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Fausto Zonaro | Orientalist painter



Italian painter* Fausto Zonaro (18 September 1854 - 19 July 1929) painted portraits, landscapes and historical paintings, best known for his Realist style paintings of life and history of the Ottoman Empire
It is claimed that:
"Zonaro was one of those who made a major contribution to the development of western style art in Turkey".
He was a prolific artist who created hundreds of works, most of which are of the Ottoman Empire. An exhibition of his work in Florence in 1977 "received wide acclaim in the art world".
Today, most of Zonaro’s works remain in Istanbul, and many of them are on display in the city’s leading museums. His pictures can be found in the state museums of Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Istanbul Military Museum. Zonaro’s works can also be found in the private Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Pera Museum. Also, a number of them belong to private collectors in Turkey.

Pubblicato il 17/09/17e aggiornato il

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Petrus van Schendel | Genre / Romantic painter



Petrus Van Schendel (1806-1870) was a Dutch*-Belgian* genre painter in the Romantic style who specialized in nighttime scenes, lit by lamps or candles. This led to him being known as "Monsieur Chandelle".


On the advice of a family friend, who was a retired army officer, his father sent him to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He studied there from 1822-1828 with the history painter, Mattheus Ignatius van Bree, and received a gold medal for "Perspective" upon graduating.

Pubblicato il 15/09/17e aggiornato il

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Serguei Zlenko / Сергей Зленко, 1960 | Ballet dancers



Serguei Zlenko / Сергей Зленко is an Georgian painter known for working in the Figurative style.
His works include, amongst other things, topographical landscapes, classic ballet dancer motifs and figurative portraits of people, animals and events.


In his ballet paintings, Zlenko pictures not only the elegance and glorious postures of the ballerinas but also the life backstage with concentration before a show and all the physical struggles.

For biographical notes -in english and italian- and other works by Zlenko see:
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Serguei Zlenko / Сергей Зленко, 1960 | Realist / Surrealist painter



Born in Georgia, Serguei Zlenko /Сергей Зленко is a classically trained artist whose works represent the school of traditional Russian painting.
His works include, amongst other things, topographical landscapes, classic ballet dancer motifs and figurative portraits of people, animals and events. Zlenko is inspired by a vast array of topics, which can be seen in his multidimensional artworks.


In his portraits, Zlenko succeeds in capturing a natural and spontaneous moment which makes his paintings almost photolike.

Pubblicato il 13/09/17e aggiornato il

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Alush Shima, 1942 | Colorist / Fauvist / Symbolist painter


Small Territories of Freedom under communism



Alush Shima was born in Tirana, Albania. He painted in secret under Albania’s communist regime for almost two decades, being a former Parliament member. Alush Shima’s most perilous moment was in 1973, when the Sigurimi secret police seized his closest friend, fellow artist Ali Oseku, for letting slip praise of such bourgeois painters as Picasso and Matisse. He worked as a set painter in Albania’s only film studio, Kinostudio.


Alush Shima has always been a realistic painter, but for a time he made paintings of modern criticism of the regime. Today he doesn’t make modern works, but landscapes and still life.

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Isabel Miramontes, 1962 | Abstract surrealist sculptor



Born in in Santiago de Compostella (Spain) and influenced by the Celtic Origins of her village, the bronze works of Isabel Miramontes have both a primitive and essential quality to them.


Her recognizable androgynous figures express a narrative of quiet certitude and the inevitable struggle of everyday man, his obstacles and triumphs.

Pubblicato il 10/09/17e aggiornato il

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Abbott Fuller Graves | Impressionist painter



Abbott Fuller Graves (1859-1936) was an American painter* and illustrator who specialized in decorative open air* garden paintings and floral still lifes.
His use of thick brushstrokes, bright colors, and natural light shows the influence of European impressionism*.


Graves was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on April 15, 1859, the son of James Griswold Graves and Eliza Nicholls (Fuller). Hoping to become an architect, Graves attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but did not graduate.
Graves went to Paris and Italy in 1884 to refine his skills as a flower painter. In Europe, he roomed with Edmund C. Tarbell.

Pubblicato il 09/09/17e aggiornato il

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Ferdinand Heilbuth | Academic painter



Ferdinand Heilbuth (1826-1889) was a German*-born French painter*.
He was born in Hamburg in 1826, and died in Paris in 1889, having become a French citizen in 1876.


The son of a rabbi, Ferdinand Heilbuth lived and studied in Antwerp, Munich, Düsseldorf and Rome before settling in Paris.
He entered the studio of Paul Delaroche*, remaining there after it was taken over by Charles Gleyre. He made his debut at the Salon in 1853, and his early work consisted of genre pictures and historical paintings, the latter often depicting episodes from the lives of earlier artists.

Pubblicato il 07/09/17e aggiornato il

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Miroslaw Scheib, 1963 | Romantic Cityscape painter



Mirosław Szeib was born in Międzyzdroje lives in Świnoujście. He graduated from Fine Arts High School in Szczecin.
For many years, the author treated the painting as a hobby and great passion, later painting became a way of life.
In the 90s he became interested in seascape painting. Sea battles started coming into existence.

Pubblicato il 06/09/17e aggiornato il

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Jacques François Carabain | Romantic Cityscape painter



Jacques François Joseph Carabain, or Jacob Frans Jozef Carabain (23 February 1834, Amsterdam - 2 January 1933, Schaerbeek) was a Dutch*-Belgian painter*, known primarily for his scenes of cities and buildings in the Romantic-Realist style. He was especially interested in Medieval and Baroque structures, and was often attracted to busy market places.


He began his studies at the Amsterdamer Kunstakademie, where he initially painted landscapes and seascapes as well as cityscapes. His teachers there included Jacobus Schoemaker Doyer and Valentijn Bing (1812-1895).

Pubblicato il 05/09/17e aggiornato il

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Valentin Gubarev / Валентин Губарев, 1948 | Naïf / Minimalist painter



Valentin Gubarev /Валентин Губарев was born in the city of Gorky, now Nizhny Novgorod, Belarus.
Since 1975 he has been living in Minsk.
He is a member of the Belarusian Artists` Union.


Since 1991 he has been a participant of Republican and International exhibitions of paintings.
Personal exhibitions of the artist were successfully held in many countries of Europe. works of Valentin Gubarev are preserved at the State Art Museum of Belarussia, Museum Zimmerly in the USA, as well as in galleries and private collections in Europe.

Pubblicato il 04/09/17e aggiornato il

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Aykut Aydogdu, 1986 | Surrealist digital painter



Aykut Aydoğdu was born in Ankara and started his college education in Marmara University - Graphic Design Department after finishing high school in Ankara Anatolian Fine Arts High School. He transferred to Hacettepe University - Graphic Design Department after one semester, and graduated from here. Prior to starting his career as an illustrator, he worked as an Art Director for advertising agencies for four years.



Today, the artist continues to work as an illustrator for domestic and foreign publishers and global advertising agencies.

Pubblicato il 03/09/17e aggiornato il

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Luigi Monteverde | Genre painter


Luigi Monteverde (detto il Raffaello dell'uva) (1843-1923) was a Swiss painter born in Lugano.
He became famous as a genre painter of fashionably dressed women shown in various scenes of everyday life.
Luigi Monteverde is known also for figure and still life painting.

Pubblicato il 02/09/17e aggiornato il

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Meyer von Bremen | Genre painter | Düsseldorf school of painting



Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen (28 October 1813 Bremen, Germany - 4 December 1886 Berlin), commonly known as Meyer von Bremen, was a German painter* who specialized in Biblical, peasant and family scenes.


In his 2lst year, he went to Düsseldorf and began his studies at the Academy of Art there, which was led by Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow, the son of sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow.
He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.

Pubblicato il 31/08/17e aggiornato il

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Emilio Giunchi - Zenone, 1936 | Naif painter



Zenone - Emilio Giunchi - Naive painter well known in Italy and abroad, was born in Arezzo (Italy) and is known in the art as Zenone.


The artist explains the reason for the name:
"In art I chose this name because it links me to an important memory, in fact celebrated Zenone is the holy day in which I performed my first painting".
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Bruno Mondot, 1964 | Surrealist / Trompe l’oeil painter



Born in France, Bruno Mondot has won numerous prestigious acknowledgments and awards*. His work is collected worldwide and may be found in distinguished collections both public and private.


The work of Bruno Mondot is both fascinating and titillating in its effect.
This highly skilled and technically proficient artist creates a deep and refined allegory of amusements.
With artistic and mythical references embedded within his canvases, Mondot contrives and reveals alter dimensional realities.

Pubblicato il 29/08/17e aggiornato il

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David Adickes, 1927 | Figurative sculptor /painter



Born in Huntsville, Texas, David Adickes earned his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from Sam Houston State College (now University).


The summer after graduation, he attended the Kansas City Art Institute and realized that art was what he really wanted to do.
Adickes used his G.I. Bill to study painting in Paris with modern master, Fernand Leger. He returned to Houston and began painting full-time.

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Toshio Ebine / 海老根俊雄, 1978 | Romantic Fantasy painter



Toshio Ebine / 海老根俊雄 is an Japanese artist based in the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Started painting when he was 20.
His main medium is a gouache-watercolor mix, works, soft colors, full of romantic fantasy.


His work combines childlike wonder with the vastness of the universe in a calming aesthetic, that’s unique and beautiful.

Pubblicato il 27/08/17e aggiornato il

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Hatshepsut | The first woman Pharoah / La prima donna Faraone


Hatshepsut (Hat-shep-soot) (1507–1458 BCE), the first important female ruler known to history, lived a thousand years after the pyramids were built and seventeen centuries after the Egyptians had begun writing their language in hieroglyphs.
She ruled Egypt for two decades (ca. 1473-1458 B.C.) during Egypt's Dynasty 18. Although less familiar to modern audiences than her much later successor, the notorious Cleopatra (51–30 B.C.), Hatshepsut's achievements were far more significant.
Ruling first as regent for, then as co-ruler with, her nephew Thutmose III (who ruled for another thirty-three years after her death), Hatshepsut enjoyed a relatively peaceful reign, at the beginning of the New Kingdom.

Pubblicato il 23/08/17e aggiornato il

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Ana Mutavdzic | Abstract Cityscape painter



Ana Mutavdzic is an Serbian painter, known for working in the Abstract style*.
Mutavdzic was born in Kragujevac, Serbia - Yugoslavia.


I am driven by the feeling that with my brush I can convey my own understanding of the world to the canvas, the colours of my soul, my feelings and the way of life. It's one of the things which make me paint all over again.
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Jorge Luis Borges | A Poem to Friends | L'Amicizia

Pablo Picasso* - Friendship, 1908

I cannot give you solutions to all life’s problems,
Nor do I have answers to your doubts or fears
But I can listen to you and share it with you
I cannot change neither your past nor your future.


But when you need me I’ll be by your side.
I cannot prevent you from stumbling
I can only offer you my hand to hold on to you so you won’t fall.

Pubblicato il 22/08/17e aggiornato il

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Anita Magsaysay-Ho | Cubist painter



Anita Magsaysay-Ho (May 25, 1914 - May 5, 2012) was a Filipino painter. She was the only female member of the Thirteen Moderns, a standing group of Filipino modernist artists and in 1958 was chosen by a panel of experts at the six major painters of the country. The most famous work of Magsaysay-Ho are subject to the beauty of Filipino women dealing with everyday issues.

Pubblicato il 21/08/17e aggiornato il

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Vally Nomidou / Βαλλυ Νομιδου, 1959 | Paper figurative sculptures



G reek artist* Vally Nomidou / Βαλλυ Νομιδου was born in Thessaloniki. She graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts, and of the Saint Martin’s School of Art of London.
Recipient of scholarship for the Greek graduate program of IKY.



Vally Nomidou makes life-size sculptures of human figures using only paper and cardboard.
The construction of her paper sculptures is a labour of layering newspaper, paper towel, and other recycled papers by cutting, sewing and rubbing to produce beautiful forms.

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Jesus Navarro, 1952 | Hyperrealist painter



Jesús Navarro was born in Jerez, Cadiz, located in southern Spain.
By the age of twelve his artistic talents led him to the local school of arts and crafts -Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Jerez- where he studied painting and sculpture.
At this time He also became the apprentice of locally renowned painter, Ramírez Toro, under which Navarro learned the complex techniques of classical painting.

Pubblicato il 19/08/17e aggiornato il

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George Grie / Джордж Грие, 1962 | Neo-Surrealist painter



George Grie / Джордж Грие or Юрий Грибановский is a Russian-Canadian artist.
One of the first digital surrealism artists, Grie is known for numerous 3D, 2D, and matte painting images. Born in the USSR during the Soviet regime he did not adopt the conventional and politically correct socialist realism art style.


  • Style
Grie's artistic style has been heavily influenced by famous surrealists such as René Magritte and Salvador Dalí, fantastic realists Zdzisław Beksiński and Wojciech Siudmak, and surreal photomanipulation artist Jerry Uelsmann. His neo-surrealist artwork is a combination of classic surrealist symbolism with modern fantasy, gothic and visionary arttendencies.

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Arthur Frank Mathews | Tonalist painter



Arthur F. Mathews (1860-1945) was an American* Tonalist painter who was one of the founders of the American Arts and Crafts Movement*.
Trained as an architect and artist, he and his wife Lucia Kleinhans Mathews had a significant effect on the evolution of Californian art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
His students include Granville Redmond, Xavier Martinez, Armin Hansen, Percy Gray, Gottardo Piazzoni, Ralph Stackpole, Mary Colter, Maynard Dixon, Rinaldo Cuneo and Francis McComas.

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