Home / Uncategorized / artists to watch in April


our international velvenoir art consultants share exclusive talents to watch out

Virginia Leonard (NZ) 

Auckland artist Virginia Leonard’s (b. 1965) personal and visceral ceramics represent the artist’s bodily scarring and the chronic pain she suers, following a serious motorbike accident in London in 1986. Leonard graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Whiteclie College of Arts & Design, Auckland in 2001. During Leonard’s early career, her bold post- abstract expressionist paintings were exhibited widely across New Zealand in commercial and public spaces, including the Auckland Art Fair in 2009. Leonard’s paintings were the recipient of numerous national awards, including the overall winner of the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award 2011, Waiheke and the Molly Morpeth Canady Art Award 2012 in Whakatane, New Zealand.

 selected by Ines Valle

John Armleder (Switzerland)

John Armleder (b. 1948)  is a contemporary Swiss artist, whose work crosses several different mediums, ranging from painting and sculpture to design, performance, and installation. Armleder studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in his hometown of Geneva, where he later met Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner, who helped him co-found the Galerie Ecart in 1969. Their gallery acted as a performance art space and independent publishing house, and brought a number of renowned artists to Switzerland, including Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol. Armleder gained international recognition with his “Furniture Sculpture” series from 1979, which comprised a synthesis of iconic examples of design and paintings, with the artist’s intent being to comment upon the trivialization of artwork as an ornamental accessory.

 selected by Catherine Asquith 

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz (England) 

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz was born in Dartmoor, England in 1966. Lenkiewicz’ chief artistic concern is our use of language and its re-interpretation in the form of the visual arts. His art historical intervention demonstrates our own complacency in art towards famous images, namely those highly learnt visual compositions of art history. Our knowledge of them has become so much second nature that we take them for granted. It is not until they are re-arranged or disturbed that we realise how much confidence we place in them. Oscillating between painting, drawing and sculpture, the provocative nature of his work demonstrates the infinite possibilities that exist within the images of our time. Lenkiewicz is known for his controversial approach to raising critical questions about art and exploring what it means to be a contemporary artist in the 21st century.

selected by Alex Ray


Fei Alexeli (Greece)
Contemporary artist Fei Alexeli is known for her distinctly retro collages and cut-ups. The striking collage work of Fei Alexeli captures a sense of playful nostalgia in every viewer. With soft pinks that are contrasted with vast space scapes and retro neon signs contrasted with lush palms, each work creates a parallel universe of escapism.  Alexeli splits her time between London and Amsterdam and has exhibited around the world, including London, New York, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Hamburg.

selected by Lucy Wigglesworth

Alicia Viebrock (Germany)

Alicia Viebrock, a Herbert Brandl student, stands for the gestural and expressive variant of abstraction. Spontaneous calligraphic, powerful brush movements and coloured sprinklings on a mostly neutral or monochrome background recall the German postwar Informell. Partially even figurative appearances like boats or vegetative elements materialize in Viebrocks ink paintings on canvas that comes out as playful-eruptive and fluid-transparent at the same time.

 selected by Alexandra Schafer

Aldo Chaparro (Mexico)
Aldo Chaparro (b.1965) is a Mexican/Peruvian artist whose work focuses in the use of sculpture and painting to explore form in post-industrial ways. He currently lives and works between Mexico City, New York, Madrid and Lima. Chaparro explores form through void, matter and the human body using quick processes to transform prefabricated materials into unique objects. Using elements commonly used for construction, he creates forms in balance by manipulating and subtracting matter.

selected by Claire Alliot Soto

Li Xiaofeng (China)

Li Xiaofeng (李晓峰) is a Chinese artist known his sculptures of traditional Chinese dresses (e.g., the qipao) and military uniforms, which he creates using shards of porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasty. He has such a sense of mission for it, and the finds it a theoretic basis with beautiful name “Post Orientalism”. Chinese landscape was always a major theme in his large number of paintings created in past. instead of simply copying, like some other contemporary artists, the landscape in his creation has been melt into heart and then rearranged, thus his works are so unique that we can taste the modern flavor of poetic deram and super realism.

Selected by Jules Lambe

Panos Kefala (Greece)
Panos Kefalas’ work consists of representative paintings created by painting media (oil on canvas, oil on wood). The concept of the works derives from a personal archive that works as a motive to explore painting space and time, as the original image is undermined and redefined in the matters of form as well as in the matters of concept. The images regard situations similar to ones that have preexisted in the history of painting and art in general. The main goal is to create questions and various interpretations with every painting acting autonomously as well as subsumed in a cyclical narration. With these paintings, the main intention is to bring back matters of space and time, memory and narration in an open dialogue with the arts of cinema and literature.

selected by Anna Chatzinassiou

T-yong Chung ( Milan)

T-yong Chung draws inspiration from the real and symbolic journey that he has taken throughout Italy in the past few years. His artistic research is attracted to the iconography and the modern merchandising of the immense Italian Heritage. He intervenes with chalk reproductions of classical and historical characters by executing geometrical cuts on them to imbue them with new contemporary identities. His works have been exhibited at the Lissone Museo d’arte contemporanea, Nuovo Spazio Espostivio of Casso as part of the Dolomiti Contemporanee festival,  Fondazione Spinola Banna of Torino, as well as the Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea of Trento. T-yong Chung also held solo exhibitions at Otto Zoo gallery, Milan, MARS, Milan and the Car Project Gallery, Bologna. He has additionally participated in various residencies and workshops in Italy, including at the Museo Carlo Zauli of Faenza, at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice and Madeinfinlandia in Pergine Valdarno.

Selected by Liz Kwon

Interested in discussing how we can help you further ? Reach out to us 


Photo credits within this feature, go to every single artist and their art galleries. 


Leave a Comment






#velvenoir #becauseartmakesadifference