Maria Stella Polce

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." - P. Picasso
"I transform a fractal (computer generated), into a horse or a nude or a landscape or an abstract."

Omaggio floreale - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 50 cm

Italian artist, Maria Stella Polce is a Professor at the M.P.I. (Ministry of Education). Originally from Abruzzo, she traveled throughout Italy before moving permanently to Francavilla al Mare, where she currently resides. 

A versatile artist, from an early age, Maria Stella showed a passion for art by painting mainly landscapes and animals with a realistic approach. From the age of 20 onwards, she began to paint with oil colors on canvas (self-taught), had her first solo shows as well as participations in collective exhibitions, obtaining acclaim and prizes. 

After a long period of research and artistic experimentation with various techniques and materials (including oil pastels, acrylic colors, watercolors, tempera, glass painting, mixed techniques, etc.), Polce discovered fractals. From 2000 onwards, her way of making art radically changed, to "Fractalism." 

Polce draws fractals with her virtual brush, guided by the mouse, bringing out various themes including horses, female figures, landscapes and more, with a unique technique of painting the interior and producing an original, surprising effect. 

Later, Polce also experimented with new types of modifications to fractals, occasionally moving away from the figurative. All her digital works are born from fractals and their transformations (including fragmentation, overlapping, etc.). 

With this new genre of digital art, she has received notable awards and feature in various art catalogs, including, Mondadori and L'Elite 2019, Artisti 20, Atlante dell'Arte Contemporanea De Agostini 2021. Since 2015, Maria Stella Polce has continued to actively exhibit her work in Italy and abroad. 

Impatto - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Adolescente - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Chiaro di luna - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Fiamme nel bosco - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 50 cm

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Shan Ogdemli

"My work is inspired by light and color, patterns from biology, physics and geometry, by the Earth and Cosmos, by the interconnectedness of all things, by op art, pop art and the miracle of life."

Pink Moon - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 37 x 48 in.

"I have been a working artist my entire life, wearing many hats that include fine artist, licensed artist, illustrator, product designer, graphic designer, creative director and entrepreneur. I've owned and co-owned several successful artistic business endeavors, including my graphic design and illustration studio, Ogdemli Feldman Design + Illustration; my art licensing business, Designs by Shan; and a worldwide licensed brand phenomenon called Pampered Girls. 

After many years working in the commercial art and design fields in Los Angeles, my husband and I have recently relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I have finally been able to make the necessary life changes to be able to focus full-time on my true passion of creating my fine art. 

I work in multiple styles and media that include large-scale paintings in acrylic mixed with diatomaceous earth, as well as in digital media. My acrylic paintings are heavily textured with expressive brush strokes that add movement and energy, with color harmonies meticulously built from several layers of translucent and opaque paint. 

My digital images are what I call "digital drawings" because they all start as pencil drawings on paper, which are then scanned and redrawn by hand in Illustrator, then meticulously colored using Illustrator and Photoshop in much the same way as my layered acrylic paintings. 

My subjects in both media include light and color, patterns from life, science and math, dots, spots, circles, particles, waves, energy, flowing lines, spirals, mandalas and abstract landscapes. 

Inspirations include Op Art of the '60s and 70's, Victor Vasarely, Yaakov Agam, Mark Rothko, Vincent Van Gogh, Emilio Pucci, Alan Turing, biology, geometry, astronomy, physics, quantum physics and metaphysics."

Sea Spots - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Moana Kala Kala - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Rose Nebula - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 54 x 54 in.
Blue Sunflower - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 60 x 60 in.

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Carmela Rizzuti

"For me, photography is a different way of painting where light is like a brush that allows me to create and shape my photos having total control of creation. My images are intended to be like dreams for the viewer, or a different way of seeing reality."

Poppies Birth - Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper 70 x 100 cm

Carmela Rizzuti is a multidisciplinary artist. She was born with a predisposition for drawing and painting, and over the years, during training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, she also embraced her passion for photography by enrolling in the Photo Conca d'Oro Club, managed by the master photographer Giuseppe Cilia. 

Two disciplines that may appear distinct and separate, but in the end, there is always overlapping search for visual effects between painting and photography. 

In painting, Carmela Rizzuti employs photographic techniques and mechanical reproduction of reality. She builds her hyper-realistic portraits by depicting people's everyday life attitudes, made up with a brush and oil colors on smooth supports such as plexiglass. Her aim is to obtain the effect of the card as closely as possible.

Her works have received excellent response in the art world and they are exhibited in various galleries in Italy and abroad, including the Am Roten Hof Gallery in Vienna and at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan with publication in the magazine Arte by Giorgio Mondadori. Despite the various successes and awards, the artist does not see a good economic response, so she decided to devote herself entirely to photography. 

Her photographic works belong in two wide categories, black and white and color images. Her black and white works are about the exaltation of the image from lights and shadows, while her color series explore the fundamental role of color in giving almost a pictorial and artistic rendering. In her color photography, the artist uses a self-timer to capture the images. She does the scenography and visual composition herself. A recurrent theme is the relationship between nature and art.

With these photographic works, Carmela Rizzuti has participated in several biennials in Italy and abroad.

Aureole - Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper 70 x 100 cm
Mimosa Woman - Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper 70 x 100 cm
Petal Eyes - Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper 70 x 100 cm
Peacock Eye - Print on Fine Art Hahnemühle paper 70 x 100 cm

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Dido de Beer – DidoDesign

"Inspired by pop music and movies, it's obvious to me to paint large portraits of pop icons and movie stars in a graphic style. Large canvases, bright colors, and the challenge to just use enough details to recognize the person. Music is like a time machine, memories and music are connected."

George Michael - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

"As a graphic design graduate, my paintings are influenced by it. Music and movies are always an inspiration to me. Since I got a radio at the age of 10, I loved pop music. The human face is very inspiring to me, I always observe faces. That's why I love to paint portraits of pop icons and movie stars. During painting, there is always music in my studio. Music and memories are connected. When I hear a certain song I know where I was, or what I did when I first heard that song. It's like a time machine that takes you back to earlier days. Music can be healing, can comfort you, make you feel better, and make you happy. That's my goal for my paintings as well. By exhibiting in the Netherlands and all over Europe I am encouraged to keep on painting."

Brad Pitt - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm
David Bowie - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Michael Jackson - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Elvis - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm

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