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EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS... March 25-30 Burj Khalifa Dubai, UAE

Salvador Dali Giorgio De Chirico Max Ernst Ben Sandler Jon Jacobsen NastPlas Marcel Caram Adam Martinakis George Grie Trey Ratcliff Luke Chueh Craola Amy Guidry Albert Knutsson Warne Riker

PRESS RELEASE Contact: John Weng 435-5034 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Even If The Sky Falls” comes to Burj Khalifa Dubai—March 25, 2014—The show “Even If The Sky Falls”, curated by Justin Fan, Ryan Galang, Karina Ozuna, Cindy Phan, and John Weng, comes to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai from March 25-March 30. A group of extraordinarily talented visual arts students who are currently attending the University of California, San Diego, Fan et al., brings together the theme of surreal through their unique interpretations of surreal. From a traditional definition of surrealism stems four other key focuses on distortion, dream state, unearthly and beyond. The traditional surrealism births a varieties of media including painting, digital art, photography and etc. The time period of this show transcends centuries. Fan et al. collects works of art from an array of artists such as Marcel Caram, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, George Grie, Joe Jacobson, Albert Knutsson, Adam Martinakis, NastPlas, Trey Ratcliff, Warne Riker, Ben Sandler. Fan, Galang, Ozuna, Phan, and Weng are currently students attending UC San Diego. UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels. The campus is committed to community engagement, public service and industry partnerships in order to advance the health and well-being of our region, state, nation and the world. Our academic community of world-renowned faculty, bright students and dedicated staff is characterized by a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation which spans the globe.

Exhibition Times Date: March 25 - 30 Location: Burj Khalifa Surreal: 8am - 5pm Distortion: 3am, Noon, 7pm, Midnight Dream State: Every hour and a half after midnight Un-Earthly: Motion activated Beyond: 4pm - 10pm

sur路real路ism to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind


Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters.[1][2] His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.




GIORGIO de CHIRICO Giorgio de Chirico (Italian: [ˈdʒordʒo deˈkiːriko]; July 10, 1888 – November 20, 1978) was a Greek-born Italian artist. In the years before World War I, he founded the scuola metafisica art movement, which profoundly influenced the surrealists. After 1919, he became interested in traditional painting techniques, and worked in a neoclassical or neo-Baroque style, while frequently revisiting the metaphysical themes of his earlier work.


97.16 cm × 66 cm



Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.


100 cm x 81 cm


THE ELEPHANT CELEBES (1921) 125.4 cm × 107.9 cm

dis路tor路tion the action of giving a misleading account or impression


Marcel Caram is an amazing digital artist from Brazil who is fascinated with creating Surreal Art. His surrealism styles reminds me a lot of dali for the landscape where most pieces take place but it has this amazing definition and sharpness that comes from the digital art which makes it even better. He has a permanent online gallery for his public viewing of his work.





ADAM MARTINAKIS Born in Lubań, Poland in 1972, his mother is Polish and father Greek.. He moved to Athens, Greece in 1982. Studied Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts and Industrial Design at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens. Since the year 2000, has been working and experimenting on Computer-generated visual media (3d digital image - animation, digital video, new media). Has been teaching digital arts & design, graphics, interior design and ceramic design in many art institutes. Member of CultureInside, slashTHREE, Artia Gallery, Art.lica & WANDAprint, International Art Collectives. Member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts. Lives and works in UK, Poland and Greece. Exhibitions > 2013 - “De fil en aiguille...”, Atelier Gustave, Paris, France, group exhibition. 2013 - “L’émergence dans tous ses états”, Art District, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, Paris, France, group exhibition. 2013 - “Ditto doors - August 2013”, Ditto TV, London, UK, solo exhibition. 2013 - “Metaphysical Objectivity in Comparison to Realism”, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston super Mare, UK, group exhibition. 2012 - “heART break Athens v.1”, Egalite, Athens, Greece, group exhibition. 2012 - “Transformation - discover the digital world”, CI Gallery, Luxembourg, group exhibition. 2012 - “Crossing borders - from virtual to real”, CI Gallery, Luxembourg, group exhibition. 2011 - “Changes”, CCNR, Luxembourg, group exhibition. 2011 - “Athens Video Art Festival 2011”, Technopolis (Gazi), Athens, Greece, digital image. 2011 - “The Digital Palette”, The Artspace Gallery, Hartford, CT, USA, group exhibition. 2010 - “Art & Architecture 2010 - 2011”, Artower Gallery, Athens, Greece, group exhibition. 2010 - “EUtopia”, CCNR, Luxembourg, group exhibition. 2009 - “Rooted”, Galerie Clairefontaine – Luxembourg, group exhibition. 2009 - “Athens Video Art Festival 2009”, Technopolis (Gazi), Athens, Greece, digital image. 2006 - “Wine & Art festival – Savvatiano”, Spata, Greece, group exhibition. 2006 - “4 New Artists”, Municipal Art Gallery of Kallithea, Athens, Greece, group exhibition. 2005 - “Where is love?”, Gallery Psyxari 36, Athens, Greece, group exhibition. Shows > 2011 - Digital environment design for the dance show “I, You... We” by Fotis Diamantopoulos. 2005 - Video art for the musical show “Masco” by Nikos Touliatos.



140 cmx 78 cm


GEORGE GRIE George was born next year of the first world cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and has been named after him Yuri Gribanovski. He graduated from the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) pedagogical university in 1985 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Arts and Applied Design education. From the very onset of his professional career it had become very obvious that the traditionally accepted and politically bound routes of the Soviet Union art styles adopted by many of his peers would never be the path to follow. Instead, he chose to explore a more complicated and demanding adventure of innovative neo surrealistic painting wherein clear, concise yardsticks of competence, draughtsmanship and mastery can be tangibly measured and artistically appreciated.




DREAM DREAM STATE STATE It is the realm we enter when our eyes close. It is the unseen that becomes reality. The unconventional becomes the norm.

Luke Cheuh Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/ illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the “Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre. In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh’s work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paitnings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.

POSSESSED (2004) Acrylic + Ink 18” x 24”

WHEN THE BODY HUNGERS (2007) Acrylic + Ink on Canvas 24” x 20”

THE DARKNESS Acrylic + Ink 24” X 18”

Craola Greg Simkins was born in 1975 in Torrance California, just south of Los Angeles. He grew up with a menagerie of animals including a number of rabbits, which often emerge in his paintings. He began drawing at the early age of three and was inspired by various cartoons and books. Some standout books that still find their way into his art are Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis andThe Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Simkins’ art continued to progress to the age of 18, when he started doing graffiti under the name “CRAOLA”. Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works. In addition it taught him perspective, color theory and further developed artistic skills, which later translated into his work with acrylics. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach in 1999, Simkins worked as an illustrator for various clothing companies. He later moved on to Treyarch/ Activision where he worked on video games including Tony Hawk 2X, Spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman while attempting to paint with every free moment he had. In 2005, Simkins pursued his desire to paint as a full-time artist. Since then, he has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and had successfully sold out solo exhibitions. His art is seen in a wide variety of industries from clothing to video games and has also come to life in the form of toys. His client/collaboration list includes Disney, Mattel, Upper Playground, Juxtapoz, To Die For, Vans, Converse, AFI, Saosin, Gym Class Heroes, Pennywise, STRANGEco, Ningyoushi, Kid Robot, Zero Friends, Epitaph, Dark Horse, Iron Fist and Pulse International. It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and (most importantly) his warped imagination, that makes Greg Simkins a sought-after surrealist painter today. Simkins’ artwork has appeared in galleries throughout the world.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2010 “Inside the Outside” at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (June)

“Forgotten Lands” with Naoto Hattori at Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

“Paint By Numbers” at Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2009 “The Pearl Thief” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA“Winter Faction” at Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Nov.) 2006 “Seeing Things” at Fifty24Sf, San Francisco, CA (Feb.) “Vivisect Playsect III” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA 2008 “I AM 8 BIT – Version 3.0” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los An“It Wanders (West)” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles,geles, CA CA (Nov.) “15 Year Anniversary” at Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “It Wanders (East)” at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (Sept.) “Diamonds Spades Hearts Clubs” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, “The Well” at MModern Gallery, Palm Springs, CA Los Angeles, CA 2007 “I’m Scared” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA “Don’t Sleep” at FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006 “ImaMonsta” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA GROUP EXHIBITIONS

“A Tribute to Dr. Seuss” at MModern Gallery, Palm Springs, CA “Bergamont Invasion II” at Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “UP!” at Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA “Family Guy!” at Los Angeles Museum of Television & Radio, Los Angeles, CA

2005 2009 “Vivisect Playsect II” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA “Overdose” Group Exhibition at Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (April) “I AM 8 BIT – Version 2.0” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA “The Art of Sketch Theatre” at the Gnomon Gallery, Hollywood, CA (March) “Flight of the Navigator” with Joe Ledbetter at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA 2008 “Locked and Loaded” at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY 2004 “Young Guns” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA “Stan Lee Tribute” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA “I AM 8 BIT – Version 1.0” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los An2007 geles, CA F.A.M.E. Collective at Art Basel, Miami, FL, curated by Joshua Liner Gallery (Dec.) “Kofie One and Craola” (2 person show) at FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA “KNOW Show” at Art Basel by Mark Murphy Design, Miami, FL “Big Money Art Auction” at Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “BLOC28” at Disney Vault 28, Anaheim, CA “Crazy for Cult” at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, Los Angeles, CA “Vegas ROCKS!” at MModern Gallery (Hard Rock Hotel), Las Vegas, CA

REASON (2012) Acrylic on Panel 11” x 14”

SENTRY DUTY (2011) Acrylic on Canvas 14” x 12”

THE DUEL: kNIGHT (2008) Acrylic on Panel 11” x 14”

Amy Guidry Amy Guidry (b. 1976, Jacksonville, N.C.) is an American artist in Lafayette, Louisiana. She grew up in Slidell, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. She attended Loyola University of New Orleans where she received her Bachelors degree in Visual Arts in 1998. She was the recipient of the Loyola University Art Scholarship, which is awarded to only one student per graduating class. Guidry’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Aljira a Center for Contemporary Art, Brandeis University, the PhilaMOCA, the Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, and the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Her work is present in public and private international collections including the Alexandria Museum of Art, the City of Slidell, the Zigler Art Museum, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Guidry’s paintings have been featured in publications such as American Artist, Adbusters, and Professional Artist. Her work has also been featured on MTV’s The Real World, Season 20: Hollywood as well as the upcoming feature film “When Angels Sing” starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Willie Nelson.

SOLO SHOWS 2012 Amy Guidry: Hyperreality, Slidell Cultural Center, Slidell, LA 2010 New Realm- Works by Amy Guidry, The Schepis Museum, Columbia, LA 2009 New Realm- Works by Amy Guidry, Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 2009 New Realm- Works by Amy Guidry, The Oak Street Gallery, Hammond, LA 2008 New Realm- Works by Amy Guidry, Henri & Odette, Las Vegas, NV 2008 New Realm- Works by Amy Guidry, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA 2007 A New Twist, Lafayette Art Association & Gallery, Lafayette, LA 2007 Beneath the Surface, Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA GROUP SHOWS 2013 1000 Words, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA 2013 2013 Enigma- Curated by Kelli Scott Kelley, / The Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA 2013 North/South, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC 2013 Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined- Jurors Stephanie Cannizzo, Assistant Curator of the Berkeley Art Museum and Cathy Kimball, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA 2013 Penetrating the American Psyche, (SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI 2013 Viewpoints- Juror Helaine Posner, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ 2012 15th International Open- Juror Linda Warren (Director, Linda Warren Gallery), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 2012 Art Melt- Jurors Franklin Sirmans (Chief Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Ron Platt (Curator, Birmingham Museum of Art); and Thomas Neff (Artist and Professor, LSU), The Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA 2012 It’s the End of the World (Again!)- Curated by Genevieve Gillespie, PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA 2012 Louisiana Bicentennial Exhibition: Louisiana Voices / 6-person Invitational, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA 2012 The Great West Coast Migration / Invitational Exhibit , Roq la Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA; Grass Hut, Portland, OR; Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA; LeBasse Projects, Los Angeles, CA; The Artery, Costa Mesa, CA; Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA 2011 Insatiable: Our Rapacious Appetite for More, Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University / Waltham, MA 2011 Myself- Curated by Marjorie Vecchio, Catalog essays by Joy Garnett and Mira Schor, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery of the University of Nevada, Reno / Reno, NV 2010 23rd September Competition- Juror Kelli Scott Kelley (Artist, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University), Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA 2010 30th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2010 Art Melt- Jurors Andrea Pollan (Executive Director, Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C.); Denny Mecham (Executive Director, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS); Paul Dean (Associate Professor, LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA), Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, LA 2010 LaGrange National XXVI Biennial- Juror J. Richard Gruber (Director, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA), LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA 2010 Like a Prayer / Curated by Martina Batan (Director, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York, NY), Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2010 Multispecies Salon 3, The Ironworks, New Orleans, LA 2010 The Black Plague, The Congregation Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010 The Surreal Salon, Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA 2009 13th Annual No Dead Artists- Jurors Miranda Lash (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art); John Kemp (Writer, ARTNews, Art & Antiques, American Artist, Louisiana Life and Editor of La Cultural Vistas), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2009 A Grand Affair, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2009 Art Melt- Jurors Dan Cameron (Director, Prospect.1 Biennial; Director of the New Orleans Center for Contemporary Art); Ann Connelly (Owner, Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge); Brian Young (Curator, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD), Brunner Gallery, The Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA 2009 Feast- Invitational Exhibit, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2009 Group Exhibition, R. Coury Fine Art Gallery, Savage, MD 2009 Le Feu et l’Eau Invitational Exhibit, Steeple Vue Gallery, Arnaudville, LA 2009 Louisiana Public Broadcasting Invitational Art Auction, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, LA 2008 22nd Annual International Juried Show- Juror Carter Foster (Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art), Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ 2008 Ameri-Dreaming: Art & American Culture, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 2008 Art Melt - Juror Sean Ulmer (Curator, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art), Brunner Gallery, The Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA 2008 George E. Ohr National Arts Challenge 2008- Juror Ron Pokrasso (Artist, New Mexico), Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS 2008 Inspirations / 2-Person Exhibition, Zigler Art Museum, Jennings, LA 2008 Learn Promote Defend / Sponsored by the Center for Civil and Human Rights / Jurors Sylvie Fortin (Executive Director and Editor, Art Papers); Christopher Hauck (Artist); Jodi Hauptman (Curator, Museum of Modern Art, MoMA); Louise E. Shaw (Curator) , Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2008 Southern Open 2008- Juror Peter Frank (Art Critic and Art Historian), Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA 2008 The Circus Show and Other Atrocities Invitational Exhibit, Verge Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2008 Twelve- Invitational Exhibit, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2007 10 Women 10 Perspectives, Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, Nassau Bay, TX 2007 Alexandria Museum of Art’s 20th September Competition- Juror Peter Jones (Professor of Art, Louisiana Tech University), Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA 2007 New Directions ‘07 23rd Annual National Contemporary Art Exhibition- Juror Jose Luis Blondet (Dia Art Foundation of New York), Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2007 Small Works Selected Exhibition, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC 2007 STAC Juried Fine Arts Exhibition- Juror Amy Smith-Stewart (Curator, Mary Boone Gallery), Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY 2007 TVAA National All-Media Juried Art Exhibition- Juror Andrea Karnes (Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth), Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX 2006 Le Feu et l’Eau Invitational Exhibit, Fire & Water Festival, Arnaudville, LA 2006 STAA 41st Juried Artists Exhibition The Summer Show- Juror J. Richard Gruber, PH.D. (Director, Ogden Museum of Southern Art), The Art House, Covington, LA 2006 Visual Arts Alliance 23rd Juried Open Show, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX 1998 Senior Design Exhibition, Dana Center Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA 1997 Ex Libris Bookplate Exhibition, Dana Center Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

“THE WILD WEST” Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 30”

“INTERCONNECTED” Acrylic on Canvas 6” x 6”


un路earth路ly unnatural or mysterious, esp. in a disturbing way Can be seen as foreign, otherworldly, and supernatural.

NASTPLAS NastPlas is a creative duo formed in 2006 by illustrator Fran R. Learte “drFranken” and creative director Natalia Molinos “Na”, together “Nastplas Team”. Their work combines an impressive range of digital elements and abstract patterns with which they develop elaborate pieces of art with a visual load. Artist, Fran Rodriguez Learte, “drfranken” was born in La Coruña, Spain in 1979. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Salamanca in 1998. drfranken lives and works in Madrid, Spain. For many years he experimented with different techniques and mediums. Now he concentrates on digital art and his work as a computer programmer in engineering.

Our work has been published in a several magazines and books such us: Lexus Magazine (UK), Bizarre Beyond Belief (USA), Bak Magazine (USA), Cirkumfleks Magazine (Norway), Book of Creation (France), Catalogue/Book Offf 2012 (Barcelona, Spain), Dmoz Mag (Indonesia) # Twofold Mag (Cambridge, UK) # Newwebpick (USA), Arte y Diseño (Spain), Inkside Mag (Mexico), Belio Mag (Spain), Shroud Mag (USA), Advanced Photoshop Mag (UK), Advanced Photoshop Mag (UK), Under Republic Mag (USA), Inkult Magazine (Mexico) # Go Magazine (USA) # B* Creative Mag (Australia) # Impracabeza Mag (Spain), TDA Mag (Argentina), Kismet Mag (Netherlands), Bloodwar Mag (NY), Chew Magazine(South Africa), Area Zinc (Spain), Ox Fanzine (Germany), ZUPI Mag (Brazil), CGWavesPublishing (Milan), RevolutionArt (Uruguay), Visual Arts Illustrated (Germany), ICON Magazine (London) Clients Karl Wolf, Burda Creative Group, Allianz, Coca-Cola, McCann Worldgroup Spain, Lindsay Adler, WealStarr, FoneClay, Urbankaos, IDN, Fabulous Noble, The Door Dresser, Advanced Photoshop Magazine, AntiAnti, Lexus, Airtran Arways, ICON Magazine


Born in Haifa, Israel in ‘85; in a small hospital on the Carmel hillside. Ben spent his formative years growing up in the US, first in Ohio, and then, in a small town lost somewhere in the middle of the Arizona desert. After studying philosophy in college, he moved to to Florence, then Nice - finally moving to Paris to study photography among the franco-français. Since then, he works between Paris and Amsterdam on photography, film, and digital projects. Publications: Snatch, WAD, Amusement, All, Raise, Blast, Frame, YCN, It’s Nice That, IGNANT Clients: TBWA, Publicis, Marcel, Wieden+Kennedy, Orange, Nike, Carrera, BASF




From my perspective, daily life lies between the real world and fantasy. This duality crystalizes so naturally that it looks imperceptible for us: we live in the present without being conscious of it until something happens and breaks this state. This triggers emotions that confirm the coexistence between reality and fantasy in the everyday world. My creative process starts with the observation of an event that shatters this duality, thus giving me the conceptual base for what in the future will be an image. From this framework, I start creating symbolic relations which are necessary to build a visual metaphor which will bring a first sketch. Nevertheless, my creative process does not respond to any linear sequence, but rather to a come and go between the creator and the artwork. The photographic language does not capture the reality I want to show in my work. To fill this gap, I mix digital techniques that expand the semiotics of the image, to the point of merging fantasy with reality. This combination of techniques makes my work more diverse and this allows, in a certain way, to reinvent each new project. Finally, the guidelines that lead my work consist of portraits and self-portraits because, on the one hand, I’m interested to express in an image the vulnerability of human beings facing their surroundings and themselves; and on the other hand, through self-portraiture I represent the inexorable passing of time and how each character inside my image blurs out the limits of their bodies as to, in a horizontal relation, be part of the whole. 2013- “The solitary body: Self-portraiture in contemporary photography”. MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino - Switzerland 2013 - “La voz del Puerto” - 5ta Bienal de Diseño. Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho - Santiago, Chile 2012 - Vanguardia Mistral. Parque Bicentenario Vitacura - Santiago, Chile 2012 - Vanguardia Mistral. Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral ( Centro GAM) - Santiago, Chile 2012 - “Territorio - Habitáculo - Sinestesia - Apartar” . SOFA (Sociedad de Fomento al Arte - Santiago, Chile 2011 - RebelARTE . Stuart Gallery - Santiago, Chile 2010 - Por Chile. Hotel W - Santiago, Chile 2009 - Selknam. Galería Moro - Santiago, Chile 2009 - Hombre. Museo Nacional Vicuña Mackenna - Santiago, Chile 2009 - Súdala. Teatro Caupolicán - Santiago, Chile 2009 - Amarillo Kaf’ak. Galería Viña Crea - Valparaíso, Chile 2008 - Amarillo Kaf’ak. Maremagnum - Barcelona, España 2008 - Amarillo Kaf’ak. Sala Ecus - Barcelona, España 2008 - Amarillo Kaf’ak. Germinart - Barcelona, España



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WARNE RIKER Photography has always been a passion of Warne Riker. His first memories of developing film and pictures was with his father when he was about 8 years old. They set up the enlarger in the kitchen...This was back in the early 70’s. Today he teaches art to High School students, and his students love to create their own ‘pin-hole’ camera’s. He occasionally photographs weddings, sport events as well as landscapes and other shots when asked, although he likes to keep things spontaneous. As soon as he begins to use his talents as a career it will no longer become a passion - it will become work.

TREY RATCLIFF Trey Ratcliff is best known for his site,, which has become the #1 Travel Photography Blog on the Internet. On average, his photos get over a million views a week. His work first became popular after he had the honor of having the first HDR photo ever to hang in the Smithsonian. After that, Trey was fortunate enough to be represented by Getty, been featured on the BBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC, and have had numerous showings around the world. Trey is known generally for the unique way in which he captures and processes the world around me. He has his own “take” on HDR Photography. “I grew up blind in one eye and this might have changed the way I view the world. I don’t know. It’s hard to be objective about the way one’s brain was wired. My background is in computer science and math, so I bring an algorithm-like process to capturing the scene in such a way that it evokes memories in a palpable manner. Whatever that means. My promise to you: One New Photo Every Day.”


THE BAMBOO FOREST While exploring Kyoto, I eventually found my way to this fanciful bamboo forest. There had been a light rain most of the morning and everything was quite lovely. The rain does strange things as it moves its way through these sorts of trees. I waited and waited, and that was nice too. In the early afternoon, the rain stopped while the sun peeked through the top. It shone down while the earlier rain misted down from the tops of the trees.

THE GENTLE PATH TO THE BEYOND The little train that carried me into Hakone started winding through misty mountains. The trees were thick and a fog was rolling in. I had a feeling that it would stay wet, moody, and fairly perfect. It had that heaviness that made you feel like it would remain like that for a few days, and it did.


Just about the only time you get a break from the smog is after a good rain. I’m sure all that nonsense just ends up down on the ground and soaks slowly into the groundwater.


Since a couple of years I live in Hamburg, Germany, where I work as a scientist in particle physics. I live together with my Russian physicist girlfriend. I miss the Swedish nature and landscapes, which I prefer to photo most, but do my best to acclimatize my photographic creation to Hamburg. I appreciate all kind of photos, but have a weakness for nature photos, macro, dramatic sunsets, night photos and HDR (I also like colorful candy with artificial taste). Photography has been my hobby since 2002.

IMPROVING WEATHER (Kullaberg 4) Posted by Albert (Sweden, living in Mechelen, Belgium) on 6 September 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio. ~45min after the previous shots. Still at Kullens nature reserve together with Peter Mannfolk. Canon EOS 7D 1/181 second F/16.0 ISO 100 10 mm

KULLABERG Posted by Albert (Sweden, living in Mechelen, Belgium) on 26 August 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio. Canon EOS 7D 1/64 second F/19.0 ISO 400 10 mm

STAIRS TO THE SEA Posted by Albert (Sweden, living in Mechelen, Belgium) on 16 October 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio. Adamas, Milos, Greece Canon EOS 40D 1/90 second F/19.0 ISO 100 19 mm

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