To me, art is about gathering data and recording expressed moments that capture the essence of a scene. While I am primarily a figurative artist, I am increasingly interested in the play of abstract geometric forms that begin a painting. I use shape, value and color to expose the emotion and energy of my subject matter.
I grew up in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the heart of Denver and would continually watch how people interacted with one another, in good ways and bad. My paintings are stories of urban people; their struggles and joys, their emotions and their humanity. My work can be as simple as a portrait that captures the spirit of the sitter, or a street scene where a homeless person gathers their thoughts before their next move.
The art happens when the subject unites with form and color to convey feeling in a way that transcends representationalism—where a painting gives a real sense of person and place.
(b. 1994) is a Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley based artist focused on acrylic painting, photography, and graphic design.
Bryan’s most recent series of works, The Jacob series represents a transitional period in the artist’s life. By revisiting elements seen in his previous work married with hard iconography, Bryan measures the magnitude of his present verses his past. Ultimately the artist’s contemplations between what was and what is results in this brief encapsulation of his craft.
“Growing up in Japan, distinguished sensibilities, deeply rooted in its culture, may almost be a prerequisite for its people. In every aspect of my young life, I was surrounded by both and old and new aesthetic, many of which could simply be considered "customs" or "rituals." In the past 20 years, I have heavily been engaged with Japanese antiques, particularly textiles, folk arts, and crafts. Each artifact I have encountered and collected possesses unique beauty, based on the choice of materials and execution to become functional.”
”In those everyday objects, I often find the most sincere and genuine beauty and I am choosing a similar path to create something intangible in my own life. Every element of our lives is superimposed and layered with other matters and elements. Endless variations of pigments, complex textures, and organic forms and shapes are all my intended forms of expression. “
Christian Giordano Saponaro
A blossoming young artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Christian interprets the darkness in his mind through his art and uses this as a way to help him grow as a human. Everything about his work is honest. Christian uses boards of wood and dry wall that he finds in the back alleys of Logan Square as canvas.
“My paintings are typically seen as cartoonish, humorous or even garish - which can be true. My work is also conceptual, figurative, painterly and surreal. They reflect my perspective, my vision of our temporal world - identifying the absurdity of life and attempting to do so without pretense. I have a diverse body of work however consistent themes or subjects emerge. Humor is ever present and a driving force in my process.”
Roberto Munguia is a Mexican born artist who currently lives in Chino Hills, California with his son and wife. He has received various artist recognitions for his exceptional artwork and contribution to his surrounding community in L.A. for over 15 years. He is a self-taught artist who has been involved in numerous charitable fund-raisers that include health, social, educational scholarships and government service projects.
Roberto’s art work includes social, emotional, political and dream based artwork that connect in one way or another to the viewers life. His works are created through a variety of media which include soft pastel, oil paint, gouache, water color and others. Roberto Munguia is primarily a surrealist artist and with each brush stroke and use of color intensely expresses his feelings and thoughts to share with the world.
A jumbled collection of feelings, thoughts, and observations, undressed. The themes portrayed in Sam's art are ones that all kinds of people can relate with. Coming from a muddled but genuine place, they are full of mistakes, confessions, questions, disorder, contemplation, anger, love, and authenticity. The drawings communicate how similar we all are at the end of the day.
Born on the island of Yoron, Japan, has found infinite inspiration for his art from exploring the island and its coral reefs as a young boy. Ikeda moved to the U.S. in the late 1970s and went to the University of Colorado to earn his BFA and MFA. Since then Ikeda has lived and worked in Denver, CO and is a true pioneer in the budding Denver art scene. He is represented by the William Havu Gallery in Denver, CO.
Is known for her abstract stylized art pieces emoting jazz themes. Juliette's work is indicative of a path that has been traveled to wellness and healing. There is not only the theme of music, but also the blue people who are ever present in her work. The blue people represent the acknowledgment of Autism as part of her life. Javari, her only child, is autistic and it has had an enormous impact on their lives. So therefore, it is the same in her art.
From Tokyo, Japan, Mamiko a cultural educator and multimedia artist focusing mainly on Japanese calligraphy art (Shodo), prints, and animation. Mamiko also enjoys composing music, playing guitar, the sanshin (an Okinawan instrument), and singing which has allowed for unique music and art collaborative pieces.
His abstract sculptural installations are made of clay painted with acrylics. The works are inspired by dreams and nightmares and are suspended from ceilings to create the sensation of floating. At times Trujillo’s work represents hostility and depict visions of apparitions, other times they are serene and represent non threatening spiritual personifications.
Is an interdisciplinary printmaker. She often creates new forms and imagery by combining handmade paper with various contrasting materials, most often forged metals and wood. The materials become a metaphor for the Black body, speaking to vulnerability and tenacity, respectively. Her work attempts to challenge common perceptions and generate dialogue in order to challenge misconceptions that can lead to racial bias. Her prints, artists’ books, and installations reference trompe l’oeil--a French term meaning “deceive the eye,” under the auspices of finding a common entry point into the difficult conversation about race relations.