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Carlos Mercado

 photo 349176-1540501-7_zps710c2b41.jpg  photo 349176-1539523-7_zps7094d475.jpg Self-taught artist. Mercado has taken part in more than a dozen group and solo exhibitions in Puerto Rico and the United States since 1989. Considered a conceptual artist more than a painter and designer, he is influenced by Pop and Experimental art. His early works included impressions of his own body on cloth, which he achieved by drenching himself entirely in paint. He later worked with mixed media and collages and subsequently with abstraction. Within the Pop style, he has worked on portraits that capture the essence and feelings of the model. Mercado is highly committed with his work. The fundamental aspects of this artist production are grounded in his dedication to the medium as well as his compromise with his point of view. The search for new ways of expression has lead him to gradual changes in his point of view and stylistic modifications. Link.  photo 349176-1540521-7_zps8765760b.jpg

Zhang Botao

 photo zhang-botao-untitled-woman-in-repose-paintings-oil-zoom-2_zps5c6373a8.jpg  photo 58045a_zps9399eeb6.jpg Zhang Botao, born in 1970 in Gedaqi City, Great Khingan, Helongjiang Province, China. Zhang Botao one of the most prominent emerging representative of the Chinese contemporary ‘Cartoon’ art movement. His style is refreshing and elegant at the same time as he combines modern Manga-inspired subjects with renaissance style old European portrait painting. Zhang Botao has had several successful exhibitions worldwide and his works are collected by various Art foundations, luxury organizations, invesment banks to private collectors internationally.  photo 58044a_zps54d45399.jpg  photo 58049a_zpsd1562886.jpg

Rebecca Harris

 photo 79550-10774891-7_zps36ca303e.jpg  photo 79550-9897467-7_zps13d57da0.jpg " My arts practice and research outputs are generated by a ‘thinking through making’ approach, using my creativity to open up paths of enquiry that are initiated by my engagement with materials and the forms being created. Examples of which are the use of ‘nude’ tights, seen as pseudo skins, and whilst interacting with them I created the ‘Life sucks’ works which opened up research into the sagging skin and the coding of the feminine on the surface of the body. Many of the other works, mainly consisting of soft sculptures, textiles and drawings, take on this discursive approach and all largely focus on the visceral or skin as the main motifs. " - Rebecca Harris  photo 79550-10774840-7_zps7309b4c3.jpg

Uri Dushy

 photo Untitled-1_zps5c2b9ecd.jpg  photo Untitled-4_zpsc4388681.jpg  photo Untitled-5_zps1701b248.jpg "Over the past two decades Uri Dushy has been investigating the origins of art, each time experimenting anew with an unfamiliar style, new techniques and artistic creation methods foreign to him. In his personal, non-compromising way, he insists upon joining and creating within artistic genres unprecedented to him, provocatively challenging, mastering and adopting technical professional production processes. Uri Dushy’s work does not confine itself to the limits of his private studio, but rather exits into the public realm – into open sites frequented by bypasses and members of the community who are not necessarily familiar with museums and galleries. His public art works are favorably accepted both in official art institutes such as galleries and art centers in which he is active, as well as in business and industrial sites, through dozens of public locations where his public art works are permanently displayed. The combination of styles which characterize his works, usually merging and thus naturally constructing his work process, mark his exceptional course in the labyrinth of his highly personal art."  photo Untitled-2_zpsb5f34fd9.jpg  photo Untitled-3_zps29fa3870.jpg  photo Untitled-6_zpsfebfd5ac.jpg

An Kun

 photo AnKun_paintings_China10_zpse5bd5cf9.jpeg  photo AnKun_paintings_China9_zps3ff8cf4f.jpeg Born in 1968 in Jiangsu Province, China, An Kun (安堃) began painting for no particular reason other than that of the enjoyment he received standing in front of a canvas, pouring out his inspirations. After graduating from the Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute and studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, An Kun worked as an art designer and decoration designer for a corporation, but felt his creativity stifled. Thus he removed himself from the ‘mess’ and tucked himself away in a studio, preferring the solitude and quiet, working and meditating with great composure and demonstrating his natural otherworldly instincts. To An Kun, the contemporary environment too often blunders about with thick color and shallow meanings that block people from thinking, thus leaving them at a loss. In his Zen series, the characters of his paintings often seem gaunt and woeful, quite in opposition to the common conception of the word ‘zen’. But An Kun’s explanation is as simple as it is meaningful: Because of this uneasy world, one’s soul is unable to cease all suffering. But by using simple and thin colors, and playing with light and shadow, An Kun creates austere faces that appear as if they are finally, silently able to enjoy the solitude in life and a measure of peace.  photo AnKun_paintings_China4_zps750991d1.jpg

Fang Lijun

 photo bild_2055_zps1794b5c2.jpg  photo Singapore-20120308-02104_zps36468dd4.jpg  photo bild_2052_zps1854f169.jpg Fang Lijun (1963) is an influential figure in the post-1989 movement Cynical Realism and among Chinese contemporary artists. He quickly gained renown for his portrayals of simple peasants with shaved heads against alienated backgrounds. Although the figures could be seen as autobiographical for Fang Lijun himself, they are more a description of a generation which lives between traditional forces and a new and sometimes rootless Chinese society. Fang Lijun, who lives and works in Beijing has a very high reputation among Chinese artists and produces large and impressive canvases. Today, after a decade of artistic leadership, his repertoire of work includes a variety of oeuvres beyond his iconic motif and he can be considered one of the most interesting and attractive Chinese artists. (via 88Mocca)  photo fang_lijun_2008_08_08_1024x768_zps16651c48.jpg  photo Minsheng_zps527ab9e0.jpg  photo fang_g_zps19c88da4.jpg

Tom Holmes

 photo Untitled-1_zpsfba92666.jpg  photo Untitled-3_zps9747d4ae.jpg Tom Holmes is an artist, sculptor and musician living and working in the NEPA valley. "I am drawn to working in the six elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice and water. It gives me the ability to work intuitively. All possibilities can exist briefly before I impose parameters with regard to my emotional and intellectual contexts." The undercurrents of natural decay,unity, duality,symmetry, space, time and dimension are at the heart of Tom's creative energy. "I work seasonally, tracking the weather. Different temperatures demand independent responses to materials and approaches. "Ice follows the freezing mark of winter, stone and steel the exterior work space of summer. Spring begins the search for materials and fall settles all debts, emotional, physical and intellectual. " My work is my life and I thrive on long days. There is only the transcendence of the everyday. Cooking, friends, love becomes the sublime witness of doing. Process for me is the essence of my day."  photo Untitled-2_zpsc20bf5e0.jpg

Rosa Maria Unda Souki

 photo 338392-1535138-7_zps67641abe.jpg  photo 338392-1532589-7_zps9e635658.jpg " I am 34 years old Venezuelan artist and painter, who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brasil since november 2011. I lived in France between 2004-2011, where I show my work in solo or in collectif exhibitions. I won in 2011 the Special Prize of 56° Salon d'Art Contemporaine de Montrouge in 2011, and i had the opportunity to show my work in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. " - Rosa Maria Unda Souki  photo 338392-1535147-7_zpsd8232c4a.jpg  photo 338392-1496412-7_zpsfa24db42.jpg

San Poggio

 photo untitledclara_120x90cm_zpsf45ee95c.jpg  photo DSC00263_zpsd074793e.jpg  photo DSC00260_zps99505496.jpg  photo DSC00262_zps1b8b09f9.jpg These are just sampling of what you can expect to find in Argentinian artist San Poggio's website. Really worth a check.  photo sintitulo_120x240cm_700_zpsf46f822c.jpg  photo DSC04527_700_zps848f9be9.jpg  photo DSC04519_700_zps7e095613.jpg  photo DSC04526_700_zps6d41a705.jpg

Wes Christensen

 photo WesChristensen21_zps893a1036.jpg  photo WesChristensen16_zpsf79f3bf2.jpg " We spend so much of our lives navigating a sea of complex and conflicting signals, distracted and frustrated by random obstacles to understanding; doing our best along the way to avoid the conflict and sadness that combine to defeat our best intentions. Our task is a harvest of confusion, winnowing kernels of value from the cascade of screaming chaff – finding in the residue a hook to hold memory, an anchor to slow loss." - Wes Christensen  photo pic5_zps9681550b.jpg