Figurative Blue Paintings by Zrinka Budimlija.

Figurative Blue Paintings by Zrinka Budimlija.
An Interview with Zrinka Budimlija.

Who and where are you from?


My Name is Zrinka Budimlija and I am originally from Zagreb, Croatia but I live in Cologne, Germany. I paint, but I am also an author and sped much of my time writing.

What brought you to Art?


I have always been creative. Even as a kid, I would rather draw or write poems than anything else. As a teenager I went to an art school and afterwards I studied art in Zagreb and Cologne. I can spend hours painting or writing. It is the best way to spend my time apart from being with my family. 

What is your driving force?


Love of beauty and knowledge, that is something I would call my driving force. It is important to me to understand people, and to find beauty in the way we interact, even if it does not always seem beautiful. There is a poetry to life, and I am keen to find it and try to capture it in my work.

What kind of work you do and why?


The paintings that I now paint are predominantly blue. I choose a limited palette of blues, whites and blacks. The inspiration for the paintings comes from old photos, either from my family, or photos that I find on flea markets. In my work I use abstract elements along with realism. This way I can split the moment shown on the photo from the space around it which allows me to try to evoke an imagined inner impression of the past moment.



Tell us more about your thought process.

The way I think about the paintings and the photographs that preceded them is non verbal. I try to let my feelings steer me in the way I choose the motifs and the way I paint them. This is an excellent way to meditate and escape the tyranny of verbal and logical thinking, that is so highly valued in the western society. When I think with my feelings, I get this visceral response to what I am painting, and that shows me the direction I am supposed to go to. 

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?


I find the work of Pascal Fendrich very intriguing. In his work he searches to find the gaps between perception and reality. 

Abstract Paintings by Corinne Natel.

Abstract Paintings by Corinne Natel.
An Interview with Corinne Natel.


Who and where are you from?

I’m Corinne Natel, an abstract artist from London, UK.

How you got into this?

I was creative from a young age and enjoyed painting. I came to a crossroads at degree level between choosing to study Fine Art or Media Production. I thought I should study Media Production. I went on to work as a web designer which was quite creative.

After a few years of working I knew something was missing. I started painting again and knew that was the missing piece! I then got the opportunity to leave my job and do some freelance web design work and this enabled me to have the freedom to paint more and develop my art career. Painting is my ultimate passion and I feel lost if I don’t paint for a while!

What is your driving force?

To create and be a successful artist! I am lucky to have the freedom to be able to create art. It’s a great feeling to be doing something that I love and also so rewarding when people connect to what I am doing. I love how painting makes me feel a sense of freedom, escapism and is the ultimate form of expression. I enjoy how I can go on a journey when painting, from a blank white canvas to creating something new. I feel complete making art and I know that I am supposed to be doing this, that it is my purpose (dharma).


What kind of work you do and why?

I specialise in abstract mixed media fluid paintings. Currently I am working with resin and inks. My main inspirations are nature, fashion, travel and media. I am always inspired by the seasons and time of year and this usually reflects in my work and also colour investigation. I aim to create vibrant and emotive works.

Tell us more about your thought process.

I use a lot of negative space in my works. When I was studying my art teacher introduced me to the works of Alberto Giacometti, who is one of my ultimate inspirations! I learnt so much from his pieces which focused on investigating space and how this worked in relation to his subjects. I'm always looking for the space in my work. It's creating the balance between matter and space that allows the painting to flow and breathe.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

I love the works of  Karin Vermeer for the stunning technique and colours and also Julia Benz for beautiful use of colours.

Faces by Mayro Toyo.

Mix Media Art by Mayro Toyo.
An Interview with Mayro Toyo.

Who and where are you from?

I'm Mayro Toyo, Venezuelan based in Argentina. I have a graphic design background and I draw since I was a child with attention deficit disorder, about 6 years old. Always been attracted to colors and cartoons. My environment wasn't favorable because I grew up in a industrial/oil country and people wasn't too connected with the art but I kept the faith and the thirst to learn from the greatest artists.

What brought you to Art?

Im not sure what is is I would call it natural force, I've always thought that I was born for this.

What is your driving force?

Love, when people get connected with my work there's an interchange of positive vibes, love and gratefulness. Some people think that peace is the goal and they go do war instead of doing  art, I can't get that.

What kind of work you do and why?

I mix painting and drawing because both are my strengths. I work with acrylics because of the immediacy and the oils because of the texture (I try not to mix them in the same canvas). I like pastels because I can draw freely and I like the trace I can get.

Tell us more about your thought process.

I like the interesting faces, the human expressions, the subtle gestures, face and body, my exploration goes through the human fragility, the sensible point where I can intervene it like unexpected with colors, abstract shapes. In some way I like handle with the oposites things and make them coexist in the same canvas.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Cesar Biojo, because in some way he mixes oposites figurative and abstract.

Street / Pop Art by Jeremy Wolff.

Street / Pop Art by Jeremy Wolff.
An Interview with Jeremy Wolff.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Jeremy Wolff, I am from New Jersey but reside in Manhattan, New York City. I have always been a city boy.

What brought you to Art?

I have always had a keen eye for art. I was always intrigued by all aspects, whether it was sculpture, classical paintings, glass windows from churches and temples. I was fascinated by the creative process. As a kid, I always signed up for wood shop or pottery as electives at day camp. I loved the feeling of finishing something and people being impressed or blown away that I had done it. That feeling still exists in my work today.

What is your driving force?

Success. I want to be as successful as possible using my skill, what I feel I was meant to do. I look at my art as an opportunity to become a true entrepreneur. To allow me to do things I would have never thought were possible. To meet and talk to people who i otherwise would never be able to talk to if it werent for my art. It is really an awesome and humbling feeling when you really stop and think about it that way as a big picture.

What kind of work you do and why?

I'd say I do a Street/Pop Art that has a contemporary feel to it. I like my paintings to be a collaborative effort with my clients. A lot of the time we speak and work together to create the piece that, for one, they will love, but also, make sure it's still in line with my message and overall feeling of my art.

Tell us more about your thought process.

My thought process for most things I do are in terms of whether or not this will advance my career or not. At first I was always a yes man, yes to everything. I had to get my name out there. But now I have been way more selective in terms of the projects I take on.


What do you have planned for the near future.

Art Basel is right around the corner. I have A LOT planned and hope I meet as many people as possible. I have my own solo show booth at Spectrum Art Fair- Booth S1105. I will also be painting a Lamborghini which will be around for everyone to see and take pictures with during Basel week.
Also, I have my first Solo Show Exhibition scheduled for Thursday, March 1st at Contra Galleries, in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York CIty.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

A Couple Modern Artist that I look up to are guys like @Kaws and Jeff Koons. Both of these guys are on the global spectrum of art and it various mediums. They are really people that inspire me to never be satisfied with where I am at right now. Still so much to accomplish.

Dark Surrealism Paintings by Paul Yunin.

Dark Surrealism Paintings by Paul Yunin.
Soulmates 87x61cm (34x24in) Oil, hardboard.
An Interview with Paul Yunin.

Who and where are you from? 

Paul Yunin, a painter from Russia, working in St. Petersburg. 

What brought you to Art? 

By education I am an engineer. I was brought to art by the love for the muse about 5-6 years ago. But I was completely immersed in painting only in 2016. The creative half won engineering in me. I originally started working in interior painting, painted on demand, but then realized that I was closer to being an artist rather than a craftsman. 

What is your driving force? 

I have a desire to talk to the audience, I have something to say. Also, I have a need for experiment and a search for new ways of expressing an idea. Starting my work, I do not know what I will end up with. I direct the brush that gives birth to images on the canvas which my subconscious suggests to me. The inspiration for the plots is my relationships with people, nature, maybe even with God and also with other forms of art.

I prefer Renaissance artists: Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, etc. When painting my work, I mostly use the scumble technique of painting. It unites me with Renaissance artists, with symbolism and some mysticism of their artworks. It is worth noting such kings of dark art as Zidzislav Beckinsky and Hans Rudy Giger. If we talk about cinema, the works of Trier, Kubrick, Tarkovsky and other directors, similar in spirit are close to me.

What kind of work you do and why? 

I paint in the genre of dark surrealism. But I'm not trying to stay within the frames of the genre. Rather, on the contrary, I am trying to avoid stamps that have developed in different kinds of dark styles of world art. I don’t have a goal to depict a horror story, cause anxiety in the viewer.

Tell us more about your thought process. 

At the beginning of my work, I'm tuning in to the wave of maximum openness of soul and sincerity. I trying to paint my surreal artworks truly, as Friedrich Nietzsche had said "writing with own blood". My task is to convey the light and darkness of my own experiences, feelings, thoughts as accurately as possible with the help of non-verbal images, and if I may say so - of the archetypes. I don’t write extramundane worlds. I paint what is here and now, trying to pack the prose of reality into a bright poetic form. Behind the gloomy atmosphere of my works there are hidden the revelations of the subconscious, deep, perhaps vulnerable sensuality, religious mysticism and even lyricism. Behind thorn spikes, suffering of heroes and unearthly matters there is spiritual nakedness, liberation from the burdensome conventions of the surrounding world and striving for truth, at all cost, whether it is pleasant or cruel.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Alexander Kostetsky (Russ. Александр Владимирович Костецкий, Ukr.Олександр Володимирович Костецький;, November 14, 1954 in Kiev – January 4, 2010 in Kiev) was a Ukrainian painter and sculptor. His name has various transliterations into English and variants include Aleksandr Kostetsky, Alexander Kostecky, Alexander Kostetski and Aleksandr Kosteckij. His artist stile is Magic Realism.

Figurative Paintings by Victoria Selbach.

Figurative Paintings by Victoria Selbach.
An Interview with Victoria Selbach.

​Who and where are you from?

Victoria Selbach, born in Pittsburgh PA, moved to NYC after high school and have lived in NY ever since.

How you got into this? 

I have always loved seeing and building images.


What is your driving force? 

The light and my connection to women.


What kind of work you do and why? 

I am primarily creating powerful images of women. This journey allows me to explore the diversity and makeup of who we are, uncover how we see ourselves, confront how we are seen and excavate the legacy of what we carry and then pass on to the next generation.

Figurative Paintings by Lou McCulloch.

Figurative Expressionism Paintings by Lou (Ella) McCulloch from Medina, Ohio, USA.
Bullied girl
An Interview with Lou (Ella) McCulloch.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Lou (Ella) McCulloch and I am from Medina, Ohio, USA, a rural town south of Cleveland, with a small village atmosphere.

What brought you to Art?

I have always thought of myself as an artist.  It is in my DNA, with both grandmothers accomplished artists.  One grandmother, who I never knew, was a fine artist who painted in a traditional style.  My other grandmother painted anything around here with a method similar to grandma Moses.

What is your driving force?

My driving force is my sanity.  I love to see that first splash of color on paper-to see what is in store for me from my muse.  I was trained as a watercolorist in art school, so that medium is the most reflective in my work.

What kind of work you do and why?

I am a ‘Figurative Expressionism’ artist. I do my background first-whether it be acrylic, ink or graphite, then I generally set it aside until I start to see figures in it.  I let the canvas or painting speak to me.  I seldom have an idea in mind for a drawing, unless I have been inspired by a vintage image I have seen. I have always been fascinated by old photographs and even wrote a book about them.


Tell us more about your thought process.

I frequently have paintings in various stages of completion.  I will survey my drawings or paintings each day and see which one needs attention.  my feelings for that day are often expressed in my work.  I also like to experiment with new supplies.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Marc Chagall is a modern artist that I have always admired.  He has a dream-like quality to his paintings and finds figures in the shapes and color patterns.  His work is also mainly based on emotional association.

Paintings by Pedro Covo.

Paintings by Pedro Covo.

From the Brush of Artist Pedro Covo.


I am from a city by the Caribbean coast of Colombia called Cartagena de Indias, my mother is a teacher and my father is a Neurologist. My love for art started when I was a little kid, around 4 years old, I was amused at that time by my older brother ``paintings``, he used to do draw this cardboard characters, from superman to Sigurd the famous hero from Nordic mythology, and put them to fight in front of me to keep me busy while my parents were not at home.

At the age of 10, my mother was named headmistress of the University of fine arts in Cartagena, so I got to spend most of my evenings after school running around those classrooms. But actually I didn't wanted to study arts until I was 16 years old and I faced the hard question of what do you want to do the rest of your life. It was not an easy choice but my parents and all my family where very supportive.

I studied visual arts at the Javeriana university, to do animation, but soon enough realized that I wanted to focus on drawing and painting, and I was really lucky to had amazing teachers such as Felipe Machado, Nicolas Uribe and Justiniano Duran.

Coming from an illustration background I developed a very specific method for image making, to be very methodical really helped me with hard deadlines. So I applied this same method to my personal work, but instead of using someone else’s text I provide my own, from my quotidian experiences. That's how my swimmer serie started, basically from texts and drawings from my sketchbook.

I became obsessed by the idea of telling the story that only I could tell, to contribute with something exclusively personal, providing my vision of the world without falling in the most obvious visual solutions or clichés. That's what I attempted to do with the swimmers.
Obviously Cartagena is a city full of problems and contrast, but that was not my reality, I was just trying to be honest to who I am and where I come from, and I took the work of artist like Alejandro Obregon and Pierre Daguet who lived and painted in Cartagena as my main references.

I usually know all the subjects I paint, this is extremely important for me because I believe that if I paint my mother, there is no other artist in the world that can paint her the way I do, and this is something I want to believed is reflected in the final result,and could be appreciated by the spectator.

That is why you would notice most of my nude paintings, wich are all live digital paintings had no faces. This is in order to be able to share this images in social media without creating gossip and pre judgment, something typical in Cartagena`s society.

After finishing my university undergraduate in 2011 I got a job at the French Canadian illustration agency colagene, where I learned a lot about the illustration and advertisement business and did several jobs for important magazines and tv channels. My last job with them was to illustrate Margriet Ruus beautiful children`s book  ``The elephant keeper`` which is going to be publish by Kids can press in Ontario Canada this October. This has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my editorial career because of the audience and the story itself.  
A tale of an African Child that after saving an elephant from drowning, becomes an elephant keeper in an orphanage. A good portion of the royalties of the book are going to the Lilaya elephants Orphanage.

But after finishing the book I found myself unhappy with the result of most of my editorial work and enjoying more and more the work I produced In my spare time, so I decided to try to pursuit career on painting.

That is how I won a full scholarship in the Savannah colleague of art and design in Georgia United States, to do a 2 year MFA on painting. 
I decided to study visual arts 11 years ago to be able to do what I enjoy the most as a job for the rest of my life, and my ambitions have not change since then.

Paintings by Czech Miguel Barragán from Mexico.

Paintings by Czech Miguel Barragán from Mexico.
An Interview with Czech Miguel Barragán.

Who and where are you from?

I'm from Mexico.

What brought you to Art?

Since I was a little kid I love to make art, it was my way to feel alive and to stop the time. later in my life, i keep doing it for the same reason. The differences are that I am much better doing it.

What is your driving force?

The ability to stop the time and be free, so I want to pass this experience to other people and to give them the opportunity to feel alive.

What kind of work you do and why?

I paint, why because I love it 

Tell us more about your thought process.

I look for the things that move me, that provokes me. the things I feel that they need to be free and to be shared with the world 


Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

His Name is Cesar Biojo and Why because he is not just another painter he is an inspiration for another artist, he invites them to keep doing what they are doing.

Black cartoons by Zeinab Niche.

Thought Provoking Black cartoons by Zeinab Niche from Tehran, Iran
An Interview with Zeinab Niche.

Who and where are you from?

My name's Zeinab Niche, born on May 13, 1984 in Tehran, Iran. Graduated in Graphic Arts and Master of Animation.

What brought you to Art?

First of all, my passion and desire made me strive for the arts, but after completing my academic career, I became more serious in art, and it was also due to problems that occurred in my community.

What is your driving force?

I am convinced by my driving force for painting and caricature or so-called designs ... Sometimes my concern is sometimes my concern and sometimes the events of the day or the actions that have been done in the past and its impact is already in our lives.

What kind of work you do and why?

Well, after a real painting period, I was drawn to the cartoon, and I liked this space more and impressed me ... and the reason why I was working out a black cartoon:

I live in a limited, censorship country, a country that looks different and different. A tremendous rich and wealthy nation, and disadvantaged people, class differences, lies and the absence of a nation and state And these are the hidden pains among my people. I really liked to paint flowers and nature rather than drawing black and white images, but living conditions are not normal here.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Yes
A talented artist called saeed baba'ee
Which unfortunately is not raised.

Figurative Paintings by Ráth Márton.

Figurative Paintings by Ráth Márton.
An Interview with Ráth Márton.


Who and where are you from?

My father and grandfather were artists too, in this case I herited some talent from them.


How you got into this?

I love art so much, that the good music, everyday happenings in my life inspires me. My goal is to know my art in  world wide.

What is your driving force?

Oil paints, aquavarell also pen is my favourite tools. This is how I can show my thoughts myself in my artworks. The colours is really important to me, like every artists I like to use them, to make every work unique.

What kind of work you do and why?

Once I addicted to oil paintings, other time I like aquarell. It depends what I draw and paint, much like pure nude works and erotic pictures.

Tell us more about your thought process.

When I paint or work on my latest arts, I can let my thoughts fly, I can thinking clearly.  For istance, love everyday happenings, or new ideas, I like listening to music while I doing my work.


Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

Serge Marshennikov is my inspired artists because I love his erotic pure nude works, I love his ideas of women bodies and the lambrequin harmony.

Figurative Paintings by Jerney Marisha.

Figurative Paintings by Jerney.
An Interview with Jerney Marisha.

Who and where are you from?

I was born in the Netherlands 38 years ago, but I live in Antwerp at the moment. I'm a bit of an idealist but I try not to be too dogmatic about it. I work in mental health care, which I love, but on mondays I'm not doing anything but making art. 

What brought you to Art?

I always had a creative spark inside of me. Whenever my mother was painting or creating sculptures in ceramics I would join her. There have been some periods of creative outbursts from time to time, but sooner or later I would always find myself distracted. About a year ago I realised how much I missed creating. I decided then and there that I would make time for it at least one day a week and now I'm really starting to find my way as I'm tumbling down the rabbit hole. 

What is your driving force?

It makes me happy.

What kind of work you do and why?

I'm still exploring and experimenting, but I do have a preference for limited palettes and this summer I fell in love with painting on wood. The wood helps me to work intuitively and I like to incorporate the little imperfections of the wood into the story now and then.

Tell us more about your thought process.

Honestly, the less I think about it, the better. Usually I like to work my way out of a dark background. Often I try to find my story in the wood grain and just take it from there. I'm drawn to symbolism, story art and wistful women. 

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find interesting and why?

There are so many! But I really like Victor Otero Carbonell. I love his use of colour and his work reminds me of Schiele. I have a soft spot for artists who aren't afraid of self portraits.

Longest Alpona or Rangoli Art to celebrate Durga Puja Festival Kolkata.

Longest Alpona or Rangoli Art to celebrate Durga Puja festival Kolkata. Photo Credit :-  Camellia Bhowmik
Longest Alpona or Rangoli Art to celebrate Durga Puja festival Kolkata. Photo Credit :-  Camellia Bhowmik
It's a sensational Art created by 322 Art College Students overnight and gifted Kolkata one unique creation Longest Alpona (sacred art painting to celebrate the upcoming Durga Puja festival). A 1.4km long Alpona or Rangoli art on Lake Road in South Kolkata, India.

Surreal Paintings by Boris Indrikov.

Surreal Paintings by Boris Indrikov.
THE PREMONITION 
An Interview with Boris Indrikov.

Who and where are you from?

I’m a surrealist artist from Russia. My mother gave drawing lessons while working at school, so I was familiar with art since my childhood. Then I decided to become an engineer and then I studied at the National University of Science and Technology (MISiS). In 1990, I left the university and decided to become an artist. This idea had been slowly crystallizing while I studied. And one day I asked myself: “what do you want, man”? And the answer was to become an artist. And now I’m doing something I’ve always wanted to.

How you got into this?

I attended the courses at the different art studios taught by professional artists. But my principal teachers are the masters of the European Renaissance of XIV-XVII centuries.

What is your driving force?

I guess this is constant asking myself about who I am. In my opinion, an artist is a creator of parallel universes and going through them is a kind of ritual. For me working with a painting is like a meditation. A language of art is the language in which we talk to God.

What kind of work you do and why?

Taking about the format of my works, I prefer large canvases. Further I'm going to do some sculptures and some kind of fabric design.

Tell us more about your thought process.

Can you remember Michelangelo’s words? «Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it».My method of making a painting is a bit similar with the only distinction: the extraction of the image takes its place from the texture that I create on a canvas.


Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting?

Alexander Sigov, Vladislav Erko, Olga Dugina and Andrej Dugin.

Portrait Paintings by Nena Stojanovic.

Portrait Paintings by Nena Stojanovic.
An Interview with Nena Stojanovic.

Who and where are you from?

I’m Nena Stojanovic and I was born on September 28th, 1973 in Ivanjica. Just prior to the year 2000, I left my homeland Serbia to move to Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, where I still live today, happily married and a mother of two beautiful children.

What brought you to Art?

As the daughter of an engineer, painter and wood craftsman and designer, I grew up being amazed by the art created around me. The arts existed in the lives of many in my family circles, always feeding and influencing my growth and development as an artist. When at school, this was evident as my curiosity urged me to be the best in my classes. I was always involved in the arts and my artwork was always featured in displays. In 1987, when I was a sixth grade student, my project was selected in the contest "Best children's drawings of Yugoslavia" to be printed in the book "Poems for grandfather” by famous Serbian poet, Milovan Vitezovic. Outside art, I excelled in gymnastics where I collected 10 medals, a broken tooth, and what became an interest in dentistry. I graduated from the Medical School of Belgrade earning a degree as a dental technician.

What is your driving force?

Undoubtedly, my feelings and only my feelings … Very ordinary conversations, the joy of my family members, meetings with dear people, exchange of experiences, presence in innocence and intact nature, exploration of new destinations ... these are the things that make me happy and which are the main drivers of my feelings and therefore the inspiration that leads me towards painting.

What kind of work do you do and why?

All artists evolve through their work seeking a way in which they will recognize themselves. I am the type of person who is not always satisfied with the same results. After years of researching myself in my work, I feel I definitely belong to abstract art, as well as to painting portraits in some specific way, covered with elements of abstraction. Although technically, my abstract works are the best, my portraits are more effective. The point of my portraits is not perfection painting but the subject's characteristic eye expressiveness through which I try to convey all mental tensions and transitions to the psyche of each observer. This is all about my own continued personal exploration and research.

Tell us more about your thought process.

The process of creating my works, as I already mentioned, depends on the current mood and my feelings. For me there is no planning. My approach to any kind of work is always instinctive and intuitive. This includes material selection, selection of color combinations as well as the technical approach. I would like to point out that I am among the rare painters who use enamel paint. Surely this is a difficult way to reach the desired effect. This is my personal challenge and a way to create a unique and different result.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

This is definitely the hardest question for me. I generally do not use the word favorite. I would usually say one of my favorites but when it comes to painters, I cannot even say that. There are so many talented artists whose creations I adore and whom I admire and so many branches of painting it is impossible to choose only one artist. Although I haven’t been overly active lately, you can check out the list of artists I love and follow on my Saatchi Art portfolio. Thank you.

Art by Beppo Zuccheri.

Art by Beppo Zuccheri.
Untitled - Mixed media on paper - Cm 50x70 - 2017.
From the Brush of Beppo Zuccheri.

On Knowing and Making.

The key element lies in the union of two different natures meeting, and often fighting, within me. On the one hand, the necessity, at times to become obsessive, to observe, know, understand… On the other, an impatient istinct to create, build and represent all that I realize, or think I know.

I have a great passion for philosophy, ancient history, mythology, the sciences in general, and all those branches of knowledge that somehow give me the feeling that I can give meaning to my life, to life more generally, to death and to all that is known or unknown. To know, elaborate, realize, identify myself as much as possible with someone else… To manipulate… To play with time, space and the awareness of it all… Art (the act of making with one’s hands, and through the medium of matter) comes as a consequence of this. It is the instinctive and natural means to give shape and an apparent logic to what I have devised in my mind, or to what I haven’t devised at all but which is nevertheless there and makes itself felt. I would never be able to write, or tell such things in words… I am far too impatient for that… I need to ‘fix’ what I have in my mind through matter and stroke, and I certainly do so… I tie it, I paste it, I nail it and show it to others. I need to have witnesses… Not in order to explain or teach… Nor in order to share… It is merely the illusion, or the unmistakable proof of having captured what is obsessing me.


On Matter and Painting.

The tecnique, style and pictorial research in my works are a consequence of all this… They are a means, a go-between… A frenzied weapon of both creation and destruction at the same time. At the very moment that I start a work, I use everything I have at my disposal, I almost never keep at hand a list of the instruments I need. That is why to me, matter and materials come even before painting itself. First I must build, tie and compose… No blank canvas in front of me, for the principle inherent in my whole work is not that of the void. The principle is chaos… The undetermined… Creation, on the other hand, is determination, it is a backward journey undertaken in order to grasp the mold. Principle and mold… Chaos and harmony… The starting point and the ends… A motionless journey. The ship lying still, stuck into matter. It is not the art of recycling, nor is it ‘Arte Povera’… It is the art of frenzy, of struggle. Painting comes after matter, I said, for painting, differently from mere matter, pushes you into entering another dimension… its purpose is to give depth… it is the key that opens a door, so as to persuade one to enter what the humble creator has created, or re-created. By contrast mere matter, just as is the case with sculpture, represents elements that actually enter the dimension and spaces of those who are observing them

I have the presumption to open myself up and open up a world, too. Even when I am only employing the stroke, such as in drawings or in less matter-oriented works, I feel the necessity to dig a groove on paper or wood… Always hard surfaces, all of them… Pencils or brushes that dig, enter and hurt… And hurt me, too. It is always a small battle, anyway. The sensation of having completed a work never, or almost never comes from an aesthetic, visual or conceptual point of view… But from the knowledge of having been the winner in a painful duel that has deeply scarred me.

On Masters, Heroes and Imitation.

It is not by chance that my own, once unknowing cultural education features few painters, sculptors or specific artistic movements.

I have always chased madmen and visionaries… Warriors, philosophers, poets, scientists… Myths, explorations and events that satisfy my hunger for knowledge through the destruction of dogmas and the search for the unknown. A gnostic, intuitive kind of knowledge… No theorem or equation. No idealism… The awareness of intuition and the re-evaluation of a certainty that has been revealed and proved… Just a small and presumptuous catalyst paying tribute to the Heroes of the time, destroyers of time. An artisan who is in a hurry to reveal to himself, too, that he has understood, realized and captured… That he, in his own way and through the use of matter, has put time and space into perspective within a small perimeter. The mind that is hungry for knowledge… The hands that are eager to do


Technique, style… there are so many artists I esteem and chase! I don’t even know the name of some of them…  Another kind of masters, to me… From them I have stolen and still steal through my hands, enriching myself by a small loot, a little treasure. Technique… no illusion of creating or re-creating anything new, no claim to any likeness or unlikeness. What is indeed there is the presumption to use them as my instruments for making… Instruments which are useful to figuration and composition, as are the symbols that often recur in my works… Ladders, knots, rags, fishes, nudes, masks, Pinocchio noses, unintelligible writings, boats that lie abandoned or tied to the pier, all of them lying still… Kiefer, De Dominicis, Vedova, Bacon, Rohtko and who knows how many others... Instruments. Extremely esteemed instruments for making and representing.

Paintings by Genevive Zacconi.

Paintings by Genevive Zacconi.
Hindsight- oil & graphite on panel, 13x11 inches.
An Interview with Genevive Zacconi.

Who and where are you from?

My name is Genevive Zacconi, I'm an artist from Philadelphia.

How you got into this?

As far back as I can remember, I knew that I wanted to be an artist, and spent my childhood immersed in creating things from simple drawings to illustrated books, and even making my own toys. 

What is your driving force?

To make art? I believe that perhaps there's a unifying, yet inexplicable driving force shared amongst all creators... and by “creator,” I mean not only artists, but also musicians, inventors, poets, and anyone else who is driven to produce something that is inessential to their own survival. 

What kind of work you do and why?

Subject matter-wise, my work includes symbolic imagery, through which I try to create an expression of both my own, and collective human experiences. I frequently combine several traditional mediums within one composition, and my work in oil tends to be on the tighter, more realistic side. I think that in painting representationally, it's much easier to communicate an idea to the viewer. Also, personally, I find a catharsis in painting in a carefully rendered, detailed manner – that even when I'm making work about a painful ordeal, one in which I felt powerless, I have the capability to turn it into something shiny and polished, something wherein I have forethought and complete control over the outcome.

Abstract Paintings by Cecilia Arrospide.

Abstract Paintings by Cecilia Arrospide.
Aire Primaveral - Oleo Sobre Lienzo - 37x51in
An Interview with Cecilia Arrospide.

Who and where are you from?

I am Cecilia Fernández de Arróspide, peruvian, I live in Lima, Perú, nearby the ocean.

How you got into this?

My mother was also a fine artist, so from my early childhood I have been in contact with art, museums, books, and so on.  I started drawing and painting with pastels, much like impressionists, especially Degas.

What is your driving force?

My main inspiration in nature and its colors, my driving force, I would say like Rilke, is a need to express myself, to enjoy colors, it is a passion for me.  I have learned to respect my creative process where sometimes I do not feel inspired to paint and I just draw or do some collage until I feel ready to begin again.

What kind of work you do and why?

Mainly I do abstract painting where color is the main subject, sometimes I use very bright colors and then I need to use more quiet colors.   Inspired in flowers, skies or the ocean, my paintings have an aereal athmosphere.  The  series I am working on now is called "Reflections"   Mostly dyptics where one has architectural references and the other flower references, joined by the same color scheme.   I also work on collage, which I enjoy very much the fact that I find special relations between the elements forming a more surreal composition.  Same as in drawings.  When I draw i let the ideas go out without any purpose or control, then I decide which could be a painting.

Tell us more about your thought process.

My thought process happens while working,  I start each work  without any intention, in fact sometimes I start several works at the same time, choosing the colors I want to use in each ocassion.   At a set point I  decide, or the picture decides, how to continue, where to add an element or withdraw another element.  At that point the work has a way.
Thus I paint several works and later on I decide the name, the series to which it belongs, the concept that is behind.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

One artist I follow is Rhony Alhalel.   I personally know Rhony and have followed his career,  he is really authentic in his work, and masters his techniches.   He works with oil, Japanese ink, sculping stones,  and draws.

Male Portraits by Joshua Miels.

Male Portraits by Joshua Miels.
Brothers in Arms
An Interview with Joshua Miels.

Who and where are you from?

Based Adelaide, South Australia 

How you got into this?

I was initially a graphic designer, but felt I was getting enough creativity in my work. I decided to try my hand at water colour initially and as my confidence grew I turned to large scale oil painting. 

What is your driving force?

My driving force is my passion to create. Within my work I am looking to remove the stigma of mental health in males. Due to a family history of mental health and addiction, art for me is a way of dealing and understanding. 

What kind of work you do and why?

My works look to capture the vulnerability of people and the emotions that people try to hide from others. Spending countless hours adding layer upon layer of paint I produces artworks that are not only striking, but deep and powerful. Painted predominantly with oil paint, each piece begins with a subject, but with a large amount of experimentation, each art piece takes on its own journey from start to finish. The pieces challenge viewers to draw upon their own emotions and personal experiences.

Tell us more about your work.

People give false fronts, to give the illusion that they are fine. This is particularly true with males. Men are still being asked to live up to old fashioned expectations – be strong, be brave, be protective. I look to challenge this assumption. Through my portraits I aim to express the ambiguity of physical emotion by limiting what feelings my subjects portray. These large-scale paintings of males, most of whom I know personally appear somewhat nonchalant. Unable to immediately relate with direct human emotions, viewers look past what they see at face-value, prompting people to question the real individual.

Drawings by Nicholas Odhiambo from Kenya.

Drawings by Nicholas Odhiambo from Kenya.
An Interview with Nicholas Odhiambo.

Who and where are you from?

Hi, I am Nicholas Odhiambo aka Nikomambo an artist from Kisumu, kenya. earned a diploma in arts and design from Mwangaza art school in 2014. I started out as a painter before venturing into graphite  drawing.

What is drawing for you and tell us more about your thought process?

Drawing is for me a way to tell a story and evoke a feeling. I use graphite as a tool to create imagery that is both real and surreal laced in ideology. In a attempt to create allegory I combine my ideas and observance of daily human activities and behavioural changes, reactions on war and conflicts. I put all this experiences into a new context, the story continues to grow as I explore more and more of my consciousness and subconscious.

Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?

I admire the works of Laurie Limpton an American graphite artist who's works are based on social political issues among other local and international great artists who inspire my work in one way or the other.