Archive for August 2, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was born in Havana, Cuba in the year  1948. Mendieta was a performance artist also known for her photography. A famous series by the artist included replicating her silhouette in various locations.  This series is called the “earth-body” series. Mendieta also produced performance art and sculpture.

Below an example of Ana Mendieta’s work with her silhouette:

In order to escape Cuba, she and a sister were sent to the States. Mendieta was nine years old at the time.

Some of Mendieta’s themes were feminism, life, death, and her connection to the planet earth. The main series is the silhouetta series where the artist used her own body covered in mud, sand, grass, and even blood. She would then shoot photographs of these works and sold these.

In some works she even used fire as a medium and recorded the images on film.

For her collegiate education Mendieta attended the University of Iowa earning both a bachelors and master’s degree. A major influence during these times was Hans Breder. Below some works by Hans Breder.

Sadly Ana Mendieta died from a fall in 1985 from her 34th story floor apartment in New York City. Her husband was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife. The court said it was either an accident or a suicide. Mendieta was only 36 years old. Her husband was also an artist and below an example of his style, his name is Carl Andre.


One of the last series the work’s by the artist were photo etchings of some cave sculptures the artist made in her native of Cuba.

In this clip we visit a gallery show featuring Ana Mendieta.

Price range information; Works range from $3,000 to $170,000.

Below an example of the artist working with blood. Blood was important in the performing of certain religious rituals for Mendieta.


Artist of the moment…..Herbert Baglione

Herbert Baglione is a street/ graffiti artist that comes from Brazil. He is known for using a figure and sometimes aliens  in his work. Baglione has been commissioned to paint murals.  Baglione was inspired to paint by his older brother. A theme Baglione tries to portray is the coldness and competitiveness that burns in all of us. Death is also a recurring motif.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view the artist at work.

more of the artist at work!

Again we see Baglione working on a piece.

In this clip we view some unusual works by Baglione. He used his own blood to make these works.

A link to Herbert Baglione’s website:

Currently based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The artist gained much attention this year for a project that took place in Parma, Italy. The artist is working on a project where he will paint 1,000 shadows. The shadows are painted to show spirits leaping and jumping from vacant wheel chairs. An image from this recent work is below. What creativity!



Artist of the moment……Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Akiyoshi Kitaoka is a contemporary artist born in Japan in 1961 best known for his Op-Art. Occasionally the artist creates these works using digital media and the works not only simulate motion, but digitally some pieces actually do move giving Op Art and entirely new dimension.

What a great clip for a Friday afternoon, at my house anyway! Watch as a cat looks to catch the snake movement in this magic piece of artwork!  I watched this clip 4 times already!

For his collegiate studies he earned a biology degree from the Department of Biology at Tsukuba, Japan. Kitaoka went on to earn a Ph.D from the same university.

His breakthrough work was Rotating Snakes. This work contains many circles made up of individual shapes that actually seem to move the more you look at the work.

A link to see more of this artist’s work: A very well done chameleon is well worth the visit to this page!

Currently a Professor of Psychology of Letters at a college located in Kyota, Japan.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a great montage of works by artist:

Glad to see Op-Art is exploding in Asia like many other movements. Adding the digital enhancements also help the work become more alive and full of even more movement.


Artist of the moment…..David Ruben Piqtoukun

David Ruben Piqtoukun is another master Inuit carver born in Paulatuk, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1950. Piqtoukun creates art that I find blend of maori or african art and of course the traditional Inuit themes like a Shaman transforming into another creature.

Piqtoukun is renown as a sculptor but in the past has experimented with printmaking.

In 2000 was appointed to the Sculptors Guild of Canada.

Price range info: Works range from $500 to $11,000.

For me I love this type of work the most from Piqtoukun. Its a true mixture of man and beast, the beast in this case is a musk ox.

I love his mask work the most. Sometimes the artist splits the head into two different expressions.

Piqtoukun’s subjects often include birds.

David Ruben Piqtoukun has appeared in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada.

Another shaman work, Searching for Sedna (the goddess of the sea.) A mixture of man and sea!

And a wonderful sea monster created by the artist!

No more info on this artist but more Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment…..Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is a contemporary American photographer born in the year 1950 in Darby, Pennsylvania. I am sure you familiar with his most famous work! Its from the cover of the National Geographic magazine and shows a young Afghan girl on the cover. For his artistic education McCurry attended the Penn State University. McCurry earned a degree in the theater arts.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $60,000 for an image of McCurry’s famed Afghan gi

For the Afghan picture a brief recount of the time period. Its during the Soviet, Pakistan, and Afghanistan conflict. McCurry dressed up in local clothing and traveled to a rebel held location in Afghanistan. He left the location with rolls of film sewn into his clothes. When he returned home the pictures gave the artist a boost of fame and fortune. The pictures landed him the Robert Capa Award for Best Photography from abroad.

He became interested in photography whilst working as a photo journalist for the Penn State newspaper.

A link to the website of Steve McCurry:

Here we go with McCurry to watch him shoot some wonderful fashion models. What an awesome job he found for himself.

In this clip we take a behind the scenes look at the process McCurry uses to stage and take his photographs.

Steve McCurry appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Since 1986 the artist has worked with Magnum Photos.

One of his favorite films to shoot with was the Kodak Kodachrome.