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Marcos Damascena






Nascido em Poções Bahia em 1981 e radicado em São Paulo, onde iniciou sua carreira artística, estudando com os maiores nomes da arte figurativa. Fez desenho e modelo vivo com professor Luís Alberto, na Associação Paulista de Belas Artes, estudando depois, com o mestre Jorge Abraão Esteves: teoria da cor e anatomia de animais, principalmente os cavalos.
Com formação rápida e desenvolvimento surpreendente, definiu seu estilo com uma pintura fina e extremamente detalhista, ganhando vários prêmios. Começou então uma nova fase de sua carreira: o ser humano como base do seu trabalho, por meio de expressões fortes e que captam o momento íntimo de cada ser. A alma do ser humano em diversas fases. Seus detalhes característicos chamaram a atenção de diversos críticos e marchands, marcando sua presença na pintura hiperrealista brasileira.

Na magia de uma construção sugerida pela natureza, Marcos Damascena intervém com sua fantasia criativa e sobre o traçado de diferentes matrizes culturais, sensibiliza os observadores de suas obras, despertando múltiplos sentimentos. O artista constrói, por meio da forma e da cor, suas rimas pictóricas, capazes de transmitir ao fruitor na sua integralidade a harmonia e a poesia. Com técnica segura e precisa na riquesa dos detalhes, esboça o tema sobre a tela, por meio de um desenho claro que preenche com cromatismo de tons acesos, que lentamente reduz e atenua com uma luminosidade suave e sugestiva.
Emanuel Von Lauenstein Massarani - Crítico de arte e Superintendente do Patrimônio Cultural da Assembléia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo








REFLEXÃO
Envolto em um mundo capitalista onde a pressa consome o homem, onde a informação deixa-nos preguiçosos. O imediatismo é a razão da passividade, e nos preenchemos de coisa alguma, Pois a substância necessária está no íntimo, ligadas ao tempo onde convivem juntas: disciplina e vontade; entender a razão por quais algumas pessoas estabelecem como boas e tomam como reverências a serem seguidas. É uma lei que muitos não querem pagar e culpam os mesmos pelo um segredo que não existe. Essa fórmula mágicas onde pessoas fragas, leigas ou pressas na obscuridade do imediatismo do mundo contemporâneo, culpam seus referencias por não passarem a fórmula mágica que não existe. Por não quererem pagar o preço e o tempo necessário para tornarem-se bons também. Então caem nas mãos de enganadores que muitas vezes fazem o trabalho deles; não explicam como chegar a determinado fator, e passam o trabalho fraco sem identidade. São vendidos como se fossem deles. Estou desabafando por lembra de um fato triste e curioso: Quando lecionava desenho e pintura na fruto de arte,lembro-me de um rapaz que me foi apresentado querendo informação de como era o meu curso; engraçado é que ele me cumprimentou e falou que já conhecia meu trabalho e que achava fantástico! Falei obrigado. Então, Como é o seu curso mesmo? Ele foi me dizendo: é que já estou cansado de enganadores que ficam de segredinhos e não passam a cor que deixam as pinturas realistas, ficam passando desenho. Então eu Marcos Damascena lhe perguntei; por que você acha isso? É que eu já desenho, disse o rapaz e não preciso de desenho para pintar, tem carbono projetor... O segredo esta na cor afirmou. Então resolvi lhe perguntar Já sabendo que ele iria culpar grandes artistas. Quais foram esses professores que te ensinaram desta forma.
-Ah! Na verdade sou audotidata, pinto bem, você precisa ver. É que eu sentir a necessidade de melhorar né! Como sei que a cor dá mais realismo e gosto de pintar coisas difíceis, como figura humana e animais; vi uma pintura de Mauricio Takiguthi, então fui aprender com ele com ele. Por meu! Fiquei três meses lá e o cara só queria que eu desenhasse para aprender ver! Ele não queria era que eu pintasse, pois assim não tinha ninguém pra competir com ele. Acredita; dois anos de desenho? Logo percebi que o rapaz não sabia o que estava falando, por essa razão resolvi cortá-lo. Você vai desculpa-me, mas, o Maurício está certo, e comigo como o seu professor, vai ser da mesma forma. O cara se virou falou dois palavrões e sumiu. Melhor assim... Depois dessa ainda tive outras experiências quando lecionava, mas, essas, deixo para o segundo tempo.
De fato meu caso como Pintou é tanto quanto extraordinário; aprendi muito rápido, mas também, o tanto que eu me dedico e a disciplina que tenho até hoje fazem- me dá saltos. Não corro querendo terminar um desenho ou pintura, com o tempo a gente executa menos e mais rápido e o fator é que o treino, o tempo e a disciplina nos integram com o todo, por isso se torna normal. Todo conhecimento adquirido é colocado no subconsciente e é utilizado pelo lado direito cerebral que nos faz mágicos, até chegamos a um excelente nível técnico e prático, para isso temos que passar pelo tempo, nos esforçando até que a transpiração torna-se inspiração. O fato de o leigo considerar a cor como a coisa mais importante na pintura é que os leigos entendem que por ser pintura, basta simplesmente colorir. E a pintura não é só cor, aliás, muito longe disso. O determinante em uma pintura são os efeitos ilusórios, passados pelos grandes artistas; não a ilusão, passada pelos grandes enganadores que dizem ser professores. Como Pintor, tenho a obrigação de esclarecer essa simples questão: um bom quadro realista ou não realista está em três problemas a serem resolvidos.
1°- Cinqüenta por cento do quadro deve dizer respeito à composição.
2°- Trinta por cento determinante da harmonia é o valor.
3°- vinte por cento a cor.
Como diz o Mestre Carmelo Gentil, um bom quadro é um toque de cor em um mundo sem cor. É isso, uma historia um desabafo e uma reflexão. O imediatismo passa o ser humano não. Evoluiremos e usaremos as mensagens dos grandes mestres: fazer tudo com amor e esqueceremos o imediato e nos integraremos ao prazer de aprender.
Marcos Damascena














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Ron Sanders



Ron Sanders (b. 1966)

Ron Sanders is a Signature Member of the Paint America Association and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society and an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America. The winner of numerous national and regional awards and honors, the artist's work hangs in private and public collections throughout the United States, including the Indiana State Museum Collection.

Ron's expansive career through illustration, fine art and graphic design has equipped him to take on his latest challenge working on coin and medal design programs as an Associate Designer for the United States Mint through their Artistic Infusion Program.

While in college Ron received training as an illustrator and went on to produce images for such clients as Spike TV, Doubleday Book Club, Chase Financial, The Boy Scouts, BF Goodrich and others through agents in New York and Chicago. But his training also included a strong foundation in academic fine art. After graduation, Sanders continued studying oil painting with award-winning artists Huihan Liu and then-president of Plein Air Painters of America, George Strickland.

Ron's original oil paintings have been sold through numerous galleries throughout the United States as well as being published as limited edition prints, including extensively researched historical images.

Ron Sanders is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1989 from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, with a BFA in illustration and minors in advertising, photography, and fine art. He currently lives with his family on the Gulf Coast of Florida .









Born: Fort Wayne, IN, 1966


AWARDS AND HONORS

MAJOR NATIONAL AWARDS IN BOLD

Top 100 award, Paint the Parks Exhibition, Topeka, KS 2011

Most Innovative Painting Award - National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society - Best of America 2011, Osage Beach, MO

2nd Place in Oils - Richeson 75 International: Figure/Portrait Competition 2011, Kimberly, WI 2009

Grand Prize Winner - American Artist Magazine Annual Cover Competition - June 2011 issue (Cover + Pgs 34-36)

United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) - Associate Designer, 2011

Honorable Mention - 21 Over 31 Competition, Southwest Art Magazine, featured in the November 2010 issue

First Place, Firecracker Show, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2010

Top 100 Award, Paint America National Juried Exhibition, Topeka, KS 2010

Best of Show, FestivArts, North Port Art Center, North Port, FL, 2009

First Place, Portrait/Figure Category, The Artist's Magazine 26th Annual Competition, 2009

First Place, Above and Below Show, North Port Art Center, North Port, FL 2009

First Place in Oils, Richeson 75 International: Figure/Portrait Competition 2009, Kimberly, WI 2009

Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence, Summer Sizzler Art Show, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2009

Top 100 and 2nd Mini Top 50 awards, Paint the Parks national juried exhibition, Topeka, KS 2009

1st Place and Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence, Prima Vera Art Show, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2009

Signature Society status awarded in the Paint America Association - April 2009

Two Top 100, One Mini Top 50 and One Second Mini 50 Awards, 3rd Annual Paint America Top 100 national juried exhibition, Topeka, KS 2009

1st Place, ArtSensations 2008 Plein Air Art Competition and Show, Charlotte Harbor, FL 2008

Bowles Portrait Award and 3rd Place, Harvest of Art, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2008

1st Place, Wild Thing Show, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2008

Most Innovative Painting, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America 2008, Osage Beach, MO

Top 100 and 2nd Mini Top 50 awards, Paint the Parks Exhibition, St. Louis, MO 2008

Top 100, Mini Top 50 and 2nd 100 awards, 2nd Annual Paint America Top 100 national juried exhibition, Topeka, KS 2008

2nd Place in Oils and Acrylics, Ventures in Creativity, Fort Wayne Artists' Guild, Fort Wayne, IN. Juried. 2005

Merit Award/Traditional and The Indiana State Museum Foundation Purchase Award,
79th annual Exhibition, The Hoosier Salon, Indianapolis, IN. Juried. 2003

1st Place & People's Choice Award, Annual Show, The Southside Art League, Indianapolis, IN. Juried.2000

3rd Place in Oils and Acrylics, Ventures in Creativity, Fort Wayne Artists' Guild, Fort Wayne, IN. Juried. 1999

Honorable Mention, Ventures in Creativity, Fort Wayne Artists' Guild, Fort Wayne, IN. Juried. 1998

Judges Merit Award, Annual Show, The Southside Art League, Indianapolis, IN. Juried.1998

Jury Prize of Distinction, Annual Show, The Southside Art League, Indianapolis, IN. Juried.1997

First Place in Oil & People's Choice Award, 10th Annual Exhibition, Tri-State Artists', Angola, IN. Juried 1996

Isabel White Memorial Award for Best Work in Oil, Ventures in Creativity, Fort Wayne Artists' Guild, Fort Wayne, IN. Juried. 1996

People's Choice Award, Annual Show, The Southside Art League, Indianapolis, IN. Juried.1996

People's Choice Award, Annual Show, The Southside Art League, Indianapolis, IN. Juried.1995

Award of Merit, Covington Art Fair, Fort Wayne, IN. 1995





David Knowles





David Knowles is a leading Contemporary Romantic Realist Artist who paints the bright, intense light of New Zealand. David’s work is unusual in this era because he takes an unashamedly positive and romantic approach to his subjects and illustrates the idealistic beauty possible in the imagination. Many current artists choose to take the dark road, opening up their canvases to the inner pain and melancholy of the artist's existence, but Knowles consciously chooses to take the path of beauty and light. From simplified geographical landscapes in perspective on open planes, to idealised depictions of human subjects and the theme of female beauty encompassing childhood, youth and maturity; all have a place and demonstrate a broad appreciation of humanity and the beauty that exists at each stage of life.

The former dairy farmer is a classically trained artist and has received many accolades in his
painting career over three decades. Knowles stamped his mark early on when he was honoured with two Awards of Merit from the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in 1979 and in 1980.
During this time, his portrait of New Zealand dancer John Trimmer, was commissioned by the National Portrait Collection. This work is housed at the Alexander Turnball Library. David has always enjoyed painting portraits as the creative work continues long after the painting has been completed, each portrait often becoming a living legacy and treasured family heirloom.








In the 1980’s David became closely associated with the Royal NZ Ballet, resulting in a series of wonderful figure studies and a sell-out exhibition in Wellington. In December 2003 he was invited to show his paintings at the prestigious Biennial of International Contemporary Art Exhibition in the historic city of Florence in Italy.

In recent years David has become a prolific artist, not only with his exquisite New Zealand landscapes, exceptional portraits in his own creative style, but also by undertaking major private commissions including an insightful project to copy exactly in scale and technique a series of Renaissance Masterworks, an experience David found quite thought provoking after having travelled as a young man to the famous art galleries to view and study the work of these renowned artists.

David’s paintings feature in collections not only in New Zealand, but throughout the world including Australia, Great Britain, Canada and the USA. His work is sold through Galleries throughout New Zealand and in the Quent Cordair Gallery in California. David lives with his family at Woodside near Greytown in a house overlooking the Waiohine River where he now paints full time.









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Jose Manual Capuletti



Once ranked by admirers among the principal Spanish painters of the twentieth century, along with Picasso and Dalí, José Manuel Capuletti (1925-1978) was ignored by the critical establishment during his lifetime--though not by discerning collectors, who included Arthur Rubinstein, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Gladys Lloyd Robinson (Mrs. Edward G. Robinson). Prince Juan Carlos, the future king of Spain, was among the notable figures whose portraits he painted. Since his death, Capuletti has been virtually forgotten.

As a painter, Capuletti was largely self-taught, having spent years studying the work of the masters he most admired--among them Velazquez, Carpaccio, and Vermeer. In matters of style, however, he is closer to Dalí, though their sensibilities could not be more different, as a cursory comparison of their work reveals. In contrast with his eccentric compatriot, who so often embraced the irrational, the bizarre, and the grotesque--Capuletti's work consistently projects positive human values, even when he juxtaposes incongruous elements in fantastic or dramatic scenes. A prolific painter, his subjects range from sensuous female nudes, vibrant young lovers, and adolescent girls (one fine example, a solitary figure jumping rope), to flamenco singers and musicians, bullfighters, and introspective self-portraits, not to mention landscapes, cityscapes, and still lifes. Early in his career he had designed costumes and stage sets for the company of the renowned flamenco dancer, José Greco (see Notes & Comments, Aristos, June 2006).

In the summer of 1967 I was fortunate enough to visit Capuletti in his Paris studio. Three years later, I had the opportunity to view his work again at a solo exhibition at the Hammer Galleries in New York City and to renew my acquaintance with him.

Though I rely on first-hand knowledge of only a small fraction of his total output, my impression is that Capuletti was not only one of the most daringly imaginative painters of the past century but also, at his best, one of its finest. Any reassessment of the history of art ought to give serious consideration to his work. The indispensable source for scholars, critics, and art lovers is Capuletti: El Pintor y Su Obra, which is cited below. The book has long been out of print. Anyone wishing to purchase a copy should contact me for possible future information on its availability.

Finally, as I plan to add new material to this page on a continued basis, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew Capuletti, has information about him, owns his work, or knows of the location of paintings in museums or private collections.


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Bryan Larsen

A recent passion !










"I was born on February 12, 1975, and have been drawing as long as I can remember. By the time I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be an artist, although at the time I didn't have a clear idea of how exactly I would use my talents to make a living.

"As I continued studying art, I began to suspect that fine visual art was dead. No one seemed interested in teaching students how to draw well, or paint well. More often than not, my own skills exceeded those of my instructors.

"The only field left that seemed to require good drawing, painting, and compositional skills was illustration, and therefore I began studying illustration at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. I became even more convinced that I had made the right decision in staying away from fine art as I endured course after course of required "drawing" and "painting" classes in which instructors required me to draw with "less focus", or use ridiculous materials such as shellac, glue, sand, salt, etc.

"My second year at Utah State, I met Damon Denys. In discussing Art with him I realized that there were other people who believed that technique and subject matter were indispensable components of any work of art. I then decided that I would work to develop my own painting skills with the purpose of creating artwork that I considered worthy of being called Fine Art.

"Since that time, I have studied on my own: Drawing from live models to learn the human form, studying proper painting techniques from any source I could find ample reason to trust, and developing a philosophy of Art based on reason, and life on earth.

"My goal is to portray the heroic and romantic in human nature and human achievement in a realistic style and a modern setting. I place particular emphasis on composition, technique, realistic detail, proper craftsmanship and consistency of style."


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Bryan Larsen (born 1975) is a romantic realist painter based in Utah. His work can be found in private art collections around the world. Represented by galleries in California and Utah, Larsen has undertaken commissions for companies such as BB&T.


Bryan Larsen was born on February 12, 1975. He studied illustration at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Larsen believes that technique and subject matter are indispensable components of any work of art. He studies painting skills and draws from life models. His philosophy of art is "based on reason, and life on earth."

According to Larsen, "[his] goal is to portray the heroic and romantic in human nature and human achievement in a realistic style and a modern setting. [He] place[s] particular emphasis on composition, technique, realistic detail, proper craftsmanship and consistency of style."

Larsen was a finalist in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center’s Salon competition and achieved an Award of Merit in the Springville Museum of Art's Annual Spring Salon. Larsen's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in galleries around the West coast.












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