Vicky Talwar

"Inspired by what lies beneath the surface, I experiment with mixed media to unravel hidden layers, creating an illusion of depth. Layering and texturing is a key theme in my work, exposing the intricacy of the natural world and in ourselves."

Colours Of Worship - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 30 x 40 in.

Canadian painter, Vicky Talwar holds a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design and BEd from York University, Toronto Canada. Her paintings have been exhibited in Canada, USA, and India, with recent exhibitions at The Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto, Canada, Las Laguna Gallery, Linus Gallery, REN Gallery in Los Angeles and Caelum Gallery in New York City.

“Dancing flowers build up intricate patterns poised over deeply worked, textural backgrounds to give the viewer harmoniously balanced canvases worth hours of gazing. A great sensitivity for color and attention to detail are characteristic elements in Talwar’s work.” - Myrina Tunberg Georgiou (Circle Foundation Curator)

A Journey Awaits - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 48 x 36 in.
Free Spirit - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 40 x 60 in.
Flowing Thoughts - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 48 x 36 in.

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Herbert Hermans

"With imagination, composition, and strokes of the brush, I am trying to find the ideal world between fantasy and reality and make people think about the beauty of the old and sometimes ruinous buildings and the world in general."

Exchange Building Antwerp - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm

“Meticulously rendered, industrial and architectural elements become complex patterns in Herbert Hermans’ original paintings. With many years of experience in depicting modern architecture, Hermans has developed a very personal style that is immediately recognizable.”

- Myrina Tunberg Georgiou (Circle Foundation Curator)

 

Born in 1947 in Voorburg, The Netherlands, Bert Hermans is living in Rotterdam. Since the late 80's Hermans has been a passionate painter and he owns an atelier in the historic city center of Gouda. His work consists mainly of oil paintings. Hermans has taken various courses in acrylics, water media and oil painting at the Dutch Stichting Kunstzinnige Vorming Rotterdam and further developed his technique at the atelier of Clara Miedema, Rotterdam. Hermans has had exhibitions in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and the USA and has been nominated in 2014 and 2016 for Painting of the Year in Holland. This year he was named Artist of the Month by Artavita and his most recent shows include Little Treasures Bologna Italy, Spectrum Miami USA, Nationale Kunstdagen Rotterdam,  Shanghai Art Fair, Annual Dutch Art Fair in Amsterdam, Trevisan International Art, Unique Realities in Madrid, Spain, the London Crossroads Art Fair, Art San Diego,  the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts in Las Vegas, Le SM'ART' at Aix en Provence, France, ArtExpo New York, Ritme in Roden and Marziart Internationale Galerie in Hamburg, Germany.

"The main theme of my work is industrial and cultural heritage. Sources of inspiration for my paintings are abandoned and often ruinous buildings. Use of color and use of light make my paintings special events. Dark disconsolateness is changing into light and warmth. Regularly I add characters who provide another or an extra dimension to the image, like brides, monks, and observers. The tension in their relationship is sometimes nearly tangible."

Illusion 2 - Oil on linen 80 x 80 cm
Big Office - Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Illusion 1 - Oil on linen 80 x 80 cm
The Boathouse - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm


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Natalia Bragina

" "Don’t sleep, don’t sleep, the Artist, Be never prey to dream, Eternity's your master, In the flow of Time you swim." All my life I try to follow those lines of Boris Pasternak."

Landscape With Young Man By Samovar, Oil on cardboard 70 x 50 cm

Born in Leningrad, former USSR, now Sankt Petersburg, Russia, Natalia Bragina graduated the Moscow State University with a degree in International Economics. She attended the art studios at Moscow State University and the Moscow House of Scientists. After 1989 painting became her main professional occupation.  Since then Bragina has had no fewer than fifteen solo exhibitions including shows in Sweden and the USA as well as art auctions in Paris, France. Bragina recently exhibited at New York World Art Fair 2016, the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York City and opened her most recent color show VISION at Marina Tsvetaeva Museum, Moscow.

Still-Life On The Window-Sill, Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Naoko, Oil on cardboard 80 x 50 cm
Russian Easter, still-life, Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm
Still Life With Russian Culichi, Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

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Andrey Epishin

"Experiencing the world from an aesthetic point of view is fundamental to my art. Finding inspiration in everyday life, I regularly seek to interpret through my paintings the emotions and characters of the beings that surround me."

New Gadget (Sutomore 2013-16) Tempera on cardboard 120 х 90 cm

Russian artist, Andrey Epishin was born in 1979 and graduated from the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum, part of the Russian Academy of Arts. He later graduated from the Industrial Art Academy in St. Peterburg, Department of Monumental Painting, and earned a Master’s Degree from Haladzan Institute of Further Education, Department of Art History. As a postgraduate Epishin did work at the Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Arts and has a Ph.D. in Art History. Epishin is an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Art History, Russian State University A. N. Kosygin in Moscow. He has exhibited in group and solo shows and his works belong to private collections in Russia and abroad. Epishin is a member of the Union of Arts of Russia and  International Association of Art. In 2016 he received an honorary diploma from the Russian Academy of Arts.

Bully, 2016 Tempera on cardboard 120 x 80 cm

Together Apart, 2013 Watercolor on paper 60 x 40 cm

Ancient Dance, 2017 Ink on color paper 30 x 30 cm

Girl In Green Jacket, 2017  Oil on canvas 120 x 80 cm

Andrey Epishin draws upon past experiences and current influences to create in oil, watercolor, ink, and pen. Experiencing the world from an aesthetic point of view is fundamental to my art. Finding inspiration in everyday life, he regularly seeks to interpret through his paintings the emotions and characters of the beings that surround him. His figurative pictures combine a realistic technique with a poetic subject matter, often exploring nature and the human body.


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Sergio Rapetti

Master SERGIO RAPETTI Prof. Dr. Honorary Degree - Ph.D in Art and Philosophy of the modern search (Academy S.S.) Artist: Painter oil on canvas, Sculptor, also a bit Poet, Certification on photo, Invoice. See my paper monograph in global distribution, by title "Towards the Future of Light"

Autumn Landscape Trees, 2003 - Oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

Sergio Rapetti was born in 1944 in Acqui Terme (AL) where her lives today. He is a self-taught artist who began painting in 1984. His works investigate the space between the figurative and impressionistic abstraction. Since the 1990s, he has been focusing more on wood sculpture as well as poetry. Rapetti's wood sculptures are carved from a single piece of wood and can be made in bronze or marble.

His works have a great philosophical meaning and the artist has participated in numerous shows and received notable awards in Italy and abroad.

Awards include: Quadrennial Award  the Gold  Palm  For the Art in Cannes, France -  Received  Award Stylistic Excellence - Received International Award of  Art Vincent Van Gogh  in name of the  high worth of the reached professional results  and Award Human  Rights General Giuseppe Garibaldi in name of  the historical bond, founded upon the Ethical and Moral values of the assertion of  the Right, Between  Peace and Liberty,  High Recognition to Personality of  the World of  the Art, of the Scienze, of the Culture -  Received Conferment  International Award of the Peace in the Art  G.O.M.P.A. accredited near the Nations Unided  "ONU " New York -  Received Conferment of  the Biennial  Award Oscar for the Visual Arts for Artistic Worths in Montecarlo - Received certificate of nomination  Artist for the Unicef , (Pa) - Received by the Academy Santa Sara of Arts, Letters e Sciences the Oscar Award of the Art, Academic conferment with title of Doctor honorary degree of philosophy of the art - Received the prestigious recognition to the career for artists professionals and entrepreneurs "Canaletto Award 2018" for artistic worths, edited by Vittorio Sgarbi - Admitted from the International Academy of Modern Art Roma, Academic Year 2017-2018 as a Merit Member - Received the Award "Gala De l'Art"

Pope Giovanni Paolo II, 2005 - Sculpture
For A Historical Memory "American Indians”, 2015 - Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
For Worldwide Peace, 1992 - Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm
Dancer of Flamenco, 2014 - Oil on canvas 50 x 70 cm

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Maija Ylä-Sahra

"This is my eighteenth year as a full-time artist. For me it means a lot. I love working in my studio, it's meditative and makes me feel good. I paint love and joy on the canvas and the outcome is often a surprise even to me. I use a lot of warm colors like red, yellow and brown. Maybe it's my love towards southern Europe that shows in my work, and I subconsciously try to catch the atmosphere on canvas, missing the warmth here in the north. I really hope my stories move people."

Bacio - Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm

Working as a cartographer and travel agent did not satisfy Maija Ylä-Sahra’s thirst for creativity. During her maternity leave and while living in Italy (in 1989-91) she started familiarising herself with drawing, pastel color and acrylic paints in an artist group in Lucca, Tuscany/Italy. In 2000 she began studying art in Helsinki first at Alfa Art Institute and later on at Art School Maa. Maija today lives and works in Espoo, Finland.

Recent Shows
Create 4 peace,Collective exhibition ATIM Top 60 Masters/Puellos gallery in Manhattan (NYC),April 2019
Jorvi Hospital (Espoo) Photography solo exhibition December 2019

Select Solo Shows
2017  Tapiola Church, Espoo
2010  Galleria Espoonsilta, 10th year Anniversary Exhibition, Espoo, Finland
2004  Galleria Topi, Pieksämäki, Finland

Select Group Shows
2017  Espoo Culture Center, Together again with Tapiola arthouse artist -group, curator Maija Ylä-Sahra
2016  Cultural Centre Poleeni, Pieksämäki, Finland. Läheltä ja kaukaa with Suman Gupta (India). Invitation.
2003  Galleria Omahuone, Helsinki, Finland (three students from Art School Maa)

Group Shows

2015  Galleria Marzia Frozen, Neu Kultur . Berlin, Germany. Invitation.
2014  Artforum Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland
2013  Artexpo, It´s Liquid Group. Wroclaw, Poland. Invitation.
2011  Florence Biennale, Italy. Invitation.
2011  Artforum Contemporary Art Exhibition, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland
2009  Donnarte at Castello di Girifalco, Cortona, Italy. Invitation.
2006  Galleria AVA, Helsinki, Finland
2006  5XBrasil at Centro Cultural de Justica Federal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Performances
2009  Kuluta Kulttuuria Event, We Are Performance, organised by the City of Espoo, Finland
2008  Pysähdy ja kuuntele , Experimental Art, Galleria Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland
2006 Taiteilijan työskentelyä  (Artist at Work) Performance, Galleria Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland
Photographic illustrations for aphorisms by Raija Hyötyläinen
Kilovoimaa (ISBN 978-952-67584-9-7)
Nostalgia (ISBN 978-952-67584-2-8)
Nostalgia savon murteella (ISBN 978-952-68033-1-9)
Jääkukkia (ISBN 978-952-68033-5-7)
Elämän valo (ISBN 978-952-68033-7-1)

Positions of trust in art
2015   Acting as Jury and Visual Coordinator of The Annual Exhibition of Kirkkonummi Art Society, Finland
2014   Acting as Jury for It's liquid; with Architect Luca Curci and Director of MECA Fernando Barrionuevo
2013   Gallerist/Coordinator, Gallery Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland
2012   Gallerist/Coordinator, Gallery Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland
2010-  Organised many exhibitions by international artists into Finland
2009   Instructor at a workshop for children at Ystävyyden talo, organised by the City of Espoo
2008   Visual Coordinator, Dokumentaarinen näyttely Espoon asunnottomuudesta, the City of Espoo
2008   Event Coordinator at Kuluta kulttuuria, organised by the City of Espoo

Grants
Grant from the City of Espoo, Finland  2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016

Grant from Turku European Capital of Culture Foundation  2011

Memory of Lemon Tree - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm
That City In My Mind - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm
Artist in Heaven - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Waiting Spring - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm

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Evgeny Yakovlev

"In fact, the picture is the story. The viewer draws his conclusions from those gestures, facial expressions, the timbre of the voice that comes to him. The critic and the sympathizers come close to understand what the artist mumbles to himself. And then, there are already options.."

Switzerland In Two Hours - Oil on canvas 30 x 45 cm

Collective exhibitions:

- "Dialogue", Hamburg, Bürgerhaus Bornheide, Germany, 23-25 June 2017
- "City and Man", Moscow, Central House of Artists, 6-24 September 2017
- "Theater", Vladivostok, Primorsky branch of the Union of Artists, October 24 - November 12, 2017
- "Christmas", Vladivostok, gallery "Art-floor", December 29, 2017 - January 21, 2018
- "Artexpo Spring Rome 2018", Rome, Domus Romana Art Gallery, Italy, 7-19 April 2018
- "City and Man", Larnaca, Municipal Art Gallery of Larnaca, Cyprus, May 10-31, 2018
- "The Art of Today: Benefits and Sins", Moscow, Tushino Exhibition Hall, May 17 - June 3, 2018
- Vladivostok-158, Vladivostok, Primorsky Branch of the Union of Artists, June 22-July 15, 2018

Competitions/Exhibits:

- "Modern avant-garde: Vanguard Today", Moscow, Moscow House of Artists, March 27 - April 1, 2018, 1st and 2nd awards (Nomination: Conceptualism)
- "Russian Week of Arts", Moscow, International Art Design Center, April 23-29, 2018, 1st and 3rd place (Contemporary Art: Conceptualism)
- "Russian Art Award", Moscow, International Art Design Center, May 2-10, 2018, III (third) degree laureate (Nomination: Russian Prize in the field of avant-garde painting)
- "Art Week in Italy", Rome, 9-15 July 2018, 3rd place (Nomination: ARCHITECTURE: urban landscape and architectural lines)
- "Art Week in Cyprus", Nicosia, Cyprus, July 9-15, 2018, 2nd place (Nomination: Abstract Painting)

Personal Exhibitions:

- "The Beginning", St. Petersburg, Gallery "Artmuza", 2-31 October 2017
- "Step towards", Vladivostok, Vostochny Bank and "Arka" Gallery, December 22, 2017 - February 22, 2018

Publications

- Catalog "Ars Longa 2017", September 2017
- Exhibition catalog "Art of Today: Benefits and Sins", Moscow, Tushino Exhibition Hall, May 2018
- Catalog of the exhibition "Vladivostok-158", Vladivostok, Primorsky branch of the Union of artists, June 2018
- “Scene & Heard", 1/2018
- “Spotlight - Contemporary Art Magazine", 9/2018

Cocktail In Ronchamp - Oil on canvas 30 x 30 cm
House Of Blue Light - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Shade of Taste - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm
he Advantage Of An Intersection - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm

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Eman Hakim

"Paint with your soul and your heart before your hands! I hope I can reach everybody with my art and improve their taste and perception towards fine arts and beauty so that I can influence the culture of my country positively."

She & Peacock 1 - Oil & Acrylic on canvas 145 x 170 cm

Egyptian artist, Eman Hakim lives in Cairo and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is a member of the Syndicate of Plastic Artists as well as many art societies in Egypt and UAE. With eight solo shows in both private and public galleries, Eman continues to exhibit collectively. She has represented Egypt internationally at the Biennale of Chianciano - Italy 2013, a group exhibition in Gagliardi Gallery London 2014 and Biennale of Malaysia 2014 & The "International Exhibition for Peace" in Kazakhstan in 2015 & 2016 where she won the prize "international artist for Peace". Her artwork is in private collection in Egypt, UAE & Canada as well as the Modern Art Museum, Port Said Museum, Cairo Opera house,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and China Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan & Royal Court in Kuwait.

Girl Portrait 1 - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm
She & Peacock 2 - Oil & Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Bread - Oil & Acrylic on wood 105 x 140 cm
Girl Portrait 2 - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm

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Fotini Pappa

“Painting for me is like poetry, a need of expression, a way to share my feelings. A great piece of my work concerns projects inspired by poetry. ”

Hug Me - Pencil and watercolor 56 x 76 cm

“ My name is Fotini Pappa and I live in Athens, Greece. Painting for me is like poetry, a need of expression, a way to share my feelings and I am pursuing it intensively since 1997 as self-taught.

A great piece of my work concerns projects inspired by poems. I use acrylic, watercolors and mostly pencil which I particularly love. My favorite subjects are flowers and women. With my series "Flower Woman" I have participated in several exhibitions in my country and internationally.

The series speaks about violence against women.

My first participation in an exhibition was in December 2013, in Athens, by winning in a competition organized by Energy Athens at the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.  Since then, I have participated in four solo exhibitions and have been taking part in numerous group shows. In August 2015, I took part in the Kefalonia International Art Festival in the Municipal Picture Gallery of Kefalos. In March 2017 I took part in the International Women's Art Exhibition 2017 in art galleries Vithika Art in India. In June 2017 my works ''WILD ROSES'' and ''Peace'', were published in Spotlight 1 and Spotlight 6 Contemporary Art Magazine by Circle Foundation for the Arts. In June 2017 and March 2018  I participated in  ARTBOX.PROJECT Basel 1.0 in Switzerland and in New York.

In October 2017 and 2018 I exhibited in Athens at the History Museum of the University in the framework of the 7th-8th World Philosophical Forum. In October I also took part in the International held in Olympia during the Olympic Games. In total, I have been in 70 group and 4 solo exhibits. Finally, some of my paintings have been covers in poetry books and some of them have won International awards in international web competitions.”

As An Amulet - Pencil and watercolor 35 x 50 cm
Flowers of Feast (Flower The Woman Series) - Pencil and watercolor 56 x 76 cm
I Love Flowers - Pencil and watercolor 50 x 76 cm
I Dye Red - Pencil and watercolor 35 x 40 cm


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DéDé FARNIER

"Un petit poème qui me qualifi:

Enfant sur les bancs d’école déjà

Il griffonnait sur une feuille de brouillon

Quelques dessins, se posant là

Sortis tout droit de son inspiration…

Or l’enfant à grandit, ses petits pieds aussi

Il s’est propulsé dans la vie

Son art s’est vraiment défini

(…)."

Rue D'Abby - Watercolor 50 x 40 cm

Self-taught painter, watercolorist, and pastelist, DéDé FARNIER was born in Bort Les Orgues and raised in Auvergne. He completed all his studies in Dordogne and he would always keep a sketchbook at hand to draw images that came to mind. After his Industrial Design studies, Farnier worked a variety of jobs in Paris for 15 years. He would spend much of his time off at Place du Tertre observing the local artists. Moving to Sarlat he took a watercolor course. The artist has participated in multiple local, national and international exhibits who have been produced valuable networking opportunities, yet for Farnier, painting remains a hobby.

“Peintre aquarelliste et pastelliste autodidacte, né à BORT LES ORGUES (19) j’ai passé mon enfance en Auvergne, puis c’est en Dordogne que j’ai fait toutes mes études, mis toujours une feuille de brouillon à coté de mon cahier de leçons,  pour y griffonner les dessins qui me passaient par la tête. Après des études d’ajusteur et de perfectionnement en dessin industriel, j’ai fait divers travails et c’est à PARIS que ma carrière m’a conduit durant 15 années. Sur la Place du Tertre où je passais la plupart de mon temps libre, j’ai pioché ça et là pas mal d’astuces en regardant les différents artistes de ce lieu merveilleux.

Puis muté à SARLAT, donc de retour en Dans le Périgord je me suis inscrit à un cours d’aquarelle où je me suis perfectionné pendant une année, après une nouvelle mutation dans le Ribéracois , je me suis inscrit à deux cours au centre culturel de Ribérac . Puis une nouvelle mutation au L E P de Chardeuil m’a obligé de voler de mes propres ailes.

J’ai participé à plusieurs expositions régionales, nationales,  internationales qui m’ont valu quelques récompenses et reconnaissances, mais la peinture reste pour moi un  loisir pour le moment.”

Fleur de Prunus - Watercolor 50 x 40 cm
Reflets D’Automne Après l’Averse - Watercolor 50 x 40 cm
A Quand La liberté - Watercolor 50 x 40 cm
Grange des Mourtis - Watercolor 70 x 50 cm

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