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

Peter van Oostzanen

"Peter van Oostzanen was born in the Netherlands in 1962. As a self-taught artist he began showing his artwork to the public after the turn of the century. Very soon galleries and art collectors became interested in his work, and now more and more people appreciate and admire his art. Nowadays van Oostzanen’s work is bought and collected by individuals as well as companies in several European countries and the United States. "

"Peter van Oostzanen's paintings and drawings evokes the sensation of seeing a different world in which the laws of nature do not apply. Objects have unusual functions and human beings behave differently than in everyday life. By depicting impossible situations and objects van Oostzanen cunningly toys with reality. Recognizable themes are placed in an entire new context, and the imaginary world that is thus created is on the one hand familiar, because of the ordinary objects and creatures in it, but on the other hand strange and impossible, since these objects and creatures have unusual qualities and functions"

Jose De La Barra

"Jose De la Barra was born on 6th August 1956 in Peru. He has created a dream-like world through his expressing the internal and external fantasies of his imagination with his precise talents in painting and drawing. The expressions and the sensual movements that appear in each piece, create mystic allegories about the universe. By combining his interest in the human form with his desire for symbolic content, he has engendered a language that explains the human condition through a unique perspective. There is a method through which he develops his art relying on material and composition to develop his personal, magical universe. De la Barra considers himself a Surrealist, one who plays and exaggerates reality as perceived in this subjective world. He attended the Fine Arts Autonomous Superior School in Lima, Peru,
where he studied Painting, Illustration, and Murals, combining this academic training whith innate tendencies toward abstraction, he developed a figurative style that was immediately well received and noted for its innovation. De la Barra, reputation is well pronounced throughout South America, and has lead to a long career history of eminent exhibitions and Awards. His reputation has sent his work all over Europe and North America where he is recognized as one of the most innovative artists of his generation.

Prizes and distinctions:

- First prize , Mural (Bellas Artes) Lima Peru (1985).

- Prize: “International Art Contest-1998”, Soho, New York (1999).

Contents received from:

- Central Recherches e Divulgazione Culturale Center, Itatly (1989).
- Peru Consulate, Iquique,Chile (1991).
- Visual image, UNICEF, New York (1994).
- USA Embassy, Lima (1995).
- Cancer Institute, Lima, (1998).
- “Art 2000”, for Jain Marunouchi Gallery, New York (1999)
- “Art Crowd Magazine”, New York (1999)"


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