Featured Artist: MIA ROMAN

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Mia Roman is our Artist of the month, she is an inspirational, creative, spiritual Artist.
Mia was born and raised in from Brooklyn, her mother and father are both from Puerto Rican descent. Mia Roman’s mother is from Ponce and her dad is from Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Mia Roman has traveled through Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. She has been fortunate to meet wonderful people and have been to exciting places. Puerto Rico was the place she used to go during most of her early summers. She loved the freedom of this magical place, where she often cut bananas straight from the trees and being able to relax in a hammock. She was thrilled spending her vacations in the company of her cousins. Mia Roman was raised in Brooklyn, NY where her heart remains. She believes that Brooklyn was the stepping stone to her increased courage, strength, bravery, and survival, and it was there where she learned how to survive childhood and her teen age years, she would often run faster than any boy on the block.

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Mia Roman’s wonderful journey into the art world began ever since she was a child running barefoot and wild. Being a fourth generation Artist and the eldest of 5, she grew up in a very creative environment that taught her the freedom of expression through creativity.
Mia Roman’s inspiration comes from many different places. She loves spirituality, politics, travel, current events, religion, culture, music, poetry, family, books… “LIFE” in general is a true inspiration for Mia. She can walk down the street and see someone wearing a dress and the pattern or colors of the dress will inspire a new idea. Every day there is something that inspires her to create. There is nothing more beautiful than the rhythm of life and so she can’t pin point one specific thing, it is all interesting and inspirational. As she states “my true inspiration is a big pot of LIFE SOUP!”.
When she began teaching and painting Mia began to dedicate more time towards art. One of her biggest influences and very close and dear one has been Mia’s grandfather Fernando Roman Sr. He was a wonderful landscape painter that loved his native land of Puerto Rico and exposed his art works there. Right after her grandfather’s passing she received a huge box in the mail. The box contained all the tools and inspiration she needed to get started, his art supplies, sketch pads, clippings, brushes, paints, lamp, etc. The sender was no other then Mr.Fernando Roman Sr, she knew immediately that he had sent her a very special message and a sign to never stop painting and to share her passion for art with the world. That was back in 2006 and she have never looked back. Mia always gives thanks for this beautiful message and gift, and carries his brushes to all of her exhibits, promotions and functions. She feels truly grateful and very happy to be part of all of the many art movements that she been involved in.

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Another one of her most important influences have been centered in her spirituality, her family, and her culture. These have been very important anchors to Mia, and are one of the biggest influences in her life and art. Mia finds strength and confidentiality within her inner roots and finds that she can stand upon a star and soar, fly, and dream with no limits.
Her Artistic influence has been the Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo. Mia finds that her work reflects some of Kahlo’s style. Mia admires Frida’s courage and loves that Frida used her art to tell her story, having been able to sing her song and to live her life in a full palette of her colors not others!!!. That is what Mia Roman finds admirable, inspiring and courageous.
Mia Roman likes to work in a variety of mediums, she loves each process and finds comfort in creating different types of works, she has started a party planning business and also designs clothing, her jewelry designs are unique and expressive and her mixed media home decor is unique and very influential. She brings fierceness, strength and a sense of femininity that engulfs all that she touches.

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Mia Roman is a self taught artist with a degree in business her passion for arts have lead her to become an educator a mixed medium and expressive visual artist. She is also an arts curator, Expressive arts workshop facilitator and a huge entrepreneur. Her works been exhibited and are part of private collections internationally and throughout the United States.
Mia has taught mixed media art at “The Children’s Art Carnival” in NYC teaching children as young as 4-8 years of age. Her teachings have also been extended at the “Riverbank State Park”, “The Leroy Neiman Arts Center and the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center”, and is currently the Arts Director and Expressive Arts teacher at the “Ruth Fernandez Family Residence” located in Bronx, NY. She currently conducts private art classes throughout the metropolitan area.
Mia Roman is the founder of “Art by Mia” and has curated several shows in and out of the New York area including but not limited to “Visions of Puerto Rico”, “Latinas EnFoco”, “Women’s Journey”,” FEMICIDE”, and “FAREWELL SILENCE” which was a global collaboration of over 300 women sharing their voices through pen and paper. Her works have appeared in numerous exhibitions, universities, galleries and reside in many private collections. She has been an exhibiting Artist at the 2012 and 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach International Art Show where her art has sold both years. She was recognized with a commendation from the Honorable Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall for her artistic and humanitarian contribution to the community as a Puerto Rican Artist. Mia Roman is a self- taught Artist and Entrepreneur is on a MISSION to supply the tools and space where people can explore, and discover themselves freely through creative play by combining her passion for humanity, creativity, and spirituality. She feels that every part of her creativity is a true reflection of where she came from and where destiny may lead her next. Mia’s paintings reflect spirituality, culture, the human spirit. They speak to the viewer placing front and center today’s realities and shining a light on advocacy for women and current events of the times.

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Mia Roman is affiliated to several organizations and corporations. These are a few that are dear to her heart: “Chamaca Arts” is an all Female Artist group that are agents of change. Using creativity to bring awareness, education, activism, healing, inspiration, culture, politics, and feminism to the front lines. Founded by Mia Roman several years ago to support women and girls in the field of creativity. The organization can be found on Facebook and is for Female members only.
“Expressive Arts Director at the Ruth Fernandez Family Residence in the South Bronx” is homeless shelter for families in transition, where she gives a weekly two hour Expressive Arts workshop for children. The idea was born from the need to save the children of our future. The Director Mr. Arsenio Gonzalez and Mia Roman sat down and agreed that the children lacked the support and leadership to break the chains of poverty, illiteracy, drugs, and gang violence. To be poor, of color, a child, and live in the worst areas of the South Bronx does not have to be all they know or their life sentence. Arsenio Gonzalez and Mia Roman created this program to help them academically and to give them the confidence to grow, learn, heal, and share their voices as strong contributors to this Universe. “THE LIFE SENTENCE FOR THESE CHILDREN IS….YES WE CAN!” States Mia.

The other organization Mia Roman is part of is: “Advisory Board Member of Latinas 50 Plus” this organization is designed to pay tribute to Latinas over fifty years of age whom were pioneers. They shaped their careers in a time when women of latina heritage were venturing onto pathways where very few latinas were seen or accepted. This program acknowledges the trailblazers whom were among the first in their profession. By creating this venue which expresses public appreciation for latina women over fifty, they will have the opportunity to tell their personal narratives. They can provide a historical perspective on what it was like to have lived in a time when latina feminism was not the norm or tolerated.

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If you wish to know more on this Artist please visit: “Art By Mia, Inc.” at:
http://www.artsbymia.com
Her contact E-mail is:
artbymamamia@yahoo.com

Mia Roman es nuestra artista del mes, ella es una fuente de inspiracióny creatividad, es una artista muy espiritual.
Mia nació y creció de de Brooklyn, su madre y su padre son ambos de Puerto Rico decente. La madre de Mia Roman es de Ponce y su padre es de Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Mia Roman ha recorrido Europa, el Caribe y América Latina. Ella ha tenido la suerte de conocer a gente maravillosa y he visitado en lugares emocionantes. Puerto Rico fue el lugar que solía ir durante la mayor parte de sus primeros veranos de juventud. Le encantaba la libertad de este mágico lugar, donde a menudo corta plátanos directamente de los árboles y poder relajarse en una hamaca. Mia estaba encantada de pasar sus vacaciones en compañía de sus primos. Mia Roman se crió en Brooklyn, Nueva York, donde su corazón permanece. Ella cree que Brooklyn fue el escalón para su , fuerza, valentía, y la supervivencia, y fue allí donde aprendió cómo sobrevivir infancia y sus años adolescentes, ella a menudo correr más rápido que cualquier chico de la cuadra.
Maravilloso viaje de Mia Roman en el mundo del arte comenzó desde que era un niño corriendo descalzo y salvaje. Ser un artista de cuarta generación y el mayor de 5, creció en un ambiente muy creativo que le enseñó libertad de expresión a través de la creacion.
La inspiración de Mia Roman proviene de muchos lugares diferentes. A ella le encanta la espiritualidad, la política, viajar, los eventos actuales, la religión, la cultura, la música, la poesía, la familia, los libros … “VIDA”, en general, es una verdadera inspiración para Mia. Ella puede caminar por la calle y ver a alguien con un vestido y el patrón o los colores del vestido inspirará una nueva idea. Todos los días hay algo que la inspira  para crear. No hay nada más hermoso que el ritmo de la vida y por lo que ella no puede fijar el punto una cosa específica, todo es interesante e inspirador. Como ella dice “mi verdadera inspiración es una gran olla de LA  SOPA DE LA VIDA!”.
Cuando empezó la enseñanza y la pintura Mia comenzó a dedicar más tiempo al arte. Uno de sus mayores influencias y uno muy cercano y querido ha sido el abuelo de Mia el senor Fernando Román Sr. Era un maravilloso pintor de parorama que amaba a su tierra natal de Puerto Rico. El exponer sus obras de arte allí. Justo después de la muerte de su abuelo Mia recibió una gran caja en el correo. La caja contenía todas las herramientas y la inspiración que necesitaba para empezar, sus materiales de arte, cuadernos de dibujo, recortes, pinceles, pinturas, lámparas, etc. El remitente no era otro solo que el senor Fernando Roman Sr., ella supo de inmediato que le había enviado a Mia un mensaje muy especial y una señal para ella nunca dejara de pintar y compartir su pasión por el arte con el mundo. Eso fue en 2006, des de cuando ella nunca ha mirado atrás. Mia Roman siempre da gracias por este hermoso mensaje y regalo, y lleva sus pinceles a todas sus exposiciones, promociones y funciones. Ella se siente muy agradecida y muy feliz de ser parte de todos los muchos movimientos artísticos que cual ha sido involucrada.
Otra de las _ influencias más importantes de Mia ha sido centrada en la espiritualidad, y su familia, para ella la cultura es muy importante. Estos han ha sido anclas muy importantes para Mia Roman, y son una de las _ mayores influencias en la su vida y el arte. Mia Roman encuentra fuerza y la confidencialidad dentro de sus raíces internas ella piensa que puede estar de pie estar sobre una estrella y volar, volar y soñar sin límites.
Su influencia artística ha sido la artista mexicana Frida Kahlo, Mia Roman descubre que su obra refleja algunas de estilo de Kahlo. Mia Roman admira la valentía de Frida y le encanta que Frida usó su arte para contar su historia, después de haber sido capaz de cantar su canción y vivir su vida en una paleta llena de colores no de la de otros !!!. Eso es lo que Mia Roman encuentra admirable, inspirador y valiente.
Mia Roman le gusta trabajar en la una variedad de medios, ella ama cada proceso y encuentra consuelo en la creación de diferentes tipos de obrasMia Roman ha iniciado un negocio de planificación de fiestas y también diseña ropa, sus diseños de joyas son únicas y expresivas, la decoración del hogar de las técnicas mixtas es único y muy influyente. Helene aporta fiereza, fuerza y ​​un sentido de la feminidad que envuelve todo lo que toca.
Mia Roman es una artista autodidacta con un título en negocios y su pasión por las artes tienen la ha llevado a convertido en una educadora de un medio mixto y artista visual expresiva. Mia también es una curador de artesdel expresivo facilitador del taller de artes y un gran empresario. Sus obras han sido exhibidas y forman parte de colecciones privadas a nivel internacional y en los Estados Unidos.
Mia Roman ha enseñado el arte de las técnicas mixtas en “Arte Carnaval de los Niños” en NYC niños tan menores como 4-8 años de edad. Sus enseñanzas también se han extendido en el “Riverbank State Park”, “El Centro de Artes Leroy Neiman y _ Vélez Cultural y Educativo Clemente Soto Center”, y actualmente es la Directora Artes y Artes Expresivas profesor en el “Ruth Fernandez Family Residence”, ubicado en Bronx, Nueva York. En la actualidad ofrece clases privadas de arte en toda la zona metropolitana.
Mia Roman es la fundadora de “Art by Mia” y ha curado varias exposiciones dentro y fuera de la zona de Nueva York, incluyendo pero no limitado a “Visiones de Puerto Rico”, “Latinas EnFoco”, “Viaje de la Mujer”, “FEMICIDIO”, y “ADIÓS SILENCIO”, que fue una colaboración global de más de 300 mujeres que comparten sus voces a través de la pluma y el papel. Sus obras han aparecido en numerosas exposiciones, universidades, galerías y residir en muchas colecciones privadas, Mia ha sido un artista exponer en el 2012 y 2013 de Art Basel Miami Beach International Muestra de Arte, donde su arte ha vendido dos años, Mia fue reconocido con una mención de el Honorable presidente del condado de Queens Helen Marshall M. por su contribución artística y humanitaria a la comunidad como un artista puertorriqueña, Mia Roman es un artista autodidacta y emprendedora tiene la misión de para suministrar las herramientas y el espacio donde las personas pueden explorar para ella la descubrir libremente a través del juego creativo mediante la combinación de y su pasión por la humanidad, la creatividad y la espiritualidad, Ella siente que cada parte de su la creacion es un fiel reflejo de dónde venía y hacia dónde puede llevar sus destino siguiente. Los cuadros de Mia Roman reflejan la espiritualidad, la cultura, el espíritu humano, Ellos hablan al espectador colocando las realidades de hoy frente y al centro y que brilla una luz en la promoción de las mujeres y los los eventos actuales de los tiempos,

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Featured Artist: PEGGY WAUTERS

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Peggy Wauters is an artist born in Belgium. She works with many different mediums. They  include sculptures, paintings, photo collages, installations and works on paper. These mediums are quiet often mixed together in order to render a unique subject matter that peeks curiosity and playfulness to her end result.Peggy’s works are a beautiful combination of the mythological and life’s interesting situations.

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Her work is both creative and profound, at times her works combine a unique incorporation of the human form and in her creative process she transforms the ordinary into an illusion that gives the viewer an intense perspective on the strange and unusual, thus leading the viewer into an alluring dark fantasy world.
Peggy’s  creations and transformations are an example of the  visual and mental effect towards a political expression or a news report  that have peeked her interest. She finds a way to create something in order to express those particular themes with dark humor and a taste of sincerity.

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Peggy Wauters works can provoke both feelings of a dark contemplation as well as a sense of initial and soften shock, often in a way that provides a fresh view of her subject matter, she is interested in finding honesty and awareness of the human condition through her many pieces of art work.

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Peggy Wauters also likes to integrate and explores the folk stories and myths that have been told to children through history. Her belief is that such tales have often molded the curiosity and whimsical. The creatures, witches and people from these tales are often based upon superstitions and strange beliefs of things that only exist in the world of the tales. Breathing life into her creations she likes to bring forth a sense of reality to a distant and fictitious fantasy world. Thus, giving her viewers an experience that is creepy, beautiful, at times grotesque and definitely displayed with a dark sense of humor.

 

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Peggy Wauters is a master in creating miniature paintings, her works of art have such detail that it is amazing to realize that such care and detail can go into a piece as small as the palm of ones hand. She likes to present her small paintings together in a large composition as if you were reading a story book. They too can be interpret all on their own or part of the larger puzzle piece that she has constructed.

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Peggy Wauters studied monumental arts from the “Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp”, in Belgium and has exhibited her works in galleries and art fairs, both locally and globally. She is currently being represented by “100 Tonson Gallery of Thailand”. Her work has been displayed and viewed in some of the following places: 1998 – Belfordcrypte, Aalst (Belgium), 2001 – Galerij Marc van Meensel, Tendence-Frankfurt (Germany),  2002 – Museum stadsgalerij Gouda, Gouda (Netherlands), 2003 – Galerij Marc van Meensel Lineart Gent (Belgium), 2004 – Galerij Marc van Meensel Art event – Lille (France), 2005 – Galerij Marc van Meensel Lineart Gent (Belgium), 2006 – Galerij Marc van Meensel Lineart Gent, (Belgium), 2007 – Belfortcrypte, Aalst (Belgium), 2008 – Dirty show / Les Barany’s guest artists, Detroit (USA), 2008 – Myths and Mostrosities / 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok ( Thailand) and 2008 – Art Dubai / 100 Tonson Gallery, Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

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Peggy Wauters states:

-“It may look like I have so many different works because of the many different media I may use, but in actuality  it’s all linked to each other, and the main project is the main idea”. “I always start with a main idea and afterwards I’ll see how I can put it into a visual piece”.

-“Sometimes I think surrealism doesn’t exist in Belgium, all is real , it’s just carnival….”.
-“The provocative part is mostly because the viewer wants to see the soft , sweet things in life, confronting them makes it provocative with mutations or monsters and things that are grotesque or disliked, however I always put some sympathetic and  humor into it, this will make my  creation ambivalent and confuse the viewer”

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for more information on this particular artist, please visit the link:

http://www.p-wauters.exto.nl/

Featured Artist: PATRICIA ARIEL

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Patricia Ariel was born and raised in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where she lived for many years. Patricia was brought up with strong rooted influences that are the core of her personal maturity. Having lived in the working class of Rio De Janeiro she learned from a young age the wisdom and respect for the spiritual as well as the physical environment. It was easy to love and learn of the mystical world because she was present in many Afro-Brazilian rituals. She grew up within a powerful group of healers, exposing her to rituals of healing, channeling spirits, and later participating actively in spiritual seances. All of these colorful experiences marked her life very vividly, so much that she considers herself a cultural hybrid. The heavy influence of this spirituality became the pillar of her values which are very present in her artwork today and always.

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Patricia Ariel began to paint when she was about three years old, she had a very imaginative childhood, and in spite of having a lot of fun with her brother and cousins, her favorite time was really spent on her own. She would spend many hours creating stories, characters, drawing comic books, reading, and listening to music. Patricia’s mother was very nurturing and encouraged her artistic interests. She would pay for drawing and dance classes, and would allow her to use their rooftop for rehearsals while Patricia was involved with theater and music activities. Patricia’s love for the arts has always been a consistent and unconditional desire to create. Patricia balanced her shyness and through her art, she grew to deal with many emotional issues throughout her life like depression and social phobia. She feels that art has been therapeutic and healing and honestly does not know where or how she would be right now if not for the arts. Patricia Ariel is a self-taught artist, with some formal instruction in visual arts, that including training in academic drawing and fashion design. In her early years her art has also been expressed through theater, dance, and music. Patricia is a hardworker, she worked in several jobs relating to visual communication and teaching. She later returned to school to study fashion design, and gained a degree in Art Education in her early 30’s. Patricia also had aspirations of becoming a graphic novel writter and illustrator so she wrote and illustrated a novel which she is hoping to publish one day. Although never published she thrilled in the idea of creation, she also started a project to teach arts to the poor children as her vision was to give and teach, although it did not grow this project remains part of her heart.Amber

In 2005 Patricia Ariel took the decision to move to the US to get married, because she felt limited in my self-expression due to the language barrier she saw the visual arts as her only career path for that time. She worked feverishly drawing and creating as much as she could. She wanted to show her work on the internet, and it was just a matter of time before she began to sell, making commissions, and having her work recognized and displayed everywhere. Meanwhile her daughter Isobel was born. She was divorced few years later and moved with her to the Northwest, where she lives and works now. She never thought about becoming a gallery artist. This happened way later, after she moved to the United States. She found it practical to incorporate her work within graphic design and fashion so that she would have a successful working career. Her decision to become a professional fine artist Patricia Ariel’s works are of many mediums, her favorites being acrylic and pencils. She also has dabbled in oil and watercolors

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Her biggest artistic influences have been the Pre-Raphaelites and art nouveau artists and designers. Klimt, Schiele, Evelyn de Morgan, the Mackintoshes, all those fine folks of the 19th century and early 20ths. Dave McKean has a special spot in her altar.The type of work she creates is heavily reflective of her strong spiritual insights and connections with the mystism the beauty of nature, the magic of the psychic it diverse dimensions the symbolist and movement in the arts and literature. She finds that a big piece of her is still lost in those contemporary times. Music is also an inspiration to the beauty and expressiveness of the human body she finds it to be a sacred role and agent of our spiritual evolution and how it contains the universe in it. These mysteries inspire Patricia.

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Her work is combined with the beauty of the human figure filled with dimensional patterns and expressive abstract designs. Patricia Ariel’s representation of the human form brings forth an uncanny realistic pressence of essence. Her realms of thoughts and imagination are combined with the realistic presence and the desire of dimensional dreams. She drowns her audience with pure electricity and fire. She is an artist that creates a vision of energy in it’s purest form. Her work leaves the viewer with a deeper sense of the human heart and it’s many conditons.Every element that appears in her images has a distinct symbolism or personal meaning.

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Her inspiration comes from her spirituality, and all that it involves: the natural world, the bonds spirit/matter, life cycles, darkness and light, the symbolic languages like the Tarot and astrology, the human emotions and psyche. Patricia Ariel considers her work to be a platform for healing and used to label herself as a neosymbolism, but with growing interest in abstractionism and its incorporation to her figurative work. She states: ” I am becoming more and more confused about my artistic identity, I might find out someday”.

The word Patricia Ariel describes herself as, is: Movement.

Her work: metaphysical poetry.

-Patricia is currently a member of the Energy Art Movement.

UPCOMING SHOWS

July
Temple of The Soul – Bodies and Sacred Systems, group show. Alexi Era Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
The Bees Knees, group show. Alexi Era Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Hidden Kingdoms, group show. The Dream Factory, Frankfurt, Germany.

September
Irrelevant Roots, a Copycat Violence Collective show. Thumbprint Gallery, La Jolla, CA.

November
Children of Roscharch,
group Show. Phone Booth Gallery, Long Beach, CA.

 

If you wish to learn more about this artist please visit the link:

http://www.patricia-ariel.com

Email: ariel@patricia-ariel.com

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Featured Artist: WILDA GONZALEZ

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Wilda Gonzalez is our visual artist of the month.

She is an artist that comes from a proud Puerto Rican heritage. Wilda was born and raised in the Bronx, NYC.
Wilda Gonzalez attended the High School of Art and Design, from there, she continued her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Wilda’s creativity and love for the arts has been one that has marked her journey in life. She has been in numerous productions and has established a road for others to walk upon.
For 17 years Gonzalez has been an in-residence artist and art program director at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan. She has also worked as a visual arts educator for the Children’s Art Carnival since 1988, not to mention that she has taught art in both public and parochial schools. Additionally, Gonzalez has been an art instructor for Yaffa Productions, ASPIRA of New York and the Bronx Museum.

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Wilda Gonzalez is the founder and director of Caribe Anani studio.Anani Studio was created to provide and enable folkloric cultural diversity for children with special needs and has supervised day care programs and art therapy for children (ages four to seven), it is also a place where she presents her artwork.
Wilda Gonzalez is a contagious and creative force whose powerful energy helps others reach a creative zone that heals, helps, and enlightens.

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Some of her art exhibitions have been in 2011 Committee November 25th anniversary commemorative poster artist, The American African Museum 2011 Artcurian Tour, The Clemente Soto velez Cultural & Educational Center: “Femicide Awareness” Exhibit, 2010 and The Artcurian Gallery Artist Speakers Bureau, 2010. Her works have also been featured such as the Montgomery advertiser.com in January 2008, The Birmingham News in January of 2008 and The Children Art Carnival News Letter in 2005.

 

Featured Artist: KATHY-OSTMAN-MAGNUSEN

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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen was born in Colorado, she has been lucky to have wonderful and adventurous parents whom traveled from state to state and finally settling down in the state of California.
Kathy Ostman- Magnusen is a versatile artist that works on many different mediums, her works consist of oils,watercolors, silk and acrylics which are some of her prefered ones, she also creates sculptures that are formed with clay and metals.
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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen biggest influences have been her parents whom were always doing creative things with her. Their unconditional support was crystal clear by encouraging and accepting her creative process in every step of the way.
Young Kathy Ostman-Magnusen used to create little plays, charging her neighbors .25 cents to come to see her perform. She finds humor and fondness in her memories of young self, dancing around while throwing scented dusting powder on her guest.
Verbal communication and visual imagery can trigger a driving force that can end up in a complete composition of a finished piece of art work. A creation is born under the most heighten of circumstances; Kathy has the ability to work with 1-7 pieces at a time. She is an enigma that can process and transcendent her energy upon the works that she creates.

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Kathy’s work style one that affect the viewer in almost a subliminal way, evoking a sense of undiscovered emotion and ideas. Her work is one that can be enjoyed for its unsaturated raw beauty, its depth hides within its layers dissolving inhibitions and bringing forth plenty of food for thought. Her written work is as powerful as her visual work. Her poetry can lure one in, sending the mind upon powerful visual imagery of her written work. It brings forth raw emotions while expressing a depth in a vague and very intimate way.

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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen considers her work to be an expressionistic one. Her work has also been part of self published and Illustrated story booklets; “Lost At Sea”, “Indian Symphonies”, “The Last Pack”. Kathy’s artwork has been in exhibit in several showcases throughout. She has presented her work in the Morris Library, UC Berkley, CA the Wailoa Center, Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Wailoa State Park, Hilo, Hawaii. Kathy’s work has been referenced for the publications of “Spirit of Hula” (color plate pg.-84 Author Leilani Petranek), “Women Who Do Too Much” cards (illustrator) Author: Anne Wilson Schaef), “The Sweet Revenge of Melissa Chavez” cover; author:Neil Davidson).

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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen paints and sculpts her emotions while rendering her energy and essence upon her work. She loves creating life into her work, she feels that as individuals, we do the best we can in teaching, learning and understanding our very own human existence. In each one of her works, she tries to understand what causes flight and the idea of the possibilities not excluding the failures of what could have been.

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As she firmly states: “That is how we learn to fly, each effort has a certain struggle to it; as does life itself…” LIFE TAKE ONE”.
In one sentence Kathy Ostman-Magnusen describes herself and her work: “I am a dichotomy, mostly to myself”.
“My artwork is an expression of passion the lies dormant or in huge lightning flashes, that arise if I allow”.

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If your interested in learning more about this artist and would like to view more of her work please visit her site:
http://www.kathysart.com
http://www.kathyOstman-Magnusen.com

Featured Artist: AIDA CORRAL

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Aida Corral is a multidisciplinary artist originally from New York City. She was born in Manhattan NYC, she grew up in Mexico City and has been living and working in Mexicali, Baja California since 1988.

Aida Corral started painting since she could remember, but she started seriously painting at the age of 13 years old. By this time she turned what was a hobby into a more serious reflection of a way of life. Her muse is the essence of living life to the fullest, often expressing herself through her art and her music. She pulls her inspiration from many places, some very public situations and many from her personal place, one that she calls her heart. Sometimes dreams, sometimes from the music she listens to. Aida’s ideal piece of art work is one that she creates to show beautiful things that bring forth good vibes and counteract the difficult reality of life on the frontier of life’s reality.
Aida Corral began her studies in art at the Institute of Fine Arts of the State headed by Professor Ruben Garcia Benavides. Since then Aida has exhibited her works in various group and solo art exhibitions.In 1991 Aida Corral began studying contemporary dance, she is currently a part of the UABC Choreographic Workshop which later branched out into a part of the independent dance company called “Lindero Norte” (“North boundary”).
In 2004 Aida Corral and her partner Sergio Vela work together in a contemporary Mexican music band that is named “La Pura Pulpa” (” The Pure Pulp”). Sergio is both her partner and a peer as his art has been one selected by the ‘Biennial University Plastic and Plastic Biennial State”. Sergio has been a fellow of PECDA (Incentives Program Creation and Artistic Development) three times, with “The Pure Pulp” and has become the beneficiary of PACMYC in 2004. Sergio Vela Currently directs Dunas Group Contemporary Dance Culture House, promoting his art work internationally and continuing to make music with “The Pure Pulp”.
In September 2014 Aida Corral has been selected to represent Mexico by the Christopher Columbus International Committee at the Mostra Internazionale, Artisti Del Vecchio e Nuovo Mondo, in Genoa, Italy, in September 2014. The Comitato Internazionale Cristoforo Colombo is a partnership that, through the figure of Christopher Columbus celebrated the ingenuity, professionalism, value of all the Italian Navy due to the great contribution of geographical discoveries, and to enhance and emphasize the importance Oct. 12, taking by historians and making the transition from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Age, which eventually leads to an encounter between the past cultures and new world.
Aida Corral’s biggest influence have been Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, and Remedios Varo Erté, As well as her wonderful family whom she loves dearly. She considers her style to be a “Dream Expressionism”
When questioned Aida, “how would you describe yourself and your work?” She responded “Relentless” and her artwork “Legitimate!”
It is a pleasure to enjoy each and everyone of Aida Corral’s creations. Aida Corral’s style and uniqueness are both beautiful and captivating in a very dreamy way. They form a fantastically beautiful world for the viewer to admire. It is through her beautiful efforts that her creations take the art world into a dimension of soft clouds of cotton skies.

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Aida Corral es un artista multidisciplinaria originaria de la ciudad de Nueva York. Aida nació en Manhattan Nueva York, creció en la Ciudad de México y ha estado viviendo y trabajando en Mexicali, Baja California desde 1988.
Aida Corral comenzó a pintar desde que ella podía recordar, pero ella comenzó seriamente a pintar a la edad de 13 años. En ese momento se dio lo que era un hobby en un más grave reflejo de una forma de vida. Su musa es la esencia de vivir la vida al máximo, a menudo expresando a sí misma a través de su arte y su música. Ella saca su inspiración de muchos lugares aveces de forma de las situtaciones públicas como la vida cotidiana y otras mas intimas eh personales como su corazón. A veces los sueños, a veces a partir de la música que escucha. Aida le gusta crear piezas ideales que mostren lo mas hermoso de s interior para que atraigan buena onda y contrarrestar las dificultades de la vida Y la realidad.
Aida Corral comenzó sus estudios de arte en el Instituto de Bellas Artes del Estado dirigido por el profesor Rubén García Benavides. Desde entonces Aida ha expuesto sus obras en diversos grupos y como solista exhibitions de arte 1991. Aida Corral comenzó a estudiar danza contemporánea, que es actualmente una parte de la UABC Taller Coreográfico que más tarde se diversificó en una parte de la compañía de danza independiente llamada “Lindero Norte “.Desde 2004 Aida Corral y su compañero Sergio Vela trabajaron juntos en una banda de música mexicana contemporánea que se denomina “La Pura Pulpa”. Sergio es a la vez su pareja y su gran mentor, su arte ha sido seleccionado por la ‘Bienal Universidad de plástico y de plástico Bienal de Estado “. Sergio ha sido becario del PECDA (Programa de Incentivos de Creación y Desarrollo Artístico) tres veces, con” La pulpa pura “y se ha convertido en el beneficiario de PACMYC en 2004. Actualmente dirige Sergio Vela Grupo Dunas Danza Contemporánea Casa de la Cultura, la promoción de su obra de arte a nivel internacional y seguir haciendo música con” La pulpa pura “.
En septiembre de 2014 Aida Corral ha sido seleccionada para representar a México por el Comité Internacional de Cristóbal Colón en la Mostra Internazionale, Artisti Del Vecchio e Nuovo Mondo, en Génova, Italia, en septiembre de 2014. El Comitato Internazionale Cristoforo Colombo es una asociación que, a través de la figura de Cristóbal Colón celebra el ingenio, la profesionalidad, el valor de toda la marina italiana, debido a la gran contribución de los descubrimientos geográficos, y para mejorar y hacer hincapié en la importancia 12 de octubre.
Tomando por los historiadores y hacer la transición de la Edad Media, el Renacimiento y la Edad Moderna, que finalmente conduce a un encuentro entre las últimas culturas y nuevo mundo.Las mayores influencias del desarrollo de Aida Corral como artista, han sido Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, y Remedios Varo Erté, así como a su familia maravillosa a quien ama entrañablemente.
Aida Corral considera su estilo de arte “Un sueño Expresionismo”.
Cuando se le preguntó ah Aida “, ¿cómo te describierías a ti misma y tu trabajo de arte?”
-Ella respondió “Incesante” y su obra “legítimo”
El estilo y la singularidad de Aida Corral es a la vez hermosa y cautivadora. Ella crea con su arte un mundo muy hermoso para que el espectador admire. Es un placer disfrutar de cada una de las creaciones de Aida Corral las cuales con mucho esmero ella produce. Gracias a sus bellas creaciones el mundo del arte vuela sobre las nubes de algodon.

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Aida Corral, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

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Featured Artist: MARTHALICIA MATARRITA

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Marthalicia Matarrita is a visual artist with a deep sense of heritage that stems from a Dominican mother and a Costa Rican father. Both of her parents and her two brothers were a huge source of influence upon her while growing up. Marthalicia’s mother was full of charisma and strength, her mother’s journey in life became important lessons for Marthalicia. She was a source of inspiration and strength Marthalicia looked up and admired her mother in a very profound way, she is her hero. Marthalicia’s father was a marine. His military and adaptation to survive in NYC gave her a lot of courage to emulate his tactics. She learned a lot through seeing him develop and advance in his career. while Marthalicia was Enrolled in LaGuardia High school, and S.U.N.Y New Paltz she decided to enlist herself to the Army National Guard. Marthalicia wanted to further her academics and help her finances. Her family was a pivotal force in her life and always encouraged her to keep reaching for her goals.

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Marthalicia was born in Manhattan and raised in Harlem. She traveled with her mother and two bothers from Massachusetts to N.Y. Staying there for a while. She also spent sometime living in the Dominican Republic with her siblings. Finally she returned back to her beloved stomping grounds “Harlem, N.Y” where she now currently resides with her young son.
Marthalicia Matarrita’s inspiration is spontaneous. All that she see’s and or feels turns into an artistic composition, a reaction to the information about not just her life, but also those around her. She listens and studies her surroundings. You will always find her in deep thought about life. She finds that having a daily conversation in her mind allows her creativity juices to flow.

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While in High school Marthalicia Matarrita began using a sketch book to learn and capture her imagination’s creativity and whimsical side. It was also in High School when for the very first time she was introduced to working with a paint brushes, oil and acrylic paints. Oil paint and acrylic became very important and a very exciting medium that fascinated her. Learning to mix different types of mediums together gave her a satisfaction and a better understanding for her craft.

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In the art world, Marthalicia Matarrita highest influence’s have been Frida Khalo, Frances Beacon and Gustav Klimt.

Art and expression’s are a life time of experiences that reside in the depths of her on going art works. Placing her works in the dimensions of the very surreal. She breathe’s a magnificent rawness that pops in her works. Although her works are strong and present Marthalicia Matarrita has managed to capture a very soft depth to each one, her works are as beautiful as they are captivating. They take the viewer into a roller coaster of emotions.

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Marthalicia Matarrita style is forever evolving, It captures her environment with hip hop and Graffiti, drawing and design and a black artist sketch book. She even creates on paper napkins. She manages to change her environment with a simple marker and a thought.

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Marthalicia Matarrita:
“I will always be channeling ideas and will manifest them in any way, shape or form at any given moment.”
“My work is a reflection of who I am”.

For more information on this artist please visit: marthaliciaart.blogspot.com
Contact Info: Email. MarthaliciaM@gmail.com

 

 

 

Featured Artist: ESTHER MARIA PAGAN

Esther Maria Pagan is a Latin American Artist.
She was born in Youngstown, Ohio. Her parents were both of a Puerto Rican background. She was raised in the South, West and North Bronx. Her roots are deep and full of beauty.
As a inspirational local bronx artist Esther Maria Pagan found that integrating herself in the world of Art was a given.
In her early career, Esther Maria Pagan studied Hair Design at the Robert Fiance Makeup Academy. She was a stylist and Photographer which helped to put her through school.
She contiued her artistic journey working at F.I.T. and Parson’s studying Fashion Design, Communications, Millinery Design and Fine Arts. Esther has worked in the Garment Industry with many of Fashion’s Greats, like: Liz Claiborne, Badgeley Mischka and Escada.
Versitile in many areas she longed to work a more soulful type artwork, so she studied massage therapy at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She became a NYC licensed massage therapist.
Enamored with her new platform she worked closely with doctors and became obsessed with the phenomenon called, “The Human Body.”
She has dedicated herself to learning as much as she could about different forms and technics in order to make her craft perfect, by doing so she gained knowledge and learned how to guide her clients to better understand their pain and conditions. She also worked scheduling radiology appointments for patients in a CT. hospital which by chance led her to take notice that over 50% of the calls she handled where Cancer related. This inspired Esther Maria to design “Avant Garde Hats” , photographing them with nude models.
She looked to design and create a hat Calendar. The intent is to sell and allow part of the proceeds to help individuals with Cancer.
Her hat designs vary in many mediums. The calendars demonstrate her designed hats in photographs featuring nude models, each hat and model are carefully selected.
Esther Maria was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on September 17th, 2012. She under went a double mastectomy on October 17th, 2012. She has undergone 6 surgeries and will undergo her last one this April 2014, making her journey will be complete.
She looked to making this time a positive one, so she started writting her experience from the time she was diagnosed. Her blog: mycolorsofcancer.com takes a deep and personal look into the passages and the battle with cancer. She feels that she has a grand responsibility and her purpose is to educate and reach out to those with Cancer, specifically Breast Cancer.
Her inspiration takes her to create one of kind pieces. She has aspirations of getting published and becoming an inspirational speaker. Esther has found healing through art by placing the beauty of her surroundings thus creating a voice through her craft.
Her biggest influences have been her Puerto Rican roots and her family. Her struggles have made her and a strong, beautiful and humble human being.

She loves abstract artists like Picasso, Dali, Kahlo, Matisse, Basquiat just to name a few of her favorite. She finds their work magical because they were artists whom thought out side of the box and their works were an example of such.
The women in her family also have had a huge influence on Esther Maria’s upbringing.

Her mother was a floral designer. Her maternal grandmother was a Floor Manager at a Button Factory in the garment district. Her paternal grandmother was a genius with the knitting needles, making beautiful pieces of art. Her “Titi” (aunt) Lola was a sample maker for Ann Klein. Yes these strong beautiful women were the ones that influenced her beginnings.
As she states: “Go to the large corporations and look on the sidelines and see who are the true artists.” Yes, those are the women of her family. “My hands are my livelihood.” “The women in my family have influenced and made my hands her heart and soul tick since age 5.”
Esther Maria Pagan considers her work to be one of a kind, hand made, unique, abstract, couture and eccentric.
“I have been sewing since the age of 5. My mother was a floral designer on Bleecker Street and my maternal grandmother was the manager at a button factory in the garment industry. My fraternal grandmother was an expert crochet knitter. My mother would hand me a needle and thread with all the accessories needed to make dresses for my Barbie dolls. I attribute my talents and inspiration to my culture. My mother always dressed with style and etiquette, she never forgot her matching shoes, gloves, hat and cloche. This has been embedded in my head since I was a child. I love the glamour and beauty that go along with fashion. As an artist, I have always given back to my community, hence, “Artisan 4 A Cause.” As a body worker I find our community needs help with all medical conditions that affect our society. My goal is to give back to individuals with debilitating diseases.”
Esther Maria Pagan: “My definition of art is to think out side of the box.”
Working with any form or medium. Creating with the human body, the human mind, the soul and spirit, allowing the flow of the color to spring out of her hands to form a creative process. One that is in tune with self and the rest the Universe. Using life as her Muse and creating Art with conviction and raw passion.That is Esther Maria Pagan’s definition of art!.
To know more about this artist and her craft you can contact Esther Maria Pagan with any questions or comments at: atesty427@yahoo.com
or visit her web blog at: http://www.mycolorsofcancer.com
In one sentence, Esther Maria Pagan describes herself: “I am a Butterfly Mermaid with Wings of Fire”.

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Featured Artist: GIGI CHEN

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GIGI CHEN

Gigi Chen is a visual artist with a playful mind that radiates into her Art. She was born in Guang Dong, China and raised in Woodhaven Queens and NYC where she now resides and works.

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The inspiration for her work comes from all of her surroundings. She finds her mind to be a bank of accumulated bits and pieces of thoughts and visuals. She often finds creativity in the oddest places for example, a person can say a word and she will hang unto that idea for a few months and then she will create it into an art piece.

"THE IN-BETWEEN"                  THE BIRDS THE BEES

Gigi Chen was born with the creative muse within her. At the tender age of 11 she recalls copying an image of Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” The drawing was what her little kid brain felt was pure perfection. That was the actual moment she decided that art was going to be the career she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Forever. No kidding!!

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Gigi Chen’s biggest influence have been the wonderful world of child play, the Saturday morning cartoons!. Watching cartoons triggered her imagination and allowed her to reach into the grand desire to become an animator. She went on and got her BFA in traditional animation. Gigi also craved the desire of learning the masters. Her favorite was Leonardo Da Vinci. The old Masters have an inexplicable and fantastic hold on her.

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Once she knew what she wanted in life, she began to spend hours at the library doing research on the matter. She would check out books on art and drawing. She was hooked on Da Vinci master pieces. The drawings and the sculptures of Michelangelo set off a complete need and that was ” IT!” she was hooked!

Gigi Chen was not sure about the style or label her art would be considered, since she started showing in galleries she has been told that her work falls into the category of “Pop-Surrealism.” Her work comes from so many different places: animation, traditional painting, films… Because her work doesn’t come from a strictly illustrative base, it has made it difficult sometimes to know how the work should be labeled. Maybe that confusion makes her work so unique and special with it’s own identity.

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Gigi Chen creates an aesthetic that combines her training as a traditional animator and her love of the “Old Master” techniques. She has displayed her works at the “Queens Museum of Art”, “the Index Art Center” and at “Mighty Tanaka Gallery” in New York.

Gigi Chen -“My paintings are unconventional self-portraits that explore my ambivalent feelings towards being an artist and how it affects my views of the world. The Toy-like characters personify my neuroses and hearken back to my childhood fondness for soft playthings. The dynamic between the human figures and the characters is a constant push and pull. They are interchangeably protagonists and victims, winning as well as losing. Collectively, the scenes illustrate the struggles and rewards of being an artist.”

IT'S ALL HAPPENINGAt Least We Don't Have Cockroaches

In one sentence she describes herself and her work with her favorite Motto:”LOVE + FUN= ART”

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Featured Artist: DENNIS POTOKAR

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Dennis Potokar

is an artist with a powerful message,

his works evoke emotion giving his audience and delightful treat for the mind.

His work is magnetic. It draw’s you in, and changes you with every stroke.

His ideas are so unique they engulf your mind into another dimension.

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DENNIS POTOKAR
“My goal is to express art, sometimes logically, sometimes intuitively…
through metaphor and symbolism, which has meaning….
from my own life experience (hopefully) to yours.”

 

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Dennis Potokar, where does your inspiration come from?
“The beauty in everything!”

-The fractal geometry that lays in the underlying structure of things that are around us in general.

The simplicity of the beauty in a landscape. Patterns their changes, they fascinate me, I see them everywhere.

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“The result is a loving interest in placing human life in its real world, of beauty and constructive change and expressing higher values toward a more creative path than the one we are on now.”

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Dennis Potokar has spent his time in several parts of the United States like Hawaii, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. He also traveled abroad to Milan, Paris and throughout thirty-four other countries. Always searching and finding other art works that have inspired him.

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His favorite influences right now are George Frederic Watts, Gustave Moreau, Jean Delville, Gustave Klimt. and William Blake.

Dennis Potokar considers his work to be an Earthy, holistic style, using contemplative symbolic abstraction and an emotional use of figures in a world based on fractal geometry.

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He is involved in teaching, art direction, music, photography, and is a life-long painter. He dedicates all of his time to painting and creating.

Dennis Potokar is an artist who creates with paint. This is important to him in a world of intolerance, ignorance, and destructive evil, but also of astounding beauty and tranquility for those who have the desire to live it and make it real in life. That is why his creations are so rich and beautiful. Few artist have the brilliance and the depth by which he creates.

If you wish to learn more about this artist and his work:

dennisart@sbcglobal.net

https://www.facebook.com/dennis.potokar

https://www.dennispotokar.com

http://www.artistoftheinfiniteeye.blogspot.com/

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