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

Raimundo Folch

Raimundo Folch

Born in Manila (Philippines), in 1960. He arrived in Valencia (Spain) in1975 where much later studied a course of modeling and molding at the School of Arts and Trade of Valencia (Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Valencia), and posteriorly at the Manises School of Ceramics (Escuela de Cerámica de Manises) Since 1976 upto the present, he is residing in Mislata, Valencia.

Marta Solsona

Marta Solsona

Marta Solsona nace en el ensanche de Barcelona.
Su verdadera vocación desde niña, son las Artes Plásticas y todos los caminos del Arte, música, danza clásica, etc.
Aconsejada por su familia estudia Magisterio y ejerce como maestra durante dos años en el Colegio de Las Esclavas del Sagrado Corazón de Barcelona.
Se casa muy joven y a los 22 años ya es madre de tres hijos y a los 27 años, de cuatro.
A los 29 años comienza una nueva carrera dentro de una Compañía Multinacional Americana, en donde ejercerá, durante más de 20 años, como directora comercial de un equipo con más de 700 personas.
Su pasión y auténtica vocación, sigue siendo el camino del Arte. Finalmente animada por sus hijos y esposo abandona su estresante vida comercial, para realizar el sueño de su vida, a pesar de su edad. Obtiene el Certificado de Estudios de Dibujo, Composición y Pintura en la Escuela de la Diputación de Barcelona, con notas brillantes. Estudia en la facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Barcelona la especialidad y Doctorado de "Técnicas Escultóricas". Asiste diariamente a clases particulares de Escultura en los talleres de los que fueron sus grandes maestros, Rosa Martínez Brau y José Salvador Jassans.
Obtiene el Certificado de estudios sobre "Esculturas Internas y Técnicas Escultóricas" en el Espace Philimón de París.

Durante 7 años es Vocal de Exposiciones del "Círculo Artístico San Lluc" de Barcelona.
Actualmente es muy feliz, sobre todo por la magnífica familia que tiene, marido, hijos e hijos políticos, además de 8 nietos, que le dan en todo momento soporte e inspiración para transmitir en sus esculturas la parte "positiva de la vida", Amor, Libertad, Paz, Alegría, Unión, Diálogo, Respeto, etc..., a pesar de reconocer que los auténticos valores morales y esenciales están actualmente poco apreciados en sustitución de valores materiales.
A través de sus obras quiere transmitir la Esperanza de un Mundo Mejor y que los niños de hoy son la esperanza de un mañana, para lograr la Paz, la Solidaridad y el Amor entre los hombres.
Marta Solsona entiende el Arte como una forma educativa para reflexionar sobre los valores de la Libertad y de la Paz, por encima del dominio social y de la violencia. Para ella el Arte es "La Puerta de la Libertad", es la liberación del "Pensamiento y el Sentimiento". La Cultura y la Educación tienen un "peso específico" para la sociedad actual tan materializada.
El Arte ayuda a aflorar y despertar con sus mensajes, la sensibilidad y sentimientos que todos los seres humanos poseemos en nuestro interior.
El estilo de su escultura (influenciada por los grandes maestros de la Escultura Clásica Griega), mantiene una línea figurativa y "realista actual", sincera, buscando siempre la verdad absoluta, sin anécdotas, ni artificios y comprometida siempre con los principios y valores que son la razón de ser de nuestra existencia.

Aleah Angeles - Aleah Rose Angeles

Aleah Angeles - Aleah Rose Angeles

Filipino artist Aleah Angeles is just in her early 20s, but the realist painter is about to get some international attention, as her piece “Lazy Daisy” is included in an upcoming Christie’s auction of Asian Contemporary Art in Hong Kong.

Painted in 2010, “Lazy Daisy” is estimated to be worth $4,138 to $7,759, and is featured along with Chinese artists as well as other cross-region contemporary talents.

Her works are described as “lyrical compositions with a warm romantic flair.”

“Lazy Daisy portrays Angeles’s alter-ego, falling asleep under a tree with her half read book draped over her face. Trapped in the pages of her fairytale or fantasy novella the heroine in her slumber is sweetly unaware of the looming dream-forest behind her, as though conjured directly from her unfinished tale. With her ruffled skirt, knee-socks slipping down her legs, outflung hand, Lazy Daisy is an archetypal rendition of corrupted girlish innocence,” reads the lot notes on Christie’s website.

A Pool of Tears by Aleah Angeles

“Inspired by the figures of young girls, which the artist herself relates to and draws from life based on her own photographs; her paintings often show them in recumbent positions, half caught in dreams and fantasy,” the notes read.
Angeles is a resident artist of Mendez Big and Small Art Co.

Apart from Angeles, Filipino artists BenCab and Patricia Eustaquio also have works in the auction, which will be held on May 27, 3pm at Christie’s Saleroom Convention Hall, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, Hong Kong.

Lladro - Artistic Porcelain

Lladró - Artistic Porcelain

Lladró was born in the mid-1950s as a small family workshop in Almácera, a tiny farming community near the city of Valencia, on Spain's eastern Mediterranean coast. Born into a humble farming family, the brothers Juan, José and Vicente decided to dedicate their free time to making ceramics as a means of improving their prospects for the future. They enrolled in the Valencia School of Arts and Crafts, where Juan and José studied drawing and painting, while the youngest brother, Vicente, took up sculpture.

In order to put their new knowledge into practice, they built a Moorish-style kiln in the patio of their parents' home. As their experiments became increasingly successful, they began manufacturing and selling their first ceramic flowers on the local market. Meanwhile, they had started to design and produce their own figurines in porcelain.

In 1958 they moved from their small workshop in the family home in Almácera to a factory located in the nearby town of Tavernes Blanques. The 1960s were years of strong growth and development. In fact, the studios in Tavernes were enlarged seven times until in 1969 the foundations were laid for what was to become Porcelain City, the home of Lladró porcelain art today. For over two decades since that time, Lladró has continued to spread throughout the world, fueling growth back home in tiny Tavernes. Today, with a headcount of two thousand people, Lladró markets its creations in over one hundred countries around the world.

Lladró continues the grand tradition of porcelain making, preserving artistic techniques of classic 18th-century European styles, and reaching back to China's millennial heritage which has given us some of the most delicate works of art in history.

Perhaps China's greatest gift to the world was the way it combined simple clay with "secret ingredients" to create a material which was both beautiful and practical: porcelain. It is believed that porcelain first appeared during the Tang dynasty (618-906).

Marco Polo's seventeen-year stay in China in the late 11th century had a great impact on European culture. As an example, purchasing porcelain "objets d'art" became an obsession with European aristocrats.

Porcelain was viewed by European royalty as a highly desirable luxury product, a fitting way to pay themselves homage. This increase in demand occurred precisely at a time when the manufacture of imperial porcelain in China was becoming problematic. Product costs were soaring, pilferage was rampant, and materials were in short supply.

The porcelain market looked insatiable. Foreign tradesmen had great difficulties overcoming Chinese reluctance to maintain supplies, bent as the Chinese were on preserving the secret of porcelain manufacturing. Meanwhile, in Vienna, Venice and other European cities, attempts were being made to create what was to become European porcelain.

In the 1940s, the Lladró brothers revisited the history of porcelain manufacturing, creating their own formula for porcelain paste and refining their manufacturing techniques on all fronts: pigments, molds, varnishes, and firing times, resulting in pieces that not only incorporate great beauty, but emphasize quality of the highest kind.


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