Born in Leninogorsk in a very small but picturesque town in Russia .
Daria has been influenced by her architectural studies at Sgasy Architecture College in Russia and inspired from her extensive travels in Spain, Thailand and Maldives. A published photographer with her own studio in LA. Daria couldn't be stopped from finding time to pursue her true passion ; the need to share her personal feelings and the beauty she sees in the World through the canvas. "I have to paint. I can't stop in the same way I can't stop breathing. It's my reason for being. My pictures tell a story. A story that comes from a hidden part of the Universe which I do not fully control. Unless I am Sharing I cannot be happy." Daria's current focus is on oil painting but is experimenting with drawing, ink and acrylic. She has been recently influenced by Egyptian geometric and architectural design and its ability to survive millenniums of time.
December 2015 - resident at ESKFF residency program at Mana Contemporary Art Gallery, Jersey City
Jun Sean Fung
Communication . That is what I seek when I am designing. Growing up I spent most of my time by myself; my parents worked and my siblings studied . I remember boredom was the reason that I started drawing. Each time I complete a drawing, I would get the rush of excitement and wanted to show everyone what I had done. But there was always comment, and usually negative, that put me down. It felt like a thorn piercing through my skin. I would stand there and just laugh off the pain that those comments inflicted.After I completed my first piece “Vision From Two Points” a girl said to me “ Wow dude I think you have OCD.” To my surprise, I actually questioned myself as to whether I should agree with her. Then, I thought, No, I am just passionate about Space and Line.
My series explores the interaction of the imaginative and the real space. My “Vision” series is filled with practice perspective, geometric form and the quality of exact precision. It is about what I like to do with line and how I enjoy being accurate. My “Perception” series is more about breaking boundaries of what people expect or perceive about me and my work. I explore more open spaces, use curved organic lines that mirror my expressions and feelings. The overlaps of lines and Forms appear chaotic but when you look closer you can see that there is a plan. Each line was carefully chosen; I decided where it would go and the kind of line it should be.
After completing these series I am excited and I realize that I do not have to try so hard to take the criticisms toward me seriously. I am confident that I want to pursue architecture in college. For me, architecture is constantly changing just like the fashion trend; When there is a change, there will be comments toward that change. Therefore, I learn to accept comments and use it as inspiration for a new approach to my designs.
STEEN LARSEN (1960)
Steen Larsen is educated at Dartington College of Arts UK. In january 2015 exhibiting at the Annual Eskiff Auktion at Mana Contemporary NYC. In December 2014 he is exhibiting at Haupt in Basel, Switzerland. Lately, he has held solo exhibitions at Gallery NB Viborg, Denmark 2014. Art Centre Sophienholm, Denmark 2012, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Denmark 2012. And in Group exhibitions Galleri Ramfjord 16 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Oslo, Norway 2014. Painting and Its Contexts, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Lithuania 2013. ”Danish Landscapes” Astley Hall Art Gallery, Manchester, England 2006, Halmstad Artmuseum Sveden 2006
In the book ROAD from 2012 Steen Larsen says:
“When you drive on the Atlantic Ocean Road, that work of human engineers that is the E45, and feel the rhythmical hum of the car as it twists over the islets lining the sea, you have come to the end of the world. Then you are grasped by a sense of awe. This entire infrastructure of bridges along the edge of the great nothing is a miracle created by human hands, joining Norway – and Europe – together. The idea that such an artery winds its way down through Europe, from right up by somewhere north”
My focus artistically has long been characterized by streets, almost without people. Now I feel, however, the need to paint people, and for me it is important to put the focus on youths. I have always been concerned with the inner feelings and thoughts that we all carry on. This may seem complicated for a person who transforms from child to adult. Not only the physical change that everyone undergoes, but all the uncertainty they feel. All the questions they are asking themselves; Who am I, What am I to become, what do the others think about me.
Born in Lisbon in 1965, lives and works in Estoril.
Luis Bivar is a Portuguese contemporary figurative artist who presently lives and works in Lisbon. He was an Art Director and won the first edition of the European Design Modulex Award, while painting and exhibiting his work. His long-term pursuit on colour and comic strips had led him to establish himself successfully in Portugal as well as in Northern Europe. Greatly influenced by the Pop Art movement, his work reflects stereotyping in a unique manner that characterizes him well. Bivar also worked in several projects with artists Vitor Pires Vieira and Nikias Skapinakis, both of which were responsible for his presence in the contemporary art world.
Bivar makes a point of showing imperfection in his paintings for he believes that a work in progress should be spontaneous and that "error" is part of any artists' expression. He believes that new media is a permanent challenge and explores various techniques in his artwork drawing, mixed media and more recently, sculpting. Private and public collections in Lisbon include: Champalimaud Foundation, Portuguese Aids Foundation,
Banco Espirito Santo and Embassy for the Republic of Angola; also in Gortex Russia and AMEX Norway. Bivar is currently working on his latest collection "Face It".
"FACE IT represents a series human emotions, dubious expressions that convey the awe I feel upon the mysterious feminine. It is an ongoing expression of human behaviour, which I have been developing over the past few years. As an observer, every woman tells a tale; a fantasy that may be reinvented by the spectator that does not necessarily meet my personal experiences. Emotions are rare these days in the cold grey era we are living and this collection is a call to face your emotions now. I picked large and medium formats where one can fell free to create powerful contrast combining graffiti, collage and black and white to enhance the coloured expressions. In these series, I only used comic strips on the eyes and mouth; two important elements that define the human expression." (Luis Bivar)
Studied visual arts in The NB Haifa School of Design
I think of myself as a kind of visual icon hunter, that arrange the urbanic view and landscape in new order. I shoot urban closeup photos, of visuals that nobody pay attention to, while walking in the streets, and make an art work pieces that everybody want to look at. I captures the mood of the moment, create a new language which I translates into soaring pieces of art that convey turbulent movement, rhythm and sound. My photography is not an independent body of artistry or documentary, but rather captured as background material that cumulates into a wealth of potential imagery. My art contains secret and encrypted codes whose messages provide a real challenge for viewers to decipher. when words are rearranged, put back together, and creates a pleasurable experience.
All of the photos that I use in my art are taken by me in New York city and they are the basic materials of the artworks. The photos are printed directly on small pieces of wood in the shapes of squares and rectangles. These individual pieces are modern icons that are than glued in a collage form onto a large slab of wood. Each piece has his own unique concept and message. The artwork is all made by hand.
I used to work fulltime as an employed graphic designer for 15 years, with art as a sidekick.
In 2011, I chose to quit my line of work and started working as a fulltime, self-employed artist.
Already in 2010 I had my first collaboration with a Danish gallery, where my first exhibition got
sold out, and this was maybe the first step into the fulltime artist direction.
Since that day I participated in several group and solo exhibitions. My artwork has been
Represented in museums and galleries - both national and abroad. My last group exhibition
was in Miami during December 2015, and an upcoming solo exhibition will be in Norway by the
end of January 2016.
I also participated at Art Copenhagen, Tappehallerne (Carlsberg Brewery, CPH.) and
Art Herning, local Danish art fairs for an international audience. Here I sensed the wide
audience for my art, which is still increasing.
I am educated as a graphic designer and after a while I started the design agency Blanke Ark, which I managed for 23 years. I sold the agency in 2012, and now I have got a atelier at Vøyenenga in Bærum, near by Oslo and I work as a full-time artist.
I am inspired by : WHAT IS TIME?
Is time as a straight line or a circle?
Absolutely central to our western culture is the idea that time moves. Things are changing. Every moment moves forward and divides the time in the past, present and future. A common notion is that time moves like a river, with no possibility to stop or turn. The past is thus locked. The future we can not do anything about, it is completely open and anything can happen. We can only get there by letting us drive down the river. If we change the past, we also change present.
If you travel back in time so you always have existed in the past. We can not travel back in our own timeline… Perhaps there are multiple universes?
If the future already exist?
There are many who are researching this with time. Experiments show that there is no absolute time, such as Newton thought. Present is an illusion created in our own minds. If future, present and past coexist, will that remove the possibility that a human being has free will. If the future already exists, it does no longer matter what choices you make. Elections has already been provided.
Technically I work with photography as a background for the paintings. Afterwards, the motives are worked on in Photoshop, then painted with acrylic on canvas.
I have done a number of exhibitions, I am represented by several professional galleries and I have a large audience. I work with photography, Photoshop, collage, acrylic paint, oil crayon, mixed media and lithography. I experiment with different techniques, which together becomes my personal expression.
“In my works I always portray human faces; I arrange them near images related to myths, initiation rituals, natural phenomena and manifestations of wild nature. In this way I intend to relate the human figure both to the grand scheme of things and to their own inner and oneiric nature”.
Born in Italy, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, she lives in a little village on the Italian Alps.
His work has been exhibited at the 54th VENICE BIENNALE at the Italian Pavilion, MANIFESTA 9 Parallel Event in Belgium, MEAM European Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, MUSEUM DES MERVEILLE in France, MENEGAZ FOUNDATION in Italy.
She has participated in many collective and personal exhibitions including THE BERLIN WALL with The Promenade Gallery in Vlore in Albania, WHITE BOX with the Gallery Biasutti, RESIDENT ARTISTS at MLZ Dep Art Gallery in Trieste, ART and SPORT in Kobe in Japan and at the Victor Saavedra Gallery in Spain at Barcelona and at the Ramfjiord Gallery in Oslo (Norway).
She was selected as a participant a several competitions including the IV PRIZE CAIRO COMMUNICATION, the COMBAT PRIZE, in 2014 the MOD PORTRAIT in Spain and STIPENDUTSTILLING in Norway.
Its main collectors are MACBA Museum of contemporary art in Barcelona, COLLECTION GAIA, ASICS ITALY, CRC Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di and COLLECTION ARTAN SHABANI.