Meet The Artist: Pedro Roldán Molina

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Molina_hudozhnikPedro Roldán Molina is an internationally recognized and well-known Spanish artist. He was born in the province of Cordoba in Rute, Spain, in 1954. He studied art in Barcelona. His work can be seen in major museums around the world.

Currently, Pedro Roldán Molina lives and works in Granada, Spain.

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Trash As Art

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo creates monumental three-dimensional sculptures of animals using, well, garbage that people routinely throw out, depositing their refuse not necessarily in or around designated garbage disposal places. Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама  The artist wants to draw public attention to environmental pollution.Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама Arthur creates three-dimensional animals from garbage and old rubbish, which people throw out.Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама Artur’s work can be found not only in Portugal, but also in other countries, in particular in the United States and Estonia. Presumably, he doesn’t transport his native Portuguese garbage but uses local materials easily found no matter wherever he goes.  Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

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Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Скульптуры животных из мусора и хлама

Meet The Artist: Steven Spazuk

It would seem that, in this age of modern technology even gives in to work progress – there are new kinds of hobbies, new musical instruments and new technologies in architecture. And the experienced viewer is already difficult to surprise. However, the human imagination is limitless and always able to present something new.

Canadian artist Steven Spazuk began his career using quite ordinary techniques. First, there were pencil drawings, then oil paintings and watercolors. This was followed by passion for airbrushing. Soon, it has become Stephen’s favorite method due to its soft, smooth shape, a certain lightness and ease.It would seem that, in this day and age, modern technology touches everything, art including. There are new kind of hobbies, new musical instruments and new technologies in architecture. It’s difficult to surprise an experiences art-lover. However, the human imagination is limitless and always able to present something new.

In 2001, Steven Spazuk began working with the burner, discovering a new dimension of creativity.“[This technique] changed my life, it gives me a great deal, it is unique. The spontaneity of the process — that’s the most interesting. Approaching the canvas, I do not know what will happen, what to follow and what’ll come out,” the artist says.

“I don’t control anything, I merely let the candle and its flame to do their job. And then look what happened. Usually what happens is these abstract shapes of soot in which I can see the picture. Looking at these shapes, I suddenly can see an elbow, knee, chest or leg –and then so be it,” says Steven.

Stephen’s unique set of tools includes brushes with metal bristles, needles, feathers.  This is a rather difficult technique, very time-consuming, so the author spends lots of time in his studio.

The idea of “playing with fire” came to the artist in his sleep. In his dream, Steven visited the gallery, where every picture was created using this technique. Incredible but true, in the dream he already knew how create such paintings. Many years since passed, the technique underwent many changes, became more varied and sophisticated.  That’s how it’s done:

Using a burner or a candle the artist gets soot on the sheet. Then, using the “traditional” tools, outlines a drawing adding contours.
And then remains a delicate job of of putting finishing touches with emphasis on smallest details.

Steven is a versatile artist:

Meet The Artist: Tomasz Alen Kopera

koperakopera1Tomasz Alen Kopera was born in 1976 in Kożuchów, Poland. He attended the University of Technology in Wrocław, where he gained a degree in construction engineering. His artistic talent came to light already in early childhood.kopera2 Tomasz paints in oil on canvas. Human nature and the mysteries of the Universe are his inspiration. kopera7kopera9His paintings permeate with symbols that often relate to human psyche and man’s relation with the surrounding world.kopera8kopera3 His paintings are dark and mysterious. kopera8The technique, developed over many years, testifies to the artist’s great sensitivity and talent.kopera4Tomasz is celebrated for his acute attention to detail and mastery of color.  In 2005, the artist moved to Northern Ireland where he lives now.kopera7 From 2010 he has been a member of Libellule Group formed by Lukas Kandl.kopera9kopera5

“In my work I try to reach to the subconscious. I want to keep the viewer’s attention for a longer moment. Make him want to reflect, contemplate,” Tomasz says.

Mysterious Paintings of Tomasz Alen Kopera:

Meet The Artist: Aimo Katajainen

aimo Katajainen.jpgAimo Katajainen is a self-taught Finnish artist. He was born in 1948 in Valkeala, Finland. In 1964 he moved to Kouvala, Finland. He studied Economics and worked as a professional social worker at clinic for treating alcoholic dependency. He began his artistic career in 1965. Aimo Katayaynen participates in many exhibitions around the world.

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Aimo Katajainen18Here is what he says about his work:
I grew up in the countryside – on a farm near the river. In this area, everyone from the very young age is involved in agricultural work.
I remember participating in the feeding of animals, plowing and  working as a hired laborer.Aimo Katajainen26
Snowy winters and rural landscape can be seen in the recurring themes of my paintings.
As a teenager, I worked mainly with oil paints in the style of surrealism, but this fascination  passed with time. I developed interest in the naïve genre and found myself in this genre Since then my art became enjoys high demand.

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Meet The Artist: Wan Yiguang

wan7Wang Yiguang  (Chinese: 王沂光) sometimes written as Wang Yi Guang, is a modern Chinese painter notable for his Tibetan paintings of flying people, yaks and sheep. wan1Wang Yiguang was born in Yimeng Mountain area of Shandong, China. He is a younger brother of a notable painter, Wang Yidong, a leading artist of a group called Beijing Realism. Wang Yiguang does not belong to the group for obvious reason — his paintings hardly could be called realistic. This is not to say that every strand and a wisp of fur on the back every yak on his paintings isn’t superbly realistic.

In 1990, Wang Yiguang graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He participated in various National and International exhibitions and Art fairs in Beijing,Guangzhou,Tokyo and Hong Kong. wan25wan9
wan21Note the rail tracks on several of the paintings. Wang Yiguang, as it happens, currently works as a Creative Designer for the China Railway.

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In 2002 he worked on the Qinghai-Tibet railway. The painter was struck by the “humble beauty” of the Tibet. He wrote:
I have been able to visit the Tibetan plateau a number of times. I’ve been deeply touched by the breathtaking landscape of Tibet and the happy-go-lucky spirit of the Tibetan people. The Tibetan people’s profound regard for the natural world and animals has also cast a life-long impression on me.

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When I was in Tibet, I spent a lot of my time lying down in the grass, as I suffered from acute mountain sickness. As I lay there gasping for air, a delightful picture revealed itself before me: a couple of young, spry Tibetan girls racing about the countryside with their herd of yaks. These Tibetan girls reminded me of ‘Feitian’, the flying Devi (literally: ‘goddess’)*, when they are still earthly beings.

Tibet afloat… Breathtaking.

Meet The Artist: Valentin Rekunenko

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rekunenko92Valentin Rekunenko was born in 1955, graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk Art College in 1974, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1987.

Member Triennale Art in Kiev in 1998, 2001, participant of a number of national and international art exhibitions. Works in oil, gouache, pastel.

His artwork grace private galleries of Russia, Poland,
Germany and the United States.

Never heard of him or seen his artwork before. Glad I finally did.

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Teatro Dei Piedi: Feat Of Feet

sonata-a-quattro-piedi1Laura Kibel is an artist from Rome, Italy. Her ‘Teatro Dei Piedi’ (Theatre of the Feet) is unique in many ways.  True to her group’s name, Miss Kibel demonstrates a unique style of puppetry, which involved her whole body, but most impressively, her legs and her feet.

Laura Kibel is  a multi-faceted artist — a musician, a costume and set designer for theater and cinema, a specialist model-maker, a sound composer, who not only made her puppets and designed her show, but also used her limbs with great skill and agility to display the puppets of her little dramas.

LAURA KIEBELThese little dramas appear from animated and brightly colored trunks — all arranged around Miss Kibel, who displayed her virtuosity from the center of the stage. More than being stories, the little situational pieces or rather the protagonists of these pieces — in the form of a variety of puppet-characters are simple, funny, and readily identifiable. The themes range from two men fighting to a man trying quite unsuccessfully to soothe a bawling child. In one of the sketches a group of musicians attempt to play different kinds of music. Clearly meant to showcase Miss Kibel’s skills and dexterity with the puppets fixed on her feet, knees, thighs, the characters emerging  from the trunks are simply charming.

There are little surprises hidden away in the costumes of the puppets and in the props that were dramatically revealed at different times in the performance, while a small portable CD player is a key accompaniment to Miss Kibel’s legs and feet acrobatics.

A tad repetitive with the initial ‘wow’ element becoming familiar mid-way, Miss Kibel’s show is nevertheless remarkable. Her legs create magic and an ingenious language of performance.

Meet The Artist: Vladimir Lubarov

kartinki.jpgVladimir Lubarov  is an artist of the rural Russian hinterland.
ЛЮБАРОВThe artist was born in Moscow, and his artistic career took off from the start and flourished. He worked as chief designer in the popular science magazine “Chemistry and Life”, illustrated and designed more than 100 books, including works by authors such as Rudolf Erich Raspe, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Voltaire, Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, Stanislaw Lem, Nikolai Gogol and others. However, in 1992, the successful artist suddenly and dramatically changed his life. He left Moscow behind, bought a small house in a backwater semi-abandoned village of Peremilovo, and a simple peasant life became his new reality.

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Much to his surprise, his new life became his inspiration. Lubarov began painting his fellow villagers, the series entitled Village of Peremilovo. In the opinion of some art critics, in this series Lubarov continued the tradition of the lubok, a Russian print that was popular some 300 years earlier, creatively rethinking it, adding contemporary content, and lightly tinting it with postmodern irony.

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Today, Vladimir Lubarov is famous in Russia and abroad. There has been three documentaries shot about him and his work. His works have been acquired by the State Russian Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery, and can be found in the collections of many museums in Russia and in private collections in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, the USA and Canada.

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Meet The Artist: Cinta Vidal Agulló

Cinta Vidal112Cinta Vidal Agulló is an artist from Barcelona, ​​Spain. She creates her Cinta Vidaldevoid of gravity worlds using acrylic paints on wooden panels. Cinta lives in Cardedeu, a small town near Barcelona. Her studio is located directly above a toy store owned by her family.

Cinta studied to be an illustrator, and for 16 years toiled in the theater workshop, learning the intricacies of staging. She is now engaged in staging the scenery for opera performances, illustration, painting murals and portraits.

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Cinta Vidal1Cinta Vidal2Cinta shares in an interview with Hi-Fructose:

With these un-gravity constructions, I want to show that we live in one world, but we live in it in very different ways – playing with everyday objects and spaces, placed in impossible ways to express that many times, the inner dimension of each one of us does not match the mental structures of those around us. The architectural spaces and day-to-day objects are part of a metaphor of how difficult it is to fit everything that shapes our daily space: our relationships, work, ambitions, and dreams.

Cinta Vidal9Vidal refers to the paintings as “un-gravity constructions” and says that each piece examines how a person’s internal perspective of life may not match up with the reality around them.
Cinta Vidal4The intersecting planes on many of her paintings are somewhat reminiscent of drawings by M.C. Escher, where every angle and available surface is inhabited by colorful characters going about their daily lives. Cinta Vidal5
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