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What makes us human, 2016

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper

‘The Progeny of Chaos’




Querétaro, Mexico


Nadia Rausa

Alaska, USA

Evgeniya Golik

(aka Evgola)

San Diego, California






Roberto Ferri

Taranto, Italy




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Sarah Jane Stoll

Connecticut, USA


Olga Esther

Valencia, Spain


Bianca García

Degollado, Mexico


Narelle Zeller

Canberra, Australia


Jaymi Zents

Ohio, Cleveland


Enys Guerrero

Venezuela, South America

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‘Sweet Secrets in Bare Delirium’ 2016

Oil on canvas

Featured Artist



Pamela Wilson has built a reputation for works of art that

transcend the commonplace to enter the realm of the

otherworldly, the sublime unknown. She develops haunting

images which create a remarkably compelling narrative.

The physical and emotional isolation of her characters has

emerged as a hallmark of her work. She explores the great

chasm of the psyche, the abyss that opens when you seek to

understand the complex human in modernity. The characters

in her paintings are often called “odd or mad,” or similar terms

denoting something out of alignment with ordinary reality.

She believes that letting ourselves explore the inherent

“distortions” in reality is part of what gives us heart, and

balance. Addressing “beauty” in a painting feels too passive,

and what she is seeking is a psychological moment, a different

kind of beauty, the beauty in absurdity. Pamela received her

MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where

she was awarded a Regents Fellowship, the Abrams Project

Grant, and a Regents Award for her Thesis Exhibition. She is

currently Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art & Design,

Laguna, CA, as part of the MFA Program.

Exhibiting consistently since 1992, her work has been the

subject of 23 solo exhibitions, spanning the United States.

She has exhibited in many museums, including the National

Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC, and a solo

exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY. Her work is

included in many prestigious collections and has graced the

cover of American Art Collector Magazine twice since 2014.

Pamela Wilson

Featured Artist


‘Calling Down the Poison Moon’ 2016

Oil on canvas

‘When the Wolfbane Blooms’ 2017

Oil on canvas

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Pamela Wilson

Featured Artist

‘Gone’ 2016

Oil on canvas

Pamela Wilson

Featured Artist

‘The Ensorcelless’ 2016

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas

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‘The Incurious Came Pirouetting’ 2016

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas

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Pamela Wilson


‘When The Sky Was Round’ 2016

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas

‘The Unquiet’ 2016

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas over birch panel

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Pamela Wilson

Featured Artist

‘Circus Circus’ 2016

Oil on canvas

Career &


Pamela Wilson

Santa Barbara, California

She started work in a new direction. She has

been painting new paintings, waiting for time to

experiment with new ideas, make lots of mistakes,

find some magic, and grow! An artist has to keep

growing- to be authentic.

Represented by Evoke Contemporary Gallery,

Santa Fe Rail Yard District, NM, and RJD Gallery,

Bridgehampton, NY.


1992 MFA Painting, Photography

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1990 BA Art Studio, San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

1983 Fine Arts, Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

1980-1983 Fine Arts, Brigham Young University

Provo, UT

1982 Brigham Young University Study Abroad

Program, Florence, Italy

1981 Brigham Young University Study Abroad

Program, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


2010-16 Mentor/ MFA Program

Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA

1990-92 Graduate Student Teaching Assistant

(Painting, Printmaking)

University of California, Santa Barbara

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2015 Portrait Society of America FIRST PLACE

(Members Only / Outside The Box)


University of California


University of California, Santa Barbara


University of California


University of California


University of California

1980-1983 TALENT SCHOLARSHIP, Fine Arts,

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT


2014 SOLE JUROR, Sixth Annual Juried Figurative

Competition/ Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery,

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA


2016 32ND ANNIVERSARY Exhibition, Waterhouse

Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2016 JAMAIS VU (three-man exhibition w/ Oda

and King) BeinArt Gallery, Melbourne


Painting Women) RJD Gallery, NY

2016 THE SWEETEST POISON (solo), RJD Gallery,

Sag Harbor, NY


Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 FARENHEIT 911, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2016 FIGURATIVE II, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO

2016 LA Art Show, Distinction Gallery

2016 BeinArt Surreal Collective Group Exhibition,

Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2015 ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton

NY, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

More Info


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Interview by Ramón A.Olivares



Artist Statement

- Kikyz1313 was born in 1988 in Querétaro,

Mexico, and creates beautifully intricate

ink, graphite, and watercolor works on

paper. From beneath the initially alluring,

and understated, first impression of the

works, emerge unexpected oppositions

and abject tensions. Studies in the afflicted

wretchedness of humanity, her work is

neither despondent nor obviously gory, but

rather presents an aestheticized nightmare

of sublime abhorrence; ambiguously

gorgeous despite its agonizing discomfort.

She received a BFA from Autonomous

University of Queretaro and had her first

solo exhibition at the Museum of the City

(Queretaro City, Mexico). She has completed

an artist residency at the Nordic Watercolor

Museum in Skärhamn, Sweden.

Showed in several art fairs and group

exhibitions in the USA, Berlin, and London

as recently presented her second solo

show entitled ‘The Progeny of Chaos’ in

Los Angeles, California.

‘Through my work, I am trying to build an

emotional momentum, one that rouses

the intellectual exercise of questioning

one’s vision of reality. While looking

at my artwork, the viewer will begin

to experience a series of diametrically

opposed thoughts and emotions. Initially,

they may feel overwhelmed by the

obsessively intricate and highly detailed

forms, the composition, the technical skill

and the pleasant color vibrations but as

an analytical shift in perception slowly

overtakes them, the viewer unwittingly

grasps the artwork’s inescapably wretched

and subversive subject matter.

This new clarity forces the observer to

re-engage with the work and rethink

their initial opinions until, in some way

or another, the shift takes place and the

observer’s perception of natural things

expands to include elements such as

disease and death itself.

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The Artist & Gumiño

While these types of human experiences

are often veiled, the artwork truly embraces

them and functions as a reminder of our

ephemeral existence and places in doubt our

vain and materialistic way of understanding

life.This intellectual exercise will continue

to expand until the conceptual structures

of the artwork, particularly it’s elemental

lack of apparent reciprocity, unwaveringly

pushes the viewer to put them together into

the same aesthetic context.

In turn, a new meaning evolves and gives

birth to a poetic paradox, a concept that

I have been developing for 6 years and

include in each piece that I produce.I also

want to share my own vision of life and what

I think matters the most. Maybe the viewer

will engage with my work in such a way that

it encourages introspection or solves an

issue, or possibly they may become morally

disturbed and confused; but whatever

the outcome, the ultimate intention of my

work is to open a dialog and incite thought

and reflection, which I think must be the

primordial pursuit of contemporary art.

More Info kikyz1313.com

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What’s your name?

Why kikyz1313?

My name is Laura Ferrer, but I have

rarely used that name in life.

Since a child, I’ve always been called

Kiki causing through the years to be

a nickname with I identified myself

better, and even introduced myself as

Kiki instead of Laura.

So in my teenage years, at the time

when I started to consider an artistic

life, It felt natural to keep using Kikyz

as an artistic name.

The full kikyz1313, on the other hand,

is a silly story that goes back to my

asthma haunted years, when I was

a very delicate 4-year-old child that

spent the whole days inside the house

playing and drawing.

I was always advised by my father

to sign every single dumb drawing

I made with my name, so I then

figured ‘kikyz1313’ would make it.

I kept using that signature because

it felt right, it had a warm familiar

feeling to it.

Describe your path to becoming

an artist.

I guess it started like most of the artists;

with the luck of never stopped drawing.

Since a child, I used to attend to

summer art classes with other kids,

just for the fun and because I had no

use in other disciplines like dancing,

martial art, swimming courses, (I tried

them all) and was terrible at camping

experiences. So drawing was always

the little shelter where I was better at

it, I guess I just got stuck with it and

kept doing it until I realized that an

artistic journey would be the only life

fitting for me.

And as everyone else who think that

for making a life you need a school

degree; I, at the age of 18 went for

it and graduated from the local

University of Visual Arts, which said I

was an artist.

I’m still not comfortable enough with

my work to call myself an artist, not

even the beginning of my career,

but I did realize that in order to be

recognized and noticed I needed to

give impeccable and unique artworks

to the world, and that’s something I’m

still driven to do.

‘Devouring smile’ 2017

Graphite, watercolor and pastel on paper

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Where is your studio and where are you from?

My studio is inside our home in the province of

Mexico, in a small Catholic district called

‘El Pueblito’ (Spanish for ‘Little Town’) and I am

from a small growing city called Querétaro, which

is a 10-minute ride from my studio and a very

conservative place as well.

Tell me about where you grew up and

how your childhood influenced your ideas

about creativity

I never moved from the same place, and the

same city, so I’ve witness the transition from

small town to growing city, and everything that

involves that; the huge contrasts of thinking in

where fervent Catholicism clashes with social

hypocrisy and cultural shame and contradictions

where prehispanic ingrained feeling of ‘pride’

opposes to the high desire to flee the country

and be from somewhere else.

Mexico is a land full of contrasts and contraries,

and I believe that growing up with such an

ambivalent way of thinking and the narrow

social circle I was since little, made me wonder

and question this very same train of though,

influencing in a big way what I am and what I do.

How would you describe your work?

I would describe them, as small-enclosed

scenarios of poeticized human tragedy.

What motivates you as an artist?

I think that the first thing that always comes to

my mind is the motivation to reach the imaginary

‘self’ that’s living in my head.

I always picture the look of an artwork or I picture

an image of myself of ‘How I would like to be’

(emotionally, intellectually and even physically)

and day-by-day, drawing-by-drawing I try to get

closer to the idealized image of things, in hopes I

can achieve it.

So far I’m maybe far from reaching it, but this

one of the thing that drives me to continuingly

improve myself in every aspect of my life.

On the other hand, there is always the

motivation of staggering others with what you

do. To bleed yourself in that piece of paper so

you can thrill an audience with something they

have never seen. To achieve that something that

pierces the gut and lives in the consciousness:

one that can change perceptions and one that

allows you to be remembered.

‘Why so lonely’ 2014

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper

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‘The tender for another´s pain’,

th’ unfeeling for his own . 2016

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper

Tell us a little about these portraits that live

in your paintings’ worlds. Who are they and

what are they up to?

They portray my personal understanding of

human condition: the contradictions, the

senseless behaviors, the gained knowledge,

my obsessions, the blindfoldedness and

fears I perceive in myself thus others, all

jumbled in, floating or resting over and under

different symbols. Decorated with intrinsically

beautiful things with the sole purpose to fool

us in that personal world.

You do have a very distinct, recognizable style.

Thank you, but I honestly find myself wondering if

nowadays that is a compliment or a weak spot.

It’s a very nice feeling to know that all the imagery

you’ve been working on for 6 years is solid enough

to let the artwork speak for it own, but I must say

that this is also a dangerous place that at long

term may cause us to fall in the common place

and in repetition, instead of moving forward to


This easy way may be very appealing when most

of the times there’s a fight to feel rejected by our

peers, institutions, or our audience.

But, does anyone would really like to be held in

a place of pleasing others even when a satisfied

mind is at risk?

This is something I’m constantly scared of,

and I try my best to never see myself in such

situation, even when there is always a big load

of insecurities and economic uncertainty. I think

I rather resist this dreadful possibility with the

opposite: and do a lot more confronting and

obscure artworks, a lot more obsessive and

critical, to find different mediums and techniques

so maybe I can achieve that unexpected and

higher perception of reality that I’m looking for.

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Tell me about the first time you considered

art as an actual career.

It surely was in my teenage years, just before the

last year of high school.

I was advised by my family to think about what

would I do for the rest of my life even when I

wouldn’t be paid for it… The answer was easy, as

at the time I enjoyed to draw a lot and an artistic

life was never a such a crazy idea since my mother

paints a lot.

Since then, I considered art not only as a career

but also as a way of life in which I promised to

commit myself entirely.

Did you have any mentors along the way?

I sadly never had mentors, not even in college, but in

my first years in the artistic trade did have a couple of

artists near me that inspired me a lot to be better.

I think the one that really pushed me into the

world of drawing would be Román Miranda, who

was the first artist I knew who lived from art and

who worked on graphite and paper with some

very intricate and fantastic compositions.

At that time I didn’t even know that one could live

solely from drawing!

His work opened my eyes, and even when I saw

his work in persona after 3 years, I kept some

postcards of his work and only by looking at them

was a reminder of where I wanted to be in the

future. Today he is still a huge inspiration, and I’m

happy to call him a close friend.

Are your family and friends supportive of

what you do?

Absolutely, my family has been a huge beacon of

support and encouragement since always, and

there is no possible way I could ever repay or

thank them enough.

‘Sorrow´s piercing dart’ 2016

Graphite, watercolor and white acrylic on paper

‘A soulfully denature’ 2013

Ink and watercolor on paper


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What advice would you give to a person

starting out?

I would say that: forget about success, forget

about fame, and forget about money.

Do an introspective search for as long as you need

and search for that significant thing in yourself

that turn your soul on fire, that keeps you awake

at night thinking and that it’s relevant enough to

share with the world.

Then, build yourself artwork that speaks for that

and most important: don’t ever try to please

anyone, but you.

How does where you live to impact your


Well… the way Mexico is have really shaped

entirely my whole being. The way I think, the way

I over saturate my compositions, the obscure

imagery, the symbols I choose, the muted smoglike

colors, the subject matters I describe in my

work, etc. They are all projections of what I’ve

seen and lived in this place.

Do you have a favorite book?

The favorite(s) are changing constantly but I find

myself always coming back to the 1900’s horror

fictions authors, these past days with Arthur

Machen and more of his fantastic short stories.

I also have a very special place in my head for

‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury and ‘The Gods

Themselves’ from Isaac Asimov.

‘Ghosts from a griesly sweet scent’ 2016

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper

What is your current album on repeat?

Right now I don’t have and specific album, though

I do insanely obsess over an album in time to

time. But right now I’m constantly repeating on

my headphones a lot of dark ambient, drone,

doom and black metal music.

Who is your role model?

It’s curious but that’s a question I’ve never asked

myself, so this is the first time I’m actually putting

thought on it, and I’m not completely sure If I’ve

had a role model in the past or today. But I’m

certain there have been a handful of artists that

have marked significantly my career and deeply

influenced my artwork.

Of course, there’s been always the aspiring feeling

to be like Dürer or as strikingly raw as Goya, but

mostly in the past year, I’ve been highly influenced

by the chaotic compositions, staggering bright

colors opposing to the muted grayish tones in the

paintings of Justin Mortimer.

I knew his work a couple of years ago and since

then I noticed my works started to become a lot

more chaotic, random and less narrative. In fewer

words: driven only by gut. And it’s something I’ve

been admiring a lot in Justin Mortimer’s work, that

impromptu selection of the characters, figures,

and backgrounds always transporting us to a not

so distant parallel universe of blurred memories

and reveries. I hope to achieve that feeling

through my works some day, even though my

technique and intentions are completely different.

What was the best advice given to

you as an artist?

You could say I live a sort of a secluded life, in a tiny

social circle; therefore it’s very uncommon to find

myself chatting in person with someone else and

even less about my work. So the only strong advice

or critics I’ve ever had are coming from my husband

(painter/draftsman as well) who, after a week of

being sick, found me half of the day crying of stress,

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advised me that we have to choose wisely our

battles, never take more compromises that we can

get. We have to know our limits and work based on

them. And in worst case scenario, when it’s too late

to refuse, then THE HELL WITH IT, that my health

and mental stability were first and it’s better to ‘fail’

the commitment than seriously harming myself in

order to fulfill other’s expectations.

Those days I think I was very close to a metal

breakdown, and after his advice I’ve learned to work

wisely, resulting to enjoying a lot more what I do.

What is your dream project?

I’ve had a strange idea of making paper artworks

that change with the intervention of the audience

resulting in different narratives. Something like

the pop-up and interactive paper books we

find for kids, but with very obscure and realistic

imagery. It’s not so dreamy but a little far from

doing them right now.

Is there anything you want to do in the

next 2 years?

An oil painting series. I’m currently teaching

myself oil painting and about to end a workshop

I’m attending. I’m very excited to keep practicing

and maybe in the near future make very intricate

compositions with very vibrant colors.

I wish to make a series of medium formats and if

they end up decent, to present them in a public

or private space.

‘Laughing while crying’ 2016

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper



‘A slumber embrace’ 2014

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper

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Featured Artist


Jane Stoll


Sarah Jane Stoll is a Connecticut based

painter and illustrator. She is a graduate

of the Maryland Institute College of

Art where she studied painting and

concentrated in illustration. Her artwork

investigates dream realms, mythological

feminine archetypes, cinematic horror,

and symbols of nature. Her work has

been featured in several exhibitions in

MICA and galleries in Baltimore, such as

La Bodega. Sarah Jane currently works

as freelance oil painter and illustrator.

‘Meditating on the Sofa’


Oil on canvas

Artist Statement

My artwork delves into the phantasmagorical, mythological

feminine archetypes, cinematic horror, and symbols of

nature. The concept of the monstrous feminine is of great

interest to me because it symbolizes the intersection of

feminine archetypes and horror. It also addresses the uncanny,

due to its mythical and fearful connotation. The uncanny

is bound in the nature of our dreams. I wish to express the

ephemeral quality of dreams through images that dissipate

into a disorder of blurs and fragments

I investigate the experiential qualities of dreams through

painterly abstraction and representation. Realism clings to

what is perceived as absolute, what we know and remember.

Abstraction speaks to the transient nature of things. Through

melting forms, we lose a sense of space in the painting and the

image dissipates into abstraction. It is through the materiality of

paint that I express the emotive and metaphysical. I manipulate

paint through a combination of squeegee dragging, palette

knife scraping, masking, and marbling techniques.


‘Anguish.’ 2017

Oil on canvas

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Sarah Jane Stoll

Featured Artist

‘Internal External’ 2016-17

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

‘Pomegranate’ 2016-17

Oil on canvas

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Sarah Jane Stoll

Featured Artist

‘Natura.’ 2016-17

Oil on Canvas

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Featured Artist



Olga Esther is a Spain-based painter

and illustrator. she is a graduate of fine

arts from the Polytechnic University of

Valencia, she’s got two art scholarship

in Prague and Mexico. she also holds a

master‘s degree in video games. now,

she lives and works in Valencia.

Olga Esther paints princesses who

don’t want to be princesses, birds who

cry blood, toads who kill themselves

because they are ignored... she uses the

“princess-tales” symbology to talk about

gender and feminism. she paints the

invisible ones, the little-forgotten girls,

those little nobodies in this world, but

above all, all those who although are still

nobody, do not have anyone.

‘Aporia (La Dificultad)’ 2015

Oil on board

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2016: Group Show Artelibre. Galería Kafell

Zaragoza . Spain

Group Show selected Artelibre. MEAM

Barcelona . Spain

Russafart 2016

Workshop Átika. Valencia . Spain

2015: Exhibition “De todo corazón”

Ballettzentrum Westfalen, Dortmund . Germany

Non Solo Vero

Einaudi Palace, Chivasso (Torino). Italy

2014: Russafart 2014. Workshop Central Art

Valencia . Spain

2012: Spanish Contemporary Painting.

Private Collection of Miguel Bañuls.

Exhibition Hall “José Hernández”

Casa de la Cultura Fuente Álamo, Murcia . Spain

2011: Femenino Plural.

Artist selected by the City of Valencia

Museum Reales Atarazanas . Valencia . Spain

2010: Group Show Reales Atarazanas.

Sponsored by the City of Valencia . Spain

Gallery Val i 30. Exhibition “El clavo ardiendo”

2009: Solo Show. Rus. Valencia. Spain

2008: Spanish Contemporary Painting.

Private Collection of Miguel Bañuls . Xaouen . Morocco

‘De reinas tuertas y países ciegos’ 2016

Oil on board

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olga esther

instagram @olgaesther.pinturas

‘El Cuervo’ 2015

Oil on board

‘La Astrónoma y el sapo ignorado’ 2016

Oil on board

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olga esther

instagram @olgaesther.pinturas

‘De reinas sabias y sapos suicidas’ 2016

Oil on board

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olga esther

Featured Artist

‘La Madriguera’ 2015

Oil on board

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olga esther

Featured Artist

‘La Locura’ 2017

Oil on board

‘Estudio sobre la Belleza’ 2015

Oil on board

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Featured Artist



In my art my main goal is to create

artworks capable of transmitting

emotions to the viewer, my technique

focuses on creating vibrant and

mysterious artwork using oil on canvas.

Fine and delicate touches that give a

touch of mystery and sensuality that

reflects a bit inside me. Resulting in an

artwork which is able to express all the

beauty that my eyes and my soul have

captured and kept inside of me, the

whole feeling transmitted right through

different eyes. Stories I am able to

imagine or see, because I firmly believe

that the greatest source of expression

find it in a intense look, in which they

have their own language.

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Artist Statement

Bianca Garcia is a Mexican artist in oil

painting and an Art teacher. Born and

raised in Degollado Jalisco. Beginning

at a very early age, she was strongly

influenced by a great artist, her father.

He is a sculptor, So she started drawing,

taking inspiration from the drawings that

her father made for her.

The expressions on the faces that he drew

while she watched him were fascinating

to her, and those special moments,

were her first inspiration to go into this

amazing world of art. That started it all,

but her passion is not only for painting

faces, it is also to capture expressions,

emotions and feelings from mysterious

and enigmatic eyes on a canvas.

She has been involved in the art world

since she was a little child. that is

why she has become a self-taught

artist. But she is still seeking to find

and create all that fascinates her and

to improve her technique.

She has been showing her work in

Mexico, and in international exhibits

as United States, Portugal, Madeira

Islands, Czech Republic, Russia, and

coming soon Spain. In her art her main

goal is to create artworks capable of

transmitting emotions to the viewer, her

techniques focus on creating vibrant and

mysterious artworks using oil on canvas.

Fine and delicate brush strokes that give

a touch of depth, mystery, and delicacy,

which reflects a little of her perception

inspired by femininity.

She is currently planning a new oil

painting gallery in which she will

seek to project her particular style

which she is passionate about with

realistic faces, showing the harmony

and her interpretation from eyes and

its magical mystery.


‘Storm and calm’ 2015

Oil on Canvas

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Bianca Garcia

Featured Artist

‘Melancholy creature of darkness’ 2017

Oil on Canvas

‘Bianca’ 2016

Oil on Canvas

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‘Inner self portrait’ 2016

Oil on Canvas

Bianca Garcia


‘Secrets’ 2016

Oil on Canvas

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‘Reincarnation’ 2017

Oil on Canvas

Bianca Garcia


‘Something wild’ 2017

Oil on Canvas

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Featured Artist



Narelle Zeller is an emerging

contemporary realist painter based

in Canberra, Australia. Drawing

inspiration from the people around

her, Narelle strives to give her work

a substance that people can connect

with. She finds realist painting to

be a powerful creative force, which

can capture a moment in time and

bring it to life with an honesty and

understanding of color, light, and form.

Currently, under the mentorship

program of artists David Kassan and

Shana Levenson, Narelle is busy

developing her skills further in the

medium of oil paint.

‘The Girl in the Chair’

Acrylic on canvas

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Acrylic on canvas

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Acrylic on canvas

‘When you’re not looking’

Oil on canvas

Narelle Zeller

instagram @narellezeller


Oil on canvas

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Nadia Rausa is an illustrator based in Alaska, USA.

She is intrigued by the relationship between nature

and humanity as a deep connection with love,

thought, and energy. She strives to portray stories

with this underlying relationship, along with various

cultural, psychological, and religious aspects. She

enjoys exploring the female figure that interacts with

animals and nature. She strives to represent beauty

and vulnerability in her subjects.

Nadia mainly works in watercolor, ink, gouache, and

colored pencils. Outside of doing illustrative work, she

is the Creative Director & Co-Founder of R2C2 Studios,

a photo and film studio in Alaska, as well as the Art

Curator & Co-Founder of One to a Thousand, an online

community for artists and writers.

Photography by JL Chabotte

Instagram @jlchabottephoto

Nadia Rausa

Interview June 2017

Let’s dive in at the beginning of your story.

Tell me about where you grew up and what

your childhood was like.

I mainly grew up in Alaska and was raised in a

multicultural home. My mom was from Korea

and my dad from America, so I grew up learning

both Korean and American culture. When I was

growing up, I remember being encouraged to

draw, be creative, and play outside. Playing

outside was very magical for me; I imagined vast

worlds around me and built stories upon them as I

played. I think I got myself into trouble sometimes

with how much my head was “in the clouds,” as

some people would say. As I grew older, I learned

to control when I allowed my mind to wander,

but every once in awhile, it still has a tendency to

wander without me realizing until someone jolts

me out of my head.

Describe your path to becoming an artist.

It actually wasn’t until I was in college that knew

I wanted to become a professional artist. I think

my path really started when I began graphic and

web designing about 11 years ago. It was very

technical, but still artistic. I think that skillset has

an influence on my art nowadays, although I try

to be much looser with my paintings than I would

have been with a graphic design piece.

I definitely feel like I’m still new to art, but I love

this path that I’m on right now. I love being able to

say that I’m an artist when people I ask what I do

for a living. Being an artist may have not been a

childhood dream, but it’s my dream and plan now.

Was there a moment when you realized that

Illustration was what you wanted to do?

It was in my sophomore year of college that I

realized art, particularly illustration, was what I

wanted to do for a career. Before the semester

was over, I changed my major to art after some

inspirational words of encouragement from a

coworker, who was an art major. That year, I

realized there is so much more to art than we,

as a society, are raised to think. Without art, we

wouldn’t have movies, video games, illustrated

books, and so much more! I was (and still am)

determined to be a part of it. I ended up not

finishing my Bachelor’s degree and left college in

December 2016 so that I could pursue building my

portfolio full-time.

Tell me about “One to a Thousand”.

One to a Thousand is an online community that

my best friend, J.L. Chabotte (the writer of us two)

and I started. It all started when we both wanted

inspiration and more motivation to draw/paint

and write more regularly. I would make art that

would inspire a short story, and she would write

a short story that would inspire me to draw or

paint. We thought that other people might enjoy

the concept, so we started a Facebook group,

which anyone is welcome to join and partake in.

We recently started a website, which is currently in

beta. We are hoping that we can fix the bugs in the

site and have it opened to the public very soon!

‘Year of the Rooster, 2017

Watercolor & Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper

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‘Year of the Dragon, 2017

Watercolor & Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper

Have you had any mentors along the way?

There were a few professors in college that

really helped guide me through my art, but one

in particular really stands out: John Barton. He

was my professor for only a couple of classes,

but I loved working with him because he gave us

students a lot of freedom. The assignments always

made us think of our own solution, rather than

being told exactly what to do. To me personally,

he was always the one, to be honest with me

about my work and nudge me in the direction I

needed to go. Currently, I don’t have a particular

mentor, but I know that if I ever had a question,

John and the other professors from my college

would be happy to answer them.

been and are incredibly supportive of me being

an artist. It’s a big leap, especially when I currently

have a small portfolio. It definitely helps to have

such a large support group; I’m not sure what I

would do without them.

Do you feel a responsibility to contribute to

something bigger than yourself?

Yes, I do. I hope that one day I will travel the world

as a missionary to help those in need of food, water,

and clothes, and bring the joy of art along with me.

I love learning about different cultures and it would

be phenomenal to help preserve other cultures,

learn their ways, and spread the love of God.

Are your family and friends supportive

of what you do?

Very much so! Both sides of my family (birth family

and my husband’s family) and my friends have

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Marker on Paper

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Ink & Watercolor on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper

What advice would you give to

a person starting out?

Study and make art every week, if not every day.

One thing I regret is not being more diligent with

creating a schedule for myself, until recently. I’ve

recently set a schedule to make myself get tasks

done to start building my portfolio. I know that

if I had practiced and made art every week, I’d

be a lot further than I am now. Also, don’t worry

about your art supplies when you’re first starting

out. Make do with what you have and build up

from there. Don’t allow what you don’t have to

stop you from achieving your goals and dreams.

Always remember: it’s the artist who makes the

art, not the supplies! And my last piece of advice

would be to get on Instagram as soon as you

feel comfortable. Always use hashtags, take your

photos in the daylight, and post at whatever time

research says is best for your time zone (for Alaska,

it seems like between midnight and 2 am are

prime times to post).

How does where you live impact

your creativity?

We have a lot of wildlife in Alaska and I absolutely

love it! I love exploring the relationship between

animals, people, and nature. It’s an incredible

feeling when there’s a moose in my yard, or a

crane, or really just any animal. I’m hoping to go

to Denali this summer to see the various types of

animals out there.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My days are very busy, but I always try to make

time for relaxation at night. I celebrate my

Sabbath on Mondays, but every other day I’m

either working on art, or I’m working on tasks for

R2C2 Studios, a photography and film business

I co-founded with J.L. Chabotte, her husband,

and my husband. My day typically starts off with

checking any comments or messages I’ve received

on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, reading

devotionals, eating some breakfast,

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Photography by JL Chabotte

Instagram @jlchabottephoto

Who is your role model?

Artistically, I would say Leonardo da Vinci. I just

love how many subject matters he dabbled in--

drawing, painting, inventing. He just seemed like

an incredibly interesting person. Currently, I really

look to the artwork of Audra Auclair, J.A.W. Cooper,

Daria Theodora, and Sara Tepes for inspiration.

‘She never knew defeat’, 2017

Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper

and then I beginning my tasks for that day, which

I plan that morning while having breakfast. Tasks

can range from sketching, painting, bookbinding

(or other handmade craft-related things), or any

art-related tasks for R2C2 Studios. What I do in a

day really depends on prioritization.

Do you have any favorite videogame?

My all-time favorite video game is Alice: Madness

Returns. Not only do I love the dark and twisted

story, but the visuals are absolutely stunning. I

also enjoy Borderlands, as it was the game that

my husband and I played the most while dating.

One could say we bonded over it.

What is the best piece of advice

you have received?

To build your own dream--not someone else’s. I’m

not sure who it came from, but my husband used

to work as a call center agent and was helping a

woman on the phone. Near the end of the call,

she said that he sounded smart and wasn’t sure

why he was working for someone. She asked him,

“Do you want to build someone else’s dream

or your own?” It really resonated with him, as

he’s always been the go-getter type. Whenever

I feel discouraged about my art, I remember

that question. Do I want to work as an admin or

receptionist at a company that I don’t really care

about? Or do I want to build my own dream, or

as I have recently been calling it, plan of being an

artist? Sure, the former option is easier, but the

latter is far more fulfilling.

Do you have a favorite book?

Oh my, this is a difficult question! I can’t say

that I have a particular favorite, even when I

break them down by genre. My favorite series

is probably A Series of Unfortunate Events by

Lemony Snicket. I also really enjoyed the Dark

Secrets series by Elizabeth Chandler. And just

about any book by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

I know that isn’t very specific, but I have such

difficulty narrowing favorites down.

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‘Curiosity’, 2017

Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper


Featured Artist



A recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists

Fellowship, Jaymi Zents maintains a studio in Ohio,

working on her sculptures, paintings, and drawings.

Graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with

a BFA in drawing in 1997, she has freelanced for The

Health Museum of Cleveland, Picker International,

and Kaleidoscope Animations, as well as having

served as the Resident Artist for the Cleveland San

Jose Ballet. Jaymi also worked with the education

department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her

work is in private collections in Canada, the United

Kingdom, the United States, and Belgium.

‘Frost’ 2012

Pencil, oil on birch

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Jaymi Zents

Featured Artist

Artist Statement

Drawing is the most cherished time that I have. There is a

meditative element to getting lost in all of the details of a

beautiful surface with a simple pencil. Organic surfaces have

always provided the source and inspiration for my work. It began

with skins and stained rice papers, eventually encompassing

stained silk and wax. Any surface that literally had a life and a

history of its own was a potential surface for finding figures. As

a kid, I was always looking for animals and figures in the clouds

or the wood paneling. Birch was a natural progression. Initially,

the birch was a means of extending my love of landscaping

and gardening into the Winter season. So many of the forms

and curiosities of nature could be found in each piece of wood.

The tree itself had endured untold stories. It had sustained

life, each knot indicative of a branch that fed the tree itself, but

also supported animals and insects. There is a microcosm in

the remnants of life, in relics, that is profound and fascinating.

Stains, knots, and growth rings quickly give way to spider webs

and roots, wings and blood vessels, and a vast array of biological

forms. I have deep respect for the life that was lived and wants

to honor its beauty. Hopefully, my girls are an extension of

that beauty. The female figure is symbolically in keeping with

notions of sustenance, nurturing, and fertility that are so much

of my interest. I strive to draw women who are self-aware, yet

empathetic. Women with an intelligence and depth beyond

their physical beauty. Their solitude is their peace.

‘Ascension’ 2017

Pencil, oil on birch

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Featured Artist

‘Gatekeeper’ 2012

Pencil, oil on birch

‘Immersion’ 2011

Pencil, acrylic on birch

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‘Kalypso’ 2017

Pencil, oil on birch

‘Timber’ 2014

Pencil, oil on birch

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Featured Artist

‘Invocation’ 2014

Pencil, oil on birch

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Featured Artist



My name is Enys Guerrero, since I was a little child I

dedicated a huge part of my time to the arts. I have been

always influenced by history moments like Renaissance

and Victorian age, at the same time the fantasies themes,

the Romanticism and tragedy also was a source of

inspiration to me. I graduated with nineteen (19) years

old as graphic designer and I start my artistic career

since them. My works have been published in artbooks,

tarot decks, postal cards and magazines like Infected

by Art Volume 2, 78 Tarot-The Tarot of The Water, 78

Tarot Carnival, Zodiacal Postal card set by Aura-Scope,

Infected by Art Volume 3, 78 Tarot Astral, Ladies of The

Steampunk Magazine, Kultur Magazine, Digital Templum

Magazine, among many others.

At this moment I am working with 78Tarot Editorial and

Braiinz Publishing, at the same time that I’m working

on personal projects. You can find some of my original

pieces being auctioned on Strange Dreams Surreal Artist

Collective Facebook page and at The Rabbit Hole Artist

Collective Facebook page.

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Featured Artist

‘The Keys of the Savage Garden’

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils,

pastel and inks on opalina paper

‘Como Cierva Sedienta’

Color pencils, gouaches, acrylics,

pastel and coffee on opalina paper

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Enys Guerrero

Featured Artist

‘Memento Mori’

Acrylics, watercolors,

color pencils, pastel and

inks on opalina paper



Color pencil, watercolor,

inks, coffee and acrylics

on opalina paper

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Enys Guerrero

Featured Artist

‘Forest Spirit’

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils,

pastel and inks on opalina paper

‘Forest Memories’

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils,

pastel and inks on opalina paper

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Enys Guerrero

Featured Artist

‘The Moon’

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils, pastel, inks and markers on opalina paper

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Interview by Ramón A.Olivares



“Deep gazes, halos, long necks, blossoming skins, gold leaves,

secrets and stars...”

Evgeniya Golik (aka Evgola) is a Russian born pop-surrealist

based in San Diego, California.

Inspired by the European Renaissance, Russian Orthodox icons,

Slavic folklore, fairy-tales and modern pop culture (fashion,

photography, cinematography, music), Evgola’s art combines

a classic sensibility within a contemporary setting, something

which artist-self defines as ‘Neo Renaissance’.

Using a variety of media, her work joins real world portraiture

with imaginative and often surreal narratives to highlight and

reveal her subject’s personalities.

Evgola’s haunting paintings and drawings are doors to a mystical

realm, one which showcases a myriad of beautiful human

faces and fantastical creatures, that seek to express their secret

through esoteric language.

Evgeniya has been working notably with The Oceanside Museum

of Art (OMA), Museum Of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Museum

of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and New Americans

Museum (NAM) as of latest. Her art have been exhibited in various

Galleries within the USA and Europe, as well as being published

and commissioned by private collectors all over the world.

Photography by Keshav Dahiya


Instagram @drdahiya

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Photography by Anna Buster


Describe your path to what you’re doing now.

I’ve been drawing and painting since I can

remember. It’s not been a straight path to what

I do now. But art and daydreaming have always

been my salvation, my happy bubble I was

hiding into whenever I felt like it, on my good and

bad days. I remember being a kid, and besides

doodling in my albums, I would often spend hours

browsing through books of fairytales illustrated

with some of the best Russian and European

artists. Later on it was Art History books.

My mother is a librarian and big books lover, so

we’ve always had a great selection of books at

home. Definitely it had huge impact on me as

growing artist. I thank my father for the artistic gift

he pass on me with his genes. And yes of course

Art School and degree in Architecture and Design

have helped to improve my skills.

Did you always want to be an artist?

No, I’ve tried to avoid the inevitable for a while.

I grew up in a world of stereotypes, where artist

as actual job title pretty much did not exist. I had

to think about earning money as soon as it was

possible, so art was not an option at that time.

Architecture and Design were a good compromise

for me in those years. I kept painting and drawing,

but only for a pleasure of my own and my beloved

people, just as my hobby. And I got an actual

office job. I was fighting my karma for years, until I

realized that art is what I do best as a professional

and I actually enjoy it the most. I found ways to get

paid by being creative and using my artistic skills.

So it was time to leave the office and pursue my

dreams. Life is too short, we exist to do something

we love! Even if it can be a real challenge at

times, that’s the only way to grow, give our best to

society and live in peace with our-selves.

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‘Balance (2 Swords Tarot)’

Acrylic, colored pencils, silver and gold

leafing pen, ink pen on wood panel


Mixed Media

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Vladivostok, it’s a diverse modern

city, sea port very East of Russia. I was living

there till the age of 24, still most of my life. So

excuse my English, haha.

You said you grew up in Russia. What was

the art like there?

It was impressive, because only the most

talented people were artists back then, few

brave ones who had true passion for art

without compromises. There were not as

many because of the money struggle factor,

especially in Perestroika times. Generally art

was classical, realistic, monumental, patriotic,

at times impressionistic. Mostly portraits of

people with great stories, still life, history,

genre, landscape paintings from what I can

remember. Definitely a high academic level,

very strong school.

What do you do for inspiration?

For inspiration... I just keep my eyes open. I get

inspired from everything I see. It can be people

with unusual characteristics, endless beauty of

nature creations, events happening in the world,

different cultures, places I visit, also interesting

stories, favorite movies or even the medium

itself that I happen to use... And of course I

look into the past of art history for inspiration

(European Renaissance fascinates me the most)

and follow modern art tendencies, thanks to

internet and social media it’s easy to do.

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What motivates you as an artist?

Do you want to know the sad truth? Deadlines,

haha! Before I started to work with galleries and

to do commission art, I had a lot of unfinished

pieces. And I want to thank my ego for pushing

me to constantly improve my technique and get

my name out there. Only half-joking. On a serious

note... Through art I’m trying to express what I

feel, to share different vision and perspective with

others, to show that we - humans - are beautiful in

any version nature has created us and the world

is a magical place, full of miracles, mystery and

charm. I know my work resonates with emotions

of many other people, so I’m on a mission of

doing it for them. And I practice art for my-self as a

healing therapy, meditation or escape.

What kinds of projects are you working on in

the studio right now?

I’m working on one big social project. I had an

honor to be selected by the New Americans

Museum to work on “Muse mural project”

(Artist Interpretations of San Diego Museums).

I’m happy to represent NAM especially since I

consider my-self “new American”, so I can feel

the essence of museum’s mission on all levels -

personal, emotional, political. It’s at the concept

developing stage right now - producing sketches

and a large painting before I perform an actual

mural. Concept paintings for several museums by

different artists will be exhibited on June 17 at La

Bodega Gallery, San Diego. Also I have one group

show “Furs, Tails, Feathers & Scales” coming up

at Distinction Gallery, Escondido on June 10,

working on one animal inspired painting for it.

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Acrylic, colored pencils, ink pen on wood panel

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Photography by Anna Buster


Tell me about the first time you considered

art as an actual career.

I guess when I first sold my art piece at the gallery

and when I started to get requests for commission

portraits and murals.

Tell me about body painting.

I made my first face and body painting attempts

about 7 years ago. It started as just fun, painting

friends at home gatherings and festivals in whose

sweet times I used to party. Then little by little

it became my second (after fine art) passion,

and additional career. I do body painting as live

performance at various events, also for magazine

editorial photo shoots, for TV, for fashion shows,

for ComicCon and such. I also teach body and

face painting at the Makeup Academy. Body

art is a very special way of self-expression and

connecting to your model. It’s quite a speedy type

of painting, I usually have no more than three

hours to complete it. Human skin is an amazing

live canvas, the whole process of transformation is

pretty fascinating and exciting.

Are your family and friends supportive of

what you do?

Extremely supportive! And it means the world

to me! So grateful for having such loving, caring,

helping and understanding people in my life.

Although they are my biggest distraction as well,

but I don’t mind it - best distraction ever!

How does where you live to

impact your creativity?

When I moved to California I got merged into a

multi-cultural society. And it definitely transformed

me as an artist and as a human in general -

expended my horizons, enriched inspiration. Plus

San Diego has a very welcoming art community. I

was lucky to find several artists friends in this city,

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who are always ready to help with an advice, to

share experience. There are some very talented

people up here, a lot to learn from.

What is your favorite music?

I like many different music genres. Pop Rock,

Indie Rock, Alternative, New Wave, Trip Hop,

Blues, Chill out, Psychedelic Trance and most of

electronic music. I think I will never get tired of

listening to Depeche Mode. Although my most

favorite is live music.

Do you have a favorite book?

One favorite? No. If you look at my library shelves

you’ll find mostly art history books, contemporary

magazines and books about artists I admire the

most. When I was younger I used to read sciencefiction

novels by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Kir

Bulychev, Victor Pelevin...

Who is your role model?

I don’t have one role model, but I truly admire

several female surrealists: Frida Kahlo, Remedios

Varo, Leonora Carrington. They are great

example of strong spirit, unique style and

unstoppable passion for art.

What advice would you give to a person

starting out?

Stay faithful and sincere to your-self, don’t think

about “what others will say”, don’t try to create art

everyone will love - most important that you love

it. It’s impossible to please all. Your audience will

discover your talent when the time is right. Find

something that makes you different from the rest

and develop it into your unique style. Be patient,

work hard, keep learning, keep experimenting and

always give your best.

What is your dream project?

Back in the days I dreamed about being book

illustrator (children’s fairytale books especially),

perhaps it is still one of my wishes to come true.

But my dreams have gotten bigger since, literally...

I dream about large scale paintings, meaningful

murals of social, public character. So I guess my

dream is coming to life, since it’s exactly what I’m

working on right now.

‘Under the skin’

Oil, acrylic, gold leaf, vinyl / paper

butterflies on wood panel

Photography by Anna Buster


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‘Honey and Bees’

Oil, graphite, colored pencils on wood panel

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‘Free as a Bird’

Mixed Media

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oberto ferri

Artist of the month

‘Evocazione’ 2017

Oil on canvas


Artist of the month

Roberto Ferri was born in Taranto

in 1978. In 1996, he graduated from

art school “Lysippos” of Taranto.

He began to study painting on her

own and moved to Rome in 1999,

explores the research on ancient

painting, the beginning of the

sixteenth to the nineteenth century;

in particular, he devoted himself

to painting Caravaggio and the

academic (David, Ingres, Girodet,

Géricault, Gleyre, Bouguereau, etc.).

In 1996, he graduated from the

Liceo Artistico Lisippo Taranto, a

local art school in his hometown.

He began to study painting on his

own and moved to Rome in 1999,

to increase research on ancient

painting, beginning at the end of the

16th century, in particular. In 2006,

he graduated with honors from the

Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

His work is represented in important

private collections in Rome, Milan,

London, Paris, New York, Madrid,

Barcelona, Miami, Qatar, Dublin,

Boston, Malta...

His work was featured in the

controversial Italian pavilion of

the Venice Biennale 2011, and has

exhibited at Palazzo Cini, Venice in

the Kitsch Biennale 2010.

‘Il Rito’ 2016

Oil on canvas

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Artist of the month

‘Cupo Fuoco’ 2016

Oil on canvas

‘Il Dono’ 2016

Oil on canvas

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‘Torso-Maschile’ 2014

Oil on canvas

‘Nella Nebbia’ 2016

Oil on canvas

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‘Lacrime D’avorio’ 2015

Oil on canvas

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‘Il Sospetto’ 2015

Oil on canvas

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