Red Dot Miami Spotlight Galleries
Since its launch in 2016, the Spotlight Program has continued to be a highlight of Red Dot Miami’s programming and events. Check back in November for information on the Spotlight Program for Red Dot Miami 2020.
2019 Spotlight Program Recipients
Diego Victoria Fine Art Gallery
Miami Beach, Florida
Diego Victoria Fine Art Gallery is becoming the gallery of choice for art lovers in South Florida. Our gallery’s primary objective is to provide quality art at realistic prices, so the beginner, as well as the seasoned collector, can stroll thru the gallery taking in the splendor of our international artists and their works of art.
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Ilan Neuwirth Pop Art
Miami Beach, Florida
Inspiring Happiness and Love at First Sight
There’s a vibrant joy to be found in Florida-based artist Ilan Neuwirth’s work that he hopes to spark in others. At its core, Neuwirth’s art is pure joy, inspired by laughter, movement and a free-spirited style that’s uniquely his own.“It feels like it was inside of me since I was born,” Neuwirth says.
He was drawn to the playfulness of pop art because for him, “art is fun, it makes me, and others smile.” His collection is diverse and a reflection of his travels, his hobbies and his vision of the world as a beautiful place where peace and love can thrive.
While Neuwirth is fairly new to the art scene, he is no stranger to success. He is making a splash in the art world after pursuing his passions as a windsurfing instructor, store owner and real estate agent. The secret to his success? His ability to put the best of himself into everything he does, including his beloved art.
For Neuwirth, there is an appreciation of the beauty that is found in all things, including the found objects that make up the bulk of his work. He chooses objects that he refers to as simple, ordinary and immediately recognizable and transforms them into new and vibrant art pieces. Ilan uses a variety of techniques to transform those found objects, including powder coating or enhancing them with metal, fiberglass or epoxy.
Drawing inspiration from the work of Israeli sculptor and experimental artist Yaacov Agam, who worked with color, shape, texture and movement, as well Brazilian artist Romero Britto, whose message of happiness, hope and dreams still resonate with Ilan; his pop art pieces feature a mix of neon and bold hues. The bold colors are inspired by the Israeli-born artist’s youthful travels with his father, who worked on cruise ships that toured all over the world, exposing Neuwirth to the richness of new cultures. As for his love of neon, he believes the brightness reflects the joy he finds in creating his art.
From deep bliss to passing euphoria, Ilan’s art tries to explore the shades of happiness in the human experience, and to inspire people towards some measure of that happiness. “Everybody relates to my art,” he says, adding that each piece has its own personality that’s meant to inspire happiness – and love – at first sight.
Sag Harbor, New York
Studio Jackie is a new form of gallery representation. Creator Jackie Fuchs brings talented, like minded artists together for a “salon” type culture, celebrating each other’s art and creative expression. If you are lucky enough to be part of her creative group, you get to experience abundance and inspiration through her vision and team players. Fuchs does it differently, “My artists grow and inspire each other”. In fact, Jackie Fuchs is now part of the Redwood Media Group’s exhibitor education, presenting a workshop titled “Get the Wow Now”—how to be present, show and sell at art fairs with an abundant mindset.
Susan Pullman Brooks sees art everywhere, especially in the natural world’s processes of life and death, and in the lost and forgotten remnants of culture. A perfect day is spent scavenging, searching for bones, glass, antlers, metal from abandoned farm equipment in the fields and rocky ravines at home in western New York, during her regular trips to India, and everywhere she travels. Through rethinking and combining these objects in her studio, she creates her work. In that process from discovery to realization, there is a deep and rich connection to worlds of Hindu and Celtic mythologies and the solar system informed by both a personal spiritual narrative and inspiring historical worlds. What is laid bare by the earth and sea is an unconcealed passion made vivid in her work.
Kathy Cotter has spent many summers in Provincetown and Truro as a child and has been a Provincetown resident for almost 40 years. The light, the air, the sea and general beauty of the outer cape imparts a deep sense of beauty that shines through in her paintings. Cotter is a process painter in that she doesn’t go into a painting knowing how it is going to turn out. She plays with color, textures, and subjects in a way that you may sense what they are yet they remain somewhat abstract.
Cotter is also unafraid to combine things that at first glance don’t seem like they belong together. Somehow they do. Cotter strives to have the viewer feel some personal connection to the work, a memory, feeling or emotion. She believes that everything animate or inanimate has a spirit or essence and her job is to portray.
As an emotional response to the light and color of his environs on Cape Cod, James paints “allaprima” in representational expressionism and abstract styles. Using broad confident strokes, he creates an energetic tension between paint and fabric. An innate mid-century aesthetic is apparent in both color palette and composition. Painting and drawing from an early age in a family of artists, James focused on design, forging a successful commercial interior design career with a variety of major brands while at several agencies.
Jackie Fuchs was born in Brooklyn, New York, where as a young adult Jackie began a long career as a salon owner, colorist and stylist in Manhattan. In 1986 she moved from New York to Provincetown, Massachusetts where she lived for 13 years immersing herself in the artist community and began developing a lifelong interest in the creative process. After a return to school, earning a BFA in Art Education, Film and Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Education, she began teaching Art and TV Production in NYC.
A recent visit to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia sparked a new creative interest and she began to explore paints and collage materials as a result. This prolific artist now draws on her years of talent, color theory and imagination to produce highly collectable pieces of art. Her new work is fueled by a whimsical instinct that evidences itself in uniquely imagined pieces that might best be described as freeze frames from a movie set or a chapter in a book.
Jackie is currently working on bringing her painted/collaged characters alive in a TV series animation. Included in her most recent works are fiberglass renditions of her characters, which include designer dogs. Her painting collages and designer dogs are on two Bravo reality shows, Summer House and Housewives of The Hamptons.
American street artist Tysen Knight was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but called New Jersey his home until moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after high school. Tysen currently resides in Palm Springs, California, where his artwork can be found throughout the area, as well as hanging in local galleries. Tysen’s love for art has opened the door to many different forms of media including acting in feature films and music videos, modeling, and directing his own full-length documentary, The Art of Hustle: Street Art Documentary.
Growing up in the peak of the Street Art Movement, Tysen was inspired by the works of famous street artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Tysen’s art style also reflects the styles of fine artist Pablo Picasso and Pop artist Andy Warhol. Tysen uses these influences to create unique pop culture graffiti pieces that can not only be found on city murals, but in fine art galleries. Tysen’s artwork has blurred the line between street art and fine art, to create something new that captivates people from all walks of life.
Leslee Melamed is an American painter and graphic artist, born in New York City. On canvas, she is associated with the bold use of texture and judicious color. Early influences were Mark Rothko and Franz Klein. As a young painter, Leslee studied with Eileen Raucher-Sutton. In 1990, she graduated from The School of Visual Arts, where she was greatly influenced by iconic graphic artist Milton Glaser. After graduating, she pursued a career in graphic arts, eventually becoming responsible for all printed material for the North American retailer, Lord & Taylor.
After raising her family in the beach hamlet of Montauk, New York, then moving to Hollywood, her work often reflects impressions of life in these three milieus—the tight packed geometrics of the city, the wild freshness and natural beauty of the East End, the hyper-saturation and Fauvist brilliance of life in Los Angeles, where the Melameds still reside. One of Leslee’s sons has autism. A percentage of every sale is donated to autism related research, treatment and advocacy programs and charities.
Kelly Milukas is an award-winning multi-media artist whose practice includes sculpture, pastel and encaustic painting, and fine art photography. Milukas’s tantalizing sculpture tells the modern story of regenerative medicine, biotech advancements, and invite the participants to ponder unlocking the mysteries of life. Her hand-cast and hand carved resin keys come in an array of glowing colors covered in genuine gold and silver leaf. The keys, with their message of hope and rebirth, have been an integral part of Milukas’s “Keys to Cures” installations created in collaborations with the Regenerative Medicine Foundation, and Intarcia Therapeutics, and Brown University’s Artist and Scientist as Partners.
“Artwork”, says Milukas, “can be a facilitator for scientific knowledge. Artwork, by way of our senses and emotions impacts how we understand our world. Scientific studies show that art is a powerful ingredient to improving a person’s physical, mental and emotional well being. Keys can open hearts, unlock mysteries behind closed chambers, and they can set people free.”
Joanna Murphy sees her surroundings through the medium of paint. The landscape paintings bear connection to the Romanticism of the Hudson River School and gestural painting of the New York Abstract Expressionists. She is inspired by the land, nature, and poetry. Murphy’s work balances elements of realism and dreamlike abstractions. Bold compositional rhythms are richly colored and uninterrupted. The oil paintings are queer, abstract and intimate scenes, from the roof of her lower east side neighborhood and her transcendentalist studio in the Catskills Mountains.
Murphy’s paintings mostly exclude actual human presence. However, in the strange shadows, dark spaces, and areas of light in the windows, roofs and at the edges of the forest are suggested an intangible yet human experience of life. Murphy’s paintings inspire a perception and understanding of her environment.
Remmus is a mixed media collage artist, born in Brooklyn, New York. Remmus is known for using magazines from the early twentieth century and submerging them in various layers of resin. She gets her inspiration from the streets of New York City. While walking through different parts of the city, Remmus noticed the spots on the scaffolding where people would place poster after poster. Every time one poster decayed and fell apart, a new poster would take it’s place and be similarly aged by New York’s rain, wind, grit, and sun. The result was a build up of posters, with the forefront revealing glimpses into the posters behind it, and most importantly, the culture and history of times past. Remmus’s work often replicates that impression by working with older magazines, and give viewers that same bleary, distorted, and sometimes muted look into our beautiful forgotten past.
Presently living and working in Puerto Rico, Rinaldi has exhibited locally and internationally on many occasions, as well as been included in various major private and public collections , including the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR), the Ponce Museum and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de PR (MAC). His work constantly switches between colorful abstractions and figurative work that often indulges in social issues found in his native Puerto Rico.
Rinaldi is a creator that is interested in examining events that our society
faces, capturing on canvas the social implications expressed by the people and situations that surround us in our daily lives. Time and time again, he’s able to precisely capture the essence of Puerto Rico’s particular way of being with a distinct empathy and irony that is ever present in his work.
Jacinthe Rivard is from a little town called St-Lazare near Montreal, Canada. She paints everyday objects, always in oil. She loves looking for the perfect vintage object to star in her art. Her muse is always the light. She loves the way it reflects on a glass bottle, metal or even a plastic wrapper. Some might see a Coke bottle but shine a spotlight on it and she sees a super star! The first step in her creation is taking the right picture. She takes a lot of pictures before she’s happy with one. For Jacinthe, a nice picture equals a nice painting. She studied fashion design and took a few watercolor classes, but other then that, she’s self-taught and has been on her own.
Mo Sadjadpour was born in Iran, migrated to Germany with his family and eventually grew up in Texas in the 80’s. Both his heritage and background have influenced how he sees the world. The last two decades have taken him to five continents documenting people in conflict and peace. Photographing presidents, refugees, genocide survivors or just ordinary people, he loves the challenge of putting putting people at ease when they are in front of his camera. Mo’s work is a blend of portraiture, documentary and advertising photography but his passion is people and the stories they have to tell.
Greg Salvatori is an award winning artist and photographer, author of Beards of New York and other photo series featured in the press in +30 countries. He splits his time between his art gallery in Provincetown and his photo studio in Manhattan.
Greg has worked in photography and the fashion industry in London, Paris, Florence, and New York. He has had the wonderful opportunity to work with creative artists, brilliant photographers, world famous designers like Ferragamo. His editorial portraits and headshots include artists, writers, journalists, authors, creators, business leaders, actors, dancers, athletes, everyday people and celebrities. His images have been published in national and international publications, magazines, books and newspapers around the world.
Abstract Expressionist oil painter Ellen Hallie Schiff was a creative child, through dance, and music. While raising her two children with her husband, Milan, the need for a creative outlet became insistent. She signed up for an advanced painting class and her calling was established. Schiff’s primary goal as an artist is to communicate something of her internal self onto the canvas. Schiff creates worlds of depth and movement with her spatters, wipes, drips and rubbing. Her vocabulary is that of the mid-century Abstract Expressionists. Huge influences are Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell.
The Wall of Arts
Booth 106 & SC-3
The Wall of Arts has become an important multimedia contemporary art platform, featuring annually some 80 plus celebrated artists, promoting and highlighting paintings, sculptures, art installations, photography, cultural projects and other forms of art incorporated in a modern, contemporary context.
Established in 2012 as the former ArtBrazil, The Wall of Arts also represents a cluster of projects dedicated to cultivating relations using art as a tool of cultural exchange and community identity. Our journey is a deep commitment to building bridges, promoting and creating educational projects, workshops, art talks, social change and inclusion through cultural experiences. We believe in transcending all barriers using art as a universal language and common denominator. With art shows and partnerships within the U.S and abroad, we now reach different parts of the world such as Asia, Europe, South and Latin America, as well as the Caribbean, engaging local and international artists with diverse curators and a strong team under the direction of Jade Matarazzo since 2010.
The Wall of Arts is a natural and efficient platform for artists interested in gaining visibility, networking and meeting qualified trade buyers, gallery owners and managers, art dealers, architects, interior designers, and corporate art buyers.
Jade Matarazzo, Founder
As an artist , curator and cultural entrepreneur, Jade Matarazzo felt the need for cultural exchange within broader and more creative platforms. In collaboration with other art institutions and organizations, Jade branched out towards promoting artistic encounters and exhibitions using art as a tool of cultural and community identity. Founder and Co-Founder of many international projects such as Art Brazil, Expoart Japan, Expoart London, Atelier Without Borders, and Urban Legends, all focusing on cultural, social and educational components, Jade has developed successful partnerships from the USA to Asia, Europe, Latin and South America as well as the Caribbean, always transcending barriers using art as a universal language and common denominator.
As a photographer and visual artist Jade Matarazzo has been traveling the world since she left her native country to photograph people’s lives, places and cultures. Her photography background started to take form in Switzerland where she studied Fine Arts and later graduated in Photography and Architecture. Jade is a published artist, has received numerous awards and has held more than fifteen solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia, two of which include the Morikami Museum in the United States and the Musee Yotsuki in Japan.
Woodrow Nash Galleries
In the tradition of the great masters, Woodrow Nash’s consuming passion to elevate the human spirit takes the form of sculptures. He builds a sense of mystery and charisma into each sculpture. Through his pieces, Nash achieves his goal of integrating expression, complex symbolism and sophisticated aesthetics to yield striking embodiments of the human soul and sensuality. Certain creative individuals seem to know what they want to do with their lives from the moment they are cognizant. For others, it is a fascinating, intellectual and emotional journey sinuous with adventure, phenomenal discovery and a labour of love.
Born in Akron, Ohio in the late 40’s, Woodrow Nash is the product of sanctified churches, 1950s television images, and black inner city neighborhood schools run by predominantly white middle-class educators. The young student immersed himself in art during an era when artists sought nothing less than old-fashioned honesty in their imagery. As a freelance artist, he painted murals for local institutions, and worked as an illustrator. In 1975, he abandoned Akron for the brighter lights of New York, where he became a fashion illustrator. There he also designed and illustrated record albums for jazz labels that represented such greats as Father Hines, Cat Anderson, Arnett Cobbs and Jeff Lorber Fusion.
Working as a graphic artist seemed light years away from the tactile expression offered by the manipulation of clay. Woodrow’s search for expression lead him to the very foundation of mankind – Africa and world tribal culture. Nash’s sculptures transmit human delicacies and inner harmony. Examining the contemporary male and female physique, he explores the body’s natural form and mythology. Incorporating various styles and techniques utilizing stoneware, earthenware, terracotta or porcelain, Nash’s work is fired electronically, pit fired or via a “raku” effect – creating an “African Nouveau” trademark that’s solely his own. While the images are African, in general, the concept is 15th century Benin with the graceful, slender proportions and long, undulating lines of 18th century Art Nouveau. In his pieces, Nash achieves his goal of integrating expression, complex symbolism and sophisticated aesthetics to yield striking embodiments of the human soul and sensuality. Today, the work of Woodrow Nash is collected internationally. His collectors’ demographics have no racial boundaries, and include everyone from working professionals to affluent sports figures and entertainment superstars.
2018 Spotlight Galleries
In case you missed it check out our Spotlight Galleries from Red Dot Miami 2018.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Aced Gallery is where creativity meets Innovation – Redefining the Visual Experience. At Aced, we carry cutting edge contemporary art which pushes boundaries while evoking emotion and thought. We encourage creativity and innovation on all levels – from our exhibit curation, resident artists , mediums, mounting, high end finishes, lighting solutions, and design consultancy. We are passionate about art, artists, and our clients which leads to a top notch “one of a kind” experience.
One of the most influential street artists to emerge from New York, Dain combines the visual language of graffiti with collaged old portraits of Hollywood glamour stars. Crossing genres and often working single pieces back and forth between the street and studio, Dain combines wheatpasting, silkscreening, spray paint, collage, and acrylic. His process begins with a black-and-white photo that he layers with old advertisements, printed fragments, logos, and miscellaneous smaller images. He then begins adding paint; his unmistakable trademark is the “circle and drip” around the eye of his subjects. Dain views his work as a confrontation between the destructive gestures of graffiti and the femininity of his Hollywood subjects.
Strip away these filters society places on our lives and these habits we get stuck in, the rules we blindly follow, and the stereotypes we subconsciously subscribe to. Flore sees things simple, not allowing getting lost in the monotonous pattern of life. These hi-def, multi-colored filters, or distractions, can mask reality; Flore deconstructs and exposes those layer’s for what they really are, not just what they seem.
Jared Schwalb is a contemporary artist out of Florida who grew up in NY. His mixed media approach includes acrylic, spray, screens, and stencils which he layers to create these eye catching pieces. He has always been fond of the artist expression and has immersed himself in a world of creativity. Jared’s attention to detail and high end finishes set his work apart from the crowd.
Robert Mars uses art to express nostalgia for a time before he was born. An artistic descendant of Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, he explores American Pop icons from Marilyn Monroe to Coca-Cola, packaging celebrities opposite brand names and advertising copy as though they were luxury objects. To create his work, he uses Xerox transfer to layer images and text pulled from his vast archive of vintage magazines—making photocopies and blowing them up to enhance their imperfections—and adds boldly colored paint and minimalist patterns, then distresses the image to further highlight the sense of a fading era. Mars finishes the works with a coat of resin, or by adding neon lights, imparting a glossy sheen to these memorials to desire.
The Producer BDB is a contemporary artist born in California and raised globally; primarily known for his depictions of pop-culture icons though street art. His renderings include Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso amongst many other contemporary culture producers to the extend of Karl Lagerfeld or Anna Wintour. His unique articulations amalgamate street culture with pop, fashion and a heavy doze of fine art. The Producer BDB’s creations can be spotted around the globe in such cities as Paris in France, Madrid in Spain, Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, Tokyo, Miami in the United States, Berlin in Germany and all over Los Angeles in California.
Contemporary Art Projects USA
North Miami Beach, Florida
Headquartered in Miami, Contemporary Art Projects USA is dedicated to nurturing new contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists and curators. Its mission is focused on promoting art appreciation within the international community, inspiring and assisting collectors, and generating resources that support artists’ creative endeavors through art awareness, artist promotion, and art procurement.
Thirty national and international artists will show in the largest impressive curated booth of Contemporary Art Projects USA. The artists presented will display a variety of media and styles, from abstract and geometric to figurative, from painting to photography, sculpture and ceramic installation. Due to the interesting themes approached by the artists and the well-balanced curated conception for the presentation of meanings, shapes and colors, the exhibition will be attractive and significant for visitors of any age and walk of life.
There are many things around us that are thought to be ordinary just because we usually see them anywhere and they do not have something new to be shown to us. As a matter of fact, there are many details and secrets that are hidden away from our eyes. If you would just zoom in, a whole new world opens up!
Anouk graduated from the Amsterdam’s prestigious Rietveld Academy, after also having spent time as an exchange student at the London’s Chelsea College of Arts.
Her works have been exhibited in many leading galleries and art fairs around the world. Her continuous search for little things is driven by the curiosity of the unseen and the appreciation of the small things in life. She says: “In this age of fast social media, it is just magical for me to pause for a moment and take a closer look – everything has its own beauty and is often overlooked.”
Jacqueline Torres, New York born, currently lives in the South of France. A successful modern artist, Torres has created an universe that merges fashion, architecture, music and cinema. Inclined towards sculpture, she uses her talent staging her own made pieces in ceramic or plexiglas locating them on modern fantastic sites that she conceives for her unique photographical artworks. Surrealist works are characteristic for the element of surprise and unexpected juxtapositions occurring on them. Surrealist photography has come a long way. New techniques, computer programs, and post- processing methods make today more possible for artists to express their feelings, to communicate or provoke unique emotions in the viewers, as well as to create unique visions and imagery. Jacqueline Torres is a great example of this, as she has mastered a variety of art genres, media and techniques to create her extraordinary body of work.
Kelly Fischer born in Memphis, lives today in Bern, Switzerland. Kelly reaches a new dimension with innovative conceptions for the abstract art genre. A key abstract artist, she creates vibrant multicolored artworks. A trained Montessori teacher, founder and former Headmistress of The English Montessori School of Bern, she is an award-Winning author with the book The Most Beautiful Color of All. Recently, during the Continue Education Summer Camp at MDC West Campus Art Gallery Doral, she created a Lab Project to involve and motivate children through Art and paint with the Artist. Then, she compose their works as a special guest Mural presented in the following October Solo Exhibition The Most Beautiful Color of All, inspired by the book of the same name. The artist is the hand that produces vibration contacting the human soul. Abstraction has endless meanings and presentation, but, as Wassily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, told: “sensibility will always remain as the last instance.” Abstract art leads to simultaneously experience the effects of color, form and symbol. Viewers reach sensations and thoughts provoked by art. Abstract artists depict feelings and emotion taking over subject life rendering, expressing ideas or sensations through simplified forms, re-inventing movement and volume.
Ricardo Cárdenas-Eddy, a successful artist born in México, expresses his feelings and beliefs connecting his art, in media and technique, with his career as a construction engineer. His artistic career is growing, as exhibitions and rising popularity demonstrate. Cardenas creates his paintings and sculptures cleverly using building materials, such as concrete and steel bars as his artistic media. He is a genuine original creator, always presenting new unique proposals, like his exquisite aeries of Tributes to Great Masters. Reinterpreting the main traits of the art from a chosen master artist, Cardenas paints and add collage using as canvas the cement and iron bars characteristic of his work, making the whole to look as a unique poster or street graffiti on a cement wall. The resulting artwork is astonishing and greatly admired by viewers and art collectors. Cardenas successfully and originally has celebrated renowned masters Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci and has sold to important art collectors around the world.
Ricardo Cardenas-Eddy, invited artist of Contemporary Art Projects and Red Dot Miami, will present his Muses Series honoring the theme of the fair [ILLUMINATE] to show new trends in the contemporary arts. His sculptures inspired by the art muses of Zeus in Greek and Roman mythology will be welcoming art lovers and collectors at the entrance of the fair. Muses are sculptures made in concrete, which is the characteristic media used by Cardenas-Eddy either for his paintings or his sculptures. The resulting artworks, composed by cement and steel bars, will appear as if they were dug out from a cement block or wall.
Suqun Zhang, born and raised in Shanghai, China, began to study art when he was thirteen. In 1980, he started his formal artistic education at Shanghai Fine Arts Academy, learning and practicing Chinese or Western artistic styles and techniques, to systematically train and perfect his visual art career, while developing his skills and talent under the guidance of well-known Chinese artists. Using figurative and abstract languages in a masterly way, Suqun Zhang’s creative proposal reaches perfect balance merging both stiles on his unique artworks. Figurative art represent objects, landscapes, natural themes or people derived from the real world. Abstract, non-figurative, non-objective, non-representational language of shapes, forms, color and lines, is used to create independently of real reference, as from late 19th century, artists employ a new style to encompass changes in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract art depictions departs from reality, either slight, partial or complete. The art of Suqun Zhang is an example of the endless possibilities that a talented mind can reach to creatively communicate with viewers. The extraordinary representations by Suqun Zhang of nature with the tigers theme, convey the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality, depicting the subjective expressive responses that objects and events arouse within a person.
DATG Concept is here to expand the horizons of emerging and well established visual artists by helping them maximize the exposure they need so they can make a living of their art and talent. DATG Concept creates opportunities for artists by putting their work in the right place and time, empowering them to become who they truly are, because in the end they are the experts in what they do and love.
Born in Caracas in 1969, Andrés Celis Ossott has devoted himself to art since 2007. His art form is self-taught and has been developed based on color, shape, and recycling. It has the virtue of “resuscitating” musical instruments that have fallen into disuse. With his hands, he is capable of redoing the body of an instrument, recovering its inner vibration, and changing its aspect for one that is full of color. For him, music is an inspiration because it helps him to clear his mind, elevate his spirit, and create. His artistic abilities are a natural gift, and the only courses he has taken have been in painting and color preparation geared to the motor vehicle. “For me, color is everything. I seek to convey feelings and positive states of mind through a gamut of bright, joyful hues,” he comments. He believes that artists can be a positive reference for society because they reflect what the work, effort, achievement, and dedication of a human being represent. For Andrés Celis completing his inner work with social work is vitally important, which is why, whenever he has the opportunity, he collaborates by donating his works of art to nonprofit organizations.
Delsy Rubio studied Plastic Expression, Mention Drawing, Painting and Graphic Arts at the School of Plastic Arts Julio Arraga. Initially focused in the graphic and advertising area, specializing in computer-aided design, it provided him with the necessary expertise to venture into the digital world, his professional training continued with his connection to important teaching groups in Florida, Mexico and Berlin. In Venezuela, Rubio was linked as a designer to the International Fair of Art and Antiques of Maracaibo (FIAAM) and to important local gallerists. This conceptual and constructivist work led Rubio to explore volumes and reliefs, leading to the development of Rubio’s own innovative language.
The natural relation of good architecture with art immersed Maria Gabriela since the first moment of her academic education with creation and design, as well as the managing of space, different skills of graphical expression and a deep admiration for the fine arts. When she was a child drawing and painting were her favorite pastimes, but it wasn’t until her first commission that she experienced the need to focus on painting as a complement to life. It woke up in her the hunger of creating, of finding herself as an artist and trying to reflect the painting that she dreams. Monet’s works, her internships in Gaudí’s Barcelona, understanding the European art and the knowledge acquired from the Chilean artist Carmen Ponce de León, have taken Maria Gabriela to a language based on the dissolution of the image through stains. This language which at some distance allows recognizing the subject of the work but that from the nearness exhibit textures and degradations due to chemical processes generated by the same materials.
“I thought about the movements of the dancers as a series of frames in an old celluloid film, and how just one of those frames could convey a fantastic sense of motion. I thought that capturing this ‘single frame of motion’ in a solid piece of sculpture would be a wonderful challenge,” Joe Gitterman explains. Having sculpted for 50+ years, he has sold over 150 sculptures, including more than 13 commissions in 32 states and 3 foreign countries. It wasn’t until he retired from Wall Street that he became devoted to his art full time. Since his first exhibition at a local Connecticut gallery in 2011, Joe Gitterman’s career has taken off. His work has been bought by both private and corporate collections and he has received commissions from Robert Couturier, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Riverside Building in London, the Robert A.M. Stern designed Arris building in Washington D.C. and the Four Season’s Hotel in Houston, among many others.
Magdaly Montenegro is an architect and artist, born in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been influenced by modern architecture and the artistic movements surrounding the city were she grew up. Two of the most influential artists were Jesús Soto and Carlos Cruz Diez, teaching her the importance of color and the use of space to create visual arts. During her professional career as an architect, she continued her education in different areas of art, as well as numerous workshops that taught her how to work the glass with the techniques of fusion, molding and casting. His career in the art world began in the 1990s; a trajectory that has lasted two decades. Her works reflect an artistic sensitivity along with a technical preparation that has given rise to pieces of great expressiveness. Magdaly explores geometric abstraction with an emphasis on the study of color where geometry and color become the subjects of his intriguing paintings. She carefully selected shapes and colors to create the illusion of volume, space, vibration and transparency.
Gebhardt Gallery & Studio
Kris and Angela Gebhardt are a powerhouse couple, there’s no question. But the two individuals who make up Gebhardt Fine Art are also incredible artists in their own right. Comprising large-format contemporary works, Kris and Angela’s collective body of work “is not for everyone,” Kris admitted in a profile by Saatchi Art. “Most pieces feature strength and beauty, but it’s not sugar-coated; it’s knocked around a bit just like life. We paint a lot of reality on our canvases. Even in its roughest form, you can still see the integration of strength and beauty.”
Only Angela knows what truly inspires her pieces. She expresses emotions in color and shapes that soothe, delight and excite. They are pretty and pleasing. Every letter, note or stroke of paint, is re-worked until perfect. Images, numbers and words are tattooed and layered in acrylic, charcoal, oil, chalk, graphite, paper and more — to form her “auto-paint- ographies”— telling a story that will remain forever hers. Angela’s intensely personal style resonates with patrons around the world and people connect with her work on another plane. Do they know her pain and sadness? Revel in her joy? Bask in her warmth? Like that which inspires Angela Gebhardt, we will never know.
Kris Gebhardt’s works are gritty — both literally and figuratively — gray and layered, his subjects are centrally focused over a massaged background. Born out of necessity, he engineered what was available for a base. Practiced over time and throughout many paintings this strategy became his style — matching subject matter to canvas and frame. Used cardboard, worn and tattered tarps stapled to one-by-fours, boxes and dismantled furniture are just a few of the starting points for a Kris Gebhardt “paintumentary.” Each one tells a story about someone he has met, worked with and known — whether that is an actual person, the archetype of a being or himself. His inspiration comes from a variety of places like the Greatest Generation, friends, employers and his own non-artistic career. Gebhardt is proficient at portraying Every Man and his struggles. Never setting out to become an artist, Gebhardt wears many hats. He is a husband, father, entrepreneur, athlete, photographer, author, consultant and business man and draws his scenes from his many vocations.
Zenith Art & Fashion
Founded in 2016 by two young artists and designers, with a history of merging the arts, Zenith Art & Fashion was born from a desire to help create a more inclusive contemporary art and fashion world, making the best works from international countries and cultures accessible to all, from first-timers and emerging collectors to loyal enthusiasts, seasoned collectors and public or private institutions and foundations.
Zenith Art & Fashion believes that the world’s most incredible work should be accessible to be enjoyed by everyone. They aspire to ensure that their visitors feel that they can truly enjoy the world’s most fabulous creations, in an immersive experience that unites cultures through the fusion of the arts.
Christopher Solcz, better known as “Solczy,” is a Canadian contemporary, pop artist. Born in 1993 in Windsor, Ontario, drawing and painting were his earliest memories. His life-long passion for the street and music sub-cultures helped him to express his creativity at an early age and instilled a love for fine art in the years to come. In his work, Solczy likes to keep a bright and bold palette combining different mediums such as acrylic and spray paint along with collage and several different mixed media such as vintage broken records and street signs. His work utilizes the likes of popular iconic imagery to convey messages of inspiration and humor.
Born in Moscow, Elena is now a Zurich-based artist whose diplomatic background and extensive travels have inspired her to explore a variety of artistic styles. For her, the ability to convey feelings onto a chosen medium, and to share one’s vision with people around the world is the artist’s unique privilege. Elena began her arts education in Moscow, attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and studied graphic design at Corcoran School of Art and Design. In her work, she uses various oil painting techniques to sublimate and convey her emotions onto canvas.
Fernando Cid de Diego is a native of Valencia, Spain, While studying naval engineering, he taught himself to sculpt, which has been his calling since childhood, and which has consumed him completely ever since. A gifted craftsman in drawing, his lines are almost photographic. For Cid de Diego, his drawing is nothing less than the perfect tool with which to give contour to his works. Cid de Diego thinks volume, sees volume, and dreams volume. Two distinctly unique forces collaborated in the creation of this artist: his innate predisposition for art, and the technical knowledge acquired through his studies of engineering that can be so difficult for an artist to acquire. The result of all this is an artist who reveals himself as a cultivated, humanistic and technical man. In Cid de Diego is the soul of a renaissance man with a insatiable curiosity, capable of writing a poem, working with machinery, painting a canvas and carving a sculpture.
Hamid-Nicola Katrib is one of Romania’s most appreciated young architects and Forbes’ “Top 30 Under 30”. He completed his studies with a master’s degree in Interior Architecture at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, where he received the “majeur de promotion” distinction. Hamid began his artistic career in 2004 by participating at various school contests and collective exhibitions in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2006, he took part in a humanitarian artistic project that consisted in immortalizing paintings of ruins of a Lebanese neighborhood destroyed by bombing. In 2007, Hamid established himself in Romania and opened Crea Decoration, an architecture and interior design office. Over the years, Hamid hasn’t neglected his passion for painting, launching now the third art exhibition, “L’univers Efemere,” at Galateca Gallery in Bucharest, Romania.
Born in Miami, Ian Fichman is a sculptor and illustrator who graduated from Florida State University. Ian’s artwork is a sardonic narrative of human existence. Each one-of-a-kind sculpture is uniquely assembled piece by piece, bringing its character to life. Their bodies are built around stylized skeletal structures, focusing on the framework of our being. The figures are mutually faceless, symbolizing our kinship as human beings through the shared struggles of our endeavors. His sculptures chronicle life experiences, each driven by different desires but similarly seeking a correct modus-operandi to fulfill their own aspirations, if even possible. The solid, manufactured steel and the primitive objects they hold tell a story, implicating individual personas and highlighting their ambitions.
Kevin Vigil (aka: Kre8) calls himself a true to life artist who lives, sleeps, breathes and eats art. He started in graffiti art at 14 years old and today combines styles including graffiti, surrealism, realism, abstract and cubism into one signature style he calls FACELESS which he has been developing over the last 15 years. The first thing people notice in his work is the contrasts between black, white and grey and bursts of color which represent us as people. However, at a closer look, he takes away society’s vanity by removing the faces off of his FACELESS works.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Raida Lopez is a renowned abstract expressionist whose paintings, prints and mixed media have appeared in galleries and museums around the world. Lopez’s art often includes the human form, sometimes interlaced with vegetation or unidentified objects, always flowing, as if in motion. Lopez leaves the message of each piece up to the beholder. The ambiguity is what captures the viewer’s interest. Lopez grew up in an artistic home cultivated by her mother, also a talented visual artist. At an early age, Lopez expressed her artistry through dance, which may explain why movement is a key element in her paintings today. Lopez has exhibited her art in individual and group shows, as well as in national and international competitions. Her award-winning work has appeared in cities across the United States, and internationally in Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Saint Amand Montrond and Livorno.
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