First light of morning | Watercolor | MALTA Art Description The work created in watercolor during Covid expresses my hope for the end of Covid and return to normal life, as well as the importance of cherishing the happy times brought by peaceful eras the flowers in the picture, represent unity and peace, and the light in the lower left corner represents “hope”. Bio My name is MingAn Guo, also known as Geoffrey. I am a Chinese artist. currently live in Malta, Europe. I have a passion for watercolor painting and specialize in creating works featuring flowers and still life. I have prepared a piece for this exhibition titled " FIRST LIGHT OF THE MORNING" the work created in watercolor during “COVID” which expresses my hope for the end of “COVID” and return to normal life, as well as the importance of cherishing the happy times brought by peaceful eras. My art is often inspired by nature, and I try to what is beautiful in my watercolor paintings. In my flower paintings, I pay particular attention to detail and atmosphere. My work is also influenced by traditional Chinese art. I have participated in numerous exhibitions in both China and internationally, receiving praise from both audiences and critics. Through my art, I hope to bring joy and inspiration to people and remind them of the importance of peace and harmony.
Cactus Anton and fishing | Acrylic | SLOVAKIA Art Description The painting "Cactus Anton and Fishing" showcases the artist's perception of forced emigration. The worm symbolizes the plight of refugees, who are compelled to leave their homeland and settle in unfamiliar surroundings, leaving them feeling helpless and absurd. Conversely, the cactus represents a piece of home that refugees carry with them, despite being in a foreign land. These symbols emphasize the disconnection between individuals and their homeland. The painting's underlying message is that refugees may find themselves in seemingly hopeless and absurd situations, but they still carry a significant part of their homeland with them, and their aspirations and actions are meaningful. The artwork invites the viewer to contemplate the refugee crisis in a captivating and insightful manner. Bio Tanya Stupnikova was born in Kyiv and started painting at the age of 42. Throughout her life, she has always been fascinated with science fiction, often seeing fantastical moments in her own life or imagining them when they weren't there. Countless magical worlds live in her imagination, and the inhabitants of each one clamor to be put on her canvases. "Cactus Anton and Fishing" is a somewhat melancholic painting in which the artist has seemingly depicted herself in a parallel world. For her, it represents a world of forced emigration. She and her family escaped a great calamity and arrived in a beautiful and welcoming country, but it was not their home. They can't feel the same as they used to, and everything seems pointless and incomprehensible. Cactus Anton, incidentally, is her daughter's actual cactus, which really exists. To her, he's like a piece of their home that they carry with them, but he also doesn't feel at home. Even when the artist is very sad, she still sees the world through the prism of fantastical worlds and works. For her, emigration is a journey to another world. She regrets that she doesn't enjoy this experience more, but she hopes for the best.
C.F.V. 3V. IV | Gouache | BELGIUM Art Description THE 3 VALLEYS STEAM RAILWAY (White Water - Black Water - Viroin Rivers) is a tourist line that crisscrosses these rivers and crosses the bucolic landscapes of the NATIONAL PARK. Artwork on display depicts a scene captured by me at an Annual Steam Festival and is part of a collection of 5 miniatures on this subject and represents 95 hours of work out of a total of approximately 430 total hours for the series. Bio My major concern was, from childhood, to want to faithfully represent the subjects for which I have a lot of administration of fascination. Resulting in a hyper-realistic style with a GOUACHE technique personally developed around the age of 17. This Planet EARTH, of which, we have the immense privilege of being residents, conceals a diversity of invaluable biotopes. The south of Belgium now has a NATIONAL PARK (2022) in the heart of which I reside. This magnificent region is home to deep forests, lakes, rivers, and in particular two of the most beautiful village in Belgium, a region that I have highlighted throughout my paintings.
Carmen Heidi Kroese
Gleichberechtigung | Acrylic | GERMANY Art Description Equal rights. To this day, this is no more than wishful thinking for many women around the world. Bio Carmen Heidi Kroese has been living in the gemstone town of Idar-Oberstein since 2019. She previously worked in Switzerland as an interior designer, managing director, and painter. She received her artistic training at the Neue Kunstschule Zürich, Switzerland, as well as from some outstanding artists. For her, painting is a vocation, obsession, passion, and fulfillment. The variety of techniques and experimenting with materials inspires her again and again. Carmen does not strive for an individual style and does not paint in a specific direction, preferring figurative representation, slightly abstracted or integrated into an abstracted background. She finds inspiration in nature, and in events around the world. Her favorite subjects are animals and again and again people with all their feelings and destinies. She tries to create images that trigger emotions in the viewer, that stimulate, provoke, and also give pleasure. To this day, the word Gleichberechtigung, equality for men and women is no more than wishful thinking for many women around the world. Carmen has received many prizes and awards for her work. She takes part in many national and international exhibitions and art fairs. Her works are in public and private collections in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, France, Austria, Italy, and Poland
Sean Anthony Winn
Clandestine Oil USA Art Description A man questioning his relationship and why it's taking place behind closed doors. He dreams of being out in public with his partner.
Misty rain in the curtain | other | China Art Description + Bio This work is mainly due to my fascination with symbolic literature and poetry. The most important point of symbolic poetry is the "metaphor", which disrupts the experience of vision, taste, and touch, and leads people to the mysterious spiritual world in a suggestive way. I used the space and scene of the theater to try to slowly present a slowly open story to the audience. In fact, the original intention of this work comes from a well-known opera song "Wujiapo". I have studied Peking Opera for many years under the influence of my family since I was a child, and I am particularly impressed by the opening statement of Xue Pinggui in Wujiapo. But because of time, in my incomplete memory, these clothes, clothes, and singing have become some vague shadows. They are intertwined with the color memory shape of my childhood and have become completely unrecognizable. I can only rearrange the story according to the hazy memories in my mind. Watch the upcoming drama from a children's perspective. The picture uses a red old curtain, the rough pixel mountains in the background and the pagoda in the distance, the shadow image of China, and the huge projection of chaotic time and space, trying to present a fable story between reality and illusory, absurdity, legend and history
Danaidák / Danaids | Oil | HUNGARY Art Description My painting was inspired by the Greek mythological story of the "Danaids". The punishment of the 50 women symbolizes useless, monotonous, never-ending work. This phenomenon is still valid today: most women perform the "invisible" work, while in the world of "visible" work, they are just as competent as men. Society - including women themselves - has high expectations of women in fulfilling stereotypical gender roles. With my painting, I reflect on this oppressive phenomenon of women, as the constantly moving, translucent, faceless figures are trapped within the frame. The facelessness symbolizes the common fate that every woman faces in some form, while the uniqueness of every woman lies within the fluctuations, colors, golden glow of the figures, and diversity of shapes. Bio My name is Melinda Fehér, Hungarian artist, I have been painting for 7 years. My goal in my creative work is to express emotions and thoughts and evoke them in the viewer. I am interested in the current social issues of our present, such as the position of women and the mysteries of relationships - with ourselves, with each other, and with our environment.
After the Argument | Oil | HUNGARY Art Description This painting was done as a quick gestural sketch following an argument between my wife and me. It is rare I use such fluid strokes, but the painting was a cathartic process for me to move from my own anger and pain, and to capture that of my wife. Bio I am a retired American living in Budapest. I come from a tiny village in the USA. It was my dream as a child to see the world. As a result of being my dreamer and spawning artist, my life has been quite rich. I’ve lived and worked in Asia and Africa and the Persian Gulf. Primarily I am self-taught. My predilection for realist representation has been satiated through admiration for women and now I can see this method of painting was simply to prove to myself I could do it. Being sufficiently satisfied in rendering likeness for about the past year I have been dabbling in Surrealism.
Deep in the Forest | Oil | GERMANY Bio My name is Wolfgang Graue, I'm from Germany, and greetings from the beautiful small town of Celle, the southern gateway to the Lüneburger Heath. In 2006 I realized a long-awaited dream - with my early retirement I live my "old love" oil painting intensively. I am largely self-taught, have learned with every picture and it has become my own style of painting, and I can now say: "Painting is my life" Why with oil paints –Brilliance, intensity, flexibility, and durability have always fascinated me, and I also love the pictures of van Gogh, Monet, Rubens, and Leonardo da Vinci - all absolute masters of oil painting. My paintings can be characterized as "naturalistic" / "realistic". I try to present the motif in my pictures as realistically as possible. The shapes and perspectives have to be right, the proportions and colors have to fit, and the highlights as well as light and shadow. The most important thing for me is that I can realize my wishes and dreams on screen - with a lot of passion and love. With this I create “my little ideal world” – and I would like to take the viewer into it. Since 2010 I have been showing my paintings in regular exhibitions at home and abroad. Numerous paintings are in private and public ownership.
IF I WERE A ROSE | Mixed Media | HUNGARY Art Description RENATA MAROTI: IF I WERE A ROSE A beautiful woman is sitting alone, lost in her own thoughts, with a glass of wine and a cigarette, at a table covered with a white lace tablecloth. Her hair is adorned with a white rose. Another white rose appears in the slowly swirling cigarette smoke. The melancholy "rose smoke" permeates her entire body. Roses weave through her whole being, covering every inch of her skin. It is a dream come true: she is a rose herself. Bio RENATA MAROTI ars poetica: My main goal in art is to help people see not only the tangible things but much more: to be able the see the invisible. I would like to make people think in a different way: to see what is beyond reality. I would like to make people use their imagination and fantasy world. Art is one of the most fundamental keys to developing emotional intelligence and empathy skills. And these are the most important factors for accepting, understanding each other. We are surrounded by negativity everywhere. Therefore I want to show the beauty of life and give positive energies through my paintings.
I`m gonna live forever | Mixed Media | NORWAY
Salamanca at sunset | Oil | SPAIN Art Description Panoramic view of Salamanca from the Roman bridge with the cathedral in the background at a beautiful sunset. Bio Artist with international trajectory. My specialty is urban architecture, mainly I paint facades of old shops with the aim of transmitting and making known to future generations how they lived and how their ancestors related, what the architecture of their commercial facades was like, and, as a second objective, to sensitize urban planning politicians on the need to preserve these facades that would serve to awaken the memory of their past. Through my work, I try to give life to these places, which in many cases have already disappeared, show their secrets, and revive the collective memory they contain to build a portrait of a society and a time. In this case, it is a world-renowned image of Salamanca from the Roman bridge with the cathedral in the background at a beautiful sunset.
Octopus in pink | Acrylic | HUNGARY Art Description I can already proudly present to you a “Wildlife in Colors” series of paintings, and, particularly, my “Octopus in Pink”. Every painting of the series represents an animal on a colorful background merging into a single concept. Color matters - It can affect the way we feel, how we think, and how we interact with one another. Color in the art can evoke a mood or even impact our behavior. Being a symbol of renewal and hope, strength and power, the octopus is also captivating in its mesmerizing beauty of form and textures. For him, I chose pink. Oozing with positivity and associated with love, youth, and tenderness, this color has been definitively linked to toning down aggression and inspiring a calming sense of peace. Bio I’m Olga Berg and I’m delighted that you have taken an interest in my artwork. To me, art is essential in interior design and I strive to create paintings, that could become a finishing touch to the overall aesthetic, adding texture to a space ( like this particular artwork - blending “feminine” and “masculine” colors in a subtle way thus seeking to harmonize and revive an interior). But it also carries a message. Mine is - Even in turbulent times stay strong, believe, and don’t skimp on love.
untitled, Inv.Nr. 0485 | Acrylic | AUSTRIA Art Description This work is part of a series of three black and white paintings that I created in parallel in quick succession. I use expressive gestures with black paint on a white background I have supplemented with a few dynamic white lines and expressive engravings, following my inner impulses. Paper laminated on wood. The work is signed on the back. Bio I have made it my task not only to grasp opposites intellectually but to integrate them in their emotional value and transform them in my paintings. In the current zeitgeist striving for individualism, the self-opinionated ego is pitted against a loving, connecting but inactive self. According to the holistic way of thinking, the soul forms the bridge and joins the opposites of the conscious - the ego - and the unconscious - the self. The use of opposing forms and the reduction to black and white, the dissolution of boundaries, and connecting gestures also serve in this work the realization that everything in this world has a natural opposite pole and thus only forms a whole. Each individual is part of reality and is itself a process within the whole. Visually, our actual, healing goal emerges: the harmonious whole.
Moonlight on the Water | Acrylic | GERMANY
Losing Our Minds | Black & White Photography | BELGIUM Art Description My photo “Losing our Minds” was taken on the Belgian coast at the beginning of the corona crisis 2020: a bizarre, but extremely fascinating period. Man loses his mind because a stormy situation presents itself that is new and challenging for him. Fear tries to overpower him, but he freezes and starts to reflect on the world and on the punishment that Mother Nature seems to send us. We have treated Mother Earth too lightly and demanded too much of her in our egoism. Reflection is necessary. This is a photo of ultra-Orthodox Jews who can enjoy their freedom in an unorthodox way in the storm (of their lives) and escape the lockdown. Bio Eddy Verloes is a multi-award-winning photographer from Belgium. He is a literary symbolic photographer and a visual storyteller. His atmospheric shots of interiors, landscapes, and urban life hover beautifully between realism and surrealism. Taking a spontaneous approach to the craft, Verloes captures the unexpected moments of the everyday. His studies of literature and philosophy fueled an inquisitive search for the mystical and the poetic. He shoots with his soul, not with the camera. Please don't put him in a box.2015-2023: exhibitions in different galleries or special locations (solo or with other photographers, painters, poets, sculptors, musicians, composers, video artists, mixed media artists) in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Germany, Greece, Crete, Malta, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Austria, France, The Netherlands, and Belgium.
Connections | Mixed Media | NETHERLANDS Art Description The artwork is made on aquarelle paper with markers and beads. The design I made with figures and feathers creates another dimension The meaning of connections between colours and beads gives a happy expression. Bio I am Iskandra Khan self-taught artist from The Netherlands. I began my journey as an artist at school in about 12 years I could draw very well. My love for art kept on growing over the years. Joining the Dutch Art Academy learning many technics. My inspiration comes from my mixed culture from The Netherlands and India. Arts are also in the family as my older sister is an art teacher my father was a photographer. The forgotten culture I reflect true my artworks. My main genre is shapes and elegance. Each time I paint my goal is to bring out emotions of love and happiness. My choice of colours is bright and smooth with movements. Using samples of pictures to create my own design. I am fascinated with any structure animal, portrait, abstract in all forms. Making artwork in different mediums that please the mind of the individual. Next to art embroidery is also my favourite making on field cotton with beads also seen in some of my artworks. Now I have received different certificates for my artwork surely I will keep on participating in competitions. And showing my art in a gallery. My winning artwork Connections is made on aquarelle paper with markers and beads. The figures combined with feathers give another dimension.
Mysterious Woman | Watercolor | HUNGARY Art Description A real woman is surrounded by a veil of mystery. She enchants and captures the man's heart unnoticed. The woman's charm lifts you to divine heights, and at the same time drags you into the swirling depths. It is unnecessary to understand and analyze. Her charm is absorbed into you, and the only way is to immerse yourself in infinity with her. Bio When I was a little girl, I dreamed of living as a free-creating artist near the sea. I have always loved to draw. The endless water, the sun, and the feeling of freedom provide harmony and inspiration for creation. In 2019 finally realized my childhood dream. I started working as a freelance writer and artist. In my work, I use high-quality materials. Starting at the end of 2021, I switched from graphics and watercolor to acrylic painting. I create paintings when the feeling, atmosphere, and message intended to be conveyed through the creation have already been born in my mind, and I can live the flow experience during the creative process. I am interested in the unfolding depths of the inner path and the representation of the soul. I like to create paintings that evoke positive feelings. At the same time, I am happy to dissect the changes that are about to unfold beneath the surface, the dynamics of feelings and life.
Life on Earth | Installation | SERBIA Art Description Globe with a light bulb, faucet taps for beer/wine keg, and straws. Bio Although coming from an artistic family might be called an Outsider artist due to the lack of academic qualification in the Metier, as well as lack of conditioning by art world trends. Originating in what used to be Socialist Yugoslavia, nowadays Serbia. Studied Music and Political Sciences, and have been working as a translator/interpreter, secretary, cook, and bureaucrat. Have been living in Italy and England for a while, presently living in Germany and working in a field diametrically opposed to art. At first a hindrance, my full-time job turned out to be highly inspirational: it provided the opportunity to get a deeper insight into the current societal state of mind. The world of today is very sick, and we seem to be facing the peak of the disease - the grotesque inversion of everything. My work names its many faces: intolerance, decadence, insolence, ignorance, cruelty, greed, envy, stupidity, corruption, perversion; ethics and aesthetics turned on the head, attack on sound sense. Hypocrite instead of Hippocrates. It is the critique of the identification of the Self with the Ego, it is mocking the search for fulfillment outside oneself. Its content determines its form and not the other way around, as usual. It is multilayered, thus offering different stories to read. One is not who one thinks or shows one is.
Firebird | Other | AUSTRIA Art Description The Firebird sculpture is the result of the unfolding of an earlier primal sculptural seed-form. “I thank both natures for inspiration of form and colours, and the silence which allows my art to come about” Sally Duncan. Bronze sculpture English Patina Original Series 4/22. Bio Sally Ducan travels in Australia, Asia, and Europe, documented in drawings, and remains a creative basis for work. Diploma of Art, P.I.T Melbourne, Australia. 8 years in England: Dipl. London School of Speech & Drama, Sussex, followed by acting and production work. Since 1992 Atelier in sculpture and visual arts in Upper Austria. Many solo exhibitions including, in Austria: Gallery Cart, Pregarten; Zulow Group, Ursilinenhof, Linz; Art in Wiesleitnerhof, Marchtrenk; Atelier 20ger Haus, Ried/Innkreis; Margret-Bilger-Gallery, Stift Schlierbach; Egyptian Cultural Centre Vienna; City Gallery Traun; Schloss Museum Freistadt; Galerie Winnerlich, Linz, and in Germany: Guthausen Cultural Centre, Salem, as well as variations in the Melbourne area. International Sculpture Symposiums in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Australia.
Oriental Charm Art Description "Oriental Charm" depicts a young oriental lady in a red folk costume against a dark background. Her red garments, the delicate adornments across her forehead and in her ears are all sensuous details. The sitter has elegant, wise, and rational facial expressions, posed in a delicate manner, which is full of intellectual beauty. This oil painting has received numerous awards, including the Certificate of Merit Award at the Salmagundi Painting, Sculpture, and Graphics Open Exhibition at the famous Salmagundi Club in New York City in July 2021. It was also exhibited at the International Contemporary Art Fair in the Carrousel du Louvre in Pairs from October 21st to 23rd, 2022. Bio Xiaodong "Eric" Li was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and currently lives in Houston, USA. Mr. Li earned a bachelor's degree in International Politics and a minor in Fine Art at Fudan University in China before obtaining a master's degree in Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating, Eric started a career in IT, as a web designer and developer, incorporating his artistic and design talents. Mr. Li has won numerous awards both in the United States and overseas. Eric is a member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), Portrait Society of America (PSA), and National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society (NOAPS). His artwork has been shown in regional, national, and international juried and non-juried exhibitions. Many of his works have been privately collected.
Ji Young Kim
Unveil | Other | SOUTH KOREA Art Description The artwork "Unveil" embodies the intention to excavate something and bring it to light. It is a manifestation of my desire to be truthful and not hide thoughts and emotions. Furthermore, I try to break the traditional framework of art by incorporating the frame itself as an element of the artwork. I aimed to challenge the conventional notion of what constitutes a work of art. Bio I am a thinker, maker, and artist. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, I currently stay in New York City studying MFA textiles at Parsons. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiber art from Ewha Womans University of South Korea. My work is an amalgamation of fiber, textile, sculpture, installation, and painting. Using traditional textile techniques, I create new 3-dimensional work.
Art Description This artwork is from a series of conversations with eternity wherein I explore the themes of evolution, lifecycles, growth, and decay. There is a constant urge to make sense of the universe and my place in it through the metaphor of landscapes. I have attempted to express my emotions through these themes through the basic colors of black and white that encompass the entire spectrum of growth and decay. Forms borrowed from nature and mark-making add depth and complexity to the composition. Bio Neena Singh is a contemporary artist based in India. She began her journey as a professional artist in the year 2006 with her solo show ‘Serendipity’ at Mumbai’s iconic Jehangir Art Gallery. Neena did her Master's and M.Phil in Sociology. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of linguistic identity and Indian Nationalism from JNU, New Delhi. She has been a civil servant for the last 34 years of her life. She has been pursuing her love for art with immense passion and dedication. Neena grew up in small towns in north India. Growing up in a conventional family and in small towns made her aware of the then-existing limitations on a female child. School libraries became her safe sanctuary and books became her companions in a non-internet era. The act of painting was not a choice for her, it was an absolute necessity. She has been painting for more than 2 decades and has participated in a number of group shows in India and abroad. Presently, she is a gallery-represented full-time artist. She lives with her two beautiful daughters. My artworks are intricately linked with my life which compelled me to explore the themes of selfhood, renewal, rejuvenation, and transcendence through the metaphor of landscape. To me, Nature offered limitless generative possibilities of ART, of LIFE. Through the motifs of Nature, the artist in me is on an inner voyage to discover a universe and to create a space that enables me to breathe fresh air. In my view, calling these paintings abstract landscapes will be reductionist. My art is a testimony to John Pollock’s statement that each artist paints himself. Looking at the expanse projected on my canvas, I assure myself that I finally broke away from boundaries that were unjust and unfair. The realization makes me free.
Gaia_In the Beginning | Color Photography | USA Art Description "In The Beginning” is part of a trio of images that were created in response to our climate crisis. It is the first image representing our Earth Mother as she gazes lovingly upon her creation...The Earth. Mother Earth has given humans the responsibility to care for their homes. Little does She know that in time Humans will begin to destroy their Earth's home with pollution, wars, and disregard for the animals, forests, oceans, and all lands as they deem their dominion over the Earth. They are fouling the nest that Mother Earth created for them. Bio I am a fine digital art creator and painter, living in San Diego, California. With all of the wildfires and pollution of our oceans in my environment, I was inspired to create this piece. It is important to me to demonstrate how concerned and helpless I feel in having any impact on saving our environment. Perhaps the work will inspire others to show concern as well.