Grit Boss

“For me, painting means seeking, seeing - a process of maturation and development, marked by love for nature and life. Experimenting with light, shadows, forms always captivates me anew, I am in love with the intoxication of colors!”

Rhees am Rhein - Acrylic 100 x 80 x 2 cm

"I have been painting my whole life. I paint every day for the past six years. I have exhibited widely and received nominations for the Palm Art Award 2017, 2018; Kitz Award 2018, presented one work at Artbox / Projects 2018 and the CFA Artist of the Year Award 2019. Works are presented in 2018 at the collection point 02, MyShow Verlag and in the Art Compass Himmelblau 2018."

Eiscalla - Acrylic 100 x 80 x 4 cm
Feldsteinkirche Marsow - Acrylic 60 x 80 x 4 cm
Blätterleuchten - Acrylic 60 x 80 x 4 cm
Ein schöner Wintertag - Acrylic 80 x 60 x 4 cm

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Monica Lee

"My inspiration comes from photography. I like black and white photographs because of their classic quality. Thus, my drawings are in black and white. I like the idea of using something as simple as a pencil to create a piece of art. My style emphasizes the details and textures of the subject matter."

Kevin - Graphite 21 x 31 in.

Malaysian artist, Monica Lee (b. 1979) worked as a digital imaging artist for her father's advertising photography studio for 12 years. It wasn't until 2013 that she decided to pick up a pencil again, just for fun, quickly to realize that she still loved drawing. Quitting her job, she started her journey as a full-time artist.

Growing up appreciating photography, made the concept of photorealism appealing to her. Specializing in graphite pencils and charcoal, she works from a photograph, recreating what she sees and further exaggerating or emphasizing the details in her drawings. Through her works, she aims to portray the beauty of wildlife animals. In 2015, Monica was named one of 40 Under 40 winners by Perspective, Hong Kong's premier architecture and design magazine. And in 2016, she was the 1st Prize recipient in Realism Animal Category at the American Art Awards. Recently, she participated in a group exhibition “My Tiger Values: The Art of the Tiger” by Balai Seni Maybank.

Tigress and Her Bone - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Cloudy - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Majestic Beauty - Charcoal and graphite 35 x 51 in.
Hide and Seek - Charcoal and graphite 23.5 x 35.5 in.

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Olga Nozdrina

“"My personal purpose is to show the whole universe in simple everyday objects, to give them an extra meaning, and also an additional architectural geometry. William Blake: To see a World in a grain of sand, And a Heaven in a wild flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour."

Hema Tompouce 20 x 20 cm

Artist Olga Nozdrina was born in Russia and has been drawing since childhood. She graduated in 2011 from Industrial Design University in Moscow obtaining a Master's Degree.

"During my education, I started to work at the interface of design and art. I felt especially enthusiastic about creating unusual objects and architectural shapes. That is why my Industrial Design projects were devoted to inflatable objects for recreation in nature (giant festival tents in bionic shapes)."

After her studies in 2014, Olga found a part-time job in The Netherlands for an advertising company and since then been working in the advertisement sector, Design and creating 3D visualizations.

Berlin 21 x 15 cm
Foky, The Moment You Graduated 21 x 30 cm
Moscow 59 x 84 cm
Portrait of St. Nicolas 30 x 40 cm


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CatiZza

"As an artist, I've always been inspired by cultural details, beliefs, and stories from different countries and nations. I like to tell stories by my books or by my drawings. Every detail in my works plays its own part in the plot."

Te Kahurangi - Pastel pencils, graphite pencils, CG 650 x 850 px

“Born in a small, but proud Russian city nearby Moscow, I've lived my life trying to follow my dreams as long as I can. From the first time when I visited our local puppet theatre, I was captured by the magical atmosphere of storytelling and puppet shows. I learned to build my own worlds and all my creations are leading people through the road of fairytale realms, mystic countries and their strange but magnetic cultures, rituals and legends. I like to try new tools and new types of art. I've been an animator, an actress, an event manager. Now I'm a graphic designer, writer, and artist.”

CatiZza holds an MA in Graphic Design from Moscow State Region University and has independently studied Flash Animation, 3DSMax, and CG at  The Adult Education Centre of the Computer Technology.

Sleepyhead - Pencil sketch colored in PS 488 x 800 px
Oyo - Colored pencils, color liners, post-edit in PS 583 x 799 px
The Horns - Moleskin paper, white ink, graphite pencil 554 x 800 px
The Lord of Death - Graphite pencil, craft paper, colored in PS 730 x 1000 px

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Jingfeng Li

From Beijing, China, Li Jingfeng graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.

Senna Castle - Pen on paper 74.33 x 51.16 cm

Jingfeng Li’s pen and ink paintings are mainly based on figurative realism and are rich in detailed expressions. He has won many awards in European and American realistic painting competitions. In Li’s work,  the pens are used to draw rich levels and textures. There are two kinds of realistic pen and ink paintings, one is pure black ink, and the other is colored ink. Both of them are drawn with a pen or a fountain pen and drawn in a lump sum, but they are also represented by signature pens, needle pens, and gel pens.

Senna Castle 3 - Fountain Pen and ink on sketching paper 52.4 x 52.4 cm
Contemplating - Pen and ink on sketching paper 76.4 x 52.3 cm
Swan Castle - Pen and ink on sketching paper 73 x 47 cm
Philippe de Bethune - Pen and ink on sketching paper 74 x 51.7 cm

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JMSaarenpaa

Johanna M. Saarenpää likes to use both digital and traditional media in her work. She finds fantastic and surreal art to be particularly compelling. Furthermore, she’s interested in painting subjects that are usually associated with illustration and storytelling.

Fox and Deer - Digital painting

Freelance illustrator and fine artist, Johanna M. Saarenpää was born 1986 in Jakobstad, Finland. She has a Fine Art degree from the Swedish Polytechnic of Finland as well as a Degree in Biology from Åbo Akademi University. Utilizing both digital and traditional media, Johanna finds fantastic and surreal art to be particularly compelling. Furthermore, she’s interested in painting subjects that are usually associated with illustration and storytelling. She continues to strive to improve her technique as she believes technical skill to be just as important as one’s vision.

Goldcrest - Oil on canvas 64 x 64 cm
Solace - Oil on canvas 41 x 34 cm
Parasitic Fungus/New Beginnings - Mixed media 26 x 39 cm
Black Stag - Oil on wood panel 100 x 100 cm

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