Francesca Busca

Haunted by the idea of mankind’s imminent self-destruction, Francesca believes in a future for humanity of resourceful innovation through re-thinking, re-purposing and reducing, pushing for a swift move to an all-encompassing circular economy. Her works are made of rubbish and found material.

In My Name, 2018 - Mosaic: c. 1000 of my old business cards (recycled paper) on wooden board, direct method 21.5 x 38 cm 100% reused material. Self-critical piece

In her early life, Francesca challenged herself by focusing on things that did not come naturally to her (e.g. going into Law after studying Classics). Yet, she tried for years to placate her internal restlessness by living in different countries and cultures (Pordenone, Padua, Denver, London, Paris, New York...). When she reached 40, with the responsibility of a being mother, Francesca settled between London and Trieste and found her outlet in what she liked and did best, namely using her hands to create.

Art exhibitions, painting, and modeling clay were regular hobbies which never satiated her inherent creative nature. Finally, she entered the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, in Spilimbergo: a whole new world of WONDERS opened up.

She wanted to learn how to do it properly. She took various courses in London, Spilimbergo, and Turkey, and is studying toward a Mosaic Diploma at the London School of Mosaic.

Busca is part of the BAMM Committee in the role of Exhibition Officer, and has taken permanent residency at the London School of Mosaic, where she holds a shared studio and teaches short courses from February 2018 on the innovative subject of "Mosaic as Mixed Media".  Francesca is also a member of the Governing Body of the London School of Mosaic.

Hybrid Cactus (...And Then It Wasn’t), 2018 - Plastic, bone, marble and smalti on marine ply 25 x 43 cm 100% reused material. A year worth's supply of the same medicine vial, fruit nets and used plastic cutlery
Pins and Needle, 2019 (detail) - Plastic and metal, 100% reused discarded material: around 800 pins and a needle on wooden board 32 x 12 x 6 cm
We're In It , 2018 - Installation: wood, cement, bark, metal, ceramic, glass and mirror 79 x 43 x 42 cm
Contemporary human detachment from reality, where our positive contribution to the ecosystem seems to happen by chance, ironically from something we despise. For from diamonds nothing grows, but from manure, flowers do (De André). Time to remove the plate?
Just Because You Don't See It... , 2018 - Mixed Media: metal, fabric and pollution dust on wooden board 35 x 18 cm
Braille writing. Revolving around the upcoming LIGCA project on air pollution A Breath of Fresh Air with schools in London and Delhi. Contour darkened with pollution dust collected from my window sill after 6 months of exposure to street traffic
The Need for Deconstruction, 2019 - Screws, fruit nets, filati and marble on wooden board 41 x 51 x 6 cm
For The Smaller Good, 2019 - A year's supply of used disposable plastic thyroid medicine vials 30 x 40 cm
Beehivis, 2017 - Mixed Media: plastic, metal and mother-of-pearl on wooden board, 90% reused material 36 x 45 cm
An artificial beehive: the more we advance in every field, the more we imitate Nature's perfection…but rather that recreating it artificially, should we not safeguard the real thing instead?
Crit Me, 2017 - Mixed Media: paper, plastic, metal and fabric on thin metal board 31 x 20 cm
Mostly made with reused discarded Canary Wharf New District site material and reproductions of artworks from the CWND 2017 Residency.
Bin The Future, 2018 - Staged Photography (layered artwork) 30.5 x 40.5 cm
4th layer. Inset, progressively: Empathy, Inheritance, Forever

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Yuxuan Ding

"My work focuses on the cultural conflict between China and America by looking through people who are from these two cultural backgrounds and their response to the cyberbullying issue. I hope to create a dialogue as to how we can better understand each other and be more comfortable together."

Portrait 1 & 2 - Prints on acrylic sheets 36 x 24 in.

Born and raised in China, Yuxuan Ding completed a Bachelor's Degree of Art (2013) from Ohio State University and an MFA from Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts of Washington University in St. Louis (May 2018).

"During my time studying in the United States, I have experienced the differences between Chinese and American culture, which is also the primary focus of my work. I am interested in the exploration of the differences between those two cultures and hope to create a universal language for people to better understand each other.

Since the beginning of my studies at The Washington University of St. Louis, I have been trying to find ways to introduce aspects of Chinese culture to an American audience, while hoping to one day introduce parts of American culture to an audience in China. I initially found little to no success after trying various methods to promote such a “cultural exchange”, and after a semester of attempts, I realized that what I was doing was not in line with my original ideas and plans.

I started by first painting Chinese-style paintings using traditional techniques, in hopes that the audience could be introduced to an important part of Chinese culture; art. It was later that I found another outlet in which I could accomplish my goal, the expression of individuality in Chinese and American culture. During the spring of 2017, I started working on a project, which investigated Internet bullying, and how it affected its targets.

Even though my art pieces represent the different aspects of Chinese and American culture, my works appear to be critical of the differences and similarities found among them when presenting my works to the audience. In using materials often associated with Chinese art, I am willing to not only draw a comparison between the two cultures but to also create a universal culture that can assist people around the world to better understand each other and the role culture has in one.”

Portrait 2 - Prints on acrylic sheets 36 x 24 in.
Inside Out - Multimedia installation with single-Channel video with sound 96 x 60 in.
Portrait 1 - Prints on acrylic sheets 36 x 24 in.
I confront , I Ignore, I Forget - Hand-sewed fabric with silk threads 72 x 60 in.

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Malo-Design

"My thoughts are colorful and confused, sometimes crazy and confusing and rise to my works. There's never a plan or even a sketch. It just happens. Whether the work is done, decides my feeling. With the help of painting, I found another level of creativity, which perfectly balances out my life.”

Faryland - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 80 x 60 cm

"Painting stepped in my life when I was 20 years old. As an autodidact, I started with watercolors, but acrylic colors are now my favorite medium to work with.  Experimental and abstract works of art are developed, composed of diverse materials. I work with different structural pastes, sand, various types of paper, wood, wire, mirror and all things I can find. The search for new materials stimulates my experimentation.

The year 2013 changed something in my artworks. The work "Golden Satellite" was born. This is my own "hero" because it changed my whole working-style and the time I was devoting myself to paint. I spend a lot more time in the studio since then. And I love to create more colorful artworks.

In 2014 I started with my first exhibition. Each of my pieces provides a story for the viewer. The works are waiting to be discovered. I love to hear the stories and the narratives of the viewers. It's so interesting and inspiring for new artworks."

Malo-Design is a German artist born in 1981. Visit her website to see more of her unique, experimental work.

2 Things Red - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 cm
Golden Satellite - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 80 x 100 cm
2 Things Pink - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 cm
Little Monsters - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 50 x 70 cm

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Jani Jan J.

"Art is a powerful tool - I am convinced that the music of colors is moving people, that the language of forms makes people discuss with each other. Art is infinite in its diversity, working constantly with colors and forms, and thereby the inner dialogue, let me continually discover something new."

Ramse’s Dog, 2017 - Iron painting and mixed media on wood 59,5 x 42 x 4 cm

Jani Jan J. is an internationally renowned and award-winning artist. He presents his works internationally at biennials (Florence - Barcelona - Palermo - Izmir), fairs and private exhibitions. Since 2016, Jani is "Ambassador for Austria and Greece" of the Foundation Costanza. Jani Jan J. is a painter, a sculptor and a qualified art therapist in multimedia direction (ÖAGG Vienna) and the founder, curator, and director of the international, annual event "Art and Culture in Staatz."

A Long Time Ago, 2015 - Mixed media on canvas (triptych) 92 x 42 cm
Sun Mirror, Olive Tree Wood - Canvas - Paper - Mixed media 49,7 x 21,3 x 19 cm
A Long Time Ago, 2015 - Mixed media on canvas (triptych) 92 x 42 cm
Babyworld Embracement - Iron, Epoxy, paper 31,5 x 15 x 19,5 cm

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Henny Schlüter

"Painting with paper on canvas is the result of my ongoing contemplation on progress and sustainability leading me to the unique use of colored paper as my artistic medium. I want to achieve a new visual language leading people off the beaten tracks towards new experiences."

German, Henny Schlüter has been an artist since 2002 and in 2011 his portrait appeared on  München TV, Foundation of OfficeAndArt - "Economics meets Art - THE interactive platform". He has participated in the project WorkART Connections of the Center for German and European Studies (CGES), Minneapolis/USA.

Select Solo Exhibitions 

2016/17 Papiertechnische Stiftung PTS "Paper Matters" Munich, K&K Galerie "Klein und Fein" Neuried, 2015 City of Munich, Dept. Cultural Affairs "Malerei mit Papier II", KIK "Papier ist geduldig" Krailling, 2013/14 Max Plank Institute "Malerei mit Papier I" Martinsried, 2013 Town Hall City of Planegg "MyART"

Select Group Exhibitions 

2018 Galerie Kerstan "Xmas" Stuttgart, Galleria ARTtime "Emozioni Astratte", Udine Italy, 2017 Galeria ART Nou Millenni "Modern European Art" Barcelona Spain, Museum St. Johann Austria, 2016 Stilgalerie "Farben Querschnitte" Vienna Austria, 2015 A&D Gallery "Continental Art" London GB, 2013 KUNST-TAGE Trudering "Selected Artists of the Year" Munich

International Art Fairs
2019 artexpo New York, 2018 Carrousel du Louvre Paris, ARTe Sindelfingen, 2017 XIth Florence Biennale Florence Italy, 2016 ART Innsbruck Austria

Select Publications and Media

Who's Who in Visual Art 100 Top Fine Artists ISBN 978-3-9817701-2-4, Exhibition Catalogue PTS Munich, XIth Biennale Florence ISBN 97-8-8868741778, "Portrait" Report Edition 49 ISSN 1612-0434, CULT KunstundLiteratur "Artist's Portrait" Edition 16 ISSN 2193-4711, "Internationale Kunst Heute" Kolle/Gardill, ISSN 978-2-9816-395-2-8

Select Memberships 

Kunstkreis Gräfelfing e.V.and Paul Klinger KSW e.V. München, in both member of advisory board, H-Team e.V. Munich jury member, KUN:ST International Stuttgart e.V.,  Sylter Kunstfreunde, Isle of Sylt, Germany, Kunst-Kulturverein KitzArt Kitzbühel, Austria


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Lina Faroussi

"I explore a world in which figurative painting coexists with abstraction. Each one of my paintings mirrors a different state of mind, a spiritual moment, a doubtful moment or an echo from the past."

Evolution 1 - Acrylic and mixed media 36 x 24 in.

Born and raised in Syria, Lina Faroussi moved to Egypt to continue her Bachelor's Degree in Commerce. Lina's passion for art started at an early stage. She studied visual art during her years in Egypt, Dubai and in Toronto, where she has lived since 2008. Continuing to pursue her dream of becoming a visual artist she has exhibited in several group and solo shows throughout the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and the United States. During the past few years, Lina has received multiple art awards in Canada and abroad.

A spiritual vitality emerges within Faroussi's art, creating universal connections spanning cultural divides as she discovers a passionate journey of the soul in the soft immediacy of her mark. Faroussi builds her paintings in acrylic combined with a variety of mixed media (including fabric, Japanese paper, clay, sand, and photo transfer) on canvas, or wood panel, sometimes adding elements of mixed media to add to the tactile sensation of her works.

Out of Your Body - Acrylic and mixed media 36 x 48 in.
Evolution 2 - Acrylic and mixed media 30 x 24 in.
Oneness 2 - Acrylic and mixed media 36 x 24 in.
Oneness 1 - Acrylic and mixed media, 24 x 36 in.

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Claudia Grimm

"To make visible or simply to make perceptible what I perceive, feel or see - and the effort of remaining authentic in art as in real life. Island of my self-risen in hundreds of hours. Rose unblown veiled in dew, decision bitter or sweet but mine."

Moving Along - Watercolor 9,25 x 7,5 in.

Born and raised at Lake Constance,  German artist, Claudia Grimm spent years in Berlin studying Literature/Theatre Studies, and Acting; finally dedicating herself completely  to painting and Writing (poetry.) She has shown work locally as well as internationally in France, Switzerland and the USA.

"Painting and writing are essential means to communicate my thinking and perception of life as being broader and deeper than the visible reality."

Drawning - Gouache 12,5 x 9,5 in.
Expanding Watercolor 12,5 x 9,5 in
Developing - Gouache 12,5 x 9,5 in. 
In Motion - Watercolor 12,5 x 9,5 in.

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Anna-Maija Rissanen

“Tensions such as visibility-invisibility and fragility-power inspire me; linking how I experience life. I tend to represent these themes through landscape scenes that lay in between eastern-western representations of figurative and abstract painting in divers supports and medias.”

Music Plays - From Sound-Writing Series Black ink pen on paper 10 x 25 cm

Anna-Maija Rissanen is a Belgian-Finnish landscape painter who focuses mainly on painting poetic inner meditative landscapes of water and rock, between western and eastern representation, between abstract and figurative. Her work focuses on searching a balance between fragility and power through mixed perspectives and layers. She uses mainly mixed media that includes among others watercolors, acrylic, Chinese ink, and collage.

Born 1983, in Järvenpää, Finland, Rissanen lived from 1995 to 2009 in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated in 2009 with an MA in Fine Arts from the Royal Fine-Arts Academy of Brussels and also certified as an art teacher.  In 2009 she won the first prize of Godecharle of 5,000 € awarded by the Godecharle foundation that gave her the opportunity to continue her studies in China. During 2012-2013 Rissanen studied techniques of traditional Chinese painting at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou (one of the best art academies in China).

Since 2009, Rissanen has taken part in several personal and group exhibitions in Europe and China. She has held exhibitions including in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Helsinki, London, Mannheim, Guangzhou, Beijing, Arnheim, Viljandi just to mention some. In Finland the prominent Finnish art gallery in Helsinki, Galleria Bronda represents her. In autumn 2016 she organized her third big solo exhibition with great success, it had more than thousand visitors. Between 2009 and 2018 she has had 15 solo exhibitions and taken part in more than 40 group shows that include art fairs and competitions both international than Finnish.

Growing Up - Acrylic and black ink pen on paper 32,5 x 26,5 x 1 cm
Identities 1-4 - From a series Two sided installation work 31 x 19 5 cm
2- Univers - Mixed media on canvas 178 x 273 cm
From A View To An Other - Mixed media on canvas 15 x 70 x 2 cm

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