Artists

Artist’s works on loan

212 Atelier Collection

New York City, NY

On June 6th, 2018 New York City's biggest collaboration between design, architecture, and art came together to transform a penthouse space into a crown jewel to the highest of standards. AXIOM Fine Art is proud to be the exclusive curator of art for the 212 Fifth Avenue "Crown" Penthouse. Furnishing over $1 million in art, AXIOM Fine Art crafted a collection that spoke to the culture and sophistication of the New York elite.

Presented by Madison Equities and Sothebys International
Interior Design by Design Studio 15
Luxury furnishings by Luxury Living Group (Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, and More) & Gandia Blasco
Art curation by AXIOM Fine Art

Avery Lawrence

Philadelphia, PA

Artist Statement

I create a surreal, yet familiar world; drawing inspiration from early cinema and contemporary perfor­mance artists, I craft this visual yarn with moments from my family history in mind. The personal stories, implicit in the narrative, enhance the sense of sincerity and intimacy in the film. The idea that I'm working on now is weather, as "the weather," as guessing, as data, as changing, etc. The video is going to be an interpretation of a local news station's weather report. It will be trippy. The imagery on paper will come from the icons (sun, clouds, etc.) within the weather report, collaged with images of the "weatherman."

Artist Bio

Lawrence is an emerging performance artist from Charlottesville, Virginia, whose lighthearted and humorous works have caused a stir in the arts community. Bordering on the absurd, Lawrence's unique take on performance, photography, and experimental film-making are what has sets his work apart from other contemporary artists. His work analyzes the ability of the artist to connect with the viewer through creative narratives revolving around family life and society. Interacting with the viewer either directly through performance or indirectly through video and photography, he invites the audience into a fun and inviting experience that unites both artist and viewer. Even prior to earning his Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of Art in 2015, Lawrence had already positioned himself as a prominent contemporary artist with his performance piece, "Arranging Suitcases". This performance stole the show and claimed Lawrence the Grand Prize in 2012, Art Takes Miami, SCOPE Miami Art Fair. Following this distinguished entrance into the professional art world, Lawrence has been featured in numerous group and solo shows at notable venues all over the country. Drawing the attention of reputable institutions, art fairs, and independent curators, Lawrence's artistic ingenuity has caused a resurgence in the critical appreciation of performance art by facilitating artistic expression through viewer experiences.

Blueprint

Columbus, OH

Albert Shepard, better known by his stage name Blueprint, is an American hip hop musician from Columbus, Ohio. He is a founder of Weightless Recordings. Blueprint is one half of the duo Soul Position along with producer RJD2.

Chris Santos

Artist Bio

Chris Santos is advancing the conversation around Neo-Expressionism and its relation to the art world. Fusing together elements of Afrocentrism with the informal medium of cardboard, one could easily, place Chris within the same historical relevance of American artist, Jean Michel Basquiat. Although many African American artists, have produced works that reflect their culture, it is Chris's depictions of these themes and choice of material with it's nod to primitivism that has sparked so much interest from fine art collectors to museum curators.

Artist Statement

The material that I work with is cardboard. It's important that I work with this material because it represents, to me, the packaging and shipping of an idea as well as people. The packaging and shipping of people references the slave trade, while the packaging and shipping of ideas references artists such as Picasso, who have historically drawn inspiration from traditional African arts and artists without owing them any credit. In this collection, I chose to speak about the misrepresentation of black bodies in America. The focus of this particular body of work on Disney and its characters, is an effort to reflect on and understand the misrepresentation of black people and culture throughout the history of their organization (and others).

Contemporary Resort Collection

In the early 1980’s, Walt Disney World Resort acquired this rare modern art collection exhibited at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. They hired Nancy Rosen, an art dealer from New York City, to find works of art that represented both male and female artists. This collection was exhibited throughout the hotel in rooms, hallways, the Atrium Club level, and other common areas. Walt Disney Imagineering was responsible for preserving and handling the collection.

Comprised of 52 works of art by 27 artists from around the globe, this collection consists of limited edition prints and lithographs.

In 2014, Walt Disney World Resort donated this collection to the Downtown Arts District with the intention of hosting an exhibit and selling the collection. In 2018 this collection this collection was acquired by the estate of AXIOM Fine Art founder Russell A Glotfelty and James Sandidge, with proceeds benefiting the Downtown Arts District’s endowment.

This exhibition is an example of how Walt Disney World Resort’s history of supporting the arts spans generations and will continue for years to come. In the 1980’s the acquisition of this collection supported 27 emerging and established artists of the time. Almost 40 years later, this same collection is supporting the local creative community. Thank you, Walt Disney World Resort, for your everlasting commitment to the arts.

Danielle Werner

Orlando, FL

Artist Statement:

I believe creativity is the key to happiness; it is the key to consciousness. Photography is the most powerful creative key that we all have access to. It transcends art, science, language, time, and is now infused in everything we know. Through photography, we can create our world with more intention, more passion, and more purpose in order to understand what it means to be “in the now”, right now, always. We can begin to see life through a new lens.

Artist Biography:

Werner, a native Floridian, has been working in the field since the age of fifteen years old. Working most of her career, along side the Post-Soviet Contemporary Gallery, with no professional photographic training, but a need to document the world around her, she went on to earn a degree in graphic design and photography at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Within a few years of graduating, Werner began traveling the world, documenting her experiences and collecting stories. Every photograph captures the impermanent beauty of raw moments in nature, with the use of natural light and unmanipulated scenery.

Much of Werner’s reputation in photography is intertwined with her entrepreneurial contribution to the creativity required to do this style of photography. Each image offers a glimpse of life from a new perspective, evoking the desire to evolve and explore.

Emanuel de Sousa

London, UK

Artist Statement

Having the Human Figure as a starting point and all its traditional academic stature, I am trying to tran­scend, or at least question, its formal representation. By using painting and drawing as portrayal mediums/ mechanisms, I'm driven to inquire about possible parallel thoughts and processes, thus elaborating on an adequate aesthetic lexicon in which to explore the dynamics of the subject matter I approach. The "Bruce Lee Shoes" series, which these pieces are part of, is based on the 60's and 70's Kung Fu Spaghetti films by Bruce Lee and his iconic yellow suit. Items like that suit have become aesthetic memorabilia, continually reworked in art and culture, in the search for a sense of nostalgia. This search has become more prominent, affecting the younger generations that felt the "cool factor" of such almost movements. It is in that spirit that this series came to be; these paintings transport us to those comfort moments, with a mix of excitement and nostalgic inner contemplation.

Artist Bio

Hailing from Portugal, Emanuel's approach to painting is heavily influenced by his European Expressionist and Surrealist predecesors. Noteable artists such as Lucean Freud and Paula Rego have informed the unique process Emanuel employs to create deeply emotional and expressive paintings that incorporate meaningul analysis of each figure and the complex behavioral rhythms that define them. Educated at the Faculdade de Belas Artes in Porto University, Portugal, and the Institute Superior de Arte e Design in Madeira University, Emanuel's work has been shown in various galleries and museums around the world. Highly regarded as a leading figure in contemporary portraiture and figurism, his experimental process and psycological approach can be seen in his paintings. This self-imposed desire to push the limits of painting, drawing, and brushwork have caused critics and connoisseurs alike to refer to Emanuel as an "Art Tyrant" of the contemporary scene.

Florine Demosthene

New York, Accra, and Johannesburg

Artist Statement

In this series, I aim to suspend all preconcieved notions of what a Black Heroine is supposed to be. In particular, any notions of the Black female heroine, which, though not a novel idea, is rarely given the attention and credit deserved in popular culture.
I beg the question, who are you when you strip all the stories you have been told away, stories you have taken as truth? The figures vividly depicted in glitter, charcoal, ink, and graphite, are exaggerated, blobby, and grotesque. They are not perfect, but they are true. These images represent the rebirth of the Black Heroine with figures that are unapologetically rich, finding power and strength simply through being.

Artist Bio

Working primarily in charcoal,ink, and oil stick to create visually complex images, she is currently producing art that defies traditional portraiture. Focused on challenging social norms through art, her work is trend setting in its approach to the human figure without the burden of perfect skin, clothes, form, or even an identifiable setting in which to exist. Demosthene's passionate exploration of portraiture and Black Female identity has resulted in a truly unique body of work which lends itself to her notoriety amongst the world's most prestigious art circles.
Demosthene earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New School of Design Parson's School of Design in New York, and a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College-City University of New York in 2002. Since then, she has maintained a substantial international presence in the art community. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and can be found in the collections of institutions such as the University of South Africa, and the Lowe Museum of Art, among others.

Johan Barrios

Houston, TX

Artist Bio

Johan Barrios, is pioneering the reentry of the Photorealism Movement, begun in the 19th century, into today's art market by offering opportunities to place a piece of himself in their homes. Born in Colombia, he began painting at the insistence of his art teacher. After studying at the Universidad de Antioquia in Madrid. Barrios eventually moved to Houston, Texas where he lives and works. His work accentuates photographic deviations from reality to create a minimalistic approach, while his use of color and layering provides a nod to nostalgia with a burst of energy that would have made him a welcomed participant in the original movement. Barrios, has interwoven photography and painting so intently and purposefully, however, never wavering in his traditional artistic method of drawing; resulting in images that are realistic on one level, but offer an air of reverie. Subservient to his craft, his works have been exhibited around the world, as well as many prestigious art fairs. His works continue to strengthen and grow in recognition, cementing his bearings in the art market.

Artist Statement

I intend to question the limits preconceived in the different mediums I've used throughout my bi­-dimensional, artistic production, in search of points of convergence within basic concepts like pictorial representation, negative space, and the absence of presence of form. I am interested in the relationship between photographs and paintings. In my works, the two mediums become interwoven and interchangeable. The photographic action is perpetuated by the painting, which the eyes of the spectator explore in order to recognize, amongst the bodies, the existence of an abstract landscape and the framing of the object that accompanies the scene, but which maintains its independent character. My paintings and drawings speak about my process and how torturous it can be constructing an image. I feel that I do not need to literally paint myself to portray myself in my work, but in the end, each piece is a small self-portrait.

Juan Miguel Palacios

Brooklyn, NY

Artist Statement

My work has a clear figurative language, the large-scale paintings contain a strong conceptual load. Developed in series, my artwork has a constant wandering of the individual's identity and its relationship with the environment. Concepts such as mourning, duel, luxury, restlessness, and inequality are constant vitals in my work. I continually explored the complex range of human emotions with a free, powerful,
and always modern technique. I am driven by the search for new forms of expression, and fuse socio­political themes with personal experiences and historical antecedents of art. This creates a unique and modern environment on the most outstanding and controversial issues of contemporary society. Any kind of inequality is the result of an aggression, understood as a violent action, in an exercise of strength and power. Under the title "WOUNDED", I make a reflection about these signs of violence in these situations of inequality, both politically, socially, and economically, during this complicated time in which we live. Thus, in a clearly metaphoric way, I use the image of a woman who has been or is being attacked, as a symbol of the disadvantaged masses. If one has suffered the absolute injustice throughout centuries of humanity, it has been the feminine gender.

Artist Bio

Born in Madrid in 1973, Miguel began painting at the early age of 6 years old and has worked as a muralist, theater scenographer, and film poster painter before establishing himself as a painter. His pervious experience has informed his current process, in which highly technical and careful layering of materials create a three-dimensional image. Miguel is bringing sculptural elements into painting in a way that incorporates both medium and meaning. Thus resulting in a visually dynamic and intensely visceral dimensionality totally unique and unprecedented which has caused an uproar in the art community. Juan Miguel Palacios has been involved in the arts for the majority of his life, even working in studio of the renowned Spanish painter Amadeo Roca Gisbert at the age of 12. During his apprenticeship with Gisbert, he gained strict academic training and joined the Faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1991; later obtaining a Fine Arts Degree in 1997. With major galleries and collectors, worldwide, hastily procuring his work for exhibition and acquisition. Miguel's entrance into the contemporary arts is rivaled by such greats as Pollock or Warhol in their complete overhaul of the previously established approaches to content and technique.

Krista Berman

Orlando, FL / Detroit, MI

Krista Berman is a mixed-media and conceptual artist living and working in both Orlando, Florida and Detroit, Michigan.
She is a BFA Graduate (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design.

She has worked and maintained an art studio at the acclaimed McRae Art Studios in Winter Park, FL for almost 20 years, following her corporate career working as a Graphic Designer for Anheuser-Busch and Walt Disney World.

Krista has exhibited in numerous galleries, as well as the St. Louis Art Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum and the Birmingham /Bloomfield Art Center. and her work is in private collections across the United States and Europe.

She draws inspiration for her work by recycling nature finds as well as integrating urban detritus into her eccentric conceptual work. From growing up in the redwood forest with her mother and also working under the tutelage of her father, a noted architect, she loves integrating the two forces: nature and grids.

"Our common culture has found its varied and paradoxical links between blind consumption, mass marketing, sexual and political issues, and an indisposable / disposable mentality. My fascination with these many social and economic contradictions is a response to this phenomenon through objectification, neo-conceptual work and assemblage."

Madison Bloch

New York, NY

Madison is currently studying fine art in New York at The Cooper Union where her focus remains directed towards both sculpture and painting. Having studied art for 10 years the self-proclaimed color enthusiast is no novice to the world of art. Space, form and color are three terms that could probably define the artist’s entire practice if that type of simplified definition was called for.

Her work calls for an audience’s interpretation of her mind in some ways. Creating spaces through color and form, she aims to allow digestion of the work to take on any route a viewer could want. "For me space is individually perceived so to say my work needs a specific reading takes away from the subject I'm exploring". Taking on paintings, textiles and rugs, as well as sculpture she really brings viewers into a multi-faceted realm.

Mary Bel

Orlando, FL

Artist Statement:

Sometimes we can become disconnected from our own emotions. The goal of my art is to help people heal by developing an internal spark that releases itself through deep thought and observation.

I am a fine art conceptual photographer. By creating images that I see in my mind, I evoke emotions through thought provoking self-portraits. These self-portraits tell stories that come from being a highly sensitive person; aware and constantly in tune with my consciousness and the wellbeing of others. Being emotionally self-aware allows my thoughts and energy to manifest itself in the form of dark, moody, and painterly art.

Artist Biography:

Mary Bel is an Orlando based artist whose mysterious photographs depict dramatic content with personal meaning. Using modern techniques to mimic the theatric chiaroscuro lighting and deep emotion of baroque paintings, she is able to create images with a painterly quality that pulls the viewer in and keeps them there. Almost all great artists, dating back to ancient Egypt, have created self-potraits, however few specialize in this genre. In each photograph a compelling self-portrait explores an integral themes of self-expression and narrative storytelling.

Mary Bel is no stranger to the public eye. Her works have been exhibited in various institutions such as the Orlando Museum of Art and Loud Gallery, and has been showcased by Italian Vogue for her innovative homage to classical artists and styles. She is able to propel art historical content onto a contemporary platform in her works by associating relevant social themes.

Yelena Strokin

Artist Statement:

During my career as a photojournalist, my interactions with individuals ranging from rural Tibetan monks to large city urbanites taught me about various cultures, emotions and personalities. It allowed me to photograph not only them and the gorgeous landscapes they inhabited but also the characteristics that defined each place.

Inspired by my colorful experiences, my heart lies in still life photography. I will spend days on end composing a still life photograph, using only the natural light in my studio just like the old masters would have. My photographs are not altered by any postproduction processes, hence the images as exactly as the eye sees them. Each scene can be experienced as if it we taken from a moment in your own life. My photographs always tell a meaningful story. Each scene contains food and props from all ages alongside objects from nature, giving each photo their own setting (ie., a farmhouse in late autumn, or an elegant chateau in early spring).

Artist Biography:

Strokin utilizes objects from nature and history to create thoughtful settings within each photograph. Informed by both world travel and art history, her still life arrangements capture the essence of another time and place, allowing the viewer to get a glimpse of life elsewhere.

Her work began to gain notoriety with the publication of her book, Glimpse Through the Flemish Window, followed by several group and solo shows both in the United States and internationally. Her work is unique in its ability to creatively reengineer the characteristics of the paintings of Flemish artists such as Jan van Eyck or Peter Paul Rubens, for example, to create a familiar but original photographic scene. Not limited to historically oriented arrangements, she has also created still life scenes revolving around pastoral life, death, and spirituality. Her photographs provide a window into the intimacies of what makes every space, idea, or lifestyle uniquely its own.

212 Atelier Collection

New York City, NY

On June 6th, 2018 New York City's biggest collaboration between design, architecture, and art came together to transform a penthouse space into a crown jewel to the highest of standards. AXIOM Fine Art is proud to be the exclusive curator of art for the 212 Fifth Avenue "Crown" Penthouse. Furnishing over $1 million in art, AXIOM Fine Art crafted a collection that spoke to the culture and sophistication of the New York elite.

Presented by Madison Equities and Sothebys International
Interior Design by Design Studio 15
Luxury furnishings by Luxury Living Group (Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, and More) & Gandia Blasco
Art curation by AXIOM Fine Art



Avery Lawrence

Philadelphia, PA

Artist Statement

I create a surreal, yet familiar world; drawing inspiration from early cinema and contemporary perfor­mance artists, I craft this visual yarn with moments from my family history in mind. The personal stories, implicit in the narrative, enhance the sense of sincerity and intimacy in the film. The idea that I'm working on now is weather, as "the weather," as guessing, as data, as changing, etc. The video is going to be an interpretation of a local news station's weather report. It will be trippy. The imagery on paper will come from the icons (sun, clouds, etc.) within the weather report, collaged with images of the "weatherman."

Artist Bio

Lawrence is an emerging performance artist from Charlottesville, Virginia, whose lighthearted and humorous works have caused a stir in the arts community. Bordering on the absurd, Lawrence's unique take on performance, photography, and experimental film-making are what has sets his work apart from other contemporary artists. His work analyzes the ability of the artist to connect with the viewer through creative narratives revolving around family life and society. Interacting with the viewer either directly through performance or indirectly through video and photography, he invites the audience into a fun and inviting experience that unites both artist and viewer. Even prior to earning his Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of Art in 2015, Lawrence had already positioned himself as a prominent contemporary artist with his performance piece, "Arranging Suitcases". This performance stole the show and claimed Lawrence the Grand Prize in 2012, Art Takes Miami, SCOPE Miami Art Fair. Following this distinguished entrance into the professional art world, Lawrence has been featured in numerous group and solo shows at notable venues all over the country. Drawing the attention of reputable institutions, art fairs, and independent curators, Lawrence's artistic ingenuity has caused a resurgence in the critical appreciation of performance art by facilitating artistic expression through viewer experiences.



Blueprint

Columbus, OH

Albert Shepard, better known by his stage name Blueprint, is an American hip hop musician from Columbus, Ohio. He is a founder of Weightless Recordings. Blueprint is one half of the duo Soul Position along with producer RJD2.



Chris Santos

Artist Bio

Chris Santos is advancing the conversation around Neo-Expressionism and its relation to the art world. Fusing together elements of Afrocentrism with the informal medium of cardboard, one could easily, place Chris within the same historical relevance of American artist, Jean Michel Basquiat. Although many African American artists, have produced works that reflect their culture, it is Chris's depictions of these themes and choice of material with it's nod to primitivism that has sparked so much interest from fine art collectors to museum curators.

Artist Statement

The material that I work with is cardboard. It's important that I work with this material because it represents, to me, the packaging and shipping of an idea as well as people. The packaging and shipping of people references the slave trade, while the packaging and shipping of ideas references artists such as Picasso, who have historically drawn inspiration from traditional African arts and artists without owing them any credit. In this collection, I chose to speak about the misrepresentation of black bodies in America. The focus of this particular body of work on Disney and its characters, is an effort to reflect on and understand the misrepresentation of black people and culture throughout the history of their organization (and others).



Contemporary Resort Collection

In the early 1980’s, Walt Disney World Resort acquired this rare modern art collection exhibited at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. They hired Nancy Rosen, an art dealer from New York City, to find works of art that represented both male and female artists. This collection was exhibited throughout the hotel in rooms, hallways, the Atrium Club level, and other common areas. Walt Disney Imagineering was responsible for preserving and handling the collection.

Comprised of 52 works of art by 27 artists from around the globe, this collection consists of limited edition prints and lithographs.

In 2014, Walt Disney World Resort donated this collection to the Downtown Arts District with the intention of hosting an exhibit and selling the collection. In 2018 this collection this collection was acquired by the estate of AXIOM Fine Art founder Russell A Glotfelty and James Sandidge, with proceeds benefiting the Downtown Arts District’s endowment.

This exhibition is an example of how Walt Disney World Resort’s history of supporting the arts spans generations and will continue for years to come. In the 1980’s the acquisition of this collection supported 27 emerging and established artists of the time. Almost 40 years later, this same collection is supporting the local creative community. Thank you, Walt Disney World Resort, for your everlasting commitment to the arts.



Danielle Werner

Orlando, FL

Artist Statement:

I believe creativity is the key to happiness; it is the key to consciousness. Photography is the most powerful creative key that we all have access to. It transcends art, science, language, time, and is now infused in everything we know. Through photography, we can create our world with more intention, more passion, and more purpose in order to understand what it means to be “in the now”, right now, always. We can begin to see life through a new lens.

Artist Biography:

Werner, a native Floridian, has been working in the field since the age of fifteen years old. Working most of her career, along side the Post-Soviet Contemporary Gallery, with no professional photographic training, but a need to document the world around her, she went on to earn a degree in graphic design and photography at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Within a few years of graduating, Werner began traveling the world, documenting her experiences and collecting stories. Every photograph captures the impermanent beauty of raw moments in nature, with the use of natural light and unmanipulated scenery.

Much of Werner’s reputation in photography is intertwined with her entrepreneurial contribution to the creativity required to do this style of photography. Each image offers a glimpse of life from a new perspective, evoking the desire to evolve and explore.



Emanuel de Sousa

London, UK

Artist Statement

Having the Human Figure as a starting point and all its traditional academic stature, I am trying to tran­scend, or at least question, its formal representation. By using painting and drawing as portrayal mediums/ mechanisms, I'm driven to inquire about possible parallel thoughts and processes, thus elaborating on an adequate aesthetic lexicon in which to explore the dynamics of the subject matter I approach. The "Bruce Lee Shoes" series, which these pieces are part of, is based on the 60's and 70's Kung Fu Spaghetti films by Bruce Lee and his iconic yellow suit. Items like that suit have become aesthetic memorabilia, continually reworked in art and culture, in the search for a sense of nostalgia. This search has become more prominent, affecting the younger generations that felt the "cool factor" of such almost movements. It is in that spirit that this series came to be; these paintings transport us to those comfort moments, with a mix of excitement and nostalgic inner contemplation.

Artist Bio

Hailing from Portugal, Emanuel's approach to painting is heavily influenced by his European Expressionist and Surrealist predecesors. Noteable artists such as Lucean Freud and Paula Rego have informed the unique process Emanuel employs to create deeply emotional and expressive paintings that incorporate meaningul analysis of each figure and the complex behavioral rhythms that define them. Educated at the Faculdade de Belas Artes in Porto University, Portugal, and the Institute Superior de Arte e Design in Madeira University, Emanuel's work has been shown in various galleries and museums around the world. Highly regarded as a leading figure in contemporary portraiture and figurism, his experimental process and psycological approach can be seen in his paintings. This self-imposed desire to push the limits of painting, drawing, and brushwork have caused critics and connoisseurs alike to refer to Emanuel as an "Art Tyrant" of the contemporary scene.



Florine Demosthene

New York, Accra, and Johannesburg

Artist Statement

In this series, I aim to suspend all preconcieved notions of what a Black Heroine is supposed to be. In particular, any notions of the Black female heroine, which, though not a novel idea, is rarely given the attention and credit deserved in popular culture.
I beg the question, who are you when you strip all the stories you have been told away, stories you have taken as truth? The figures vividly depicted in glitter, charcoal, ink, and graphite, are exaggerated, blobby, and grotesque. They are not perfect, but they are true. These images represent the rebirth of the Black Heroine with figures that are unapologetically rich, finding power and strength simply through being.

Artist Bio

Working primarily in charcoal,ink, and oil stick to create visually complex images, she is currently producing art that defies traditional portraiture. Focused on challenging social norms through art, her work is trend setting in its approach to the human figure without the burden of perfect skin, clothes, form, or even an identifiable setting in which to exist. Demosthene's passionate exploration of portraiture and Black Female identity has resulted in a truly unique body of work which lends itself to her notoriety amongst the world's most prestigious art circles.
Demosthene earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New School of Design Parson's School of Design in New York, and a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College-City University of New York in 2002. Since then, she has maintained a substantial international presence in the art community. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and can be found in the collections of institutions such as the University of South Africa, and the Lowe Museum of Art, among others.



Johan Barrios

Houston, TX

Artist Bio

Johan Barrios, is pioneering the reentry of the Photorealism Movement, begun in the 19th century, into today's art market by offering opportunities to place a piece of himself in their homes. Born in Colombia, he began painting at the insistence of his art teacher. After studying at the Universidad de Antioquia in Madrid. Barrios eventually moved to Houston, Texas where he lives and works. His work accentuates photographic deviations from reality to create a minimalistic approach, while his use of color and layering provides a nod to nostalgia with a burst of energy that would have made him a welcomed participant in the original movement. Barrios, has interwoven photography and painting so intently and purposefully, however, never wavering in his traditional artistic method of drawing; resulting in images that are realistic on one level, but offer an air of reverie. Subservient to his craft, his works have been exhibited around the world, as well as many prestigious art fairs. His works continue to strengthen and grow in recognition, cementing his bearings in the art market.

Artist Statement

I intend to question the limits preconceived in the different mediums I've used throughout my bi­-dimensional, artistic production, in search of points of convergence within basic concepts like pictorial representation, negative space, and the absence of presence of form. I am interested in the relationship between photographs and paintings. In my works, the two mediums become interwoven and interchangeable. The photographic action is perpetuated by the painting, which the eyes of the spectator explore in order to recognize, amongst the bodies, the existence of an abstract landscape and the framing of the object that accompanies the scene, but which maintains its independent character. My paintings and drawings speak about my process and how torturous it can be constructing an image. I feel that I do not need to literally paint myself to portray myself in my work, but in the end, each piece is a small self-portrait.



Juan Miguel Palacios

Brooklyn, NY

Artist Statement

My work has a clear figurative language, the large-scale paintings contain a strong conceptual load. Developed in series, my artwork has a constant wandering of the individual's identity and its relationship with the environment. Concepts such as mourning, duel, luxury, restlessness, and inequality are constant vitals in my work. I continually explored the complex range of human emotions with a free, powerful,
and always modern technique. I am driven by the search for new forms of expression, and fuse socio­political themes with personal experiences and historical antecedents of art. This creates a unique and modern environment on the most outstanding and controversial issues of contemporary society. Any kind of inequality is the result of an aggression, understood as a violent action, in an exercise of strength and power. Under the title "WOUNDED", I make a reflection about these signs of violence in these situations of inequality, both politically, socially, and economically, during this complicated time in which we live. Thus, in a clearly metaphoric way, I use the image of a woman who has been or is being attacked, as a symbol of the disadvantaged masses. If one has suffered the absolute injustice throughout centuries of humanity, it has been the feminine gender.

Artist Bio

Born in Madrid in 1973, Miguel began painting at the early age of 6 years old and has worked as a muralist, theater scenographer, and film poster painter before establishing himself as a painter. His pervious experience has informed his current process, in which highly technical and careful layering of materials create a three-dimensional image. Miguel is bringing sculptural elements into painting in a way that incorporates both medium and meaning. Thus resulting in a visually dynamic and intensely visceral dimensionality totally unique and unprecedented which has caused an uproar in the art community. Juan Miguel Palacios has been involved in the arts for the majority of his life, even working in studio of the renowned Spanish painter Amadeo Roca Gisbert at the age of 12. During his apprenticeship with Gisbert, he gained strict academic training and joined the Faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1991; later obtaining a Fine Arts Degree in 1997. With major galleries and collectors, worldwide, hastily procuring his work for exhibition and acquisition. Miguel's entrance into the contemporary arts is rivaled by such greats as Pollock or Warhol in their complete overhaul of the previously established approaches to content and technique.



Krista Berman

Orlando, FL / Detroit, MI

Krista Berman is a mixed-media and conceptual artist living and working in both Orlando, Florida and Detroit, Michigan.
She is a BFA Graduate (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design.

She has worked and maintained an art studio at the acclaimed McRae Art Studios in Winter Park, FL for almost 20 years, following her corporate career working as a Graphic Designer for Anheuser-Busch and Walt Disney World.

Krista has exhibited in numerous galleries, as well as the St. Louis Art Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum and the Birmingham /Bloomfield Art Center. and her work is in private collections across the United States and Europe.

She draws inspiration for her work by recycling nature finds as well as integrating urban detritus into her eccentric conceptual work. From growing up in the redwood forest with her mother and also working under the tutelage of her father, a noted architect, she loves integrating the two forces: nature and grids.

"Our common culture has found its varied and paradoxical links between blind consumption, mass marketing, sexual and political issues, and an indisposable / disposable mentality. My fascination with these many social and economic contradictions is a response to this phenomenon through objectification, neo-conceptual work and assemblage."



Madison Bloch

New York, NY

Madison is currently studying fine art in New York at The Cooper Union where her focus remains directed towards both sculpture and painting. Having studied art for 10 years the self-proclaimed color enthusiast is no novice to the world of art. Space, form and color are three terms that could probably define the artist’s entire practice if that type of simplified definition was called for.

Her work calls for an audience’s interpretation of her mind in some ways. Creating spaces through color and form, she aims to allow digestion of the work to take on any route a viewer could want. "For me space is individually perceived so to say my work needs a specific reading takes away from the subject I'm exploring". Taking on paintings, textiles and rugs, as well as sculpture she really brings viewers into a multi-faceted realm.



Mary Bel

Orlando, FL

Artist Statement:

Sometimes we can become disconnected from our own emotions. The goal of my art is to help people heal by developing an internal spark that releases itself through deep thought and observation.

I am a fine art conceptual photographer. By creating images that I see in my mind, I evoke emotions through thought provoking self-portraits. These self-portraits tell stories that come from being a highly sensitive person; aware and constantly in tune with my consciousness and the wellbeing of others. Being emotionally self-aware allows my thoughts and energy to manifest itself in the form of dark, moody, and painterly art.

Artist Biography:

Mary Bel is an Orlando based artist whose mysterious photographs depict dramatic content with personal meaning. Using modern techniques to mimic the theatric chiaroscuro lighting and deep emotion of baroque paintings, she is able to create images with a painterly quality that pulls the viewer in and keeps them there. Almost all great artists, dating back to ancient Egypt, have created self-potraits, however few specialize in this genre. In each photograph a compelling self-portrait explores an integral themes of self-expression and narrative storytelling.

Mary Bel is no stranger to the public eye. Her works have been exhibited in various institutions such as the Orlando Museum of Art and Loud Gallery, and has been showcased by Italian Vogue for her innovative homage to classical artists and styles. She is able to propel art historical content onto a contemporary platform in her works by associating relevant social themes.



Yelena Strokin

Artist Statement:

During my career as a photojournalist, my interactions with individuals ranging from rural Tibetan monks to large city urbanites taught me about various cultures, emotions and personalities. It allowed me to photograph not only them and the gorgeous landscapes they inhabited but also the characteristics that defined each place.

Inspired by my colorful experiences, my heart lies in still life photography. I will spend days on end composing a still life photograph, using only the natural light in my studio just like the old masters would have. My photographs are not altered by any postproduction processes, hence the images as exactly as the eye sees them. Each scene can be experienced as if it we taken from a moment in your own life. My photographs always tell a meaningful story. Each scene contains food and props from all ages alongside objects from nature, giving each photo their own setting (ie., a farmhouse in late autumn, or an elegant chateau in early spring).

Artist Biography:

Strokin utilizes objects from nature and history to create thoughtful settings within each photograph. Informed by both world travel and art history, her still life arrangements capture the essence of another time and place, allowing the viewer to get a glimpse of life elsewhere.

Her work began to gain notoriety with the publication of her book, Glimpse Through the Flemish Window, followed by several group and solo shows both in the United States and internationally. Her work is unique in its ability to creatively reengineer the characteristics of the paintings of Flemish artists such as Jan van Eyck or Peter Paul Rubens, for example, to create a familiar but original photographic scene. Not limited to historically oriented arrangements, she has also created still life scenes revolving around pastoral life, death, and spirituality. Her photographs provide a window into the intimacies of what makes every space, idea, or lifestyle uniquely its own.



For consideration into our gallery and/or other fine art projects, please

submit the following items via our submission portal:

 

  1. Portfolio of 2-5 images of your work

  2. Resume/CV

  3. Artist Bio

*Artists must submit all three of the above items to be considered for inclusion.*

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Works are reviewed quarterly by Gallery Director, Sorcha Baty.

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