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Artists On Review

Magical Realsim: Lukáš KÁNDL

(Lukas Kandl) The Lion in Love - Oil on canvas 195 x 130 cm - Tribute to La Fontaine Book IV fable 1

"I like to think that in another life, I was yet living in Prague, as somebody in charge of Rudolf II’s fabulous collection in which you could find, for example, astrological tools, potions to make gold, the philosophical stone, impenetrable manuscripts full of VITRIOL formula."

Lukáš received 1st Place in the CFA Artist of the Year Award 2019.

The Sensationalist: Iva Troj

Untitled - Oil on canvas

"As a child, I was taught to question one-dimensional narratives, which grew from a survival technique to a technology of the artistic self. That is probably why I often focus on the normalization of dysfunctional discourses, from the victimization of the female gender to religious dogma and racism."

Iva received 2nd Place in the CFA Artist of the Year 2019 Award.

Fresh and Colorful: Sarah Ann Weber

Installation: Chicago 1969 at EXPO CHICAGO, presented with Anat Ebgi Gallery, 2019

"I draw landscapes that combine my observations and memories of the natural world with abstraction. Here, figures are camouflaged, androgynous, and more plant-based than human. There is beauty, but upon closer inspection, violence and decay are also present."

Sarah received 3rd Place in the CFA Artist of the Year Award 2019.

Follow the Light: Michael Orwick

The Golden Gate - Oil on canvas 72 x 48 in.

"The effects of light and atmosphere are what I remember about a location and what inspires me most. Light transforms the ordinary or even beautiful into the exceptional. My quest is to capture these fleeting moments and help people see things again through new eyes."

Ceremonial Minimalist: Milos Nejezchleb


"My photographs are characterized by their bold color, artistic concept, often with elements of Surrealism. I usually capture my projects in series of 3-10 pictures and like to hide social themes into them. I often use elements like minimalism, symmetry, emotional emptiness."

Chocolate Sculpture: Gerhard Petzl

The Chocolate Table, Hong Kong Project - 5 x 1,2 x 1,2 m

"I continued my search for sculptural expressions successfully, mainly in chocolate with projects in New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Vienna and other cities and was even awarded 'Master Chocolatier of the Year' in 2017 in NY, USA. Crazy projects like the "World's tallest Chocolate Santa", a 5m long table with more than 2,500 single pieces assembled, or even a whole room made out of chocolate with a lifesized human, a desk, a sofa, a table and all in all more than 1500kg chocolate used."

Time Machines: Cristina Corvino

Creazione - Mixed media 140 x 160 cm

"In the past two years, my production has focused on the creation of a number of works from the "Time Machines" series that investigate the social role of women throughout history, these works belong to the style of Conservative Art, a term coined with a registered trademark."

Crafty Pop: Alicja Kozlowska

Andy - Embroidered felt sculpture 14 x 21 x 17 cm

"Painting by sewing for me is the format to address deeply negative, culturally constructed indifference. From Duchamp and Warhol I learned the relationship between handicraft and mass production, and between works of art and every day consumable commodities."

Hieroglyphics: Scott Wixon

Spoke and Hub - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 45.72 x 54.61 cm

"Color has always been extremely important to me and is one of the defining elements of my work. Over the years I have developed a personal vocabulary of shapes and gestured markings. The recognizable imagery I use has enhanced the development of my abstract forms."

Constantly Looking: Mimmi Moretti

Lift - Fine Art Photograph 70 x 100 cm

Mimmi Moretti, whose birth name is Domenico, was born in Catania in 1966. A few months later the family moved to Paris. It was in the French capital that he was culturally informed and where he began, thanks to his uncle, to take pictures and familiarize himself with the darkroom.

Intertwined: Arati Reddy-Devlin

Colour Landscape Two Birds - Pen and inks 48 x 33 cm

"Visual analysis of objects and the study of social life using visual materials has been of great interest to me as an artist and teacher of art. Daniel Miller argued that 'the best way to understand, convey and appreciate our humanity is through attention to our fundamental materiality'."

Oil on canvas: Chris Klein

The House of Capulet - Acrylic on canvas 60 z 72 in.

"My costumes invoke many stories. The people who wear them, the performances played and the stages walked. I have worked in theatre for a large part of my life, and this is my way to capture a part of that. It's difficult to marry painting with performance, acting and dance but this is my attempt to do this. It’s also my homage to all the skilled people involved in creating these garments."

Neo-Expressionism: Sinclair Webster

Mary - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

"I like to draw. All my ideas have a strong graphic base. They often start as simple, quick single line graphic notes that emphasized key shapes. Shapes and the rhythms between them have always fascinated me. On canvas they redefine themselves so I get an interaction between design and serendipity."

Light is the Medium: Philip Noyed

Skyfall - Lamda durantran print, acrylic, LED lights 4 x 3 ft

Philip Noyed creates luminous art that explores light, color and space in two and three dimensions. He combines the use of abstract photography, digital manipulation, acrylic fabrication, printing technologies, LED lights and VR to create innovative color and light experiences.

The Observer: Kathleen Migliore-Newton

Conversation - Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.

"I draw the human figure in the urban environment because I am passionate about New York City’s diversity. I observe how we maintain our privacy or discover ways to connect. I try to capture someone’s movements and gestures as an indication of personality."

Space and Color: Jean-Marie Renault

Combien de Temps - Digital media

Born in Cameroun and living in Montreuil, France, Jean-Marie Renault studied art at Paris University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne - Higher National School of Applied Arts.

Dreams: Anja Diabaté

From Touching 

"My photographic version stands for the freedom of art. It marks my work. Trough this, fantasies arise, which are spread out and become part of the story. Art is free. This also means that I don't block myself, instead, I give myself full freedom to become expressed though art. I love what I am doing."

Unique Technique: Todd Jones

In Full Bloom - House paint, hard cloth, and hot glue, 20 x 12 x 16 in.

"Exploring the serendipitous phenomena from the processes of painting, I recycle mistinted house paint into sculptural skins. These skins are rolled up, taking on the forms of fungi or flowers and are superimposed on three-dimensional forms derived from natural elements."

Capturing Mystery: Nluz Love

Trick 3_Cosmic influence - Digital photograph 84,67x56,44 cm

"This new reading of little details of digital images transcends from the purely indicative, from the role of the photographer as a divinizing filter that generates emotions, to the magical-technological, to alien aesthetic communication. We can thus anticipate our time, now more than ever."

Intimate Rituals: Holly Wilmeth

The Things We Carry - Photograph

Holly creates images that embody elements of nature, mysticism, and spirituality. Drawing inspiration from ancient mythologies, symbolism, diverse cultures and a deep spiritual practice, her images are a personal interpretation of her life’s sacred dance. Both wisdom and wonder speak through her images, as they reveal a visual journey of the alchemy of being human and being part of this earth.

Gray Area: Brian Hunt

Northbound - Photographic print 24 x 24 in.
"Art was once created by the human hand and ochre from the earth, but over time, the tools evolved. What has always remained constant though, is that art originates from the soul. My hope is that my images will be a reflection of me, not merely my skills, and will stand the test of time."

Contemplation/Observation: Jean Marc La Roque

Wangianna - Digital photograph 65 x 110 cm

"A photograph for me starts with contemplation, then comes the observation, to construct, arrange, compose and create your subject into your vision."

Finesse: Andrey Pingachev

Still Life With Lion Mask - Oil on linen 60 x 100 cm
"My works are done in a true-to-life manner (landscape and still-life painting), noted for their bright perfect colorful composition and variety of forms, where reality comes to be the symbol of the inner essence."

Still Life Photography: Lynn Karlin

Still Life with Grapes & Plums - Digital Photograph 24 x 16 in.

"My still life series was inspired eleven years ago by a book on 19th-century amateur photographer Charles Jones, an English gardener whose passion was to document fruit and vegetables. The opening quote by Vincent Van Gogh who said, "How difficult it is to be simple." resonates with me."

Circle Annex: A Quiet Place

A quiet place, a happy place, a dream, a pause.

Violently engaged in a participatory culture that requires us to be constantly connected, our minds are incessantly bombarded with an array of unsolicited information pleading for our emotional reactions. The media has become a cacophony of commercial and political propaganda never ceasing to deliver us personally-outfitted messages aiming to reach our pockets or our deepest feelings.

Our social instinct of belonging has been downgraded to a bunch of pixels forming an upward-pointing-thumb.

Whether we lack the understanding of how our collected data can become the collective enemy or whether we are willingly letting it be gathered for the sake of a bit more comfort in our lives, the cost of our digital habits is about to equal the loss not only of our political democracy, but of our true identities altogether. Can you truly form your own identity when you are constantly occupied with what others are, say, do, think, or want you to be, say, do or think?

CFA Artist of the Year Award 2019

Lukas Kandl accepts his award

Paris based painter, Lukas Kandl ( accepts his award. Lukas was selected as 1st Place recipient through Circle Foundation's annual Artist of the Year competition. More details:

“What is the most important to me is to offer paintings in front of which the spectator will take time to sit down, to enter in harmony with the painting, and then have his own walk, as an awaken dream, giving him, even for a short time, a rare and unusual feeling.”

CFA Artist of the Year Award 2019

Sarah Ann Weber accepts her award

Los Angeles based artist, Sarah Ann Weber ( accepts her award. Sarah was selected as 3rd place recipient through Circle Foundation's annual Artist of the Year competition. More details:

"I draw landscapes that combine my observations and memories of the natural world with abstraction. Here, figures are camouflaged, androgynous, and more plant-based than human. There is beauty, but upon closer inspection, violence and decay are also present."

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