Samson Tonton

"I'm shaping my way to be an artist. I was created, and I love to create. That's who I am. I am an artist."

The Puppets - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30 x 40 in.

“In this journey we are in, we never know where we will end up in this life. We might have a plan of what it will be or where we are going, but the reality is we don't know what tomorrow will bring. A kid from the countryside of Haiti had a dream to become a well-known artist. The 5th child out of seven children born to a single mother. It wasn't easy initially; we could barely eat or have clothes to put on, but we managed to make it work.

Our fortune changed when my mom migrated to the US and eventually managed to get all of us here with the help of one of my older brothers.

I'm Samson Tonton, son of an immigrant and once a kid with a dream. I'm no longer a kid, but  I still have a dream, but now that dream includes my two beautiful daughters. I pursued that dream with all my might every day. Back when I was in college, I would drive two hours away to go to school in the pursuit to one day make that little kid's dream a reality.

Here I am now, once again pursuing that dream of becoming an artist, but no longer do I value becoming well-known, as much as I love the opportunity to do what I love and make a living doing so.

In this journey we are in, we never know where we will end up in this life, but for me, I'm shaping my way to be an artist! I was created, and I love to create. That's who I am. I am an artist in the pursuit of a dream.”

Samson Tonton was born in Haiti in 1981 and is now based in Norwich. Samson holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Media Art, Animation from the New England Institute of Art in Boston, MA.

Headache - Acrylic on stretched canvas 48 x 36 in.
Folklore - Acrylic on stretched canvas 60 x 48 in.
There's a man that can carry the load Acrylic on canvas 60 x 48 in.
Peace be unto you - Acrylic on stretched canvas 30 x 48 in.

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Waltraud Gemein

The figures of Waltraud Gemein represent the unity of all living beings, humans, animals, or vegetables. There are only gradual differences between these three forms of being, not essential. With her works, the artist wants to reflect on the infinite levels of being.

German artist, Waltraud Gemein was born in 1951. During her studies in Göttingen she was also a private student of the painter and sculptor Henry Hinsch (1909-1979). In 2018 and 2019 she participated in exhibitions in Udine, Naples, Meta, London, Venice and Rome.

Panja is dancing 1 - Ink and pastel 90 x 60 cm
Lolita, a young lady - Ink and pastel 50 x 70 cm
Another world - Ink and pastel 90 x 60 cm
Humans and viruses - Ink and pastel 60 x 90 cm

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Aristi Costopoulou

"Street photography, storytelling photography, environmental issues and portraits inspire me mainly. With digital media, I have the liberty to create contemporary texture and associations. Oil paintings keep me in touch with traditional art."

The years between - Storytelling photography

Greek artist, Aristi Costopoulou was born in Athens and works with digital media and painting as well as photography and video. Her key themes are drawn from the energy of people, surroundings and everyday life. She completed an MFA at the University of Bolton and MA Research in Museum Practice and Management at the School of English History and Politics of the University of Ulster. She has had solo and group shows in Piraeus, Athens, New York, Instabul, Genova, Venice and Liverpool. Aristi has presented art-related topics in International Projects and Symposia and has curated live and video performances and group shows. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Departure - Street photography
You could note the strain between them - Digitally processed photography
Extremity - Oil painting 70 x 100 cm
Marble - Digital media

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GRACE

"I am a visual artist since 2008 when I began my career as a Surrealistic painter. I paint with oil on canvas."

Happy Astronaut - 80 x 50 cm

“I have loved painting since childhood, inspired by my grandfather who was a Musician and Conductor. Also one of my aunts was a remarkable charcoal painter. I love Surrealism. First I fell in love with Dali's paintings. Then I came across Vito Campanella's artwork and he became my mentor. In 2008 I began my art career 9 years earlier to get my retirement as a Medical Doctor.

I began watercolor and sketching with Professor Miguel De Petris until his decease in 2012. In 2013 I continued hyperrealistic techniques with Professor Villar for 5 years. Since then I am attending Professor Martha Magnani's art workshop. She is a very well-known artist in Argentina and abroad.

I have exhibited in my own Country, Argentina many times, and abroad also. In Mexico, three times, In 2015, 2016, and 2017. In Chile, once, and in the Carrousel of Paris twice. In 2018 and 2019.

I was selected to exhibit in Artexpo NY, due to the nature of my paintings in 2020 by the curators of an Argentinian Gallery. But this exhibit has been postponed to November 2021 because of the pandemic. I received a Certificate of Excellence from Circle Foundation this year. In fact, that certificate gave me great joy and satisfaction.

Painting is one of my passions. The other one is science. I find relaxation and joy in painting each of my artworks. After more than 30 years working in ICU and in ER as a Cardiologist, I have found that Art has given me a reward after so many years of practicing such a demanding profession that I love from the bottom of my heart.  I think that I am a lucky person. Because life has given me the opportunity to practice Medicine and also painting what I love the most. Surrealism.”

Jane Doe - 60 x 50 cm
Let Your Ideas Fly - 50 x 60 cm
Girl With Crystals - 70 x 70 cm
Warrior, Smoke And Flowers - 50 x 60 cm

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Johannes Genemans

​Flower Power for Art

Angelica, 2002 - Bronze H. 95 cm

Johannes Genemans is an international sculptor, fashion stylist of products "Made in Italy" who was born in Leiden, the Netherlands in 1942 and has been living in Italy since 1985. Genemans studied Figurative Sculpture in Pietrasanta, Carrara and Ancona. He has held numerous personal exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe. An artist with strong sensitivity and precision, he retraces itineraries of classic figuration with ancestry, to the best Italian and European sculptural tradition. He excels in the creation of human figures and notable are his portraits, busts, commemorative monuments and symbolic images in various materials.

Orissa, Indian, 2012 - Bronze Lifesize
Dahlka, African, 2013 - Bronze Lifesize
Asmea, Arabia, 2015 - Bronze Lifesize
Sayuri, La Geisha, 2011 - Bronze Lifesize

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Cecilia Anastos Art

​"I am a multi-cultural and polyglot artist, Passion for creating unique paintings drives my inspiration. I have an eclectic personal and professional background that does not fit into a conventional artist's bio, and that is what you see in my paintings: my sense of humor, and no conventional rules."

Narciso Romano II - Acrylic paint on acid free paper 17 x 14 in.

“Why do I create paintings? There are many forms to express art. This is my explanation of my deepest reason to have chosen the fine arts to express myself.

The thrill of selecting the right palette… the infinite combinations of colors, tones, values… I feel I am on top of the world because I can make whatever choice I want - unchained to opinion or judgements. I paint whatever I want - whether others like it or not.

The challenge is having my hand holding the brush and interpreting what my imagination is projecting into the void. This journey to me is as important as the final product.

The feeling that crawls from my hand holding the brush when it touches the surface I selected to paint and my mind enters the zone and trust what the hand does… and there we are… the medium, the surface and my imagination unleashed.

All my paintings have a story, a piece of my soul, a raison d’être. Feel free to engage with me via social media or email me if you want to learn more about my paintings and the passion that drives my creations.

​I am a multi-cultural and polyglot artist, Passion for creating unique paintings drives my inspiration. I have an eclectic personal and professional background that does not fit into a conventional artist's bio, and that is what you see in my paintings: my sense of humor, and no conventional rules. I am a self-taught artist. I have learned long time ago to trust the teacher within and go to my inner world to fetch ideas for painting.

I have started a shoe portrait collection with the motto "If the shoe fits, paint it!"™

I love doing commissioned artwork... this gift of being able to interpret someone else's mind and image and turn it into art with my own flavor. Then, see the beautiful expression of the new owner of the painting... In essence, that painting has a piece of my soul.”

 

Exhibitions

February - June 2021 - Infinite Dream, Contemporary Art Curator Magazine - Juried

Awards

Artist of the Future 2020

La donna di F. D. Roosevelt - Acrylic and late x paints, and molding on 3mm wood panel 17 x 23 in.
Les femmes Heroiques - Acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas 30 x 20 in.
Flip Flop Brut - Acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas 20 x 16 in.
Abstract 1 - Acrylic paint on acid free paper 14 x 17 in.

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Ari Székely

"Art gives me huge joy and helps me cope with everyday stress. I need to create during these bad times more than whenever. As a self-taught artist, I am proud of being able to create value."

Vintage irises - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

Dr. Aranka Székely was born in 1966 in Transylvania, Romania. Having graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, she relocated to Hungary. Aranka is a doctor by profession and an artist by her passion and creative mind. She currently runs her private medical practice in Alsózsolca and Miskolc, Hungary.

As a self-taught artist, she tried her hand in different styles of painting from realistic to abstract using pastels, acrylic and watercolors. Aranka’s color palette is very vivid and at the same time very feminine. Aranka has participated in a lot of solo and group international exhibitions and has been awarded many times with international prizes. Her masterpieces are displayed in art magazines and yearbooks.

Bouquet of joy - Acrylic on canvas impasto 40 x 50 cm
Paris in the afternoon - Watercolour 40 x 50 cm
Sensuality - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm
Sensual dance - Watercolour 40 x 50 cm

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Winston M. Harrell Jr.

“A Chef with a Heart for Art.”

Moon over Mesa

Originally from California and now based in Mesa, Arizona, Winston M. Harrell Jr. is a creative spirit with a practice that involves culinary, music, dance, art and signing - just a few of his favorite talents. An illustrator with a flair for artistic drama, his acrylic works are a combination of edgy folk and line art. Enjoy the selection and visit his website for more great art.

Sitting on the Porch 11 x 17 in.
A view from Heaven - Acrylic 11 x 17 in.
A Mother's love - Acrylic 11 x 17 in.
Aztec Sun - Acrylic 11x 17 in.

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Stefania Grasso

Solitudine - Photograph 20 x 30 cm

Born in Vercelli in 1977, Stefania Grasso showed a marked talent for photography at a very young age. Her presented images highlight the sense of loneliness in a deserted city. Congratulations to the administration of the city of Vercelli for these magnificent decorations.

Stefania Grasso was born in Vercelli, Italy in 1977. She is an Italian biologist specialized in Microbiology. She started to photograph in 1990. In 2006 among 1172 photographers she won the 4th prize in a nature competition in Valle d’Aosta. Her favorite themes are travel photography, nature, landscapes and arts with photos of churches and monuments. She has gained some prizes in contests related to nature and arts and several covers for reviews, including Markos but also fotografare.com, N-photography, Photography Masterclass, Landscape Photography magazine. Some of her portfolios have been selected by CNN, BBC, National Geographics Italia, World of Art Magazine, Vogue, Wild Planet Photo Magazine. Recently she was included into Art Award Book with Vercelli 800 years of St. Andrews Basilica.

Light on the tower - Photograph 20 x 30 cm
Buon Natale da Vercelli - Photograph 20 x 30 cm
The light of hope - Photograph 20 x 30 cm
Piazza dei Pesci - Photograph 20 x 30 cm

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ATò

“I paint to feel good, I paint to bring out what has been stratified and covered over the years, my joys and my pains. In a few words, I paint emotions.”

Cuore Bacheca - Mixed media on canvas 120 x 120 cm

Anna Tozzi, aka Atò, born in Rome in 1965. She graduated in Graphics and Advertising from the European Institute of Design. She has two years of experience in a graphics studio and a series of collaborations for the design of coordinated brands and corporate images.

For years, Atò has been a passionate artist experimenting with different abstract painting techniques whose dominant theme is the expression of emotions through color and matter. Reflecting the artist's iridescent soul, the works acquire expressive content in their own processing: the mixture of acrylic and vinavil is poured onto the canvas and worked with a brush or palette knife, giving life to lines and contours. The traits and shades are initially not the real ones, the work acquires body and color only by drying out, forming an ever clearer "sign" as if the imprint of the artist's emotional state remained.

Black Horse - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Kintsugi - Mixed media on canvas 50 x 70 cm
Golden Holes - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 120 cm
White Light - Mixed media on canvas 80 x 100 cm

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