Sadaf Kobari

"I use playing with colors, darkness and brightness, the methods of displaying nature and its changes in an abstract way, to picture what I see and feel from nature and the material world. Human beings as a part of nature find that portion of existence by seeking it and finally will be harmonized."

Pond - Acrylic on canvas 25 x 25 cm

Maryam (Sadaf) Kobari was born in 1957 in Iran. She has been a professional architect since 1980. She began painting at a very young age when she was in high school. She practiced painting under the guidance of Faramarz Pilaram, Aydin Aghdashlou, and Ali Faramarzi. Since 2011, she has been continuing her practice in abstract painting under the guidance of Nosratollah Moslemian.

The main inspiration for her artworks is the glory of everchanging nature. She turns her mindful vision of nature into abstract images, each focusing on a specific color spectrum and overlapping brush strokes. “Change” as a characteristic of nature is a very interesting subject that leads us towards self-recognition and self-awareness. Sadaf’s paintings are not simple reflective illustrations of nature, but they represent humans' footprints in nature formed by the repeated integration of monochromatic and two- dimensional geometric elements in her paintings.

Excitement - Acrylic on canvas 85 x 65 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 70 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 65 cm

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Mohsen Modiri

"I use abstract expressionism in most of my works as my favorite style. "Earth" and "Earth and Water" form the core of my works that is collectively called "Grounding". In some of my works, I've merged the style of abstract expressionism with surrealism and I have called it “abstract expressurrealism"."

Earth and Water #13 - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm

Born in Tehran, 1950,  to a family of artists, Iranian painter Mohsen Modiri has been involved in visual arts, music and literature since adolescence.  His works have been selected, exhibited, sold and in private and public collections in Italy, Belgium,  France, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Iran, the United States and Canada.

Landscape - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm
Grounding #19 - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm
Earth and Water #11 - Acrylic on canvas 105 x 70 cm
Girl and Bicycle - Mixed media on canvas 105 x 70 cm

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Luciano De Liberato

White Code Interrupted, 2017 - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 100 cm

Italian artist, Luciano De Liberato was born in 1947 in and was among the protagonists of European painting in the '80s with 49 solo shows including the prestigious international Art Basel in 1983 and 1984. Since 1990 De Liberato has been exclusively devoted to his fine art practice when he retired to his studio in the Italian countryside. All of De Liberato's pieces is created within research cycles. Since 1994 he employs a unique and very personal vocabulary of media and form as well as authentic poetry, away from fads and mannerist trends.

In 2011, De Liberato was invited to Italian Pavilion (Abruzzo) of the Venice Biennale and in 2012 his work "RED" was selected as an image of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, which gave his work global renown.

The Net, 2013 - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Hanging, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 80 cm
Terrae Motus,(Earthquake) 2019 - Acrylic and pumice of Lipari on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Power Poles (Traliccio), 2015 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm

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Kathleen Migliore-Newton

"I draw the human figure in the urban environment because I am passionate about New York City’s diversity. I observe how we maintain our privacy or discover ways to connect. I try to capture someone’s movements and gestures as an indication of personality."

Bus Stop - Oil on canvas 30 x 64 in.

From Brooklyn, USA, Kathleen Migliore-Newton holds a Masters Degree in TESOL from Adelphi University and received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Pratt Institute. In her early years as a professional artist she worked with multi-media making work related to clothing, using fabric, clay, plaster etc.

"I was involved in the woman's art movement in Los Angeles and sat on the board of Woman's Space. Drawing and painting the figure has always been exciting to me. Inspired by the revival of figurative work in the '70s and '80s, I began to paint the figure in the urban environment."

Kathleen has shown work in Los Angeles and New York including group and solo exhibits. She has curated a show at Henry Street Settlement and PS 122.

Patterns - Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
A Man - Oil on canvas 31 x 21 in.
Yellow Hair - Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
Conversation - Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.

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Scott Wixon

"Color has always been extremely important to me and is one of the defining elements of my work. Over the years I have developed a personal vocabulary of shapes and gestured markings. The recognizable imagery I use has enhanced the development of my abstract forms."

No Time to Waste - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 21.5 x 29.2 cm

American Artist, Scott Wixon holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale Universtiy, New Haven CT and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston, MA. He grew up on Cape Cod and has travelled extensively.

 

Select Collections

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Citibank International

The Prudential Insurance Company

Best Products Company, Inc.

Numerous private collection

 

Museum Exhibitions

1996 Evanston Art Center Evanston, IL, Butterfly Idol and Recent Works

1978 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY, Young American Artist: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition

1972 Boston Museum Of Fine Arts Boston, MA, Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Elements of Art

 

Selected Gallery Exhibitions

2020 Abstractions / Metaphors, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

2019 Persistence, Vision And Passion = Longevity, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2018 Far & Wide National Exhibition, Woodstock Artist Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY, Winner of the Nicholas Buhalis Award

2018 NYC Phoenix Art Collective @ Lazy Susan Gallery, New York, NY

2018 Sideshow Gallery,The Greatest Show On Earth: Sideshow Nation VI

2017 Lichtundfire, New York, NY, Past as Prologue or the Effects of Modernism on Contemporary Art

2016 TOAST Art Fair Japan, Osaka

2008- 2016 TOAST, New York, NY

2002 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY, Recent Paintings

1998 80 Washington Square East Gallery New York, NY, Small Works

1977-1980 Touchstone Gallery New York, NY, Recent Paintings; Color and Surface; Season Previews;

New Works I and II; New Talent

1977 The New Gallery Troy, NY, Drawings

 

Residencies

Cill Rialaig Project,  Ballinskelligs, Ireland, July 2017

Foundation OBRAS, Portugal, October 2018, October 2019

Trandsending the Grid - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 44.74 x 53 cm
Fun at the Beach - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 50 x 60 cm
Spoke and Hub - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 45.72 x 54.61 cm
Red Rooster - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 55.56 x 75.25 cm

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George P. Forgie

"At an early age, my path was chosen to be an Artist. Visually and intellectually driven, my imagination took me through intervals of development. Realism was pursued on canvas. For my writings and drawings, Surrealism was chosen. I compete with myself though inspiration."

55F) Horizon “Temple” - Oil on canvas 36 x 36 in.

Professional Canadian Artist for over 50 years creating works in oils, drawings, sculpture and photography, George P. Forgie has been represented in galleries across Canada. Forgie graduated from Central Tech SSGD, Ryerson Teachers College with a Teaching Certification and Fine Arts – York University. 

"I am constantly reinventing myself – so many languages, disciplines to explore, and plug into, in order to report what I see, feel, absorb; so many stages of my growth – periods of transition, each one had to be; each happened overnight, so to speak. 

I never wished to remain with a comfortable style (language) to rest my head upon. Throughout my creative years, l have tasted a variety of subject matters yet remained primarily with the landscape and the ever-changing elements of the human figure. At present, working on a series of large pen and ink drawings under the title of 'My Absurd World'."

(377H) East Coast Song - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.
(281H) Dream Retreat - Oil on canvas 20 x 24 in.
50G) L’Innocenza - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
(277H) The Sea Welcomes Me Forward - Oil on canvas 24 x 30 in.

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Fanou Montel

"My work is based on a "readable" abstraction in the sense that it allows the viewer to find keys to enter their own imagination. I paint to live the intense moments that creation gives me in search of a harmony that is unique to me between architecture, colors and feelings."

Japonaiserie - Acrylic on canvas 150 x 50 cm

"My work is based on a "readable" abstraction in the sense that it allows the viewer to find keys to enter their own imagination. I paint to live the intense moments that creation gives me in search of a harmony that is unique to me between architecture, colors and feelings."

"I have known artistic exaltation from an early age. Nothing would disturb my momentum, nor the refusal of my parents to start the studies in Fine Arts that I coveted, nor my job as a Professor of Economics and Management, nor the education of my two children. Globetrotter, I will draw from my travels countless creative sensations from the encounters that I meet, landscapes that I admire ... armed with a notepad and colored markers."

French painter, Fanou Montel has had 15 personal exhibitions and numerous participations in French and international art fairs as well as collaborations with galleries.

"I like to confront my painting with the eyes of those who will know how to see something that moves them."


“The abstract paintings of Fanou Montel are perfectly balanced compositions with primarily angular shapes building up intricate surfaces. Her canvases are structured and architectural and give the impression that each shape has systematically found its exact right place. Yet her disciplined way of structuring each new abstract world is not rigid. The eye easily flows from one section to another and the shapes are bound together in a serene yet dynamic rhythm that allows the viewer an open space for gazing, contemplating and imagining.

With a unique sense for color palettes that are harmonious and resonant, Montel's analogous earth tones and subtle gray hues provide an embrace for the stand out shades of sophisticated reds, yellows, blues and greens.

Among the juxtaposed shapes our eye often meets recognizable elements alluding to a tree or a building; elements that accelerate our imagination and make Montel's artworks even more perceptive. As the artist herself describes it, the works are "readable abstractions". 

The recognizable motifs provide just enough invitation for the viewer to come in and explore the "landscape"; a welcoming environment to rest your imagination and make each work your own. Often abstract works are too open to interpretation and the viewer can feel lost. But Montel's canvases provide a perfect mix of freedom and structure to keep the viewer on the path of following their intuition to complete each piece according to their personal perception.”

- Circle Foundation Curator

Un Moment de Lumière - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Musique Secrète - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Le Sens du Vent - Acrylic on canvas 150 x 120 cm
Abstraction Nautique - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 81 cm

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Stefan Schift

"My devotion to painting stems from the desire to utilize and embrace positive energy and pleasure; to paint pictures in a very personal style, producing expressive and dynamic atmospheres. My abstract paintings arise without conceptual submission. They are the result of my intuition."

Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 cm

Stefan Schift was born in 1967 in Bühl/Baden, Germany and has since 2007 dedicated himself intensively to painting. Displaying an artistic sensibility since childhood, in 2000 he began experimenting with painting and in his own words,  "discovered the liberating force of my creativity." Schift currently lives in Paris, France.

Untitled - Acrylic on cardboard 30 x 30 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on cardboard 30 x 30 cm
Untitled - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm

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Cosette Kosiba

"Corner gardens, city parks, open prairies, old growth forests, desert canyons, wandering streams, imposing mountains, turbulent rivers, deep oceans, hidden caverns… all of these feed my soul and inspire my art. Pastel has seduced me with the delight of pure pigment, brilliant color."

Back Yard Palms - Pastel 12 x 9 in.

Cosette Kosiba was born and raised in Chicago and has spent the majority of her years in Illinois, now residing in the state of Florida.  She holds a Master's of Art, Gerontology and Bachelor's of Science in Art Education and an Associate's degree in Nursing.

"Art has always been a part of my life. Although there have been a few detours along the way, I've never strayed far from the path. Now I have the pleasure of returning. It feels like coming home."

Trail from Chimney Rock - Pastel 9 x 9 in.
South Beach - Pastel Pastel, 12 x 9 in.
Looking Back - Pastel 18 x 12 in.
Zion in November - Pastel 18 x 18 in.

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Bernd Reichert

"I have always been interested in surrealist art and magic realism. The figurative aspect is important there. Coming from printmaking, I started out with using existing imagery, but more and more I have been combining collages with painted elements up to the point where the painting takes full control."

La Belle Machiniste - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm

“I was born behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. I am now living on the surreal shores of Belgium. I studied printmaking in Germany (Berlin, Magdeburg) and Ireland. After many years of producing limited edition prints in all forms, I stopped for a few years my art production and traveled the world extensively. Now I have moved my area of interest to collages and paintings. I like to see myself as a kind of surrealist artist in the tradition of Leonor Fini, Eileen Agar and the likes.

My collages are a juxtaposition of elements, images, and objects incoherent to each other, thereby exercising a de-contextualizing form of violence on language and image alike. They contain a kind of strangeness, a disturbing element disquieting the spectator/reader who is confronted with a series of elements taken from one's everyday life which, being put one next to each other, provoke, suddenly, an incoherent situation, a source of obscurity and vagueness. Working with text and images, I like to encourage the viewer to oscillate between reading and looking. It is about reusing, recycling and re-contextualizing the over-abundance of images and information we can choose from Time, the various cultural influences of the placed I traveled to and a Babel-like plethora of different languages are recurring aspects of my work.

The artwork is telling stories, influenced by my travels, but also often containing autobiographical elements."

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

Gallery Kaire-Desine, Vilnius (LT), 2005

Gallery Meno, Cultural Centre Jonava (LT) , 2005

Musée de l’Art Spontané, Brussels (BE), 2008

Gallery 89, London (UK), 2010

Kunstwerkstatt, Magdeburg (GE), 2010 and 2013

Gallery ORT, Birmingham (UK), 2012

Cultural Centre, Minden (GE), 2014

L’Apparition - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm
Merz N°2 - Collage 15 x 10 cm
Waiting - Acrylic 70 x 70 cm
Heize Elektrisch! - Collage 30 x 21 cm

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