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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Caitlin karolczak

Caitlin karolczak






Caitlin Karolczak (1984-) was born on Minnesota’s Iron Range. She received a BFA in Fine Arts and BA in Art History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2005). She resides in Minneapolis working as a professional artist and co-gallery owner of Spinario Design, a mid-century design and fine art gallery. There she handles original artworks as diverse as 15th century engravings to paintings by Ray Parker, Zao Wou Ki, and Otto Dix. Her exposure to this unpredictable array of works has given her a broader understanding of art that enriches her own.



ARTIST STATEMENT

I explore subjects connected to the fragility of the human mind and body. The environments and situations that I paint are often contemporary reinterpretations of classical painting themes. My source material sometimes comes from my collection of vintage medical photographs, images that blur the line between artistic portraiture and scientific illustration. In many cases, photographers deliberately and artfully arranged their subjects although their stated purpose was documenting debilitating or disconcerting medical conditions. I wrestle with this intersection of beauty and distress. As I reinvent the likeness of an individual, I give them authority from what was originally a position of vulnerability. My aim is to confront the viewer with sensations of the unconventional “other” and of human commonality.

Incorporating painting techniques from eras classical and modern, I intertwine detailed renderings of the figure with abstract backgrounds and other representational details. I often use vintage and recycled material, from antique textiles and paper to vials of powdered pigments and oils. Together with my incorporation of historical painting techniques and themes, the past lives of these materials offer ways to connect the past and the present.

EDUCATION
BFA Fine Arts, BA Art History University of MN, 2005










Carla Bedini

Carla Bedini







Carla Bedini è nata a Castellanza, vive e lavora a Felina di Reggio Emilia.

Come scrive Angelo Mistrangelo nella presentazione del catalogo:
“……La sospesa magia dei volti, degli sguardi, dei corpi delle adolescenti di Carla Bedini rappresentano il segnale di una ricerca in cui ogni gesto, ogni riferimento con la realtà contemporanea, ogni linea, diventa espressione di misteriose apparenze. Vi è nei loro atteggiamenti, nei silenziosi e spogli interni, nel cromatismo degli abiti, il fascino segreto di un'interiorità complessa, l'inquietudine di un precoce decadimento fisico, la fragilità e l'ossessione di una ricercata ieraticità. Sogno e quotidianità, rarefatta bellezza e immobilità, attesa di un evento e «suspence fiabesca», come ha scritto Luca Beatrice per la mostra ai Chiostri di San Domenico a Reggio Emilia, stabiliscono un immediato rapporto con l'osservatore, senza mai scadere in una scontata e piacevole risoluzione dell'immagine, mentre rivelano quell'essere misura e definizione di una acerba femminilità. E questi visi allucinati e attoniti, ci riconducono alla fissità angosciosa e angosciante di Giacometti, alle figure surrealiste di Delvaux, a una visione che si ricollega ai versi «Insonnia» di Jorge Luis Borges, alla sequenza pulsante e simbolica della parola significante e poetica di Jacques Prévert:«Tutta sola con tutti gli altri tutta sola disperata». L'artista di Castellanza riunisce nello spazio della tela o del foglio di carta le sue sensazioni, le interiori emozioni, l'incanto di luci fredde che percorrono in un fremito profili e oggetti, in una sorta di suggestiva e inesauribile narrazione…….”

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Agim Sulaj






















Agim Sulaj

Just Perfect!





1960 - Year of birth in Tirana (Albania)
1979 - Winner of the special and encouragement reward at the traditional yearly competition of satire and humor organized by the “Hosteni – Satire and Humor Magazine” for the cartoon “Elegy”
1982 - Winner of the first prize at the traditional yearly competition of satire and humor organized by the “Hosteni – Satire and Humor Magazine” for the emblem of the “70-th anniversary of the independence of Albania”
1984 - Winner of the third prize at the traditional yearly competition of satire and humor organized by the “Hosteni – Satire and Humor Magazine” for the caricature on the title page “ Assortment and the global”
1984 - Winner of the special reward at the competition in occasion of the 40-th anniversary of the liberation of Albania organized by the High Institute of Fine Arts in Tirana for the cartoon “The man with two faces”
1985 - Graduate from the Fine Arts Academy of Tirana (Albania)
1986 - Winner of the first prize at the traditional yearly competition of satire and humor organized by “Hosteni – Satire and Humor Magazine” for the cartoon “ My smoke over the all others”
1986 - First exhibition at the National Gallery in Tirana (Albania)
1988 - First prize in the Balkan Cartoon Prize “Man and Enviroment”, Seres (Greece)
1990 - Exhibition at the Greek National Museum “Ali Pascia”, Joanina (Greece)
1990 - Special prize "Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition" in Ankara (Turkey)
1992 - Personal exhibition at the “Meeting” event in Rimini (Italy)
1993 - Personal exhibition at the Town Hall in Brindisi (Italy)
1997 - Publication of some works in the collection “1997 Artists & Graphics Designers’ Market”, New York (USA)
1998 - First prize in “Eurohumor”, Cuneo (Italy)
1998 - Personal exhibition at the Podesta Palace in Rimini (Italy)
1999 - Personal exhibition at the “Immagine Gallery” in Rimini (Italy)
1999 - Prize of honor to International cartoonist competition, Tolentino (Italy)
2000 - Collective exhibition at the Stefano Forni Gallery in Bolonia (Italy)
2000 - Prize to the international competition "Omaggio a Charles Shulz" in Cuneo (Italy)
2001 - Exhibition in the Fregoso fortress in Sant’Agata (Italy)
2001 - Collective exhibition “ Europei Erranti” at the Forni’s Gallery in Bolonia (Italy)
2002 - Exhibition at the Forni’s Studio in Milan (Italy)
2002 - International Special Prize “Eurohumor” in Cuneo (Italy)
2003 - Collective exhibition at the Forni’s Gallery in Bolonia (Italy)
2003 - Winner of two special prizes in the International Humoristic Art Festival in Tolentino (Italy)
2003 - Member of the internatonal jury of the Special Competition about Europe, Cuneo (Italy)
2004 - Winner of the “Festival of Humor” in Cuneo (Italy)
2004 - Collective exhibition at the National Gallery in Tirana (Albania)
2004 - Personal exhibition at the National Gallery in Tirana (Albania)
2005 -

Special Prize at the European Cartoon Competition "The painter’s house" (Belgio)
2005 - Personal exhibition at the Stefano Forni Gallery in Bolonia (Italy)
2005 - Partecipated in the national manifestation about the figure of albanian national hero Skenderbeu, by the National Gallery of Tirana and the Fine Art Gallery, Pristina (Kosovo)
2005 - Special Prize at the 23 th International Humoristic Art Festival, Tolentino (Italy)
2005 - Personal exhibition at the “Emigranti” Gallery, Tirana (Albania)



2006 - MUSICARTE Collective exhibition at the Stefano Forni Gallery - Bologna (Italy)
2006 - INTERAZIONI Personal exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale di Podestà - Rimini (Italy)
2006 - KOSOVA CARTOON WORLD 2006 - Prize Grand Prix with "Indipendence" - (Kosova)
2006 - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION CARTOONIST TOURCOING 2006 - First prize with "Lo Straniero" - (France)
2006 - “Eurohumor” International Humoristic Art Festival “School, a teacher of life ?" - First Classified with "Nelle orme del padre" - Cuneo (Italy)
2007 - Best Entry of the EUROPEAN UNION, Biennal international Kruishoutem - Belgium
2007 - Partecipated in the collective exhibition "ACQUA" at the Forni Gallery, 4 May/30 June - Bologna (Italy)
2007 - EXHIBITION at "1° ULUSLARARASI BURSA KARIKATUR BIENALI" - Bursa (Turchia)
2007 - His work "The pipe of uncle Norman" goes to became part of the museum dedicated to the big american painter Norman Rockwell in Stockbridge (MA) USA
2007 - Silver Medal , 2° Biennal Interational Humoristic Graphics "Dulcinea", Tobozo (Toledo) - Spain
2007 - Special Prize at the International competition "Stuttgart Award
2007" - " Fascination Automobile", Stuttgart (Germany)
2007 - SPECIAL PRIZE International Competition theme "Censorship" - Aachen (Germany)
2007 - Partecipated at collective exhibition "Premio Michetti" - 58° edizione - Francavilla al Mare, Chieti (Italy)
2007 - Partecipated at collective exhibition "Acqua" - Pavullo nel Frignano, Modena (Italy)
2007 - Prize of honor to 27° International Cartoon Competition " Nasradin Hodja" - Istanbul (Turkey)
2007 - First Prize, Bursa International Cartoon Competition Blue Gold " WATER" - Bursa (Turkey)
2007 - Personal Exhibition, "Galleria D'Arte Stefano Forni" - Bologna (Italy)
2007 - Member of the international yuri "Black Cat" - Baku (Azerbajian)
2007 - The best illustrations prize: Master Cup International Cartoon and Illustracion - Beijing (China)
2007 - Partecipation in the collectiv exhibition "Artecento", Palace of the Governator, Cento - Ferrara
2008 - "Future children" First international Cartoonnet Contest honorable mention Teheran (Iran)
2008 -

"The Dreamer" Personal Exhibition from National Gallery of Tirana (Albania)
2008 - Awarded International competition in the "Cinema and Women" Izmir (Turkey)
2008 - Special prize, Intenational cartoon contest "Culture" - Damascus (Syria)
2008 - Exhibition at the "Next Art Gallery" - Arezzo (Italy)
2008 - First Prize, "1 Bienal de Humor Luis d'Oliveira Guimaraes" Penela (Portugal)
2008 - Success Awards and International Cartoon Competition "Aydin Dogan", Istambul (Turkey)
2008 - Second Prize and International Cartoon Competition "Aydin Dogan", Istambul (Turkey)
2008 - Participant in the collectiv Exhibition "RECALL" Gallery of Art Stefano Forni, Bologna (Italy)
2008 - Third prize in STUTTGART AWARD 2008 – "The World of Wine" (Germany)
2008 - Grand Prize Graphics on Idea, Contest "Olio Di Satira" Vinovo - Torino (Italy)
2008 - Onour Prize at "28th Nasreddin Hodja, International cartoon contest", Istanbul (Turkey)
2008 - Participant at 4 Biennal International Art "Genius and noplace", Ferrara (Italy)
2008 - Member of big jury International cartoon contest "World Languages" (Germany)
2008 - Member of the international jury, for competition cartoon contest "Human Rights", Bursa (Turkey)
2008 - Prize Honorable Mention at: "The Second International City Complexities Cartoon" Teheran (Iran)
2008 - Participant in the 2008 European Exhibition "The year of Europe" - Budapest, Hungary
2009 - "The Economy", Nominated for the Grand Prix of the European Press - Brussels, Belgium
2009 - Member of the jury of "XIII Hungarian Cartoon Art Festival" Budapest, Hungary
2009 - Winner of the Second Prize, International Competition "Crayon Nord en 2009" Tourcoing, France
2009 - Winner of Grand Prix, at 19th International Biennal: "House of Humor" Gabrovo, Bulgaria
2009 - Winner of the silver medal in the 5th International Cartoon Competition "Syria Cartoon 2009" Damascus, Syria
2009 - Special prize in the 11th International Cartoon Competition "Porto Cartoon 2009" Porto, Portugal
2009 - Member of the jury for the national competition of satire and humor - Fano, Italy
2009 - CartoonSEA
2009 - Special Prize "International Cartoon Contest Zielona Gora" Poland
2009 - Poster for the Albanian-Serbian film, "HONEYMOON"
2009 - Personal exhibitions of paintings and cartoon city of Vlore and Tirana - Albania
2009 - Winner of Grand Prix, national competition CartaVetrata - Italy
2009 - International Prize "Amadora Cartoon 2009", Amadora - Portugal
2009 - Citation for Excellence, United Nations Prize "Ranan Lurie Award 2009" - New York, USA
2010 - Nominated for the Grand Prize PCE (Press Cartoon Europe) - Belgium
2010 - Firt Prize in the International Cartoon Contest "Globalization" - Santomera, Spain
2010 - Honorable Mention in the International Cartoon Contest Don Quichotte "Integration Assimilation" - Germany
2010 - Finalist in the 7-77 International Cartoon Contest - Ankara, Turkey
2010 - Honorable mention, European Cartoon Contest - Porto, Portugal
2010 - Honorable mention, International Cartoon Contest theme "Water" - Teheran, Iran
2010 - Second prize, Salon International of Cartoon - Vianden, Luxemburg
2010 - Third prize in the Second Biennal International "BHLOG" - Penela, Portugal
2010 - Partecipation in the Collective exhibition "Mare Nostrum" Gallery Forni - Bologna, Italy
2010 - Winner of International Satire and Caricature Prize "Gabriele Galantara 2010" - Montelupone, Italia
2010 - Grand Prix Cartoon Sea, 2nd National Contest of Humor and Satire - Fano, Italy


























Nikolay Prokopenko


Nikolay Prokopenko -Николай Прокопенко
























Nikolay Prokopenko ( b. 1945) - a brilliant representative of the South Russian school of painting.

This artist, reflected in his work a powerful layer of school traditions and a special spirit of native culture. Painting Prokopenko individual and recognizable : always bright , sensuous color , powerful sound of pure colors - red , bronze , emerald . The artist creates a framework of modern art , but the source of his inspiration - an ancient call, a sense of his native land. The main theme of the master - a powerful reflection of the life principle , which he derives from his native culture.


Art Museum, Odessa , Ukraine.
State Literary Museum, Odessa, Ukraine.
National Library , Paris , France .
Evopeysky cultural center in Paris , France .
Museum of Private Collections V. Bleschunova , Odessa , Ukraine.
State Literature Museum, Moscow , Russia.
Zapoprozhskaya art gallery, Zapoprozhe , Ukraine.
Art Gallery of Modern Art , Lviv , Ukraine.
Art Museum , Khmelnitsky , Ukraine.
Cambridge University Library , USA.
Library of the National Conservatory , Amsterdam , The Netherlands.
Art Museum , Bacau, Romania.
Museum of global catastrophes , Tel -Aviv, Israel.
Private collections and collections in Russia, Ukraine, USA , CIS countries , Canada, Israel , Greece , Poland, France, Spain, Germany, Austria , Holland , Belgium , Mexico, Australia, Italy, England , Switzerland, etc.




























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