Anca Jitariu

"Art has been a part of my family for the past three generations. My father inspired me and helped nurture a true love for beaux-arts. My desire and goal were to create a harmonious blend of oil on canvas between realistic and abstract elements in portraiture, landscape, still life and abstract work.”

Symphony II - Acrylic on stretched canvas 60 x 200 cm

Anca Elena Jitariu was born and raised in Gura Humorului (Bukovina region), Romania. After an art debut at The Folk Art Museum in Gura Humorului, she continued to study Secular Painting at Ciprian Porumbescu Art College, Suceava. In 2010 Anca completed her studies with an MFA Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Nicolae Grigorescu, Bucharest. The artist’s portfolio displays various themes, different oil and watercolor techniques in figurative, landscape, and also abstract compositions. Her style is defined by realistic detail with stylized backdrops.

Following experience in secular, Byzantine art and a variety of different painting techniques, Anca's work has been exhibited in over 20 exhibitions all over Romania and also international art projects. In 2016 Anca was invited to exhibit for ‘Alzheimer’s In the Frame’ at Elena Shchukina Gallery in London and attend a fundraising event with the painting Betty S. Robinson (1928 Olympic gold woman) at The Alzheimer’s Show, Olympia Center, UK. Currently, the artist lives and works in Cluj-Napoca (Transylvania region), maintaining a studio open to the public.

"I played with different concepts and techniques in an attempt to define my style. For a while, my desire and goal were to create a harmonious blend, on canvas, wood or wall, between realistic and abstract elements. Defining my unique signature was an insightful and soul-searching process, but it led me to better know my artistic self and gave me the clarity to recognize that my art revolves around classic details, with spontaneous large shapes. Early in my career, I was drawn to the Byzantine painting and this interest soon became an enabler to one of the projects most dear to my heart – painting Byzantine icons and alsecco for a church that quickly became a landmark in the area. This opened the door to countless mural art projects and painting exhibitions all across Romania.”

Symphony V - Acrylic on stretched canvas 60 x 200 cm
Symphony I - Acrylic on stretched canvas 60 x 200 cm
Symphony IV - Acrylic on stretched canvas 60 x 200 cm
Symphony III - Acrylic on stretched canvas 60 x 200 cm

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Francesco L’Artennista

“I like drawing but I'm not a painter, I like writing verses, but I'm not a poet. I love living outdoors and playing tennis. I draw what I see and what I feel, hoping to give emotions. My friends call me Francesco the Artennist.”

Das Relax Von Dame Fraustubbe - Felt-tip pens on cardboard 35 x 25 cm

Born 1950 in Laurenzana, southern Italy,  Francesco became involved in the fields of arts in 2015 after being solicited by friends and relatives who urged him to show his work. He participated in the 2015 ARTE Genova, with his works "sTASI Notturna" and "Without Words (Elevator Distress)" and in April/May 2015 he showed a series of works at Fuori Salone - Falzone Gallery Milan. In March of 2015, he exhibited at EXPOArte 2015 Villa Pallavicini Desio and in April 2015 in ArtPrize MIIT Torino. In September of 2015 he showed his two works “Technological Family" and "Speechless" at Museum Salvador Dalì Berlin. During 2015, Francesco participated was selected in the online competitions AD-Art and 2015 Arte dell'Accademia 2015 Autumn Art Competition. He has been published in notable editions including a monograph, “Il Nudo - From the Origins to Today” by Swing Edition which included two of his works and also the “History of Italian Figurative Art” again by SWING EDIZIONI which recalled the New York Surrealist period of Giorgio de Chirico.

Uccello Alla Finestra Osserva Donna Allo Specchio - Felt-tip pens on cardboard 25 x 35 cm
LeLaL Letture E Libagioni A Letto - Felt-tip pens on cardboard 23 x 31 cm
Aspettando Halloween - Felt-tip pens on cardboard 33 x 48 cm
Rassegnazione...Il Tempo Passa E Il Giorno È Alle Spalle... - Felt-tip pens on cardboard 33 x 48 cm

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Jussi Pirttioja

"I paint what I would like to see and what does not yet exist. I pick random fragments from the flood of images I face every day and try to tie them together with the language of paint. Sometimes the results intrigue me, hopefully, others too. Meanings should not be imposed too heavily on my work."

The Lounge - Oil on canvas 100 x 142 cm

Born in 1988 in Helsinki, Finland, Jussi Pirttioja studied Art at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in Imatra, with an emphasis on Painting. He further developed his skills in anatomical drawing and portrait painting as an exchange student in the Repin Saint Petersburgh State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. After graduating in 2016 he has been working and living in Lappeenranta. He has held several solo exhibitions and taken part in group shows and competitions in Finland. Pirttioja's work is a mixture of traditional portraiture with surreal settings and expressionistic flourishes.

In Space - Oil on canvas 103 x 130 cm
The Noonday Demon - Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm
Shipwreck - Oil on canvas 150 x 90 cm
Double Portrait - Oil on canvas 90 x 65 cm

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Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna

"I search for the tangible surface between the inner and the observable world by introspection during the painting process. I get ignited when something gets a metaphorical meaning. I bridge the soul and reason within the concept of time. Through imagery, I consider the complexities of these dualities."

Village (Pieces) 2015 - Installation, Ea. approx. 40 x 20 x 10 cm

From Finland, Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna is a visual artist living and working in Lapland. Originally, she was educated as a ceramicist but nowadays she works mainly as a painter. Her artwork consists mainly of pastel paintings, but also acrylic and installations. Her work has been sponsored by grants from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Regional Office Lapland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Lapland.

In 2016 Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna was invited as the Guest of Honor in the Salon International du Pastel La Rochelle by Société des Pastellistes de France. She has been selected three times (2012, 2015, 2017) to the Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) juried Annual Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance!, in National Arts Club Gallery, New York. All times she has also been awarded and thus she was recognized as a Master Pastellist by PSA in Fall 2017.

Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna has had several solo exhibitions in Finland during last five years and participated in group exhibitions also abroad. She has works in the collections of Rovaniemi City and her painting was published in the book Art Journey Abstract Painting, published by North Light Shop and edited by Jamie Markle. Pirkko is a Signature Member of PSA, member of Finnish Painters’ Union and a member of the Board of Artists’ Association of Lapland.

Memories of the Garden, 2018 - Pastel 90 x 70 cm
So, You Think You Got It, 2017 - Pastel 47 x 69 cm
Between the Worlds, 2018 - Mixed media 65 x 86 cm
Own Space, 2016 - Pastel 66 x 83 cm

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Shivani Sarjan

"Art is a language, one that everyone uses, some daily. I, as an artist, use it to communicate and explore. Both my own ideas and those of others. I believe that people don't need to consciously understand every piece of art but subconsciously form a strong connection to it."

Turmoil III - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

"Art is a language. One that everyone uses, some daily. I, as an artist, use it to communicate and explore; both my own ideas and those of others. I believe that people don't need to consciously understand every piece of art but subconsciously form a strong connection to it. I have always used art to communicate; subconsciously until recently. You’re taught specific skills in painting or drawing, but it’s not usually about expressing yourself through them. I don’t expect my audience to experience my art as I do; I’d rather each individual person has their own unique interpretation of my work. My work is usually very abstract, this interpretation is not necessarily figurative but usually, an emotion or experience that the painting brings to mind — therefore forming a connection. In my opinion, that is a much deeper appreciation than trying to find an object in the painting. This ‘emotion art’ connects my work but I don’t use a specific technique or even a sub-movement of art. Although my work largely falls under contemporary (abstract) art, I experiment with styles, usually creating a body of work with each. Most people then connect to aspects of my work — then subconsciously understanding it."

From India, contemporary artist Shivani Sarjan was born in 1998 and today lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Visit her website to discover more of her remarkable and emotive abstract canvases.

Aura - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Turmoil I - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Gestures - Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 60 cm
Turmoil II - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

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Susan Willemse

"I paint Australian birds that my husband and I photograph, using acrylic and airbrush on canvas. I aim to show their delightful personalities, for it is through knowing Australian birds that I have experienced my most rewarding moments in life and it is this that I wish to share."

Cockatiels - Acrylic 76 x 38 x 3.5 cm

"I have been involved with art my whole life, first in school where I received the final art prize, when I learned to airbrush self- taught whilst in Medical school, in my work involving the art and science of cytology or cell study under the microscope, to my present full-time occupation involving fine art, photography, website design and social media marketing."

Australian Artist, Susan Willemse was born in Rhodesia and today lives in Canberra. She holds a National Diploma in Medical Technology (Cytotechnology) Cape Technikon (1986-1988), International Academy of Cytology CT(IAC) (1992-2019) and CMIAC (2004) Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (2004) Australian Society of Cytology CT(ASC) With Distinction (2011).

Brown Falcon - Acrylic 61 x 45 x 3.5 cm
Peacock - Acrylic 61 x 61 x 3.5 cm
Hope Rainbow Lorikeet - Acrylic 46 x 36 x 1.5 cm
Crested Pigeon - Acrylic 36 x 35.5 x 3.5 cm

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Jon Bøe Paulsen

"I consider myself an artist belonging to the group of New Realists where the human being is looked upon in a new light and painted strongly figuratively. The meaning of Clair Obscure, in Italian chiaroscuro, is light in the darkness. Less light, less colour."

The Poison Game - Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm

"Don't be too tough with your pencil when you draw. Not too much information when you catch the line. Do not underestimate your audience".

Norwegian painter, Jon Bøe Paulsen was born in 1958 and lives in Oslo. His resume includes the following notable awards and accolades: • 2018 8th Annual Figurative Art Exhibition. LightSpace & Time. 2nd and 4th place "Overall Category" • 2018 Top 100 Award "Artist of the Year" Circle Foundation Lyon, France • 2016 Finalist The Fall NOAPS International online Exhibit for the painting "Notorious" • 2016 First Prize Winner IGOA (International Gallery of the Arts) the competition "No Theme" for the painting "Notorious" • 2014 Artavita 10th Competition, 1st Place Award • 2013 BoldBrush Competition, Winner of the Class,"Romeo & Juliet"

His atmospheric paintings carry strong emotional realms from the artist’s brush to the viewer's imagination. The dramatic play between light and dark and the dominance of darkness create a mystical aura, lending a feeling of anticipation. Paulsen’s paintings are like scenes from crime novels with characters that display complex psychologies and the viewer is left with a lot of space to contemplate what came before and what is about to happen.

The Trespasser - Oil on canvas 73 x 86 cm
Portrait Of Two Souls - Oil on canvas 77 x 70 cm
Beneath The Facade - Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm
Dead Ringer - Oil on canvas 46 x 42 cm

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Bea Garding Schubert

"I have taken a clear decision: To create art, for me, is power and confidence. My paintings should be a carrier of hope and beauty."

Open Cages I/II - Mixed media 200 x 100 cm

Born in 1959, German Artist, Bea Garding Schubert lives between Germany and Spain. She holds a Diploma from Braunschweig University of Art. After her studies, Bea traveled around the world for 8 years to first settle in the Canary Islands and later in Mallorca, Spain. She has been actively exhibiting her paintings around the world including, Art Beijing, ARTfair Luxembourg, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco. Some of her paintings are in property of the German Embassy in Athens.

Garden of Eden I - Mixed media 50 x 50 cm
Garden of Eden IV - Mixed media 30 x 30 cm
Longing For Paradise I - Mixed media 80 x 120 cm
Garden of Eden III - Mixed media 30 x 30 cm

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Bernadetta Tajs

"I like to think that my paintings reflect life itself, a life full of jokes and satire, kitsch and kink, stories and benevolence. Life is far from dull - it is not black and white. On the contrary, it is splashed with a whole spectrum of colors, sometimes grey, sometimes pink."

My Little Pearl - Acrylic on canvas 116 x 90 cm

"I began training in the field of art at Art School in Zakopane, Poland and concluded my studies in 2012 with a degree in sculpting from Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland.

Sculpting and painting are two forms of art that have always fascinated me, and they are some of my biggest interests. The starting point for my paintings is almost always derived from my own fantasy. I create my own reality, my own 'inner world', so to speak. This is a world where one can truly find themselves. No one need hide here, and instead, you are met with a sense of freedom and understanding. I like to think that my paintings reflect life itself, a life full of jokes and satire, kitsch and kink, stories and benevolence. Life is far from dull - it is not black and white. On the contrary, it is splashed with a whole spectrum of colors, sometimes grey, sometimes pink. Why not show these colors? Why not show that which we love to do? Why should we feel ashamed of our own nature and the truth?

The ideas for my paintings always stem from my own fantasy and personal interests. I try to refrain from being too literal and precise with my artwork; instead of spelling out the message, I want the viewers to create their own interpretation and figure it out for themselves. I am imaginative and have a knack for fantasizing, which is something I use to my advantage. I will paint almost anything, and if people don't like it, it's really all the better. One of the things I strive for through my art is evoking a strong sense of emotion and opinion from the viewer. I want my art to be received with polarity. I want to provoke the viewer to feel something, whether it be good or bad. In other words, being able to create conflicting views about my art is what drives me."

In The Kitchen - Acrylic on canvas 116 x 90 cm
The Paradise Should Be... In This Direction - Oil on canvas 116 x 90 cm
Self-Portrait - Collage 100 x 70 cm
Hermaphroditus.Blessing - Acrylic on canvas 116 x 90 cm

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Cesare Andreatta

Castel Toblino - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 cm

Born and living in Trento, Italian artist Cesare Andreatta has been present in 36 art catalogs and books during a long artistic career with numerous awards and recognition. An Honorary Citizen of the City of Venice and the City of Trieste he is a Knight of Art, Associate Academic, Master of Culture, Knight of the Peace, Master of Art of the Santa Sara Academy. Andreatta has participated in group shows in New York, Tokyo, Milan, Verona, Jesolo, Padua, Venice, Lamezia Terme, Philadelphia etc and had multiple solo shows. Art critics like Enzo Fabiani, Beatrice Olivieri, Paolo Volpi, Giovanna Nicoletti, Antonio Caggiano, Marcello Ciabatti, the dott. Giorgio Falossi, the Carla d 'Aquino Mineo Academic and the Cav. Flavio De Gregorio have spoken of his work which adorns public spaces and cultural venues.

Andreatta’s main subjects are landscapes, still lifes, sacred, animals and portraits. In 2016 he was included in the Art diary of the Maison d 'Art of Padua and in 2017 in Artist in the World Gallery in Rome. The same year he received a Diploma ad Honorem of Maestro d'Arte dell ' Accademia Santa Sara of Alessandria and the title of First Classified for the Award of the Critics, inserted in the Archive of Expoart of Aversa, De Pisis Award.

Castel Toblino - Oil on canvas 40 x 60 cm
Vanna - Oil on linen 24 x 15 cm
Elisa - Acrylic on linen 30 x 18 cm
Malcesine - Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm

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