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

Steven Labadessa

Steven Labadessa

Painting and drawing serve as a physically enacted ritual of praise and contemplation, aspiring towards a devout pursuit of a severe beauty. It is an aesthetic of imperfection alluding to the underlying nature of matter and memory: everything is subject to age, wear & decay. Yet, obstinately, the invisible is made visible, suspended in the mythical timelessness of the medium – still, but never silent; wherein, this uncertain truth is knowingly implied to antagonize the loneliness of our lives. Therein, it may be countenanced, stared down, transfigured, and treated.

A more grounded discussion of my work begins with considering its "operatic" tone. I exact a preference for hyperbole and "psychological" texture in my work. It comes, as most art forms, from reflections on my life (episodes, experiences, etc.). And, it is imagery that I explore specific to painting within the confines of self-portraiture that typically runs counter to modern western notions of beauty. I re-render the flesh of friends and relations (lasting & temporary) serving as a surrogate for me by “compositing” my imagery from a variety of observed, imaginary and digital sources. In so doing, I seek to continue to resolve/meld both “low” and “high” influences with a conscious restraint airing on subtlety to yield tension.

Among the influences that orbit my visual mind are Japanese popular/fringe culture from Butoh to anime stemming from my early fandom of Toho films (notably, featuring Godzilla) to an early introduction to anime via UHF PBS broadcasting subtitled anime in the early 70s/80s airing from New Jersey, whilst I wistfully watched on my parent’s bed (their TV was the only one to clearly received the signal, so that I could watch “Captain Harlock” every Sunday night), western comic book art (particularly the “Silver Age” of Marvel Comics), as well as Northern Renaissance Art (for example; Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling)


MFA Painting University of Pennsylvania (Departmental Grants)

Post-Bacc (2nd) Painting School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Scholarship)

Post-Bacc (1st) Painting School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Scholarship)

JD Boston University, School of Law (Scholarship)

BS w honors Psychology Brooklyn College* (Scholarship)
BA w honors Fine Arts (Drawing) Brooklyn College* (Scholarship)

*summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Scholars’ Program, Dean’s List


Painting The Art Institute of Boston (Lesley University)
Painting SVA (i.e., School of Visual Arts, NYC)
Painting New York Academy of Art
Anatomy, Pastel The Arts Students’ League of New York
Writing New York University
Theatre Arts H.B. Studios, NYC

Paolo Troilo

Paolo Troilo -  Finger paintings

Born in Taranto in 1972 from Antonio and Lucia Troilo. Lives and works in Milan. From 1997 till 2009 he worked for several international advertising agencies, such as Saatchi & Saatchi and Arnold Worldwide, as Art Director first, then as Creative Director. He won the most prestigious international awards in the industry, and in 2007 he was nominated best Italian creative together with Alessandro Sabini. Self-taught artist. He started drawing by pencil at the age of 4, and never stopped since. In April 2005 he started his career as professional artist, and as a result of this long, unconscious stage of preparation towards a future change, he then starts painting with his fingers. Now we see him dipping his fingertips into jars of acrylic, black and ivory, and spreading color, definitely abandoning the "tools of the art". On April 21st 2010, in the city of Palermo, together with Brio, they become the proud parents of Antonio. His best piece of art.

Nasce a Taranto nel 1972. Vive e lavora a Milano.
Dal 1997 al 2009 ha lavorato come creativo pubblicitario in Saatchi&Saatchi prima e in Arnold Worldwide Italy (direttore creativo) poi. Si è aggiudicato tutti i più prestigiosi riconoscimenti del settore (Cannes Lions, Eurobest, Clio Award).
Nel 2007 è stato Grand Prix all’Art-Director’s Club. Dipinge dal 2005.

Paolo Troilo Vs. SCUBA from paolo troilo on Vimeo.

Chinmaya Panda

Chinmaya Panda

"I am a young, self-taught artist(An artist Or rather, in the process of becoming one, as I am still learning the finer aspects of artistry) from India. Since childhood, I have a keen interest in painting, especially watercolors. During school days, I managed to win four gold medals and one silver medal as well as many others. Though trained as a chemical engineer, my born urge made me take up painting with zest once again. I like to portray my subjects as they are. Speaking of subjects, I prefer my subjects to be different, far removed from the daily monotonous regularity of life. For example, the devotee at eh ashram, the Bonda tribeswoman..and yes, being an Indian, I am a bit more inclined to portray the spectacle, the wonder that is my country, my land , on my paper as much as possible. I consider myself as a beginner, a newbie, a student. And as being a student, curiosity comes naturally to me,and it is this curiosity that drives me, motivates me to paint ,to put my ideas, my perspective of the world around me into the paper."

Chinmaya Panda


BORN: November 04, 1989 – Bhubaneswar, Odisha
• Self-taught artist
• 2011 B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from C. V. Raman College of Engineering, BPUT, Bhubaneswar
Group Exhibitions:
• 2013: Salon de l'Aquarelle de Belgique 2013/ The 13th Biennale Internationale de l'Aquarelle: Namur, Belgium
18 May - 2 June 2013
• 2012 ‘Shraddhanjali 2012’, Lalit Kala Academy, Regional Center, Bhubaneswar
• 2012 ‘Together-III’, Lalit Kala Academy, Regional Center, Bhubaneswar
• 2012 ‘Art Mart’, Khajuraho
• 2011 ‘Sangam’, Lalit Kala Academy, Regional Center, Bhubaneswar

• Informed Collector: Fine Art Views: May 2013
• DECOR-magasinet : Norway ; Feature Article : February 2013
• The Art of Watercolour : France; Feature Article : December 2012
'THE ART OF WATERCOLOUR' magazine is Europe's leading watercolour magazine, which is also available in French 'L'Art de l'Aquarelle'. The two magazines together are distributed into 32 different countries.

2013: 3rd Place; April 2013: BoldBrush Painting Competiton by Fine Arts View
• 2013: Outstanding Watercolor; March 2013: BoldBrush Painting Competiton by Fine Arts View
• 2005 Cash Award, Avantika International Talent Search Painting Competition
• 2004 Gold Medal, Avantika International Talent Search Painting Competition
• 2003 Gold Medal, Avantika International Talent Search Painting Competition
• 2002 Gold Medal, Avantika International Talent Search Painting Competition
• 2002 1st prize, World Environmental Day Painting Competition
• 2000 Silver Medal, Avantika International Talent Search Painting Competition
• 2001 Gold Medal , National Level, 15th All India Inter Kendriya Vidyalaya Children’s Painting Competition
• 2000 Categorized as Outstanding under All India competition in ARENA(Centre for Environmental and Multicultural Communication)
• 1999 Categorized as Outstanding under All India competition in ARENA (Centre for Environmental and Multicultural Communication)
• National level, A grade (CIART- Centre for Indian Art Resources and Training)


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