|Gathering, Farhana Akhter
|Cri De Mon Coeur, C Bangs
|Innocence, Janet Cristenfeld
|Majong, Dulcie Dee
|Blue World, Michelle Carmen Gomez
|Hermana, Mia Roman Hernandez
|Connecting Flames, Nadiya Jinnah
|Daydreaming 1, Jeanette Martone
|Celebration, Keith Morant
|Beachcombing 3, Melanie Prapopoulos
|Atma, Ramya Ravishankar
|Demigoddess Rejuvenating, Zakiya Raines
|Music Maker Ganesh, Tania Sen
|Mearth, Juan Carlo Suazo
|Interception, Maryann Sussoni
|Mandala Series, Lawrence Terry
|Chinese Opera Masks, Margo Vallone
|Defending the Dynasty, Ellen Yung Woods
Born in Bangladesh and raised in United States,
she studied Psychology, Arts & Humanities. She is a prolific New York based artist whose color palette reflect the rich
and vibrant hues influenced by her native land and culture. Her mixed media paintings explore the transformative journey
from chaos to harmony and grace. In her recent work, she incorporates found objects that are symbolic of the transformative
process which combine organic elements such as moss, dried flowers, rice, lentil, with inorganic materials such as plastic,
glass and metal. She has had many exhibitions in the New York city and Washington DC area and Canada. Her work
is in various collections in North America and Asia.
The work of
C Bangs investigates frontier science combined with symbolist figurative painting. Functioning as design elements that
speak to the interconnectivity of everything in the cosmos, the equations parallel the sacred writings found in illuminated
manuscripts. Bangs' inclusion of the female archetype and other mythological symbols is prominent in her works, included
in the collections of Library of Congress and museums in US and Italy.
Janet Cristenfeld’s life is a fusion of artistic and spiritual journeys. Using oil, watercolor
and pencil, Janet depicts the emotions, sensuality, and spirit of imaginary human beings, influenced by her own inner contemplation
and the surrounding world. Christ and his story is another theme running through her work as an expression of consciousness
and love. In addition to making and exhibiting art that is “a visual manifestation of the soul,” she practices
as an energy healer. Over the past five years, she has channeled a set of spiritual symbols, called Souligraphy™, from
which she is creating jewelry, books, and paintings.
work is a Zen fusion of East and West. Each painting pulsates with rich, vibrant tropical colors and free-flowing sense
of texture. Her recent “The Mosaic Series” incorporates iridescent and pearlescent mosaics, natural shells
and oil on canvas to express her passion for combining color with medium and depicting her Asian American heritage.
The mosaics are reminiscent of the days when she used to watch her grandmother play majong. Majong is an integral part
of the way of life amongst the Chinese women and it inspired her to create the mosaic series. . Dulcie has authored and illustrated
“ABC Coral Reef” an ABC alphabet book to teach young children about the tropical fish in the Pacific Ocean.
She has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums internationally. She resides in NYC.
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Michelle Carmen Gomez
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Los Angeles based artist Michelle Carmen
Gomez is intrigued by places that still show signs of the vernacular past. Gomez’s photographs capture the essence of
a subject, location or study and accentuate the emblematic nature of our day to day. Her work has a narrative quality, seamlessly
unifying formality and spontaneity, structure and fluidity; she is an artist whose method is systematic, faithful, unassuming
and timeless. Her photographs are intimate, unpredictable, muted and ironic, mimicking the manner in which we often see the
world. Gomez has ongoing exhibits in Los Angeles and Miami and her larger photographs, printed on aluminum and mounted on
custom 48x64 birch frames, have become a signature style. A native Texan, she has worked professionally as a fine
art photographer, artist, film director, writer, and actor. Collectors of Gomez’s photography include celebrities, corporations,
private collectors and professional athletes.
Mia Roman HernandezIt was with her family that she first learned to appreciate the importance of an artistic community.
As a fourth generation artist she is influenced by family and life experiences which leads her hand and nourishes her creativity.
Being surrounded by so many creative people provided her with a nurturing artistic environment that encouraged her to explore
and learn without boundaries. She enjoys experimenting with various mixed mediums including painting, poetry and photography.
The driving force behind her work is very personal. It is an influence of family, culture and a deep sense of spirituality.
Jinnah is a product of an African upbringing, South Asian ethnicity, and English education. Studying painting and sculpture
at England’s finest art colleges, she now uses both to produce what she calls “Lifescapes.” In line
with her multi-cultural background, she exhibits her art internationally. Her work is collected by a variety of museums,
corporations, universities, and private citizens. Nadiya presently lives and works in New York City.
Since 1994 Jeanette
Martone has traveled to the developing world to participate in volunteer projects assisting the poor. Experiences there have
contributed to the evolution of her work. She depicts her subjects captured in a moment of time, revealing their inner grace
and the beauty that can be found in the infinite details of their environment; the sun cracked earth, the drape of tired fabric,
and the detritus of struggle. By limiting color, and emphasizing texture in her drawings, attention is focused on the essential
elements of the subject. Complex images are formed that are reminiscent of the protoplasmic origins of life we share.
The simplicity and purity of pencil and paper lend an immediacy and intimacy to the work.
Born in England, Keith Morant has been obsessed with art all his life. He had worked and exhibited in London and
Southern England until he moved to New Zealand in 1973, currently living and working in Christchurch as a full-time painter.
From 1986 till present, Keith has travelled and exhibited in London, New York, Italy and Tokyo. My wife and I moved to New
York in 1989 where I worked for a year and exhibited in Manhattan and London. I am now resettled in Christchurch, New Zealand
as a full-time painter. He is currently represented by Alexis International in New Zealand, Trevisan International, Ferrara,
Italy and Access Art in New York.
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Born in Surrey, England grew up in New
Jersey, U.S.A and currently divides time between the States and Greece. Melanie describes her work as "...melding and
mixing of color – with color being that which will ultimately present the viewer an experience of emotional revelation".
Her work is greatly influenced from what she has experienced in her travels which offer a unique artistic language resulting
in a better vocabulary for expression. This coupled with ideas of dance and movement result in an "ignored reality",
one grounded in strong lines and the unexplainable – giving expression not just for the peoples of these regions, but
in a universal sense. She has exhibited internationally including Italy, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Athens, Turkey and in
Ravisankar received a BA in Linguistics and a BFA in Painting from Ohio State University and recently earned an MFA in Painting
at Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries at Pratt Institute as well as McCaig-Wells Gallery and
ZONE:Chelsea. Her work is shaped and influenced by various themes in mythology, folklore, family, South Indian cultural history,
feminism and femininity. Her work incorporates materials such as elephant dung paper, turmeric and kum kum powder to create
depth and a sense of mystery. She takes family stories and transforms, reshapes and combines them with mythology to create
new myth-based images that combine Tanjore painting techniques with oil painting methods while also incorporating found objects
to create surreal explorations of personal history.
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Zakiya was born and raised in Harlem, New York City and graduated
from Manhattan College. In her early years at Bank Street, she
always enjoyed creating and appreciated artwork. At an early age, Zakiya learned the strong emotions and actions
that artwork can compel. She was heartbroken as a child when a passerby asked to buy her Lemonade poster from the school grounds
and it was later stolen! That experience did not dampen her spirits; she has continued to draw and paint throughout
her life, using it as a form of release. She also likes to sculpt, and has participated in various other forms of art, including Singing, Ballet,
Tap, Modern, Jazz, Afro-Brazilian and African forms of dance. Singing and painting are her most favorite forms of expression.
Her paintings are often inspired by her dreams and her inner most secret thoughts. She believes that if she has made the viewer
feel something, whether positive or negative, she has reached her goal.
works on a wide range of medium, oil, acrylic, Venetian plaster, mosaic, tiles and glass to name a few. Her topic of
work includes Dance, Yoga, Indian Mythology and Equestrian themes as well as compositions requested on any given theme.
Among her recent commissions are: an oversized mural on the theme of Coney Island Park at the Somerset Hills YMCA. It
is done in acrylic on drywall. Oil on canvas compositions based on “The Nutcracker”, ballet production for
the Broadway Dance Theater and Dance Express, Warren, NJ. Gotta Dance, also in Warren, owns two of her pencil
works on canvas. A landscape done in four oversized canvases is displayed at the Morris Union Jointure Commission, NJ.
Juan Carlo SuazoBorn in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Juan remains deeply
attached to his native country and its influence in every aspect of his artwork. Juan Carlo is a self-taught artist and began
working with clay at the age of 12 after discovering a pit of red clay in a baseball field behind his home in Puerto Rico.
At the age of 19 he purchased his very own kiln and began creating ceramic masks, jewelry and figurines. Juan Carlo has presented
his work at Craft Fairs, Flea Markets, Arts & Crafts Shows, Galleries, solo shows and has conducted several lectures and
workshops. His work has been represented by the Latino Arts Community, including solo exhibitions at Cemi Underground, NY;
Taina’s Touch Arts Connection, NY; River Bank State Park, NY and Colalex Gallery, NY. Juan Carlo is currently
working with papier-mâché making his own version of Vejigantes (Puerto Rican carnival masks), incorporating natural
products with recycled products.
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Born and raised in the South Bronx
to a Puerto Rican mother and Peruvian father, she is a prolific artist who is never at a loss for new ideas. She is
a painter, photographer and musician. The use of powerful brushstrokes with a zen like sensibility can be seen in her abstract
Intuituitive Art Studio
relationship with fire as a medium began with his fascination by flame and also by its by-product, smoke, which could be used
for marking surfaces. The mystery and power of fire is incredibly compelling, and the dual challenge control,
and freedom it represents. Fire is not only a medium, it is an element, and it creates an experience of profound communion
in creating art from something as alive as flame. It is part of nature, and the universal flow of energy linked through time
to ancient tribal ceremonies. Lawrence’s work process is connected to that power and history. The deep ceremonial
aspect of his work is termed 'Urban Rituals', which came from that sense of ceremony in the environment of a sprawling
urban vortex of energy. He is a Buddhist and Qi Gong practitioner, which involves ritual and keen tuning in. He
believes that it is necessary to find ways to connect -and to be connected- to that energy which spiritually feeds and sustains
Vallone was born into a family of traditional Korean artists who share a passion for creativity, expression and respect for
their Asian heritage. In addition to her Korean descent she is also Chinese and Irish. She graduated from Rutgers University
in NJ with a B.S. degree in English. Although Margo took formal fine art classes during college, Margo's most valuable
learning experiences stemmed from drawing alongside her mother, Chung Soon Fwhang-O'Dwyer. As it was these special
memorable childhood moments that created an artistic influence and encouragement that even today, continue to help Margo expand
her own creative mood and sharpen her artistic skill set. To add, Margo's 19 years as a marketing professional has
also broadened her creative sense by giving her another dimension of creative appreciation through commercially-driven art
and how such work can be leveraged to drive impact and influence within a given marketplace.
Ellen Yung O'Dwyer
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Ellen Yung Woods is an artist who resides in a charming horse town in New Jersey
where she enjoys caring for her own horses, taking in the area's pastoral scenes and ambiance that have collectively, have
become her strongest artistic inspiration. Raised and influenced by an Asian-American family of artists, Ellen has always
explored and appreciated creative expression. She has studied drawing and Oriental brush painting with her mother Chung Soon
Fwhang O'Dwyer, calligraphy with Marion Andrews and Joseph DiMare at theSalmagundi Club in New York City and with watercolors
with Lorraine Niemela in New Jersey. Ellen takes an active role in helping support the local arts within her county by creating
and executing fundraising events that help drive awareness and fund both artistic growth and appreciation.