COLOR DRIVEN ART BY MWANEL PIERRE LOUIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mwanel Pierre-Louis is an artist and illustrator based in Miami. His work is based from a graphic and color driven language of today’s pop culture and is mixed with realism and abstraction. The work is also derives from fashion, music, and people. He’s shown his works within Art Basel Miami in Dec 2014 to Tokyo, Japan in summer of 2013. Color is driven in most of his work and as well in his life.

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RITUALS AND MYTHS BY MARTIN FERREYRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based artist Martin Ferreyra was born in the city of Cordoba, Argentina. Regarding the arts, he is mainly self-taught, participating in workshops in painting and ceramics. In recent years his work has been divided between those two, developing a personal world within his visual imagery. He has been investigating and working with concepts around identity, ritual, and myth, latent in the collective unconscious of latin culture.

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URBAN CULTURE BY BORIS NZEBO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cameroon based artist Boris Nzebo’s multilayered paintings and collages conjure the astounding visual complexity typical of the West African city. Entirely drawing his subject matter from urban culture in his hometown Douala, Nzebo invests his works with psycho geographical impulse: their primary subjects are the elaborate hairstyles of men and women, which he lays on city views as integral features of the architecture.

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Nzebo’s stylized execution owes a lot to painted haircut signs found outside Cameroon’s barber shops. Appropriating the language of advertising he creates portraits taken from detailed studies of traditional African hairstyles, often elaborate, and combines them with informal snapshots of local neighborhoods, urban architecture and scenes from daily life. This symbiotic connection allows for a multiplicity of readings of the image, rendering levels of information in a sort of visual polyphony that rhythmically integrates humans and the space they inhabit.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE BY MODUPEOLA FADUGBA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Abuja, Nigeria based Modupeola Fadugba is a multi-media artist working in painting, drawing, and socially-engaged installation. With a background in engineering, economics, and education, she works at the nexus of science, politics, and art. Fadugba works in series addressing cultural identity, social justice, game theory, and the art world within the socio-political landscape of Nigeria and our greater global economy.

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THE WORK OF MASAMI TERAOKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Masami Teraoka‘s early work consisted primarily of watercolor paintings and prints that mimicked the flat, bold qualities of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. These paintings, done after his arrival in the United States, often featured the collision of the two cultures. Series such as McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan characterize themes in the work in this time period. These pieces blended reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, history with the present.

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He has abandoned this style in favor of Western European religious iconography, in tune with his cultural and political critique of contemporary culture, particularly its confessional quality in America society. Teraoka’s work has been reviewed, collected and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

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UNEXPECTED JUXTAPOSITIONS BY SAM JEDIG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sam Jedig‘s works raise an question about how we interpret ourselves and reality as it is presented to us through the steady flow of images of mass culture. The fragments of images in the works have been removed from their original context in what concerns both time and place. The safe and well-known world is turned upside-down by these new and unexpected juxtapositions. Sam Jedig’s point is that this “real world” only exists as long as we, together, maintain and confirm its existence.

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS BY ANDRES GAMIOCHIPI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.

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With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.

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CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE BY ROSSINA BOSSIO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rossina Bossio is a multidisciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Visual Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in her hometown and Fine Arts at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France.

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Prioritizing both the conceptual and the aesthetical, Rossina Bossio brings together traditional and new media aiming to close the gap between the two through a representational approach. Searching for a connection between static and moving images, Bossio’s painted characters and spaces come to life through sound and movement on the screen. Her multidisciplinary practice is rooted in subversive ideas of femininity and in Latin-American culture. Her portraits are complex, ambiguous, and reflect an endless quest around the paradoxes of the human condition.

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ANTHROPOMORPHIC SYMBOLISM BY HANNAH YATA

by Ariadna Zierold

hannah yata, painting, surreal, landscape, nature, culture, masks, environment, detailed, symbolism, upper playground

Hannah Faith Yata was born and raised in a small town in Georgia. She is half Japanese and Caucasian. She grew up with a deep love of nature and animals passed down by the beautiful surroundings in the country and her mother. As a young adult, she studied feminism, psychology, and art in college.

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In her own work, Yata seeks to interweave political ideas, (using nature, women, and feminism almost synonymously), environmental degradation, and themes of moral injustice into increasingly chaotic paintings. She uses masks from a mix of other cultures to speak to the different relationships that native tribes and cultures have with the earth, while giving anthropomorphic qualities and symbolism to the animals to speak their consciousness.

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UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE BY RAVI ZUPA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Denver based artist Ravi Zupa’s images are drawn and painted by his hand. He considers books the best way to experience art and has spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history and originate from nearly all geographical regions. Being entirely self-taught, he looks for inspiration in works by German Renaissance print makers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, Mughal paintings, religious iconography from Europe, Asia and Pre-Columbian Latin America, and revolutionary propaganda the world over. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.

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Ravi demonstrates mastery in a wide range of media including painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramic and assemblage sculpture, and collage. He employs recycled materials such as blueprints, envelopes and old letters salvaged from dumpsters.

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