Amita Singha

"I am not a trained artist. I try to draw pictures as it is my hobby. It gives me immense pleasure whenever I indulge myself in painting."

Kazi Nazrul Islam - Pencil sketch 78 x 75 cm

"By profession, I am a university teacher. Painting is my hobby. I do not have any formal training on Fine Arts. However, I love painting since my childhood. Recently, two of my paintings have been selected to be exhibited in Exhibizone-Winter 2022 and Doncaster Art Fair Open Exhibition-2022."

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https://www.doncasterartfair.com/

Bangamata Sheikh Fajilatunnesa Mujib - Pencil sketch 30 x 27 cm
Netaji Subhash Cahndra Bose - Pencil sketch 30 x 27 cm
Nicola Tesla - Pencil sketch 30 x 27 cm
Albert Einstein - Pencil sketch 30 x 27 cm

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Leila Bokel

"My work talks about the female experience, with their daily tensions and hopes for a better world. I have been working with several kinds of threads and fabrics which I dye myself. I use watercolors, threads, and fabrics which have been the focus of incredible and endless research."

Two Threads - Cotton threads 50 x 56 x 6 cm

A remarkable Brazilian artist, Leila Bokel was born in 1957 in Rio de Janeiro, where she lives and works today. She graduated from Santa University and is also a professional dancer. Bokel's artistic formation was at the School of Visual Arts, Parque Lage, Rio, Brazil. Since 2006, she had shown in group and solo shows all over the country and abroad. In 2017, Leila became a member of Circle Foundation and began showing at art fairs in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

Untitled - Fabric, acrylic and threads 45 x 18 x 19 cm
Untitled - Fabric, acrylic and cotton thread 50 x 18 x 10 cm
Untitled - Cotton thread and 1 silk thread 50 x 18 x 10 cm
Untitled - Fabric, acrylic and cotton thread 40 x 25 x 18 cm

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Gianfranco (John) Gambardella

"I am a predominately self-taught artist and a realist by nature, this is expressed in my art. My direction in art is to seek and define new boundaries and to excite and evoke interest in the viewer. My art is my escape, my passion, my reward in life."

Arlecchino di Venezia - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm

Born in Trieste, Italy, artist Gianfranco (John) Gambardella draws from his Italian artistic heritage. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he is predominately a self-taught artist and a realist by nature. Gambardella is inspired by places that surround him or visits in his travels. His love of structure and colour is evident in his reach art palette, using various techniques to create enigmatic compositions in his search for new methods of expression.

Throughout his life, Gambardella has always continued to keep interest and self-development in fine art. Over time, he has been privileged to have exhibited at various notable art awards and exhibitions nationally and internationally. Most recently, Gambardella was the recipient of a Masters Art Award from ArtTour International Inc., which is to be presented in Florence, Italy, 2020, and the Winner Certificate for the Artavita Online Art Contest (New York City, USA), 2020.

Mascherata al ballo di Venezia - Charcoal on parchment paper 85 x 65 cm
Rio dei Miracoli – Venezia - Oil pastels on parchment paper 80 x 70 cm
Tramonto di Venezia - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Sotto il Ponte Rialto – Venezia - Charcoal/pastel on paper 86 x 62 cm

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Betty Collier

"I have pursued a serious study of sculpture, painting, and drawing from my late 30's onwards, after initially traveling to Europe, then South America, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, and Turkey. I am inspired by nature and different cultures encountered during my travels."

Award-winning artist and former Tertiary Art Teacher for over 45 years, Betty now concentrates on developing her sculpting, drawing and painting skills.

Since receiving a 5th and 3rd prize for Sculpture at the Florence Biennale in 2011 and 2015, Betty's art has been exhibited and published in Great Britain, Europe, South America, The USA, New Zealand and Australia, including a Solo Exhibition in New York, USA, in 2019.

Her art is at Federation University, Victoria, Australia and in private collections in Australia and overseas. Publications include, Florence Biennale, Edition 8, 2011 & Edition 10, 2015. World Wide Art Books, curated by Despina Tunberg, 2017, 2018,2019,2020. Art Tour International Magazines, 2018, 2019, 2020, Australian Art Edit, 2017, 2018, 2019, Art Universal the Great Encyclopedia of International Art curated by Salvatore Russo & Francesco Saverio Russo.

Betty's art evolves around nature and the human figure generally capturing peaceful, harmonious interpretations. In her 3D work there is an emphasis on curving tactile formations that are defined with undercutting and spatial awareness leading to greater value variability. Drawings take on a detailed and textural approach. Media includes watercolor, pen & ink, Carving stone & wood, oxy welding sheet steel and working wax for bronze castings.


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Isaura Xavier

"My art is somewhat related to nature, its wonders and the faith I won when first looking to the sea, the mountains, the flowers and animals. Also I paint portraits of children or people I love. I'm Catholic and Jesus is also a character I love to paint. Painting is my best way to keep at peace."

The wide sea - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm

"I did not attend any official art school as I graduated in English and German languages but I always had in mind to follow art. When I could I attended two masters' studios so that I could learn how to approach the canvas and how to paint in oils. During my art life, I had 23 individual exhibitions and am working on another one called The feast of Life and the Faith. Another one I will have in the future is called My Love of Ballett. The paintings are all done but it was impossible to exhibit them in 2019 because of Covid.. And I will keep on painting so help me God."

Bride and Mordoma from Viana do Castelo, Portugal - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm
The Holy Spirit loves cherries - Oil on canvas 100 x 85 cm
The Beauty of a bird 100 x 80 cm
The bird and the flower - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm

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Leny Meulendijks-Wagemakers

"My inspiration is my life, what I see, what I think, my emotions. With images from reality, I try to create another realm that sometimes looks a little strange. I like realism and surrealism. I also make commissioned portraits."

What am I doing here - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

Leny Meulendijks-Wagemakers studied at the Academy of fine arts in Arendonk (Belgium) after her grown-up children had left the family home.

Reaching a top - Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm
Through purple glasses - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm
The blue invasion - Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm
See what you are dreaming - Oil on canvas 50 x 80 cm

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Angélique Véré

Angélique Véré is a French plastic artist starting in 2012. Married since 1996, she is the mother of two boys. Angélique began drawing and painting in 2000 following the discovery of her first son’s rare genetic disease. Since 2014, she lives close to the city of Lyon.

Doudou et son bateau - Acrylic painting A3

“Descendante d'un arrière-grand-père peintre et d'une artiste grand-mère photographe en Mayenne, j'ai commencé à dessiner et à peindre en 2000 comme amateur. J'ai suivi des cours d'arts plastiques en 2003 et 2004 près de Lorient en France. J'ai exposé en 2012, 2013 et 2014 près de Rouen puis en 2019 dans le magazine loft et décoration en 2019 à Paris, puis à Lyon avec Circle foundation. J'ai exposé aussi à Miami (Floride) et sur Wwa de Santa Barbara (Californie) et avec New Horizons de Dubaï (Emirats arabes unis) en 2020. En 2021, je vais exposer à Barcelone (Espagne), à New-York (USA) et à Tokyo (Japon) avec WWA.”


"Descendant of a great-grandfather painter and an artist grandmother photographer in Mayenne, I started to draw and paint in 2000 as an amateur. I took plastic arts courses in 2003 and 2004 near Lorient in France. I exhibited in 2012, 2013 and 2014 near Rouen then in 2019 in the loft and decoration magazine in 2019 in Paris, then in Lyon with Circle Foundation. I have also exhibited in Miami (Florida) and on WWA in Santa Barbara (California) and with New Horizons in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) in 2020. In 2021, I will be exhibiting in Barcelona (Spain), in New York ( USA) and in Tokyo (Japan) with WWA.”

L'humanité - Photo-poésie A4
La cascade de Glandieu - Aquarelle A3
La colombe - Aquarelle A5
Le lac de Serre-Ponçon - Aquarelle A3
Les animaux de la forêt - Aquarelle A3
Symbiose - Photo poésie A4
Les papillons - Aquarelle poésie 2xA4
La lumière de Marie - Photo poésie A4

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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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