emerging and mid-career artists
DESPOINA PAPANDREOU, GREECE
She studied Ceramic and Pottery from 1994 to 1997 to Public art school of OAED of
Thessaloniki and at the same time she took private lessons of free drawing and painting
from a painter. This was the trigger to open a window for her and start wondering into
the art world.
After her graduation of the Ceramic and Pottery school she worked for a year next to a
famous ceramist of Greece. Then she started her own ceramic workshop which she had on for 3 years.
In 2000 she had to take on the family business and she became a Travel agent.
For some years she had to take a break from ceramics and painting, but
her main job as a travel agent helped her see many places around the world and be
She paint with her imagination. She loves painting strange and different objects, sometimes
even funny one's. What characterizes her work is definitely the vivid colors.
She enjoys also making sculptures, using new materials and techniques.
She wants her artworks to give joy to those who see them.
She hope you like her work and enjoy it.
Exhibitions: In 2021 she exhibited in ATHENS OPEN ART and her works are in
PERMANENTE EXHIBITION BENSUSAN HAN in THESSALONIKI GREECE.
SUKHADA DAS, INDIA
Born in 1980, in the Industrial Capital of India, Mumbai; Sukhada has grown up
with the work culture, beauty, hassle and the toxicity that comes with it.
Spending 40 years in this city has impacted her and changed her character in
many ways. Inherited artistic skills from her forefathers intuited her to see
herself as an artist and 7 years of bachelor and masters in Fine Art at J. J. school
of art molded her into one. She tends to express her emotions and attitudes
through her semi figurative paintings and sculptures. Botanical drawings and
lyricism in nature attract her. Although she has a taste for gouache, she also
likes to experiment with non-traditional mediums.
Last two years of pandemic brought a huge shift in her outlook. Her love for
nature resurfaced during this time and took a pleasant form on her canvases.
Sight of glorious water lilies in a remote destination inspired her to develop a
new style. Lotus mainly representing a flower of rebirth and water lilies being
the flower of love and hope; seeing them in painting rejuvenates the viewer in
this gloomy and grey atmosphere. The bright shades of pink, blue, violet and
yellow freshens the saturated mind.
MANUELA VIERA-GALLO, CHILE/U.S.A.
( b.1977 Rome ITALY), Chilean artist living in Brooklyn NY
"For the last two decades I have been preoccupied with visual narratives that are shaped through a distinctively feminie voice often trying to understand the correlation between instincts, reality and morality. I explore topics ranging from social instability, the American dream, domestic violence to surveillance and the rhetoric of belonging.
The protagonist of a woman keeps appearing in my series of paintings that I have been developing over the course of my career. She is characterized as someone who has a multitude of voices: the one who protests, the silenced one, the misrepresented, stuck in the family constellation, the sensual and the one who has to mask behind many shields.
I believe that my work fits into the New Surrealist aesthetics because I express intuitive and femenine realms in my paintings often including themes containing sexual tensions, mysteries or games. I have portrayed in my work stylized protests of nude women against the mechanisms of patriarchy that are pressing more and more towards us. For me the answer is often to render the unfamiliar and the ambiguous in bold colors offering fragments of stories to the viewer which are enigmatic and intimate at the same time.
The paintings that I have been developing the last couple of years often generate poetic, even humorous works while at the same time centering around the female body commenting on the struggle of everyday life as well as the constant fight for social and personal freedoms. In the selection of work I have submitted you can see the uncanny imagery of my imagination where I explore the human figure often depicting dismembered or distorted bodies.
When I paint in front of the canvas I try to demolish rational thought. Even though I step into a world of fantasy I still try to touch upon collective concerns such as the protest movement of women, motherhood, body shaming and emotional violence. You notice in my paintings the motif of the mask where I investigate how an individual changes their personality to conform to social pressure, abuse or harassment. I depict desire through mysterious encounters between humans and animals including very bold and bright colors. Often the canvases are infused with eroticism blending with ambiguity of fragmented forms. In my work I try to reveal the fraught sexual and psychological forces which are hidden just beneath the surface of reality."
She have been showing internationally, having Solo Show: Core Club, New York, USA (2020) Aninat Gallery , Santiago Chile ( 2019) Public Sector Art Basel, Miami USA (2017), Volta Art Fair (2016), Y Gallery, New York. USA(2015),SP-ART FAIR , SAO PABLO, Brazil ( 2014) La Central Gallery, Bogota, Colombia (2013), Aninat Gallery, Santiago, Chile (2013), Arteba Fair- Buenos aieres , Argentina (2012) ,PiNTA Fair, New York, USA (2011), Y Gallery, New York. USA (2010), Valenzuela & Klenner Foundation, Bogota, Colombia (2007), Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York, USA (2007), Die Ecke Gallery, Santiago, Chile (2006) ; Rebecca Container Gallery, Genova, Italy (2005); 24/7 Gallery, East End London, UK (2002). Animal Gallery, Santiago, Chile (2002).
Group shows at :Museo del Barrio,Art Museum of the Americas, Elizabeth Foundation, Cultural Center Recoleta Argentina. 5° Bienal do Mercosul, Portoalegre, Brazil, 10th Biennale of video and media Arts of Chile,Contemporary Art Musuem of Tamaulipas, CIF, Camden England. International Film Festival, Asymmetrick Arts Center, Chelsea Art Museum, East Asia Contemporary Museum or 5th Biennial do Mercosur, CCPLM Moneda Museum, Santiago,Chile, AC Institute NYC,S.E.C.S. LATINIDADES, Brazil, among others.
Residency at:Unlimited , New York, NY (2016) ,Residency Unlimited , New York, NY (2015) Residency ACE Hotel, New York (2015) Residency CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART FUTURA PROJECT, Prague, Czech Republic (2009) Residency FLACC WORKSHOP AND STUDIO FOR VISUAL ARTISTS, Genk, Belgium (2007)
Awards: Selection Public Art Basel, Miami USA (2017)Grand of acquisition, BIENAL DE LAS FRONTERAS 2014 DIRAC funding, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Chile(2009) Special Mention “Valerio Capponi" for the video RED CARPET, Adriatic Biennale, Italy(2006) Second place: III Biennial of Painting, Temuco, Chile (2000) Reviews Print: Hyperallergic, Art nexus, T Magazine (New York Times); Arte al Limite; La Panera; El Mercurio; La Tercera; Ultimas Noticias; La Segunda; La Opinión; Paula; Vivienda y Decoración; Deco Art; Cura Magazine, Artforum, etc.
ROXANE REVON, FRANCE/U.S.A.
Roxane Revon is a multi-disciplinary artist. She grew up in France and studied philosophy at La Sorbonne University (MA) before moving to New York where she started her artistic career.
For a decade, she has been working as an award winning theater director, scenographer and teacher (Columbia University, CUNY) while developing multimedia installations and visual arts. Her work interrogates our relationships to the “non human”, and especially plants. In her current PLANTHROPOSCENE installations inspired by anthropologists Philippe Descola and Natasha Myers, Revon stages new scenes and ways to see and seed a plant /people relationship in the here and now.This Fall, she was thrilled to be part of the LMCC Art Center residency on Governors Island. She resides in Manhattan and works both in Europe and the US.