In his words:
“I was born in Zimbabwe, Africa in 1981 and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After college, I worked as an actor and musician for the Santa Fe Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and the California Shakespeare Theater. I lived in San Francisco for 10 years, where I began my career in the visual arts. I have had a lifelong passion for drawing, painting, and sculpture since I first saw a copy of Michelangelo’s “Head of Leda” in the library. I am self taught.
I’ve been very lucky to have a wide variety of experiences. I was commissioned by Lexus to make a series of sculptures celebrating their emergence into Brazil. I designed and created custom pieces for Tiffany & Co for their Valentine’s Day window displays globally. My work in sculpture and education led me to be a finalist for the 2014 TED Fellowship. Ralph Lauren asked me to brainstorm modern, engaging, and minimal sculptural jewelry displays for their stores. I have created and installed large-scale public sculptures in four continents. My work has been shown and collected internationally.
I live and work in Lausanne, Switzerland.”
Website: Gavin Worth — Wire Sculpture
Source: Wire Sculptures by Gavin Worth
Delaware-based middle school teacher and sculptor Brian Marshall creates the Adoptabots sculptures from found and re-purposed materials. For someone who does this on the side, Marshall has an extensive collection of Adoptabots.
Adoptabots are robot figures created from discarded daily objects which are now ready to set on with a new life. Designer Brian Marshall decided that products which had ostensibly completed their desired taks did not deserve to rot in the landfill, so he decided to give them a new life in the form of artistic figures which maintain their original form, but also take up an entirely new shape.
Source: Adoptabots, the Brian Marshall’s Funny Sculptures
Shamsia Hassani (born 1988) is a female, Afghani graffiti artist, a fine arts lecturer, and associate professor of sculpture at the Kabul University. She has popularized “street art” in the streets of Kabul. She has exhibited her street and digital art in several countries including India, Iran, Germany, Italy and in diplomatic missions in Kabul. In 2014, Hassani was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers.
Hassani paints graffiti in Kabul to bring awareness to the war years.Despite the dangers, Hassani says her mission is to beautify the city with color amid the darkness of war and to expose people in Kabul to contemporary art, specifically graffiti as a form of social and political expression. In a place where art galleries are scarce, she does what she can to bring the gallery to the streets.
“Because I’m a girl, even if I don’t do art, if I just walk in the street, I will hear a lot of words”
“I make my paintings very, very fast because that’s what I’m used to in the street.”
“That’s the only thing that I want. To feel safe, to be happy, to make art and to feel free.”
Website: Official Website of Shamsia Hassani
Facebook: Shamsia Hassani
Source: Shamsia Hassani, Woman and … Afghani Graffiti Artist Edit
In february 2014, I posted about Ndary Lo, Senegalese Contemporary Sculptor.
Unfortunately Ndary passed away last week, June 8, at the age of 56, after a long illness.
I met him two times in 1998 and 2009, and it was a great “souvenir”. Just in memory:
Born in 1961 in Tivaouane, Senegal, Ndary Lo lived and worked in Dakar, the capital.
After studying English at University, he graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Dakar. Since 1992, he has been committed to ongoing research on the human being through the use of iron. His “Hommes qui marchent” (Walking Men), long metallic silhouettes, and his willowy women with featureless faces and stomachs filled with doll heads, have rewarded him with numerous prizes in different artistic manifestations.
In 1997, he was selected to participate in the exhibition at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Madagascar. He has won the Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor at the Dakar Biennial twice, in 2002 and 2008. He was also awarded the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des Lettres by the French Republic.
See you my friend…
“Internationally if you talk about street art and you talk about Australia, you’ve got to talk about Melbourne and Everfresh. And if you talk about Everfresh, you talk about Rone. He’s really helped put Melbourne on the map.“– Ian Strange, The Age Newspaper, 2014
Finding the friction point between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of Australian Street Artist Rone’s work. As a street artist best known for his haunting, stylised images of women’s faces, Rone (b. 1980) understands better than most that beauty can be fleeting. Seeing his artworks gradually worn away by natural and human elements has taught him to appreciate the unexpected beauty of an image as it begins to blend back into its more prosaic surroundings. Rone has gone from spearheading Melbourne’s fledgling street art movement in the early 2000s, as a member of the Everfresh crew, to being a celebrated fixture on the international street art scene. An inveterate traveller, his distinctive female muses have followed him around the world, on walls everywhere from New York, Paris, Tokyo and London to Christchurch and Santo Domingo.
Please take a look at the video at the end of the post.
Vietnamese painter Nguyen Thanh Binh (b. 1954) captures the shimmering essence of color which gives a sense of movement and elegance to his paintings.
Binh is greatly influenced by the ancient Chinese paintings tradition and old Japanese woodcarvings where space is an integral part of the composition. Binh’s work therefore has large areas of space which bring depth and serenity to his subjects. His paintings also explore the simplicity of Japanese Haiku poems and the Chinese alphabet. By omitting, little by little, the unnecessary details, Binh captures the shimmering essence of color which gives a sense of movement and elegance to his works.