14 Artists María Gamundí Maria Gamundí was born in 1952 in Caracas, Venezuela. She studied at Pratt Institute of New York and the Scuola del Libro of Urbino. She lives and works in Pietrasanta. Since 1973 she has held important personal exhibitions in Italy, Europe, the United States and Latin America. Her female nudes exude a sculptural force exalted by her deep knowledge of anatomy and materials, as well as an instinctive “joie de vivre” which well represents her strong Latin American roots. Gabriela Elena García García was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1982 and currently lives and works in Florida, USA. She began her photographic studies in 2009 at the Roberto Mata Photography Workshop and her exhibition career in 2011. In 2014, she held her first solo exhibition, “Caracas Fragmentada”, at the tresy3 Gallery in Caracas. She has been awarded: Third place in video festival Sin Mordaza, 2012 and third place in the competition Una fotoxdíax28dias, Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografía, 2011. Juan Gerstl Born in Caracas in 1985, Gerstl showed signs of intellectual creativity from an early age. As a child, he was drawn to symmetry, order and movement focusing on turning his creativity into tangible aesthetic. Both his art-dealer mother and his natureloving father encouraged him to express his ideas in different ways. Today, still ‘haunted’ by form, volume and symmetry, Gerstl stresses the importance of harmony in each piece and seeks integration between the piece and the viewer. “My creative path stands between a peaceful dream and a mathematical reality born as an optical illusion of the viewer that I call Geometric Poetry”. www.juangerstl.com. Jaime Gili Jaime Gili (born 1972, Caracas) is a London-based artist. Throughout his career, Gili has developed the universal abstract language of the mid-20th Century into contemporary painting. More specifically, his work has been contextualised as a revision of Latin American abstraction, especially the Venezuelan optical and kinetic work of artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez and Alejandro Otero, with an input from popular art and London’s energy. Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art (1998), after studying in Caracas and Barcelona. He completed a PhD at the University of Barcelona (2001) with a thesis on “Repetition and Serial art since the 1960’s”.
15 Peter Griffin Peter Griffin was born in 1947 in Wakefield, Yorkshire. He lives and works in London. He has a MFA in Fine Art (Distinction) from Slade School of Fine Art, London (1979) and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, Fulbright Grant (1977). He received the Wingate Fellowship for Humanities in the Arts award (1992), the Rome Scholarship in Painting (1979) and the Anstruther Purchase Award (1977). His work has been part of solo and collective exhibits around the world and is part of the collections in several museums, including The Royal College of Art (London). Pablo Griss Pablo Griss was born in 1971 in Caracas, Venezuela. He graduated from Columbia University School of Visual Arts (1996) in New York, where he lived and worked. He currently works from his studios in Berlin and Panama City where he has resided since 2008. Pablo has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in the USA, Europe and Latin America. Griss’s work was featured in the book “100 Painters of Tomorrow”. www.pablogrissintervention.com Itálica Anticuario ITALICA is currently the most exclusive representative of Asian Art in Spain. Mani de Rato and her daughter Ángela de la Rosa Rato, alongside a team of professionals, are the faces behind the gallery. Ángela specialised in Asian Art at the British Museum in London, focusing on India, China and South East Asia. Itálica participates in fairs and auctions, both in Spain and internationally. In September 2012, Itálica moved back into the same gallery space where it all began in 1970, in Calle Jorge Juan 31, Madrid. The gallery has been reformed and continues to offer unique pieces of painting, sculpture and furniture. www.anticuarioitalica.com María Fernanda Lairet Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Lairet studied Graphic Design at the Instituto de Diseño de Caracas (1987). Throughout her career as an artist she has dabbled in graphic design, drawing, photography, and painting, disciplines in which she works without boundaries and combines to produce surprising pieces. During the 80’s Lairet began her artistic work, with pieces framed within abstract expressionism and paintings strongly dominated by gestures. Lairet’s current work is more reflexive and conceptual, by which she studies currency from different denominations and nationalities and where she seeps through aspects of politics, economy and society. www.mariafernandalairet.com