Paintings by Nina Hansen from Denmark.

Paintings by Nina Hansen from Denmark.
Go for it 50x50 cm.
An Interview with Nina Hansen.

Who and from where are you?

My name is Nina Hansen. I was born in Bergen, Norway. Now living in Denmark.

How you got into this?

I have always been fascinated by art and design. I have been drawing since I was a child. At that time I drew mostly animals, like dogs and horses. Later I have started to paint with acrylic on canvas.

What is your driving force?

Being creative has always been a driving force in my life. Painting is my soul, and gives me great joy and relaxation. It lends me the opportunity to express myself and release an otherwise uncontrollable energy, which bring my back to the studio almost every day. I love to find new ways to express myself, and the idea to focus on details in a new way is very rewarding

What kind of work you do and why?

I paint mostly whit acrylic and paint marker. My paintings are abstract and contemporary with strong vibrant colors. I am experimenting with shape, colors and different techniques. My tools are usually painting knife, spatula and fingers. It is impossible for me to predict the final outcome. It is evolving gradually in the making.

The vivid colors are meant to induce happiness and vitality to the viewer.

I am working with intuition and expressionism. The process is investigative, and the randomness of
sudden evolving shapes and strokes, are creating a multitude of paths. 

My final goal is to take the viewer on a trip in to their own imagination……. and out of the ordinary.

Portraiture Paintings by Joel Martimbeault.

Portraiture Paintings by Joel Martimbeault.
The Gift.
An Interview with Joel Martimbeault.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Joel Martimbeault and i was born in Manitoba Canada, but have lived most of my life in and around Montreal, Quebec. 

How you got into this?

I only took up painting more seriously in my forties, visual arts seeming like the next step for someone who had always delved in creative and visual disciplines: graphic arts, woodworking and interior design. For the most part i am a self-taught artist, initially experimenting with color and texture with abstract landscapes. Moving into portraiture, i continued working with similar textures and bold colors. As I began this foray into portraits i also completed a certification as a life coach. This had a huge influence on how i approached painting from that point on. Bringing these 2 passions together influenced me to make the emotion the true subject of my work. 

What is my driving force?

Connection. 
The connection and intimacy with the subject that builds up through the process of painting. An opportunity to connect with the emotion, to experience it through art in a way i don't always allow myself to in everyday life. Connecting and moving people with my work. My greatest accomplishment is knowing that i can move people with my art.

What kind of work you do and why? 

My process begins by first choosing the emotion i feel i need to explore; something personal i can relate to and connect with. I choose my subjects with the knowledge that they can channel those feelings, that experience. We find common ground and i get to experience it through them. It's a very intimate and rewarding process for me. 

The eyes are where I first focus when I begin my work. There is where I can capture and immortalize the feeling that my subject portrays. With my expressive use of colour I hope to evoke the spiritual and emotional statement of my subject. I like to juxtapose the linear rhythms of my brushstrokes against the tactile and textural swathes of the palette knife. The quick application of paint allows me to express the immediacy of the moment; for I believe that emotions can change in a split second. The highs and lows of shadows create a contrast that may enhance or contradict the sentiment.  My background as a life coach has allowed me to have a close relationship with feelings and emotions and I welcome the viewer to create their own interpretation of what the person may be experiencing.

In a time of selfies and social narcissism  I want the emotion to take front stage, to allow ourselves to view the subject from within.

Figurative Paintings by Eric Zener.

Figurative Paintings by Eric Zener.
Gliding
An Interview with Eric Zener.

Who and where are you from?

I am from California. I live just across the San Francisco Bay and my studio is in Sausalito on the water. I grew up mainly in Southern California, lived in Australia and Spain later, and have spent the last 25 years here.

How you got into this?

I as child I loved making art, and lived in a household that was creative.  After college I awakened that joy of painting again and painted at first for a hobby, and then shortly after dedicated it to my career.  I have been painting full time professionally now for almost 30 years.

What is your driving force?

It slowly just because “who you are” more than a driving force.  That said I am drawn to the creative world as a whole.  I react emotionally and viscerally to music, art, film etc.  Painting for me is an exploration of thoughts and ideas and emotions - ofter cathartic or illustrative of the things I think and value.


What kind of work you do and why?

I paint images that speak to the universal yearning to transform and evolve as a person.  I use water as a great abyss to escape into the vulnerability of searching. Sleep as the mysterious place 8 hours we go into another world to escape and dream. Other imagery is largely about the similar concept of personal reflection and transformation.

Figurative, Realistic Paintings by Patricia Guzman.

Figurative, Realistic Paintings by Patricia Guzman.
Sueños-de-Nala-Patricia-Guzmán-acuarela-53-x-73-cms-23000-seleccionado-para-la-Trienal-de-Acuarela-de-Colombia-2015.
An Interview with Patricia Guzman.

Who and where are you from?

Painter born and raised in Mexico City.

How you got into this?

Born in artistic family, denied painting until life itself gave me no choice, I had to paint in order to earn some money and survive, painting was the only thing I could do having no degree. However, when I was 27 I realized how wise life had been, how it made total sense that painting was the path for me. From that moment on, I embraced painting with full commitment, as I got to understand a much deeper meaning for it. 

What is your driving force?

To create something new, something that has never seen before, to stop the viewer’s mind for a moment and transport them to a different world. To add something to the canon of art, to make art that could transcend cultures and time. 

What kind of work you do and why?

Figurative, realistic images of different realities that speak about our experience as human beings, of the emotions shared by all. I feel affected of the things happening around me and feel the need to speak about it through paint.

Painting is so fascinating as the way I understand it, it is a path to the inner self, it is a constant voyage to getting to know oneself better and to remove the systems of beliefs and thoughts that don’t belong to the self. It is a cleansing process of unearthing the sacred jewels we all have, deep inside. It is to believe in this voice as we’ve been programmed to listen to the outside instead of the inside. Therefore, the hardest part and most rewarding is to believe in this voice and to have to courage to follow it through. I think it is a lifelong challenge that makes life worth living in a passionate, fullest way. 

Please tell us more about your thought process.

I love the way light dances across a face or figure, I like to paint in big or medium formats (larger than life) so that we can see a face in a distinct perspective from our everyday point of view. I’d like people to stop and to look to a native person’s face in a completely different way, being larger than life and being filled with so much information such as the wrinkles, the changes in tones and colors but most importantly, the expression, the feelings. The lyrics of the son echoes by Pink Floyd deeply resonate with the feeling I have when painting a portrait: 
..By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me ..
Being this my supreme objective for people to have when looking at the work. 

I observe the world around me and there are many things that cause pain and frustration. I feel the need to say something about it through paint, perhaps it is my way of coping with it, of trying to understand, of stopping the world around me and allowing that to happen, to not deny it. I am not trying to change any person point of view, or trying to mirror reality, it’s just a need for me, of shedding light into the terrible situations around us. Examples of this are paintings like: Forgotten, Justice, 43, Vivasnosqueremos .. YA BASTA" (We want us alive .. STOP). 

Art by Carlos Barrios.

Art by Carlos Barrios.
An Interview with Carlos Barrios.

Who and where are you from?

I am carlos barrios, born in El Salvador Central America, i have also spend some time in Honduras as my father family was from that country.
Moved to australia in 1990 and since then i have been very happy working in this country.
My practice include painting, drawing, ceramics and mixed media.

How you got into this?

To me art came as a young child. 
The civil war in my childhood period was a terrible one
We spent many periods indoors 
My father was a bit of collector of art and ancient artefacts 
Also we visited many old ancient cities 
For me it came I believe from some of this experiences, i also have the recollection of picking up in an old Mayan place a small stone with carvings.   I would watch this stone for hours looking at the lines and seeing visions on them.

So this energy or curiosity that society calls art came in that moment and became a very strong part of my essence .

What is your driving force?

My driving force is a strong Desiree to create images or just to observe them evolving in front of my eyes.   Is almost like a magical or misting experience really.  To be part of an universe that we cant fully understand, less explains.

To reach certain state.
Is a very addictive activity really

What kind of work you do and why?

I use what is around me in terms of materials.
Always have a lot of paper, paint, linen, crayons etc and move between pieces making marks and let them became something.

fACES by Robin Norman from Sweden.

fACES by Robin Norman from Sweden.
An Interview with Robin Norman.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Robin Norman and im an artist from a small town called Åmål in Sweden. I have moved around a bit, but live and work here for now.

How you got in to this?

I have always been intrested in creating and making art in different forms. I have been drawing and painting since forever. In the latest years I have started making music. I think I started making stuff early because it felt good and I got some kind of reward inside my brain. 

What is your driving force?

I MUST make something every day, otherwise i dont feel well. I have an urge to take my thoughts and place them outside my head in different forms. So I can understand it better. 
I am what i make. I suffer from mental illness and it helps to make art. 

What kind of work do you do and why? 

Im in love with grafit. That is my to-go-to material. Just a pencil and a paper. But I try to work with everything i can get my hands on. My favorite subject is the human. Mostly the head. I try to variate me, but in a perfect world i would just sit and draw different faces all day.

Figurative Paintings by Rabecca Signoriello.

Figurative Paintings by Rabecca Signoriello.
Adrift
An Interview with Rabecca Signoriello.

Who and where are you from?

I am an artist and laborer residing in New Castle, Pennsylvania. I paint in the winters and pave roads in the summers. Having two very different jobs does make me feel like I lead two different lives, but doing this also gives me a chance to step back and contemplate my choices as well as what I want in the future.

How did you get into this?

I have always drawn as a child but was immersed in the fine arts when I was an undergraduate at Edinboro University. The support and knowledge of the professors in the art department at Edinboro was one of the reasons I was inspired and continued on to the New York Academy of Art for my MFA in painting. 

What is your driving force?

I paint in hopes of creating something that connects me and my life to the viewer. I am forever a student, and always wanting know more and be better is a huge driving force for my paintings. i learn something from everything I create.

What kind of work you do and why?

My primary focus is the figure. I love painting flesh. Figurative arts makes me feel connected with my subjects, my process, and my viewers. 
I mainly paint people who are in my life. My paintings are most often allegorical or surreal versions of my life and those around me. I also like painting straight-forward portraits, and scenes of everyday life as I see it.

Art by Óscar Sanmartín Vargas from Spain.

Art by Óscar Sanmartín Vargas from Spain.
An Interview with Óscar Sanmartín Vargas.

Who and where are you from?

I am 45 years old and I was born in Zaragoza a medium city in the northeast of Spain between Madrid and Barcelona.

How you got into this?

Painting and drawing since childhood. After studying high school I went to an Academy of Fine Arts and started painting oil. After a few years of dedicating myself exclusively to art I began to do film and television works and for a time I participated in television series and some feature film. Later I started working in the publishing world and began to make covers for books and illustrated albums, an activity that I am currently working on together with the design of album covers.

What is your driving force?

I think that drawing and art in general is a game that connects us with the mysterious. It is a way to get in touch with a part of us that normally remains hidden but is able to surface when you work. Those are the two components that move my way of working, the game and the mysterious.

What kind of work you do and why?

I spent a lot of time drawing and painting oil but over the years it seemed monotonous and predictable and solitary, so I began to explore other areas such as cinema or illustration. I also found it interesting to jump to the volume building dioramas and miniature sets. At the moment I am dedicated to the illustration of books and the design of covers of music albums.

Drawings by Mani from France.

Drawings by Mani from France.
An Interview with Mani.

Who and where are you from ?

Hi ! I'm Mani. I work and live in Lyon, France, I do drawings and other imagery things like that. First I was a cinema addict, I had no realy artistic education, but very soon I developped a visual mind, and a personnal affinity with langage of pictures. So I began Cinema studies.


How you got into this ?

I draw with my simple ballpoint pen since almost ten years !

I first drawn during university classes. While I was listening teachers, I let my ballpoint pen slide on the side of my sheets... And when I had to choose what will I do after university, I just look back at my papers and discoverd thousands of drawings forming a single universe... So I decided to experiment this drawing way rather than continue studies... wonder where it would leading me... Now I develop all this cosmogony through drawings, animation, and stencil street arts since almost ten years...


What is your driving force ?

Honestly I let my hand lead me. Not trying to think about a concept nore a shape...
As I am a slow worker, I have all the time to find a continuity and equilibrium into the draw. I shape my whole artworks with all the forms I have memorise in the world outside. It's like a piling up of all stuff I saw during my life, organized into a metaphoric configuration that's opening towards an interpretation of how the world works.


What kind of work you do and why ?

I just draw, because I can't do something else ! Also because it's the more natural thing, the most efficious and relaxing stuff I need to be a stable personne :) I try to put in my artworks my whole point of view on our humanity. That's why there is humor, sadness, sorrow, questioning, surprises, some kind of greatness and emptyness in the same time... and so and so in it. I want people who are taking time to look at my work understand that they are actually looking at themselves !

Sculpture Artist Nick Ervinck from Belgium.

Sculpture Artist Nick Ervinck from Belgium.
NABEKIARTS
An Interview with Nick Ervinck.

Who and where are you from:

I am an artist born in 1981 in Belgium. Currently I have my own studio in Lichtervelde, Belgium. The focus of my work is digital prints, 3D prints and large polyester sculptures.

How you got into this?

I have always wanted to be an accountant, art was never a topic in our home, I never even visited a museum when I was younger. Play has always been there in my life. When I was very young, I played and built things with Lego blocks. Later, this turned into the virtual building blocks of a whole series of God games; computer games such as SimCity, Settlers, Traffic Tycoon and Caesar. I'm sure that this is how my understanding of computers came about. Architecture has always fascinated me, so it was my first choice when I switched to art school. But the lessons on perspective theory didn't interest me and the scale models I made were not always feasible because I wanted to go beyond what was being offered to me on the course. I switched to ceramics and graphic design. When I discovered software such as Photoshop, a whole new world opened up to me. I suddenly realised that you can do a lot more with a computer than just play games. I studied 3D multimedia at Ghent Academy. My focus was primarily on performance and video art then, and I played around with computer effects. But I didn't really find my way in this and so I switched to the Mixed Media course. There, I gradually found my feet.

What is you driving force?

Everything I do is about the freedom that I need to preserve in order to be able to create. you play God over the world that you've created yourself. You have complete control over the laws of nature. A few extra suns or trees raining out of the sky? Done. There are barely any limits and I find that fascinating. What I do as an artist, I do 24/7. It's my passion, it's the reason I get up in the morning. I actually see the computer as an extension of my body: an external hard drive in which I save all my images in order to create extra space in my head. I am constantly moving forward, expanding my oeuvre and reframing my concepts.

What kind of work you do and why?

The studio takes a vanguard position in the field of digital technology (such as 3D technology and computational design methods). My oeuvre has one foot firmly planted in the digital world. Using copy paste, and depending on the actual task and its context, I apply images, shapes and textures of extremely diverse origins.  I create my own universe while simultaneously referencing both classical sculpture and contemporary pop culture. I explore the boundaries between various media, in order to explore the aesthetic potential of sculpture, 3D prints installation, architecture and design. Consequently, I am particularly interested in how the computer can be used in the realisation of new, organic and experimental (negative) spaces and sculptures within sculptures and how the tension between blobs and boxes is articulated during the digital designing process.

Nude Figurative Paintings by Francisco Jose Jimenez.

Nude Figurative Paintings by Francisco Jose Jimenez.
Breathe 135 x 105 cm Mixed media on canvass.
An Interview with Francisco Jose Jimenez.


Who and where are you from?

My name is Francisco Jose Jimenez and I am from Spain. I've been living in London for 6 years. My studio is based in Wimbledon.  

How you got into this?

That was long time ago. When I was a kid I didn't realise I had the skill but once you start to develop some different techniques and you see how the people appreciate your work, it just became my whole life. The style, the colours, the paintings in general...they change with the time. It's an evolution that grows and I always think that devoting my life to it makes me grow as well as a person.


What is your driving force?

Art is everything to me. It's the way I have to express everything I cannot do through words. Since I wake up until I go to bed again in the night, the art is always around me.


What kind of work you do and why?

I would say that my artworks reflect my own vision of the people. It as well express my constant fight to find the meaning of myself in the person I paint. When I finish a piece, my satisfaction can be measure on the success I had reflecting myself in the person in the canvas. 

I have always felt attracted by nudity, the flowing lines of the human body and the aura that surrounds people. Knowing people through painting is wonderful, you can reach their most intimate places, even to their consciousness.
When we create that aura between the person and painting all these questions arise, which at the end are beautiful imperfections in search of a meaning. In this moment we forget ourselves, Here the body lines stumble upon thoughts. Traveling between the beauty and the sadness. This is the meaning of my painting.

Abstract Expressionistic Paintings by Angel Reyes.

Abstract Expressionistic Paintings by Angel Reyes.
An Interview with Angel Reyes.


Who and where are you from?

My name is Angel Reyes, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico where I'm currently living.

How you got into this?

Since I can remember, I've been fascinated with drawing and sketching. At a very young age I started drawing everything that caught my eye every time I had an opportunity, and I've always been charmed by the fact that you can mimic anything you see with just a pencil and/or some pigments on a blank sheet of paper or canvas, or any other surface for that matter. But I wasn't serious about it until I saw an instructional video from a famous artist on YouTube in 2013. I was just mesmerized by the way he created this amazing works of art just with the pallet knife and some oil paints. At that moment I decided I wanted to do that for a living. 

What is your driving force?

I'm driven by the colorful essence and beauty of everything in the process of life. 

What kind of work you do?

As time passed I have developed my own painting style through experimentation and constant learning and practice. So most of my work could be considered as abstract expressionism and neo figurative. 


Why you do it?

I like to bend and break rules. There's no boundaries to what can be create as an abstract expressionistic artist.

What media and technique do you use?

I prefer acrylic paint but I also use digital software. Mainly I use pallet knife or mixed technique.

Surrealist Paintings by Ton Haring from Netherlands.

Surrealist Paintings by Ton Haring from Netherlands.
Chair 99x61cm 2015.
An Interview with Ton Haring.

Who and where are you from?

I live and work in The Netherlands.

How you got into this

I create things all my life. Next to the visual work I am also a musician.
I decided to work on a professional level early in the nineties.

What is your driving force?

My driving force is the urge to create.

What kind of work you do and why?

Most of my work is surreal and quite detailled. Although I don't see myself as a surrealist beceause I don't share the ideas of the surrealists. I use it mostly as a label. Inspiration comes from everywhere. Very important sources are science and nature. Beceause my intrest in science I do some astronomical artwork. I work with acrylics and oilpaints.

Paintings by Nacho Puerto from Spain.

Paintings by Nacho Puerto from Spain.
Angela
An Interview with Nacho Puerto.

Who and where are you from?

I am NP and I was born in Valencia, Spain but I I grew in Castellón, a Little city near the Mediterranean sea.  This town is where I live  and I feel comfortable to work.

How you got into this?

As usual in this world, I started to Paint  since I was a child. From an early age, I was so sure that my whole life resolved around this artistic world.

In 2000 I began  my career in the university of Valencia, where I graduated in Fine Arts in 2005. Later, I got the master about “artistic production” in the same university. During all this time, I continued working and looking for my own way, giving national and interntional exhibitons. In 2013 I was admitted in the famous School of Visual Arts in New York where I gave an exhibition.  Nowadays I work in a studio where I give lessons of  painting and drawing, continuing  my personal work.

What is your driving force?

In fact,  for me painting is a necessity of life more than a vocation. All that  makes me feel pain, frustation, joy… But the only thing I know is that I need to paint. I suppose this is my giving force which brings me to be a professional painter.

What kind of work you do and why?

In latter times, my style and technics have been changing. For this reason, it has been a progressive way which I still working in. At this time, I am working figurative Works on raw Wood. In this way, I play with all these possibilities that those material offer me. On the other hand, I have new projects in mind, as a series about “the Metamorphosis” of Kafka and another one based on the film “The whitch”. 

Paintings by Simone Miani from Italy.

Paintings by Simone Miani from Italy.
Metaphysic of Creation | 2015 | Oil on canvas | cm 60 x 60
An Interview with Simone Miani.

Who and where are you from?

I'm Simone Miani, a 33 year old painter, sculptor and environmental artist from Italy. I'm based in Cividale that is a small town near Trieste on the border with Slovenia. Here, on this peaceful hills surrounded by windeyards i live and work in my studio.

How you got into this?

Long story short... my art career was not linear, like many other artists i started when i was a kid but too bad my life took a different direction after my teenage years, my family didn't allowed me to study art and pushed me far away from my interests, so i stopped painting when i was around 18 and then for 10 years i just did a lot of different things to pay my bills, i sold a lot of different stuff from wine to flour passing by advertising products, i've been a bar tender, a card dealer, i also worked in a radio but nothing was fitting my personality, i was kinda lost.
Back then when i was 28 i just got a huge crack-up, depressions panic attacks etc...and this happens when you are far away from yourself, so i quitted everything and decide to start painting again. Family, life, society, teachers, principals...everyone tells you what you should do and when, but noone knows what kidnap your soul, what makes you feel alive and real... at the end i just decided to do what makes me wake up in the morning, and from 5 years i'm producing my artworks fulltime.

What is your driving force?

People! or better what makes them be the way they are, essentially what is invisible to the eye.

What kind of work you do and why?

All of my work is oil on canvas, i like to keep it classic. Speaking about the process, i usually have a real relationship with my models both males and females (i tried in the past to paint strangers but it just doesn't work) so i invite them to my studio and take pictures of them and then i paint the subject, as simple as that.

Speaking about my focus instead, i'm passionate about the logics that lie at the base of the human behaviour, my artistic research explores in a vertical way the self and the individual, my works have as main themes the human condition, the perception and the plurality of the “Self”. I try to offers a vision, possibly non-judging, of the subject while interacting with objects of daily life, lonesome, communicating with other bodies and in always different environments. The intent is to immortalize the snapshot of the condition of being, spotlighting its plurality, its inconsistencies, its recondite aspects. I'm also very interested on how the society cannibalize public art, and the relationship established between the people and the art but i guess this will shows up in my canvases in the near future.

Paintings by Javier Remirez de Ganuza from Spain

Paintings by Javier Remirez de Ganuza from Spain
Head of  Variable Size and Features. 130x97cm.
An Interview with Javier Remirez de Ganuza.


Who and where are you from?

I am Javier Remirez de Ganuza, ¨Remyland¨, a selftought artist from Logroño, I´m 37 years old and I live and work in Zaragoza, Spain.

How you got into this?

I have always been a very creative kid and a poor student.I have the memory of me always leaving my responsabilities to create my own world through images. 
One day I decided to live focusing on living through my art.This was 11 years ago.Since my first studio in Zaragoza. Now I have developed my own style. In witch you can see my influences, mainly the revolutionary artists from the 20 century, like Picasso, Saura , Dubuffet , Matisse or Basquiat.

What is your driving force?

Being myself and to talk my own language.Full of textures,vivid colors and gesture. The continuous and endless search that art provides. The feeling of painting by itself,being in contact with the paint and flow through the accidents in the canvas.


What kind of work you do and why?

My world is full of inlfuences like science fiction movies, religion, esoteric symbols, graffitti, mithology,astrology an even transhumanism. The fight between light and darkness.

Compound Portrait Series by Josh Bowe.

Compound Portrait Series by Josh Bowe.
Connective Tissue, Compound Portrait Series, Sketched with a parallel pen, Ink on Paper.
An Interview with Josh Bowe.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Josh Bowe. I'm from the UK, I am 44 years old, and have been a permanent resident of the UK since birth. Currently I lived in a small village in Mid Wales called  Llansantffraid, which I use mainly as studio primarily, and a home secondly.

How you got into this

I got into art at a very young age I guess, probably well before i can remember, my parents said I was obsessed with drawing before I could speak. Painting and drawing have always played a primary role in my life, I don't think I've ever spent more than a week away from participating in either practice. As an adult I have always had the goal to become a full time artist, where my income was solely sourced from my artistic endeavours, the last three/four years i have been able to attain this goal.

What is your driving force?

I doubt I have one driving force in such a subjective cultural linchpin, but...... if I were to describe one over riding tenant that has stayed with me from my teenage years, that would be the notion that art actual requires no innate talent from its producer, the more you put into your practice, the quicker you improve. I recently read a quote from the actor Alan Alda about art and another cultural linchpin subject science - "Art requires rigour, and science requires creativity", for me this quote summarises wonderfully the true notion of what being an artist is. If you're not passionate about working at it, it's probably not for you.

What kind of work you do and why?

Currently my work is almost entirely focused on the human figure, and most significantly the portrait. I recently had a bit of an epiphany moment in my portrait studies, after being asked what my portraits are about. the best description I could muster is that I was more interested in finding character within my portraits, as opposed to the quite common notion of finding identity within portraits. For me faces designate more than someones identity, be it the artist, or the sitter. Faces communicate emotions quite competently, and these emotions are well comprehended by other humans, so I guess it could be argued that there are identifying aspects to faces that identify more than the persona of the artist or sitter. This line of enquiry has led my into doing some research on the subject of Physiognomy, which is the supposed art of judging character from facial characteristics. Although this is a subject matter with quite a long history, it has been rebuked quite heavily in recent history scientifically, but has had something of a revival through the research of Louis Corman, a French psychiatrist, whose research led him to believe that there were three core emotions well conveyed by humans through facial expression Warmth, Power, and Honesty.

Tell us more about Compound Portrait Series? 

The compound portrait series is a very recent series I made using parallel pens to draw out and then using various wash techniques over the top once the sketch had been established in pen. I keep line studies of all of my sketches, as this is generally the most time consuming aspect to sketching for me, and for years now I've been over laying line sketches over the top of each other. I'd like to say there is a grand over arching narrative to the reasoning behind why I do this, but in reality there are more playful to me then something I can get precious about a singualr notion behind them. I'm very interested in cross sectioning portraits that would otherwise not have any relationship. quite often the results are jarring, but I find this adds to the line of inquiry more often than not. My plan now is to somehow manifest these sketches as larger scale oil paintings.

Figurative Paintings by Simone Geraci from Italy.

Figurative Paintings by Simone Geraci from Italy.
Der Traum - oil on slate - 30 x 40 cm - 2016 (private collection).
An Interview with Simone Geraci.


Who and where are you from?

My name is Simone Geraci. I come from Palermo, where I currently live and work.

How you got into this?

My studies in Palermo were crucial in this regard. Thanks to the influence of dedicated teachers, I had the opportunity to look in greater depth techniques and composition, through a constant confrontation with the masters of the past.

What is your driving force?

I strongly believe that each piece of work has its own beneficiary, in symbiosis with one another.

What kind of work you do and why?

Oriented towards the analysis of the individual, my research focuses on the human drifts and peers into psychological shades and human introspection through the centralization of the figures.

Androgynous figures – dreamy and vivid – or silently screaming portraits that take their shape through the void, are harnessed to geometric landscapes and solid volumes that stand over and immobilize the main characters of the work.

They remains helpless, as immersed in a primordial amber. Here filters and canvas, along with playing a compositional and aesthetic role, become cages with clear and definite borders, where the individual relocate himself in an immutable and timeless present.

There is a continuous play of references, aimed to highlight the importance of the dyadic and choral relationship between work and consumer. The variability and distribution of the employed lakes, as well as the physical contradictions of slate works, intend to emphasize the indissoluble link between the parts, essential for a work art to be defined as such.

Dark Art Paintings by Steve Otis from Canada.

Dark Art Paintings by Steve Otis from Canada.
Feeder.
An Interview with Steve Otis.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Steve Otis, I am an imaginative Realist Dark artist from the Great White North (Canada that is) more specifically form Quebec City.

How you got into this?

I have been drawings since a very early age. Fueled by images of DC and Marvel comics. I soon discovered the great Warren magazines (Creepy and Eerie in the early 70's). From there I began to delve more deeply into horror, gothic and sci fi type art. Heavily influenced by Frazetta, Boris and Richard Corben, I began experimenting in oil paints in 1988. My first desire was to become a fantasy illustrator and did quite a bit of work in that style in the late 90’s for CCG (collectible card games). By the early 2000's, I gave up on oil painting as it was way to time consuming and started using exclusively acrylics.  I began to look for techniques to challenge my artistic style in a more fine art vein while keeping a firm thematic of dark art. I had grown tired of the generic sword and sorcery genre. I began working with more textures, abstract approaches and have been working in this vein ever since.

What is your driving force?

Intensity, emotional tension, human form, light versus dark. These are always the main themes in all of my works. I love to contrast colors and compositions to go from abstract to realist often in the same piece. Since I work for my own vision I can have all the freedom I need to experiment and challenge myself constantly! I hate using the same technique too long.  I have a need to re invent myself constantly and to discover new images and realms in my more dark and fine art production.


What kind of work you do and why?

My work tends to fall in the imaginative realism and dark art world. I like to push my boundaries and produce work that is high in symbolism and that permits people to dive into the painting and to create their own interpretation. If it offends you, makes you wonder, makes you happy, sad or anything else then I feel I have achieved my artistic goal. The world of dark art permits such excursions, there are no limits. Why not try to make the ugly attractive? Why not break out of the conventional composition of standard art? In the end, I produce work that I feel will reach out and grab the viewers and lead them into a new world full of awe, wonder and sometimes fear.

Figurative Paintings by Víctor Pastor Pérez from España.

Figurative Paintings by Víctor Pastor Pérez from España.
An Interview with Víctor Pastor Pérez.

Who and where are you from? 

Soy Víctor Pastor Pérez, "vito", nacido en Zaragoza y actualmente viviendo en Calella de Palafrugell, España. 

How you got into this? 

Desde niño me gustó dibujar y pintar, copiaba viñetas de comics, fotos de revistas, portadas de discos en mi adolescencia, cualquier cosa que me llamara la atención y me hiciera pasar un buen rato, después estuve bastantes años sin hacer nada. Fue con 25 o 26 años que volví a retomar la pintura y ya no he parado hasta ahora que tengo 40. Lo que me hizo pintar fue la necesidad de sacar sentimientos que de otra forma no era capaz de expresar. 

What is your driving force?

La motivación sigue siendo la misma que el primer día, expresarme. La pintura ahora mismo para mi lo es todo, es donde pongo toda mi energía, es puro placer y sufrimiento, es lo que me comunica con el mundo. Hay una sensación que llevo un tiempo experimentando y que me hace llenarme de energía para continuar todavía con más fuerza, es la sensación de estar aportando algo valioso a la sociedad, esta sensación la he empezado a experimentar a medida que mi trabajo lo va conociendo más gente, les gusta y se sienten identificados con lo que yo expreso. Me hace feliz. 

What kind of work you do and why?

Mi trabajo es figurativo y expresionista. Me apasiona la fuerza de los sentimientos, creo que los humanos estamos totalmente condicionados por ellos y me encanta que así sea. La razón para pintar lo que pinto es todo lo que he comentado antes, de primeras un acto egoísta de sacar lo que llevo dentro y segundo, conectar con la parte de la sociedad que esté receptiva a lo que tengo que ofrecer. 
Desde niño me gusta mucho la fotografía y todo lo que tiene que ver con el mundo audiovisual así que la mayoría de mi trabajo parte de una referencia fotográfica, tomadas por mi o de imágenes que voy capturando, pueden ser instantes de peliculas, series, videos musicales, cualquier cosa que llame mi atención y me genere un sentimiento. Algo que me tiene totalmente enganchado es trabajar con chica, mi musa, con ella consigo llegar a momentos de una belleza e intensidad  máxima. 

Respecto a las técnicas, trabajo mayoritariamente con acrílico por la rapidez que tiene, pero no descarto pasarme al oleo en algún momento, veremos. En el pasado he trabajado también con tinta china y acuarela. Ahora estoy en un momento de evolución constante, probando diferentes herramientas con las que trabajar, espátulas, trozos de reglas, estropajos... cualquier cosa con la que pueda coger pintura y ponerla en el lienzo. Así que veremos donde me lleva todo esto en los próximos meses. 


Aquí os dejo un pequeño texto que mi amigo Luis López escribió sobre mi trabajo:


"Original maridaje de expresionismo Aleman y tenebrismo Español"
Apasionado de la buena música y culo inquieto, comenzó a manchar lienzos en 2003. El camino es largo pero su brocha sincera, siendo cada uno de sus cuadros un pequeño peldaño hacia la difusa cumbre del estilo. Vito nos muestra su realidad ahumada de melancolía; que aun oliendo a relato personal, sabe a verdad universal. Le inspiran su musa y un saco inagotable de vivencias, y es de agradecer - como así ocurre - que antes de plasmar en trazos sus inquietudes, agite el pincel en sus entrañas. 

Luis López.