Michael Klipphahn (1987, Riesa/Germany) paints boldly colored portraits of imaginary characters. Depicted is either the individual figure or a group of subjects in different arrangements representing a subversive participation of the outsiders of an entire generation – often illustrated in disguise. Thereby historical and biological correlations of human reality emerge with ironical preciseness in reference to the use of pictorial patterns, advertisement, and print media. In doing so he accurately defines the boundaries and problem fields of the modern knowledge society and focuses on the approach to life of the growing internet generation. In the process he always seeks – in an excessively artificial way – the moment behind the moment, the spread between occurrence and situation in order to provide a framework for reality. The essential topics of his painting are boredom, isolation, social stereotypes as well as the mistaken idea of everyday banalities as a safety standard. All questions regarding signification and chance of grouping are revealed as the very question of the acute condition of human loneliness.
Boris Sirka (1981, Snina/Slovakia) is one of the key figures of the rising generation, one of the most prominent Slovakian painters after 2000. He graduated the Faculty of Arts at the Technical University in Kosice in the studio of Graphic and experimental creation. Boris Sirka is an Oskar Čepan Award finalist and participated in many important exhibitions.
The work of Boris Sirka is characterised by the classical painting, although it includes videos, animations and site-specific installations as well. His paintings and their development can be perceived as cycles that are still in the move. He focuses on the mysterious motives with terrifying atmosphere, usually supported by figural scenes. There are feelings of fear, uncertainity, based on the seemingly serene compositions. Boris Sirka handles various scenes associated with the dark side of human beeing but their final submission gives the viewer respect and reflection..
As an artist growing up in the suburbs of Chicago David Linneweh has spent most of my life in Illinois; completing his BFA in Painting at Illinois State University in 2002 and his MFA in Painting at Southern Illinois University in 2007. He has exhibited his work nationally in solo and group exhibitions including shows in Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. In addition to his exhibition record he has also been published twice in Studio Visit Magazine and in the fall of 2011 was published by in the New American Paintings competition for a 4th time.
Michael Mararian (1965, Andover/USA) often focuses on children as the last bastion of innocence to explore the dark humor behind social and psychological issues, rendering traditionally cheerful images and concepts into frightening, yet humorous, tableaus. His work uses elements of contradiction to explore how humor and tragedy coexist within our society. What can on one level be construed as melancholy and cruel, can alternately be viewed as amusing, even charming.
Angeles Agrela (1966, Ubeda/Spain) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with textiles, video, photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. Her creative process usually follows a thematic line such that a collection of works leads others as parts of the continuing story. Her work has always been closely related to the body and her work is sytematically characterized by references to art itself, or the fact of being an artist, or to the experience of a particular kind of artist. Since 1994 she has held over thirty-five solo exhibitions at private galleries in Spain and the Netherlands as well as in public institutions in Italy, France, Germany and Spain and collaborated in group exhibitions all around the world.
Isa Dahl (1965, Ravensburg/Germany) studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design under professors Peter Grau and Erich Mansen before transferred to the Düsseldorf Art Academy to become a masterscholar under Prof. Dieter Krieg. Her work has been showed all across Europe, including Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, and Museum Wiesbaden.
Carlos Salazar Arenas (1973, Bogota/Colombia) has a Bachelor in Fine Art from the University Nacional de Colombia, and a Master in Esthetics and Art Histroy from the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia. He has shown his work worldwide, including renowned spaces like the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnheim, and the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas as well as at the SCOPE in Miami, New York, and Basel.
In his paintings, Istvan Betuker (1984, Satu-Mare/Romania) has the ability to convey some of his emotions and some atmospheres through control of his brush and through his expressiveness, which is closely bound to representation. We can see this in his intimate scenes of everyday life, where the anonymous subjects are friends of his who allow us to imagine and enjoy the moments we see before us. They are always normal people going about their everyday activities, but they are observed with great affection, and indeed show us a sweeping vision of human vulnerability.
Cesar Biojo (1981, Cali/Colombia) holds a degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Art Research from the University of Barcelona. His latest works are oil portraits created from pictorial resources such as deconstruction, which recovers in some cases post-impressionist styles, resulting in a personal language that makes his art project one of the most interesting in the contemporary scene. Taking as starting point the quote of Jean Paul Sartre, “The gaze of the other makes us aware of ourselves”, his work becomes a study of human beings, their conflicts, their nature and existence. Using the facilities offered by the portrait, the work of Cesar Biojo explores the hidden emotions that lie behind the eyes, making us participants in the work as being equally observed by the sitter. This way the time value is introduced, which demonstrates concepts inherent in the human being such as creation and destruction, the perishable and ephemeral. His work has taken part in a number of national and international exhibitions. He lives and works in Barcelona/Spain and Philadelphia/USA.
Conrad Roset (1984, Barcelona/Spain) spent the first part of his life in Terrassa, his native city, among boxes of crayons, felt-tip pens and notebooks; the other part in Barcelona, surrounded by paints, moleskine notebooks, muses, colored pencils, and in the company of his gray cat. Drawing has been his passion and a constant feature in his life, since he played with his brother at drawing everything they liked until, years later, he draw inspiration from women to create the Muses, his most personal collection. “I search the beauty the body exudes, I like drawing the female figure.” He received his education at the Joso School and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums, such as the MOMA in Virginia, Spoke Art in San Francisco, London Miles in London, Tipos Infames in Madrid, and Artevistas and Miscelanea in Barcelona. Besides, he is a professor of illustration at the School of Design BAU.
Human layers, the hidden corners of the personality, experiments to find ourselves behind our passions – these are the themes explored in Agnes Verebics’ (1982, Enying/Hungary) work. The forms of the shocking, powerful works vary. However, instead of the cute and charming little images we meet puffed expressions and frightened looks.
Agnes Verebics was born in Enying, graduated in 2006 at MKE painter faculty. She is one of the most outstanding talents of the Hungarian contemporary scene, whose works – in spite of her young age – have been shown in several galleries, including Kogart, the Essl Award Exhibition and Várfok Gallery. Her works have also been selected into the Torn Curtain exhibition connected to Art Basel Miami, which has become the biggest , most important contemporary art fair worldwide.