Fêlures et Lumières
Painting by Madeline von Foerster
“The wound is where the light enters.”
Rumi, 13th century Persian mystic and poet
Painting by Boris Indrikov
A Chance For Happiness
Dear ladies and gentlemen, guests and visitors,
We first “met” Liba Waring Stambollion online in January 2014, when we bought two works of art from
our common friend, great visionary artist Otto Rapp, to support “Dreams and Divinities goes to Mexico:
A month-long exhibit of more than 50 artists, starting with a week of films, music, live painting, poetry and
a blessing for peace, balance and love.”
Eight months later, in September 2014, our beautiful 18-year old daughter Lisa Louise ended her life by
suicide, joining the millions of some of God’s finest creations doing so each year around the world, and
making us and her five brothers one of countless “orphaned families” overnight.
Appreciation and treating visitors with the utmost attention are fixed stars in our universe of interacting with
others. Kindness never runs out of fashion. And in May 2016, when Liba had a solo show in our art gallery
at Lake Wörthersee in the heart of the Austrian Alps, we lodged her in a beautiful turn-of-the-century villa
at the lakeshore, and drove her and her guests to the opening in a stretch-limousine, to make them feel royal
for just a few moments and get a giggle out of them and the audience that night.
During a visit to Salzburg, Lisa had bought herself a special present not long before she left this world,
a modern frock-coat she had only worn once or twice, and we felt inspired to give it to Liba, saying
Lisa would be so proud to know that a special piece from her little world was going to be worn by
a brilliant mind and gifted artist in Paris. For which, in return, we received a limited edition print of
Liba’s painting Passiflore (!). We stayed in touch ever since and the rest is history.
In 2017, after finally beginning to collect what was left of our broken hearts, we registered A Chance
for Happiness as a not-for-profit charity and organized our first annual gala event at Casinos Austria at
Lake Wörthersee. Following in the footsteps of the last decades’ successful international initiatives regarding
cancer and HIV/AIDS, our main focus is the promotion of an up to date exchange about the worldwide
phenomenon of increasing suicide - not just on the margins but at the center of society, where it belongs.
Every 15 Minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States - every 50 to 60 minutes in France
and Germany, every 40 seconds worldwide, with suicide attempts being even more frequent - and every
16 minutes someone is left behind, asking “why?” Why are so many people losing faith in life at a time
when more of us are doing better than ever before? It’s a question most of us would rather continue to
avoid. But a complete loss of faith in our current way of living doesn’t happen overnight, and everyone who
ends his or her life progresses along a path. Likewise, the bereaved often require years to come to terms
with the loss of their loved ones and to find joy in life again.
To encompass this profoundly human theme in all its aspects, A Chance for Happiness supports suitable
projects, large and small, in the following areas: 1. Enjoyment of life and personal development (happiness
research), 2. Intelligent anti-bullying initiatives, 3. Suicide prevention (trans-generational transmission),
and 4. Grief counseling for “orphaned families”.
In 2018, the second charity gala, sponsored by UNESCO Club Vienna, already took place in Austria’s
capital city. And now our third main annual event, and “with a little help from your friends”, is going
international, as we have always hoped it would, recognizing that this theme is really of worldwide concern
- and of all places to Paris, the city of love and light, that also has a special place in our life.
A Chance for Happiness is about the essence of life itself and all of our experiences with it. Nothing more,
nothing less. Approaching suicide and death as nothing gloomy and dark anymore, but embedded in the
framework of a colorful and healing international event is, as far as we know, a premiere. And where will
it be in 2020? London, Berlin, or somewhere completely different? Who knows, but get in touch and join us
in making it happen.
With love, Margot and Harald Walter Azmann
Letter from the curator
I met Harald a few years ago when he sponsored a show I was doing for Dreams & Divinities in Mexico.
I could see right away he was a true gentleman. At the time he had a gallery at Lake Wörthersee,
a chic and popular resort in Austria, and he gave me a solo show. It was successful and he went on
to do other artists from the Vienna Fantastic movement.
Shortly after I got to know Harald and his family, they lost their daughter Lisa Louise to suicide.
This tragedy seemed to bond them in a deep and beautiful way. I have watched them build this charity
from their hearts with deep intention to bring solution and solace to this prevalent problem. Working
with the arts in order to bring attention to the subject and to fundraise seemed a logical step for Harald.
I am honored to be able to bring Dreams & Divinites to their Paris 2019 event.
For this spotlight on the tragedy of suicide, we are happy to have the presence and support of two
wonderful French institutions: HEY! Modern Art & Pop culture and Naia Museum.
I have gifted my time to put together this catalog so that the beauty in the work and
the message of this event lives on after the pieces continue their journies.
Liba Waring Stambollion
Dreams & Divinities
Through a series of books, exhibits and events, Dreams & Divinities offers the public
a window into an emerging planetary movement of ‘Conscious Art’.
The project unites a culturally eclectic group of artists, writers, musicians and performers, each
with their unique dream of this experience, yet united through artistic collaboration and community.
The quest and expression of Universal Love is a central, unifying theme.
Thematically, the art is inspired by cultural/spiritual references, nature, visions, dreams or
fantasy. Stylistically, most projects are very eclectic, however, all the representation is symbolist.
Dreams & Divinties has published three books and is currently working on a Tarot deck and its book for 2020.
Community building through collaborative projects and events is a central part of Dreams & Divinities.
It offers an opportunity for artists with resonant dreams to find each other, to be inspired by each other
and to unfold our best potential as a global movement.
This exhibit is the 25th event founder Liba WS has curated around either a book theme or a cause.
Dreams & Divinities has worked with a wide range of collaborators, from indigenous Indians of the Americas
like Kogis, Muruwi and Mayan, to museums, cultural centers and galleries in Europe and the Americas.
Marc Caro is a French artist-film director. He started his career in the 1970’s as a comic book artist
with Heavy Metal (Métal hurlant). Jean-Pierre Dionnet, co-founder of Heavy Metal said of him:
He’s a graphic artist, decorator, musician, set designer, a do-it-yourselfer (bricoleur) and I am sure
that he’s a bit of a sorcerer. So, first he’s a technician, or rather an unparalleled artisan. In the word
Art there is always the Art-Tisan (...) in his work, he’s always coherent.
However one would like to label him, one thing is certain: Caro went on to make his mark in modern
culture. Some of his most internationally acclaimed projects have been in experimental cinema.
He co-directed Delicatessen with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, which won them a few Césars. They went on
to do La Cité des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children), which was presented at the opening
of the Cannes Film Festival. He has also directed his own film Dante 01 as well as a documentary about
robots in Japan. Caro is also known as an artistic director for cinema and includes in his portfolio
Alien resurrection by JP Jeunet, Blueberry by Jan Kounen, and Enter the void by Gaspar Noé.
Outside of the movie industry, he has done posters, music and scenography for choreographers
Regine Chopinot and Philippe Decouflé.
Caro continued to draw and in 2013 he created a silk screened 22 card Tarot deck.
He has since been working on various collections of drawings and his newest works Night Visions
have just been completed in November 2019.
‘Night Vision 01’
White pencil on
14,8 x 21 cm
I was born in Nice in 1955. In the 80’s, I discovered the world of metal and ornamentation
in my father’s workshop, where I learned gold and silver plating and bronze restoration.
Around 2010, after many years of practice and technical research dedicated to rehabilitating and
re-composing objects, I started my artistic journey. The ornament that is torn from its original support
becomes the very structure of my sculptures. Bronze ornamentations assembled by extremely precise
welding are my main materials. Weighted with the nobility of the material joined to their own history,
they support a fragmented memory and bring me precious help as well as constraint. I am especially
inspired by the Renaissance period. Vanitas, typical of classical scenes, is one of my favourite themes.
In my work of re-directing and re-assembling, which is both iconoclast and highly rigorous from
a formal point of view, at the crossroads between past and future, I try to rehabilitate the ornamentation.
20 x 25 cm
Alain Margotton is an artist painter who was born in Argenton-sur-Creuse in the Indre, France.
He has been making art since 1966.
Alain started his studies in decorative arts at the Surgères School. He continued his studies in fine arts
at the Van der Kelen Higher Institute of Painting in Brussels, and then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Reims.
Before devoting himself completely to drawing and painting, he worked eight years as a graphic designer
at the House of Culture - Andre Malraux in Reims.
Art is not destruction but REVELATION.
Currently the concept of Beauty is judged in the world of the so-called obsolete “modern” art. And yet,
the only temporality of artwork lies in its ability to move us. We must neither believe “modern” art nor
“classic” art, but art which is animated, which has a soul. It is for artists to get as close as possible to the
reality of the soul to reveal a universe beyond mere fantasy. Their works thus testify to a spiritual reality
and to a conscious awareness of the sacred. -Excerpts from a text by Hervé Serane - Galerie RÂ Paris
www.facebook.com/alain.margotton (website in transition)
colored pencil on
74,5 x 114 cm
Aloria Weaver, born in 1979 in New York, is an American oil painter whose narrative work is informed
by historical art movements of the 19th century, including Mythological and Symbolist painting in particular.
She places a strong emphasis on archival practices, handmade materials and process, painting almost
exclusively with her own hand-refined oils.
Aloria Weaver began oil painting in 1993 as an apprentice at the Buffalo Art Studios of Western New York.
She then trained in the sight-size method of classical realism through the Loveland Atelier (alumni of the
Florence Academy of Art in Italy), later undertaking a post-graduate degree at the Prince’s Foundation School
of Traditional Arts in London, U.K. Weaver holds several distinct artistic lineages, including traditional egg
tempera and gilding through an unbroken master to student transmission dating back to Fra Angelico in 1430
and Mischtechnik (mixed technique), a process of painting with egg tempera and oil glazes that was
thought to be the secret method of the Italian Renaissance masters.
Weaver’s work has been exhibited in prominent museums and galleries both nationally and internationally,
including the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. Since 2011, Weaver has been teaching private art intensives
internationally with her husband, artist David Heskin.
Oil and 23k gold
22 x 30 cm
A. Andrew Gonzalez is an internationally renowned Transfigurative Visionary artist from San Antonio,
Texas, USA and currently living in France. His work can be found in museums, galleries and collections,
both public and private. He’s known for the unique sculptural look of his paintings, as well as
their power to move and inspire the viewer.
As a recognized master of airbrushing, Andrew Gonzalez brings together a unique subtractive painting
technique with the classical idealization of the human figure and animal spirits to create exalted imagery
with spiritual and visionary themes. The artist describes his process as “soul work” and inspires
to create “mystical love poems to the soul”.
Gonzalez developed his own signature style, pursuing spiritual and visionary themes in graceful figure
drawing, where the female figure expresses mystical states of the soul. Through synchronistic experiences,
dreams and lucid dreams, he experienced a deep creative transformation, intensifying his research into
tantric symbolism, comparative mythology and the frontiers of consciousness.
The artist describes his style as “a revival of the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic”. His focus is on the figure
as both temple and vessel, sublimed by transformative forces. He captures his subjects suspended in
an ecstatic moment, poised on the threshold of a new birth.
‘The Prophet of
15 x 20 cm
Boris Indrikov was born in Leningrad in 1967 and lives and works in Moscow. From 1991 to 1997,
he was a book designer and worked as an illustrator for the popular science magazine “Chemistry and Life”.
He has been a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and a member of the International
Federation of Artists (IFA UNESCO) since 1998. Has exhibited works at a number of shows in Russia
and abroad. He currently works in painting, graphic design and small-form plastic. He works mainly in
fantastic realism. His pictures are in the D’VASKO gallery (Russia), HORIZON gallery (Netherlands),
and private collections in Russia, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan and the United States.
Boris was presented to art at a very young age and working on a painting is like meditation and a kind
of ritual for him. “An artist is a creator of parallel universes. The language of art is the language in which
we talk to God,” he says. His passion for what he does enables him to create art pieces that have captivated
art lovers and followers around the world. His work is influenced by Renaissance paintings, Art Nouveau,
Asian art, contemporary science fiction and fantasy, beautifully interlaced into his exceptional style.
“I attended art courses at different studios and taught by professional artists, but my main teachers
are the masters of the European Renaissance, XIV-XVII centuries.” Currently, Boris’ studio is based
in Moscow, where he continues to work in painting. His collection includes numerous oil paintings,
graphic design, and lately sculpting and fabric design.
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
Brigid Marlin was born in Washington, D.C. and trained in the National College of Art in Dublin,
the Centre d’Art Sacre in Paris, the Beaux-Arts in Montreal and the Art Students League in New York.
She now lives and works in England.
After learning the ‘Mische technique’, embodying the secrets of the Italian Renaissance Masters,
in Vienna from Professor Ernst Fuchs, she began exhibiting her work around the world.
She has painted portraits of the Queen Mother, the Dalai Lama, Lord Longford, Cardinal George of Chicago
and Fr. Garanzini, President of Loyola University. Her portrait of J.G. Ballard hangs in the National Portrait
Gallery, London, and the portrait of Lord Longford in the House of Lords. In 1999 the BBC acquired
the portrait of one of its founders, Cecil Lewis, to hang in the Boardroom of the Directors at Bush House.
She is also represented in the new Phantasten Museum in Vienna.
In 1961, she founded the ‘Inscape Group’ of imaginative artists in England, which officially changed
its name to “The Society for Art of the Imagination” in 1998. It is now an American Charity and
holds major open exhibitions around the world. Brigid Marlin is founder and director of the society.
Its website can be seen at www.artofimagination.org.
‘The Sick Child’
Oil and tempera on canvas
57 x 44 cm
“I am human and I am an artist. This is the most astounding thing, an experienced question
which I will spend my whole life discovering. Every single day of my life, it is a mind-blowing joy.”
Bruce Rimell is an internationally-exhibited visual artist, poet and independent researcher, based
in Leeds-Bradford in the U.K., who works principally with visionary, ethnographic, archaeological and
cognitive themes. His vibrant imagery springs from the confluence of personal visionary experiences
since childhood, shimmering inner sensations of archaeological prehistories, the humanist interplay
of the cognitive and ethnographic, and dynamics of the queer and the mythical.
His art occupies a liminal space between painting and illustration, with holistic imagery springing
from smooth moving lines, fragmented anatomies and vivid stylised forms. The Dual Image Medium
- in which one image rendered in acrylics, inks and markers is seen by daylight and another, different
painted image is seen on the same canvas under ultraviolet illumination - is a unique and increasingly
central aspect of his practice. These disparate elements are imagistically combined towards a single
artistic aim: Beyond-The-Self Exploration. Multiple themes are enfolded to create a sense of experiential
depth and hyperactive visual engagement, while abstract commentaries and critical positions are
abandoned in pursuit of the simultaneously disquieting, yet intimately familiar foundational currents
within the living, paradoxical and sacred human being. Come and look beyond. What do you find?
‘I Found A Blood Vision Trail That Leads Through The Fire’ (Principal Color Red)
‘I Crossed A Bridge Of Sorrows No One Else Could See’ (Principal Color Blue)
‘My Cosmic Salvic Vision Can Only Come Alive In This World’ (Principal Color Yellow)
Acrylics, inks and markers on canvas 90 x 90 cm
Carrie Ann Baade
Carrie Ann Baade, born in 1974 in Louisiana, is a contemporary painter whose work quotes from,
interacts with and deeply relates to art history. She paints in dialogue with relevant masterpieces from Modern
period to antiquity, in order to reclaim them in a surreal narrative that is simultaneously biographical.
Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including major
exhibitions at The John and Mable Ringling Museum, the Delaware Contemporary, Mesa Contemporary
Museum, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China, and the Museum
of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida.
Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied at the
Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and earned her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Raised
on the front range in Colorado, she now lives and works in Tallahassee, where she is an Associate Professor
of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
Oil on panel
30,5 x 46 cm
Born and based in Paris, Delphyne V. is a painter specializing in
neo-contemporary painting. Since 2017, she’s returned to the capital
after living and working for 3 years in San Francisco, a city to which
she remains emotionally and professionally attached.
She began painting in 2007, after an exploration of careers
in theater and fashion. Since 2009, her work has been exhibited
in national and international galleries.
Her paintings are collected in Europe,
China and the United States.
A lifelong artist, David Heskin began oil painting in 1995. His first 15 years with oils were largely
self-guided, after which time he sought out teachers of artistic techniques that are on the brink of being
lost. Many years later, having studied in numerous master’s lineages, his original work has become
an integrated synthesis of traditional renewal. With an artistic focus to elegantly fuse the richness of
symbolic themes with the innovative spirit of a modern polymath, David lives in service to drawing forth
new visions that invite a wide audience to bask in the inspirational light of creativity.
David’s paintings are inventive in their forms, as he has taken his art far beyond the limitations of the
status quo into an altogether unprecedented realm. By devising techniques which allow his canvases to
be constructed in nearly any shape, the form of the painting itself becomes suited to adequately fulfill the
depth of his visions. In exploration of creative freedom through elegant forms and impossible angles, his
driving aspiration is to create artifacts and visual experiences which are otherwise unavailable to the human eye.
David Heskin’s artwork is exhibited in museums, galleries, cultural centers, theaters
and private collections throughout North America, Europe and beyond.
Egg tempera and
23.5k gold on
28 x 36 cm
Emma was born on Dartmoor, Devon, May 1, 1973. After completing a Diploma in Fine Art
she spent many years traveling and exploring different cultures, and is now based in Sussex, U.K.
Her inspiration comes principally from her explorations in consciousness and esoteric study. She
practices Druidry, Buddhist meditation, Qigong, Kabbalah, and is interested in Jungian psychology.
Initially self taught, researching classical Academy methods of painting, she assisted Ernst Fuchs
(principle founder of Fantastic Realism in 2012 in Vienna, and trained on courses in oil painting in
Italy, Austria and London. She has exhibited widely at festivals, galleries and museums internationally.
The creation of each piece is a journey, initiated by synchronicity, that becomes an invocation of the
chosen archetype or deity, which yields many insights into the nature of the subject as the painting progresses.
This painting is a reflection upon Kali, the Hindu goddess. Kali means “force of time”, as she pierces the veil
beyond mortality, birth and death. She is known as the dark blue or black one, like the night sky, her darkness
is the void from which everything emerged and will return. She is fierce, the destroyer of evil forces, and cuts
off the root of fear, anger and all negativity in the human ego, symbolized by the demon with the severed head.
Thus she is the great liberator, freeing us with divine knowledge to attain Moksha. Through all her fury, she
is a compassionate goddess, also known as the Divine mother and protector in her creative and preservation aspects.
Pictured here in her 10-armed form as Mahakali, legend has it she was called into being by Durga to defeat
demons in battle. She went so wild with bloodlust that she couldn’t stop raging and started killing the humans and
Gods. So her consort, Shiva, lay beneath her peacefully and the sight of him, her love, calmed her down.
‘Detail of Kali’
70 x 100 cm
Art is a portal in which we can experience the divine nature of the natural world. Through these lenses,
we can travel mystical dimensions, growing and deepening our understanding and connection to mother
earth. Art is my tool to become enriched in my environment and I believe one can learn more about
their true self through the expression of the subconscious through creative practice.
My artworks depict powerful reflections of my inner goddess. Romantic and mystical, I aim to create
otherworldly experiences for the viewer, which invite them to become absorbed in the power of the divine
beauty that surrounds us. In a world that seems utterly entrenched in chaos, we need art to remind us
that we are still part of something truly sublime. These small moments in time can give us the energy
and inspiration to transform the world we live in. Surely there can be no greater purpose to art than
to offer an individual the chance for transformation.
Oil on canvas
51 x 76 cm
I am a visual artist, muralist and scientific illustrator from Madrid, Spain. My artistic career is governed
by the constant investigation into the connection between the human being and the natural world, focusing
on the study of the processes of transformation, fusion and symbiosis that occur in nature.
My personal work represents hybrid beings, half human, half plants or half animals. This beings
are debating visually and conceptually between the worlds of science, mythology and fantasy. They
refer to the non-material nature, representing life beyond the physical, that which is not seen. It also
shows symbolic elements, glyphs and patterns of different cultures and spiritual paths, creating
a code of visual language that refers to the essence of all of them.
I own a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Scenography design from the European University of Madrid
and a Postgraduate in Exhibition design in Elisava, Barcelona. Scholarships by Unesco for the
Watermill Foundation in New York and by the MACBA, Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona.
On a practical level, I developed my artistic work especially through paper drawings transposed
into big canvases and large scale murals, ocassionally using other resources. With my art
I try to help people to connect with themselves and the most profound nature of their beings.
For me, each piece of art is a ritual, a ceremony, and an altar in itself.
‘Minotaur: The Seventh Labyrinth’
Acrylic on wood
122 x 122 cm
Julia Pandit is a Berlin based visionary artist, designer, lightworker and mother. Her work is filled with
patterns and symbols and are a colorful explosion of the metaphysical world. Inspired by ancient mystics,
magical experiences and mainly the spiritual world, her language speaks through geometry, symmetries
and object arrangements which create archetypical and healing energy fields.
Pandit studied fine art in South Germany (FKN Nürtingen) and holds a bachelor in fashion design
(BKS Stuttgart). Since a very young age she used to get occupied with the creative process, trying out
all kinds of mediums to leave her creative trace. At the age of 16, while being very active with graffiti
and street art, she started her first paintings on canvas and very soon was holding her first exhibitions.
In 2012 she started her creative label called AKHILA.LOVE which combines art and fashion and all
of her talents. The range goes from soul-portraits to wall-paintings and hand painted accessories to costume
design for performances. You can book her for Bodypainting and this year she happily started tattooing.
Julias goal is it to create a beautiful, positive reality, to inspire and open the channels to the transcendental,
to unseen spheres and energies. Guided by the power of love and magic, Julia’s mission is to love, dream
and create. Her latest project is the “Journey of the Archetypes”, the painting and installation of the
21 Archetypes of the Hunab Ku of the Maya tradition as a walk-in oracle.
Acrylic on canvas board
60 x 60 cm
Liba is a painter, writer and designer. She grew up in Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
She moved to the U.S. in 1976 when she was thirteen years old. This further colored her world with music,
artists, mysticism and causes for social justice and ecology. Causes she still engages in today. She graduated
from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988 and went on to teach art, to exhibit, and work for
a cabinet maker. In 1992 she moved to Paris with her husband Pascal. They have two sons. For thirty years
she and Pascal designed handmade eco furniture for individuals including celebrities, hotels, restaurants
and businesses. In 2019 Liba resigned to paint full time, write and organize events for Dreams & Divinities.
Since 2012 she has done around 80 exhibitions in Europe, Canada, USA, South and Central America,
Asia and Australia. These include the Naia Museum, Museum Instituto de Americas, Eco Museum, Brownsville
Museum of Art, Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art, Phantasten Museum, Museum Poros, Museum of Aveiro,
Palace of Ega, Museum La Ensenanza, and the Conimbriga Monographic Museum for their 50th anniversary.
She has published four books and made numerous catalogs. Her poems, paintings, furniture designs and
interviews have been featured on TV, in newspapers, magazines, books and numerous articles online.
Liba’s paintings masterfully blend highly refined technique, playful wit, meaningful symbolism
and deeply personal yet universal messages. The care she lavishes on each creation reflects her dedication
to her vision as well as her audience. That her work can be appreciated on so many levels is the sure sign
of a great artist. -Painter Steven Kenny
‘Richard’s Dream of Continuum’ - Central panel of a triptych
Oil on canvas
This panel 75 x 80 cm / Total triptych 200 x 80 cm
Luis Tamani is a Peruvian artist from the Amazon rainforest. Born in 1983 he grew up on
the banks of the Ucayali River in Pucallpa. His imagination was nourished by the richness of the bioregion,
surrounded by trees, birds and sun. He brings a lot of magic from childhood stories told by his family.
He studied at the Art School of his native city, Eduardo Meza Saravia. For five years
he received a very academic training, forming him as an abstract painter, fusing texture and shape.
At this time he became connected to the Sacred Medicine of his ancestors, which he paints
in his own visions and in a very magical way. Today his art represents the communion between man,
plant and animal kingdoms. He is amazed by the deep relationship that man can develop with plants
and animals, which makes the Human a unique being, full of wonderful capacities.
Luis Tamani shares his visions and perceptions of life with the intention of spreading
love and light with simplicity and authenticity.
Acrylic on canvas
51 x 76 cm
Madeline von foerster
To create her unique paintings, Madeline von Foerster uses a five century-old
mixed technique of oil and egg tempera, developed by the Flemish Renaissance Masters.
Von Foerster’s artworks are in private and public collections around the world and have been featured
in numerous publications, including “100 Painters of Tomorrow” (Thames and Hudson, 2014) and
an eight-page feature in Germany’s “Art” Magazine. She was also the subject of a television portrait
on ARTE’s “Metropolis” broadcast in Germany and France.
Born in San Francisco, von Foerster studied art in California, Germany and
Austria, and now lives and works in Germany.
Graphite on paper
28 x 35,5 cm
Manu Van H
Au départ d’une nébuleuse abstraite teintée d’une émotion immédiate et passagère,
je parcours le chemin fluide et baroque de mes agitations cérébrales...
En recherche perpétuelle dans les méandres de ma psychée, je construis mes visions autour d’une idée,
d’une pensée sortie tout droit de mon cerveau bouillonnant du moment présent et de ses humeurs.
Mon univers est celui de l’humain, de l’image et donc des connections entre l’émotion
et l’intellect. Jeu de va et vient, in et out.
70 x 90 cm
Marcus McAllister is a French-American full-time professional artist living in Paris for over two decades.
Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, he received his degree in Fine Art from Louisiana State University
in 1991 and has a prolific output, incorporating mixed media sketchbooks and acrylic paintings.
The artist’s practice is sketchbook-centered. For more than thirty years, he has carried a sketchbook
with him wherever he goes, using it as a tool for pulling order from chaos. The sketchbook (currently number 117)
organizes random information, digests experiences and memories, ideas and imaginings. The process
secretes meaning. Marcus McAllister’s acrylic paintings are developments and expansions of the sketchbookgenerated
ideas. His paintings present dreamlike depictions of figures, characters, animals and cities.
Sometimes there are recognizable forms and places, painted from life or memory, and sometimes the depictions
are more symbolic and abstract. The artist has a characteristic style that combines fine art,
illustration and mysticism - a quality that transcends time and setting.
“I use the individual pages as a template for paintings on canvas. My idea is not to copy the preexisting drawing,
but to use it as a map for exploring formal possibilities of scale and matter. An interesting side effect comes
from the presence of the current sketchbook during this exploration on canvas. As I search for painting solutions,
I naturally take up my sketchbook to think through possibilities on pages that in turn give rise to other paintings.
Paintings become the sketches for sketchbook pages.”
46 x 55 cm
Mark was born and raised in Northern California and attended University there, receiving a degree
in studio art in 1973. He has been a professional artist ever since, working with paint, metal, wood,
and computers. He co-founded several gallery ventures, traveled extensively in Asia and elsewhere,
now operates Sacred Light Studio from his home out in the country north of San Francisco,
and maintains a small artist’s retreat in Costa Rica.
“My art tends to be somewhat narrative. I like to tell a story or show a state of emotion or consciousness
with my images. I often begin with some sort of idea or theme. This theme might be suggested by anything
at all, or may just drift into the consciousness of an artistic inspiration during my day. I am often asked
if I receive these images while dreaming asleep. Sometimes they do come in dreams, but usually
they are found floating around in my mind, just waiting to be noticed...
I believe that art can have the ability to catalyze positive social and cultural changes. In addition
to stimulating our visual cortex, art has the amazing magical power to evoke profound emotional intensity
as well as to provoke intellectual thinking. My aspiration as an artist is to create compelling images of beauty
and power that serve to promote our conscious evolution as human beings, and to show us how to live
in a peaceful world. To this end I like to present images exploring themes of Awakening Consciousness,
Divine Sexuality, Political Realities and Living in Harmony with Nature.”
Graphite on paper
20 x 35 cm
Martina Hoffmann’s paintings are detailed views into her inner landscapes - imagery that has been
inspired by expanded states of consciousness. The Visionary Symbolism of Martina Hoffmann is decidedly
feminine and places the “Universal Woman” in an intimate cosmos. She transcribes her reflections on
the nature of humanity’s connection to the All in a realistic style which marries the fantastic to the sacred.
Martina Hoffmann has spoken on behalf of visionary art and culture at symposiums and
festivals as well as having taught painting workshops worldwide together with her late husband,
Fantastic Realist Robert Venosa.
Her art and photography have been published internationally in books, including
“Modern Consciousness Research and The Understanding of Art” by Stanislav Grof.
She has exhibited her work since 1985, with a recent 6-month retrospective at the
HR Giger Museum in Switzerland in 2018, and is represented in the permanent collection of
Naia Museum in Rochefort-En-Terre, France. A world citizen since her childhood in West Africa,
the artist keeps a home and studio in both the U.S. and France.
Oil on canvas
3 canvases 212 x 73 cm
Michel Bassot is a French artist born in 1948 in Moulins. He studied mathematics and economics,
and after studying under Brayer, he obtained the national diploma for engraving. In his earlier years,
he taught at the École des Beaux-Arts, painted, wrote, created and restored stained glass. He currently
dedicates his time to writing, painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving and organizing exhibitions.
Bassot has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums. His pieces are in public and
private collections, including the Surrealist Museum (Château de Vaux-le-Pénil) and the Puy-de-Dôme
Contemporary Art Fund (le Fond Départemental d’Art Contemporain du Puy-de-Dôme).
Né en 1948 à Moulins (France), Michel Bassot étudie les mathématiques et les sciences économiques,
puis (élève de Brayer) obtient le diplôme national de gravure. Il partage sa vie entre l’enseignement à l’École
des Beaux-Arts, l’organisation d’expositions, la création et la restauration de vitraux, l’écriture
et ses activités artistiques, peinture, sculpture, dessin, gravure.
Nombre de ses toiles ont été acquises par le Musée du Surréalisme (Château de Vaux-le-Pénil),
par le Fond Départemental d’Art Contemporain du Puy-de-Dôme et par des collectionneurs privés.
Oil and gold leaf on canvas
126.5 x 30 cm
Framed 132,5 x 36 cm
Pascal Ferry is a French autodidact painter who draws his inspiration from the visionary symbolist
and mystic traditions. His publishing company “Sidh & Banshees” has represented a large group
of international visionary, fantastic and fairy artists from 2000 to 2014.
Pascal Ferry’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Japan, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland,
Germany and in numerous salons and festivals in France such as Lys Salon, Biennale of St Leonard,
Chiméria etc. Since 2015, his work is represented at Naia Museum in Rochefort-en-Terre
in Brittany as part of the permanent collection.
He has also created many CD covers for progressive rock and metal bands as well as magazine covers.
Today Ferry entirely focuses on his personal artistic creations. He lives and works in Carnac, Brittany,
France, uniquely known in the world for its mysterious megalithic stone alignments. His paintings
represent his inner journeys in search of lost civilizations and their spiritual connection.
“As an artist, I see myself doing the work of an archeologist who metaphorically removes the dust
from the raw canvas in order to gradually let my visions of our ancestral memories emerge. Since my
early childhood, I like to think that my utopian dreams are merely the fruits of my future reality...”
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 cm
Born in 1979 in France. Lives and works in Paris, France.
An affiliate of the new European contemporary outsider
pop scene, Paul Toupet followed no formal academic training. The
youngest of three boys, he grew up in a bourgeois and catholic
environment. His parents, devoted amateurs of primitive art,
spread their collection about the family home. This charged
aesthetic, free and rough, influenced the young man who
began altering second-hand dolls and putting them in boxes.
In the 2000s, he made human scale dolls with a mixed method,
perfected over time, which involves a collection of materials
(wax, paper, fabric, rope, leather) whose raw consonances
and autumnal tones he experiments with. These typologically
obsessive characters, full of the melancholic temperament of their
maker, are an infinite repetition of the sacred icon of childhood:
The rabbit. The rabbit dressed as a child, child disguised as
a rabbit, invariably. Tenderness and playfulness are encoded in
the postures, attitudes, and intentions, while strong dynamics and
the energy of these rudimentary materials come in contrast. In
2016, his incredible mastery of papier-mâché helps him trick the
eye and find what he now calls his “ceramic effect”, which he
underlines by painting tattoos (often his own and his friends’) onto
the creatures in Delft blue. Having escaped a formal education,
the artist works on another objective than that of creating a public
for whom he is both father and child. Since 2010, supported by
HEY! modern art & pop culture where he is regularly published
and exhibited, he is busy with exhibitions, installations and
performances, and his works have entered several private
collections in Europe. Whether they are alone, arranged in little
group scenes, or as an installation, Paul Toupet’s “little people”
are to welcome the addition of one “giant”, created especially for
HEY! modern art & pop culture - IV at the Halle Saint-Pierre.
Paper mâche, plaster, fabric, acrylic,
leather, resin, expanded polyurethane foam
65 x 55 and 75 x 50 cm
Courtesy HEY! modern art & pop culture
In the early nineties, Peter Gric started to discover the possibilities of computer graphics for his paintings.
From then on his organic-surreal visual imagery was enriched by complex architectural structures and artifacts.
Instead of using pencils and his sketchbook, he began to design his compositions with a 3D visualization
software. He started to transfer the virtual reality into painting and consequently found within
this fusion his very unique and distinctive style.
Peter was born in Brno, Czech Republic, in 1968 as the only child of the artist married couple
Ludmila and Jaroslav Gric. In 1988 he came to Vienna and started to study at the Academy of Fine Arts
in the master class of Prof. Arik Brauer. During his studies he participated in numerous group exhibitions
and started to successfully sell his paintings. He finished his studies in 1993 and earned a Masters degree
in Fine Arts. In 2009 Peter moved from Vienna to Oberhöflein at the Hohe Wand plateau
near the Eastern Alps. He has two daughters, Emilia (2002) and Natalia (2005).
In 2010 Gric has been working on Concept Design for Guillermo del Toro’s film project
At the Mountains of Madness. His artwork is also included in the director’s private art collection.
From 2011 to 2015 Gric had a teaching assignment at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.
His works have been exhibited internationally and are found within numerous
private and public collections.
‘The Soulless Warrior’
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
Resembling dangerously unsettling organic shapes such as elongated insects or birds, French
selftaught artist Patrice Hubert creates stunning kinetic sculptures, bent on containing the cosmos
with his formed metal work. All of the pieces contain rotating or moving parts and light, adding
an interesting dimension to the elegant pieces. As testaments to the ever-evolving marriage of nature
and machine, the work also speaks to the fantastical fiction of future science, and its seemingly
limitless possibilities. -JL Schnabel for Hi-fructose magazine
In 2015 he and his partner Manu Van H opened the Naia Museum at Château
Rochefort-en-Terre, presenting the work of 85 international artists.
L’ équation “1661235” ou la quatrième dimension.
Ses mains autodidactes et visionnaires façonnent des structures où l’acier palpite et les courbes
se font dards. Dans un jeu mobile et respiratoire, entre ombre et lumière, acier, textile ou verre, il télescope
l’inerte et l’organique, perfuse la cinétique au sein même du métal. Sous la carapace de ses exosquelettes,
la vie se débat et frémit, autonome. -JL Schnabel pour Hi-fructose magazine
En 2015 il ouvre avec sa compagne Manu Van H le Naia Museum au Château
Rochefort-en-Terre, présentant le travail de 85 artistes internationaux.
www.1661235.com / www.naiamuseum.com
‘Kinetic mecanik n°74’
Steel, textile, motor, LED lights
3 x 3 meters
Roku Sasaki is a Japanese artist born on August 11, 1966.
I improvise by automatism
because art is often produced by an archetypal myth.
I do not understand my art
because a painting grows as a nature or a dream.
By the Rorschach test, what do you see?
These show the human traits in the brain. It’s interesting and amazing.
What is unexpected is a treasure trove of images.
I use it for my works of art.
Buddhism says that “illusions are all empty”.
If it’s true, then my works of art are all empty.
Surrounding emptiness is an abundance of energy.
So Ernst Jünger said.
Roku has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums.
Tempera and oil
18 x 22 cm
Stuart Griggs is a visual artist of the imaginal, originally from Wales in the U.K. and currently living
in Brighton. He has completed a BA in Fine Art painting at the University of Wales and has worked
for many years as a graphic designer and illustrator. His work has been exhibited and featured internationally
at galleries, festivals, cultural events, and installation design projects.
Stuart’s work explores the intersections between drawing and digital art, synthesising the two into a unique
and idiosyncratic language. He explores and offers a journey into the creative process that immerses
and probes into the psychic pool of collective archetypal energies.
Multidimensional spaces and symbols merge together to manifest the primordial and the transpersonal.
Abstract and representational elements are interwoven with themes of death and rebirth, hope, mysticism,
animism, fertility, ritual and flow. The creative outcome is a crosscultural fusion that utilises new technology
while integrating archaic elements and stylistic influences from symbolism, surrealism, abstraction
and contemporary art. This visionary approach is a mirror of the necessity of our current times to find
new emerging paradigms of interconnectivity within ourselves and nature.
56 x 90 cm
Yasmine was born in Algiers, Algeria in 1977 and raised in Brussels,
Belgium, where she currently lives and works.
She started drawing as a toddler, eventually going on to study Fine Arts at the Brussels Académie
Royale des Beaux-Arts. As Yasmine was finishing school in 1997, she fell into addiction and stopped
making art for eight years. During this time she worked in bars and clubs, and managed to study
art history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
She resumed creating in 2005, with a focus on black and white portrait drawing. Her themes
during this period revolved around addiction and marginality, reflecting her inner experience
and perspective of the world around her.
In 2017 Yasmine found recovery and switched her focus to painting, progressively abandoning portrait.
Her new work features full-colored, otherworldly landscapes with eschatological themes.
Yasmine’s art has been exhibited in galleries in Belgium, Germany and the U.S. Her drawings and
paintings have been featured in online and print publications, as well as on record covers.
Oil on panel
80 x 60 cm
Zeljko Durovic was born in 1956 in Danilovgrad, Montenegro, and completed his painting and
postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. He is a member of ULUS and the Ex-libris Society
of Belgrade, and the international group of artists LIBELLULE, France. Working as a full professor, he teaches
drawing and painting at FILUM Kragujevac. He has had 42 solo exhibitions in Serbia and abroad, including
The International Center for Fantastic Art, Gruyeres Castle (his works are in the permanent display of the
Gruyeres Museum), the Comparaison Salon, Grand Palais in Paris, the Museum of Fantastic Art in Vienna,
and participated in the First Fantastic Art Exhibition Du Fantastique au Visionnaire in Venice, Italy.
He is represented in over 32 books on art like Metamorphosis, Dreamscapes II, Metaphysical Painting,
Imaginaire I, Dreamscapes I, Liba W. Stambollion - Divining the Dream, Serbian Painting of the XX Century,
Libellule Renaissance Contemporaine, and Anthology of Serbian Painting of the XX and Early XXI Centuries.
He has received 12 fine art awards including The winner of the M.C. Foundation Award Echer “for ex libris”
and Momo Kapor’s Endowment for PaintingAwards.
Durovic’s works are in the National Museum of Belgrade, Cabinet of Graphic Arts, International Museum
of Fantastic Art, Gruyeres Castle, Switzerland, National Museum of Kragujevac, Non-Aligned Collection,
Podgorica, Montenegro, RTS Belgrade Gallery, and in private collections around the world.
Oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm
Didier Malherbe was born in Paris, France, in 1943. He studied the saxophone after hearing Bloomdido
by Charlie Parker, and then classical flute after a trip to India. In1969 he met Daevid Allen and was asked
to join Gong, an underground community group that fused rock, jazz and psychedelia. Didier was a member of
different Gong incarnations until leaving in 1978 to return to Paris, where he created a jazz-rock fusion band
called BLOOM. This eventually became FATON BLOOM when ex-Magma keyboardist Francois Cahen joined.
In 1989 Didier decided to go solo, producing several albums that mixed different styles of music
from around the world. During this period Didier started to play with Loy Ehrlich and in 1996 they formed
Hadouk, a name that evokes two instruments, the hajouj and the doudouk. Together they elaborated
an acoustic project and the “Vegetal Groove” sound.
The duo became a trio with the arrival of Steve Shehan on percussion. They produced seven albums
and in 2007 they received a prestigious “Victoires du Jazz” (Jazz Victory) award for best group of the year.
The “world-jazz” of Hadouk allowed Didier to perfect his doudouk playing and to incorporate
other unusual wind instruments like the zeff, the khen, the hulusi and even the ocarina.
The Hadouk Trio has now become Hadouk and their recent album entitled “Le cinquième fruit”
(the 5th fruit) further highlights Didier’s excellent woodwind playing, where he effortlessly
changes between soprano saxophone, duduk, hulusi and alto flute.
Didier Malherbe is also a poet and has published two books of sonnets,
“L’Anche des Métamorphoses” and “Escapade en Facilie”.