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KIKYZ1313<br />

What makes us human, 2016<br />

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper<br />

‘The Progeny of Chaos’

CONTENTS / <strong>JUNE</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />


Kikyz1313<br />

Querétaro, Mexico<br />

22<br />

Nadia Rausa<br />

Alaska, USA<br />

Evgeniya Golik<br />

(aka Evgola)<br />

San Diego, California<br />

74<br />

104<br />

22<br />

104<br />


Roberto Ferri<br />

Taranto, Italy<br />

robertoferri.net<br />

118<br />

118<br />

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08<br />

Featured in the Guide<br />

84<br />


The best artists you’ll<br />

see at art this month<br />

38<br />

Sarah Jane Stoll<br />

Connecticut, USA<br />

46<br />

Olga Esther<br />

Valencia, Spain<br />

56<br />

Bianca García<br />

Degollado, Mexico<br />

68<br />

Narelle Zeller<br />

Canberra, Australia<br />

84<br />

Jaymi Zents<br />

Ohio, Cleveland<br />

94<br />

Enys Guerrero<br />

Venezuela, South America<br />

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‘Sweet Secrets in Bare Delirium’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas

Featured Artist<br />

PAMELA<br />

WILSON<br />

Pamela Wilson has built a reputation for works of art that<br />

transcend the commonplace to enter the realm of the<br />

otherworldly, the sublime unknown. She develops haunting<br />

images which create a remarkably compelling narrative.<br />

The physical and emotional isolation of her characters has<br />

emerged as a hallmark of her work. She explores the great<br />

chasm of the psyche, the abyss that opens when you seek to<br />

understand the complex human in modernity. The characters<br />

in her paintings are often called “odd or mad,” or similar terms<br />

denoting something out of alignment with ordinary reality.<br />

She believes that letting ourselves explore the inherent<br />

“distortions” in reality is part of what gives us heart, and<br />

balance. Addressing “beauty” in a painting feels too passive,<br />

and what she is seeking is a psychological moment, a different<br />

kind of beauty, the beauty in absurdity. Pamela received her<br />

MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where<br />

she was awarded a Regents Fellowship, the Abrams Project<br />

Grant, and a Regents Award for her Thesis Exhibition. She is<br />

currently Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art & Design,<br />

Laguna, CA, as part of the MFA Program.<br />

Exhibiting consistently since 1992, her work has been the<br />

subject of 23 solo exhibitions, spanning the United States.<br />

She has exhibited in many museums, including the National<br />

Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC, and a solo<br />

exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY. Her work is<br />

included in many prestigious collections and has graced the<br />

cover of American Art Collector Magazine twice since 2014.

Pamela Wilson<br />

Featured Artist

pamelawilsonfineart.com<br />

‘Calling Down the Poison Moon’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

‘When the Wolfbane Blooms’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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Pamela Wilson<br />

Featured Artist

‘Gone’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas

Pamela Wilson<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘The Ensorcelless’ 2016<br />

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas<br />

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‘The Incurious Came Pirouetting’ 2016<br />

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas<br />

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Pamela Wilson<br />

pamelawilsonfineart.com<br />

‘When The Sky Was Round’ 2016<br />

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas<br />

‘The Unquiet’ 2016<br />

Oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas over birch panel<br />

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Pamela Wilson<br />

Featured Artist

‘Circus Circus’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas

Career &<br />

Exhibitions<br />

Pamela Wilson<br />

Santa Barbara, California<br />

She started work in a new direction. She has<br />

been painting new paintings, waiting for time to<br />

experiment with new ideas, make lots of mistakes,<br />

find some magic, and grow! An artist has to keep<br />

growing- to be authentic.<br />

Represented by Evoke Contemporary Gallery,<br />

Santa Fe Rail Yard District, NM, and RJD Gallery,<br />

Bridgehampton, NY.<br />

Education<br />

1992 MFA Painting, Photography<br />

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA<br />

1990 BA Art Studio, San Diego State University<br />

San Diego, CA<br />

1983 Fine Arts, Colorado State University<br />

Fort Collins, CO<br />

1980-1983 Fine Arts, Brigham Young University<br />

Provo, UT<br />

1982 Brigham Young University Study Abroad<br />

Program, Florence, Italy<br />

1981 Brigham Young University Study Abroad<br />

Program, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico<br />

Teaching<br />

2010-16 Mentor/ MFA Program<br />

Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA<br />

1990-92 Graduate Student Teaching Assistant<br />

(Painting, Printmaking)<br />

University of California, Santa Barbara<br />

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Awards<br />

2015 Portrait Society of America FIRST PLACE<br />

(Members Only / Outside The Box)<br />


University of California<br />


University of California, Santa Barbara<br />


University of California<br />


University of California<br />


University of California<br />

1980-1983 TALENT SCHOLARSHIP, Fine Arts,<br />

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT<br />


2014 SOLE JUROR, Sixth Annual Juried Figurative<br />

Competition/ Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery,<br />

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA<br />

Exhibitions<br />

2016 32ND ANNIVERSARY Exhibition, Waterhouse<br />

Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA<br />

2016 JAMAIS VU (three-man exhibition w/ Oda<br />

and King) BeinArt Gallery, Melbourne<br />


Painting Women) RJD Gallery, NY<br />

2016 THE SWEETEST POISON (solo), RJD Gallery,<br />

Sag Harbor, NY<br />


Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA<br />

2016 FARENHEIT 911, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK<br />

2016 FIGURATIVE II, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO<br />

2016 LA Art Show, Distinction Gallery<br />

2016 BeinArt Surreal Collective Group Exhibition,<br />

Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA<br />

2015 ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton<br />

NY, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY<br />

More Info<br />

pamelawilsonfineart.com<br />

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Interview by Ramón A.Olivares<br />

kikyz<br />


Artist Statement<br />

- Kikyz1313 was born in 1988 in Querétaro,<br />

Mexico, and creates beautifully intricate<br />

ink, graphite, and watercolor works on<br />

paper. From beneath the initially alluring,<br />

and understated, first impression of the<br />

works, emerge unexpected oppositions<br />

and abject tensions. Studies in the afflicted<br />

wretchedness of humanity, her work is<br />

neither despondent nor obviously gory, but<br />

rather presents an aestheticized nightmare<br />

of sublime abhorrence; ambiguously<br />

gorgeous despite its agonizing discomfort.<br />

She received a BFA from Autonomous<br />

University of Queretaro and had her first<br />

solo exhibition at the Museum of the City<br />

(Queretaro City, Mexico). She has completed<br />

an artist residency at the Nordic Watercolor<br />

Museum in Skärhamn, Sweden.<br />

Showed in several art fairs and group<br />

exhibitions in the USA, Berlin, and London<br />

as recently presented her second solo<br />

show entitled ‘The Progeny of Chaos’ in<br />

Los Angeles, California.<br />

‘Through my work, I am trying to build an<br />

emotional momentum, one that rouses<br />

the intellectual exercise of questioning<br />

one’s vision of reality. While looking<br />

at my artwork, the viewer will begin<br />

to experience a series of diametrically<br />

opposed thoughts and emotions. Initially,<br />

they may feel overwhelmed by the<br />

obsessively intricate and highly detailed<br />

forms, the composition, the technical skill<br />

and the pleasant color vibrations but as<br />

an analytical shift in perception slowly<br />

overtakes them, the viewer unwittingly<br />

grasps the artwork’s inescapably wretched<br />

and subversive subject matter.<br />

This new clarity forces the observer to<br />

re-engage with the work and rethink<br />

their initial opinions until, in some way<br />

or another, the shift takes place and the<br />

observer’s perception of natural things<br />

expands to include elements such as<br />

disease and death itself.<br />

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‘Kikyz1313’<br />

The Artist & Gumiño<br />

While these types of human experiences<br />

are often veiled, the artwork truly embraces<br />

them and functions as a reminder of our<br />

ephemeral existence and places in doubt our<br />

vain and materialistic way of understanding<br />

life.This intellectual exercise will continue<br />

to expand until the conceptual structures<br />

of the artwork, particularly it’s elemental<br />

lack of apparent reciprocity, unwaveringly<br />

pushes the viewer to put them together into<br />

the same aesthetic context.<br />

In turn, a new meaning evolves and gives<br />

birth to a poetic paradox, a concept that<br />

I have been developing for 6 years and<br />

include in each piece that I produce.I also<br />

want to share my own vision of life and what<br />

I think matters the most. Maybe the viewer<br />

will engage with my work in such a way that<br />

it encourages introspection or solves an<br />

issue, or possibly they may become morally<br />

disturbed and confused; but whatever<br />

the outcome, the ultimate intention of my<br />

work is to open a dialog and incite thought<br />

and reflection, which I think must be the<br />

primordial pursuit of contemporary art.<br />

More Info kikyz1313.com<br />

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kikyz1313<br />

Interview<br />

What’s your name?<br />

Why kikyz1313?<br />

My name is Laura Ferrer, but I have<br />

rarely used that name in life.<br />

Since a child, I’ve always been called<br />

Kiki causing through the years to be<br />

a nickname with I identified myself<br />

better, and even introduced myself as<br />

Kiki instead of Laura.<br />

So in my teenage years, at the time<br />

when I started to consider an artistic<br />

life, It felt natural to keep using Kikyz<br />

as an artistic name.<br />

The full kikyz1313, on the other hand,<br />

is a silly story that goes back to my<br />

asthma haunted years, when I was<br />

a very delicate 4-year-old child that<br />

spent the whole days inside the house<br />

playing and drawing.<br />

I was always advised by my father<br />

to sign every single dumb drawing<br />

I made with my name, so I then<br />

figured ‘kikyz1313’ would make it.<br />

I kept using that signature because<br />

it felt right, it had a warm familiar<br />

feeling to it.<br />

Describe your path to becoming<br />

an artist.<br />

I guess it started like most of the artists;<br />

with the luck of never stopped drawing.<br />

Since a child, I used to attend to<br />

summer art classes with other kids,<br />

just for the fun and because I had no<br />

use in other disciplines like dancing,<br />

martial art, swimming courses, (I tried<br />

them all) and was terrible at camping<br />

experiences. So drawing was always<br />

the little shelter where I was better at<br />

it, I guess I just got stuck with it and<br />

kept doing it until I realized that an<br />

artistic journey would be the only life<br />

fitting for me.<br />

And as everyone else who think that<br />

for making a life you need a school<br />

degree; I, at the age of 18 went for<br />

it and graduated from the local<br />

University of Visual Arts, which said I<br />

was an artist.<br />

I’m still not comfortable enough with<br />

my work to call myself an artist, not<br />

even the beginning of my career,<br />

but I did realize that in order to be<br />

recognized and noticed I needed to<br />

give impeccable and unique artworks<br />

to the world, and that’s something I’m<br />

still driven to do.<br />

‘Devouring smile’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Graphite, watercolor and pastel on paper<br />

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kikyz1313<br />

Interview June <strong>2017</strong><br />

Where is your studio and where are you from?<br />

My studio is inside our home in the province of<br />

Mexico, in a small Catholic district called<br />

‘El Pueblito’ (Spanish for ‘Little Town’) and I am<br />

from a small growing city called Querétaro, which<br />

is a 10-minute ride from my studio and a very<br />

conservative place as well.<br />

Tell me about where you grew up and<br />

how your childhood influenced your ideas<br />

about creativity<br />

I never moved from the same place, and the<br />

same city, so I’ve witness the transition from<br />

small town to growing city, and everything that<br />

involves that; the huge contrasts of thinking in<br />

where fervent Catholicism clashes with social<br />

hypocrisy and cultural shame and contradictions<br />

where prehispanic ingrained feeling of ‘pride’<br />

opposes to the high desire to flee the country<br />

and be from somewhere else.<br />

Mexico is a land full of contrasts and contraries,<br />

and I believe that growing up with such an<br />

ambivalent way of thinking and the narrow<br />

social circle I was since little, made me wonder<br />

and question this very same train of though,<br />

influencing in a big way what I am and what I do.<br />

How would you describe your work?<br />

I would describe them, as small-enclosed<br />

scenarios of poeticized human tragedy.<br />

What motivates you as an artist?<br />

I think that the first thing that always comes to<br />

my mind is the motivation to reach the imaginary<br />

‘self’ that’s living in my head.<br />

I always picture the look of an artwork or I picture<br />

an image of myself of ‘How I would like to be’<br />

(emotionally, intellectually and even physically)<br />

and day-by-day, drawing-by-drawing I try to get<br />

closer to the idealized image of things, in hopes I<br />

can achieve it.<br />

So far I’m maybe far from reaching it, but this<br />

one of the thing that drives me to continuingly<br />

improve myself in every aspect of my life.<br />

On the other hand, there is always the<br />

motivation of staggering others with what you<br />

do. To bleed yourself in that piece of paper so<br />

you can thrill an audience with something they<br />

have never seen. To achieve that something that<br />

pierces the gut and lives in the consciousness:<br />

one that can change perceptions and one that<br />

allows you to be remembered.<br />

‘Why so lonely’ 2014<br />

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper<br />

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‘The tender for another´s pain’,<br />

th’ unfeeling for his own . 2016<br />

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper<br />

Tell us a little about these portraits that live<br />

in your paintings’ worlds. Who are they and<br />

what are they up to?<br />

They portray my personal understanding of<br />

human condition: the contradictions, the<br />

senseless behaviors, the gained knowledge,<br />

my obsessions, the blindfoldedness and<br />

fears I perceive in myself thus others, all<br />

jumbled in, floating or resting over and under<br />

different symbols. Decorated with intrinsically<br />

beautiful things with the sole purpose to fool<br />

us in that personal world.<br />

You do have a very distinct, recognizable style.<br />

Thank you, but I honestly find myself wondering if<br />

nowadays that is a compliment or a weak spot.<br />

It’s a very nice feeling to know that all the imagery<br />

you’ve been working on for 6 years is solid enough<br />

to let the artwork speak for it own, but I must say<br />

that this is also a dangerous place that at long<br />

term may cause us to fall in the common place<br />

and in repetition, instead of moving forward to<br />

improvement.<br />

This easy way may be very appealing when most<br />

of the times there’s a fight to feel rejected by our<br />

peers, institutions, or our audience.<br />

But, does anyone would really like to be held in<br />

a place of pleasing others even when a satisfied<br />

mind is at risk?<br />

This is something I’m constantly scared of,<br />

and I try my best to never see myself in such<br />

situation, even when there is always a big load<br />

of insecurities and economic uncertainty. I think<br />

I rather resist this dreadful possibility with the<br />

opposite: and do a lot more confronting and<br />

obscure artworks, a lot more obsessive and<br />

critical, to find different mediums and techniques<br />

so maybe I can achieve that unexpected and<br />

higher perception of reality that I’m looking for.<br />

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Tell me about the first time you considered<br />

art as an actual career.<br />

It surely was in my teenage years, just before the<br />

last year of high school.<br />

I was advised by my family to think about what<br />

would I do for the rest of my life even when I<br />

wouldn’t be paid for it… The answer was easy, as<br />

at the time I enjoyed to draw a lot and an artistic<br />

life was never a such a crazy idea since my mother<br />

paints a lot.<br />

Since then, I considered art not only as a career<br />

but also as a way of life in which I promised to<br />

commit myself entirely.<br />

Did you have any mentors along the way?<br />

I sadly never had mentors, not even in college, but in<br />

my first years in the artistic trade did have a couple of<br />

artists near me that inspired me a lot to be better.<br />

I think the one that really pushed me into the<br />

world of drawing would be Román Miranda, who<br />

was the first artist I knew who lived from art and<br />

who worked on graphite and paper with some<br />

very intricate and fantastic compositions.<br />

At that time I didn’t even know that one could live<br />

solely from drawing!<br />

His work opened my eyes, and even when I saw<br />

his work in persona after 3 years, I kept some<br />

postcards of his work and only by looking at them<br />

was a reminder of where I wanted to be in the<br />

future. Today he is still a huge inspiration, and I’m<br />

happy to call him a close friend.<br />

Are your family and friends supportive of<br />

what you do?<br />

Absolutely, my family has been a huge beacon of<br />

support and encouragement since always, and<br />

there is no possible way I could ever repay or<br />

thank them enough.

‘Sorrow´s piercing dart’ 2016<br />

Graphite, watercolor and white acrylic on paper

‘A soulfully denature’ 2013<br />

Ink and watercolor on paper

kikyz1313<br />

Interview June <strong>2017</strong><br />

What advice would you give to a person<br />

starting out?<br />

I would say that: forget about success, forget<br />

about fame, and forget about money.<br />

Do an introspective search for as long as you need<br />

and search for that significant thing in yourself<br />

that turn your soul on fire, that keeps you awake<br />

at night thinking and that it’s relevant enough to<br />

share with the world.<br />

Then, build yourself artwork that speaks for that<br />

and most important: don’t ever try to please<br />

anyone, but you.<br />

How does where you live to impact your<br />

creativity?<br />

Well… the way Mexico is have really shaped<br />

entirely my whole being. The way I think, the way<br />

I over saturate my compositions, the obscure<br />

imagery, the symbols I choose, the muted smoglike<br />

colors, the subject matters I describe in my<br />

work, etc. They are all projections of what I’ve<br />

seen and lived in this place.<br />

Do you have a favorite book?<br />

The favorite(s) are changing constantly but I find<br />

myself always coming back to the 1900’s horror<br />

fictions authors, these past days with Arthur<br />

Machen and more of his fantastic short stories.<br />

I also have a very special place in my head for<br />

‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury and ‘The Gods<br />

Themselves’ from Isaac Asimov.

‘Ghosts from a griesly sweet scent’ 2016<br />

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper<br />

What is your current album on repeat?<br />

Right now I don’t have and specific album, though<br />

I do insanely obsess over an album in time to<br />

time. But right now I’m constantly repeating on<br />

my headphones a lot of dark ambient, drone,<br />

doom and black metal music.<br />

Who is your role model?<br />

It’s curious but that’s a question I’ve never asked<br />

myself, so this is the first time I’m actually putting<br />

thought on it, and I’m not completely sure If I’ve<br />

had a role model in the past or today. But I’m<br />

certain there have been a handful of artists that<br />

have marked significantly my career and deeply<br />

influenced my artwork.<br />

Of course, there’s been always the aspiring feeling<br />

to be like Dürer or as strikingly raw as Goya, but<br />

mostly in the past year, I’ve been highly influenced<br />

by the chaotic compositions, staggering bright<br />

colors opposing to the muted grayish tones in the<br />

paintings of Justin Mortimer.<br />

I knew his work a couple of years ago and since<br />

then I noticed my works started to become a lot<br />

more chaotic, random and less narrative. In fewer<br />

words: driven only by gut. And it’s something I’ve<br />

been admiring a lot in Justin Mortimer’s work, that<br />

impromptu selection of the characters, figures,<br />

and backgrounds always transporting us to a not<br />

so distant parallel universe of blurred memories<br />

and reveries. I hope to achieve that feeling<br />

through my works some day, even though my<br />

technique and intentions are completely different.<br />

What was the best advice given to<br />

you as an artist?<br />

You could say I live a sort of a secluded life, in a tiny<br />

social circle; therefore it’s very uncommon to find<br />

myself chatting in person with someone else and<br />

even less about my work. So the only strong advice<br />

or critics I’ve ever had are coming from my husband<br />

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

being sick, found me half of the day crying of stress,<br />

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kikyz1313<br />

Interview June <strong>2017</strong><br />

advised me that we have to choose wisely our<br />

battles, never take more compromises that we can<br />

get. We have to know our limits and work based on<br />

them. And in worst case scenario, when it’s too late<br />

to refuse, then THE HELL WITH IT, that my health<br />

and mental stability were first and it’s better to ‘fail’<br />

the commitment than seriously harming myself in<br />

order to fulfill other’s expectations.<br />

Those days I think I was very close to a metal<br />

breakdown, and after his advice I’ve learned to work<br />

wisely, resulting to enjoying a lot more what I do.<br />

What is your dream project?<br />

I’ve had a strange idea of making paper artworks<br />

that change with the intervention of the audience<br />

resulting in different narratives. Something like<br />

the pop-up and interactive paper books we<br />

find for kids, but with very obscure and realistic<br />

imagery. It’s not so dreamy but a little far from<br />

doing them right now.<br />

Is there anything you want to do in the<br />

next 2 years?<br />

An oil painting series. I’m currently teaching<br />

myself oil painting and about to end a workshop<br />

I’m attending. I’m very excited to keep practicing<br />

and maybe in the near future make very intricate<br />

compositions with very vibrant colors.<br />

I wish to make a series of medium formats and if<br />

they end up decent, to present them in a public<br />

or private space.<br />

‘Laughing while crying’ 2016<br />

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper

kikyz1313<br />

kikyz1313.com<br />

‘A slumber embrace’ 2014<br />

Graphite, watercolor and white pastel on paper<br />

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Featured Artist<br />

Sarah<br />

Jane Stoll<br />

sarahjanestoll.com<br />

Sarah Jane Stoll is a Connecticut based<br />

painter and illustrator. She is a graduate<br />

of the Maryland Institute College of<br />

Art where she studied painting and<br />

concentrated in illustration. Her artwork<br />

investigates dream realms, mythological<br />

feminine archetypes, cinematic horror,<br />

and symbols of nature. Her work has<br />

been featured in several exhibitions in<br />

MICA and galleries in Baltimore, such as<br />

La Bodega. Sarah Jane currently works<br />

as freelance oil painter and illustrator.

‘Meditating on the Sofa’<br />

2016-17<br />

Oil on canvas

Artist Statement<br />

My artwork delves into the phantasmagorical, mythological<br />

feminine archetypes, cinematic horror, and symbols of<br />

nature. The concept of the monstrous feminine is of great<br />

interest to me because it symbolizes the intersection of<br />

feminine archetypes and horror. It also addresses the uncanny,<br />

due to its mythical and fearful connotation. The uncanny<br />

is bound in the nature of our dreams. I wish to express the<br />

ephemeral quality of dreams through images that dissipate<br />

into a disorder of blurs and fragments<br />

I investigate the experiential qualities of dreams through<br />

painterly abstraction and representation. Realism clings to<br />

what is perceived as absolute, what we know and remember.<br />

Abstraction speaks to the transient nature of things. Through<br />

melting forms, we lose a sense of space in the painting and the<br />

image dissipates into abstraction. It is through the materiality of<br />

paint that I express the emotive and metaphysical. I manipulate<br />

paint through a combination of squeegee dragging, palette<br />

knife scraping, masking, and marbling techniques.<br />

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‘Anguish.’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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Sarah Jane Stoll<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Internal External’ 2016-17<br />

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas<br />

‘Pomegranate’ 2016-17<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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Sarah Jane Stoll<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Natura.’ 2016-17<br />

Oil on Canvas

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Featured Artist<br />

Olga<br />

Esther<br />

Olga Esther is a Spain-based painter<br />

and illustrator. she is a graduate of fine<br />

arts from the Polytechnic University of<br />

Valencia, she’s got two art scholarship<br />

in Prague and Mexico. she also holds a<br />

master‘s degree in video games. now,<br />

she lives and works in Valencia.<br />

Olga Esther paints princesses who<br />

don’t want to be princesses, birds who<br />

cry blood, toads who kill themselves<br />

because they are ignored... she uses the<br />

“princess-tales” symbology to talk about<br />

gender and feminism. she paints the<br />

invisible ones, the little-forgotten girls,<br />

those little nobodies in this world, but<br />

above all, all those who although are still<br />

nobody, do not have anyone.<br />

‘Aporia (La Dificultad)’ 2015<br />

Oil on board<br />

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2016: Group Show Artelibre. Galería Kafell<br />

Zaragoza . Spain<br />

Group Show selected Artelibre. MEAM<br />

Barcelona . Spain<br />

Russafart 2016<br />

Workshop Átika. Valencia . Spain<br />

2015: Exhibition “De todo corazón”<br />

Ballettzentrum Westfalen, Dortmund . Germany<br />

Non Solo Vero<br />

Einaudi Palace, Chivasso (Torino). Italy<br />

2014: Russafart 2014. Workshop Central Art<br />

Valencia . Spain<br />

2012: Spanish Contemporary Painting.<br />

Private Collection of Miguel Bañuls.<br />

Exhibition Hall “José Hernández”<br />

Casa de la Cultura Fuente Álamo, Murcia . Spain<br />

2011: Femenino Plural.<br />

Artist selected by the City of Valencia<br />

Museum Reales Atarazanas . Valencia . Spain<br />

2010: Group Show Reales Atarazanas.<br />

Sponsored by the City of Valencia . Spain<br />

Gallery Val i 30. Exhibition “El clavo ardiendo”<br />

2009: Solo Show. Rus. Valencia. Spain<br />

2008: Spanish Contemporary Painting.<br />

Private Collection of Miguel Bañuls . Xaouen . Morocco<br />

‘De reinas tuertas y países ciegos’ 2016<br />

Oil on board<br />

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olga esther<br />

instagram @olgaesther.pinturas<br />

‘El Cuervo’ 2015<br />

Oil on board<br />

‘La Astrónoma y el sapo ignorado’ 2016<br />

Oil on board<br />

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olga esther<br />

instagram @olgaesther.pinturas<br />

‘De reinas sabias y sapos suicidas’ 2016<br />

Oil on board<br />

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olga esther<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘La Madriguera’ 2015<br />

Oil on board<br />

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olga esther<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘La Locura’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Oil on board<br />

‘Estudio sobre la Belleza’ 2015<br />

Oil on board<br />

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Featured Artist<br />

Bianca<br />

García<br />

In my art my main goal is to create<br />

artworks capable of transmitting<br />

emotions to the viewer, my technique<br />

focuses on creating vibrant and<br />

mysterious artwork using oil on canvas.<br />

Fine and delicate touches that give a<br />

touch of mystery and sensuality that<br />

reflects a bit inside me. Resulting in an<br />

artwork which is able to express all the<br />

beauty that my eyes and my soul have<br />

captured and kept inside of me, the<br />

whole feeling transmitted right through<br />

different eyes. Stories I am able to<br />

imagine or see, because I firmly believe<br />

that the greatest source of expression<br />

find it in a intense look, in which they<br />

have their own language.<br />

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Artist Statement<br />

Bianca Garcia is a Mexican artist in oil<br />

painting and an Art teacher. Born and<br />

raised in Degollado Jalisco. Beginning<br />

at a very early age, she was strongly<br />

influenced by a great artist, her father.<br />

He is a sculptor, So she started drawing,<br />

taking inspiration from the drawings that<br />

her father made for her.<br />

The expressions on the faces that he drew<br />

while she watched him were fascinating<br />

to her, and those special moments,<br />

were her first inspiration to go into this<br />

amazing world of art. That started it all,<br />

but her passion is not only for painting<br />

faces, it is also to capture expressions,<br />

emotions and feelings from mysterious<br />

and enigmatic eyes on a canvas.<br />

She has been involved in the art world<br />

since she was a little child. that is<br />

why she has become a self-taught<br />

artist. But she is still seeking to find<br />

and create all that fascinates her and<br />

to improve her technique.<br />

She has been showing her work in<br />

Mexico, and in international exhibits<br />

as United States, Portugal, Madeira<br />

Islands, Czech Republic, Russia, and<br />

coming soon Spain. In her art her main<br />

goal is to create artworks capable of<br />

transmitting emotions to the viewer, her<br />

techniques focus on creating vibrant and<br />

mysterious artworks using oil on canvas.<br />

Fine and delicate brush strokes that give<br />

a touch of depth, mystery, and delicacy,<br />

which reflects a little of her perception<br />

inspired by femininity.<br />

She is currently planning a new oil<br />

painting gallery in which she will<br />

seek to project her particular style<br />

which she is passionate about with<br />

realistic faces, showing the harmony<br />

and her interpretation from eyes and<br />

its magical mystery.<br />

biancaartgallery.com<br />

‘Storm and calm’ 2015<br />

Oil on Canvas<br />

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Bianca Garcia<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Melancholy creature of darkness’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Oil on Canvas<br />

‘Bianca’ 2016<br />

Oil on Canvas<br />

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‘Inner self portrait’ 2016<br />

Oil on Canvas

Bianca Garcia<br />

biancaartgallery.com<br />

‘Secrets’ 2016<br />

Oil on Canvas<br />

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‘Reincarnation’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Oil on Canvas

Bianca Garcia<br />

biancaartgallery.com<br />

‘Something wild’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Oil on Canvas<br />

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Featured Artist<br />

Narelle<br />

Zeller<br />

Narelle Zeller is an emerging<br />

contemporary realist painter based<br />

in Canberra, Australia. Drawing<br />

inspiration from the people around<br />

her, Narelle strives to give her work<br />

a substance that people can connect<br />

with. She finds realist painting to<br />

be a powerful creative force, which<br />

can capture a moment in time and<br />

bring it to life with an honesty and<br />

understanding of color, light, and form.<br />

Currently, under the mentorship<br />

program of artists David Kassan and<br />

Shana Levenson, Narelle is busy<br />

developing her skills further in the<br />

medium of oil paint.<br />

‘The Girl in the Chair’<br />

Acrylic on canvas<br />

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Narelle Zeller<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Tobias’<br />

Acrylic on canvas<br />

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‘Kiah’<br />

Acrylic on canvas

‘When you’re not looking’<br />

Oil on canvas

Narelle Zeller<br />

instagram @narellezeller<br />

‘Hailey’<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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Interview by Almudena Rguez.<br />

Nadia Rausa is an illustrator based in Alaska, USA.<br />

She is intrigued by the relationship between nature<br />

and humanity as a deep connection with love,<br />

thought, and energy. She strives to portray stories<br />

with this underlying relationship, along with various<br />

cultural, psychological, and religious aspects. She<br />

enjoys exploring the female figure that interacts with<br />

animals and nature. She strives to represent beauty<br />

and vulnerability in her subjects.<br />

Nadia mainly works in watercolor, ink, gouache, and<br />

colored pencils. Outside of doing illustrative work, she<br />

is the Creative Director & Co-Founder of R2C2 Studios,<br />

a photo and film studio in Alaska, as well as the Art<br />

Curator & Co-Founder of One to a Thousand, an online<br />

community for artists and writers.<br />

Photography by JL Chabotte<br />

Instagram @jlchabottephoto

Nadia Rausa<br />

Interview June <strong>2017</strong><br />

Let’s dive in at the beginning of your story.<br />

Tell me about where you grew up and what<br />

your childhood was like.<br />

I mainly grew up in Alaska and was raised in a<br />

multicultural home. My mom was from Korea<br />

and my dad from America, so I grew up learning<br />

both Korean and American culture. When I was<br />

growing up, I remember being encouraged to<br />

draw, be creative, and play outside. Playing<br />

outside was very magical for me; I imagined vast<br />

worlds around me and built stories upon them as I<br />

played. I think I got myself into trouble sometimes<br />

with how much my head was “in the clouds,” as<br />

some people would say. As I grew older, I learned<br />

to control when I allowed my mind to wander,<br />

but every once in awhile, it still has a tendency to<br />

wander without me realizing until someone jolts<br />

me out of my head.<br />

Describe your path to becoming an artist.<br />

It actually wasn’t until I was in college that knew<br />

I wanted to become a professional artist. I think<br />

my path really started when I began graphic and<br />

web designing about 11 years ago. It was very<br />

technical, but still artistic. I think that skillset has<br />

an influence on my art nowadays, although I try<br />

to be much looser with my paintings than I would<br />

have been with a graphic design piece.<br />

I definitely feel like I’m still new to art, but I love<br />

this path that I’m on right now. I love being able to<br />

say that I’m an artist when people I ask what I do<br />

for a living. Being an artist may have not been a<br />

childhood dream, but it’s my dream and plan now.<br />

Was there a moment when you realized that<br />

Illustration was what you wanted to do?<br />

It was in my sophomore year of college that I<br />

realized art, particularly illustration, was what I<br />

wanted to do for a career. Before the semester<br />

was over, I changed my major to art after some<br />

inspirational words of encouragement from a<br />

coworker, who was an art major. That year, I<br />

realized there is so much more to art than we,<br />

as a society, are raised to think. Without art, we<br />

wouldn’t have movies, video games, illustrated<br />

books, and so much more! I was (and still am)<br />

determined to be a part of it. I ended up not<br />

finishing my Bachelor’s degree and left college in<br />

December 2016 so that I could pursue building my<br />

portfolio full-time.<br />

Tell me about “One to a Thousand”.<br />

One to a Thousand is an online community that<br />

my best friend, J.L. Chabotte (the writer of us two)<br />

and I started. It all started when we both wanted<br />

inspiration and more motivation to draw/paint<br />

and write more regularly. I would make art that<br />

would inspire a short story, and she would write<br />

a short story that would inspire me to draw or<br />

paint. We thought that other people might enjoy<br />

the concept, so we started a Facebook group,<br />

which anyone is welcome to join and partake in.<br />

We recently started a website, which is currently in<br />

beta. We are hoping that we can fix the bugs in the<br />

site and have it opened to the public very soon!<br />

‘Year of the Rooster, <strong>2017</strong>’<br />

Watercolor & Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper<br />

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Nadia Rausa<br />

nadiarausa.com<br />

‘Year of the Dragon, <strong>2017</strong>’<br />

Watercolor & Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper<br />

Have you had any mentors along the way?<br />

There were a few professors in college that<br />

really helped guide me through my art, but one<br />

in particular really stands out: John Barton. He<br />

was my professor for only a couple of classes,<br />

but I loved working with him because he gave us<br />

students a lot of freedom. The assignments always<br />

made us think of our own solution, rather than<br />

being told exactly what to do. To me personally,<br />

he was always the one, to be honest with me<br />

about my work and nudge me in the direction I<br />

needed to go. Currently, I don’t have a particular<br />

mentor, but I know that if I ever had a question,<br />

John and the other professors from my college<br />

would be happy to answer them.<br />

been and are incredibly supportive of me being<br />

an artist. It’s a big leap, especially when I currently<br />

have a small portfolio. It definitely helps to have<br />

such a large support group; I’m not sure what I<br />

would do without them.<br />

Do you feel a responsibility to contribute to<br />

something bigger than yourself?<br />

Yes, I do. I hope that one day I will travel the world<br />

as a missionary to help those in need of food, water,<br />

and clothes, and bring the joy of art along with me.<br />

I love learning about different cultures and it would<br />

be phenomenal to help preserve other cultures,<br />

learn their ways, and spread the love of God.<br />

Are your family and friends supportive<br />

of what you do?<br />

Very much so! Both sides of my family (birth family<br />

and my husband’s family) and my friends have<br />

‘Overgrown, <strong>2017</strong>’<br />

Marker on Paper<br />

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‘Blossoms, <strong>2017</strong>’<br />

Ink & Watercolor on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper<br />

What advice would you give to<br />

a person starting out?<br />

Study and make art every week, if not every day.<br />

One thing I regret is not being more diligent with<br />

creating a schedule for myself, until recently. I’ve<br />

recently set a schedule to make myself get tasks<br />

done to start building my portfolio. I know that<br />

if I had practiced and made art every week, I’d<br />

be a lot further than I am now. Also, don’t worry<br />

about your art supplies when you’re first starting<br />

out. Make do with what you have and build up<br />

from there. Don’t allow what you don’t have to<br />

stop you from achieving your goals and dreams.<br />

Always remember: it’s the artist who makes the<br />

art, not the supplies! And my last piece of advice<br />

would be to get on Instagram as soon as you<br />

feel comfortable. Always use hashtags, take your<br />

photos in the daylight, and post at whatever time<br />

research says is best for your time zone (for Alaska,<br />

it seems like between midnight and 2 am are<br />

prime times to post).<br />

How does where you live impact<br />

your creativity?<br />

We have a lot of wildlife in Alaska and I absolutely<br />

love it! I love exploring the relationship between<br />

animals, people, and nature. It’s an incredible<br />

feeling when there’s a moose in my yard, or a<br />

crane, or really just any animal. I’m hoping to go<br />

to Denali this summer to see the various types of<br />

animals out there.<br />

What does a typical day look like for you?<br />

My days are very busy, but I always try to make<br />

time for relaxation at night. I celebrate my<br />

Sabbath on Mondays, but every other day I’m<br />

either working on art, or I’m working on tasks for<br />

R2C2 Studios, a photography and film business<br />

I co-founded with J.L. Chabotte, her husband,<br />

and my husband. My day typically starts off with<br />

checking any comments or messages I’ve received<br />

on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, reading<br />

devotionals, eating some breakfast,<br />

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Photography by JL Chabotte<br />

Instagram @jlchabottephoto

Who is your role model?<br />

Artistically, I would say Leonardo da Vinci. I just<br />

love how many subject matters he dabbled in--<br />

drawing, painting, inventing. He just seemed like<br />

an incredibly interesting person. Currently, I really<br />

look to the artwork of Audra Auclair, J.A.W. Cooper,<br />

Daria Theodora, and Sara Tepes for inspiration.<br />

‘She never knew defeat’, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper<br />

and then I beginning my tasks for that day, which<br />

I plan that morning while having breakfast. Tasks<br />

can range from sketching, painting, bookbinding<br />

(or other handmade craft-related things), or any<br />

art-related tasks for R2C2 Studios. What I do in a<br />

day really depends on prioritization.<br />

Do you have any favorite videogame?<br />

My all-time favorite video game is Alice: Madness<br />

Returns. Not only do I love the dark and twisted<br />

story, but the visuals are absolutely stunning. I<br />

also enjoy Borderlands, as it was the game that<br />

my husband and I played the most while dating.<br />

One could say we bonded over it.<br />

What is the best piece of advice<br />

you have received?<br />

To build your own dream--not someone else’s. I’m<br />

not sure who it came from, but my husband used<br />

to work as a call center agent and was helping a<br />

woman on the phone. Near the end of the call,<br />

she said that he sounded smart and wasn’t sure<br />

why he was working for someone. She asked him,<br />

“Do you want to build someone else’s dream<br />

or your own?” It really resonated with him, as<br />

he’s always been the go-getter type. Whenever<br />

I feel discouraged about my art, I remember<br />

that question. Do I want to work as an admin or<br />

receptionist at a company that I don’t really care<br />

about? Or do I want to build my own dream, or<br />

as I have recently been calling it, plan of being an<br />

artist? Sure, the former option is easier, but the<br />

latter is far more fulfilling.<br />

Do you have a favorite book?<br />

Oh my, this is a difficult question! I can’t say<br />

that I have a particular favorite, even when I<br />

break them down by genre. My favorite series<br />

is probably A Series of Unfortunate Events by<br />

Lemony Snicket. I also really enjoyed the Dark<br />

Secrets series by Elizabeth Chandler. And just<br />

about any book by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.<br />

I know that isn’t very specific, but I have such<br />

difficulty narrowing favorites down.<br />

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‘Curiosity’, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Ink on Cold-Press Watercolor Paper


Featured Artist<br />

Jaymi<br />

Zents<br />

A recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists<br />

Fellowship, Jaymi Zents maintains a studio in Ohio,<br />

working on her sculptures, paintings, and drawings.<br />

Graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with<br />

a BFA in drawing in 1997, she has freelanced for The<br />

Health Museum of Cleveland, Picker International,<br />

and Kaleidoscope Animations, as well as having<br />

served as the Resident Artist for the Cleveland San<br />

Jose Ballet. Jaymi also worked with the education<br />

department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her<br />

work is in private collections in Canada, the United<br />

Kingdom, the United States, and Belgium.<br />

‘Frost’ 2012<br />

Pencil, oil on birch

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Jaymi Zents<br />

Featured Artist<br />

Artist Statement<br />

Drawing is the most cherished time that I have. There is a<br />

meditative element to getting lost in all of the details of a<br />

beautiful surface with a simple pencil. Organic surfaces have<br />

always provided the source and inspiration for my work. It began<br />

with skins and stained rice papers, eventually encompassing<br />

stained silk and wax. Any surface that literally had a life and a<br />

history of its own was a potential surface for finding figures. As<br />

a kid, I was always looking for animals and figures in the clouds<br />

or the wood paneling. Birch was a natural progression. Initially,<br />

the birch was a means of extending my love of landscaping<br />

and gardening into the Winter season. So many of the forms<br />

and curiosities of nature could be found in each piece of wood.<br />

The tree itself had endured untold stories. It had sustained<br />

life, each knot indicative of a branch that fed the tree itself, but<br />

also supported animals and insects. There is a microcosm in<br />

the remnants of life, in relics, that is profound and fascinating.<br />

Stains, knots, and growth rings quickly give way to spider webs<br />

and roots, wings and blood vessels, and a vast array of biological<br />

forms. I have deep respect for the life that was lived and wants<br />

to honor its beauty. Hopefully, my girls are an extension of<br />

that beauty. The female figure is symbolically in keeping with<br />

notions of sustenance, nurturing, and fertility that are so much<br />

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

empathetic. Women with an intelligence and depth beyond<br />

their physical beauty. Their solitude is their peace.<br />

‘Ascension’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Pencil, oil on birch<br />

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Jaymi Zents<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Gatekeeper’ 2012<br />

Pencil, oil on birch<br />

‘Immersion’ 2011<br />

Pencil, acrylic on birch<br />

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‘Kalypso’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Pencil, oil on birch

‘Timber’ 2014<br />

Pencil, oil on birch<br />

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Jaymi Zents<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Invocation’ 2014<br />

Pencil, oil on birch<br />

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Featured Artist<br />

Enys<br />

Guerrero<br />

My name is Enys Guerrero, since I was a little child I<br />

dedicated a huge part of my time to the arts. I have been<br />

always influenced by history moments like Renaissance<br />

and Victorian age, at the same time the fantasies themes,<br />

the Romanticism and tragedy also was a source of<br />

inspiration to me. I graduated with nineteen (19) years<br />

old as graphic designer and I start my artistic career<br />

since them. My works have been published in artbooks,<br />

tarot decks, postal cards and magazines like Infected<br />

by Art Volume 2, 78 Tarot-The Tarot of The Water, 78<br />

Tarot Carnival, Zodiacal Postal card set by Aura-Scope,<br />

Infected by Art Volume 3, 78 Tarot Astral, Ladies of The<br />

Steampunk Magazine, Kultur Magazine, Digital Templum<br />

Magazine, among many others.<br />

At this moment I am working with 78Tarot Editorial and<br />

Braiinz Publishing, at the same time that I’m working<br />

on personal projects. You can find some of my original<br />

pieces being auctioned on Strange Dreams Surreal Artist<br />

Collective Facebook page and at The Rabbit Hole Artist<br />

Collective Facebook page.<br />

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Enys Guerrero<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘The Keys of the Savage Garden’<br />

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils,<br />

pastel and inks on opalina paper<br />

‘Como Cierva Sedienta’<br />

Color pencils, gouaches, acrylics,<br />

pastel and coffee on opalina paper<br />

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Enys Guerrero<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Memento Mori’<br />

Acrylics, watercolors,<br />

color pencils, pastel and<br />

inks on opalina paper<br />

‘Natanya’s<br />

Wonderland’<br />

Color pencil, watercolor,<br />

inks, coffee and acrylics<br />

on opalina paper<br />

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Enys Guerrero<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘Forest Spirit’<br />

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils,<br />

pastel and inks on opalina paper<br />

‘Forest Memories’<br />

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils,<br />

pastel and inks on opalina paper<br />

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Enys Guerrero<br />

Featured Artist<br />

‘The Moon’<br />

Acrylics, watercolors, color pencils, pastel, inks and markers on opalina paper<br />

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Interview by Ramón A.Olivares<br />


GOLIK<br />

“Deep gazes, halos, long necks, blossoming skins, gold leaves,<br />

secrets and stars...”<br />

Evgeniya Golik (aka Evgola) is a Russian born pop-surrealist<br />

based in San Diego, California.<br />

Inspired by the European Renaissance, Russian Orthodox icons,<br />

Slavic folklore, fairy-tales and modern pop culture (fashion,<br />

photography, cinematography, music), Evgola’s art combines<br />

a classic sensibility within a contemporary setting, something<br />

which artist-self defines as ‘Neo Renaissance’.<br />

Using a variety of media, her work joins real world portraiture<br />

with imaginative and often surreal narratives to highlight and<br />

reveal her subject’s personalities.<br />

Evgola’s haunting paintings and drawings are doors to a mystical<br />

realm, one which showcases a myriad of beautiful human<br />

faces and fantastical creatures, that seek to express their secret<br />

through esoteric language.<br />

Evgeniya has been working notably with The Oceanside Museum<br />

of Art (OMA), Museum Of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Museum<br />

of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and New Americans<br />

Museum (NAM) as of latest. Her art have been exhibited in various<br />

Galleries within the USA and Europe, as well as being published<br />

and commissioned by private collectors all over the world.<br />

Photography by Keshav Dahiya<br />

www.dahiya.us<br />

Instagram @drdahiya<br />

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Photography by Anna Buster<br />

www.annamos.com<br />

Describe your path to what you’re doing now.<br />

I’ve been drawing and painting since I can<br />

remember. It’s not been a straight path to what<br />

I do now. But art and daydreaming have always<br />

been my salvation, my happy bubble I was<br />

hiding into whenever I felt like it, on my good and<br />

bad days. I remember being a kid, and besides<br />

doodling in my albums, I would often spend hours<br />

browsing through books of fairytales illustrated<br />

with some of the best Russian and European<br />

artists. Later on it was Art History books.<br />

My mother is a librarian and big books lover, so<br />

we’ve always had a great selection of books at<br />

home. Definitely it had huge impact on me as<br />

growing artist. I thank my father for the artistic gift<br />

he pass on me with his genes. And yes of course<br />

Art School and degree in Architecture and Design<br />

have helped to improve my skills.<br />

Did you always want to be an artist?<br />

No, I’ve tried to avoid the inevitable for a while.<br />

I grew up in a world of stereotypes, where artist<br />

as actual job title pretty much did not exist. I had<br />

to think about earning money as soon as it was<br />

possible, so art was not an option at that time.<br />

Architecture and Design were a good compromise<br />

for me in those years. I kept painting and drawing,<br />

but only for a pleasure of my own and my beloved<br />

people, just as my hobby. And I got an actual<br />

office job. I was fighting my karma for years, until I<br />

realized that art is what I do best as a professional<br />

and I actually enjoy it the most. I found ways to get<br />

paid by being creative and using my artistic skills.<br />

So it was time to leave the office and pursue my<br />

dreams. Life is too short, we exist to do something<br />

we love! Even if it can be a real challenge at<br />

times, that’s the only way to grow, give our best to<br />

society and live in peace with our-selves.<br />

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‘Balance (2 Swords Tarot)’<br />

Acrylic, colored pencils, silver and gold<br />

leafing pen, ink pen on wood panel

‘Phoenix’<br />

Mixed Media<br />

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Evgeniya Golik<br />

Interview June <strong>2017</strong><br />

Where did you grow up?<br />

I grew up in Vladivostok, it’s a diverse modern<br />

city, sea port very East of Russia. I was living<br />

there till the age of 24, still most of my life. So<br />

excuse my English, haha.<br />

You said you grew up in Russia. What was<br />

the art like there?<br />

It was impressive, because only the most<br />

talented people were artists back then, few<br />

brave ones who had true passion for art<br />

without compromises. There were not as<br />

many because of the money struggle factor,<br />

especially in Perestroika times. Generally art<br />

was classical, realistic, monumental, patriotic,<br />

at times impressionistic. Mostly portraits of<br />

people with great stories, still life, history,<br />

genre, landscape paintings from what I can<br />

remember. Definitely a high academic level,<br />

very strong school.<br />

What do you do for inspiration?<br />

For inspiration... I just keep my eyes open. I get<br />

inspired from everything I see. It can be people<br />

with unusual characteristics, endless beauty of<br />

nature creations, events happening in the world,<br />

different cultures, places I visit, also interesting<br />

stories, favorite movies or even the medium<br />

itself that I happen to use... And of course I<br />

look into the past of art history for inspiration<br />

(European Renaissance fascinates me the most)<br />

and follow modern art tendencies, thanks to<br />

internet and social media it’s easy to do.<br />

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What motivates you as an artist?<br />

Do you want to know the sad truth? Deadlines,<br />

haha! Before I started to work with galleries and<br />

to do commission art, I had a lot of unfinished<br />

pieces. And I want to thank my ego for pushing<br />

me to constantly improve my technique and get<br />

my name out there. Only half-joking. On a serious<br />

note... Through art I’m trying to express what I<br />

feel, to share different vision and perspective with<br />

others, to show that we - humans - are beautiful in<br />

any version nature has created us and the world<br />

is a magical place, full of miracles, mystery and<br />

charm. I know my work resonates with emotions<br />

of many other people, so I’m on a mission of<br />

doing it for them. And I practice art for my-self as a<br />

healing therapy, meditation or escape.<br />

What kinds of projects are you working on in<br />

the studio right now?<br />

I’m working on one big social project. I had an<br />

honor to be selected by the New Americans<br />

Museum to work on “Muse mural project”<br />

(Artist Interpretations of San Diego Museums).<br />

I’m happy to represent NAM especially since I<br />

consider my-self “new American”, so I can feel<br />

the essence of museum’s mission on all levels -<br />

personal, emotional, political. It’s at the concept<br />

developing stage right now - producing sketches<br />

and a large painting before I perform an actual<br />

mural. Concept paintings for several museums by<br />

different artists will be exhibited on June 17 at La<br />

Bodega Gallery, San Diego. Also I have one group<br />

show “Furs, Tails, Feathers & Scales” coming up<br />

at Distinction Gallery, Escondido on June 10,<br />

working on one animal inspired painting for it.<br />

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‘Liberty’<br />

Mixed Media<br />

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Evgeniya Golik<br />

evgolafineart.com<br />

‘Fear’<br />

Acrylic, colored pencils, ink pen on wood panel<br />

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Photography by Anna Buster<br />

www.annamos.com<br />

Tell me about the first time you considered<br />

art as an actual career.<br />

I guess when I first sold my art piece at the gallery<br />

and when I started to get requests for commission<br />

portraits and murals.<br />

Tell me about body painting.<br />

I made my first face and body painting attempts<br />

about 7 years ago. It started as just fun, painting<br />

friends at home gatherings and festivals in whose<br />

sweet times I used to party. Then little by little<br />

it became my second (after fine art) passion,<br />

and additional career. I do body painting as live<br />

performance at various events, also for magazine<br />

editorial photo shoots, for TV, for fashion shows,<br />

for ComicCon and such. I also teach body and<br />

face painting at the Makeup Academy. Body<br />

art is a very special way of self-expression and<br />

connecting to your model. It’s quite a speedy type<br />

of painting, I usually have no more than three<br />

hours to complete it. Human skin is an amazing<br />

live canvas, the whole process of transformation is<br />

pretty fascinating and exciting.<br />

Are your family and friends supportive of<br />

what you do?<br />

Extremely supportive! And it means the world<br />

to me! So grateful for having such loving, caring,<br />

helping and understanding people in my life.<br />

Although they are my biggest distraction as well,<br />

but I don’t mind it - best distraction ever!<br />

How does where you live to<br />

impact your creativity?<br />

When I moved to California I got merged into a<br />

multi-cultural society. And it definitely transformed<br />

me as an artist and as a human in general -<br />

expended my horizons, enriched inspiration. Plus<br />

San Diego has a very welcoming art community. I<br />

was lucky to find several artists friends in this city,<br />

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who are always ready to help with an advice, to<br />

share experience. There are some very talented<br />

people up here, a lot to learn from.<br />

What is your favorite music?<br />

I like many different music genres. Pop Rock,<br />

Indie Rock, Alternative, New Wave, Trip Hop,<br />

Blues, Chill out, Psychedelic Trance and most of<br />

electronic music. I think I will never get tired of<br />

listening to Depeche Mode. Although my most<br />

favorite is live music.<br />

Do you have a favorite book?<br />

One favorite? No. If you look at my library shelves<br />

you’ll find mostly art history books, contemporary<br />

magazines and books about artists I admire the<br />

most. When I was younger I used to read sciencefiction<br />

novels by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Kir<br />

Bulychev, Victor Pelevin...<br />

Who is your role model?<br />

I don’t have one role model, but I truly admire<br />

several female surrealists: Frida Kahlo, Remedios<br />

Varo, Leonora Carrington. They are great<br />

example of strong spirit, unique style and<br />

unstoppable passion for art.<br />

What advice would you give to a person<br />

starting out?<br />

Stay faithful and sincere to your-self, don’t think<br />

about “what others will say”, don’t try to create art<br />

everyone will love - most important that you love<br />

it. It’s impossible to please all. Your audience will<br />

discover your talent when the time is right. Find<br />

something that makes you different from the rest<br />

and develop it into your unique style. Be patient,<br />

work hard, keep learning, keep experimenting and<br />

always give your best.<br />

What is your dream project?<br />

Back in the days I dreamed about being book<br />

illustrator (children’s fairytale books especially),<br />

perhaps it is still one of my wishes to come true.<br />

But my dreams have gotten bigger since, literally...<br />

I dream about large scale paintings, meaningful<br />

murals of social, public character. So I guess my<br />

dream is coming to life, since it’s exactly what I’m<br />

working on right now.<br />

‘Under the skin’<br />

Oil, acrylic, gold leaf, vinyl / paper<br />

butterflies on wood panel<br />

Photography by Anna Buster<br />

www.annamos.com<br />

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Evgeniya Golik<br />

evgolafineart.com<br />

‘Honey and Bees’<br />

Oil, graphite, colored pencils on wood panel<br />

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‘Free as a Bird’<br />

Mixed Media<br />

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oberto ferri<br />

Artist of the month<br />

‘Evocazione’ <strong>2017</strong><br />

Oil on canvas


Artist of the month<br />

Roberto Ferri was born in Taranto<br />

in 1978. In 1996, he graduated from<br />

art school “Lysippos” of Taranto.<br />

He began to study painting on her<br />

own and moved to Rome in 1999,<br />

explores the research on ancient<br />

painting, the beginning of the<br />

sixteenth to the nineteenth century;<br />

in particular, he devoted himself<br />

to painting Caravaggio and the<br />

academic (David, Ingres, Girodet,<br />

Géricault, Gleyre, Bouguereau, etc.).<br />

In 1996, he graduated from the<br />

Liceo Artistico Lisippo Taranto, a<br />

local art school in his hometown.<br />

He began to study painting on his<br />

own and moved to Rome in 1999,<br />

to increase research on ancient<br />

painting, beginning at the end of the<br />

16th century, in particular. In 2006,<br />

he graduated with honors from the<br />

Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.<br />

His work is represented in important<br />

private collections in Rome, Milan,<br />

London, Paris, New York, Madrid,<br />

Barcelona, Miami, Qatar, Dublin,<br />

Boston, Malta...<br />

His work was featured in the<br />

controversial Italian pavilion of<br />

the Venice Biennale 2011, and has<br />

exhibited at Palazzo Cini, Venice in<br />

the Kitsch Biennale 2010.<br />

‘Il Rito’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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oberto ferri<br />

Artist of the month<br />

‘Cupo Fuoco’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

‘Il Dono’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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oberto ferri<br />

robertoferri.net<br />

‘Torso-Maschile’ 2014<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

‘Nella Nebbia’ 2016<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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oberto ferri<br />

robertoferri.net<br />

‘Lacrime D’avorio’ 2015<br />

Oil on canvas

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oberto ferri<br />

robertoferri.net<br />

‘Il Sospetto’ 2015<br />

Oil on canvas<br />

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