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."

Strange blue balls - Mixed media 27 x 27 x 19 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.

Transparent vase with Assemblage - Mixed media 28 x 21 x 19 cm
Five white rocks - Mixed media 25 x 50 x 45 cm 
Cotton Thread rock - Mixed media 15 x 21 x 18 cm
Broken Hanger - Mixed media 90 x 38 x 20 cm

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Magda Hanna Florartist

'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' – Pablo Picasso

Delicious - Organic 25 x 20 cm

Magda’s environmentally friendly art is done with the flora; such as flowers, leaves, sprigs, barks of trees and powdered minerals to enhance and complete the discrete and limited colors of the flora. Her admiration for the infinite beauty of nature and her innate love of art leads her to create a fusion of Art and Nature in order to extend the beauty of this organic medium by giving it permanency and artistic value.

Magda’s art has been inspired by the human condition, daily life, events around the world, poverty, social injustices, and the cruel wars that blindly kill innocents… She depicts also the uneasiness that lives within people facing natural disasters. Magda is fascinated by the human face, especially the elderly, and by the wide range of expressions and emotions conveyed through the eyes. Now it is nature that represents and depicts man, and not man representing nature.

 

Education

Bachelor in Modern Literature,   Quebec University in Montreal (UQAM)

Certificate in Translation English to French, Concordia University in Montreal

Busy street - Organic 28 x 35 cm
The spectator - Organic 20 x 25 cm
Another shopping day - Organic 30 x 35 cm
Solitude - Organic 25 x 30 cm

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Valerie Ghoussaini

"So much of who I am is reflected in my art. I use an amazing array of colors, and my light-filled paintings express a range of emotions that stimulate the eye and the mind. A humanistic narrative runs through them as I try to tell a story with each of them; a visual reconstruction of my life."

Forbidden City in the Snow - Oil on canvas 116 x 89 cm

Valerie Ghoussaini is a professional artist who specializes in painting. Ghoussaini taught Art and Art History from 1980 to 1995 in the public and private sectors of the Detroit, MI school districts. Between 2003 and 2019 she worked privately with galleries and on commission. Between 2008 and 2019 she hosted and curated pop-ip galleries in both the USA and Europe, featuring both her own work and other artists.

She has exhibited in the 2015 and 2017 Venice Biennale, the latter show included a performance and audience interactive participation. Between 2015-2019 her clothing line appeared on shopvida.com and in 2016-2018 she did public art. Her sculpted turtle resides in the Naples, Florida zoo as part of the permanent collection and one of her beach paintings is part of the city art in Pompano Beach, Florida. In 2019-2020 she participated in THIRD ON CANVAS, Naples, FL, ARTBOX PROJECT, Spain and Switzerland, Reece Museum Art Show, Reece, TN. Shockboxx Gallery Show, Hermosa, CA.

Pole Fishing - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
The Bright Lights of Broadway Shine On... - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Florida Palms - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Ode to 5 Pointz-Queens! - Oil on canvas 90 x 90

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Marliese Scheller

"Independent of the subject matter or medium, mastering of the technique is at the heart of my works."

Le printemps, basse lisse - Wall tapestry (Aubusson wool) 133 x 178 cm

“In 1956, as a young graduate of L’Ecole du Louvre, I boarded a train to Venice and sailed across two seas to Lebanon where I would begin my archaeological fieldwork on the Bronze Age at Byblos. I had no idea then that my scholarly studies would soon be overshadowed by the challenges and opportunities of a new creative path. Painting was, as it is today, at the heart of my life. Following an exhibition of my paintings, woodcuts and drawings at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures in Beirut, I was contacted by Emir F. Chehab who asked if I would like to contribute to the revival of Lebanese handicrafts. 

Although tapestry was relatively new to me, I was aware of the role played by Jean Lurçat in the revival of tapestry. For the next three years, I relied upon the expertise of the traditional weavers of Zouk Mikael. I increased the width of the looms from 80 cm to 140 cm, so that it became possible to execute basse-lisse wall tapestries of all dimensions, while keeping the shuttle and the large comb. I created life-size cartoons with numbers corresponding to the colours so that the weavers could interpret my cartoons in wool that I acquired from Aubusson. It was also important to establish a genuine collaboration with the weavers early on; their skill and perseverance were crucial to the success of the enterprise.

In 1960, a first exhibition of wall tapestries took place at UNESCO in Beirut. Of the eleven works on display, “The Fisherman” was by far the most ambitious in terms of size (140 cm x 220 cm) and composition.  Over the next fifteen years, I collaborated with head weaver Antoine Saadé and his team to produce nineteen more wall tapestries. I introduced a new weaving technique that averted the troublesome “slits” resulting from colour changes on the loom. I chose the "petit point” for a tighter weft and contrary to the prevailing preference for series, I decided to create a single tapestry per cartoon. In the 1970s, I met Picart le Doux, who became a friend, offering encouragement in my endeavours. 

In 1965, I created the first tapestry entirely woven in silk (warp and weft). I entitled this 110 cm x 160 cm piece La corbeille de fleurs. For the next ten years, I exhibited wall tapestries in Beirut, as well as in Evreux, La Baronnie de Douvres-la Délivrande and Bordeaux in France.”

Le paon, basse lisse - Wall tapestry (Aubusson wool) 138 x 145 cm
L'oiseau bleu, basse lisse - Wall tapestry (Aubusson wool) 137 x 178 cm
L’Automne - Gouache on parchment 24 x 26 cm
Nature morte - Oil 50 x 60 cm
Jongleur - Ink 50 x 70 cm
L'oiseau, basse lisse - Wall tapestry (Aubusson wool) 133 x 149 cm
La corbeille de fleurs, basse lisse - Wall tapestry (silk) 90 x 160 cm
Les trois grâces - Oil 80 x 110 cm
Engraving 35 x 47 cm

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Judith Dupree Beale

"For me, the process of creating art is exciting and gives meaning to each day. It is the icing on the cake to have my work viewed and contemplated. I have been making marks since early childhood with great anticipation and delight. Born with vision in only one eye, my world has always been 2D."

Collage No 4328 - Mixed media 24 x 14 1/2 in.

American Artist, Judith Dupree Beale grew up in rural Arkansas. Her father a farmer and her mother a high-school English teacher she was fortunate to have opportunities to experience art through visiting major museums across the country.

"Art was not part of the curriculum in the public schools of rural areas of the United States in the early 1960s but making things to “make do” was part of the local culture and certainly a factor in how I chose to not neglect an innate desire to make art. I painted portraits for family, friends etc. through college and illustrated literary maps in the 60s and 70s. In the 80s I illustrated poetry and in 1995 I completed an MFA program."

Judith has been juried into local and national competitions and since 1995 she has had solo exhibits as well as participated in group shows primarily in the southeast region of the USA.

Collage No 4494 - Mixed media 29 x 21 in.
Breakout - Acrylic 29 x 21 in.
Mark Maker - Mixed media 33 x 26 in.
Boundaries - Acrylic 48 x 24 in.

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Aneesha Parrone

“In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” - Marc Chagall

"My work is an expression of my intuition. Nature inspires with her vast panorama of diversity."

Window of Opportunity - Tapestry weaving 14 x 12 in.

American Artist, Aneesha Parrone has been a weaver and fiber artist since 1977 when she was selected by the North Carolina Arts Council as a Third Century Artist. Aneesha further studied Weaving at Barton College.

"From the beginning, weaving has been intuitive. Inspiration, for me, is not defined within the parameters of fibers or even the visual arts. I began to experiment with pulling warp threads and embellishing with such materials as sandstone, copper screen, gemstones."

She began to exhibit throughout the state of N. Caroline and nationally and then internationally, expressing a unique style that reflected on her natural surroundings.

"I find my own tapestries connect in an internal dialog as well as with the world of nature and the viewer. My work is a visceral expression of my inspirations."

Her piece, "The Door of Refuge" was published in Best of NC Artists and Artisans, 2006. In addition, two pieces,  "Fallen Angels" and "Waterfall Retreat" were selected for the book Best in America Artists and Artisans, Mixed Media, 2007. “Converging Conversations,” “Door” and “Window of Opportunity” were selected for publication in Best of Worldwide Mixed Media, 2012. Aneesha was selected as a participating artist in the Florence Biennial.

She has learned from master weavers, participated in visual arts programs offered by internationally acclaimed visual and performing artists.

"I have learned the art of raku pottery from Toshio Ohi, 11th generation potter from Japan; puppetry from Hoby Ford, student of Jim Henson; participated in Shakespearean workshops from the NC Shakespeare Festival. I was also selected to serve as educator/coordinator for the international project sponsored by NHK TV/Japan: "Superteacher, James Turell." The integrity of excellence these artists live is integrated into each of my works of art; thus, the essence of all my experiences are woven into my tapestries and writing."

Door of Refuge - Tapestry weaving 24 x 28 in.
Window of Opportunity - Tapestry weaving 14 x 12 in.
Planting Seeds - Tapestry weaving 10 x 12 in.
Door of Refuge - Tapestry weaving 24 x 28 in.

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Athina Soultani

"Art is always a way of expressing myself and passing the message that in these difficult years we can achieve more as individuals and as nations, if we truly believe in ourselves."

Beautiful Pebbles - Pastel 22 x 28 cm

Realist artist with exhibitions in Greece and England, Athina Soultani is a member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society and an award-winning artist.

"The concept of my art is to pass a positive message for a better world. It is important to give people hope for a better, more peaceful world without violence, murders and a better quality of life without the stress of the modern people."

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ARTKALLISTA Style

Ivanova Kallista Samvelovna comes from an Armenian father and Russian mother. She has coined her unique practice as ARTKALLISTA Style, based on decoration, monumental art and applied art.

Floating on the waves of happiness - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 cm

Kallista Ivanova was born on September 19, 1985, in Russia in the small town of Cheboksary in the Republic of Chuvashia. She has Russian and Armenian roots and grew up in a creative family. Her grandfather is a musician and great-grandfather Aidartsyan Khachatur Nikolovich is an artist. Kallista Ivanova has two higher education degrees. She is a participant and winner of many international art projects and art exhibitions. Kallista organized five large solo art exhibitions and participated in more than 30 group exhibitions. Kallista Ivanova is the author of a new direction in the world of contemporary art ARTKALLISTA STYLE. Artworks in the style of ARTKALLISTA were exhibited in many countries: Russia, France, Monaco, India, Greece, Serbia, Denmark, Holland, Italy, China.

She creates luxurious copyrighted artwork, paintings, fashion prints, sculptures and jewelry. She lives and works in Russia and Greece.

Blooming garden - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm
Another world - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 60 cm
There is no limit to perfection - Sculpture
Feminine Strength - Acrylic on canvas 90 x 60 cm

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Margarita Felis

"I completed classical studies and I try to unite my skills with contemporary art. My favorite genre is nude because of the beauty of the human body; form and shape. I try not to redraw people but to interpret. Colors are very important to me. In a nutshell, I try to represent emotions and ideas through images."

Dread - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 55 cm

Education

2007-2013 training at the Academy of Fine Arts named after Repin, painting faculty

1998-2002 studying in evening drawing classes of Repin’s Academy of Fine Arts

1900-2002 worked in the field of design

1986-1989 studying in College of Culture in St-Petersburg

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

Solo exhibition in Narva Art Museum, November 2018-December 2019, Narva, Estonia

Solo exhibition in Union of Artists, St-Petersburg 2016-2017

Solo exhibition in ArtHub residence Kingman AZ USA

Solo exhibition in Union of Artists, St-Petersburg 2015-2016

Solo exhibition in art residence Paul Artspace, America, MO 2015

Solo exhibition in DeDis Gallery 2014, St-Petersburg 2014

 

Artist Residencies

ArtHub residence in Kingman AZ USA from May to August 2016

Paul Artspace USA 2015 August, September www.paulartspace.org

Romania Sibiu with Dacia Gallery www.daciagallery.com USA 2015 July

Woman with long hair - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 110 cm
Eruption - Acrylic on canvas 130 x 170 cm
Cows - Acrylic on canvas 160 x 230 cm
Nude on a sofa - Acrylic on canvas 110 x 160 cm

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Mira Seeman

International Israeli artist, Mira Seeman paints original oil paintings that have been exhibited widely in Israel, Vienna in Austria, Zurich in Switzerland, the Florence Biennale in Italy and to be shown soon Art Expo New York.


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