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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Paul Kenens

Born in: 1947

Lives in: Belgium

Media: Painting

Describe your work in 3 words: Creativity, workforce, insight, technique

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Chickenbreast Feelings, 2019 - Oil on linen 100 x 120 cm

"What stands out inspires an image a movement that stays with you, an attitude of someone, an emotion that is difficult to explain and that touches you. You have to fall a little in love with the subject, even if it is a trite thing like a child's toy, a piece of clothing or a child, an adult human. You can explain the reason for painting something logically, but the real motivation is emotion."

What themes does your work involve?
Ordinary people as they are in a daily environment, children, and adults. After a series of canvases with children in the water, I have been painting people for a long time, often giving a second, an underlying, or an enigmatic lecture. By introducing an extra element, not naturally linked to the subject, you create curiosity and the painting raises questions. My depicted characters change as a result. Their character and thinking pattern go away from the average 'normal', accepted behavior of an anonymous person. Contrary to the good, docile person with a risk aversion, I try to create a soft shock with a sharp edge, Erotic, poetic, soft images, with a hook. Some canvases lean towards surrealism.
Describe your creative process.
My work starts with a photo session. I improvise take a few hundred photos that are stored on a PC. The images must "mature". After some time, different photos are edited, edited, adjusted until a certain image can no longer be released. It is difficult to explain why just a certain image of yourself most of all. It probably has to do with the chaos in the head in determining the direction in which an image will be painted or elaborated, the reminiscences that are tied to it at that moment and the intimate feelings that arouse it. The first layer is painted in detail as if it is final. The entire painting is given a second layer with corrections in color and shape, after which details and are applied.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The work is influenced during contemplation by reflections and emotional moments that can give the work yet another twist. During the performance, other insights may arise that evoke the need to omit or impart elements, even the vision on the work can change.I have been working for a long time (weeks) in which you delve into the painting in such a way that events, moods inevitably leave traces.In the end, you show a piece of yourself in every work, hidden from the occasional spectator but recognizable to people who know you. There is no particular reason to make art except for the personal need to be creative, to express yourself on the highest possible and personal level.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art changes in time and fashion. Depending on your reference and personal preference. Abstract paintings would not have been 'art' in the 16th century. 40 years ago photography was not an art, but a craft. Just as past painters had a workshop to practice their craft, a way of capturing images. Packing a bridge, an island is it art? Is art something you are the first to paint a canvas black? It can be art, but it is not necessary. It has to do with a reference point from which you perform the action and with your own laws. Technical mastery in the original elaboration and then something with it could be art? A butcher who presents his meat in a new, great way could therefore be art.
What is the role of the artist today?
Some people want to do as little as possible, others want to work as hard as possible. Some are creative without further ambition and others want to achieve something and explore boundaries. Everyone maps out their own personal path. The artist (who is that actually) approaches it more individually because he does not feel at home in regular systems or has a private purpose in his creativity. Artists (and also scientists) as a group serve as an antidote to the ever-widening breakdown of freedoms. Certainly, at this time, all deviating expressions and thoughts are restricted. Artist (and also students) can counteract this before we too end up here in Chinese or Japanese uniformity.

 


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Giuditta R

Giuditta's artworks, made with graphite and mixed media on paper, present a psychological map and spiritual landscape of the human being. They unmask the false appearances that conceal the true nature of human reality. Her research delves into the inner human landscape to explore its depths.

Me and her - Graphite and mixed on paper 70 x 50 cm

Italian artist, living in Berlin, Germany Giuditta R is also the director of an artist residency at Villa R https://artistsinresidencevillar.wordpress.com/about/

Giuditta R began her artistic career by very well-received exhibitions in international galleries and museums and contemporary art centers in  Denmark, Germany, France, Lithuania, Spain, Latin America, Italy, Austria, Hungary, England etc. Her works are in various collections both private and public. Giuditta is represented by Oxholm Gallery in Copenhagen, by Heike Arndt Gallery in Berlin and Kettinge (Denmark) and by Noox and Superficie Arte in Mexico City. Currently living and working in Berlin, the city also provides a base for her international collaborations and artistic production. 

Find her on Instagram @giuditta_r_artist

She came in like an obsession - Graphite and mixed on paper 70 x 50 cm
Bad Students - Graphite and mixed on paper 70 x 50 cm
Nymph - Graphite and mixed on paper 70 x 50 cm
Nymph III - Graphite and mixed on paper 70 x 50 cm

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Margarita Felis

"I completed classical studies and I try to unite my skills with contemporary art. My favorite genre is nude because of the beauty of the human body; form and shape. I try not to redraw people but to interpret. Colors are very important to me. In a nutshell, I try to represent emotions and ideas through images."

Dread - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 55 cm

Education

2007-2013 training at the Academy of Fine Arts named after Repin, painting faculty

1998-2002 studying in evening drawing classes of Repin’s Academy of Fine Arts

1900-2002 worked in the field of design

1986-1989 studying in College of Culture in St-Petersburg

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

Solo exhibition in Narva Art Museum, November 2018-December 2019, Narva, Estonia

Solo exhibition in Union of Artists, St-Petersburg 2016-2017

Solo exhibition in ArtHub residence Kingman AZ USA

Solo exhibition in Union of Artists, St-Petersburg 2015-2016

Solo exhibition in art residence Paul Artspace, America, MO 2015

Solo exhibition in DeDis Gallery 2014, St-Petersburg 2014

 

Artist Residencies

ArtHub residence in Kingman AZ USA from May to August 2016

Paul Artspace USA 2015 August, September www.paulartspace.org

Romania Sibiu with Dacia Gallery www.daciagallery.com USA 2015 July

Woman with long hair - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 110 cm
Eruption - Acrylic on canvas 130 x 170 cm
Cows - Acrylic on canvas 160 x 230 cm
Nude on a sofa - Acrylic on canvas 110 x 160 cm

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Mira Seeman

International Israeli artist, Mira Seeman paints original oil paintings that have been exhibited widely in Israel, Vienna in Austria, Zurich in Switzerland, the Florence Biennale in Italy and to be shown soon Art Expo New York.


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Nadra Jacob

"I develop my work from subjectivity, from the abstract, creating an alternative, different, invented reality, sometimes unique and cheerful. Creating art, whatever the medium, makes me happy. This feeling is what dominates my trade. I am inspired by the mystical, the divine, nature, people..."

Feathers appears when angels are near - Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm

Visual artist, Nadra Jacob was born in Santiago de Chile. She is Certified by the Museum of the Americas, Florida, USA, International Art Consultant and Representative in Chile for the same museum. Nadra was mainly self-taught until 1998 when she took formal studies at different art institutions and learned different techniques including drawing the human figure, pastels, oils and more. She holds a diploma in Art from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Nadra has exhibited in Chile and abroad.

"I develop my work from subjectivity, from the abstract, creating an alternative, different, invented reality, sometimes unique and cheerful. Creating art, whatever the medium, makes me happy. This feeling is what dominates my trade. I like to connect with the viewer through my work and provoke a reaction in it. Art cannot seduce without the complicity of who is experiencing it. In my investigative work, I observe my daily environment, I am inspired by the mystical, the divine, nature, people. I like to explore new techniques. The most recent works I have conceived with the desire that the image reflects the invisible, that world that is not far away and that connects us with another reality and abstracts us from everyday life."

Nude Fauvista I - Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm
Searching beyond today - Watercolor on Fabriano paper (300 gr) 23 x 31 cm
Wait - Oil on canvas 27 x 35 cm
Essence - Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm

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Pat Fallon

"I have a heritage that crosses the Americas combining Social Justice with Magic Realism. Those themes are my voice; they wind metaphorically through all of my art. I believe that finding the right subject matter for an artist is the hardest part; in comparison, honing skills seems relatively easy."

OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR Diptych acrylic 30 x 40 in.

“My work straddles two continents and centuries, combining Magic Realism of Colombia with the Social Justice movements of the United States and Central Americal. I have been a working artist since the 1960s to this day. And my work also encompasses my life as a journey through the Civil Rights of the 1950s to Black Lives Matter of 2020.

As a professional I began each piece with control of the design and colors, as well as, light and line but, as I proceed, the painting or plate or drawing begins to take on a life of its own directing me where to go and what to say. I am not sure where that direction - where art comes from, I only know that art is important - has significance - meaning, that goes beyond the artist who creates it. I suppose that's where the public, the viewers come in and I can only say, that the artist who worries about whether or not their art will be important, is wasting time because who knows what will be meaningful today or in the future.

I guess that's where faith comes in, the belief that you are doing and saying something important to the world you live in and perhaps the future to come. We are all part of the fabric of human history: scientist, teacher, preacher, housebuilders and homemakers et al. All our work is important, although sometimes when I am musing, about conceptual artwork not yet realized, it is hard to believe that I am of any use to anyone. Still, I go into the studio and begin to paint because I must.”

DRIVING FORT WORTH Diptych acrylic, Ea. 12 x 48 in.
ROUTE 77 HEADING NORTH Diptych, acrylic, Ea. 15 x 59 in.
MEMPHIS Diptych acrylic, Ea. 12 x 48 in.
LANDSCAPE OF THE AMERICAS Diptych acrylic, Ea. 12 x 48 in.

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Petra Schott

"Painting for me is the way to express myself, to explore a world which cannot be explored with words. I feel inspired by colours and shapes and lines found in my everyday life. I just take them up and transpose them into the more abstract language of painting."

Let's Fly (Rhythms of Love Series) Oil and pastel on canvas 120 x 100 cm

German artist, Petra Schott began showing work in 1990 after completing her art studies. She has been actively exhibiting since in national and international shows in galleries and art fairs. Her full list of exhibitions can be seen on her website.

Some of Schott's works are shown on the curated online gallery "SingulArt" (https://www.singulart.com/de/). Her most recent catalog dates from 2020 and shows works mainly from 2018 and 2019. The book is titled "Into the Open - Petra Schott" ISBN 978 - 3 -9820588-4-9.

Petra is part of the national organization of professional artists (https://www.bbk-bundesverband.de) as well as the national organization of professional female artists (https://gedok.de)

"In my painting, I want to express the rich inner world which is beyond format, space, time and limits by taking up colours and shapes and ideas from my surrounding reality."

Dance with the Goddess (Rhythms of Love Series) - Oil and pastel on canvas 120 x 100 cm
Clash of two Worlds - Oil on canvas 95 x 115 cm
Watery (Rhythms of Love Series) - Oil and pastel on canvas 120 x 100 cm
Dreaming (Inner Garden Series) - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

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Leena Fredriksson

"In my paintings, I reflect on my memories, experiences, and feelings from my trips to the nature of the archipelago that I love. The dialogue between summer and winter makes the harsh landscape of the archipelago so fascinating: darkness and light, storm and tranquility, colours and black-and-white."

Kuikka - Acrylic and mixed media on raw canvas 60 x 60 cm

Helsinki-based artist, designer, trend specialist, and art educator, Leena Fredriksson received her MA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2005. She is currently finalizing her second Master's degree in art education at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Leena works as a designer and trend specialist at Kuudes, an insight-driven design consultancy. She is also the creator of Momolu, an original, design-led character brand. Leena’s career as an artist is at the core of her hybrid professionalism.

Leena has participated in juried group exhibitions in Milan and the coming few months in Luxembourg and New York art fairs. Leena is featured in Italian CORRIEREdell’Arte & CorArtMagazine and will be featured in Current Masters v. 5 published by World Wide Art Books. Her paintings can be found in several private collections in Europe. Leena has lived and worked in Paris and New York. She currently resides in Helsinki.

Continuous longing for the Finnish archipelago emanates from Leena’s abstract paintings: harsh nature and the movement and silence of the sea are the source of inspiration for her paintings.

”I grew up in the Finnish archipelago and, I am struck by the beauty of nature — the landscapes and animals — that surrounded me.”

Tuomi - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 40 x 50 cm
Chrysanthemums - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Celosia - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 40 x 50 cm
Cherry Blossom - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 cm

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Elinore Schnurr

"The forms in my paintings are juxtapositions of the reflections of the street on large glass windows in New York City that create collage-like interactions with the people inside. Pieces of the forms seem to disconnect from each other, floating and moving as we walk by."

Lost In The Crowd III - Oil on board 22 x 15.5 in.

“I am a figurative painter of the urban environment. I was born in Ohio, studied painting and figure drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art, traveled in Europe for six months looking at paintings; then settled in New York City.

I have spent my life making, exhibiting and selling my paintings in both group and solo exhibitions and to private clients. I won a 2nd Place Award in 2002 from the "National Midyear Exhibit" in Youngstown, Ohio; the Thomas B. Clark Award for American figurative painting at the bi-annual juried exhibition at the National Academy of Design in 1986. and participated in many open group and solo shows. I had an IACA Grant (1918); earlier, a Mid Atlantic-NEA Fellowship (1994); and a CAPS Fellowship NYSCA Grant (1979).  I have been represented by many galleries over time: the Atlanta Art Gallery in Atlanta, GA, DFN Gallery in SOHO, NYC; and Capricorn Galleries in Bethesda, MD, among others. I have paintings in museum collections, such as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Cleveland Museum, to name a few, also several hundred in corporate and notable private collections. And, during 2013-2015, I did major, commissioned paintings for the lobbies of residential towers owned by TF Cornerstone in Long Island City, NY and Forest City Ratner Company in Brooklyn, NY.”


"The forms in my paintings are juxtapositions of the reflections of the street on large glass windows in New York City that create collage-like interactions with the people inside. Pieces of the forms seem to disconnect from each other, floating and moving as we walk by.

Our life in the cities we have created seems always to be on the move; our scientists continue to discover that the universe is vaster, that all forms of life are inherently more transparent, and unseen forces are out of control.

  This is the subject that has become dominant in my paintings and drawings for the past 30 years."

Waiting - Oil on linen 30 x 40 in.
Impermanence - Oil on board 20 x 22 in.
Blue F - Oil on board 11 x 14 in.
Happy Hour - Oil on linen 36 x 48 in.

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