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Claire Alliot Soto

Claire Alliot Soto

Art Advisor Europe
Antoinette Genevieve Williams

Antoinette Genevieve Williams

Art Consultant San Diego - USA
Jules Lambe

Jules Lambe

Art & Design Consultant - Hospitality Projects - Asia Region
Alexandra Schafer

Alexandra Schafer

FOUNDER / MANAGING DIRECTOR - VELVENOIR

Ruben MARIN DE LUCAS – 1977, Madrid (Espagne)
Demographics have been one of the most important agents of the contemporary world´s transformation and they are analysed by Ruben Martin de Lucas as a starting point to reflect on migratory flows, the expression of borders, the tension between the global and the local, the ¨depauperization¨ of life systems and the exploitation of natural resources.  The Garden of Fukuoka series is a project inspired by the writings of the Japanese philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka on a non-interventionist agricultural method that is at odds with consumer society and capitalist economic development. Drawing on Taoist codes and Zen Buddhism, Fukuoka sought to place nature and sustainability at the centre of our contemporary concerns.

 selected by Claire Alliot Soto 

Andrew Alcasid is a self-taught San Diego artist that truly shines. His work fuses elements of light, color, and shadow, finding balance in simplistic geometric influences. His striking color palette furthers the visual dialogue of each work highlight the precision of the artist’s hand. Alcasid’s current body of work is a nod to his “minimalist art voyage”, which is deeply connected to his mentors and his own artistic evolution.

 selected by  Antoinette Williams

Andreas TORRES BALAGUER 1990, Barcelona (Spain)

Andrea Torres Balaguer is a young emerging artist living in Barcelona, whose work is inspired by photographers such as Duane Michals, Sally Mann and Annie Leibovitz. The overriding theme within the work is Andrea’s search and experimentation with the boundaries between reality and fiction. Her work is influenced by dreams and surrealism, exploring the relationship between femininity and nature through the symbolism and the dream transcription technique. Inspired by references to psychoanalysis theory and magic realism, her pictures experiment with the conscious-subconscious. Thinking about the scene-action concept, she creates pictures that suggest stories and invites the spectator to interpret them.

 selected by Claire Alliot Soto 

Niki Hare is a diverse visual artist whose work revolves around ideas of existence and vision. “I paint in order to stave off the nausea,” she says. The work dissects and explores the world she has suddenly found herself in. There is a focus on detailing and observation. “The world is paused, broken down into layers, shuffled, pushed back together and sent on its way. Nothing is static, there is a sense of the temporary, imbalance, discomfort.”. From the artist’s eye, everything is viewed from all angles, broken down into frames, maps, diagrams, aerial views. There is a focus on both what is there, but also the spaces between, what could be there. Combining murky observation with a sense of painting from the inside out, these works act as portraits and an investigation of the self.

selected by Alexandra Schafer

Leah Pantéa is an artist that has worked in both abstract and figural realms. Her current series finds the artist expressing in the realm of the abstract, some works hinting at layers of shapes and hidden configurations, all the while hidden behind their mysterious veil. The series’s title, “Janus,” after the Roman god of transitions. The collection came forth out of a desire to know why we don’t get to see the full picture. Visually inspired by the stark landscapes and vast skies of Northern Iceland where this series began.

selected by Antoinette Williams

 

Aldo CHAPARRO  1965, Lima (Peru)
Based between Mexico City, New York City and Lima, Chaparro is known for expanding the boundaries that separate art from other disciplines, making of this frontier his central theme. Drawing inspiration from the pop culture that accompanies contemporary music and rock art, he re-appropriates texts and images he decontextualizes. Through different media, Chaparro remixes and edits references from the media world pushing aside the notions of past and future to offer a present where simultaneity co-exists. He plays with the notion of the two and three-dimensional as his steel sculptures stand as a record of the performative action that gave them form. Folded under the weight of the artist’s own body, his pieces testify to the physical effort that imposes artistic practice on the creator.

 selected by Claire Alliot Soto 

Arjinjonathan Arjinkit was born in 1983 in Buriram, a Northeast province of Thailand. He earned his MFA from Srinakharinwirot University in 2011 and BFA from Srinakharinwirot University in 2005. He currently teachs at Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University. Arjinkit has been working across various mediums including: painting, print, photomontage, installation. However, his recent focus has been primarily on painting. He has been exploring the idea of contemporary society both in socio-political perspective and aesthetic perspective through his painting process. Material, process and color has always been areas of Arjinkit core practice. In his painting, he often employs industrial paint, commercial paint and other industrial material in his painting process. His signature bright, vibrant and vivid color is his visual aspect of today’s society that in line with the current global landscape. Arjinkit refers to his color as ‘color of today’s everyday life’. His palette and his choice of material support each other ideology.

selected by Jules Lambe

 

Duscia Peijic has gained her Master’s degree at the Art Academy in Novi Sad studying painting and Specialist studies at the Faculty of Art in Beograd, Serbia. She has been selected as one of the eight most important abstract artists working in Serbia since 2000. She has exhibited her bold and textural work independently and has taken part in a vast number of collective exhibitions throughout Serbia and abroad. Her art is part of a major corporate collection such as the Generali Insurance group and others. She is based in Belgrade and explores the connection between the arts and contemporary architecture. By connecting those disciplines, her body of work is bold, textural and rich in texture.

selected by Alexandra Schafer

Born in Israel in 1971, Azoulay lives and works in Jerusalem. He received both his BFA and MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem.  Azoulay works has been exhibited around the world, including shows in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Rome. In 2011 Azoulay had his first major museum show at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. His work was featured at Frieze art fair, London and is in major privet and public collections.  Azoulay is the recipient of the “Morasha” award from the Tel Aviv Museum of art and The “Mozes” Prize from the Jerusalem Artist house.always been areas of Arjinkit core practice. In his painting, he often employs industrial paint, commercial paint and other industrial material in his painting process. His signature bright, vibrant and vivid color is his visual aspect of today’s society that in line with the current global landscape. Arjinkit refers to his color as ‘color of today’s everyday life’. His palette and his choice of material support each other ideology.

selected by Alexandra Schafer

 

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