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Imran Qureshi

 photo 102_zpsff35db57.jpg  photo IQ041_730x10000_zpsa82239a9.jpg  photo 049_zpsf14a99b9.jpg Imran Qureshi (1972 Pakistan) is regarded as one of the most important representatives of Pakistan’s art scene. The artist lives in Lahore, where he teaches at the National College of Art. His works have been exhibited around the world and are in numerous collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2009 his work was seen at the 53rd Venice Biennial. The Deutsche Bank named Imran Qureshi its “Artist of the Year” in 2013. (via Hatje Cantz)  photo 194A8683_zpsc090ebcb.jpg  photo 20130214085940ac9_zpsbda5fcaa.jpg  photo tumblr_mb1ezgMRbW1rzov8co2_500_zps80980546.jpg

Ana Salvador

 photo close1_zpsaa673a29.jpg  photo close6_zps585a1472.jpg  photo close13_zps05fcf7d2.jpg Ana Salvador was born in Barreiro, a small town on the side of the river Tejo, facing Lisbon, in Portugal. Nowadays she lives in The Netherlands in the city of Amsterdam. Since an early age Ana started showing interest in art, especially drawing and painting. Her passion for sculpture came later, developing more seriously during university years. Throughout this period she could improve her skills by attending classes in sculpture, model sketching and painting. Ana Salvador has a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design. Nowadays Ana dedicates her time mainly to sculpture, with polymer clay as her favorite material. Ana's inspiration comes from a large variety of sources: the human body, antiques, ornaments, fabrics and laces. Furthermore art nouveau, Victorian, pre Raphaelite, symbolism, gothic and other ornate styles. Tim Burton and other fantasy artists also stimulate her creativity. Each one of Ana's sculpted figures is unique with a personality of it's own, representing a gesture forever frozen in time. In her dolls she evokes feelings of strangeness, innocence, dream, and hidden sensuality. Ana Salvador aims at constant progression and further characterization of her style.  photo close5_zps441cc24a.jpg  photo close21_zps471072fc.jpg  photo close11_zps6b40cb03.jpg

Paola Pivi

 photo image_zps3caf558f.png  photo 1_zps888cc3cb.png Paola Pivi (b. 1971 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian multimedia artist who lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. In her work, she uses a wide range of art techniques, such as photography, sculpture and performance. Some of her works contain performance elements, at times involving live animals and people. In 1999, she received Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale.  photo 5336696120_bc943abf18_b_zpse2423f01.jpg

Thomas Saliot

 photo 298693-10210328-7_zpsaa8aaf5e.jpg  photo 298693-10778683-7_zps9f59432d.jpg Talented French artist Thomas Saliot's selected works... all for you guys.  photo 298693-8314131-7_zpsc7ea72df.jpg  photo 298693-11047375-7_zpsf5596e85.jpg

Johan Creten

 photo image2_zps47e6ac9a.png  photo image_zpscb0791bc.png  photo image1_zps87bb13ba.png Johan Creten (Sint-Truiden, 1963) is a Belgian ceramic sculptor born at Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He lives and works in Paris, France. In 2009 he was nominated for the Flemish Culture Prize.  photo image3_zps3de43ac6.png  photo image4_zpscc649bdd.png

Cult Lovers

 photo 2fcaf22795f1fb20d512b9dbe3925105_zpse1c26949.jpg  photo e898aff3d30bbd0dc7adf8e500448615_zps62689077.jpg  photo 8ac80f8f5cd4bc268931e84cfc51815f_zps84733b93.jpg  photo 2200ffdbe72fd65a6636348ca93459bb_zps94bc9ae6.jpg A funny series of conceptual pop culture condom wrappers created by Italian artist Benedetto Papi. Click here for the link.  photo f15ea7550c1446b23df3485ed0b8e4f9_zps6c875205.jpg  photo 93f7c802a6a966223543f3bd3074d2af_zps99f34358.jpg  photo 98876e17bcd538a84b445ead2819a730_zps55389f97.jpg

Paolo Chiasera

 photo image4_zps968c6ccf.png  photo image1_zps948b6ced.png  photo image3_zps38feae4a.png Paolo Chiasera (*1978 in Bologna) is fascinated by historical icons, myths and cultural symbolism. He isolates excerpts from cinema, literature and philosophy, which he then uses as pawns within a new story that makes use of the visitor's 'collective memory'. For Chiasera, history is a starting point for creating a process of deconstruction and afterward the construction of a shape and he is interested in the possibility of investigating the aesthetic practice of these different modalities, of reaching a shape as a canvas or a sculpture. (via The Greenbox)  photo image5_zps6186556f.png  photo image_zps69ea322d.png

Leo Villareal

 photo tumblr_mfet2oqkW91rsmyqto1_500_zpsf497dd2d.jpg  photo 8104431684_90bc140a64_zps446a9af7.jpg  photo MSP_Villareal_JamesEwing-2_zps60680427.jpg " My work is focused on stripping systems down to their essence to better understand the underlying structures and rules that govern how they work. I am interested in lowest common denominators such as pixels or the zeros and ones in binary code. Starting at the beginning, using the simplest forms, I begin to build elements within a framework. The work explores not only on the physical but adds the dimension of time combining both spatial and temporal resolution. The forms move, change, interact and ultimately grow into complex organisms. Inspired by mathematician John Conway's work with cellular automata and the Game of Life, I have sought to create my own sets of rules. Central to the work is the element of chance. My goal is to create a rich environment in which emergent behavior can occur without a preconceived outcome." - Leo Villareal  photo tumblr_mi33htjtQy1qdobyqo1_1280_zps42c71d47.jpg  photo EmpireStatePortal_zpsae8a3d12.jpg

Mario Rencher

 photo __schwachsinn___by_rencher-d4p5y8t_zps26bd4e6f.jpg  photo skull_6_2013_by_rencher-d67ei4v_zps74a29223.jpg A nice gallery of paintings by Mario Rencher, artist based in Austria. Cool skulls!  photo demonskull_in_oil_by_rencher-d61fh57_zps4c310ac4.jpg  photo midnight_oil_by_rencher-d5ywnjf_zps074b04d1.jpg

Cyrille André

 photo DSC_0153_zps89dcefc9.jpg  photo DSC_0140_zps8c08995d.jpg  photo dsc_0191_zpsa588ded5.jpg Born in 1972 in Tassin La Demi Lune, lives and works in Grenoble. After scientific studies, Cyrille André attends the Art School of Paris and Grenoble, where he learns sculpture. At the beginning, he sculpts animals which he imagines in four parts: the forequarters, the hindquarters, the body and the neck corresponding to the most important articulations. Here is his bestiary of very large-scale sculptures which parts are hold by tenons and slots, in movement or outspread on the floor in a disarticulated relaxing. Cyrille André’s wood sculptures refuse the classical ideas of beauty : he presents us undefinable animals, men or women without face. Their dimensions share in creating the mystery which wraps these works, they are not heroes and still their monumental size has a holy something. The use of chain saw to create the incisions and the rough surfaces on the finished forms gives vitality and humanism (humanity) to his creations. The represented postures refer to the waiting, to the human isolation. Men are Gardiens (guardians), women, under umbrella or taking a dog for a walk. Animals seem to be here just to emphasize the loneliness of these sculptures, locked in their lead clothes.  photo DSC_0159_zpscf303f1c.jpg  photo DSC_0167_zpsbd1d9e45.jpg  photo DSC_0134_zps39b0fa63.jpg