Cristina Penescu

 photo focused_by_cristinapenescu-d4p4mm3_zps150c9fe7.jpg  photo 0_79694_54573c38_XL_zpsd2369d03.jpg  photo Cristina_Penescu_artwork_6_zpsfefc162d.jpg Cristina Penescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, 1988. Her family relocated to California when Cristina was a year old. Since early childhood, her passion for art and nature was very apparent. As a child she loved to collect books about animals and spend her time outside in nature. Cristina has experimented with a variety of mediums and styles and recently has made the transition to realistic wildlife art, which she feels has always been her true calling in life. She enjoys painting a wide variety of wildlife subjects, however wild canids, especially wolves, hold a special place in her heart and have been a recurring theme in her art since childhood. Cristina is has had no formal training and is a self-educated artist. She has experience working in a variety of mediums, however she prefers acrylic and scratchboard. Her artwork is very detail oriented and she aims to bring the viewer an up close, intimate look at nature. She hopes to inspire the world through her depictions of the natural beauty around us. Cristina is currently at the beginning of her career as a wildlife fine artist but has already begun to carve a niche for herself in the field. She recently was accepted as a Signature Member of the world-renowned Society of Animal Artists. Cristina is also a member of Artists for Conservation and the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society.  photo Curious_Observation_by_CristinaPenescu_zpsa2f1e7b4.jpg  photo hunger_crisis_by_cristinapenescu-d46bmxa_zps594a4da2.jpg

Betty Woodman

 photo BETTYFREEMANS6_585_500_zpse439dcb3.jpeg  photo polka_dot-sideA_copy_332_500_zps04ad6304.jpg Betty Woodman (American, born in Norwalk, Connecticut, 1930 — ) is an American artist. Internationally recognized[citation needed] as one of today’s most important sculptors using ceramics, Betty Woodman's career began in the 1950s as a production potter with the aim of creating objects to enhance everyday life. Since then, the vase has become Woodman’s subject, product, and muse. In deconstructing and reconstructing its form, she has created an exuberant and complex body of sculpture. Its signature is its reflection of a wide range of influences and traditions and an inventive use of color. As she has written, "The centrality of the vase in my work certainly implies a global perspective on art history and production. The container is a symbol — it holds and pours all fluids, stores food and contains everything from flowers to our final remains." Many of these traditions Woodman has experienced first-hand as she has traveled extensively, finding inspiration in cultures around the world. As recently described by American Ceramics magazine "The dramatic and luminous effect of glazes attracted Woodman to ceramics, leading her to study at the School for American Craftsmen at Alfred University. She further developed her passion for clay when she moved to Italy, falling in love with Mediterranean art, a consequential influence for her work. Having a background in ceramics, it is easy to peg Betty Woodman as a craftsperson. However, upon taking a closer look, Woodman is hardly just that. She is an artist whose work hovers above the line of art and craft, drawing its power from both.  photo polka_dot-side_B_460_700_zps4f6ea680.jpg  photo BETTYFREEMANS4_620_413_zps8cd0be01.jpeg

Sylvie Fleury

 photo June_July_August_SF_38_620_388_zpsa4f7d6c5.jpg  photo It_Might_As_Well_Rain_Until_September_SF_29_620_388_zpsd26351be.jpg  photo Sophisticated_Boom_Boom_SF_37_620_388_zpsc6e4075b.jpg Sylvie Fleury is a Swiss contemporary pop artist employing sculpture, mixed media. Her work addresses the issues of shopping, and the paradigm of the new age. Born 1961, Geneva. Critics have labeled her work "post-appropriationist," and her books The art of survival, First Spaceship on Venus and Other Vehicles, and Parkett #58 (with Jason Rhoades and James Rosenquist), have been featured internationally.  photo Later_Later_SF_30_620_388_zps612b37c8.jpg  photo Everybody_Loves_Saturday_Night_SF_28_620_386_zpsb5caa44c.jpg

Paula Hayes

 photo GiantTer_SG09_GT02_3_900_1114_80_zpsfbb28f1b.jpg  photo GiantTer_SG09_GT02_1_900_1125_80_zps155655a6.jpg  photo GiantTer_SG09_GT02_5_900_1116_80_zps5256fb0d.jpg New York-based landscape designer and artist Paula Hayes works with plant life and minerals to produce stunning terrariums as sculptures for gallery environments. Hayes’s work crafts industrial materials—such as hand-blown glass, silicone, or cast acrylic—into organic shapes that she then fills with a rich variety of plant life. These works deftly combine the intricate beauty and care required of the plant life with innovative, willfully independent sculptural forms. Paula Hayes was born 1958 in Concord, Massachusetts. (via Salon94)  photo Giants_SG09_GT6_GT16_5_900_1260_80_zps9514404a.jpg  photo Giants_SG09_GT6_GT16_JGR1_1_900_1300_80_zpsd90e770b.jpg

Oliver Jeffers

 photo without-a-doubt-pt1_zpsfaa4efe1.jpg  photo without-a-doubt-pt2_zpsf7e098d3.jpg Oliver Jeffers makes art. From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Jeffers work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum, Lazarides Gallery and Gestalten Space, Berlin.  photo without-a-doubt-pt3_zpsb518b560.jpg

Daniele Buetti

 photo auf_allen_knien_14_01_zps890765c3.jpg  photo auf_allen_knien_12_01_zps24bcb780.jpg  photo auf_allen_knien_09_01_zps8894d687.jpg Daniele Buetti <-- Born in 1955 in Fribourg, Switzerland, Live in Zurich.  photo auf_allen_knien_13_01_zps4a5075d4.jpg  photo auf_allen_knien_05_01_zpsecea39df.jpg  photo auf_allen_knien_03_01_zpsfc11d169.jpg

Pol & Sakiroo Choi

 photo a9f5018553cd8e8301886b46e46aa4ef_zps6f2af2be.jpg  photo b629180ac22ea16e139248458f70d604_zps79ac04ad.jpg Check out this collaboration between artists Sakiroo Choi and Jean Paul Egred. Click here to view more.  photo 3480b0c84432f6f6454af18b23def813_zps7a790531.jpg  photo 6fa257090d67086e7fa57460ffe12ee9_zps334e9a45.jpg

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

 photo tumblr_mvlgt4JTkO1rqyhfho1_1280_zpsf3734517.png  photo tumblr_mvlgt4JTkO1rqyhfho3_1280_zpsd850c004.png  photo tumblr_mvlgt4JTkO1rqyhfho2_1280_zpsaddb4e66.png Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are artists living and working collaboratively in Beijing ever since the late 90's. Sun was born in Beijing and Peng in Heilongjiang. Sun and Peng are contemporary conceptual artists whose work has a reputation for being confrontational – they have previously used live animals in their installations.  photo tumblr_mvlgt4JTkO1rqyhfho4_1280_zpsf68d66aa.png  photo 1_zps63f0f561.jpg

Caro Niederer

 photo niede40437_m_zps1b7251f9.jpg  photo niede40435lr-JEfm7g_zpsc966b5a8.jpg  photo niede39772_m_zpsa71b2f9b.jpg Caro Niederer (born in Zürich 1963) is a contemporary artists who lives and works in Zürich. Niederer works in a variety of media. Her work encompasses techniques such as painting, photography, video as well as silk tapestries. Niederer is, along with Pipilotti Rist and Sylvie Fleury, one of the most popular contemporary female Swiss artists. Human day-to-day situations from her private life and her immediate environment are the source for most of Niederer's works. These personal snapshots are then re-worked in paintings or form the template for huge hand knotted silk carpets, which the artist gets produced in China. The transformation of an image through its replication in another media is a core theme of Niederer's work. In a ongoing photo series called Interieurs Niederer photographs her sold works in situ in their new owners' homes and offices.  photo niede42874lr-5xdUU1_zps1c01fd4b.jpg  photo niede42299_mlr-aHURL6_zpse09f03ed.jpg

Mona Hatoum

 photo moh-08-sc-095_view_1_zps986645f0.jpg  photo moh-08-sc-095_detail_1_zps6a8a587a.jpg Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and has lived and worked in London since 1975. Her sculpture, video, drawings and installations have been widely exhibited throughout the world. Since 1994, there have been more than twenty solo museum and institutional exhibitions of her work, the largest and most comprehensive of which was a survey initiated by the Hamburger Kunsthalle that also traveled to Kunstmuseum Bonn, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, and the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (2004 - 05). Hatoum was Artist-in-Residence on the DAAD program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Deutscher Akademischer Austrauschdienst) in 2003-2004 and has since divided her time between Berlin and London. In 2011 she had solo exhibitions at Alexander and Bonin, New York and White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London. Recently, Hatoum had solo exhibitions at the Goetz Collection, Munich and Arter, Istanbul. (via Alexander and Bonin)  photo adaa_2013_2_cc_zps28aa543c.jpg