Artists & Designers
Diana Muller grew up in a studio/ gallery, surrounded by artists. She was educated by artists. It’s all she ever wanted to do.
She has worked in most mediums but her favorites are oils and pastels due to their flexibility. She draws a lot of inspiration from the rural landscape in which she lives, the people she knows and the places she travels to as well as literature, mythology and dream imagery.
“Due to the method I use. My process is heavily dependant on chance. I like unpredictability, Every time i start a new painting there’s a sense of trepidation, will it work this time? Every piece is going to be different, I can never replicate a painting , no matter how hard I might try. Color, tone and composition are, for me , about one thing, balance. Creating a harmonious whole is my objective.”
Ronaldo Aguiar was born in 1971 in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1997, he graduated film school. That same year, he directed a short movie called “The Tell-Tale Heart”, inspired by the homonymous short story by Edgar Allan Poe. In 1998 Aguiar dedicated his life to photography and entered photography school. There he studied among photographers, Joel Meyerowitz, Elliott Erwitt and John Dugdale. Aguiar’s photographs observe relationships between humans and their environment. “I try to create situations where I draw a thin line between reality and fiction by working with photographs through different subjects and different cameras,” The artist states. “I use medium and large format cameras, mobile and toy cameras, and in some works I use embroidery, collage, alternative photographic processes, and printing in non-conventional supports, as well as video.” Aguiar currently lives in Sao Paulo Brazil, where he is represented by Lume Gallery. Soho Photo Gallery represents the artist in New York City.
Michael Hassoun was Born in Paris, France in 1971. At the age of 18 he emigrated to Israel where he earned a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in 1995, an MSc and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He currently works as an assistant professor in Industrial Engineering. Pursuing his interest in photography, in 2001 Hassoun began work ona series of photographic essays that deal with questions of Israeli Identity, cultural themes that have been hidden and distorted by the Israeli-Arab conflict over the years. He is married and the father of three.
Yutaka Houlette’s illustrations are inspired by, among other things… the ornate but often decrepit architecture of Baltimore (his current residence), the minimal aesthetics of Japan (where he grew up), his study of conceptual art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and his students’ drawings and stories.
Yutaka is interested in working with clients to create elegant and humorous illustrations for editorial, educational and narrative projects. If you are interested in collaborating, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paola Albergate was born and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Baltimore in 2003 to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art where she majored in Printmaking and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. Since graduating MICA, Paola has continued her art making and has been enjoying using mediums outside her major such as sculpture and photography.
Elizabeth Laudenslager is an artist living and working in Baltimore. During her studies at the Maryland Institute College of art she pursued both sculpture and photography, concentrating mainly on woodworking as well as architectural photography. During her senior thesis year at MICA, Elizabeth began experimenting with digital printing as well as a photographic transfer process using wintergreen oil. She created tactile, close-up images of animals in the museums of natural history in New York and Washington D.C. Elizabeth continues to work with themes of texture and abstraction by close proximity that she first used in this series.
Upon graduation, Elizabeth’s thesis work was displayed in the Summer 2009 show at the Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. A photography internship at the Mercer Museum of the Bucks County Historical Society brought Elizabeth back to her home in Pennsylvania for the summer of 2009, and in the fall she returned to Baltimore. She has since worked as a yearbook and sports photographer, the assistant manager of the MICA Postal and Print Office, and currently as a mold-making carpenter for a cement precasting company. Through continuing studies classes at MICA Elizabeth has been able to incorporate printmaking processes into her work, including woodblock relief printing, etching, and wood engraving. She is currently working with wintergreen transfers of digital pinhole images, and hopes to travel to Japan in the fall of 2012 to teach English as a second language.
Wesley Burdett has been making furniture since he was old enough to pick up a hammer. His first piece was built from scrap wood and was more what you would euphemistically describe as “sculptural.” Today, Wesley has greatly improved his technique. He continues to use recycled materials in his designs. Sometimes the re-purposed material is the primary element in the piece and other times it is merely the inspirational starting point. This has helped him explore new materials and the processes by which they are shaped and joined. He is especially interested in using recycled materials in unique ways that still work within a traditional design.
Wesley’s experience working as a lighting designer at the New York firm, Arc lighting, has further influenced the aesthetics, style, detail and versatility of his designs.
Dara Lorenzo was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1983. She attended West Virginia University for Painting, 2001-2004 and received her B.S in Printmaking from Towson University in 2008. Most recently, she has completed an MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Dara’s current work explores the claiming of spaces, through treading and marking. With a focus on the expressive forms found in carving, writing, construction and deconstruction, her work discovers the way we inhabit places and change them to suit our personalities and daily lives. Dara’s latest photography project involves collaborating with strangers who interact with places in a unique way. She develops her photography pieces through a photo-intaglio print process. To read about Dara’s work and some of the San Francisco artists in her circle, please visit KQED Arts.
Caroline Evans was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 where she studied painting and art history. Most recently, she received her MA in studio art from Eastern Illinois University where she began exploring new materials that help her to investigate surfaces of skin, scarring and corporeal ruins. She is interested in mimicking the process and physicality of surgical techniques in hopes of challenging the viewer to confront their own perceptions of beauty in relation to their own body. Currently, Caroline lives and work in Chicago, IL at the American Academy of Art.
Lauren Elyse is an artist with an inexhaustible passion for creativity, travel & learning. Conducting herself as one who sees no boundaries for what her art should be or the direction it should go, her paintings, illustrations & ceramics are a natural progression from life experiences and a curiosity that often leads to hours of research and insomniac tendencies. Guided by a love of color and drawing on inspirations ranging from some of her favorite artists throughout the ages, floral & fashion design, historical figures & events, the golden age of Hollywood, surfing & the ocean, her works are reflective of all the things that capture her wayward imagination.
Having trained in San Diego, California as well as at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Italy & Greece, her style can best be described as an erratic fusion of classical training meets globe-trotting girl influenced by the use of modern materials and techniques. Currently residing on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Lauren spends every single day creating, always grateful for the opportunity to visually express how she experiences life.”
Suzi Isakov, is an Israeli painter and Computer Science student. Born in 1988, ever since she can remember, she has held a paintbrush, pencil crayons or markers, and created art. “For me,” Suzi says, “art is like air for breath. A way that allows me express what is happening inside and recharge my energy levels. I once heard someone saying that “If you do not like something, paint it blue and throw it into the sea”. My point of view is different – I think you can paint your world with any colors you want, and create your new reality where the world is a wonderful place to wake up to every morning.”
Casper Ulvskov has hitchhiked across most of Europe, driven a motorcycle through Iran, survived a vicious mosquito assault in a Canadian forest, and volunteered on a kibbutz in Israel. He currently lives and works as an artist in Paris. Under the direction of the Italian artist, Manuel Baldassare – Casper has mastered many forms. His first exhibition took place in Denmark, and he has recently hosted two more exhibitions in France. In June of 2014 he will showcase his latest work in New York City. Casper is young and has the world in front of him. Who knows where his art will take him next.
Harry Kleeman is an artist/corporate monkey living and working in Brooklyn. He consistently pushes the boundaries of his own practice and invites viewerss to do the same. Do it. In this collaborative series, featured by Monologging.org, he pairs a classic performative facet of his own practice with that of web-tastic collage, attempting to mimic the growth, love and reality he sees present within Patrick Milian’s poems. Check out more of his work at harrykleeman.com.
Loreal Prystaj-“I am an artist with a camera.”
Loreal is a visual artist based in New York City. She was born and raised in upstate, Rochester, and has always loved visually creating; From illustrating painting to sculpting, to painting and photography. Her work is eye catching, full of movement, vibrant color, and is playful to all stretches of the imagination, with, at times, a dark twist.
Loreal Graduated from F.I.T in May of 2013, and since then has spoken at accredited Universities, such as NYU and The Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited, from California to Vermont, Upstate NY to Manhattan, and most recently at a pop-up gallery in Soho on the Lower East Side. Last summer her work was exhibited in Pinyoa, China, at the Pinyoa Art Exhibit. Her work has been published in CREEM Magazine, Icon, Niche, Hue and ArtBuzz.
Loreal continues to express her ideas through the eye of the lens, and to grow as an artist. She and her work are inspirational, complex, often simple, and continue to expand…
Brian De Pinto was born in New Jersey in 1985 tucked between the Pine Barrens and the Atlantic Ocean. He studied photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia before moving to New York City in 2010. Upon moving to New York, he took an internship at Milk Studios before being hired full time. This gave him the opportunity to travel the globe and work alongside some of the world’s leading fashion and portrait photographers, assisting with their digital capture workflow. In 2012, Brian left Milk to pursue independent opportunities in the photo community. In 2013, he began work as the digital archivist for The Richard Avedon Foundation where he became responsible for the scanning and creation of digital editions of Avedon’s work. This gave him access to a body of work spanning over five decades giving new insight into the role of the photographer in creating a physical record of time.
In 2014, deciding to focus on his own work, Brian took an extended trip to the Southeast Asian region to document critical issues in the area while working on his skills as a visual storyteller. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, Brian continues to work on personal projects and commissions domestically and abroad.