Jose Enrique Portas – Rochester, NY – http://www.jportas.com
Having been born and raised in a small town named Montortal near Valencia, Spain, provided a quiet background for my childhood. Though I studied Music at the Conservatory of Music Maestro Vert in Carcaixent (Valencia) Spain during my formative years, in the end it was Art that captured my full attention. I obtained my Bachelor and Masters of Fine Art at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Though I work in many mediums, Oil Painting is my area of focus.My works are an interpretation of a voyage to self discovery seen through the eyes of retained memories. Memories are the driving force that sculpt these paintings. When placed onto the canvas, the sequence of these memories intermingle to expose, at times, a sense of uniformity while, at other times, a juxtaposition of emotions, perceptions and melded reality.
Like dreams, overtime memories may become distorted to the point of unrecognition or misinterpretation. They may take on a form of their own. Suddenly the past intermingles with the present and becomes what seems to be an inevitable future. As with dreams, memories can be disconcerting or comforting. As with dreams, memories may be riddled with symbolism and an uncomfortable sense of the unknown or lucid with certainty and a secure sense of knowing.
It is my intention that the absence of spoken words transform my pieces into a text for others to read.
Steven Steinman – Atlanta, GA – http://www.stevesteinmanfineart.com
Steve Steinman received his B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. He also holds a Master’s degree from both the Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, where he taught before moving to Atlanta, and received his doctorate from Capella University. He has also shown in galleries and museums both across the country and abroad such as: The Hunter Museum of American Art, the Centro Cultural De Buenos Aires, Buenos Aries, Argentina, American Cultural Center, New Delhi, India, The American Center, Mumbai India, Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn, NY, and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans