MEET THE ARTISTS
Being a good artist is the toughest job you could pick, and you have to be a little nuts to take it on.
I love them all.
GIULIANO BEKOR: Internationally recognized photographer holds a portfolio that includes fashion, beauty, celebrity, advertising, and fine art.
Works of his series Modernismo, Transendece and ECHOES are currently on display in our showroom.
Modernismo was conceived between 2012 and 2014 as a series of pure photography, marrying elements of the historical pop art movement and raw, undulating forms of the human body. Patterns become the focal point as lines of the body become the canvas, Modernismo celebrates optical illusion coupled with vibrant color, within a unique and malleable interpretation.
Electric and sensual, ECHOES captures the interplay of oil, water and organic materials as they bleed together in an languid environment. Shot in- camera with no special digital effects, this series renders a shape shifting and often kaleidoscopic vision of sexuality, rapture, creation and transcendental experience of bliss. No two frames are alike. Colors dissolve like an audio vibration that shifts and collides with its surroundings.
With 30 years in the industry, Giuliano has perfected his craft to an exceptional level of expertise. Composed of light, color, space and form, he brings ideas conceptualized in his own imagination into reality throughout his work. Currently living between New York, Los Angeles and Europe, Giuliano is often on the move traveling for work and inspiration. Always the restless visionary, he never ceases to continually express his fresh and nuanced style.
To be even more impressed, go to his website: www.giulianobekor.com
ELIZABETH ORTIZ: Artist prodigy chameleon of the fine & decorative
Her Hommage A Giacometti Sculptures are currently on display at our showroom.
Elizabeth was born into a family of successful artists and designers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a region known for its rich blend of traditional and contemporary art inspired by its landscape, culture and history. Her grandmother founded Nambe Mills in 1951, a company which grew to produce high end home accessories now sold worldwide in stores like Bloomingdales, Macy’s and all other “A” stores. Elizabeth’s parents later owned and operated Nambe Mills, including art galleries and foundries, which produced the works of famous artists. Elizabeth was trained in the family businesses in various media and techniques. Her talents evolved further under the personal tutelage of many well known artists and design professionals.
Inquire for custom commissions and her exquisite lighting line.
Visit her website for a closer look at her versatile talents: www.elizabethortiz.com
DOUG DAFOE: A seasoned woodworker and fine craftsman based in Santa Barbara, convinces with his geometric wall sculptures
Doug’s wide range of work, informed by many architectural movements, predominantly Mid-century, also engages bold Art Deco patterns. He playfully incorporates stylized shapes from ethnic Mayan, Japanese, Arabic, and Oriental artwork into his creations that range from 14 inches up to six feet.
His designs demand skill and accuracy; he has the experience and precision required to create the 150+ puzzle like pieces using multiple saws and jigs that make up his art works. He says “These creations have become an obsession, from the first thing in the morning when I get up…”
MARTIN NIELABA: Fine artist, innovator and inventor
Martin Nielaba was born in Warsaw in 1963, and spent most of his life in Germany, Switzerland and France. Currently he is splitting his time between his studios in Burgundy and Warsaw.
He moved to Germany in the early eighties to train professionally at the world-famous fencing center in Tauberbischofsheim and to study at the Sports Academy in Cologne. He then changed his career path in 1985 to completely devote himself to his passion – fine art.
Nielaba’s paintings are not only the result of preserving in the medium the projection of his own imagination, but above all, his work is a consistent study, aimed at grasping the most basic aspect of the multidimensional animation of the seemingly lifeless solid mass. He explored painting on a variety of surfaces, using self-developed tools and techniques, analyzing the process of motion through the dynamics of form. His works are the result of the absolute simplification of form and the transfer of knowledge from contemporary science to the universal language of visual art.
Thanks to the resin lacquer coating, Nielaba’s oil paintings can be explored not only through vision, but also by touch – a way usually forbidden by museums and galleries. His paintings have been, and are meant to be exhibited outside, in public spaces, in their original form, regardless of weather condition. This is a true innovation in the world of art.
His works of art are currently on display at our showroom.
MARISABEL BAZAN: Happy as a butterfly with almost “edibly” delicious 3-D art pieces
Works from her series SUGAR ISSUES are currently on display at our showroom.
A native of Panama, Marisabel Bazan’s art is influenced by the juxtaposition of life’s harsh realities and inherent beauty of the human condition that exists in every city and every walk of life. For this Latin artist, expression flows like an explosion of vivid colors articulating passion. Butterflies against hand-painted murals prevail in her artwork serve as transformative messages. In 2011, Marisabel was selected as Artist in Residence for the LeSportsac Brand. Her designs sold in LeSportsac stores around the world and were featured on Life Lift: The Oprah Blog. In 2012, Marisabel’s artworks also appeared at the Lalaland Art show in Panama and selling over 250 of her original art pieces. Marisabel Bazan currently resides in Los Angeles. She divides her time between L.A. and Panama, and continues to have sold out art shows around the world. Her collection Dream Big, was recently featured on one of the biggest billboards in Time Square as part of a massive animated collage exhibition “See Me Take over”curated by SeeMe. Most recently, she was commissioned to do a 26 ft Sculpture for the City of Arts in Panama, and also finished a large-scale wall mural titled “The Dance of the Butterflies” granted by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission of West Hollywood, California. The mural covers approximately 1400 square feet of wall with her signature butterflies that she describes as “symbols abundance, prosperity, and the freedom of the human spirit.”
For more sugar go to her website: www.iammarisabel.com
KLEVER: Russian non conformist painter
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From 1966 to 1977 Klever made a reputation for himself as one of the non-conformists most overtly critical of the Soviet state. Many of his paintings from this period can be described as nothing less than heroic- they are truly remarkable visual essays on the evils of the national security/surveillance state, propaganda and manipulation of cultural symbols, suppression of artistic and religious freedom, revisionist history, and unfilled promises for the future. All of them were painted, stored and exhibited not only at great risk to the artist and his associates, but also to anybody who sought to view them…..
Klever was expelled from the Soviet Union with 62 other political “undesirables” in 1977. Artists and other dissidents with their immediate families were packed onto planes making stops in Paris, Vienna, and Jerusalem. Many of his associates chose Paris, Klever and his family disembarked in Vienna, he maintained contacts in both cities for the rest of his life, frequently visiting Europe. Klever and his family eventually made their way to the United States, where they became citizens in 1982.
Go to this website for more details about the artist and his biography: www.kleverart.com