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

Jana Curll

I enjoy exploring visuals which are arresting, interesting, and balance the attractive with the bizarre. The subjects of my painting can occassionally be grouped into themes ("The Ladies", "Geisha", "Landscapes", "Monsters", etc). My whimsical, colourful, slightly eccentric style is well suited to pet portraits, which I frequently paint on commission.

I've shown work in numerous private, and public galleries and shows.

© Jana Curll

Alla Goniodsky

My artwork reflects my mornings and my nights, my joy and my sorrow, my life experience and my memories, my dreams and my uncertainties. It is just myself.

At the age of five I was captivated by sensation of theater magic, and my passion was born. St. Petersburg, the place I was born and raised in, with mesmerizing architectural details appearing through rain and fog, snowflakes and frost, forms an atmosphere where it is difficult to separate your dreams from daytime perception. It seems that the wrought-iron weaved park fences snatch my dream characters out of the swirling dense fog mixed with beams of northern sunshine.

The less obvious visions and impressions of events interest me the most. My work, I believe, has to evoke a sensation of wonder and vision of miracle. In my artwork I try to create a feeling of looking through theatre binocular at the hidden world underpinnings, and reveal what we normally use to miss. All the emotions and thoughts have to become alive, real, so it seems just impossible for me to be limited to only one medium. Multiple layers and different sequences of oil paints, pastes, pastels, inks and pencil in a single piece characterize my rather complicated painting technique.

My puppets are an extension of the themes in my paintings and drawings.

Satisfaction comes when my characters gradually emerge, through mysterious “magic light” backgrounds and the brush strokes. Then the whole artwork starts to breathe, taking on a life of its own. I can then begin to feel it becomes dynamic, as its spirit reaches out to touch at least one person’s soul.


Redmond, WA

I was born and raised in St. Petersburg (Russia) and I began drawing when I was four. Actually, since then I’ve never done anything in my whole life but draw, paint, create. At a very early age I came to realize that it’s the best way for me to express my feelings and to communicate with the world around me.

As for my primary education, I got the best schooling whatsoever in terms of art: it was the Specialized Art School by the State Academy of Art in St.Petersburg, Russia. For the graduates of this school the future was predeterrmined. Having graduated from The State Academy of Theatrical Art, at the age of 22, I found myself to become a professional stage artist and then the leading artist and art director of several puppet theaters.

Being still a very young artist, I was chosen to exhibit my oils, inks and pastels at some very prestigious venue. At the age of 33, I was granted the title “Member of National Association of Russian Artists” and a number of my artworks were purchased by Bakhrushin State Theatrical Museum and State Museum of Children’s Theatres."


© Alla Goniodsky

Valentina D' Amaro

Born in Massa (Tuscany), Italy 1966
Education: Academy of Fine Art of Brera, Milan
Lives and works in Milan

Sovereign European Art Prize, Barbican Centre, London
Winner of the PREMIO CAIRO 6th edition, promoted by Arte Mondadori magazine and Urbano Cairo Editions:
Ten senior artists selected 30 young italian artists. A critic committee awarded the prize
Senior Artists: Omar Galliani, Piero Gilardi, Aldo Mondino, Gian Marco Montesano, Giulio Paolini, Fabrizio Plessi, Salvo, Studio Azzurro, Massimo Vitali, Gilberto Zorio.
Members of Committee: Rosellina Archinto (Director of the Permanente Museum of Milan), Fabio Cavallucci (Director of the Galleria Civica di Trento), Daniela Clerici (Director Arte), Massimiliano Gioni (Director of the Fondazione Trussardi, Milan and Curator of Berlin Biennal 2006), Gianfranco Maraniello (Director of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna), Jean-Hubert Martin (Director of the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea of Milan and Kunst Palast Museum, Dusseldorf), Marco Pierini (Director of the Contemporary Art Center Palazzo delle Papesse of Siena) and Stefano Zecchi (Professor of “Aesthetics” at the Università degli Studi of Milan and Culture Councillor of the city of Milan)

© Valentina D' Amaro

Cristiano Pintaldi

Premio del Golfo, Biennale, La Spezia, Italy;
Premio Bovisa, (giuria popolare), Milan, Italy;

Inedito Open 1996, 1st prize, Latina Expo, Latina, Italy;
Ultime generazioni, 4th prize, XII Quadriennale Nazionale d’Arte, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy.

© Cristiano Pintaldi


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