in Paris and who were greatly influenced by Claude Monet. They moved near to his studio-home in Giverny, France.and painted there for some time. Parker was an trained classically as an academic painter but added to his style a bit of impressionism. He did not use bright colors but tried to match his work closely to nature, paying attention to light and shadow. Parker was born in Fairfield, Michigan in 1868. He started his long training at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by studies in Paris in 1889 at the Academie Julien with Bouguereau and others. When he returned to New York City, he enrolled in the Art Students League and studied with William Merritt Chase. He traveled back to Paris in 1897, for a short time he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Gerome. He is said to have also studied for a time with Whistler. His works hang in Museums, and fine art collections around the world including the National Arts Club in NYC. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“Vintage Yacht Club” c 1958
Born in Leningrad in 1951, Aleksander Petrov was a son of the well-known graphic artists, the Petrovs. As a child he was surrounded by art albums, artwork of his parents and their friends. It is no wonder then, that Aleksandr went to the Art School at the Academy of Arts and later entered the Academy itself where he studied at the workshop of Andrey Mylnikov. In 1975 the artist graduated from the Academy and became a member of the Union of Artists. From the mid-seventies, Petrov worked often on his own artistic language and, according to his own words, it took him fifteen years to forget and discard the manner of painting cultivated in him by the Academy. Aleksandr Petrov became famous at the beginning of the perestroika period: he exhibited both in Russia and abroad and his works were bought for museums and private collections. The period of Petrov’s most active artistic work was the time between the mid-eighties and the beginning of the 2000’s. After the year 2000, Petrov lived in his workshop in the House of Artists at Pesochnaya Embankment and was ill for quite a long time. The artist passed away in 2009. He left a compelling legacy behind him — the material we are exploring — a legacy that is undoubtedly of great value for the history of Petersburg art.
“Out in the Country” c 1955
Podliaskiy Yuriy Stanislavovich is a People’s Artist of Russia. He graduated from Repin Institute (before 1949). Student of B.V. Ioganson. Starting from 1953, he created a series of works dedicated to Siberia. His paintings “Over the Angara”, “At the Angara River Head”, “Siberian Forest” (1957) were awarded the Silver Medal at the exhibition of the World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow. Today his works are housed in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, state art museums in Murom, Lugansk, Minsk, and other cities in Russia and Ukraine and he exhibits in American in various fine art exhibitions with Repin Art and Vanessa Rothe Fine Art.
“Along the Rocky Coast” c 1955
Erikh Rebane (1922-1999). Born in Leningrad (St-Petersburg) in 1922. Finished regular art school in 1940 and served in WW2 from 1941-1945. After the end of the war in 1945 he arrived at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Repin Inst.) in St.Petersburg where he studied under the famous russian artist Prof. Oreshnikov. In 1948, Rebane participated in his first Moscow exhibition. He graduated in 1951 from the I.E. Repin Institute and from 1951-1954 taught as a faculty member in Tallinn (Estonia) at the Art Institute of Painting. In 1954 he joined the postgraduate department of the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Repin Institute) in St. Petersburg and has been a member of the Union of Artists since 1951. For the next 10 years he has served as the head of the art studio in St. Petersburg and has participated in many exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His first international exhibition occured in Tokyo in 1974. His works are contained within the collections of the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as museums in Moscow, Leningrad, Pltava, Khabarousk, Kiev, Thilissi and Osaka, Japan. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“Late Afternoon at the Sea”
Alekhin was born in 3 April 1962 in town Kirovograd (Ural Region). His family moved to town Rybinsk when he entered into Art school in 1969. 1975-1984 Education in the Art faculthy of the Kostroma Pedogogical Institute.Lives and works in town Kostroma on the Volga river. Gives private lessons. He is a Member of the Union of Artists since 1991. His first personal exhibition was in Kostroma Pedogogical Institute in 1983. In 1991 he had an Exhibition in Moscow, Central Artist’s House. In 1999 a Solo Exhibition in Switzerland and since 2000 he is participant of the all exhibitions of Russian Federation’s Union of Artists. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“Summer in the Country”
Alexei Avilov was born in 1978. In 2003 he has entered to St-Peterburg Academy of Arts (Repin Institute) He has studied in the studio of historical paintings of known russian professor- Krylov. Avilov graduated from the Academy of Arts (St-Petersburg Repin) in 2009.He is member of St Petersburg Union of Artist and currently works in art restoration as well as painting his own works. “Summer in the Country is a fine example of a successful combination of Realism and Impressionism. Tarditional style value rendering clear subject, along with visable brushwork and everyday pleasing outdoor subject matter. This work is fit for a Museum as well as a fine art collection at home.
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Third son of four. painter. writer. musician. photographer. thinker. creator. listener. observer. human. social. loner. understanding. misunderstanding. giver. taker. wanter. perfectionist. imperfect. mess. father. Found himself dwelling upon an emotional and artistic precipice since birth. Works towards progress. Growing up in Torrance, California, Tom Balderas lived only a few miles from the ocean, which has made nature, along with his family, the main inspiration of his paintings. Balderas attended Loyola Marymount University, where he studied film production and art. After graduating, he worked several years for NBC Productions while making made-for-television movies. He has also worked countless hours in the live television-broadcasting field. He then began studying under the tutelage of his photographer father, as well as Joseph Mendez, master painter and teacher. Balderas considers the time spent studying with Mendez to be the cornerstone of his growth as a painter. Tom has shown his work in many solo and group painting exhibitions and hangs in collections across the states as well as internationally.Recently, Balderas has been taken by the urge to teach. He enjoys working with budding painters and those already experienced. He gains inspiration from those who are seeking to develop an additional approach to painting. Tom has been and is represented by some of the nations most prestigious art galleries. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, CA (when they used to actually have orange groves). Essentially a self-taught artist, Eric had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember, always the class artist throughout his elementary and high school years. Various art-related jobs such as silk screen T-shirt printer or surfboard airbrush technician led to a lengthy and successful career as a commercial illustrator, until switching to fine art painting in the mid-2000’s. His artistic influences include Frank Brangwyn, the early California Impressionists, Joaquin Sorolla, Russian impressionists whose names he cannot pronounce, and many of the great golden-age painters and illustrators of the early 20th century. When not traveling to various plein air shows or visiting his beloved home state of California, Eric resides in the state of Oregon with his wife and daughter, and their dog, Mucha. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
John Burton is an award- winning oil painter best known for his stirring and vivid depictions of the transitory beauty of our ever-changing world. He is at once tangibly influenced by the Western and Russian painters of the early twentieth century, and entirely unique in his remarkable ability to capture the profound spirituality and majesty of his surroundings. Burton has traveled and painted around the globe, always maintaining his home and artistic center in the American West. Burton’s deep American roots permeate the rich, natural character of his art, and inform his work’s reverent tone. He has been written up in many fine art magazines including being asked to do a live demonstration in front of six hundred guests at the plein air convention in 2014. He is one of Carmel’s most celebrated artists and an important artist in America today. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“Rocky Point Morning”
Mark Fehlman practiced as an architect for 35 years, as the design partner for the San Diego based firm Fehlman LaBarre Architects. Mark started painting in 2000 and eventually left architecture to start a new career as an artist. He trained under many great artists, but the two who were most influential were Ray Roberts and John Asaro. Like both artists, Mark is equally comfortable in figurative and landscape subjects that feature strong composition, well defined value relationships and vibrant color. He has won numerous awards in various shows, including the “Grand Award” for the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 2014 Best of Plein Air, First Place in the 2012 Borrego Springs Plein Air Festival, as well as many other awards and recognition. His work has been included in the California Art Club Gold Medal show, the On Location in Malibu show at Pepperdine’s Weisman Museum, the Tejon Ranch show at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and the Maynard Dixon Country Show in Utah. He is an artist member of the California Art Club and Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
Debra Huse is a contemporary colorist and impressionist. She uses rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her plein air and studio paintings. Huse enjoys working in oils and is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, the American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters & Pastel Society of America. Debra began formal painting when she was ten even stretching her own canvases in private lessons. At age 11, she was awarded a scholarship and attended college courses at the prestigious John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN. Huse currently has a studio in a Newport Beach Boatyard and has a passion for painting old fishing boats and sailing ships. More works upon request.
“On the Farm”
Alexi Kamenev was born in 1975 in Penza. In 1994 entered to Penza art institute. His teachers were prof. Borisov and Pentykh. Graduated Penza art instituite in 1999. He is member of Penza branch of Russian Union of artists.articipant of exhibitions in Moscow Union of artists. In 2009 Received title “young talents of Russia”. Kamenev has used a combination of bold value shaped brushwork along with textural palette knife to create this unique work. His subtle values and subject matter are reminiscient of Soviet works from the past combined with a modern style.
One of the stars of the collection, Sergey was born in 1980 in town Kontop. Ukraine. He graduated in the Kharkov Pedagogical Institute. In 2011 graduated painting department of Kharkov Academy of Art and Design. He became an apprentice in the famed studio of peopels artist professor Viktor Chaus. Kovolenko has been a participant of the several important exhibitions across the globe. With a style reminicient of the historical Russian masters, his luscious brushwork has grown in fame and is loved by artists and collectors alike. Sergey is now one of the youngest professors of the Kharkov Academy of art and design. A large collection of Kovolenko’s fine art works can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Olga received academic art education in Kazan, Russia. She continued to grow and develop her skills, through drawing classes with Glen Orbik and painting classes with Jeremy Lipking. Olga also holds a BA in Art History, and she credits it with providing her the rich visual vocabulary that is instrumental for defining her path as an artist. She also received an MBA making her well grounded in the business side of an artistic career. She continued to refine her craft through independent studies and daily practice. Over time, Olga developed her own style grounded in fundamental principles of academic realism, sensitivity to subtle value and color transitions, and yet bold energy of movement and expressive brushstrokes. Olga’s Figurative and Still life paintings are recognized by the Portrait Society of America (International Competition 3rd Honor Award 2014, Certificates of Excellence 2011 and 2015, Members Only Honorable Mention 2014) and American Art Collector Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Competition 2014. She is also a finalist in 2015 Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition. Olga exhibits with Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists National Shows. Growing up she was (and still is) largely influenced by Repin, Serov, Brullov, Levitan, Kramskoy, Fechin and other Russian titans. She then discovered Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla and Cecilia Beaux, and to this day she continues to examine the movement, the bold brushstrokes and the value arrangements in their pieces. Olga now resides in Hermosa Beach, CA.
“The Skies Above”
Irina Krivtsova was born in Pskov region (Russia)In 1996 she graduated from the Kharkov’s art school after attending from 1999-2005 as a student of Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts.She is a participant of numerous exhibitions in Ukraine and plein air around Ukraine and Russia. She now teaches at the art-studio in Kharkov. Kristovas main themes are pastoral countryside, boats and seaside towns. Her work is celebrated as a successful combination of classical realism with touches of impressionism. Her work has been shown and is selling successful in the USA with the Realism Without Borders group and in galleries in Arizona and California.
“Boys at the Beach”
Award winning artist, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, was trained at Arizona State University and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Peggi worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art. Using intense color and value to accentuate her subject, she moved into fine art with a bold palette, a love for small paintings and a very loose style that achieves a lot with a few very energetic brush strokes. She prefers to suggest reality than render it. Inspired by her children she paints beach scenes and other aspects of their lives. She also breaks away from the conventional still life by painting scenes of cosmetics and the occasional coffee cup or slab of butter. Peggi’s work gives us a new appreciation of our own daily life. She and her work at revered by many artists and her workshops and excellent teaching skills are not to be missed. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“Summer Still Life”
Ksenia Logvinenko, now living in Kharkov Ukraine, was born in 1993 in Akhtyrka, Suny region of Ukraine. She received her basic education in Kharkov art school (2009-2013) where she took classes of A. Bezruk, V. Zhugar, O. Moroz. Currently Ksenia studies at Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts, faculty of Fine art, easel painting. In studio by prof. Vintaev. She is an active participant of regional and all-Ukrainina exhibitions. Ksenia is a member of the National Young Artists Union of Ukraine. She is the newest artist curated into the collection by Salakhly and Rothe and her work is partially inspired by her friends from the schools and regions mentioned.
Alan Lawson -UK
Alan J Lawson is an Anglo Hispanic painter and poet living in the Swiss mountains. Alan works from nature, often spending months painting the same subject both in the studio and in the remote woods where he lives. Alan’s technique is inspired by Rembrandt whom he believes to be ‘the greatest artist of all times’. His work stems between the direct contemplation of nature and his internal poetic life: ‘What I cannot express in paint I attempt in words, and vice versa’. In 2014 Alan was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize by the renowned poet Liz Lochhead. Lawson is the co Founder and co Director of the Alpine Fellowship, a non profit symposium for artists, philosophers, and poets. Professor Roger Scruton, whom Alan painted in 2011, is the ambassador. The 2014 fellowship was covered by the Financial Times. Alan is one of the key figures in the revival of representational art and his essay ‘Redemptive Realism’ was published as part of the TRAC proceedings by the California Lutheran University. His work and philosophy is covered by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine (May 2015) as part of the contemporary masters series. Alan's painting has been internationally recognized by the Portrait Society of America, and The Art Renewal Center, and his work is widely collected in Europe and the United States, where he has significant patronage and collectors. In addition to his finished studio works, he is also a prodigious painter of plein air subjects and spends his summers painting on the Italian riviera, ‘these are the visual journal of my travels’. Alan paints and writes in the remote mountains of Switzerland where he lives with his wife and son. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
Leon Okun was born in 1980 in Russia. In 1993 Leon immigrated with his family to San Diego, USA. In 2005 Leon was admitted to the Saint Petersburg Academy Of Arts. In 2011 Leon graduated with masters degree in Fine Arts from this prestigious university. Currently Leon lives in San Diego, teaching painting and drawing in his private studio as well as for the La Jolla Art Association. Leon is a active member of many artists unions in south California and a winner of many local painting competitions. Leon teaches workshops in fine art from academic drawing to plein air to portrait in La Jolla California. We are very proud to show his multitalented high end work at RWB. He will participate in the San Diego Maritime Exhibition this summer in CA. Leon has just been hired to teach as an art Instructor for the fine art division at Laguna College of Art and Design (where Rothe is studying) and will join the teachers there Fall of 2014. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
“First Light, Laguna Canyon”
Craig started early in art, obtaining professional commissions at 14 and was chosen as Nebraska’s Outstanding Young Artist at 17. At only 20 he began work as a composite artist for several law enforcement agencies including the F.B.I. and continued doing so after becoming an art teacher in Colorado. While working as an illustrator with the Orange County Register Newspaper in CA, he also achieved considerable notoriety as a sports artist, free-lancing for the California Angels and several baseball card companies. His work has been featured in American Art Collector, Southwest Art and International Artist magazines and can be seen in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. His paintings are also in private collections from coast to coast and in Europe. He has won many national awards including two Best of Shows in 2015. Recently, he was chosen by New Hampshire Magazine as “Best White Mountain Artist” and has two portraits on permanent display in the state house in Concord, NH. He is a member of The Portrait Society of America (who chose his portfolio as one of the top five in 2015) and Oil Painters of America (where he recently won second place in a national competition).Craig lives with his wife, Julie in rural New Hampshire. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
Ramazanov Renat was born in 15 september 1978 in the town Vushny Volochok. In 1988 he entered art-college there and in 1993 finished art-college with high ratings. That same year in 1993 entered to Crimean art Institute named Samokish to studio by prof. Goloborodko. Then he was able to study directly in the studio of prof. Balkind together with other students Yana Golubyatnikova and Olga Rigoryeva. In 1998 he finished Crimean art Institute. His diploma was the painting “Antique store” Renat now lives and works in Yalta and is a proud Memeber of Crimean Union of artists. Renats work has been showing in the USA for a few years and has been welcomed by many fine art collectors. His fresh ideas and compositions combining well the figure with its surroundings have made his work a great success. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com.
“Santa Barbara Coast”
Rodolfo Rivademar was born in Argentina in 1957. His childhood was steeped in an artistic environment that fostered his early development in drawing and painting. Maturing in this tradition, he gained his first “Best of Show” award at the age of 10 with a watercolor of the Cathedral of San isidro of Buenos Aires. Despite this early approbation in fine art, when of age he entered into a technical field. Architecture would prove to further enhance his artistic abilities, and through courses in drafting and sculpture with notable Argentine instructors such a Rivero Rodrigo, Carlos Terribili and Estela Pereda. Coming to the United States, he sought to further pursue this interest with studies in watercolor and oil painting under the tutelage of notable instructor Michael Daniel. To date Rodolfo Rivademar has taken part in over sixty exhibitions, including many one-man shows, and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. His paintings form part of many collections both here and abroad, and have been reproduced in Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Review, Art and Antiques Magazine, as well as in numerous catalogs. His work has also been pictured in the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Breeze, Orange County Register, ArtTalk and many other publications. Rodolfo Rivademar is a charter artist member of the California Art Club. A large collection of Rodolfo’s work can be viewed at www.vanessarothefineart.com.
“Split Rock Reflections, Laguna”
Award winning revered artist Ray Roberts was born in 1954, Ray grew up in an Orange County, California with orange groves, before the days of freeways and sprawling housing developments. It has given him an enduring affection for the untamed, undeveloped California of his youth. In 1969, after the early death of his father and mother’s ill-health, Ray was sent to Orme School, a beautiful, ranch-style boarding school in the Arizona desert. Its strong fine arts program helped Ray to discover his artistic talent. He then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he studied under John Asaro. He has also studied under Dan McCaw, Len Chmiel, Ned Jacob, and Mark Daily, among others. Art Center is where Ray also met his wife, impressionist painter Peggi Kroll. While dating, the two of them would go out nightclubbing, to sketch rather than dance! It has been a successful partnership ever since. Like many successful artists before him, Ray first pursued a career as an illustrator, establishing a studio in Los Angeles and then Scottsdale, Arizona. He got up the courage to switch to fine art in 1992 and has never looked back. Ray and Peggi now live on a 20 acre ranch in Angels Camp, an old California gold rush town, surrounded by the oak-studded hills. More work can be viewed at vanessarothefineart.com
Vanessa Françoise Rothe grew up in the artists colony of Laguna Beach, CA, the daughter of a well known clothing designer Detlev Rothe. She received fine art scholarships to study Fine Art, Busiess and Frechn Literature at the University of San Diego and Laguna College of Art and Design, and has had classical training with private instructor/workshops in the Ateliers of France and Italy as well as with professional artists. Vanessa has been honored to exhibit alongside some of the Nations top painters for 15 years and has had multiple solo exhibitions at Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach. She proudly participates in National group exhibitions including the prestigious “Artists for a New Century” at The Bennington Center for the Arts, the Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition, The Laguna Art Museum Auction, and the Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction. Rothe is proud to be a member of the famed Salmagundi Club in New York, a Signature member of the American Impressionist society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc. With her vast knowledge of the arts, Vanessa has begun curating many fine art exhibitions. Rothe is also honored to be the West Coast Editor of the Nationally acclaimed art collector magazine Fine Art Connoisseur as well as a contributing writer for Plein Air magazine and Fine Art Today. Vanessa is proud to be the Author/Artist of a new series of art books produced by Walter Foster Publishing, “An Art School Approach to Oils” sold at Barnes and Noble worldwide. Rothe lives and works in Laguna Beach, California and travels the world for to discover new plein air and studio subjects.
Sergey Rohznov was born 1978. in city Tver, Russia. In 1998 he graduated from Tver art college. Then in 2005 he graduated I.E.Repin Institute. (Studio of monumental painting by prof. Mylnikov) Since 2011 he has been teaching at Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Arts and design. He is a member of Saint-Petersburg’s Union of artists and for the last three years he has been living and working in China. Important exhibitions include a 2009 exhibition “Croatia in the Eyes of Russian Artists” Cultural center of Russian Ministry of foreign affairs. Moscow. In 2010 a Spring exhibition of contemporary art in a fine art gallery “Di-Di” St-Petersburg . In 2011a traditional spring exhibition by artists- members of St-Petersburg Union of artists. St-Petersburg.
Valeriy Skmatko was born in Kharkiv, Urkraine in 1965. He studied at the Kharkiv Art Institute where he graduated with a dual degree in painting and painting restoration.Valerey Shmatko is a very well known and reverred artist from Ukraine. He works in many genre of the arts, he is a restorer, painter, drawer, master of ceramics. His works are dynamic, lively and painterly. Light inspires him to choose a subject and create a composition where form, space, tone and color are in total harmony. Many years of painting on location has taught Shmatko the mastery of color and light. The infinite shades and tones of his palette are layered in a sophisticated yet subtle manner. He paints studies on location and then creates larger canvasses in his studio. He especially likes the Black Sea shore in Crimea. His work has been exhibited in the Kharkiv Art Museum and the Donetsk Art Museum and his works have appeared in many high end art exhibitions from Kiev, Ukraine, New York art expo, San Francisco and his works can be found on high end auctions. They are also now included in a very famous collection of the Kharkov museum of art, in the same collection with Iliya Repin’s works. He is represented internationally by fine art galleries and is in many private collections throughout the world. He works in different formats, from tiny sketches, to very large compositions, of which that the latter are his favorites. His typical works are of the southern region, a shoreline, ocean scene, clouds, field, forest, and are known often as “Lyrical Landscapes”. More work can be viewed at www.vanessarothefineart.com.
“Long Summer Day”
Vadim Suvrorv ( Tsirkolenko- Suvorov) was born in southern Ukraine in the city of Nikolaev in 1986. He studies at the Nikolaev Art School until 2005 at which time he gained acceptance into the Grekov Art Academy in Odessa, Ukraine. The talented young artist graduated from teh Academy in 2011 and has quickly established himself as a rising star in Ukraines art community. Suvorov has already been added to major collections in Russia, Europe, China and the US. Suvorov combines realist portrait base with thick and painterly strokes, often an abstract background of color and shapes to help the viewer focus on the portrait. His classical meets modern approach has earned him aclaim and his work has graced the cover of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine here in the USA. More fine work by Vadim can be viewed at www.vanessarothefineart.com
“Light on the Harbor”
Daniil was born 1974 in Yalta, the son of renowned Ukrainian artists with an ancestral history of painters going back to the court of Imperial Russia. In 1989 he entered the Crimean art school named after Samokish and it was here that he met his future wife Elena, also a distinguished artist. Graduated 1994. His first personal exhibition was held in Yalta in 1995. Further studies at Moscow State University in 1996. Returned to Yalta 2001 where he has been living and working since, spoecialising in capturing the beauty of the Crimean landscape in his own distinctive, lyrical style. Participant in numerous exhibitions, his works are in private collections in Ukraine, Russia, Europe and USA. Made several plain air trips to Montenegro. His works are in Montenegro local museum. Volkov’s work is loved by artists and collectors alike finding beauty in both his subject matter and his unique palette knife and varied brushwork style. A large collection of Volkov’s fine artwork can be viewed at www.vanessarothefineart.com
Award Winning artist Vincent Xeus’ work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the world. Xeus’ works embrace, yet challenge the traditions of Italian and Dutch old master paintings with an exploration of contemporary practices and observations. His focus on the skills of painting and perfected techniques of old masters is revolutionized as he evokes gestural qualities, impasto style and raw emotions, culminating an aesthetic all of his own and serving as an avenue of internal and individual reflection. Xeus’ works beam with life -- daring drips and pours, impasto strokes and evocative poignant and chiaroscuro laden compositions. They absorb viewers in timeless, sentient windows teeming with emotion and vigor. The essence of his subjects are presented in ways unforeseen. Feelings of unease, refuge and enlightenment are all experienced. Xeus captures more than the core of his subjects. Each painting with their qualities of the ethereal and oneiric sensibility harks to the subconscious mind and truly depicts the very essence of what makes us individuals. Xeus presents alternative ways of seeing the temporal world. His work is a tour de force of all that was, is and will be. Xeus was born in China in 1981. His artistic journey began at a very young age. Xeus studied at University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. in Architecture in 2006 and founded Marque Design in 2008. Xeus currently lives and works in Napa Valley, California.
Opening Night, July 3rd, 2015 With live demo’s by Tom Balderas and Leon Okun From 4:00 -7:00pm
“SUMMER” at Vanessa Rothe Fine Art Studio 418 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach, California www.vanessarothefineart.com © Vanessa Rothe Designs 2015