Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design in Tokyo before moving to New York to study in the School of Visual Arts. In the year 2000 he received a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has received Awards from the Society of Illustrators, the New York Directors Club, Communication Arts and also he has won numerous award from many art competitions and has been published in many art magazines. Of his work, He says: “My vision is like a dream, whether it’s a sweet dream, a nightmare, or just a trippy dream. I try to see what’s really going on in my mind, and that’s a practice to increase my awareness in stream-of-consciousness creativity. I try not to label or think about what is supposed to be, just take it in as it is and paint whatever I see in my mind with no compromise. That way, I create my own vision.”
Komi Olaf is an emerging Visual Artist and spoken word poet, Born in Kaduna Nigeria. His love and obsession with art and self expression from an early age led him on dynamic journey of self discovery through Architecture, art and poetry. After receiving his Master of architecture degree in 2009, he began to develop his artistic practice as a self-taught artist working in the emergent tradition of Afro-futurism a contemporary genre of art that addresses themes and concerns of the African Diaspora through a techno-culture and science fiction lens. His surrealistic art and poetry bring together distinctive images with perfect unity in a playfully profound vision of a futuristic Diaspora. He pushes his art in wondrous directions, immersing his realistically portrayed characters in mysterious dream worlds of splendor and soul. Serving as a witness to the persistence of beauty within a turbulent world. His work draws inspiration from his immediate environment, Music and Positive energy. Komi Olaf does not like the taste of cheese and believes in the existence of Aliens and extraterrestrial life. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and represented by Agora Gallery In New York City.
” I started making gourd lamps in 2009 when, for the first time in my life, I accidentaly came across the gourd fruit. As soon as I made my first gourd lamp, I knew that I wanted to make another one and shortly after that it became my great passion. Although I have always had artistic inclinations, first and foremost, I have a scientific mind. I studied building engineering and I worked in architectural studio. However, in 2010 I decided to quit my studies and job and devote my energy to doing something I loved the most. Just after that I made a trip to Senegal from where I brought African calabashes. Since then, they have become the raw material for my lamps.” – Przemek Krawczyński
Pierre-Paul Pariseau is an illustrator working for clients in North America and Europe since many years. He exhibits his personal work regularly.
Bubi Canal (Santander 1980) is a visual artist living in New York City. Bubi teleports us to impossible worlds full of emotions and mysterious and intriguing characters. His work combines different types of media and artistic methods including photography, video and sculpture and deals with the recurring themes of human wishes, dreams, magic and love. (via Munch Gallery)
” A misty veil of golden spun hair floats above her forehead; dark copper flows in contrast with the blues and greens of the skies, seas and forests. Warm and cool sensory surfaces exude freshness and natural light. The metallic hues on her eyes transmutate texturally from base metals to gold. With her natural freckled skin against the grain and growth rings of painted wood she is neither a mermaid nor a nymph, but an enchanted Modern Muse – evoking the grace of Botticelli’s Venus and a pre-Raphaelite sensibility but with her own slight knowingness of the 21st century. Glamour and nature coexist without discord, enriching each other. These photographs extract beauty from nature whilst playing with the traditional dichotomy of the natural and artificial. In this creative alchemical process she has been liberated from temporal existence and has achieved immortal perfection.” – Jan Masny
I’m just going to keep my thoughts about how awesome Kazuhiro Hori is to myself, and just direct you to his Instagram page. Link here.
Patrick Earl Hammie, born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981, is an artist best known for his monumental portraits related primarily to themes of identity, history, and narrative. Considering the potential paintings of the human figure have to reflect the values of the period in which they are produced, Hammie’s work investigates the expectations built into this canonical genre, probing and dismantling the idealizing impulses that have historically shaped it. Drawing on the emotive qualities of Romanticist painting and its use of heroic proportions to engage with political and humanistic expression, he focuses specifically on constructions of gender and race, putting pressure on these categories as a means of expanding understandings of identity, and reconfiguring inherited conceptions of ideal beauty and heroic nudity. (via Yeelen Gallery)