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Joanna Zjawinska, 1950 | Figurative painter

Joanna Zjawinska began to paint at the early age of six. She earned her B.A. degree in 1972 from the School of Architecture in Warsaw.
To follow her own dream of being an artist, Joanna then studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts where she perfected her unique style of oil and watercolor painting.
In 1978 she was awarded a masters degree in Graphic Design with honors in painting from the academy which is one of the most prestigious school in Europe.

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Bryce Liston, 1965 | Plein air / Figurative painter

Liston’s artistic inspiration comes largely from the late-19th century; he lists John William Waterhouse, John Singer Sargent🎨, Joaquin Sorolla🎨, Anders Zorn and William Bouguereau🎨 among his strongest influences.
As an artist my career is dedicated to the integrity and quality of representational fine art”, says Liston. “My goal is to regain the traditions of the past along with the standards of craftsmanship and training. By studying the great artists of the past, we artists of today can once again regain a full command of proficiency to create great works of art… art about life”.

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American poet Louise Glück, 1943 | Nobel Prize for Literature, 2020

© BBC - This year's Nobel Prize🎨 for Literature has been awarded to the US poet Louise Glück.
Glück was recognised for "her unmistakable poetic voice, that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal" said the Swedish Academy, which oversees the award.
The Academy added she was "surprised" when she received their phone call.

Glück, born in New York, lives in Massachusetts and is also professor of English at Yale University.
The Academy's permanent secretary Mats Malm said he had spoken to Glück just before making the announcement.
"The message came as a surprise, but a welcome one as far as I could tell" - he said.

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Louise Gluck / Fabian Perez | Retreating Wind / Vento calante

When I made you, I loved you.
Now I pity you.

I gave you all you needed:
bed of earth, blanket of blue air -

As I get further away from you
I see you more clearly.
Your souls should have been immense by now,
not what they are,
small talking things--

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Nino Chakvetadze, 1971 | Kid's Book illustrator

Nino Chakvetadze in an Georgian painter and Kid’s Book illustrator.
She draws inspiration from everyday moments and her paintings depict love, friendship, human relationships, and peace.
According to the artist, she found her particular style in 2010 and her nostalgic paintings are based on memories that are relatable for many viewers.

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Adam Styka (1890-1959) | Under the African Sun

Polish🎨-born French painter Adam Styka completed his education at the French Academy of Fine Arts, Academie des Beaux-Arts, and painted closely under the tutelage of his father, Jan Styka.
Each year Adam exhibited his paintings in the Paris' most prestigious galleries such as Salon de Paris🎨, Champs Des Elysees and others in Europe and countries of both Americas, where he constantly was awarded highest accolades.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay / Edward Steichen | Night is my sister / La notte è mia sorella

Edward Steichen (American🎨 photographer, painter, and curator, 1879-1973)| Greta Garbo

Night is my sister, and how deep in love,
How drowned in love and weedily washed ashore,
There to be fretted by the drag and shove
At the tide's edge, I lie - these things and more:
Whose arm alone between me and the sand,
Whose voice alone, whose pitiful breath brought near,
Could thaw these nostrils and unlock this hand,
She could advise you, should you care to hear.

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André Martins De Barros, 1942 | Fantastic Realism painter

André Martins de Barros: "The conflict of man fighting his fellow man, the role of nature, and the struggle for existence are all constant themes in my imaginative paintings: from simple joys and beauty to troubling scenes of apocalyptic proportions.
Yet, in each piece, a sense of optimism and even whimsy is readily apparent".
André Martins de Barros was born in Pau, a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the Spanish border.
He started to paint from the age of 15 and just after completing his military service decided to devote all his time to passion- Painting.