Graziano Locatelli

 photo unnamed-1_zpsj2vpomva.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsetunhkb1.jpg Graziano Locatelli was born in Bergamo in 1977 and began his artistic career a decade ago. In 2007, he won the second prize in the category Mixed Techniques, in the Eustachi competition, from which the works that participated in the exhibition collective held at the Art Gallery Eustachi in Milan were selected. Locatelli began his artistic production, assembling materials old and new, (re) bringing them to life to compose works that recall, without making unrealistic comparisons, the lesson of Duchamp and Man Ray. The works are pervaded by a subtle irony caused by the brilliant use of ready-made materials as trivial as bathroom or kitchen tiles. The three-dimensional and poverty of the materials used in the creation of these works begins to become a trademark as it was for the exponents of the “poor art”, of which, perhaps unconsciously, Graziano absorbed the expressiveness. In October 2012 he opened his first solo exhibition entitled " Frankie, places the unconscious " at the Gallery Interactions Art Gallery of Rome, while in 2013, as well as having presented a new solo exhibition, he participated in numerous group exhibitions .  photo unnamed_zps5scnhio9.png

Thomas Cian

 photo unnamed_zpsqtsawgme.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsrlmlv92h.jpg I just discovered the work of Thomas Cian through Behance. Visit the link to see a lot more of these illustrations.  photo unnamed-3_zpsataw6feq.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpswyrd2it5.jpg

Paul Kaptein

 photo unnamed-1_zpsh6lp9ia6.jpg  photo unnamed_zpszhkc7aby.jpg ' Paul’s work, seemingly bent through time and space, taps into this medium of emptiness, responding to the gap between immateriality and materiality – through the energy we call potential. His work is full of the boundless energy of potentiality loops or loops of potentiality or the realisation that potential is the energy that constantly moves and transforms. Potential is the force that grabs ideas and translates them into being – it is a poetic energy of necessity and a necessary energy for poetics. The humour in Paul’s work belies a deeper investigation into and engagement with streamsof newness, such as sub-cultural currents, locational politics, popular physics, transient spiritualism and the accumulation and residue of overheard broadcasts. Fundamentally – it is concerned with the relationship between the immaterial and the material, the gap in between and how potential shifts energy through this space – into being, or as Heidegger calls it ‘the material space of radiance’, as it becomes something and forms identity. His work is abreast of issues as they relate to life now, but also very aware of how quickly potential moves things along, producing constant slippage.' Link here.  photo unnamed-2_zpsadpcrujf.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsmzyzocoy.jpg

Blake Little

 photo unnamed-4_zpsetjp7k1m.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpssteblq4v.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpshcmn0pyu.jpg Blake Little is an award winning, Los Angeles-based photographer best known for his ability to intimately capture the energy and personality of his subjects. His skills as a portrait photographer have garnered him a reputation as a favorite amongst celebrities, international publications, and corporate clients. He has worked with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, Aaron Eckhart, Marcia Cross, Colin Powell, Kevin Spacey. k.d. lang, 50 Cent, Iggy Pop, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and Jane Lynch among many others. He has photographed for publications such as London Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, Time, Los Angeles Magazine and ESPN the Magazine.  photo unnamed_zpsarwyiirb.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zps3zmhoafq.jpg

Alfonso Elola

 photo unnamed-1_zpsgjjd6z0v.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsdqo391d4.jpg Check out the work of the talented Alfonso Elola, concept artist and illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. Click here for the link.  photo unnamed-2_zpsparpgpzs.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsflvzxikh.jpg

I Nyoman Darya

 photo unnamed_zpsb0zchj5j.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsszfwh9rn.jpg Born in Bali, Darya’s artistic education started at a very young age. He attended the Senior High School of Fine Arts in Bali where he received a structured and rigorous training in theoretical and practical artistic creation. His education continued at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta, from which he graduated in 1994. Darya has quickly become a recognized name amongst Indonesia’s young, contemporary and collectable artists. His work has been shown at galleries and exhibitions since 1995, just one year after his graduation. In 1999, he was named as a finalist for the Philip Morris Indonesian Art Award. Again in 2001, he was named a finalist, this time for the IndoFood Art Award. Darya’s work is figurative in style; bold and playful in composition. His paintings engage the viewer, encouraging introspection. Putting acrylic to canvas in his most recent series, Darya sends a complex message to humanity about the development of one’s soul. His work begs us to consider how an individual’s place and time of birth, one’s lineage, gives them freedom or affixes limitations for their future. His recent works focus on a theme of inheritance: our ancestor’s spirits and culture, and parody mankind’s vain attempt at self-denial. Link here.  photo unnamed-1_zpsqtm49zrv.jpg

Syaiful Rachman

 photo unnamed_zpsyqn3izpp.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsr47f6u22.jpg Trained at the Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, Syaiful is one of the most talented artists to emerge from the contemporary Indonesian art scene. His incredible precision and ability to use mass culture to bring together human objects has not only won him numerous awards but also substantial critical acclaim. Syaiful’s particular fascination with celebrities and prominent figures is derived from the conviction that they are the 'nodes' of various things - persona, popularity and even power, all of which are manifested in every human subject. It is only upon a more conscientious scrutiny of Syaiful's paintings that one might truly catch a glimpse of his artistic inventiveness. It becomes clear that his portraits are composed of hundreds - even thousands - of minuscule, faceless human figures. A peremptory glance at any of Syaiful's paintings is enough to trick the viewer into thinking that these diminutive people are nothing more than an exceptionally pronounced attempt at pointillism. The scrupulous inclusion of this anonymous crowd is not merely a clever contrivance, as it also serves as an analogy to the roots of popular culture. Amidst our glorification and idolatry of the sought-after crowd, it is easy to forget that it is the power of our favor that holds them aloft. Through his precise brushstrokes that emphasize just the right amount of colors and shadows in the appropriate places, Syaiful leads us to the realization of the diverse distribution of power between and amongst people from all factions of society. Syaiful currently lives and works in Indonesia.  photo unnamed-3_zpspid6tx3p.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zps00pbnxns.jpg

Rajan Krishnan

 photo unnamed-2_zpsjj0utwnl.jpg  photo unnamed_zpszngvdxks.jpg Rajan Krishnan was born in 1967, in the Thrissur district of Kerala. Having completed a Bachelor`s degree in Economics, Krishnan decided to pursue his true love and signed up for a B.F.A (Painting) at the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram. He then went on to pursue a Master`s degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. Rajan Krishnan`s art is very sensitive to his immediate natural environment. The fields and villages of the Kerala of his youth play the role of `principal protagonist` in most of his works, expressing his deepest aesthetic proclivities. His early works are slightly sentimental in their depiction of childhood memories of home, but this phase seems to have given way to a more assertive cynicism that unflinchingly records the sudden and sweeping changes wrought on the landscapes he has known and loved. Rajan Krishnan passed away in 2016.  photo unnamed-1_zpsgt6jzpez.jpg

Roy Debanjan

 photo unnamed_zpsydqi1rph.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsmtniv46g.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpswyl16pnx.jpg Born in 1975, Roy Debanjan was awarded a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 1998 and a Master of Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 2000. Since then, he received the "Nirman Award' in 2004 and the Lalit Kala Academy Scholarship from 2002 to 2003. He also received a Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for 2002 to 2004 and Best Sculpture Award by West Bengal State Academy and Rabindra Bharati University. His works have been exhibited widely, such as 'New Wave in Bengal Art' curated by Pranabranjan Ray, 2005, 'Tale of Two Cities' Birla Academy in 2004, "Migration City, Home' Lalit Kala Academy, Kolkata in 2003 and Triennale, Japan 2001. His first solo show was held at Birla Academy, in 2002. He currently stays and works in Kolkata. Roy Debanjan has created a series of works featuring Gandhi (1869 - 1948), who was revered in India as the"Father of the Nation" and internationally as an icon of a free India. Debanjan's sculptures depict Gandhi in his humble loincloth and shawl normally only worn by the lowliest Indian caste. In sharp contrast, he interacts with symbols of materialism and technological advancement - mobile phones and laptops.  photo unnamed-1_zpsmb3fx4es.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpspoe56ee1.jpg

Dirk Staschke

 photo 1b_zps1afxa7lm.jpg  photo 2b_zpsyeemb7ve.jpg Dirk Staschke is a renowned ceramicist and sculptor based in Porland, Oregon.  photo 25b_zpsvnl33tnh.jpg  photo 24b_zpsqpc8lkbd.jpg