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

Indra Grušaitė

Indra Grušaitė

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Indra Grusaite Born in 1964 in Skuodas. In 1989 he graduated from Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts (Chap. prof. Vlad Karatajus). From 1990 to actively participate in creative activities, organizes personal exhibitions, works exhibited in Lithuania and in many foreign countries. Lives and works in Vilnius.

Daiva Staškevičienė

Daiva Staškeviciene

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Born in Vilnius, 13.06.1968.
1986 graduated from I studied in Vilnius 34 secondary school.
1993 1995 Vienožinskis Justin studied at the Vilnius School of Art.
Received 1995 Vilniaus Arts Academy to study set design
She studied at the schedule, led by Professor Leon Lagausko.
2000 obtained Bachelor of Arts degree and joined the Academy of Fine Arts iVilniaus
Master's degree, a poster specialist, supervisor, Professor J. Galkus.
2002 obtained a Master of Arts degree.
Graphics, which prints, posters, small graphic works, sketches,illustrated books. Works are found in Lithuania, Russia, the United States, Canada,England, Germany and other countries, private collectors and galleries.

Gime 1968.06.13 Vilniuje.
1986 baige 34 Vilniaus vidurine mokykla.
1993 1995 mokesi Vilniaus Justino Vienožinskio meno mokykloje.
1995 Istojo iVilniaus Dailes Akademija studijuoti scenografija,taciau po pusantru metu ja galutinai paviliojo grafikos specialybe.
Ji studijavo grafika, vadovaujama profesoriaus Leono Lagausko.
2000 igijo menu bakalauro laipsni ir istojo iVilniaus Dailes Akademijosmagistrantura, plakato specializacija, vadovas profesorius Juozas Galkus.
2002 igijo menu magistro laipsni.
Grafike, kuria estampus, plakatus, mažosios grafikos darbus, miniatiuras,iliustruoja knygas. Kuriniu yra isigije Lietuvos, Rusijos, JAV, Kanados,
Anglijos, Vokietijos, bei kitu šaliu privatus kolekcininkai ir galerijos.
2001-2002 metais vykusiu tarptautiniu konferenciju "WoMen and
Democracy, Reykjavik- Vilnius" ir NATO suvažiavimo dalyviams buvo iteikti Daivos sukurti estampai, vaizduojantis Vilniu.

Personalines parodos:

1999 kovo 15-22 d. "Miestas ir žmones", Vilniuje "Akademijos" galerijoje.
1999 mgpjucio 28- rugsejo 9 d. "Laikas" ,Panevežyje "2-asis aukštas"galerijoje.
2000 gegužes 9-27 d. Vilniuje "Rotunda" galerijoje.
2001 rugpjucio 23- rugsejo 19 d. Klaipedoje "Peda" galerijoje.
2001 rugsejo 27- spalio 25 d. "Vilnius ir vilnieciai", Vilniuje "Signataru namai".

Dalyvavo parodoje:
2001 kovo 6-18 d. "Vilnius tavo kuprineje ",Vilniuje, grafikos centre "Kaire-Dešine"
Šykštus gyvenimo ir negausios kurybos puslapiai tera laikinas mažmožis,lyginant su jos žmogišku brandumu ir itaigia jega pulsuojancia grafikos kuryba. Daivos grafikos lakštai giliai poetizuoti ir estetizuoti, metaforiški,nestokojantys simboliu. Piešinys itin grakštus, subtiliai filigraniškas ir drauge sudetingas, daugiaplanis. Gilumine grafikos kompozicija laisvai alsuoja popieriaus lakšto erdvese.

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Juan Jr Ramirez

Juan Jr Ramirez

''Self-discipline is not getting yourself to do what you want; it is controlling your fears from stopping you from what you can do. - Juan Jr. Ramirez

"It seems that painting at this moment in life, at this time in history is actually a noble thing. But I am too immature to consciously paint for nobility. But maybe I am a great artist, maybe I will inspire great artists of the future. I will continue to read my days, I will persist, and let today's chapter end."

My name is Juan Jr. Ramirez, and the above quote is the last few sentences I wrote in my autobiography almost two years ago. Since then I've had five solo shows of my oil paintings in my home state of Illinios, taught classes and workshops, and traveled to meet other artists and paint with them in their studios. I have met so many wonderful people. Now I'm 22 and visiting in Vermont with artist Andrea Scheidler. I'm working on a book of my notes on John Singer Sargent's painting techniques and will be in my first gallery show in April, thanks to Greg Worden of Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro.

The oil painting on the cover of this Gallery Walk guide is of my niece, Jaylin. It is on a 16x20 birchwood panel which will be in the Vermont Artisan Designs April show. What can I say ... I love her! She makes me smile. She lightens up my day. She tricks me into searching videos of Elmo on youtube. My goal here, though, was to continue developing my technique and tapping into the French naturalist movement. I painted it here in Vermont, in Andrea's studio, High Street Painters.

This is my second time visiting Vermont. Andrea invited me to visit her after meeting me in Chicago and seeing my oil paintings. With her introduction, I met renowned artist Richard Schmid last fall in Putney at Village Arts. Since then, many opportunities have opened to me. Is this another miracle story? A rags to riches story? A ghetto boy from the hood ends up in Vermont with a Caucasian couple story? Maybe. But let me tell you how it really feels. It's an incredible happiness! It is destiny unfolding before my eyes! It is dreams coming true! It is love and compassion, like the hand of God gently leading me. This is no unique story, and no great story. This is no wonderful story but a story of wonderful people.

There were nights that seemed hopeless, when debt piled up, procrastination was like a disease, and sketches were all screwed up. But compared to someone living in a truly impoverished area in some obscure part of the world, I was blessed. I had to believe. I dreamed dreams. I had visions, and I chased after them. You know, I yelled. I yelled at the universe and told it that I would give it my all and more, and fight and keep fighting. My family suffered too much for me to allow myself to give up. Art is worth doing and life is worth living. Painting is a noble thing. "To work is to pray," as Sargent said. And so I prayed. I poured myself into my painting.

I began painting in oils when I was eighteen years old. I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a year and half. I realized that what I wanted to learn was not emphazised as much as post-modern art and politics. So I bought art books and instructional DVDs about classical artists and painting techniques. I taught myself to paint. My first models were my family. So in my tiny bedroom I doodled to a beat while Chicago gangs shot it out in the street. Only after I sold my first painting on Ebay -- of my step-brother Adrian -- did my family begin to support me. Occasionally they still tell me that I suck. They are my harshest critics, but I am beginning to impress them.

My technique has increased exponentially, and great opportunities lie ahead now. Though I returned to my cubicle-size bedroom/studio in Chicago, where I have south light, I have learned to shut up and paint. Even the greatest artist can live in obscurity, but that was not my goal. How could I share my work? My uncle told me to put a painting on Ebay. I did. One collector who saw my work online passed the word to a foundation that my paintings were good. That foundation provided me with shows and workshops. Work increased my output and led to other projects. Other projects brought new contacts. New contacts brought new opportunities. How can I say no to what lies ahead now? I learned that self-discipline is not getting yourself to do what you want; it is controlling your fears from stopping you from what you can do.

Artists know how hard it can be to paint a portrait. So many fears. We torment ourselves with "what ifs." What if the drawing is wrong? What if the color is wrong? What if I can't paint eyes, etc. It takes practice, goals, guts, and a little insanity. In fact we have to believe we can make colored mud look attractive. So what do we artists have to lose -- we are already crazy!

I commend all people who are wise and pragmatic. Getting ahead in life takes work. I thank all who have supported me. Your words of encouragement will not go out the other ear. I am Mexican-American, so statistically the odds are against me. But forget that! They were always against me. I have had health issues, had rebellious siblings, my parents divorced. I have lived in poverty and experienced the lure and the threat of gangs. Other hurdles lie ahead, such as competition, lack of skill, and more. I am human, but history has proven how much potential we have. I might never be young again, but I can still be great. ...''


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Eric Pedersen

Eric Pedersen

''Eric Pedersen was born in the Detroit metro area of Michigan in 1981. Twenty three years later he moved to Los Angeles where he currently lives and works. Eric has studied at various institutions primarily focusing on the visual arts, in 2009 he graduated from the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art where he continues to teach.''

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Richard Estes

Richard Estes (b. May 14, 1932, Kewanee, Illinois) is an American artist, best known for his photorealist paintings. The paintings generally consist of reflective, clean, and inanimate city and geometric landscapes. He is regarded as one of the founders of the international photo-realist movement of the late 1960s, with such painters as Ralph Goings, Chuck Close, and Duane Hanson. Author Graham Thompson wrote, "One demonstration of the way photography became assimilated into the art world is the success of photorealist painting in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is also called super-realism or hyper-realism and painters like Richard Estes, Denis Peterson, Audrey Flack, and Chuck Close often worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared to be photographs."

At an early age, the Estes family moved to Chicago, where he studied fine arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1952–56). He frequently studied the works of realist painters such as Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Eakins, who are strongly represented in the Art Institute's collection. After he completed his course of studies, Estes moved to New York City and, for the next ten years, worked as a graphic artist for various magazine publishers and advertising agencies in New York and Spain. During this period, he painted in his spare time. He had lived in Spain since 1962 and, by 1966, was financially able to "quit his day job".
Most of Richard's paintings from the early 1960s are of city dwellers engaged in everyday activities. Beginning around 1967, he began to paint storefronts and buildings with glass windows and, more importantly, the reflected images shown on these windows. The paintings were based on color photographs he would take, which trapped the evanescent nature of the reflections, which would change in part with the lighting and the time of day. While some amount of alteration was done for the sake of aesthetic composition, it was important to Estes that the central and the main reflected objects be recognizable, but also that the evanescent quality of the reflections be retained. He had his one-man show in 1968, at the Allan Stone Gallery. His works have also been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 1971, Richard was granted a National Council for the Arts fellowship. Estes' paintings commonly represented past abstractions, hence the photorealistic qualities they portray.



"I think the popular concept of the artist is a person who has this great passion and enthusiasm and super emotion. He just throws himself into this great masterpiece and collapses from exhaustion when its finished. It’s really not that way at all. Usually it's a pretty calculated, sustained, and slow process by which you develop something. The effect can be one of spontaneity, but that’s part of the artistry. An actor can do a play on Broadway for three years. Every night he’s expressing the same emotion in exactly the same way. He has developed a technique to convey those feelings so that he can get the ideas across. Or a musician may not want to play that damn music at all, but he has a booking and has to do it. I think the real test is to plan something and be able to carry it out to the very end. Not that you’re always enthusiastic; it's just that you have to get this thing out. It's not done with one's emotions; it’s done with the head."

Richard Estes



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