Artist of the moment……….Street Artist Pastel

 

 

Pastel is a street artist and architect from the country of Argentina.

Pastel often works with flowers and landscapes as his subject matter. Arrowheads are another subject often painted by the artist.

Pastel’s government name is Francisco Diaz.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://pastelfd.com.ar/

If you like Pastel’s work be sure and check out floral painter Robert Kushner. Both artists plants and especially leaves have a fantastic sense of life.

Pastel’s wonderful flowers might be better than real flowers because they last so much longer!

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Artist of the moment……..Manuel Mendive

 

 

Manuel Mendive is a contemporary Cuban painter. Manuel Mendive was born in Havana, Cuba in the year 1944. Mendive works in multiple mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, and carving.

Mendive attended the San Alejandro Academy of Plastic Art.

Below we visit Tapaste, Havana and visit the studio of Manuel Mendive:

The artist tries to represent his west african and Cuban roots in his artwork. Sometimes he includes sand and human hair.

Mendive has been based out of Cuba for a majority of his life, but traveled to Africa for the first time in 1982.

Price range information: Prints can be found for $1,000. Watercolors from $4,000 to $20,000. Sculpture works range from $10,000 to $90,000.

The artist is renown for his performance art and body painting. In this clip we view several women that the artist painted:

Manuel Mendive is a wonderful example of contemporary art. I enjoy the narrative quality of his art which reminds of American artist Betye Saar. Both artists use items from every day life such as human hair to tell a story.

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Artist of the moment…………Kcho

 

 

Kcho is a contemporary sculptor, print maker, and mixed media artist from Cuba. Kcho was born in the year 1970. The artist attended the National School of Fine Arts located in Havana, Cuba.

Kcho’s government name is Alexis Machado. The artist has shown his work in Asia and North America.

As a youngster he was inspired by the art of Bruce Nauman.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.kchoestudio.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a montage of works by KCHO:

Kcho tries to use items from the current culture of Cuba. Boats and boat parts such as a propeller have been a favorite subject matter over the years for the artist.

The artist is based out of Cuba.

Below a great story on how Kcho helped to bring free WiFi to the people of Cuba!:

Kcho is one of my favorite artists when it comes to portraying the boat. My favorite work by the artist is his boat made out of books. We can take it for symbol that reading and acquiring knowledge is the key to getting to where we would like to be.

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Artist of the moment…….Danielle Mastrion

 

 

Danielle Mastrion is an American street artist renown for her portrait murals of celebrities. Danielle Mastrion was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Mastrion is pictured in the first image of the gallery.

Mastrion attended the Parson’s School of Design located in New York City.

The artist is currently based out of New York City.

Her artwork has appeared in the magazines Spin and the Rolling Stone. 

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.daniellemastrion.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view Mastrion produce a mural of the hip hop group Beastie Boys:

Mastrion paints in both oils and acrylics. The artist does public and private commissions and also paints for gallery shows.

I enjoy Mastrion’s use of color the most.

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Artist of the moment……….James Reka

 

 

James Reka is a contemporary Australian illustrator and painter. The artist was inspired by the graffiti and street art he saw growing up in Melbourne, Australia. Reka is a self-taught artist.

Below a great interview with James Reka in 2015:

Reka is based out of Berlin, Germany.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the James Reka:

http://rekaone.com/

In this clip we view another interview with the artist discussing a large mural he painted in San Francisco. This clip is from 2013:

Of the many artists profiled here Reka reminds me of Barry McGee. Both artists create characters which are very animated and full of life. Its also great to see the face and figure with such abstract shapes.

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Artist of the moment…….Chris Burden

 

Chris Burden was an American sculptor, conceptual, and performance artist who got shot and nailed to a car all for art! Chris Burden was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1946.

In one of his best acclaimed series of performance art Chris Burden takes over television. Back in the beginning days of television it didn’t seem a regular person could appear on tube and its 3 channels.

Burden actually bought air time and challenged the idea of local programming. Here are his commercials from the 1970s that actually appeared on tv!:

The artist attended Pomona College located in Claremont, California earning a B.F.A. Burden also attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned a M.F.A. and studied with abstract artist Robert Irwin.

Burden often included architecture and bridges in his artwork.

Burden also enjoyed creating large metropolis cities that were similar to Los Angeles out of model toys and cars.

In this clip we see Chris Burden get shot. The artist grew up during the violent periods of the 1960s and Vietnam war. Here we witness Chris Burden get shot in the left arm by his assistant.:

Chris Burden passed away in May of 2015 at the age of 69.

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Below we catch up with artistic amigo James Kalm. We visit a show featuring Chris Burden and his famous piece titled the Big Wheel from a show that took place in 2013:

Burden was a fascinating artist capable of working in any medium. I enjoy his film works from the 1960s and 1970s the most. With the use of 8mm and 16mm film these works have wonderful home movie feel to them.

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Artist of the moment…….Emily Young

 

 

Emily Young is a British sculptor renown for her work with the female face and figure. Emily Young was born in London, England in the year 1951. Her family line includes famous actors, writers, and politicians.

Young attended many higher institutions to study art including the Chelsea School of Art and the Saint Martin School of Art. She also studied in America with the sculptor Robert White.

Young worked as a graphics designer in the 1970s and 1980s designing record album covers.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a wonderful montage of works by Emily Young:

Young has a wonderful style that blends the curves and forms of nature with that of humans.

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Artist of the moment………Tim Doyle

 

 

Tim Doyle is an American artist and illustrator renown for his work with famous landmarks seen in the movies and television. A great example of this is the classic image of Cosmo Kramer’s car from Seinfeld parked in front of the diner made famous by the series.

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In this clip a brief interview with Tim Doyle:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.mrdoyle.com/

The artist is based out of Austin, Texas.

Doyle has had a very successful career as a commercial artist working with companies including Lucasfilm, of George Lucas and also the major comic book companies Dark Horse and D.C. Comics.

The artist started his own printmaking studio company called Nakatomi Inc.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment……….Tom Fruin

 

Tom Fruin is a recycled materials artist renown for his work with found plexiglass. Tom Fruin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the year 1974.

In some earlier works the artist composed his found art with discarded drug bags.

Fruin attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned a B.F.A.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Fruin finds inspiration in the art of Piet Mondrian.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.tomfruin.com/

In this clip the artist tells us about a piece based on map:

The artist has been part of exhibitions in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we take a closer look at a water tower made by Tom Fruin:

What a unique and interesting style. I can easily see the comparison to Piet Mondrian. Like Mondrian, only more contemporary!

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Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Hanksy

 

 

Hanksy is an American street artist based in New York City. Hanksy works with images that are similar to the famous artist Banksy, but with Tom Hanks’ face on most bodies. On a few occasions the artist has used other well known celebrity icons.

Hanksy enjoys playing with words using puns.

In this clip we view Hanksy’s first exhibition in Los Angeles, California:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below we view a wheat paste up made by Hanksy featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan:

Below a link to the website of Hanksy:

http://www.hanksy.com/

What a wonderful style of street art! I really enjoy his use of puns.

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