Eriko Kaniwa

"Absurdity is the child of order and chaos. It the evidence that something has been born. The abstract made manifest through me might be small bugs spit out by absurdity. Like bugs, there is a reason for absurdity's existence on this planet."

Nautilus Universe: Meets Branching - Digital media 100 x 100 cm

Eriko Kaniwa is a digital artist at Sensegraphia, Japan. Sensegraphia is a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express the sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of nature and that we are centrally involved in nature's - even the universe's - dynamics. 

Through digital fine art, Sensegraphia puts forward a philosophy and creative activities that reestablish the essential unity between people and nature, even within the context of today's highly advanced science and technology.

Kaniwa spent two years exploring the symbols of Japanese nature worship, after a period of TV program production and social venture innovation, which are exemplified in the so-called "eight million of gods" of Shinto. 

She reflected on how the ancient Japanese viewed their natural surroundings and symbolized it as an object of prayer. Traveling to over twenty locations throughout Japan, Eriko captured images of torii gates built in water, sacred wedded rocks, world heritage sites, and other spiritual landscapes. These images are collected, together with text, in her book "JOKEI - Symbols of Nature Worship, Sacred Places of Japan", which has won multiple international awards, as one of the best fine art photo books in the world. In addition to this book, her other works have received multiple international awards, including PX3, ND Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, IPA, Pollux Awards, and more.

Eriko also creates digitally enhanced abstract artwork based on her unique philosophy. Her work has been displayed at galleries in London and New York, as well as at the art fairs and international exhibitions such as Fotofever Paris and Barcelona Foto Biennale. She and her artworks have been featured in magazines such as British GQ online, London Life, Wired and more.

Aesthete: Tiger (From the series “ANIMALIA”) - Photography and digital media 70 x 62.6 cm
Aesthete: Zebra (From the series “ANIMALIA”) - Photography and digital media 70 x 62.6 cm
The Scenic Beauty: Sun (From the series "Spiritual Landscape of Japan”) Photography and digital media 150 x 47.5 cm
The Scenic Beauty: Moon (From the series "Spiritual Landscape of Japan”) - Photography and digital media 150 x 47.5 cm

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Anja Morisse

"Images should be more than an eye-catcher, they should captivate the viewer and make you think. There is an inseparable connection between thinking, feeling and visual perception."

Vergänglichkeit - Digital photograph / HD Metal print 18,5x40 cm or 35 x 75 cm

German Artist, Anja Morisse creates work with digital media that investigates formal and conceptual elements of seeing. Her published book, "Bremen - Living in and with a city", Verlag Hauschild, Bremen presents a collection of her unique artworks.

"I have two passions in photography: realistic photography like reports, portrait, people, documentaries, and industry. In recent years, I have been drawn to fine art photography with my role models being the Expressionists, Surrealists and Mannerists. This form of presentation gives the opportunity, similar to a report, to deal with things and present them in picture form. Images should more than an eye-catcher they should captivate the viewer and make them think. There is an inseparable connection between thinking, feeling and visual perception."

18. Jahrhundert - Digital photograph / HD Metal print 18,5x40 cm or 35 x 75 cm
Naturaless - Digital photograph / HD Metal print 18,5x40 cm or 35 x 75 cm
Botin der Götter - Digital photograph / HD Metal print 18,5x40 cm or 35 x 75 cm
Insulin - Digital photograph / HD Metal print 18,5x40 cm or 35 x 75 cm

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Gus Fine Art

"My name is Gus, I was born in a small village in the north of Spain but now I live in the Balearic Islands. Since I was very young, photography and art have always attracted me, I grew up seeing and reading books and works of great artists; Cartier-Bresson, Adams, magnificent impressionist painters."

World of Puppets - Creative edit 2000 x 2000 mpx

Gus was born in a small village in northern Spain and has been attracted to art and photography from a young age when he began seeing and reading about the work of great artists like Cartier-Bresson, Adams and magnificent impressionist painters, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir.

"I suppose that my lack of skill in painting is what has led me to do my work as I present it today, careful editions of my photographs, where I want the viewer to interact with them. I always start with my own images and usually combine two or three images. The majority include people because I consider the human being to be a fundamental part of the environment in which we live.

My creative editions are the fruit of what goes through my mind, I like to define myself as a "dream hunter", just as with photography time stops, that moment is saved forever, I try to transmit what goes through my mind and capture it, "hunt that dream or illusion" forever. 

It was only in February 2018 where Gus began showing his work, encouraged by friends, he decided to participate in an online gallery. Quickly gaining attention and recognition, he was selected by PHOTOGRAPHIZE gallery as a Featured Artist as well as by Circle Foundation and IBWPA (International Black and White Photographs Association). Gus is published regularly in art magazines including "Shades of Grey" and "EYE Photomagazine."

Today Gus lives in the Balearic Islands, Majorca, Spain and continues to create his beautiful and imaginative mixed digital media artworks.

Ghost - Digital photograph 2000 x 1333 mpx
City Sunset - Digital photograph 1000 x 1000 mpx
Alone in Night - Digital photograph 1000 x 1000 mpx
Spring Rain - Digital photograph 2100 x 1440 mpx
The Hummingbird - Digital media 3000 x 2000 px
Le Carrousel - Digital media 3000 x 2000 px
Afternoon - Digital media 2250 x 3000 px
Future Ornithologist - Digital media 3000 x 2000 px
Spring Afternoon - Digital media 3000 x 2000 px

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Greta Schnall

""Above all, I want to show how the simple, often depressing architecture on photos can be changed, with image editing, in an imaginative and exciting way. So one should come from the functional to the pure fantasy motive, through which one can be inspired variously."

Yellow Apartment Tower - Digital media 3973 x 6316 px

1964 born Simbach/Inn

1984 Fachhochschulreife in Pfarrkirchen

1989 Examen der Krankenpflege in Eggenfelden

1989 Umzug nach Oberbayern/Chiemgau

2009 Beitritt zum Kunst-Verein “Laufener Palette“, Laufen

 

Development

2006 erweiterte autodidaktische Fotografie in Natur-Pflanzen, Makro-Fotografie

2007 Natur-Landschaft

2008 erweiterte digitale Bildbearbeitung

2010 Gebäude/Bauwerke, Abstraktes, Grafiken

2011 Arbeit mit Texturveränderungen

2013 Arbeit mit Montagen

 

Awards

2013 Docma Award, Thema: “Natürlich!? – Schöner als wahr“, 1. Platz Auszubildende

2015 Weissenburger Fototage, Top 50

2015 Fotoforum Award, Top 50

2018 Finalist Certification Spectrum Miami Art Fair Competition

2019 Finalist Certification for participation in Art San Diego Contest 2019, with Artavita

2019 Finalist Certification for participation in Art San DiegoContest2019, with Circle Foundation for the Arts

2019 Awarded with the WAA Women's Art Award, MUSA International Art Space, Venedig
2019 Finalist Certification Spectrum Miami Art Fair Competition with Circle Foundation for the Arts

2019 Finalist Certification for Competing for Exhibition at Art Expo New York April 2020, with Artavita

 

Exhibitions

(ständig) in Geschäften und Arztpraxen im Raum Traunstein

(ständig) in der Simsseeklinik in Bad Endorf

2010 Pfaeffikon, Kanton Zürich, Group Exhibition, Thema: “Natur-Makros“

2010 Laufen, Salzachhalle, Group Exhibition mit KV Laufener Palette, Thema: “Kontraste“

2011 Laufen, Salzachhalle, Group Exhibition mit KV Laufener Palette, Thema: “Linie trifft Fläche“

2012 Obing, Gasthof “Zur Post“, Group Exhibition “Kunsttage beim John“

2012 Tittmoning, Seminarhotel “Inspiration“, Group Exhibition mit KV Laufener Palette, freies Thema

2013 Laufen, Salzachhalle, Group Exhibition, Jubiläumsausstellung des KV Laufener Palette, freies Thema

2013 Zingst, Umweltfestival, Group Exhibition mit DOCMA

2013 Berlin, FotoliaLAB, Group Exhibition mit DOCMA

2013 Landshut, Foto-Galerie Litvai, Group Exhibition, Titel: “Jahresausstellung N° 1”

2013 Landshut, Foto-Galerie Litvai, Solo Exhibition, Titel: “Fantastic House“

2015 Amerang, Rathaus, Solo Exhibition, Titel: “Fantastic House“

2015 Amerang, Rathaus, Group Exhibition, Jubiläumsausstellung des Arbeitskreises “Kunst im Rathaus”

2016 Solingen, Galerie Gecko Klaus Gehrmann, Group Exhibition, Titel: “Schwarz auf Weiß”

2016 Laufen, Salzachhalle, Group Exhibition mit KV Laufener Palette, Thema: “Fremdes und Vertrautes”

2018 Ebersberg bei München, Rathaus, Solo Exhibition, Titel: “Fantastic House”

2019 May, Venedig, Woman`s Essence Concomitant Event of official Pavilion 58th Biennale di Venezia - Palazzo Ca´Zenobio, with Musa International Art Space, (Group Exhibition)

2019 July-September, Venedig, Anima Mundi Festival 2019 – Consciousness Itsliquid International Art Festival, The ROOM Contemporary Art Space, with Itsliquid Group, (Group Exhibition)

2019 October-November, London, London Contemporary International Art Fair, The Line Contemporary Art Space, with Itsliquid Group, (Group Exhibition)

2019 December, Prague, We Contemporary Art Show 2019, Topic Salon, with Musa International Art Space, (Group Exhibition)

Old House - Digital media 3236 x 4302 px
White City - Digital media 5078 x 4790 px
White Village - Digital media 6179 x 5367 px
Orange Windows - Digital media 6271 x 7159 px

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Daria Martinoni

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Drawn By The Light - Photograph on archive paper 117 x 78 cm

"I am a non-professional photographer working and living in Zurich, Switzerland. As a Geographer, I use photography to playfully (de-)construct urban spaces, to spatially re-stage urban contexts, and to play with our perception of space and reality.

I exploit the geometry of the built urban environment, and I play with perspectives and angles to create a sense of direction and an impression of depth. I use the design elements of reproduction, reiteration and repetition - created by experimenting with long shutter speeds and several zoom settings or camera positions in one exposure - to “compress space” and remove all context and sense of scale. The thus created compositions become like another world where subjects merge and transform to become new geometric structures. This procedure creates a moment of irritation, but also conveys a sense of calmness in the chaos, and transfers the scene into a transitional world somewhere between reality and dream.

I transform common scenes into geometric, abstract dimensions that produce new and unexpected perspectives. With this work, I hope to evoke ideas around vantage point, perception, and imagination, and to question our making of the world through experience and knowledge."


Daria Martinoni has been awarded Honorable Mentions in both the 2018 and 2019 International Photography Awards (IPA @photoawards, @iphotoawards), in the 2019 IPA “OneShot: Street Photography” Awards (@photoawards, @iphotoawards), in the 2019 Budapest International Foto Awards (BIFA, @budapestfotoawards, @ifotoawards), in the 2019 Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA, @ifotoawards), and in the 2019 Annual Photography Awards (APA, @annualphotographyawards).

She was accepted to the photoSCHWEIZ 19 and the photoZURICH 20 (www.photo-schweiz.ch), which is the largest photography exhibition in Switzerland, and to the XIIth edition of the Florence Biennale of Art+Design (www.florencebiennale.org, @FLRbiennale, @florencebiennale)

Words Shape Reality - Photograph on archive paper 96 x 64 cm
Memento Of An Industrial Past - Photograph on archive paper 78 x 117 cm
City in The Making - Photograph on archive paper 96 x 64 cm
Halfway Through The Turbulence - Photograph on archive paper 64 x 96 cm

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John Trinh

"Less is more."

"It takes a long time to become young." - Picasso

The Sea, 2018 - Digital media 48 x 24 in.

Born in Vietnam and living in the USA, John Trinh graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While studying at the Art Center, he won "Artist of Distinction” award from the National Alliance for Excellence in New York. Since graduation, he has worked for major companies in the field of art and design such as Mattel, as a Senior Visual Designer, and Disney as a Digital Artist. Trinh's work was featured in International Contemporary Masters art books (2010 and 2011) and has two paintings as a part of the permanent collection of the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas.

Most recently, John Trinh was chosen as one of the 16 Artists To Know in 2018 by Art Patron magazine (California), as well as "36 Artists to Follow" and "Top 10 Contemporary Artists", Masters of Today publisher, 2019 John Trinh has produced and directed an award-winning documentary titled "Agent Orange: 30 Years Later." His motto is "do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” - Mother Teresa.

Marriage - Digital media 40 x 20 in.
Another Landscape: Freedom of Speech City - Digital media 50 x 16 in.
Donuts - Digital media 24 x 18 in.
Contemplating Kiss - Digital media 24 x 14 in.

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Adrian Bradbury

Born in: 1954, Liverpool, UK

Lives in: South West Wales, UK

Media: Painting, Photography, Digital Media, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Abstraction, exploration, imagination

See More Work:  www.adrianbradburyart.co.uk

Rough Seas 3 - Giclee print 84 x 59.4 cm

"For me, it is the constant exploration of ideas and themes that drives my work. It is a fascination with making and creating images - how one organizes the various elements to work together, whether that be in a photograph or a painting."

What themes does your work involve?
My current work explores the theme of COAST, whether that be the rocks, the sea, the paths to the beach, the runoff water on the beach or the atmospheric conditions. it is about finding a way to represent this in a way that explores abstraction and simplification but conveys something of an emotional response to the things before me.
Describe your creative process.
I record things in my sketchbook; drawings, notes, photographs, even sound recordings. I work on a series of images exploring something I have observed allowing it to develop as a body of work. I will scan a drawing and then work on it using Photoshop and multilayers to explore colour and texture, I will draw into the image, colour is a very important aspect. I make Giclée prints and others will go into paintings.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I suppose it is questions - what if? what happens? why? that make me want to create. How one orders an image, the composition of the various elements such as line, shape, colour, texture, etc form the essential ingredients of what I do. Inspiration comes from painters such as Rothko, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Elsworth Kelly to name a few, but also from everything we see daily, the combination of colours on a dress, or shape of a chair, or the colour of the sky form part of my oeuvre.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I would suggest something which alerts the mind of the viewer in some way and connects with something that they themselves have seen. it may be that they can't express that creatively or visually but the artist makes it real or provides a different point of view. It may be about colour or a sense of place, it might be about an emotion but it is the sense of shared understanding and experience that connects the artist and viewer.
What is the role of the artist today?
Art as ever is a fundamental expression of our human existence. It explores ideas and concepts that create the rich and broad expanse of understanding of who we are and where we are. It is about expression and diversity, each of us has the ability to be creative and share that with others. It, of course, can challenge and question our understanding of the world and society but equally, it can celebrate the imagination and innovation of humanity. To make, to do, to communicate.


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Anson Liaw

Born in: 1965, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Lives in: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Media: Digital Media, Illustration, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Deceptive, educational, sublime

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Taking Lives - App. 20 x 30 in.

"I feel I am useless as an artist when I am happy. Pain is what creates my artwork. The painful experiences that people go through as they journey through life from childhood to adulthood which is full of chaos and hardship are what motivates me to possess my objectives to make purposeful artwork."

What themes does your work involve?
My illustrations take on critical views; both light & heavy about life in the world around us and that deals with relevant social, political, cultural issues and lifestyle subject matter.
Describe your creative process.
Ideas for creative images to happen could spark and take shape anywhere at any given time while I am awake and sleeping. From what is happening on the news, something I read and understood, something someone said or did or a word or re-thinking an existing or new quote, a relevant idea for a new piece is given birth. Knowing well about the variety of art media I love to use, I combine their behavior naturally and make them function in-sync with my visual voice within my storytelling piece(s).
What influences your work? What inspires you?
Art movements and reasons behind their original purposes, mixing of art movements and all cultural influences, the idea that beauty is within everything; light and dark and good and bad, the careful observation, investigation and appreciation of the world around us and visual ideas that compel people to think and act intertwine and function together to represent and serve as my creative influences and inspiration to make my artwork.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Great art possesses the characteristics of using the principles of design well like unity, balance, emphasis, proportion, scale and rhythm to help communicate image-making ideas visually yet at the same time, pushes the boundaries with them in mind and in action in an interesting way somehow to surprise me, that violates my customary valuations of things and that offers me new and other unexpected ones.
What is the role of the artist today?
I am an artist because I believe that art and artists play a huge role in society. And artists with their art possess a unique voice for things that need to be addressed, have great creative powers in society and therefore, the artist has a great responsibility to make a positive impact and make the world to be a better place somehow with the gift to be able to share their visual ideas from a small to large scale for any age group for people in the world around us.


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Nadi Adatepe

"My art is the story of everything I have been through in life, and how I perceive everything that has happened, and events surrounding me. Through my work, I portray personal experiences and perceptions."

Africa In My Window - Gazelle - Digital media 40 x 50 cm

Born in Istanbul in 1966 and living in Norway since 1990, Nadi Adatepe is a self-taught digital artist, based in Oslo. He has been developing his skills primarily creating digital art with fractal software for several years. Adatepe's art is the story of everything he has been through in life and how he perceives these experiences as well as events surrounding him.

His journey to become a visual artist is a result of unsuccessful attempts to express himself through poetry writing and music composing. His interest in creating art from fractals springs from his belief that nothing exists in the way we perceive it and everything which exists, or existence itself can be confirmed based on the repetition of the smallest particles, simples shapes, fractals. This mindset, which is the driving force behind his visual art has been crucial to the content and context of his work.

For Adatepe, the most important thing is to think outside the box, to explore the boundaries of the generally accepted and those that fall outside. In his own words,  "It's all about trying to describe things, in a way we haven't faced before!"

Adatepe has developed a technique he calls “mutual conception”, based on fractal art in the last two years, after experimenting with a variety of styles. His biggest passion is offering people a new way of looking at things but that doesn't mean that the way he perceives them is the same as others. That's not the point for him either. Instead, he aims for the work to speak to each viewer individually and give a personal experience and interpretation; "because all people are unique it will be natural that what others see is different, especially for those who have an open mind and are curious about new ideas..."


“Nadi Adatepe's digital works are very well balanced and unique. They reveal a distinctive style and the artist employs a technique he developed over the years using fractal software. Although abstract, the pieces have deep content attached to them which the artist leaves open to each viewer's personal interpretation. Adatepe's goal is to bring to focus the relativity of attaching meaning and carry through a message of free, subversive thinking. His digital abstract realms function as a recommendation on the equal importance of a multiplicity of interpretations. The complex and often labyrinthic compositions have an intense rhythm that captures our gaze.When confronted with one of Adatepe's work it becomes quickly evident that the piece is loaded with content and it may require long hours of looking to take in the full spectrum of each conception.” - Circle Foundation of the Arts, Director

Africa In My Window - Digital media 40 x 50 cm
The Look IV - Digital media 40 x 50 cm
Africa In My Window - Storks - Digital media 40 x 50 cm
The Look III - Digital media 40 x 50 cm

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Momo Meng

"I love exploring deep emotions of humans and animals, expressing them in my art. I create my works to be the voice for the voiceless, the powerless, the hopeless, to fight against the absurd, violence and inequalities."

The Trilogy of Society: Breeding Lab, Digital print on archival fine art paper

Imaginative, vibrant, massively detailed, are all traits of Momo Meng's artwork. Momo loves observing the society, exploring the deep emotions of humans and animals, and capturing them in her art. She creates works to be the voice for the voiceless, the powerless and hopeless, in order to fight against the absurd, violence and inequalities. She wishes her creations could raise the audience's awareness, become the standing point to fight for a better future, a better society that has variety, equality, a healthy environment, and respect for all living beings.

Photoshop and CorelDraw are Momo’s favorite tools. With an urban design background, her works are creative with a rigorous sense of spatial perspective. Momo holds a B.Eng. Urban Planning and Design from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou City, China.

Seek Shelter Immediately - Digital print on archival fine art paper
Shadow Self: Creatures of Wrath - Digital print on archival fine art canvas
Creative League - Digital print on archival fine art paper
The Trilogy of Society: The Machine, Digital print on archival fine art canvas

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