Haiyang Sun

“My artistic journey began with a childhood love for anime and video games, which now fuels my work in the video game industry. Drawing from these influences, I aim to create captivating images that blend nostalgia with innovation.”

Persian Gryphon - Photoshop, 3450 x 4465 px

Haiyang Sun is a distinguished character concept artist in the video game industry, currently employed at Tencent America, Timi Studio Group. With a notable track record, he has contributed his expertise to several high-profile AAA game projects, including "Apex Legends," "The Perfect Dark," and "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War." His exceptional skills and deep understanding of character concept art make him an invaluable asset to any development team.

Over the years, Haiyang has gained international recognition for his work. His art has been showcased in various competitions, as well as featured in art books, magazines, and on numerous websites, celebrating his creative contributions to the field.

Beyond his professional achievements, Haiyang is dedicated to education within the art community. He creates concept art tutorials and shares his extensive design knowledge, helping to nurture the next generation of artists by teaching both students and professionals.

High Priestess - Photoshop, 3450 x 4465 px
Nightfall - Photoshop, 5324 x 2879 px
War Mask - Photoshop, 1006 x 1151 px
Golden Palace - Photoshop, 2698 x 1462 px

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Franchesca’s Art

“As Franchesca Ocampo Swartzberg, I blend diverse techniques to provoke contemplation on global challenges. Inspired by renowned artists, I infuse dynamism and diversity into my creations, urging reflection on technology's impact and conveying a dramatic, futuristic message.”

1 The artist with her work Virtual Prison - 36”x 24. Cellphone Sculpture, Multi-mediums, acrylics, oil paint. Metalique paint, metal paint, color clay, polymer clay, ceramic clay, gesso paint, Epoxy Resin.

Franchesca Ocampo Swartzberg, born on June 3, 1974, is an artist from Bogota, Colombia. In 1996, she embarked on a journey to Atlanta, GA, USA, to pursue her artistic aspirations, initiating a disciplined practice of canvas painting. Through the exploration of various techniques and the playful integration of diverse materials and styles, she has honed her proficiency across multiple mediums, establishing a robust presence in the realm of decorative art.

Subsequently, inspired by renowned artists, she embarked on a journey infused with a sense of drama and allure. Among the esteemed figures who fueled her admiration were Liliana Porter, Mike Winkelnann, and Gerald Garouste.

Her aspirations extend to ensuring that her art is witnessed by a broad audience capable of grasping the depth of her message—provoking contemplation and analysis of the challenges facing our current and future planet.

Franchesca’s artistic journey is characterized by empirical and experimental exploration. As a self-taught artist, often referred to as an "invisible artist" in a society that overlooks and neglects those without formal opportunities, she has adeptly seized chances to garner recognition and project her achievements thus far.

Known among her clients, acquaintances, and patrons as an outgoing artist, she infuses dynamism and intriguing diversity into her work. Her creations showcase a diverse world, incorporating a myriad of elements and standing out for the profound message aimed at guiding future generations through insightful reflection on the issues plaguing our contemporary world.

I-Pollen, 36”x 24. Cellphone Sculpture, Multi-mediums, acrylics, oil paint. Metalique paint, metal paint, color clay, polymer clay, ceramic clay, gesso paint. plastic figurines, Epoxy Resin.
Close Up I=Pollen, 36”x 24. Cellphone Sculpture, Multi-mediums, acrylics, oil paint. Metalique paint, metal paint, color clay, polymer clay, ceramic clay, gesso paint, Epoxy Resin.
In the I-Clouds, 36”x 24. Cellphone Sculpture, Multi-mediums, acrylics, oil paint. Metalique paint, metal paint, color clay, polymer clay, ceramic clay, gesso paint, Epoxy Resin.
Close Up In the I-Clouds, 36”x 24. Cellphone Sculpture, Multi-mediums, acrylics, oil paint. Metalique paint, metal paint, color clay, polymer clay, ceramic clay, gesso paint, Epoxy Resin.

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Simi Larisch

Deconstruction of film. The term "Mainstream" is often used with a negative connotation. In a more positive sense, it creates a collective memory and thus becomes, even decades later, a strong link between the individuals of a society.

Titanic 1997 - Original VHS tape (woven) 100 x 100 cm

From Germany, Simi Larisch has worked as a freelance artist and graphic designer out of her studio in Düsseldorf since 2005. 

 

Select Exhibitions

11/2022  Frauenmuseum | Bonn | 27th Art Fair

09/2022 Stadtmuseum | Düsseldorf | Da! Art Award

06/2022 Museum Kunst Palast | Düsseldorf | Die Grosse 

06/2022 FMDK e.V. | Munich | Kunstsalon SINE LOCO

 

Education

2019 Doctorate in Art History at HHU Düsseldorf (Dr. phil.)

2012 Sponsorship Award for Master's thesis: "Kunstpunkte - The visit to the studio. Between authenticity claim, voyeurism and commerce"

2011 M.A. art history HHU Düsseldorf

2005 B.A. art history and media science HHU Düsseldorf 

2003 Certificate study program at "Neue Kunstschule Zürich"

1999 State-certified designer for media and communication 

Love Actually 2003 - Print on canvas 50 x 300 cm
Jungle Book 1967 - Original VHS tape (woven) 100 x 100 cm
Fight Club 1999 - Print on canvas 50 x 300 cm
The Exorcist 1973 - Original VHS tape (woven) 100 x 100 cm

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Shan Ogdemli

"My work is inspired by light and color, patterns from biology, physics and geometry, by the Earth and Cosmos, by the interconnectedness of all things, by op art, pop art and the miracle of life."

Pink Moon - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 37 x 48 in.

"I have been a working artist my entire life, wearing many hats that include fine artist, licensed artist, illustrator, product designer, graphic designer, creative director and entrepreneur. I've owned and co-owned several successful artistic business endeavors, including my graphic design and illustration studio, Ogdemli Feldman Design + Illustration; my art licensing business, Designs by Shan; and a worldwide licensed brand phenomenon called Pampered Girls. 

After many years working in the commercial art and design fields in Los Angeles, my husband and I have recently relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I have finally been able to make the necessary life changes to be able to focus full-time on my true passion of creating my fine art. 

I work in multiple styles and media that include large-scale paintings in acrylic mixed with diatomaceous earth, as well as in digital media. My acrylic paintings are heavily textured with expressive brush strokes that add movement and energy, with color harmonies meticulously built from several layers of translucent and opaque paint. 

My digital images are what I call "digital drawings" because they all start as pencil drawings on paper, which are then scanned and redrawn by hand in Illustrator, then meticulously colored using Illustrator and Photoshop in much the same way as my layered acrylic paintings. 

My subjects in both media include light and color, patterns from life, science and math, dots, spots, circles, particles, waves, energy, flowing lines, spirals, mandalas and abstract landscapes. 

Inspirations include Op Art of the '60s and 70's, Victor Vasarely, Yaakov Agam, Mark Rothko, Vincent Van Gogh, Emilio Pucci, Alan Turing, biology, geometry, astronomy, physics, quantum physics and metaphysics."

Sea Spots - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Moana Kala Kala - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Rose Nebula - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 54 x 54 in.
Blue Sunflower - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 60 x 60 in.

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Nathan Neufeld

Born in: 1992, United States
Lives in: Kansas City, Kansas
Media: Sculpture, Digital Media, Performance, Installation, Mixed media, Ceramics, Jewelry
Describe your work in 3 words: Exploration - Discovery - Interaction

Monolith

"Much of my work stems from a passion for exploration. Like the author of a book you can't put down, I strive to share this sense of exploration, discovery, and revelation with to viewer and user."

First and foremost a big Thank you to Circle foundation for continuing to provide these opportunities. I am honored to receive first place for this Artist of the Month competition.

One of the more exciting future projects I am working towards at the moment is the invention of a process. The process has 2 major parts, one a software that generates and develops ceramic formulations for clay bodies and surface treatments, such as glazes. The second is a robotic system that takes those recipes and distributes the necessary ingredients and amounts for each formulation from miniature silos. The first body of work I am envisioning to result from this process is a series of modular geometries that can come together in three dimensions, each module made of their own unique recipe. These would come together in formations that would echo the relationships between the recipes. For example, imagine the structure of a  spider web. From a central formulation -- we have hundreds of strains branching out, all related in diminishing degrees to their neighbors. Now imagine this in three dimensions.

Much of my work stems from a passion for exploration. Like the author of a book you can't put down, I strive to share this sense of exploration, discovery, and revelation with to viewer and user.

 

To join me in my Odyssey, check out NathanNeufeld.com and follow me on Instagram @neufelddesign. 

Onwards and upwards.

Cube
Rotate
Queen Bee Teaset
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Monarch Chandelier

 


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