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The Acrylic Melody exhibition is an initiative that seeks to bring together artists from around the world to give a helping brush. The first fundraising art exposition was held from February 18th - 28th, 2016. The AME initiative displays and sells music-inspired wood block paintings (20x20cm) by artists and art enthusiasts from over 20 countries. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for students at our music academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The Acrylic Melody exhibition is an initiative that seeks to bring together artists from around the world to give a helping brush.

The first fundraising art exposition was held from February 18th - 28th, 2016. The AME initiative displays and sells music-inspired wood block paintings (20x20cm) by artists and art enthusiasts from over 20 countries. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for students at our music academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.


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MELODY Exhibition



Music Crossroads (MC) is a non-profit organisation which uses the power of<br />

music education, professional training, live performances and promotion of<br />

talented youth to empower them and support the development of the music<br />

education sector and the music industry in the culturally rich southern African<br />

region.<br />

Established in 1995 by Jeunesses Musicales International, the world’s largest<br />

youth music network, MC has reached more than 200,000 young musicians<br />

and over 500,000 audience members in southern Africa.<br />

Our unique Music Crossroads Academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe,<br />

established in April 2013, empower talented young musicians with an affordable<br />

and innovative music education program and the necessary tools for a career<br />

in music.<br />

Scholarships, which make up to 40% of the intake, are available to marginalised<br />

youth, who could not otherwise access music education. <strong>The</strong>se are the students<br />

that will be benefiting from this initiative.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Acrylic Melody Exhibition is an initiative that seeks to bring together artists from<br />

around the world to give a helping brush.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fundraising vernissage and art exposition displays music-inspired wood block<br />

paintings (20x20cm) of artists and art enthusiasts from over 20 countries.<br />

All proceeds go towards scholarships and benefit the students at our three music<br />

academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.<br />

18 > 28.02.2016<br />


Rue de la Tête d’Or 7<br />

1000 Brussels - Belgium<br />

with the kind support of<br />


At Music Crossroads, we put every effort into supporting talented young people in Africa by<br />

providing them with music education and training.<br />

We are very grateful to all the artists who have seen value in what we do and decided to donate<br />

their work of art to this fundraising initiative.<br />

<strong>The</strong> beautiful works you will see at the exhibition were inspired by music. Music means much<br />

more to the young people we work with than any of us could ever imagine. In the challenging<br />

environments within their home countries, music has given our students a chance to make a<br />

living, a way of earning respect and credibility within their communities and for some, a reason<br />

to live.<br />

This is why we strive to provide the best possible education and opportunities and - with your<br />

support - we may continue to help these young people develop and use their musical talents,<br />

empowering them through music.<br />

On behalf of these young people, we thank you.<br />

Joe Herrmann<br />

(Music Crossroads’ Director)<br />

Art, such as music, has its focus through the “free-crossing” of experiences and geographical<br />

references, also thanks to a conceptual and contemporary expressive nomadism. In this<br />

framework, a new geographical communication emerges from which we can observe an art of<br />

endless “crossing” or exchange. <strong>The</strong> result is multiple artistic and symbolic productions, where<br />

classical and new iconographies are well-balanced.<br />

<strong>The</strong> intention of the Music Crossroads Acrylic Melody Exhibition is to achieve a sort of synergy<br />

between thought and organisation in phenomenology, as it regards contemporary art and music<br />

from different cultural contexts.<br />

<strong>The</strong> participating artists, art students and enthusiasts all come from a variety of different countries<br />

and/or cultures. In carefully observing each of the over 85 panels donated, we can see colours and<br />

forms uniquely manifest on wood. Each painting tells a personal story of musical emotion and/or<br />

reason, looking for a language in which we can find the “melody” of surrounding artistic values<br />

mixed with energy. It is an exchange between different traditions. In each work technique joins<br />

sensibility, evolving into a material expression of rhythm, harmony, colour, gesture and thought,<br />

paying its tribute to music.<br />

Through its empowerment of African youth through music education, non-profit organisation<br />

Music Crossroads has shown how artistic and cultural expression bring people together for<br />

social betterment. <strong>The</strong> relationship formed between art and music in the context of their Acrylic<br />

Melody initiative is clearly a positive and effective example, which further stresses the universal<br />

significance of culture, music and the arts in society.<br />

Genny Di Bert<br />

Art Critic and Historian














Ireland<br />

Born in New York, raised in Ireland, Derick<br />

Smith initially began a career in design<br />

before moving on to chemical photography<br />

which resulted in his first solo exhibition<br />

in New York (2006). Later, he began to<br />

experiment with sculpture and painting after<br />

graduating from the National College of<br />

Art and Design, Dublin (2012) and has since<br />

exhibited in national and international group<br />

exhibitions.<br />

His most recent solo exhibition took place in<br />

Dublin’s La Cathedral Gallery (2015) and was<br />

later invited to exhibit work at the opening of<br />

a new Moscow gallery, Art Baza (2015).<br />

Primarily I think about emergence<br />

and about drawing forth something<br />

which is unseen. When successful, a<br />

form or image can be distinguished<br />

which pulls away from the paint. It<br />

can absorb your attention for a moment<br />

before the illusion fades and the<br />

awareness of the physicality of the<br />

paint as an object draws you back.<br />

In his paintings: Magnesium on Blue 1, 2 &<br />

3, an attempt has been made to create the<br />

impression of solidity and form, through the<br />

interaction of the paint with itself. Within the<br />

drips are contained micro universes which<br />

are offered as invitations for the viewer to<br />

interpret as they so wish.<br />

Smith’s pondering of emergence and the<br />

unseen recalls the overall theme of the Acrylic<br />

Melody initiative, music and its very essence:<br />

(physical) untangibility.<br />

www.dericksmith.ie<br />

Code: DS-12<br />

Code: DS-14


Mexico<br />

Through his abstract work, Mexican painter<br />

Xavier Yarto creates unique and impactful<br />

images of strongly exuding energy, vibrance<br />

and symbolism, via his use of colour and<br />

composition.<br />

Yarto seeks to go beyond abstract art by<br />

combining his technique with “high-relief”, of<br />

pre-Hispanic culture. By doing this, the artist<br />

transforms concept by reinforcing it with a<br />

new set of colours that he creates to highlight<br />

meaning in each icon used in his work.<br />

After exhibiting in several renowned places in<br />

his native Mexico, Yarto has been invited to<br />

present his work abroad, in countries including<br />

Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, England, Austria,<br />

France, Italy, United States and Belgium.<br />

Yarto’s art offers the viewer the quality of<br />

an abstract work, whilst taking on figurative<br />

and iconic symbols of the enigmatic world<br />

of pre-Columbian art in a new way. <strong>The</strong> artist<br />

describes his work as “a recreation of the<br />

Hispanic culture with a modern language.”<br />

Much like many elements of his cultural<br />

heritage, including music, the pieces Yarto<br />

has chosen to donate to the Acrylic Melody<br />

initiative are effervescent, powerful and<br />

suggestive.<br />

www.xavieryarto.com<br />

Code: XY-35


Mexico<br />

Born on December 30, 1951 in Merida, Yucatan,<br />

Mexican artist Reyna Zapata manifested her<br />

very first artistic inclinations and desire to<br />

become a painter at an early age.<br />

Zapata officially launched her career upon<br />

obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts,<br />

followed by a Master’s Degree in Painting at<br />

the former Escuela de Artes Plasticas of the<br />

National Autonomous University of Mexico<br />

(UNAM), currently the Faculty of Arts and<br />

Design of the UNAM (FAD).<br />

Zapata defines herself as an artist who<br />

admires Magical Realism, and uses primitive<br />

and Venetian techniques, sometimes between<br />

the figurative and abstract.<br />

So far, the artist has exhibited in both<br />

collective and individual art shows in Mexico,<br />

reportedly selling around 600 paintings of<br />

various techniques and genres, including<br />

portrait and landscape. Of her work, Zapata<br />

says:<br />

I think that one of my main skills is the<br />

domain of the techniques of painting<br />

material which have enabled my<br />

ability to give full rein to my creativity<br />

on a whim, from the most academic<br />

figuration to the purest abstraction<br />

from color, form and materials.<br />

<strong>The</strong> two panels donated by this artist for the<br />

Acrylic Melody initiative may be seen as an<br />

ode to the vibrant colours, energy and magic<br />

associated with Mexican tradition in music<br />

and culture.<br />

www.reynazapataartista.wix.com/artista<br />

Code: RZ-31<br />

Code: RZ-30


Belgium<br />

Code: MAG-26<br />

Code: MAG-24<br />

Code: MAG-22<br />

Belgian artist Marie-Agnès Le Guen deeply<br />

jubilates while painting and enjoys constantly<br />

mutual enrichment through contact with<br />

other artists.<br />

Combined with her sincere affection for<br />

Africa, Le Guen was strongly compelled to<br />

take part in the Acrylic Melody initiative for<br />

its collaborative nature and its aim at helping<br />

give African youth access to music education.<br />

To the artist, semi-abstraction may be an<br />

answer to music-listening, in that “you’re not<br />

any more in exact representation of life, but<br />

let your feelings break through”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> works Le Guen has donated to the<br />

initiative invite interaction by requesting the<br />

viewer to “play around with the six elements”<br />

(panels) presented, which together seemingly<br />

compose an abstract puzzle concealing three<br />

figurative elements (musical instruments).<br />

www.marieagnesleguen.com<br />

Code: MAG-27<br />

Code: MAG-25<br />

Code: MAG-23


United States of America<br />

Paris-based American artist Christy Titus began<br />

forging her own artistic path upon graduating<br />

in Communications and focusing on her love<br />

of art after a year of humanitarian work.<br />

Christy developed and perfected her craft<br />

whilst completing further studies at Bowling<br />

Green State University and the Art Students<br />

League of Denver. Predominately working in<br />

the field of painting, she caught the attention<br />

of master painters Daniel Sprick and Quang Ho,<br />

who mentored her during her time in Denver.<br />

<strong>The</strong> artist has exhibited with NEXT Gallery,<br />

Tesoro Artisans Gallery and Core New<br />

Art Space, as well as injuried exhibitions<br />

throughout the United States. Most recently,<br />

she has exhibited at HEC Paris in Jouy-en-Josas,<br />

France. Christy is currently a resident artist at<br />

59 Rivoli Collectif d’artistes in downtown Paris.<br />

<strong>The</strong> works donated for the Acrylic Melody<br />

initiative were inspired by music that the<br />

artist listens to while painting in her studio.<br />

I tend to flip between soft music and<br />

upbeat depending on how I’m feeling<br />

that day. <strong>The</strong>se two panels are a<br />

product of listening to both. ‘Blue Like<br />

Jazz’ was painted while listening to an<br />

album by <strong>The</strong> Civil Wars, and ‘Back to<br />

Nature’ was painted by listening to a<br />

collection of popular music.<br />

www.christytitus.com<br />

Code: CT-11<br />

Code: CT-10


Italy<br />

<strong>The</strong> Italian diplomat Giorgio Radicati has<br />

always cultivated his passion for the visual<br />

arts and writing, whilst advancing his political<br />

career.<br />

Years of living in the world’s leading cities as<br />

a diplomat, representing his native country<br />

to foreign audiences, caring for immigrant<br />

populations and celebrating life in varied<br />

languages and cultures, have shaped Radicati’s<br />

world-view and artistic sensibility.<br />

Radicati’s involvement in the Acrylic Melody<br />

initiative is due to his love for and time spent<br />

working in Africa, where he initiated several<br />

cooperative aid programs in many states<br />

of the continent, including Zimbabwe and<br />

Mozambique.<br />

Since discovering his artistic vein, Radicati<br />

has gone from a purely figurative style to<br />

an abstract-informal style via the use of,<br />

mainly, acrylic and mixed media techniques.<br />

<strong>The</strong> prolific artist has exhibited in both solo<br />

and group exhibitions –in Italy, Turkey, Czech<br />

Republic and the U.S.— as well as published<br />

various articles, essays and books.<br />

<strong>The</strong> artwork donated on behalf of the<br />

artist: Composizione Musicale (Musical<br />

Composition), is a striking visual ensemble<br />

that functions as a relic or testament and<br />

ode to music and art from a modern though<br />

nostalgic perspective.<br />

Code: GR-16


Germany<br />

Berlin-based artist NMA first emerged onto<br />

the German art scene in 2004, following her<br />

graduation from the University of Arts in<br />

Berlin (UdK).<br />

NMA was raised in a city divided by a<br />

wall, having thus experienced both sides<br />

before and after the fall of the Berlin wall.<br />

Her art is heavily influenced by the city‘s<br />

new-found sense of freedom, a spirit of<br />

unlimited possibilities and a feeling of former<br />

restrictions rupturing, leading to limitlessness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> artist’s most recent long-term staple<br />

project, and one of her most compelling, was<br />

a compilation of paintings interpreting the<br />

vast assortment of musical pieces by world<br />

renowned composer Richard Wagner onto<br />

canvas, in honor of his bicentennial in 2013. An<br />

installation that was described by Wagner‘s<br />

great granddaughter Katharina Wagner as<br />

“extraordinarily successful” and “inspiring”,<br />

as well as “controlled conversion” and “highly<br />

emotional”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> inspiration for the two pieces <strong>The</strong> Source<br />

and Rhythm was the impulse, that special<br />

moment out of which music and creative<br />

processes in general evolve.<br />

www.nma-rsvp.info<br />

Code: NMA-28<br />

Code: NMA-29



Greece / Italy<br />

Brussels-based Greek/Italian artist Luciana<br />

Grazian Mathioudakis has studied in Italy and<br />

lived and worked between England, Greece<br />

and Belgium.<br />

During the last twenty years, she has attented<br />

classes with artists like Viviane Cangeloni,<br />

Veronique Decoster, Ana Pentcheva, Nikolai<br />

Nikolov, and Anne Desobry.<br />

After many years spent using oil paint and<br />

pastel, she lately works with beeswax. <strong>The</strong><br />

use and manipulation of beeswax for her<br />

works consists of an ancient Greco-Roman<br />

technique known as Encaustic.<br />

Code: LM-21<br />

<strong>The</strong> centre of her work is communication in<br />

all its forms, including music and dance, as it<br />

is shown in her three works donated for the<br />

Acrylic Melody initiative.<br />

www.lucianamathioudakis.eu<br />

Code: LM-19<br />

Code: LM-20


Lithuania<br />

Lithuanian artist Dovile Simonyte is a BA<br />

graduate from Slade School of Fine Arts and<br />

amongst our youngest contributors. Through<br />

her art, Simonyte aims to “reach and develop<br />

everyday intuitive power of knowing before<br />

thinking, taking unknown paths and following<br />

a mind compass to reach the desired<br />

destination”.<br />

According to Simonyte, having come from<br />

the far north of Lithuania has compelled<br />

her to daily exercise such abilities, including<br />

intuition, as road signs are nearly non-existent<br />

in that region of the country. To her, this is also<br />

applicable for many of her fellow millennials<br />

today, who were born into a rapidly and everchanging<br />

world where conventional values,<br />

education or family structures no longer bear<br />

much assurance for the future.<br />

<strong>The</strong> panel donated for this exhibition is<br />

inspired by the hand, which may be seen as<br />

the ultimate universal instrument that can<br />

simultaneously receive and produce. After all,<br />

hands are our primary tools used to create<br />

sound, melodies and all other forms of artistic<br />

expression. It is through the guidance of<br />

intuition that we can improvise channeling our<br />

destiny (artistic and/or musically) written on<br />

our palms.<br />

www.dovilesimonyte.tumblr.com<br />

Code: DOV-15


Argentina<br />

Born in San Rafael, Argentina, Gisella Famá has<br />

always had a curious and venturesome soul. At<br />

the age of 18, she moved to Mendoza City to<br />

realise her dream of studying architecture and<br />

that of pursuing her artistic passions, painting<br />

and photography.<br />

Upon completing her studies in Argentina,<br />

Famá was compelled to begin exploring<br />

new settings and thus decided to move to<br />

Italy, where she obtained a Masters degree<br />

in Landscape Design & Management of<br />

Green Urban Spaces and a second Masters in<br />

Architectural & Urbanism Projects.<br />

Today Gisella Famá is active in the areas of<br />

Architecture, Landscape, Graphic Design and,<br />

in her free time, the Visual Arts.<br />

<strong>The</strong> two panels donated by this artist for the<br />

Acrylic Melody initiative are inspired by the<br />

element of change in everyday life, including<br />

how it influences music over time. As society<br />

changes, music changes with it, shown via the<br />

ongoing evolution of musical memes through,<br />

for instance, variations in instruments, genre<br />

and style preference.<br />

We live in a fractal world, which is<br />

mutating all the time. We are living<br />

in a new measurement of time and<br />

surrounded by thousands of elements<br />

that are going faster and faster:<br />

everything is dynamic and has flexibility<br />

to change.<br />

www.gsefama.wix.com/index<br />

Code: GF-18<br />

Code: GF-17


Canada<br />

Young Canadian artist Susan Willcocks is<br />

currently studying Studio Arts in Montreal.<br />

As a teenager, she made a personal promise<br />

to use the impact of art to make a difference<br />

in someone’s world. Her works, in varied<br />

genres (drawing, painting, photography and<br />

sculpture), have been seen in solo and group<br />

exhibitions in various regions of her home<br />

province of Québec.<br />

Growing up in a small, multicultural village,<br />

Susan was immersed in two very different and<br />

often antagonistic cultures: Québecoise and<br />

Anglophone. Living in two distinct linguistic<br />

traditions during her formative years, she<br />

became intrigued by the concept of language.<br />

She observed that, while a language may<br />

be incoherent noise to a non-speaker, some<br />

sounds are universally recognisable: laughter,<br />

the sounds of joy and the sounds of sorrow.<br />

Music also has the power to transcend<br />

linguistic barriers, to be felt, experienced<br />

and lived by every single being<br />

on our planet. It creates a bridge for<br />

humanity, making the world one.<br />

Willcocks explores this theme visually in her<br />

works donated to the Acrylic Melody initiave:<br />

Explosion of Sound and Unum.<br />

www.swillcocks.blogspot.com<br />

Code: SW-32<br />

Code: SW-33




Annick Lenoble<br />

Anyse Maunier<br />

Christine Renard<br />

Debbie Reich<br />

Denise Ramet<br />

Nicole Jospa<br />



Caterina Gianfelici<br />

Federica di Pietrantonio<br />

Francesca Ruggeri<br />

Gaia Flamigni<br />

Giacomo Santini<br />

Giulio Cosimi


Belgium<br />

Art Company is primarily a creative space<br />

based in Brussels that brings together amateur<br />

and professional artists. Regardless of<br />

their experience, anyone can learn multiple<br />

painting techniques and experience the freedom<br />

to create in a climate of joy and confidence.<br />

For this initiative, Laurence Nitlich chose<br />

a group of 6 students working on real and<br />

dreamed landscape. Laurence proposed to<br />

assemble all the wooden panels in one setting,<br />

so that participants could determine,<br />

alone or in a small group, a territory where<br />

they wanted to express. This opened a reflection<br />

on the border and cohabitation. Participants<br />

then painted landscapes influenced by<br />

a selection of music chosen for their wealth<br />

of timbres and rhythmicity (Carnival of the<br />

Animals by Saint-Saens; Pictures at an Exhibition<br />

by Mussorgsky...). This resulted in a series<br />

of panels with both bold and pastel colours.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se vibrant colors perfectly reflect the musical<br />

tracks that they were listening to (Urban<br />

Night Symphony; Wheat Field Gospel; Purple<br />

Rain Melody; Sunny Afternoon Concerto;<br />

White Lake Blues).<br />

Code: ACOM-46<br />

Artists: Annick Lenoble, Anyse Maunier, Christine<br />

Renard, Debbie Reich, Denise Ramet and<br />

Nicole Jospa.<br />

www.artcompany.be<br />

Code: ACOM-45<br />

Code: ACOM-47

Code: ACOM-39<br />

Code: ACOM-40<br />

Code: ACOM-37<br />

Code: ACOM-38<br />

Code: ACOM-41<br />

Code: ACOM-42<br />

Code: ACOM-43<br />

Code: ACOM-44



Italy<br />

RUFA is a private Fine Arts Academy based in<br />

Rome, Italy, established in 1998. <strong>The</strong> aim was<br />

to create a place that married both aspects<br />

of the creative process: concept and practice,<br />

to better capacitate students to enter the<br />

workforce in real-time. Over 450 students are<br />

currently enrolled in the Academy, under the<br />

guidance of 70 teachers, which are also all<br />

active professionals in their respective fields.<br />

Students from RUFA’s Painting Department,<br />

with the collaboration of Professor Fabrizio dell’<br />

Arno, take part in the Acrylic Melody initivative<br />

with their donation of the following works:<br />

Unione di gocce (Union of Colors), Musica<br />

(Music), Frammenti pt.1 (Fragments Part 1),<br />

Wild was the Wind, Traccia MI (Track MI), Ciò<br />

che è detto dalle note (That Which Is Said By<br />

<strong>The</strong> Notes).<br />

Artists: Caterina Gianfelici, Federica di Pietrantonio,<br />

Francesca Ruggeri, Gaia Flamigni,<br />

Giacomo Santini and Giulio Cosimi.<br />

Code: RUFA-52<br />

Code: RUFA-51<br />

www.unirufa.it<br />

Code: RUFA-50<br />

Code: RUFA-53<br />

Code: RUFA-48

ART<br />









Augusto Hernández<br />

Code: AUH-57<br />

Diana Cangueiro<br />

Code: DC-60<br />

Rikke Lorenzen<br />

Code: RL-80<br />

Rikke Lorenzen<br />

Code: RL-77<br />

Margaux Rouchet<br />

Code: MR-69<br />

Anita Rocha<br />

Code: AR-56<br />

Michal Zuk<br />

Code: MZ-71<br />

Rikke Lorenzen<br />

Code: RL-76

Ina Kulic<br />

Code: IK-63<br />

Inês Moreira<br />

Code: IM-65


<strong>The</strong> Music Crossroads’ team would like to thank all artists for their contribution<br />

to the Acrylic Melody initiative. Without your kind support, time and dedication,<br />

this initiative could not have been possible.<br />

A big thank you to Genny Di Bert for the introductory text for this catalogue.<br />

We would also like to thank our sponsors, Dominique (Exgamo) and Julia<br />

Smolenkova (Maison Burganov) for providing the space for the exhibition.<br />

Thank you to Les Géants des Beaux-Arts for donating the paint used by the<br />

participants at the very first Acrylic Melody event. Finally, we would also like to<br />

thank Bopalux Bakery and Deborah Pinna for their kind contribution towards<br />

food served at our vernissage.<br />

Cover art by: Veronica Radicati<br />

In partnership with:<br />

A program of:

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