Runyu Xia

"Exploring inner worlds and the meaning of existence is my motivation for making art. Art is the passport to seek the meaning of life. I believe that there are precious meanings behind normal lives. I hope viewers can think from different perspectives when they see my work."

Envy - Digital media 54 x 39.5 cm

Runyu Xia was born in Shanghai, China in 1990 and lives in New York currently.  He received his BE in Film and TV Technology (Animation Concentration) from Shanghai University in Shanghai in 2013, and his MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2015.

He specializes in digital art and is fascinated by exploring inner worlds and the meaning of existence. Xia also enjoys working on animated film.

His works have been shown in many cities including New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Chicago and Kansas City. His works have been exhibited in Superfine! NYC Contemporary Art Fair, Artexpo, Red Dot Miami, Paper Birch Landing Gallery and Morpho Gallery, and selected by Metropolitan Area College Computer Animation Festival (MetroCAF) and Snowtown Film Festival.

The Creator - Digital media 54 x 38 cm
Sensor Tower - Digital media 54 x 35.6 cm
Spooky Philosophy - Digital media 54 x 35.6 cm
Inner Tunnel - Digital media 54 x 35.6 cm

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Dita Nacobovitz

"Most of my landscape paintings are from where I live, my paintings are a result of observation and imagination, can’t decide what comes first. Hope that the viewer will get the same feeling I did when creating them. I prefer open landscape and to be able to see the skyline . I use oil colors mostly.”

Morning - Oil on canvas 30 x 60 cm

"I studied art at an art school for three years and it was like closing a circle. At first I went to learn computer science and then came back to my origins. I have shown work in Italy and Israel and was supposed to show at NYC Art Expo this year which was postponed due to Covid-19."

As if it was reality - Oil on canvas 40 x 80 cm
Trees came in - Oil on canvas 70 x 90 cm
The Dead Sea - Oil on canvas 34 x 44 cm
Plain air - Oil on canvas cloth 40 x 50 cm

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Aleksandra Sheren

"In my work I am pursuing to explore sensuality and otherworldliness of humans. I am mixing photography, digital art, videography, and sometimes sound. My portraits show how I see who people are when nobody is looking at them, their inner search for freedom, and their answer to this search."

Pomegranate - Caravaggio style - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)

Russian Photographer and Digital Artist, Aleksandra Sheren received her second degree from the International School of Photography and Cinema. She has been numerously featured in Photographize Magazine and included in the Photographize Magazine Annual book. Sheren has exhibited at Agora Gallery, New York and received an Honorable Mention at the Photo D’Femme Contest “Seeing Women” exhibition. Besides her photoart, she is currently working on a cinematographic project.

The Window - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Sensual Venus: Freedom - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
The Power of Silence - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)
Praying to my Moon: Self- Portrait - Mixed Media (photography, digital art)

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Wei-En Hsu

"I've been a trained musician for my whole life, but lately I've been exploring my creative side through the lens. The entire world is shut down at the moment, but finally, I have the time and energy to admire things around me that I've never noticed before."

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A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Wei-En Hsu is an accomplished pianist, organist, conductor, repeater and composer, and recently has added perfumer and photographer into his resume. A native of Taiwan, he received his BFA degree in Piano at the Taipei National University of the Arts. As a musician, he has performed in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Romania, South Korea, Turkey, UK, and US.

Mr. Hsu is now an Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is on the board of several arts related organisations in the US, China, Japan and Malaysia, and has been awarded Visiting Professorships at Sichuan University of Arts and Science, Western Orthodox University, European-American University.

For his contribution to the music and arts profession and community, he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2017, a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers (FGMS), an Associate Fellow of the National College of Music (AFNCollM), and a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2020.

The fish village - Digital photograph 768x1024
Blessing - Digital photograph 3024x3024
Liberty Square at night - Digital photograph 3018x3018
CKS Memorial Hall - Digital photograph 3024x4032

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Rosario Bond

Born in: 1949, La Vega, Dominican Republic

Lives in: Miami, Florida, USA

Media: Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Mixed media, Collage

Describe your work in 3 words: Dramatic, gestural and emotional.

See More Work:  http://rosariobond.com

Happy Ashes I, 2016 -Acrylic-Flashe Paint on Canvas 72 x 72 in.

"In my work, the process is where the excitement is. I really need to be in the present, it is like a meditation, my work is completely intuitive and develops as I go along. It is also very physical, gestural and dynamic. I tend to work very fast at the beginning then I start slowing down, observing and editing. I like the element of surprise."

What themes does your work involve?
My work is difficult to pin down, I like to stimulate the viewer and myself so sometimes each painting can be quite different from one another.
Describe your creative process.
I like to start another work as soon as I finish the previous one, this gives me the energy to do something else and I would start with a different approach to the one I just finished.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Nature, geometric shapes, color, beauty, fashion, design, all these things inspire and influence me, and finally, I make art because it is the way that I express myself and I love making art, it is essential for me.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
"Good art catch your attention, either because is beautiful, or repulsive. But it engages you in one way or another, it challenges the viewer. A piece of art is great when it engages, connects and delight the viewer."
What is the role of the artist today?
The artist plays an important role in society today, specially now with all that is going on with a pandemic, political unrests, protests, these are very challenging times and through art one can send a message of their own political or emotional landscapes or just a message of beauty and peace that is much needed these days.

 


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Shaun Haugen

Born in: 1986, USA

Lives in: Austin, TX, USA

Media: Painting, Sculpture, Digital Media, Watercolor, Collage, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: psyche, prehistoric, nature

See More Work:  www.shaunhaugen.com | Instagram: @shaun.epaints

I Am Dimension Flora, 2019 - Oil, spray paint, and neo megilp on canvas 76 x 53 x 1,5 in.

"My work is an experiment with the portrayal of exotic forms in nature. I depict not only exotic plant life, but sensual images and colors that relate to nature in its prehistoric state. My paintings are an imaginary environment where viewers can immerse themselves in an alternate condition that existed at the beginnings of humankind."

What themes does your work involve?
My research explores ancient variations on the natural environment. I source imagery of plant life that I find in various media, including botanical drawings, pictorial cyclopedias, medieval codices, and the Rajasthani masters. I investigate prehistoric conditions of human beings and the primitive life forms that existed within these periods. By looking back at the periods of the Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic, and the Precambrian, I am able to develop my own imaginative and made-up plant and life forms. I use this research to help spark ideas for the jungle-like habitats that inform my paintings and other artworks.
Describe your creative process.
My art practice is a very intuitive process. I organically rely on spontaneity to build up the surface of the paintings. I then attempt to make a fluid composition by relying on a variety of brushwork and mark-making while utilizing a variety of mediums to create the structure of the paintings. Flatness and texture work congruently. Color is important to me as well. I use color to illicit connotations of a psychic experience and as a reflection in the wild of poisonous warning symbols. I often work on two paintings at a time with similar content; moving back and forth lets me bounce ideas off of each painting. I know my paintings are finished after I have sat with them for months and I feel like it is not necessary to make another move.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Artists who have influenced my practice include James Ensor, whose uninhibited use of texture has impacted the way I treat a flat surface with varying levels of raised paint. David Park’s juicy and luscious application of wet onto wet creates an incredible formulation of optical mixing that has been equally inspirational to me and how I perceive color. Lastly, Ann Hamilton has taught me the importance of play as a poetic element in art-making. Poetry and literature also inspire me to be creative and to further understand the human condition which is essential to my art. I make art because I have a constant flow of visions and creative ideas and the urge to apply them into reality. To form something out of nothing, this is the miracle of art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
If you think about the great artists that changed the history of art, many of these artists were rejected, including the father of modern art, Cezanne, and his facture, Van Gogh’s dreamy, vibrant, colorful paintings, Picasso’s first cubist painting “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon,” Warhol’s elimination of the hand, and so on. These artists I believe were truly authentic to themselves; their art is a source coming directly from within themselves. These artist and art that is great also considers the history of art. A great work of art simultaneously both bridges and breaks historical conventions. And, a great work of art, a true masterpiece is also, somehow, something we have never seen before.
What is the role of the artist today?
I make art because I have a creative and visual mind. I often see visions flash within my mind. When I try to replicate the vision I often fail to portray it perfectly, but the vision serves as a starting point. I enjoy the challenge of trying to bring my ideas into reality. I also enjoy being in my studio, which serves as a place of meditation and purpose. Art should always be about the artist and their internal expression. True art lives on because the artist is genuine to themselves; when this happens the great artist can touch on something visionary. Their need for expression can result in avant-garde art becoming the vanguard for the future.

 


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Barbara Andino-Stevenson

Born in: 1941, San Francisco, USA

Lives in: Lagunitas, CA, USA

Media: Sculpture, Mixed media, Textile Arts, Ceramics

Describe your work in 3 words: Sensuous. Tactile. Evocative

See More Work:  Sweet Spirit Ceramics Center, housed at ArtWorks Downtown (1337 4th St., San Rafael, CA) - YouTube: Barbara Andino-Stevenson

Woman Spirit

"My rich internal life longs to find a form in which it can be seen, felt, and touched. A sculptural alchemist, I work with natural materials--clay, bark, and sometimes stones--enjoying a magical collaboration with these elements. Magic happens when I allow myself to enter the quiet flow where only clay, bark, my eyes, and the skill of my hands reveal the visible from the invisible."

What themes does your work involve?
The female form, death and rebirth, old and worn rather than new and perfect.
Describe your creative process.
A new piece emerges when my internal world is sufficiently stimulated and full. I begin by allowing the material to guide me. I watch and make conscious relationship choices in the forms being created. I know a piece is finished when no further changes need to occur. A series happens when some form that I've created intrigues me enough to find out more.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
What influences my work is Shamanic and Indigenous art and the forms and lines of Art Deco. I am inspired by the energy of the people in my world and the beauty and drama of the natural world that surrounds me. Why do I make art? Because I have to. I make art because without the creative process my life would be totally flat.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me, good art has to evoke an emotion, thought, or knowing that wasn't in me before. What makes a piece of art great is when the artist is passionate, has put in the time to hone their skills, and has a unique point of view. There's an "aha!" that the artist has experienced when completing their work and you can see and feel it.
What is the role of the artist today?
To create whatever you love.

 


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Harry Goldstrom

Born in: 1948, USA

Lives in: Sequim, WA, USA

Media: Photography, Film/analog photography, Printmaking

Describe your work in 3 words: Traditional, empathetic, contemplative

See More Work:  harrygoldstrom.com

Colonnade - Silver Gelatin Print 16 x 20 in. (41 x 52cm)

"Photographically I believe there exists a special relationship between the landscape and music, particularly my favorites of Celtic, Classical, and Jazz. I first became aware of this during my college years as geology major when my interest in photography became serious."

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
- Imogen Cunningham

What themes does your work involve?
My artwork is about photographing the tranquility of nature and the fact that I revel in spending time at these places of grandeur. My photography represents not only how I envisioned a given scene but also my attempt to convey the emotion felt while making the photograph to others. Hopefully, some emotion will be evoked within and pondered by the viewer. Perhaps then the work will have served some purpose other than merely for my own enjoyment.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process begins prior to setting up even one piece of equipment.. When I come upon a scene to photograph, I visualize the finished photograph framed and hanging on a gallery wall.. The emotional excitement starts before I even make the exposure. Often my work is encompassed by larger themes. For example, my geologic background often surfaces in many of my landscape photographs. Those dynamic forces differ sharply from the tranquil display of forests. I rarely consider a photograph complete. Once the negative is developed, that portion is finished. However, the print making is an ongoing process which can last for years. I rarely print a given negative in exactly the same manner more than once. Subtle changes are often made to my photographs years later.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I enjoy the complete traditional film/paper/chemical print making process immensely. The exhilaration of watching a negative come out of the fixer or a print come up in a tray is as exciting to me today as it first was fifty years ago. Producing a photograph allows me to enjoy nature and its tranquility, and revisit those same emotions viewing the print years later as when I first experienced the scene.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
This is a question which certainly can be debated perpetually! I believe one of the most important criteria for good art is that is stands the test of time. The piece must also demonstrate good technique and knowledge of the medium. These three components are inextricably intertwined and absolutely essentially for any piece of art to be considered worthwhile. Good art must also elicit an emotional response from the viewer, resulting in contemplation regarding both the piece at hand and the larger aspects of art in general.
What is the role of the artist today?
I believe that art chose me, rather than vice-versa. Art plays a vital role in our global society. In addition to enhancing individuals’ lives and culture at large with one’s art, the teaching and preserving of art techniques is vital to helping the arts endure. Just as importantly I believe artists have a responsibility to support causes consistent with their beliefs. In addition to my artwork, I support wildlife organizations, animal rights organizations, and donate time to local non-kill animal shelters. Endorsing this obligation by any artist is one in which I believe most fervently.

 


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