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Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir

 photo Grayweb_zps00c7db8f.jpg  photo Gray-web_zps229d4036.jpg " I create my paintings by dissecting my images into multiple digital layers, creating an accumulated image over time. The process always begins with a black silhouette of the portrait and finalizes with small white transparent marks. My subject is my surface and the process is a silent performance. The Paintings I make are derived from the documentation of the silent performances I perform with my subjects. The layered paint on my subject's face develops into a mask which represents the projected layered personal history of the subject. When my subject discards their painted mask, it represents a self supporting individual growth, a release of the self, a shedding of self-projections and a reclamation of the self." - Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir  photo Kamilla_zpsc01f5fce.jpg

Markus Linnenbrink

 photo marcuslinnenbrink1_zps870789b4.jpg  photo markus-another-close-up_zps5c963929.jpg Markus Linnenbrink was born in Germany in 1961. He attended Gesamthochschule in Kassel as well as the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Hague Ministry of Culture, the Hague, Netherlands; Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA; Harvard College, Cambridge, MA; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Museum Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA and the West Collection, Oaks, PA, among others.  photo firstth110933_zpse5538356.jpg  photo y6jpazxzxnpvr0d9_zps5243ccad.jpg

Sandra David

 photo Untitled-1_zps6758a9f2.jpg  photo Untitled-3_zpscd50aefd.jpg " At the formal level, the round is a key concept. I hope that one is attracted to my pieces, that one has wanted to touch them. It is a form that welcomes the hand and calls for contact: feminine and soothing. The circle is the symbol of all, the basic form which includes all others, and therefore, the basic theme that includes all the others. " - Sandra David  photo Untitled-5_zpsc9a07c00.jpg  photo Untitled-4_zpsada943f2.jpg

Hynek Martinec

 photo Cero-Tore-02-web_zps4833cc1a.jpg  photo obrland07_zpsb443ab06.jpg Born 1980 Broumov, Czech Republic, Hynek Martinec graduated in 2005 from the Academy of Fine Art in Prague. During his studies he spent one term as an exchange student at Middlesex University, London (2002), and another at The Cooper Union, New York (2004). Martinec's work has been exhibited in both national and international venues including National Portrait Gallery in London, The Prague Biennale (Flash Art) and The British Painting “Beyond Reality” (Galerie Rudolfinum). He is represented in numerous private collections in Europe, including the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London and at the National Gallery, Prague. In 2007 he won the BP Young Artist Award. After his graduation at AVU 2005 he lived in Paris for 2 years. Since 2007 Hynek Martinec lives and works in London.  photo hory01_zps25d066e4.jpg  photo obrland02_zpsf277f16e.jpg

Berta Fischer

 photo bfischer_web_1_zpsea883abb.jpeg  photo tumblr_m6wm2wX2yp1r39ofuo1_1280_zps2f30ffa7.jpg Berta Fischer's (Born 1973; Lives and works in Berlin) remarkably light sculptures are abstract and reductive in a poetic sense of the word. Her work appears to be the sum of material and form. Fischer uses synthetic materials like PVC and acrylic glass. Still her compositions seem natural in their own unconventional way.  photo large_zps031c17ba.jpg  photo berta-fischer-sozo-2011-1346776994_b_zpsbc5945af.jpg

Leo Villareal

 photo LEDLights_Installation_NYC_BleekerStSubway_ByLeoVillareal2_zpse36c67ed.jpg  photo IMG_0001_zps082efddf.jpeg  photo LEDLights_Installation_NYC_BleekerStSubway_ByLeoVillareal_zps532bc0fd.jpg Leo Villareal received a BA in sculpture from Yale University in 1990, and a graduate degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program. Recent exhibitions include, a survey show organized by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, which continues to tour several museums in the United States. He has completed many site specific works including, Radiant Pathways, Rice University in Houston, Texas; Mulitverse, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Diagonal Grid, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Stars, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, and the recently installed Hive, for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the Bleecker Street subway station in Manhattan. Among the projects Villareal is currently working on, Bay Lights for the Bay Bridge in San Francisco will spectacularly light the bridge, reflect on the water, and glisten throughout the city. Villareal is a focal point of the James Corner Field Operations design team that will renew Chicago’s Navy Pier, and commissioned installations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and The Durst Organization in New York City, will be in visible public spaces. Villareal's work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  photo hive2_zps6ca25e2a.jpg  photo DSC_0037_zps52ebbdf1.jpg

Ida Ekblad

 photo 1_0_zpsafe8b79f.jpg  photo 2_4_zps38e70302.jpg 'Ida Ekblad’s chance-based art practice is a literal reflection of her peripatetic methodology, a special kind of no-holds-barred urban folk art. The production of her sculptures, paintings, music and poetry revolves around ‘drifts’ taken around the cities in which she will be making the work. Like a scavenger on a mission to extract essential, survival sustenance out of the discarded remains of contemporary culture, Ekblad collects materials on her walks, sifting through piles of rubble from demolished buildings and industrial heaps of metal.' (via Saatchi Gallery)  photo 4_3_zpsdd5a2121.jpg

Mojan Vadie

 photo 8471-main_zpsc118ba3f.jpg  photo 8472-main_zps48bd6df0.jpg " Like music, art can create a strong emotional link with its audience, touching all senses at once. And just as an instrument can consume its musician, the canvas can overpower the artist, guiding him to paint what he truly feels deep inside. With each brushstroke, the canvas responds and leads you to the next stroke...each color, as each musical note, working synergistically to create a greater whole..., a final outcome that can profoundly move its audience. And as a symphony, the outcome of an artist's exploration is more than what meets the eyes. Each stroke and each color lay a foundation from which to build upon…, a progression of one feeling to the next. My paintings have colors that play and work together underneath the surface to create an artistic expression of my feelings. There are no shapes, no boundaries...just an outpouring of emotion represented through color attempting to take you to an emotional plateau not yet realized before." - Mojan Vadie  photo 8473-main_zps85c49da3.jpg

Boris Pelcer

 photo 48acbd9bec43f26ab51bd2cabd14752a_zps0ab88ff6.jpg  photo 00a613877a60a23ca84592d18090047f_zpsd62aa0b5.jpg  photo 6eceed0b8ec37dca0345fbd157f8e4d3_zps9a1eb0e4.jpg Boris Pelcer (b. 1985, Sarajevo, Bosnia) is an artist & designer based out of Milwaukee, WI, USA. His work is inspired by the sublime & the enigmatic facets of the human psyche, the human condition & the cosmos. He divides his time between personal & commercial projects. The challenge of balancing the two fields helps him continually evolve.  photo 438bb48eae17cae73e03d9a22e8305f2_zpscb03f48c.jpg  photo 4ea0c8072f48d9b10089a12521ecc53b_zps6584f552.jpg

Noi Volkov

 photo 75b4b9_4c05f03c48847fdb762b601e869aaa1c_zps63e581fd.jpg  photo 75b4b9_503aae65c08edece04731e6d8450b5fd_zpse080d482.jpg Noi Volkov was born in 1947 in Agapovka, Russia. He graduated from Odessa Grecov Art College in 1967 with a BA in Fine Art, and from Leningrad Mukchina College in 1973 with an MA in Fine Art and Ceramics. He has been residing in Maryland, USA since 1990.  photo Untitled-1_zps5bb6327c.jpg