Flora is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss.Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualises dark fantasies and atmospheric dreams, utilising the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world.Her work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face to leave only the feminine form, exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self.
Flora has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the “Continental Shift” group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Louvre, France. Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical acclaim from press including The Guardian’s Observer and BBC Culture. Her artwork was the face of Adobe Photoshop in 2014.
Born in Iisalmi, Finland 1952 | Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
Kaarina Kaikkonen, one of our most internationally recognized sculptors and artists, is known for shaping urban landscapes and emphasizing community through her installations. In her works, one can find references to current themes of humanity’s place in their own time, and of basic needs that always exist regardless of environment or culture. Old clothes contain the former user’s presence, which wraps around Kaikkonen’s story and places the viewer before something new and unknown, but at the same time exceedingly familiar and intimate.
The impressive installations made out of mens’ jackets and shirts are well known both in Finland and globally such as in the US, Cuba, Canada, Japan and Great Britain. Her first installation was on display in Helsinki in 1988. In Finland, one of her most famous works is the ‘Way’ -installation, which she built on the steps of Helsinki Cathedral in 2000. Her pieces can be found in several collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki City Art Museum, and Espoo Museum of Modern Art of EMMA.
Kaikkonen studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts School and was awarded the National Visual Arts Prize in 1989, the Finland Prize of Art in 2001, and in 2013 the Order of the Lion of Finland awarded her Knight, First Class. Kaikkonen has also received international awards such as Public Prize in Den Haag Sculptuur in the Netherlands in 2004 and Honorable Mention at the Cairo 11th Biennale in Egypt in 2009.
Galerie Forsblom has been representing Kaarina Kaikkonen since 2008.
“Laura is a 1990 Born portrait-artist from Southern Germany.
Besides photographing projects, she teaches workshops, gives inspirational talks and travels to all over the world – always searching for magical places and special light. It’s her clear visual language, the power of telling stories and showing raw, honest emotions in her photographs that makes her work stand out.
She is convinced that photography is a type of therapy that gives you the ability to heal yourself and others.”
For more details including a huge gallery and an overview of her current exciting projects, please visit her website: http://www.laurazalenga.com
Beyond the cliché of the archaic “Land of Fire & Ice”, Iceland seems to offer space…Space just to be….to be your Self, in my view.
Iceland is definetely a destination to yearn for (Sehnsuchtsort). The well-known landscape photographer Mike Reyfman shares some breath-taking impressions with us.
Only people with a free spirit, a rich soul, an open mind and inner beauty are able to discover and catch these qualities in the outside world by taking pictures.
As an appetizer, let` s have a look at Mike Reyfmans perspective on Icelands landscapes…
ABOUT MIKE REYFMAN
Mike Reyfman is renowned landscape and nature photographer.
He was born in Ukraine and moved to United States in January 2000. Mike has been awarded for his photography in the prestigious international photography competitions. His photographs have been used extensively worldwide in calendars, books, magazines and advertising industry. He has written numerous articles on travel and landscape photography and has been teaching photography for many years.
His works were exhibited at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the open air exhibition on the prime outdoor places in Moscow and St. Petersburg, travel photography exhibitions at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo International Airports etc.
In addition, Mike has an experience as photography competition judge and worked as a Jury member at WorldPhoto 2008, Global Arctic Awards 2012 and Patagonia Photo Awards 2017.
“When the great place, right moment, favorable light and sharp eye find each other — the photo is born.” cit.: Mike Reyfman
For more details, additional galleries and print-outs for sale, please feel free to visit Mike`s website:
Sergio has enjoyed working with pencils, watercolours and ink since his childhood. Nowadays, he combines the elements digitally to create unique illustrations. Switching styles, mixing techniques and exploring unknown aspects of my abilities drive him forward and enable him to create visually appealing projects for a diverse range of clients from the private and industrial sector including famous brands. According to Sergio, his studio’s name is derived from the Italian words ›mai visto‹, which means ›never seen before‹. From the very beginning of his career, he was working with this idea on his mind…Let’s create something together that we both have never seen before!
Erwin Wurm (born 1954) is an Austrian artist born in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria. He currently lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria.
In The Artist Who Swallowed the World, Wurm is quoted as saying: “I am interested in the everyday life. All the materials that surrounded me could be useful, as well as the objects, topics involved in contemporary society. My work speaks about the whole entity of a human being: the physical, the spiritual, the psychological and the political.”
Wurm is known for his humorous approach to formalism. About the use of humor in his work, Wurm says in an interview: “If you approach things with a sense of humor, people immediately assume you’re not to be taken seriously. But I think truths about society and human existence can be approached in different ways. You don’t always have to be deadly serious. Sarcasm and humor can help you see things in a lighter vein.”
Although the images are slightly humorous, they extend or manipulate reality in ways that can be disturbing. Wurm’s work portrays manipulated images of things in everyday life, things that look familiar, but which become distorted. Pieces like Truck, where a truck curves up against the building or Narrow House, a thin, claustrophobic house, take something familiar to all and distort it by enlarging, curving it, or slimming it down. “I will often use humor to seduce people”, admits Wurm. “To get them to move closer, but it’s never very nice when they look closer.”
Wurm’s work is often critical of Western society and the mentality and lifestyle of his childhood during post-World War II Austria. Although Wurm’s sculptures are humorous and ridiculous, they are actually quite serious. His criticism is playful, but should not be confused with kindness. He represents his criticism of objects, such as clothing, furniture, cars, houses, and everyday objects to his audience. Common themes in his work include not only our relationship to banal everyday objects, but also philosophers and life in postwar Austria.
Bio: Nando Kallweit is a German sculptor working in bronze and oak.
As a young boy, he was inspired by the beauty and antiquity of a bust of Nefertiti housed in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, his new-found freedoms allowed him to travel to Egypt and develop his belief in the basic strength and pride inherent in inhumanity.
His sculptures seek to emphasize this through elongated forms and upright postures. He reduces the figures to simple gestures and movements creating sculptures with a wonderful interplay between the archaic and the modern; between art and design.
Nando’s work has been exhibited across Europe and is held in many private collections. He has produced a number of large scale permanent installation pieces for German municipalities and museums.
Durch anmutige Ästhetik und grazile Anziehungskraft prägen sich die Skulpturen, Plastiken und Reliefs Nando Kallweits unweigerlich ein.
Dabei gibt es keinen Unterschied, ob man sie in Galerien, auf Kunstmessen, als raumgreifende Installationen oder Außenraumgestaltungen wahrnimmt. Es sind Gefühl und Poesie, die im Wechselspiel zwischen Objekt-Künstler-Raum-Betrachter und in differierenden Reihenfolgen, je nach Kontext, zu schwingen beginnen. Die verwendeten Materialien Holz, vorwiegend Eiche geschwärzt und Bronze tragen durch ihre Spezifik dazu bei.
Spuren emotionaler Robustheit wirken dabei ebenso als inspirierendes Gestaltungselement, wie detailliert ausgearbeitete, vom aufmerksamen Beobachter unverhofft entdeckte Feinheiten.
In diesem Spannungsfeld bewegt sich Kallweit permanent im Entstehungsprozess seiner Werke. Mit äußerster Intensität, Energie und Kraftanstrengung und gleichzeitig gefühlvoll und bedachtsam setzt er seine Visionen im Subtraktiven der Bildhauerei wie auch im additiven Herangehen des plastischen Arbeitens um.
Anatomisch der Statur des Künstlers ähnelnd, streben die Figuren mit stolzer Haltung, ästhetisch wohltuend dem Licht entgegen. Spannungsvolle Proportionsverschiebungen verstärken diesen Ausdruck. Die Sehnsucht nach unbekannten, nicht fassbaren, göttlich-geistigen Sphären scheint die Formensprache Nando Kallweits stark zu beeinflussen und zunehmend zu festigen.
Durch mannigfaltige Beobachtungen unseres Seins, wie auch kulturgeschichtliche Ambitionen entstehen spezifische Grundtypen, die in unermüdlicher Vielfältigkeit vom Künstler variiert werden.
Das Figürlich-Menschliche steht bei Nando Kallweit stets im Mittelpunkt.
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Nando Kallweit is also represented by The Gallery FLOX in Dresden / Germany
He held a spray can for the first time in the mid 1980s, but it was in the 1990s, when graffiti began its dissemination throughout Portugal and began to leave its Portuguese birthplace, Carcavelos, that the artist had his first contact with graffiti and its movement.
His first experiences were sketched on street walls and train tracks and so the passion he had always shown for drawing had a newly found purpose and began evolving. Not long after, came the opportunity to paint large scale murals in Damaia, Carcavelos and in many social housing neighbourhoods, such as Cova da Moura, 6 de Maio and Santa Filomena.
Early on, the artist showed a special interest in perspective and shading, in an obscure style, which he later called “sombre 3D”, where the compositions, landscapes or portraits, messages or homages, stood out for their realism and technique.
Odeith was, in 2005, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking incursions in the anamorphic art field, standing out for his compositions created in perspective and painted in different surfaces, such as 90º corners or from the wall to the floor, creating an optical illusion effect.
In 2008, he decided to close his tattoo studio (which he opened in 1999) and moved to London.
Currently, back in Lisbon, he assumed painting as his main activity, having created large scale murals for major national and international enterprises such as the London Shell, Kingsmill, the Coca-Cola Company, Estradas de Portugal, Samsung, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (football club) and several Portuguese city halls such as Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, amongst others.
Amid all the events he participated in, we highlight: Meeting of Styles (Alemanha), Museum of Public Art (Louisiana, EUA), MuBE – Brazilian Museum for Sculpture (São Paulo, Brasil), 1st Bienal del Sur (Panamá) and the Berardo Collection Museum’s 2nd anniversary party.