Vicki Wilber was born in 1962 in Saigon, Vietnam. Soon after she was born, she and her family moved to Troy, Michigan. In 1982, Wilber studied liberal arts and English at the University of Michigan. She later studied design and intaglio (monoprint) printmaking at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986. During college, Wilber received an internship, and later a full time job, at Brogan Kabot Advertising Consultancy where she helped handle several accounts and received some experience at copywriting and art direction. Wilber was self employed in the fiber arts field, creating silk-screened and hand-painted yardages and garments. Other artistic endeavours include hand-crafted jewelry, courtroom illustration and photography. Wilber is currently exploring texture, plastics and acrylics, a fascination that was re-ignited by her recent trip to Europe. “My work is a fusion of painting and drawing. I use my unconscious mind to paint using automatic strokes. The painting is completed by using my conscious mind to draw and deal with aesthetic concerns. I want to cause viewers to use their imagination, to think. Painting for me is a search to make a moment tangible; to catch the thought or vision in midair. The painting recalls the moment.”
Steven Fraser Jones grew up in Vancouver in a family of flourishing artists. His mother taught painting classes in her studio. Mr. Jones studied piano in the Toronto Conservatory Program, arranging for his lessons on his own accord. As a teenager he immersed himself in the fine arts with a great deal of accomplishment. He also performed Light Shows throughout the community; designed and built sets for plays; and was continually challenged to produce large-scale events such as a cavernous nightclub made of tarpaper stalactites, fluorescent paint and black lights.
Mr. Jones acknowledges certain early influences such as the Mannerists with their use of vibrant colors, complex composition and exaggerated movement. But the works of the New York Abstract Expressionists, viewed for nearly three decades, resonate most strongly in his work. His painting recognizes the achievements of Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois, Frank Stella, Howard Hodgkins and Henri Matisse.
Born in Shiraz, Iran in 1970, Helen Zarin can remember beginning to paint at the early age of five. Showing talent, her influential family encouraged her to invest in her artistic endeavors.
As a high school student, she studied with the well known Persian artist and teacher, Saber. Later she enrolled in the Art and Culture Society, a national organization for gifted Persian Artists. As a student of Art and Culture, she refined her skills in the various mediums, especially pastels and oils. Helen was recognized by the Iranian Society and earned many national awards for her works.
Conditions in her native country eventually compelled Helen to turn elsewhere for creative nourishment. "Hard work and talent are not enough for an artist to progress and blossom, creative freedom in the right atmosphere is essential;' she remarked. In the pursuit of these artistic prerequisites, she journeyed first to Europe where she displayed her works in Vienna before coming to the United States in 1993. She has continued her education first in New York and currently in Baltimore, Maryland where she resides.
Helen Zarin's technique with pastel is atypical, standing up to the elements and lasting over time. As she creates, her fixative becomes part of each piece, sealing the pastel at multiple phases along the way before the piece is complete. Her work with mixed media, oil and collage is sophisticated yet vibrant and playful. Her abstract landscapes could tell a story. Her figures are minimalist and modest yet alluring, with abstract backgrounds and still life elements.
Master of poetic juxtaposition of classic and contemporary styles,
Gholam unessi powerfully blends sensitive tonality with vibrant color to create art that Iran scend s visual aesthetics. His creations stir subtle emotions that take residence in our unconscious.This talent has been molded through years of dedication to the master of his native Tehran - starting with one of Persia's most famous sculptors, his uncle. At the age of five, this uncle nurtured, shaped, and chiseled the foundation of Gholam's creativity.The development continued through high school, under the guidance of the renowned Persian artist, Sha ness - Yunessi's teacher of drawing and charcoal rendering. Next he studied the history and the techniques of the fine art of painting at the Tehran College of Fine Art.
Yunessi also frequently traveled to Europe to gain a personal understanding for the masters and the styles that characterized European art. As a result of this exposure he was able to move beyond the familiar and create a truly personal style that is born of passion not custom. Finally, with th is rich balance of the near-eastern and European influences, he moved to America, where he now lives and where he continues to create and produce work that is recognized and exhibited around the world.
Since 1972, Gholam Yunessi has been exhibiting his art in galleries around the world. The wide variety of cultures that have played backdrop to his development is clearly evident in the stylistic and expressive weave of his unique work.
Wallace was born in the Midwest in October of 1954. She was educated in Milwaukee Area Technical College, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, George Brown University in Toronto and Colorado Women's College in Denver.
The aesthetic of Wallace's work lays in its silence. She has incited a solitary transaction between spectator and painting, a private and intimate meeting, encouraging an undisturbed absorption of image.
Using the canvas as a single plane, stressing the two-dimensional character of painting and rejecting illusions of depth and gestural brushwork, Wallace applies colour in blocks that span the entire surface, suggesting that the composition may be yet a detail of a larger field.
The architecture of the canvas is divided laterally and horizontally into zones of colour of close and contrasting tonal relationships, using predominately dry earth tones of siennas, sages and ochres that impart an illusion of transparency and translucence in surface.
Veils of colour lend mysteriousness to Wallace's work, accented at times by an oriental symbol or a typeset letter hidden or boldly displayed within the composition, as if it hints in secret code to a large
Those who appreciate the softly-painted and widely acclaimed landscapes of Sandy Wadlington find it easy to understand both her love for art and for the countryside that she paints. Her love of art began with finding tons of paper and boxes of pencils, crayons and paints under the Christmas tree each year as a child and is, fortunately, one she has never outgrown.
As to her focus, Wadlington says, “In my art, I try to emphasize those qualities, which appeal to me upon initial impact: a snow-covered mountain behind a clump of trees, the contrasts of the seasons, a crisp November sky.”
While Wadlington says there is no message in her art, that she simply tries to communicate the quintessential beauty that inspired it in the first place, her work certainly conveys a love for the countryside. Confirming this, Wadlington says that the simple yet sublime images of the countryside are indeed important to her. In her eyes nature in the form of mountains, water, sky, sunsets, light and trees should be revered in an almost religious sense.
Her work has been exhibited in individual and group shows throughout the country, including the Marvin Seline Gallery, Houston, Texas; the San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; and the Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas. She was represented in six shows in Japan in 1993, and her work is included in many corporate collections.
Wadlington was born and educated in Boston, but it was not until she married a Texan and moved willingly to Texas that she began to think clearly about the importance of the New England landscape in her art. Influenced, too, by her great-great-great grandfather, Alvin Fisher, one of the Hudson River painters, she began to act on her desire to continue with the landscape tradition.
Says the artist: Inspirations come from the coastline and the mountains, all of which are near where I live. I try to focus on color as well as place – the strong sunlit coastal buildings in summer, the oranges of autumn against the distant blue, the subtle, colors of winter and spring. Mountains in winter, though often snow-covered, can have a warm, brilliant quality, which I find appealing.
Niro Vasali's art reflects the strength and drama characteristic of his Italian heritage. His cultural background has a dominant presence in everything he creates, whether geometric patterns or bold abstractions, in acrylics or oils, on linen, burlap, paper or canvas. Niro works in contrasts, pitting strong against weak, producing a tension at the center of each piece.
Niro was born into a close-knit family in 1969 in Palermo, Italy. Named after his grandfather - an avid soccer player and his first role model - Niro's relentless strength and passion grew from both the aesthetic and athletic outlooks that shaped his youth. His active childhood also sparked a consistent need for expression. He cannot remember a time when he was not painting, drawing or playing soccer. Throughout high school, Niro pursued both art and soccer. The physical competition of athletics and the mindfulness of the creative process - the exertion and the introspection - were a constant balance in his life. This duality radiates throughout his artwork. His intuitive ability to balance colors and tonality led him further along a path towards art. As his art received constant praise in school, he also worked in interior painting and remodeling. He enjoyed working with different materials to stretch his potential, a drive that has carried over into his present art. Within Niro's vivacious images can be found a profound sensitivity, which emerged from a difficult and pivotal experience. The tragic death of a close friend entirely transformed his perspective, helping him define his priorities and give expression to the emotional impact of this loss through art.
Upon moving to the United States, Niro attended the Atlanta College of Art, where his artwork expanded and matured. He subsequently enrolled in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Following graduation, he exhibited at various galleries, including the Wilinsky Art Gallery and St. Anthony Maine Gallery. He returned to the Southeast for a climate closer to the warmth of his youth. In Atlanta, Niro has not only continued to exhibit in numerous galleries, he has also remained a fervid soccer fan. He now considers Atlanta his home, blessed by a wife, young son and close friends. One such friend, Dr. Arturo Lindsey, was also his devoted teacher, and their bond has lasted almost a lifetime. Over the years, Niro has won a number of awards for his art. His only desire for competition, however, has been internal, challenging his talent to expand and take on new creative efforts. He has recently exhibited his work to enthusiastic response in Atlanta and New York
Intuitive perception of colors and her surrounding environment are the key sources of inspiration for Debra Van Tuinen. As expression, she translates the landscape around her into vibrant impressions of colour, texture and memory. The process she uses is both ancient and innovative. Even though she has worked in a variety of mediums, the ancient technique wax encaustic has become animportant part of her work Van Tuinen has always been close to the aesthetic perception of life. She studied arts at the Byam Shaw Arts Academy in London. Her worldwide experiences gave her the opportunity to work with internationally known artists such as the glass artist Dale Chihuly. With him, she had the chance to work on a collaborative effort with the Seattle Opera. Other than that, Van Tuinen's constant seek for inspiration has drawn her to eastern Washington, Idaho, Banff Alberta, British Columbia & the Oregon and California coasts, Monet's gardens at Giverny, and the islands of Fiji.
"The work evokes a tone ranging from Whistler of Rothko, and it acts to invite our contemplation and meditation." John Spike, Critic and Director of the Florence Biennale.
Oleg "Bika" Tsaava was born in 1965 into a family of well-known Georgian artists in Tbilisi, in the former USSR. His love for painting evident and inherited from a line of distinguished artists, he enrolled in the Teachers' Training College in Tbilisi where he earned a degree in art in 1987. In 1991, Bika and his family made an emotionally wrenching move to the United States, seeking freedom of spirit and soul - the promise of the future and release of the past.
In his short career in Soviet Georgia, Bika excelled in broad and diverse artistic pursuits, including work at the Factory of Ceramic Artifice and as head designer at the publicity firm Sakuachrobreklama. Today, Bika's paintings can be found in the corporate collections of UPS (United Parcel Service) and ABC (American Broadcasting Corporation).
Bika Tsaava: "I enjoy different levels of creating - sculpting, etching and design - but even as I am creating, my passion lies in painting. I yearn to raise a field or lake from the canvas with so much dimension and texture that the viewer would want to reach out and touch it."
Studied Fine Art at Kharkov State University. As well, he studied Painting, Decorative Art and Interior Design at Kharkov Artistic-Industrial Institute, Ukraine. Slava painted with oil on canvas in realistic manner. He was also engaged in monumental murals and teaching. Slava went to Europe, France, Germany and Holland, to study Holland painting. He had a lot of exhibitions in Europe. His realistic paintings are in many collections in Germany and France. With his arrival to Canada, he studied encaustic media, which is very old, traditionally taking its roots in Egypt and Byzantine. Slava's paintings in this media proved to be of great interest to collectors, art dealers and public on international market.
1980 All Soviet Union Exhibition "Interior and Equipment" at the Central House of Artists on Krimsky Val, Moscow, Russia
1980 International PosterCompetition for Olympic Games at CHA on Krimsky Val.
1981 All Soviet Union Exhibition, museum panoramic display at CHA on Krimsky Val.
1992 Gallery Korovin House, Gyrzuf, Ukraine
1993 Gallery of Art, Brest, France
1994 Osterman Center, Witten, Germany
1994 Gallery "Arbat", Moscow, Russia
1995 VIII All Russian Exhibition of paintings, Belgorod, Russia
1995 Aeroflot, Russian airline, Montreal, Canada
1995 Artisan's Alley, London, Canada
Christopher Surrett was born in 1960 and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He studied art at Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor. In 1982, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fine art.
Using texture and colour in multi-media, Surrett draws emotions from his viewer. “Everything has a natural flow to it - an organization. Sometimes you can’t see it right away, you have to get close. Or sometimes distance yourself. I think my work is like that.”
Surrett’s work evolves from a nervous energy that creates a sense of motion, dimension and spontaneity. He combines soft colour shadings with an active and imaginative palette. In each piece, he strives for an ethereal quality, with restraint being as vital to his art as the surface with which he begins.
“When I begin painting on any certain day, I am influenced by everything. The weather, or the contrast of the hills against the sky sets the mood for any work I’ll begin that day.”
Surrett’s work has been exhibited at the Austin Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona; Jill Youngblood gallery in Los Angeles; the First Street Gallery, Cathedral City, California; Winn Art Group, Los Angeles, California; and the Elizabeth Weiner Galleries in Australia and Hong Kong.
Surrett’ work can be found in a variety of corporate and private collections throughout the United States, including the Alliance Bank, Columbia Studios, Merrill Lynch Commercial Investments, and the Sheraton Hotels, among others.