French artist. Sam Szafran was born in Paris in 1934, a son of Polish Jewish immigrants. He grew up in the Quartier des Halles. As a child, he knew that art was what he wanted to do. During World War II he was hidden in the countryside and later in Switzerland, but returned to Paris in 1944 to live with his mother. He was captured there by the Nazis and sent to a camp in Drancy. He was freed by the Americans and then left Europe, spending four years in Australia. He returned to Paris in 1951. Following abstract beginnings at the Atelier de la Grande Chaumière, where the young artist studied under Henri Goetz, he discovered pastel in the early 1960s. From now on this technique has been dominating his work either alone or in combination with charcoal or watercolor. The numerous series of staircases, jungle-like greenhouses and studios ("Ateliers") are the result of his obsession with mastering perfectly the somewhat anachronistic technique of pastel.
Moïse Kisling (1891-1953) polsk-fransk målare.
från 1910 bosatt i Paris. Ursprungligen kubist, utvecklade Kisling sin stil till en realistisk uttryckskonst utan att binda sig vid någon speciell skola. Mest berömda är hans aktstudier, men han målade även andra figurbilder, landskap och stilleben.
Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton, PRA (3 December 1830 – 25 January 1896), known as Sir Frederic Leighton between 1878 and 1896, was a British painter, draughtsman and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical, and classical subject matter in an academic style. His paintings were enormously popular, and expensive, during his lifetime, but fell out of critical favour for many decades in the early 20th century. At age 17, in the summer of 1847, he met the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in Frankfurt and drew his portrait, in graphite and gouache on paper — the only known full-length study of Schopenhauer done from life. When he was 24 he was in Florence; he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, and painted the procession of the Cimabue Madonna through the Borgo Allegri. From 1855 to 1859 he lived in Paris, where he met Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Millet.
kinesisk-amerikansk konstnär, författare och konstkritiker. Han är känd för sina realistiska målningar av tibetaner. Chen tog examen från China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Eftersom hans farfar flyttade till Taiwan med den nationalistiska regeringen hade han också medborgarskap i Kina.
artist, writer, and art critic. He is well known for his realist paintings of Tibetans. Chen graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Because his grandfather moved to Taiwan with the Nationalist government, he also had citizenship in the Republic of China. He moved to the United States in the 1982 and became a citizen there. Chen is well known for his Realist paintings and garnered critical acclaim for his portraits of Tibetans. His earliest artwork from the 1970s included sketches, and Chen learned oil painting in secondary school. In 1976, he traveled to Tibet, the place where has a significant influence to his future art developments. The trip to Tibet inspired him to make a number of paintings about the ethnic minorities of the nation ('Tibetans paintings/series')
Jamie Heiden is a photographer first. She gets the most satisfaction out of taking a picture. But when she sits down at her computer, the beginnings unfold. Most of her finished images contain multiple photographic layers. Dodging, burning, boosting contrast and adjusting exposure were all tasks performed in the darkroom that are now tools she has at her fingertips using the computer. What would have taken hours in the darkroom can be done and then undone in half the time, not necessarily making the completed process any shorter but allowing for ten times the amount of experimenting within. Her titles are an integral part of her images. She loves the journey words allow us to travel.
Lotte Laserstein (1898 – 1993)
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was a German-Swedish painter. She was an important artist of figurative paintings in Germany's Weimar Republic. The National Socialist regime and its anti-Semitism forced her to leave Germany in 1937 and to emigrate to Sweden. In Sweden, she continued to work as a portraitist and painter of landscapes until her death. The art works she created during the 1920s and 1930s in the context of New Objectivity in Germany constitute the highpoint of her career. Christened as a child, she grew up in an assimilated German-Jewish household. She received her artistic training at the Prussian Academy of Arts (Preußische Akademie der Künste), which she entered only a couple of years after its admission of female students. Here, Laserstein studied under Erich Wolfsfeld. In her final two years at the academy she advanced to one of his 'Atelier Meisterschüler' or 'star pupil'. This entitled her to her own studio as well as free access to models.
(1894 – 1984) British painter and etcher, successful as a portraitist in the 1920s–1940s. His artistic career was short and his output limited because his eyesight began to fail in the 1950s, but his work is on display at the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Gallery and Imperial War Museum. Encountered in reality, Frampton’s paintings emit charisma and grace, as well as a compelling, if unsettling, sense of the uncanny. Frankly, they are in a different league to almost all the other pictures by his contemporaries in the True to Life exhibition. Aside from anything else, the smooth polish of his flawless technique – often, he would work on a single painting for an entire year – is jaw-dropping.
Belgian illustrator and surface pattern designer based in Israel. She loves to create fun and simplistic images, using humor. Dekel's style, which creates shadow effect by playing with color tones, is reminiscent of Alex Katz. Dekel, who sometimes reinterprets an object with his own visual language, sometimes chooses the striking one belonging to a moment in daily life and imagines the whole through it. In works where people play the leading role, the audience feels the emotion intensely.