Brazil based collective duoUinverso is a collaboration between Nadiuska and Priscila Furtado. The name is a play on the Portuguese words that mean ‘the inverse’ and ‘the universe’. The pair are multidisciplinary designers with experience in editorial and graphic design, and their main output is illustrations and ceramics.
Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1970, Carter is an internationally known painter, sculptor,
photographer and ﬁlmmaker based in New York. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a BFA degree in 1992. In 1994 he studied at The Skowhegan School of Painting
and Sculpture, and in 1997 received an MFA degree from the University of California, Davis.
Carter’s paintings and photo collages incorporate dissociate facial features, body parts, and landscape elements into cohesive satisfying wholes, however his use of color and connectivity keeps the primary focus on the act of articulation and on the component relations rather than on the complete combined effect.
Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki carves life-size sculptures from wood, but with a twist of mortality and transience. The disturbing pieces hinge often hinge on grotesque as the combination of the bulging weight and density of wood heightens the certainty of death that looms over all his creations. Each piece, with sizes ranging from life-size to miniature, is first sketched directly onto a large section of camphor wood and then chiseled to match the absurd female form.
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.
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.
Mexico City based artist Francisco Esnayra is concerned with the emotional and revealing character of the face. He selects the features that most strongly depict the protagonist, thus carving a philosophical psychology and sculptural anthropology.
The sculptor penetrates deep within what’s human in the face and the mind. Through the creative process, Esnayra delves into himself- a self portrait in the mind and the face of each sculpture he molds. He incorporated in his figures the intellect and soul in histrionic fashion, hence the variety of facial gestures in his work.
Maryam Ashkanian, with the Sleeping Series collection, entrapped the world of dreams and subconscious sewing the dreamers’ faces, surprised in their inner expressions during the night, on soft pillows. She embroiders individuals deep in sleep onto the surface of her handmade pillows, matching the size of her subjects to the area one would physically occupy if they took a nap on her work.
The stitched sleepers lay sprawled in different configurations on the white background, some with their arms outstretched, whiles others hold them tucked into their bodies. These sculptures are a way to access the wide subject matter of dreams, a place where Ashkanian feels we can observe ourselves in one of the purest forms.
Madrid based Miguel Scheroff is a painter whose works range between reality and fiction. Using the technique of oil painting as his favorite, he presents large-scale works made with an incredible hyperrealism. He puts in contact painting with photography, although that it is not his intention, but he aims to critique the society within we live.
Singapore based Qixuan Lim makes unsettling yet adorable tiny sculptures. She graduated from the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, majoring in Visual Communications in 2014. Her aesthetic sensibilities have been shaped by her love for fantasy stories, old curiosities, time-travel and her yearning for worlds natural and imagined.
Istambul, Turkey based Aykut Aydogdu’s work is purely digital, drawn or painted with a tablet in Adobe Photoshop. His work walks the fine line between surrealism daydream and surrealism nightmare.
Aydogdu’s work is stunning in both quality and subject matter. Portraying scenes like a woman’s head impaled by a rose, another woman engaging in a sensual kiss with a decapitated head, and a third atop a toilet seemingly “shitting roses,” the result is both comical, dark, and deeply alluring.