Pubblicato il 30/11/15 Aggiornato il

Franck Ayroles, 1975 | Abstract /Mixed media painter




Franck Ayroles is a professional painter engaged with Maison des Artistes and is a member of the organization ADAGP. Franck Ayroles was born in Saint-Nazaire.
He worked as a chief decorator and made a film with the comedian Philippe Le Maire after his studies in advertising and film.
Thereafter, he decided to become entirely focused in his artwork.
Painting has since childhood always been the big passion in his life.
During the 80s, Franck Ayroles joined and won many competitions organized by TF1 in the TV­program "Bonjour la France" hosted by Jean Claude Bourret.

Armando Barrios | Cubist /Abstract painter



Venezuelan Artist Armando Barrios (1920-1999) was born in Caracas in 1920. He entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Caracas in 1932. During Rómulo Gallegos management as education minister in the government of Eleazar Lopez Contreras, the institution was reformed in 1936 and changed its name to the School of Visual Arts and Applied Arts of Caracas. Antonio Edmundo Monsanto and other leading painters of the generation of the Fine Arts were called to direct and integrate their teaching staff.

Pubblicato il 29/11/15 Aggiornato il

Pietro Magni - The Reading Girl / La Lettrice, 1856



Pietro Magni's marble statue The Reading Girl brought the Milanese sculptor international fame and recognition. It was exhibited numerous times at international exhibitions throughout Europe and America, each time to great public and critical acclaim. Stylistically it owes much to the artistic tradition of verismo or "realism" that characterized Italian art during the middle years of the nineteenth century, but it also recalls earlier aspects of Italian romanticism.

William Wetmore Story | Neoclassical sculptor

William Wetmore Story - Semiramis, 1873

William Wetmore Story (February 12, 1819 - October 7, 1895) was an American sculptor, art critic, poet and editor.
William Wetmore Story was the son of jurist Joseph Story and Sarah Waldo (Wetmore) Story. He graduated at Harvard College in 1838 and at the Harvard Law School in 1840, continued his law studies under his father, was admitted to the Massachusetts bar, and prepared two legal treatises of value - Treatise on the Law of Contracts not under Seal (2 vols., 1844) and Treatise on the Law of Sales of Personal Property, 1847.

William Wetmore Story | Delilah, 1877


Delilah (/dɪˈlaɪlə/; Hebrew: דלילה‎ Dəlilah, meaning "[She who] weakened") is a character in the Hebrew bible Book of Judges, where she is the "woman in the valley of Sorek" whom Samson loved, and who was his downfall. Her figure, one of several dangerous temptresses in the Hebrew Bible, has become emblematic: "Samson loved Delilah, she betrayed him, and, what is worse, she did it for money", Madlyn Kahr begins her study of the Delilah motif in European painting.

Pubblicato il 28/11/15 Aggiornato il

Luca Morelli, 1968 | Figurative Realist painter



Luca Morelli is an Italian painter, known for working in the Figurative style. Morelli was born in Rome. He graduated in 1990 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Lives and works in Rome.

William Wetmore Story | The Libyan Sibyl, 1867



"The Libyan Sibyl", which American sculptor William Wetmore Story (1819-1895) described as “my anti-slavery sermon in stone”, was inspired by events leading up to the Civil War. Oracle in hand, the Libyan Sibyl, eldest of the legendary prophetesses of antiquity, foresees the terrible fate of the African people. This premonition is suggested by the heroic figure’s state of brooding cogitation. Her costume includes an ammonite-shell (so named for the Egyptian god Amun) headdress, its crest decorated with the tetragrammaton, the four Hebrew consonants that denote the Supreme Being. The seal of Solomon, with its interlocking triangles indicating the interrelationship of the natural and spiritual worlds, hangs from her beaded necklace. | © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ancient Rome / La Civiltà romana


Ancient Rome, the state centred on the city of Rome. This article discusses the period from the founding of the city and the regal period, which began in 753 bc, through the events leading to the founding of the republic in 509 bc, the establishment of the empire in 27 bc, and the final eclipse of the Empire of the West in the 5th century ad. For later events of the Empire of the East, see Byzantine Empire.

Pubblicato il 27/11/15 Aggiornato il

William Wetmore Story | Medea, 1865


In the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, Medea was the sorceress who assisted Jason in obtaining the Golden Fleece and later became his wife. When he abandoned her, Medea murdered their two children and planned the death of his new love, Creusa. To nineteenth-century theater audiences, Medea was a sympathetic character forced to choose between relinquishing her children and protecting them by destroying them herself. Story similarly deemphasized Medea’s revenge, leaving to the viewer’s imagination the scene of infanticide to come.  | © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

William Wetmore Story | Cleopatra, 1858


Neoclassical sculptors often drew upon mythology, ancient history, the Bible, and classical and contemporary literature for their subject matter. The full-size marbles of Massachusetts native William Wetmore Story exemplify this trend, and Cleopatra, his most famous work, was one of dozens of subjects such as Medea, Delilah, Electra, and Saul that were produced in his Rome studio.

Pubblicato il 26/11/15 Aggiornato il

Mark Yale Harris | Abstract Figurative sculptor



Mark Yale Harris realized his true passion in the Southwest. Stone carving became his life’s work, as Santa Fe became his home in the late 1990s. He dedicated himself to creating in 1996, and with much to learn, the artist chose a mentor whom he had long admired to assist with honing his burgeoning artistic skills, sculptor Bill Prokopiof (Aleut, 1944-1999). In the spirit of the nation’s most recognized Native American artist, Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache, 1915-1994), Prokopiof and sculptor Doug Hyde (Nez Perce) took Harris under their wings and generously shared their immense knowledge, talent, and vision. Inspired by the geographical region and grounded in the wisdom of his teachers, he began feverishly creating sculpture.

Pubblicato il 25/11/15 Aggiornato il

Leonora Carrington ~ Surrealist painter and sculptor | Sculpture



Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was a painter, writer, sculptor, alchemist, visionary, and was the darling of the 1930s Surrealism movement.
She never tried to be a Surrealist, but her paintings of fantastical creatures and living furniture happened to encapsulate the essence of the movement. "I didn't think of myself as a Surrealist. I try not to think of myself as anything. We all have these egos, you know", she explains. For biographical notes -in english and italian- and paintings by Carrington see Leonora Carrington ~ Surrealist painter and sculptor | Painting.

Victor Brauner | Surrealist painter



Victor Brauner (15 June 1903 - 12 March 1966) was a Romanian Jewish sculptor and painter of surrealistic images.
He was born in Piatra Neamț, Romania, the son of a timber manufacturer who subsequently settled in Vienna with his family for a few years. It is there that young Victor attended elementary school. When his family returned to Romania in 1914, he continued his studies at the Evangelical school in Brăila. His interests revolved around zoology during that period.

Petr Dick /Пётр Дик | Figurative pastel painter



The famous artist Petr Gergardovich Dick /Пётр Гергардович Дик (1939-2002) descendant of immigrants from Northern Germany, was born in Altai. Dick graduated Sverdlov Art School named after I.D. Shadr and Moscow Higher Art Industrial School. Since 1960’s he lived in Vladimir. Peter Dick worked in original style - pastel and charcoal on sandpaper. Characteristic features of his creative activity are strong and delicate color combinations, expressive antiquity of laying figures.

Pubblicato il 24/11/15 Aggiornato il

Ignatov Sergey, 1961 | Improvizionism style painter



Ignatov Sergey Vladimirovich /Игнатов Сергей Владимирович is an Russian Artist, known for working in the Improvizionism style.
- I was born in the capital of ancient Rus - the beautiful city of Vladimir. The happy childhood passed in Belgium - the city of Brussels, and in Germany - the city of Bonn. There my parents worked through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Of course this fact fully influenced the formation of my personality and perception of the modern world.

Pubblicato il 23/11/15 Aggiornato il

Roberto Weigand, 1968 | Digital artist /Illustrator and graphic designer



Roberto Weigand is an award-winning illustrator and cover designer in Brazil.
Roberto Weigand studied Architecture in São Paulo’s University and in 1991 he started working as an Illustrator for newspapers, magazines and children’s books. From 1999 he worked as Illustrator and Infographist for Veja magazine, from 2001 he became responsible for Istoé magazine covers and from 2002 he started to write for Publish magazine.

Wieslaw Smetek, 1955 | Conceptual Illustrator



Wieslaw Smetek, born in 1955 in Poland, has been illustrating for the big names among the publishing houses for over twenty years now. He gives their magazines a face, makes them instantly recognizable at the kiosk - and he does it with witty and impudent, but always intelligent allusions. He shows former Federal Chancellor Schröder as a drenched and bedraggled poodle looking very woebegone, or Chancellor Merkel as a mother hen gathering her charges under her wings, or the globe as a beach ball with water running out of it.

Pubblicato il 22/11/15 Aggiornato il

Stefan Georgiev, 1954 | Figurative Mixed media painter



Bulgarian painter Stefan Georgiev / Стефан Георгиев born on June 24-th in the Town of Veliko Tarnovo. In 1974 he graduates from Arts school in the Town of Kazanlak, Bulgaria.
He then continues his education in "St Cyril and St Methodius" University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in the Faculty of fine arts.
He works mostly in oil on canvas and mixed media painting, illustration, plastic arts.
Also he works with watercolors, pastels and acrylic.

Tom Root, 1958 | Portrait /Figurative painter



Tom Root was born in Huntsville, Alabama. He studied drawing and painting at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut, under Aaron Shikler N.A. and Deane G. Keller, and at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
Early on, Tom was interested in being a part of a contemporary figurative revival. He loved historic portraiture but intensely disliked modern formula-based commercial portraiture and desired to see contemporary portraiture reconnected with fine art. This has been the goal of much of his work.

Emanuil Popgenchev | Cubist painter



Most distinct Bulgarian representatives of Cubism Emanuil Popgenchev (1942-2010) was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Graduated the National Art Academy, "Decorative monumental painting", 1967. The only contemporary Bulgarian artist who built a body of work in the style of Cubism and his achievements receive international recognition.

Pubblicato il 21/11/15 Aggiornato il

Leonardo da Vinci | Comincia della scultura, e se essa è scienza o no

Trattato della Pittura* - Parte prima /31


La scultura non è scienza ma arte meccanicissima, perché genera sudore e fatica corporale al suo operatore e solo bastano a tale artista le semplici misure dei membri e la natura de' movimenti e posati, e cosí in sé finisce dimostrando all'occhio quel che quello è, e non dà di sé alcuna ammirazione al suo contemplante, come fa la pittura, che in una piana superficie per forza di scienza dimostra le grandissime campagne co' lontani orizzonti.

Pubblicato il 20/11/15 Aggiornato il

Galq Mincheva | Abstract painter


Galq Mincheva is artist was born and live in Sofia, Bulgaria. Galq’s artwork is intense with brilliant colors.

Susan Roux, 1958 | Figurative /En plein air painter



I was born in the majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire in 1958, where my love for nature began. I studied at Rhode Island School of Design and recently under the supervision/tutoring of Stas Borodin, renown Russian Impressionist. After college I made my home in Maine where I remain today. The beauty of my surroundings from inland lakes to the Atlantic coast has been a constant source of inspiration.

Pubblicato il 19/11/15 Aggiornato il

Sean Yoro | Seaside Murals painter



Sew York-based Hawaiian-born street artist Sean Yoro (a.k.a. Hula) has created a stunning series of street art murals depicting women emerging from the water along the concrete walls of ruined and abandoned structures. At home on the water, he paddles on a surfboard to reach the best locations for his art, even managing to balance his paint cans as well.
Before the NY-based artist unveiled these stunning street art murals on his Instagram, he had already made a name for himself with his beautiful portraits of women painted on canvas and even on old surfboards.

Rubén Belloso Adorna, 1986 | Hyperrealist Portrait painter



Spanish Artist Rubén Belloso Adorna was born in Seville in 1986. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Seville. Prize for the best record Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville, 2010. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. He has had solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal. He has received several awards among them the 2 nd Prize Gruas Lozano in 2009 and the 1st Award Juan Robles Youth values Culture in 2010. His work has appeared in numerous media, whether in newspapers, radio and TV.

Zhao Kailin 赵开霖, 1961 | Figurative /Portrait painter



Zhao Kailin 赵开霖 is an Chinese painter known for working in the Figurative style. Kailin was born in 1961 in China. In 1988, he studied at Oil Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts. Now he lives in China. For biographical notes -in english and italian- and other works by Kailin see Zhao Kailin, 1961 | Figurative painter.

Pubblicato il 18/11/15 Aggiornato il

Debra Hurd | Palette Knife painter



Art and music are my passions but it's all art to me.
Internationally acclaimed artist Debra Hurd studied art at both Southern University in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. For 15 years she was a graphic designer in Florida and Austin, Texas.
She is also an accomplished pianist, having studied music since early childhood. Debra's wild boogie-woogie and honky-tonk style still finds her in the recording studios and at live performances in Austin. She loves jazz, classical, and salsa styles, too.

Jim Salvati, 1957 | Conceptual Figurative painter | Walt Disney Fine Art



To look at a Jim Salvati painting, is to experience a snapshot into the soul of his subjects. Each person portrayed in his work, which is thick and textured with oil paint, is telling a story about the life of the person, the emotion of that moment in time, their world surrounding them, and a warm sense of the human condition and its uniqueness. "We all have stories,” Salvati says, "and I like telling them".

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