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Afarin Sajedi

Afarin Sajedi is an Iranian artist, living and working in Tehran. Sajedi has had exhibitions across Iran and also taught at Tehran Azad University and Tehran University. Her work is fused with strong iconography with the central female subject, commenting on the flux women are dealt with in a male dominant social hierarchy. Truly beautiful and mesmerizing.

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Nassos Daphnis

Nassos Daphnis was a Greek-born American abstract painter and sculptor. His work is often associated with hard-edge painting: an art movement with emphasis on calculated precision in execution, relying mainly on flat surface planes. Among this movement were important artists like Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Alexander Liberman. His legacy of works deals with color and geometric abstraction which foresaw the advent of the digital age.

Daphnis, who passed away in 2010.Richard Taittinger Gallery is hosting a compelling solo show of his works in its New York’s Lower East Side gallery.

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Rithika Merchant

Rithika Merchant was born in Bombay India in 1986, and studied at Hellenic International Studies In The Arts, Paros, Greece and received her BFA with honors from Parsons The New School For Design, New York, U.S.A. in 2008. Stephen Romano Gallery is hosting it’s inaugural solo exhibition if her works, in it’s new Bushwick location, entitled “Luna Tabulatorum”.

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David Altmejd

Born in Montréal in 1974, David Altmejd lives and works in New York. The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is hosting his latest exhibition titled: Flux: from Sarah to The Flux and the Puddle. Flux is a major survey exhibition, featuring works produced over the span of last 15 years including a site specific mural and some new works. His work is full of complex iconography and intricate story-lines encased in a ever changing environment transformed by forces of decay and regeneration. The sublimely beautiful and the decaying, fractured world: an ever-evolving environment of amidst somewhat controlled chaos.

View more: David Altmejd at The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

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FalcaoLucas is a digital art project created by Tânia Falcão and Avelar Lucas, who are also a married couple from Portugal. Between digital illustrations and animated art GIFs creations, the artwork always have a strong connection to music.

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The lunchtime talks

The lunchtime talks are a series of public expert lectures, organised by the media design department at DHBW Ravensburg, Germany since 2011. Everyone is invited to come and bring delicious lunch, while the speakers provide food for thought.

Students design individual posters in relation to the guest’s work or lecture topic. Design by prof. Klaus Birk and students: Katja Bantle, Paul Brenner, Bartosch Debicki, Ephraim Ebertshäuser, Janine Ehlert, Daniel Hartmann, Fabian Karrer, Moritz Kathe, Alexander Legath, Daniel Poppele, Thomas Rostock, Moritz Schmidt, Sabine Schubert, Yannick Wörner.

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Nicola Samori

Nicola Samori is an Italian artist with dark, Baroque-inspired oil paintings, that are skillful reproductions of classical portraits, purposefully destroyed to negate classical connotations and question the purpose painting itself. His process involves skinning his painted figures with a palette knife or a solvent, then another painted layer on top, and repeating the process until the painting is overwhelmed, infused with signs of errosion, dominating the reworked surface.

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Alex Garant

Alex Garant, dubbed as Queen of Double Eyes, studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College. Now living and working in Toronto, Canada. Her work offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant uses patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of her imagery. Alex Garant’s paintings are not far from a perfect optical illusion: her protagonists trying to escape themselves, almost possessed by a distinct version of their own individuality, an exorcism of the soul.

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Bernard Moninot

Bernard Moninot is a french artist, lives and works in Paris and Château-Chalon (Jura). His early works are placed in the wake of the New Figuration. He began exhibiting in the early 1970s, works evoking the urban environment: stores, drugstores, gas stations, greenhouses. He is the master of shadow play of the objects and surfaces. Hi work is complex studies of objects, light, shadow and surfaces, where the three dimensional objects interacts with he pure two dimensional shadowed surfaces and its interplay with light and movement. In these works, Bernard Moninot puts competing real space and fictional space of representation. The windows are themselves put under glass and pattern unfolds on two levels.

In the early 1980s, he uses glass as support, fixing on the reverse, carbon black, various pigments, iron filings, silica or graphite powder to evoke architectural elements, strange shadows tools measuring or fragile metal constructions.

View more masterpieces: Bernard Moninot’s official website

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Labuena Ylamala – Raquel G

Labuena Ylamala – Raquel G lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Her work is straight out of some fancy sci-fi novel. Sharp lines, shapes, spaces, wonderous supermatist delights of metal. Intersecting lines and surfaces, deconstructed shapes, intermingling in a suspended space, interacting with the environment around in infinite possibilities… an absolute portrait of the times now.

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Mathieu Laca

Mathieu Laca lives and works in Laval, Quebec. His work is professionally exhibited for the first time at the age of 17 at the Maison des Arts de Laval. In 2005, he graduates from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His work has his signature warped subjects smeared through the surface, sometimes deconstructed. In few of his works, you can feel the hints of inspirations from the master painter Francis Bacon… that is simply beautiful.

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Nicholas Di Genova

Nicholas Di Genova is a Canadian Illustrator, living in working in Toronto. He illustrates beautifully detailed creatures influenced from anime, comic books, Otaku culture. His creatures look like mythical, fantasy beings documented with perfect detail. Got to love some of his encyclopedic-ish illustrations, with numerous tiny details and variants.

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Steve Spazuk

Steve Spazuk is a fire artist and for the past 14 years, Spazuk has perfected a technique called fumage, that allows him to use the flame of a candle or the flame of a torch as a pencil to create his paintings with trails of soot. Using various tools, he intuitively sculpt the plumes of soot left behind in response to the shapes that appear on the canvas.

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Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick is an Australian artist, with a distinct visual language of transformed painted classical sculptures stuck in a contemporary flux. The subjects, strong classical motifs, intermingled with the consumer oriented way of things around, all with a sense humor and yet a stark, in your face statement. These are gods and goddesses, heroes, titans and all those high and mighty getting by, one day at a time.

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Kate Shaw

Kate Shaw is a Melbourne-based artist who creates landscapes that are simultaneously sublime and toxic. Formed out of ‘paint pours’ and collage techniques, her landscapes capture the transcendent beauty of nature; the swirls of acrylic paint, ink, glitters and powders mimic the flow of natural processes. But underlying these psychedelic scenes are hints of pollution and artificiality, inducing anything from wonder to discomfort. This intersection of creation and corruption in Shaw’s alchemical creations teases out our conflicted relationship with nature – a relationship fraught with awe and fear, closeness and distance.

View more: Kate Shaw’s website

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