Sun Yuan was born in 1972 in Beijing and Peng Yu was born in 1974 in Heilongjian, China. They both studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. As a collaborative duo, they have had solo exhibition at the Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines; Arario Gallery, Seoul; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing; Osage, Hong Kong; and F2 Gallery, Beijing. They have shown in numerous group exhibitions including the Aichi Trieannale 2010, Nagoya, Japan; the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; the 2nd and 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow; the Liverpool Biennial 2006, Liverpool, United Kingdom; the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice; the Yokohama Triennial (2001), Yokohama, Japan; and the 5th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France. They currently live in Beijing. (via PinchukArtCentre)
” As an artist I’m fascinated by the fleetingness of youth, beauty and sexuality and the elusiveness of these particular elements, trying to capture those elements within my portraits and figurative work. Always curious to discover whom the subject is behind the façade, trying to get to the essence of the person, breathing and bringing to life the portrait or figure. Trying to capture their sexuality, their beauty, and who they are. Evoking an element of ‘drama’ to the subject where the viewer can ‘draw their own conclusions to what this person’s ‘story’ maybe. Working from life but mostly from photographs as reference. Often using acrylics like a watercolour and sometimes combining acrylics and oils.” – Fiona Maclean
Izumi Miyazaki is a young Japanese photographer. Please take a look at her portfolio here. You’re welcome.
Theo Mercier (born 1984) is a French sculptor, painter and photographer. He is trained as a designer and self-taught as an artist, and interned with Matthew Barney in 2008. He also worked with Bernard Wilhelm. He uses collage and found objects in his work. Vogue described his work as drawing “on a surreal and dreamlike imaginarium populated by singular, mysterious and often monstrous creatures. His work has been exhibited at the Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard in Paris, France and Lille 3000.
Born Baku, 1982 Lives and works Baku. Faig Ahmed graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Currently, he is study¬ing the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs – he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms.
” I’m an illustrator based in South Wales, UK. I work in pen and ink, creating original illustrations for record cover artwork, shirt design and poster art. Clients include: Metallica, Mastodon, Converge, Kvelertak, Trash Talk, New Found Glory, Sick Of It All, Mondo (Game Of Thrones/Lord Of The Rings/Army Of Darkness).” – Richey Beckett
Jorge Méndez Blake (born 1974) is a Mexican mixed-media artist. He has taken part in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Madrid, Montreal, Paris, New York City, Osaka and Oxfordshire. Méndez Blake’s work stands out by its commitment to explore the complexity of modern times. He lives and works in Guadalajara.
Yoshitoshi Kanemaki <-- (1972) Born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan; Education: (1999) Graduated from The Department of Sculpture, Tama Art University, Tokyo.
Paul Lewin: ” I was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973 and moved to the U.S. with my family in 1977. I spent most of my years growing up in Miami FL and I am now living in Oakland, CA . My Father was passionate about woodworking and very driven in his practice. He was my first artistic inspiration. He also loved collecting art. My childhood home was filled with paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of many different cultures from around the world. These works ,along with my love of sci-fi and Fantasy art inspired a lot of my early creativity. My art over the years has also been influenced by indigenous folklore,tribal cultures, world religion,and ancient societies. I am currently working on a series of surreal folk art paintings inspired by Afro-Caribbean folklore entitled “Roots of the Cotton Tree”. The work reflects on the journey of my ancestors through the diaspora and of ourselves today as our stories continue to unfold. In the Caribbean much of the folklore has been passed down from generation to generation,dating back to ancient Africa,and kept alive through the traditional art of storytelling. The work for this series formed somewhere in the cross-section of Sci-fi, fantasy, and folklore. I like to mix traditional Caribbean and African motifs with surreal visions of nature and the ancestry that surrounds us daily.”
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