Hayk Matsakyan – Panorama City, CA – http://haykmatsakyan.com
My influences come first and foremost from everything I see, feel and experience in life, however I have always been inspired by remarkable work of the well-known artists of the past and contemporary art world. Most of my subject matter is focused on transformation of human nature through my own fantasy and depicted as imaginary characters and objects. Consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my unconscious always rules in my eternal art world
Karina Furhman – San Pablo, CA – http://www.karina-sculpture.com
Karina Furhman is a San Francisco Bay Area based fine artist sculptor focused on figurative and portrait sculpture. After receiving her MFA in sculpture she began her professional sculpture career.
Karina follows the traditional Beaux-Arts approach and methodology of figure modeling. Her sculptural approach is anatomically and structurally focused.
Karina feels that figurative sculpture is a form of art that can communicate very powerfully to the viewer. The culmination of the involved sculptural process into a finished piece can result in a work of art that the viewer can relate with and connect to on a powerful emotional and human level.
Two bronze casts of Torrey displayed in 2014:
National Sculpture Society’s 81st Annual Award Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, SC: Aug 16 – Nov 2, 2014
ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI: Sep 25 – October 12, 2014
Orlando Castro – Gurabo, Puerto Rico – http://orlandocastrioortiz.com
He is born on July 26, 1961 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. He possesses a Master in Fine Arts (Painting) (Academic Excellence Medal ) of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Enclosure of San Germán (2003) and a Baccalaureate in Humanities with concentration in Plastic Arts, (Magna Cum Laude) University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. His speciality is in Painting and Drawing.
Among his individual exhibitions in Puerto Rico are: (2012) “Mirada…” Peñuela Museum, Peñuela Puerto Rico; (2008) “Reminiscencias”, URY Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2006) Of the mythical thing … and of the arcane thing, Dilan Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico; (2004) “Amverso y Reverso “Gallery The House of Arts, San Juan; (2003) “…arropas de Cundiamores”” Museum of Art of Caguas, Caguas; (2002) “ …por un sendero entre mayas arropas de….” Gallery of the Department of Art, Interamerican University, San Germán.
Some collective exhibitions are: (2013) “Colectiva de Artistas del Valle del Turabo” , Museum and Center for Humanistic Studies, University of Turabo, Gurabo, PR. (2012) “Aduana”, “Casa Sede del Arquitecto”, Park Street, Santurce, PR, (2012) “Únete a este Ritmo … al Ritmo del Arte”, “Comisión Estatal de Elecciones”, Hato Rey, P.R.; (2012) Biennial Ponce Art, Ponce, P.R.; 2012) Effetto Biennale, Merida, Mexico 2012 (2011) Year End International Artist, Miami, Florida USA; (2008) Nude Nite, Orlando, Florida, USA , (2007) 10th Latin American Art Exhibition, Broward Community College, Florida; (2006) International Artist in California, Latino Art Museum, Pomona, California USA; 2006 ARWI Art and Wine Fair Puerto Rico Convention Center San Juan Puerto Rico; (2006) Hispanic Heritage in America, Museum of the Americas, Miami Florida USA; (2005) Sixth Collective of Artists of the Valley of the Turabo, Museum of the University of the Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico, International Fair of Gent’s Art, Belgium Pavilion of the Art, Frankfurt, Germany, Lounge Vald’Or, Paris, France . Presencia Boricua, Museum of the Americas, Miami, Florida, USA; (2003) There shows Native of Plastic Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002 Plastic Artists of the Valley of the Turabo, a Decade of Creation 1992-2002 University of the Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico; Forceful, Gallery Petrus, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Nominated as Best Collective Exhibition of Puerto Rican (AICA) (1991) ” Sixth Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Of The Beautiful Gallery “, Toronto, Canada.
Among his more important distinctions are:(2011) Best of the Show Award Year End International Artist; (2006) First Prize International Artist in California, Latino Art Museum, Pomona California USA; (2006) Honorary Mention Hispanic Heritage in America, Museum of the Americas Miami Florida USA; (2002) I Reward The Best first Individual Professional Exhibition, Critics’ International Association of Art (AICA); (001) The First Prize Painting (Medal UNESCO), National Exhibition of the Puerto Rrican Artist (ENDAPP), Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; (1984) The First Prize Painting and The First Prize in Draw, the XIth University Contest of Plastic Arts of the UPR, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.