Like most artists, Viktor Sheleg has been drawing since early childhood. At twelve, he has taught himself to paint. He was born in Lomonosov, near Saint-Petersberg, Russia in 1952. When Victor was three, he and his family moved to Latvia where he still lives and works today. According to him, his paintings are inspired by chaos and guided by emotions and energy.
Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close is an American photographer and painter who achieved worldwide fame as a photorealist. Though severely paralyzed since 1988, he has continued to produce art. Each piece is highly sought after by collectors and museums all over the world. His latest work involves large-scale portraits made with his own fingerprints. Chuck also has ‘prosopagnosia’, a disorder that impairs his ability to recognize faces. This, according to him, explains his deep fascination with portraiture.
Harding Meyer is a Brazilian painter and photographer whose large-scale portraits have recently been making ripples in the art world. He uses geometric brush stroke and vibrant colors to bring his subjects to life. The viewer is stunned not just by the mammoth proportion of the painting but also by the intense attention to detail that Harding gives his portraits.
Till Rabus is a Swiss artist who spends divides his time between Paris and Neuchatel. His hyper-realistic paintings of garbage like tires, condoms, and leftovers has shocked tender sensibilities. However bizarre his subject matter, his skill with the paintbrush is evident. One could only hope that people would take one look at his paintings and immediately change their wasteful ways.
Born in London, grew up in Australia, and educated in America; Robin Eley is a man of three continents. According to him his paintings speak softly of messages both personal and profound. Messages only those who make the effort to listen can hear. Aspirations, failed ambition, and impermanence are the underlying themes of his work. He is currently based in Australia where he lives with his wife.
Michele Del Campo is a London-based painter whose work has earned numerous accolades from critics, among which is the “Premio BMW” awarded by Her Majesty the Queen Sofía of Spain. Most of his work feature youthful subjects casually posed against an urban backdrop like graffiti-strewn walls, railroad tracks and street gutters. These days, the prestigious London-based Imago Art Gallery is his main gallery of reference.
As the best steel is created through fire and force, so are the best artists. Christiane Vleugels was forced to make a living making reproductions of someone else’s work. Looking back now, she realized that it was these these tedious and uninspired paintings that helped her perfect her technique. According to her: “The sole purpose of my work is to tempt people to dream. There is nothing I love more than to move my audience to ecstasy by allowing them a peek into my fantasy.”
Fan Xuexian is a Chinese artist who makes portraits of women exceedingly well. As a child, he has always had an interest in painting which eventually led him to make it his career. He graduated from the Hangzhou Normal University Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. As a painter, he has participated in China Oil Painting, Shanghai Art Fair, West Lake Art Fair, and the Shanghai Youth Art Exhibition 09.
Ben Schonzeit better serve the hors d’oeuvre away from his work, or there will be holes in his canvas. Ben specializes in realistic paintings of food. Fruit, vegetables, desserts – he’s got a delicious array of them on canvas. He was born in the middle of the second World War in Brooklyn where he still lives and works today. He numerous one-man shows have been extensively lauded by critics.
Ling Jian was born in the Shandong Province of China in 1963. He graduated from the Qinghua University Art College and has exhibited his work in Germany, Bangkok, Amsterdam, and Italy. the subjects of his paintings are mostly women, and the longer you look at them, the more disturbing they get. Ling tweaks the symmetry and proportion just enough to make the viewer realize that something is off about these women, but not allowing the viewer to figure out what.