Kristian Hammerstad is a trained illustrator and self-taught animator. He studied at Central Saint Martins College in the UK. After starting in commercial animation with friends and working for a few years in the UK he now works mainly as an illustrator. Kristian now lives and works in his native Oslo, Norway. Kristian´s client list includes Penguin Books, AOL, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Wired Magazine.
Marwan Rechmaoui is a Lebanese artist whose work often deals with themes of urban development and social history. His Beirut Caoutchouc is a large black rubber floor mat in the shape of Beirut’s current map. Embossed in precise detail with roads and byways and segmented into 60 individual pieces demarcating neighbourhoods, Rechmaoui’s installation scrutinises the physical and social formation of one of the world’s most conflicted cities. Through this piece, Rechmaoui highlights these divisions to question the underlying causes and consequences of cultural difference, affiliation, and identity, and explore how the city’s troubled history has both impacted and shaped the everyday lives of its inhabitants.
Till Rabus <-- Born in Neuchâtel in 1975; Graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds; Lives and works between Paris and Neuchatel.
Born in Québec City in 1966, Stéphanie Béliveau was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a first prize in drawing and painting from Montréal’s Concordia University. Thanks to a FCAR scholarship, she was able to continue her studies in art at the Université du Québec à Montréal, obtaining a Master’s degree in 1993. While her first solo exhibition, Sur la terre battue, held at Galerie Clark in 1995, garnered a favourable response, Stéphanie Béliveau’s career really took off in 1996 with the presentation of her work in the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts show Artifice 96, and in another solo exhibition, Peintures primaires, held at the Galerie Trois Points, which followed in the same year. That occasion brought her work exceptional critical attention and attracted the notice of the arts community, the public and a number of collectors. The following year she was the recipient of the Ville de Montréal’s Pierre-Ayot Award for young visual artists. (via Galerie Simon Blais)
Timothy J. Reynolds is a talented exhibit designer and 3D illustrator currently based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Atelier Olschinsky represents the collaborative work of Peter Olschinsky and Verena Weiss, operating in various fields such as graphic design, illustration, photography and art direction. They are based in Austria.
Andres Bedoya is an artist born in La Paz, Bolivia. He lives and works between Bolivia and New York City. In 2009, Andres Bedoya organized a haunting performance installation “Ultra Madre,” in which 57 women lay still on the scaffolding of the main arch of the Museo Nacional de Arte in La Paz, Bolivia. For one hour the women did not move, their long, black hair cascading down the 15-foot structure. The jarring image of the soft hair against the rigid architecture stirred a quiet but lasting sense of unease.