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Luke Stephenson

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Luke Stephenson <-- born 1983 in Darlington (North East of England); Lives and works in London.

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Fupete

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” I was born in Livorno exactly half of the fabulous ’70s: seven days after the last American soldiers fleeing from Saigon and about six months later, Pasolini was killed. I held solo exhibitions in Barcelona, Mexico City, Paris and Milan. In recent years, among other things, I created the image of the project for DriveMe Smart and I painted live at the Forum d’Art Contemporain in Luxembourg and the National Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid, I took part in the collective Scala Mercalli in Rome, the collective Urban Superstar at the MADRE Museum of Naples and the project Out for J&B in Barcelona. Early 2008 I published two books: Punkie Totalista, a visual diary of the last ten years (ROJO® editions) and Animal Collective, a contemporary bestiary of animals written and designed with four hands by me and Jacklamotta (DRAGO Arts editions). Recently I returned to live in Tuscany with my mate Erika, and after the experience of roman Studio Fupete, we started the homeless studio about art, communication and graphic design NASONERO. Our to-do-list include in order to open a gallery here in the countryside, to find ways to be paid by a bad client, to move a little in San Francisco and to travel Polynesia by ship-stop. We keep you updated. The end. ” – Fupete

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Vauni Cupola

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The Vauni Cupola is a wall-mounted fireplace that clearly carries the Vauni identity. Its hemispherical shape expresses a dynamic, pioneering design. Perhaps the most characteristic feature is the unique profile which, combined with the light-weight aluminum body in black or white matt finish, makes an impressive yet slender wall-ornament. Cupola is as easily installed as a flat-screen TV. Hence, the possibilities of decorating with fire are endless. As with all Vauni fireplaces, the Cupola is equipped with an advanced, adjustable bio-ethanol burner that allows for vent-less, hassle-free firing. All in all the Vauni Cupola is more than just a fireplace – its like a sculpture even when unlit. Link here.

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Leonid Afremov

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Leonid Afremov, born in 1955 is a Belarusian painter. His painting are often vividly-colored landscapes, cityscapes and figures, and are typically painted using a palette knife and oil paint.”

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Nanami Cowdroy

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Nanami Cowdroy was born in Sydney, Australia with close bonds to her mixed Japanese-European heritage. Growing up with such contrasting cultures and surroundings, has greatly influenced her style of art and creative expression. By intertwining complex characters and highly detailed objects her pieces reflect a juxtaposition between foreign and familiar entities and environments. Her imagination is illustrated through works which are elaborate and exotic. She is drawn to subjects, which may on the surface seem delicate or fragile, but are given strength and depth through her pen and ink techniques, intricate hand illustrative style and mixed media compositions. Her signature detailed style reflects a refined monochrome pallette with her name ‘Nanami’ (meaning ‘Seven Seas’ in Japanese ) stamped in red. Fluid line-work, watery creatures and Goldfish are some of her favourite subjects, and distinctive forms which are featured in her artworks. (Photos via)

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Ronald Kurniawan

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Ronald Kurniawan graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Inspired by ideograms, syllables, letterforms, beasts and heroic landscapes, he slowly but surely continues to create a visual language where the wilderness and civilization could merge happily together. With the belief that the sublime and nuclear age could coexist, he paints romantic environments and breaks the quiet scene with juxtaposed imagery taking the shape of icons and letterforms. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles where he paints meticulously and happily accompanied by his pug Ruffles, an avid artist himself.” Related Link

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Dorobanti Tower

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Romania’s capital city could be set to receive a 200m tall offering from star-architect Zaha Hadid. Dorobanti Tower has been proposed to join the eclectic mix of historic, communist and modern architecture in Bucharest and if approved will tower 80 m above the present tallest building in the city.

Providing a 5-star hotel (34,000 sq m) and apartments (35,000 sq m) the elliptical meshed structure has been designed to create an iconic presence in the heart of the city. The tapering form, a product of regulations and restrictions due to adjacent listed buildings, provides an immediate contrast to the jagged edged communist architecture surrounding the plot.

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Antonio Joao Santos

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Antonio Joao Santos is a Portugal-based illustrator with a gallery full of random cuteness that is primed for cool stationary designs.

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Bernard Pras

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‘ Pras was born in 1952 in the south-west of France in a toy shop. After more than 20 years spent as a painter, and also a sculptor of recovered objects, Pras conceived in 1997, an astonishing form of expression, using photography as a basis for the creation of what amounts to a form of installation art. Pras’s work does not illustrate the painter’s art but the way the eye views an object. In fact, brush and paint are replaced by the object itself. By anamorphosis he creates a picture in relief and gives birth to portraits by randomly accumulating common objects. Pras sets up his camera at a well-defined angle so that the objects themselves merge and a portrait appears from this bric-à-brac – the work of art is accomplished ! The photograph is the only remaining trace of this ephemeral work.’ Link here.

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Joe Van Wetering

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Joe Van Wetering is a young designer/illustrator from Chicago. Check out his site for fun shirts and prints as well.

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