Jose Emroca Flores is a California-based artist who spent much of his youth on a skateboard. When not building makeshift ramps from scrap wood he could usually be found drawing while listening to his favorite music. Jose attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco where he learned to develop his skills in making his imagination come to life through art. His talent allowed him to accumulate a prestigious list of clients including: EA games, Nike, Paramount, Universal, Marvel, FHM, and Maxim to name but a few. Jose is currently based in Carlsbad, California.
Eyan Higgins Jonesis a master airbrush painter whose animal portraits are as breathtaking as they are majestic. Born in North Wales, her connection with the natural world began at a very early age. She earned her degree in Illustration from the University of Central England where she started selling her art in many commercial establishments including bars, restaurants, and shops. She also dabbled in theatre, film, advertising, fashion, publication, and mural painting. She said: “My work is aspired to bring a unique perspective on the relationship between Humankind and Nature. My aim is to portray the diversity these two forces of awe share within the World, from the marvelous to the malevolent.”
Artur Bordalo is a graffiti artist whose work has definitely raised the bar on railroad art. Using the parallel lines of a railroad as a canvas, Arturo has managed to convey both humor and cynicism into his minimalistic work. His often uses bright neon colors in his work to make it stand out against the gray backdrop of gravel and rail. He goes by the handle Bordalo II as a tribute to his grandfather whom he saw ‘painting the city of Lisbon’. Arturo’s work has been cropping up all over his homeland of Portugal and train officials don’t seem to mind since spray paint doesn’t seem to do the rails themselves any harm.
Laszlito Kovacs is an uber-talented Spanishillustrator currently based in Holland. His illustrations may be minimalistic, yet speak volumes to the viewer’s mind. He is currently the Creative director at Present Plus, a creative innovation studio based in Amsterdam. Laszlito is also affiliated with The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and the Monocle Magazine. He has even done some illustrations for the National Geographic, The Absolut Network, and the Square Wallet.
Benoit Levac is a culinary photographer based in Montreal, Canada. He enjoys bringing out the rich flavor in life which makes every one of his images is absolutely mouth-watering. Among his customers, Benoit is known for his talent, versatility, discipline, imagination, and attention to detail. Taking a quick snap at your food for FB purposes is easy, but Benoit has elevated this int Fine Art.
Inorama is an art studio based in Russia. Its founders are RAMM and Inna Kuzubova. Inna is an illustrator with more than a decade of experience under her belt. Also, she bakes delicious pies. RAMM is a designer, illustrator and painter who has been doing what he loves most for well over fifteen years. Together, this artistic duo creates a commercial vector and bitmap images in different styles. Be it realistic illustration, retro, watercolor, pin-up, abstract, cartoons, and landscapes. They also design logos, emblems, bookplates, and trademarks.
Jeff Zimmerman was raised by artist parents in Anderson Ranch Arts Center of Colorado. His original dream was to become an anthropologist but found his passion in glass blowing. He studied classical Venetian glassblowing and mastered centuries-old Italian techniques while being apprenticed to master glass blowers. These days, Jeff himself is a master glassblower who loves to move glass into realm of contemporary, relevant art. His pieces are all bent and melted out of shape but still retain their usefulness and aesthetics.
Paweł Bajew is an awesome self-taught photographer from Poland whose work relies on ideas and not on the number of megapixels or fancy digital enhancement. Most of the time, he poses for his own shots with home made costumes and paraphernalia. His abstract images entice errant thoughts to flit through the viewer’s mind. Oddly enough, the longer you look at his work makes you want to look at more of his work, just to find out what other wacky ideas he came up with.
Caddisfly larvae are anything but cute. They wriggle around in river bottoms making cozy cocoons twigs, pebbles, and sediment. Artist Hubert Duprat had a brain wave immediately after learning of the caddisfly larvae habit. What if the critters were surrounded by nothing but gold and precious stones? He hen proceeded to do just that. He took a bunch of caddisfly larvae and raised them in aquariums with nothing but gold flakes, pearls, and other precious stones. The resulting cocoons are tiny and fragile gold sculptures held together with silk. If you didn’t know the real creatures of these bejeweled masterpieces, you’d have thought they were made by a master jeweler.
Mladen Penev is an extremely talented graphic designer who is a 31-year-old graphic designer from Bulgaria. His work is an impressive mix of photography, CGI, and digital image manipulation. One of my favorite series of his is his ‘Power of Books” series where the reader is literally enveloped by the open book he reads. The series was published way back in 2005 in Vienna, Austria but Mladen’s message is just as relevant today as it was nine years ago. Books, really good ones, have the power to grab the reader’s attention and immerse him in a make-believe world. Mladen currently lives and works in Australia.