Sheila Eder

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

- Pablo Picasso

Rain Forest 2 - Collage on Nepalese paper 10 x 8 in.

Sheila Eder is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds graduate degrees from Columbia and New York University. She retired from a long-held university job in 2013. Since retiring, Ms. Eder has pursued an interest in collage and mixed media, studying at Cooper Union and at the Art Center of the 92nd Street Y. In her brief career as an artist, she has won two "Best in Show" prizes and been exhibited in Brooklyn, Manhattan and in online galleries including the International Gallery of Art (Toronto), Fusion Art (California), and Bauhaus Prairie Gallery (Oklahoma).

Iriwaddy - Collage 11.5 x 14 in.
Ground Zero - Collage 21.5 x 18 in.
Ground Zero: Oculus - Mixed media 22 x 13 x 2.5 in.
Rain Forest 1 - Collage on papyrus 9.5 x 7.5 in.

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Anne Jeffery

"I photograph the diminutive landscapes of wild and garden flowers, leaves and grasses, and the birds, bugs, and butterflies that dwell within. My montages merge these photographs with clouds, streams, waterfalls, bubbles, and splashes of color. I intertwine multiple layers into a final composition."

Winsome - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.

"Growing up in California, under the spell of such luminaries of photography as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston, I was entranced with the photographic process.  After receiving a sensible college degree, I went on to study photography at Brooks Institute of Photography. I left Brooks to begin a career with the Federal Government documenting wildfires for the Bureau of Land Management. During my Federal career, I worked as a photographer, a public relations specialist and National Deputy Director for BLM’s Office of Fire and Aviation. Over the years my work has evolved from documentary photographs into creating fine art multi-layered digital photomontages. 

My photomontages may be composed of up to 70 different layers.  A layer may be an original digital photograph, a digital creation such as flare, fog, stars, shadows, color splashes or a layer may modify another layer by adjusting exposure, hue, saturation, color, and/or texture.

I have studied under some of the masters of photography including workshops with Al Weber, Philip Hyde, Maggie Taylor, and Ysabel LeMay. In addition, I had the great honor of being selected to work as an assistant to Ansel Adams at one of his Yosemite Workshops. 

I was a finalist in the Julia M. Cameron Award for Women Photographers - Alternative Processes 2016 and had my work exhibited at Berlin Foto Biennale - 4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography. My work is currently being exhibited at Friedman Memorial Airport, St Luke's Medical Center, 7Fuego Restaurant and Bellevue Public Library.”

Mordor - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.
Blossoms - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.
Bouquet - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.
Florescence - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.

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Angeles Gonzalez

"I use photography as a medium of personal expression in function of the perception that I have for Art. I recreate qualities that represent my vision of human nature — constantly looking inside the light for the shadows. I create a personal style and experiment with a world closer to pictorial art."

VENUS DIVAN - Digital art printed on canvas 100 x 70 cm

"I am an Audiovisual Communication professional with more than 20 years of experience working in television, in creation and edition of audiovisuals. In the world of photography, my training is self-taught, my work has evolved through my own research. I started doing Documentary Photography; there was a moment when I wanted to investigate further, and I went into other genres, like fashion photography and later I evolved to Fine Art.

The experience was very positive. I experimented and discovered new ways of capturing, not only moments but subtle details which I could register and forms of expression which I could shape. I became able to create what was in my imagination. Utilizing a unique technique my works require a long and continual gaze.

Inside the many possibilities offered by photographic art, the one that attracts me the most is the portrait, because of the power it has to transmit sensations and emotions, which reach the viewer directly. But I go a step further, because I try to get my photography to have a pictorial appearance so real, that when I contemplate it, put into question that what I am watching is photography or painting.

I consider my photography, emotionally dense and infinite; my art emphasizes fantasy and imagination as a source of aesthetic experience

My professional career focuses on the search for beauty, and through my photography, I try to share my emotions. My last projects have been based on a study through the painting of the great masters of the Baroque and Renaissance; I analyze the use of light in those wonderful chiaroscuros, to use that knowledge in my photography, where my goal is to achieve that mixture between photography and painting.

In my works, the framings, the treatment of the light, the scenery, the whole, get a mixture, that when observing the work printed on canvas surprises that it is photography."

UTOPIA - Digital art printed on methacrylate 100 x 80 cm
FEMME - Digital art printed on canvas 100 x 100 cm
NARNIA - Digital art printed on canvas 100 x 70 cm
VENUS RENAISSANCE - Digital art printed on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Fay Wood

"I've been an artist for many years and creating sculpture using found materials is my favorite form of expression. I love a quote by Virginia Woolf: ‘Arrange whatever pieces come your way.’ I also have portfolios in painting, tapestry, collage, and drawing."

Aftertaste - Assemblage 16 x 39 x 16 in.

“Art using found objects has attracted me since 1965, when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and saw large sculptures by local artists made from detritus on the Bay shore. They were fantastic, noisy, beautiful works with great humor and form - I never have forgotten them. As an art student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass. I began studying painting, but later, when I was attending a life drawing group, a sculptor encouraged me to carve directly in wood. This began what has become a deep love for sculpture and, later found object assemblage.

In 1992, when I finally had a permanent studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State, I began combining found objects with the cherry wood carvings I had been doing and continue to do so; adding found rag paper, wire, and paint to the mix.

I have also continued to paint, draw, and create tapestries and, recently I have completed an 18 piece portfolio of collages. I have an extensive exhibition history, including The Proskauer prize from the National Sculpture Society, exhibitions at Brookgreen Gardens, S. Carolina, Biennale Dell Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, where I have been invited again in 2019, as well as many solo, group and invitational exhibitions in the USA. I will also be a featured artist with Artrepreneur, a website assisting artists to further their careers, in a film on PBS worldwide in April 2019.”

Mantis - Assemblage 60 x 16 x 18 in.
I Thought I Stood - Collage 28 x 21.5 in.
Matriarch - Assemblage 21 x 17 x 17 in.
Three Dreams in the Desert - Collage 26 x 22 in.

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Ritva Georgiades

“Art is my hobby, my obsession, my love, yearning for something that I cannot give name to. It is an ongoing journey with its ups and downs. This journey can be both exciting and agonizing and at times surprising how images unfold.”

Pansies - Mixed media collage 67 x 65 framed

Born and raised in Finland, Ritva Georgiades has lived in England since 1969. Her art has been in many group exhibits and international art fairs. Ritva enjoys experimenting with different materials to express her ideas. Rather than focusing on a single style, her practice covers themes from figurative to abstract. The artist holds a BA (Honors) in Fine Arts Degree from Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

Flower - Mixed media 39 x 39 cm
Grand Bazaar - Mixed media Each panel 25 x 25 cm
Butterflies - Collage, acrylic, hand stitching 49 x 49 cm
Mountainscape - Mixed media 27 x 15 cm

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Henny Schlüter

"Painting with paper on canvas is the result of my ongoing contemplation on progress and sustainability leading me to the unique use of colored paper as my artistic medium. I want to achieve a new visual language leading people off the beaten tracks towards new experiences."

German, Henny Schlüter has been an artist since 2002 and in 2011 his portrait appeared on  München TV, Foundation of OfficeAndArt - "Economics meets Art - THE interactive platform". He has participated in the project WorkART Connections of the Center for German and European Studies (CGES), Minneapolis/USA.

Select Solo Exhibitions 

2016/17 Papiertechnische Stiftung PTS "Paper Matters" Munich, K&K Galerie "Klein und Fein" Neuried, 2015 City of Munich, Dept. Cultural Affairs "Malerei mit Papier II", KIK "Papier ist geduldig" Krailling, 2013/14 Max Plank Institute "Malerei mit Papier I" Martinsried, 2013 Town Hall City of Planegg "MyART"

Select Group Exhibitions 

2018 Galerie Kerstan "Xmas" Stuttgart, Galleria ARTtime "Emozioni Astratte", Udine Italy, 2017 Galeria ART Nou Millenni "Modern European Art" Barcelona Spain, Museum St. Johann Austria, 2016 Stilgalerie "Farben Querschnitte" Vienna Austria, 2015 A&D Gallery "Continental Art" London GB, 2013 KUNST-TAGE Trudering "Selected Artists of the Year" Munich

International Art Fairs
2019 artexpo New York, 2018 Carrousel du Louvre Paris, ARTe Sindelfingen, 2017 XIth Florence Biennale Florence Italy, 2016 ART Innsbruck Austria

Select Publications and Media

Who's Who in Visual Art 100 Top Fine Artists ISBN 978-3-9817701-2-4, Exhibition Catalogue PTS Munich, XIth Biennale Florence ISBN 97-8-8868741778, "Portrait" Report Edition 49 ISSN 1612-0434, CULT KunstundLiteratur "Artist's Portrait" Edition 16 ISSN 2193-4711, "Internationale Kunst Heute" Kolle/Gardill, ISSN 978-2-9816-395-2-8

Select Memberships 

Kunstkreis Gräfelfing e.V.and Paul Klinger KSW e.V. München, in both member of advisory board, H-Team e.V. Munich jury member, KUN:ST International Stuttgart e.V.,  Sylter Kunstfreunde, Isle of Sylt, Germany, Kunst-Kulturverein KitzArt Kitzbühel, Austria


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Joan Andal Romano

"Creativity and ego cannot go together."  - Jeong Kwan

Life Is Art - Mixed media on canvas 18 x 24 in.

"I began to paint and create mixed media artwork in 2010. My journey began when I visited Paris, France, for the first time. I had an argument with “someone” at Le Louvre. My claim in being an artist was in question. The root of my anger stemmed from the fact that being an artist is not because of what I do but it is because of who I am. This argument pressed my reset button and the rest, as they say, is history. I married my critic at Le Louvre and blew wide-open the double doors into my creative vault."

Studio 888 - Mixed media on canvas 24 x 30 in.
And Love Asks Nothing - Mixed media on canvas 24 x 36 in.
I Know A Place - Mixed media on wood panel 36 x 24 in.
True North - Mixed media on canvas 24 x 30 in.

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adele_arati.ram:aaRTI

“I believe in art understood primarily as a fundamental communication channel, free from critical schemes and the industry’s vocabulary. I do not place limits on using any communication medium to merge the technique I have outlined, called Crea_R_Evolution, as an extension of the history.”

Map For The Future - Mixed media sculpture 80 x 80 x 20 cm

Adele Arati was born in Parma, Italy 1967 where she lives and works. After 25 years of careful study and experimentation, she has created the project titled <adele_aRaTI.ram: aaRTI>. Arati was a semi-finalist at the Cairo Mondatori Art Prize (Arte October 2016) and contributes to the bi-monthly art edition, BIANCOSCURO. She was featured in the Book of Art (CAC) edited by Dr. Arpinè Sevagian, Truth and Lies Contemporary Art by Marc Chagall to Today (2018). Recent exhibitions include at the Museo MIIT di Torino, Emotion – Contemporary Art Fantasy k.M.B.– Miami- Private Party Miami Art Basel (2017),  the AccorsiArte in Venice within the Biennale di Venezia in 2017, as well as at ARTBOX.Gallery in Basel, Switzerland, Gallery Flyer in Rome and Caelum in Manhattan, NY, the 2015 BMM Art Biennial art MIIT Museum Torino and many more.  Arati graduated in Visual Arts and Applied Graphics Paolo Toschi Institute of art Parma in 1986 and has 25 years of professional experience working in the fields of photography, graphic design, and illustration.

Map Of Soul - Mixed technique 70 x 100 cm
Past Future - Mixed technique 70 x 100 cm
Possibility - Mixed technique 70 x 100 cm
Create_R_Evolution - Mixed technique 70 x 100 cm

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Cristina H Melo

"I use photography to record images. And in each, I see a kind of metaphor, since, as we know, the eyes do not see the same as the photo, any photo, shows."

It Wasn't Mine But Now It Is - Photograph 50 x 60 cm
Complexius - Photograph 125 x 52 cm
Complexius - Photograph 125 x 52 cm
Time Lapse - Photograph 30 x 40 cm
Time Lapse - Photograph 30 x 40 cm

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Q&A with Cristina H Melo

"I use photography to record images. And in each, I see a kind of metaphor, since, as we know, the eyes do not see the same as the photo, any photo, shows."

It Wasn't Mine But Now It Is - Photographic collage 70 x 50 cm
Born in: 1962; Portugal
Lives in: Lisbon, Portugal
Education: Counsellor For Addiction Diseases, Weston-Super-Mare, UK · Drawing Course, Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisboa · Professional Photography, Instituto Português de Fotografia, Lisboa · Project studying by the supervision of  António Júlio Duarte, Atelier de Lisboa, Lisboa
Media: Photography,  Digital Photography, Mixed media, Collage
Describe your work in 3 words: Trans - lation;  trans - action;  trans - ference
See More Work: https://www.cristinahmelo.com/
It Wasn't Mine But Now It Is - Photographic collage 70 x 50 cm
CFA: What themes does your work deal with? 
C.H.M.:  The Human Nature - life and death, movement and statics, reality versus unreality, matter and anti-matter, gravity and ascension
CFA: Describe your creative process.
C.H.M.: My starting point is daily life or rather my own wandering between the rhythms and the randomness of daily life. When the elements that shape it come to me, I feel able of interrogation and search. And in spite of isolating a body /object or a part of a body /object as the central motive of this interrogation, I'm not concerned with existential loneliness nor do I want to use mere descriptions of things or human beings. I am concerned with seeing the unseen
CFA: What influences your art? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
C.H.M.:  For sure my work has to do with Eugene Atget and also Man Ray. When I feel I want to transfigurate the image go onto Gerhard Richter, (overpainted photos)
CFA: What is art? What makes a piece of art great?
C.H.M.: Art has to come from within, from the guts.
CFA: What is the role of the artist today? 
C.H.M.:  Humans live between duality and fact. Black and white, new and old, modern and ancient, death and life, light and darkness, night and day, real and imaginary. The imaginary is great and lifts your weight...Then, everything is possible.

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