Mariana Allievi l Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mariana paints since she was a child. During her childhood she saw both of her grandmothers doing embroidery. Mariana also delves into Chinese embroidery and Nanduti, a Guarani embroidery technique.
But surprisingly, her conscience awakes in a cotillion house while seeking party novelties to prepare the birthday of her daughter.
From then on she remains faithful to the technique of collage, which she discovered as inherent to her. She thinks to herself, “this is who you are, keep on; if it does not work out, it just does not.”
Through her collages, the artist’s consciousness expands to show its peculiar way of perceiving the universe. It presents a world overflowing with life, overflowing even to excess. She says, “If it were me, I would continue up to the wall.” Her work seems about to explode from such pent-up energy.
But such abundance does not cross the line, it never loses the its form, its balance. The balance is hidden in a subtle way, which demands a second look to discover how the whole entity holds together in a delicate figure.
Like the mythological stories of origin, chaos and order coexisting together. On the surface, chaos. Underneath, order. Laura says, “I like playing with the apparent, with what seems to be true but isn’t definite”.
Over the stories we talk, chaos appears first as a void waiting to be filled by form; and afterwards, order shows up. The artist says she needs to “fill the gap” as if her spirit were haunted by a horror vacui.
And Laura manages to fill the gap by being faithful to her conscience, by expanding the awareness of her origin in the overall origin; her creation in the total universe.
Granted, origins are part of traditions. And, Mariana’s work takes us to Latin American magical realism, her natural environment.
The multiplicity of inherited elements converges and recreates in a unique way. The more idiosyncratic an artwork is, the more universal it is.
The shapes, colors, textures overlap and interweave communicating a tense vibration that is released into countless vanishing points.
The world according to Mariana invites us to rediscover our own world and find new possibilities.
__Adrian Salvo, 201
Carla Bustamente | Buenos Aires
Water is like the mirror of the soul, each time you look while all seems the same it never is. Like waves that move in different directions, rhythms and sounds the characteristics of these elements are Bustamante’s secret ingredient. Shots of landscapes that while very simple put you in a meditative state, taking you to supernatural domains by just the flash of a glance on her work. Sensually teasing her natural portraits that are near picture perfect leave you learning for the paradise left unpainted.
Josefina Di Candia | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Josefina resorts to her origin for inspiration in her work; her deep knowledge of objects and situations shown on her canvasses place us closer to her. Josefina lays herself bare in her experiences. She transmits her feelings making use of the “ingredients” that she has inside herself: the toys, the story books, the tales read and heard that got engraved in her mind. She resorts to all this to share her intimacy with us generously. It is worth pausing in front of these pictures, as they are doors that open for us her soul, a child’s soul, with its contrast of light and shadows, its amazement, fantasies, sounds, happiness and sadness. These are paintings to stop at, paintings to awaken memories of our latent childhood.
-excerpts from Pedro Roth’s review
Joel Rea (*)| Australia
Joel Rea has exhibited his work in Australia and the United States and has been acclaimed for his oil paintings in many prestigious art awards through out Australia. In 2013 he was selected for the Archibald Salon Des Refuses exhibition in Sydney, the Black Swan Award for Portraiture in Perth, the Fleurieu Landscape Prize in Adelaide and was the winner of the 2013 ANL Maritime Art Award in Melbourne. In 2014 Rea was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Sulman Prize held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and for the second year in a row was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Black Swan Portraiture Prize held in Perth, winning the People’s Choice Award
He calls himself a Contemporary Surrealist Painter.
(*) Joel Rea is not represented by FRG Gallery. Artworks are only available for free loans to hospitals as part of the Art Heals project. Artworks not for sale
Grigor Malinov was was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He graduated High School of Fine Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and then “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.Since 2000 he lives in Walnut Creek, CA.
Grigor works in the field of the Classical Oil Painting, keeping the principles of the Great European Old Masters of the Fine Art. Still life, Landscape, Portraits, Compositions are his preferred subjects. Some of my artworks are included in many private collections in Europe (Bulgaria, France, Norway, Germany) and USA. He held many solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions back in Europe and USA. In my art I am turned to the inspiring and beautiful side of the world. The paintings that he creates interact positively with people and people’s most common environment – nature, home, workplace, etc. The relations among humans, and their relations with nature provide enough source of inspiration for him as an artist: the human body, the light falling over a woman’s shoulder or face, a blossoming tree, a piece of an interesting fabric, an intriguing part of a neighborhood, a sunset, the yellow dry grass in summer, etc. A goal of his work has always been his personal language of expression to resonate with the viewers and to leave not only a long lasting impression, but also a sense of spiritual enrichment.