I grew up in Mexico City, where my dad and I bred a collection of close to 70 birds – mostly songbirds. As lovers of both music and nature, this was our way of converging the two ~ and to keep our surroundings as pure as possible while living in the big city. Since then, birds have been a source of inspiration for my paintings.
"I grew up thinking that one ought to paint and draw like a man. Then as I got to know what men and women are like, I thought that really one ought to try to paint like a god. Now I think I ought to paint like a human being." ~ Maria Kreyn
Making a quick dismissal of Valls’ work because it seems a bit kinky and a little disturbing would be to wildly underestimate these paintings, which are much, much, deeper than superficial erotica.
Consider the work of Spanish artist Dino Valls, trained as a surgeon yet who upon graduation made the decision to focus all of his energies on painting. But be forewarned: Valls does not ease into his subjects; he works forcefully and seemingly without fear. Or is it precisely because of personal fears that he makes these incisions?
"The juxtaposition of the probable with the improbable creates a sense of magic. The artist’s role is to create those moments of wonder which open doors to possibilities." ~ Tom Chambers
Consider the paintings of 22-year-old Teresa Oaxaca, a classically trained aritst who layers elaborate costumes onto her portrait subjects ~ as well as onto her own body. By all rights, what we take in before us ought to be thick with disguise. But are they? Or is the psyche somehow rendered even more transparent to the viewer's eye?
"After playing with prepared guitars, and later prepared mandolin, I realized that perhaps I could create an instrument that would suit what and how I wanted to play" ~ Wilhelm Matthies
"Living on a mountain as a kid was not easy. I was a depressed child, and I had to go through a lot of painful situations. However, now I understand I was blessed to have stepped in the mud, looked at wild animals, and smelled rain in woods. It became a spiritual place in my head, and I wanted to share that feeling with the audience." ~ Joanne Nam
"With the Internet and the advancements in technology and equipment, a new breed of moviemakers is evolving. This helps in making it an art again – it makes it democratic. It has been a long time coming, but now the technology and quality of the image and sound have surpassed storytelling. Now we need to relearn now to tell stories. We are still telling old stories."
~Matteo Marchisamo-Adamo, Hollywood filmmaker, musician
"If only I had parented differently, if only I had been a better child, if only I had been more desirable, then the addict would never have chosen their addiction over me. The truth is that addiction is a complicated process that no other person can be responsible for, only the addict. To believe otherwise is at the heart of codependency."
~Andrew Nargolwala, psychotherapist
I don't do paintings of pretty girls smiling with flowers in their hair. I rather do a painting that delves into the psyche of the individual, that literally and figuratively raises people up. ~ Ryan Shultz
"Street art is an artistic movement, a reaction to materialism. Yes, everybody wants to have the latest iphone; but maybe we need also to be together. It's a basic human desire. To come together as a community to create an artistic experience...It's like a little miracle: everyone can do something from the heart, from the spirit. ...You don't need to be an official artist to be involved in creating art or be in the artistic spirit."
~Cedric Le Borgne, installation artist, sculptor; Toulouse, France