Archive for September 16, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Joram Mariga

Joram Mariga was one of the first generation of Zimbabwe’s shona sculptors. Joram Moriga was born in the year 1927 in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. The artist’s parents were both artisans. His mother was a potter and his father a wood carver.  Mariga is given credit for being the first shona artist to work with the green stone called soapstone.

Mariga was married four times and had eight children.

Started carving professionally in 1957. By the late 1960s Joram Mariga was considered the finest of all the shona sculptors.

Mariga’s art has graced the covers of national stamps in his homeland of Zimbabwe.

Joram Mariga passed away in 2002,  from injuries sustained in car accident.

Mariga was vital to the careers of many second and third generation artists of Zimbabwe.

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Mariga is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.


Artist of the moment……Street artist Max Zorn

Max Zorn is street artist from Amsterdam, Netherlands  that uses packaging tape to make his incredible art. If you are visiting Amsterdam you may see some works of Zorn in the Dampkring and other well visited locales. The artist began to use tape as a friend of his was in the field of designing cars, this was done quickly and effectively by using tape to make a general outline of their idea.

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The brilliance of the light as it shines thru his work is tempered by how many layers of tape the artist includes. Zorn thought the lights of Amsterdam with their golden hue would be perfect for his tape art.

In this clip we view the Max Zorn at work via time lapse photography:

In this clip a detailed interview with Max Zorn talking about his artwork:

A link to the website of Max Zorn:

What a great use of tape!


Artist of the moment…..Sidney Gordin

Sidney Gordin was born in Chilyabinsk, Russia in the year 1918. Gordin was a painter and sculptor dealing with modernist design and simple geometric shapes employing the rectangle in many works.  His family moved to the United States in 1922.

For his artistic education Gordin attended Cooper Union located in New York City.

Elected to the National Academy of Design in the year 1993.

Was part of the teaching faculty at the University of California Berkeley from 1958 to 1986.

Sidney Gordin passed away in 1996 at the age of 77 years old.

Many works are made of wood and then painted.

Gordin is included in prominent collections of the Whitney Museum of New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

In this clip from Goss Sullivan galleries we view some works from a show about the artist given in 2009:

price range information: Most works priced between $3,000 and $100,000.


Artist of the moment……Ashivak Adla

Ashevak  or Ashivak Adla is a very young but experienced Inuit artist born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada  in the year 1977. He enjoys carving bears, birds, and shamans in the midst of transformation. Both the artists parents were professional artists. Two brothers are also professional artists.

Was inspired to carve by his family members and also by watching the master artist Nuna Parr as he worked on his signature bears.

price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

First exhibition was in 1988 at the age of eleven years old.

One side of his family tree his  grandfather was the renown Inuit artist Aoudla Pee born in 1920. Below a great example of Pee’s work. Pee enjoyed carving bears and seals.


His other grandfather was also a professional artist named Kalai Adla.  Kalai was an artist who enjoyed depicting animals. Below an example of the work of Kalai Adla.


Below we see a great work by Ashevak Adla:

Another work by Ashevak Adla:

Ashivak Adla is based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada.


Artist of the moment……Roberto Cardinale

Roberto Cardinale is a wonderful artist whose work is a great example of art plus architecture. Cardinale was born in Pueblo, Colorado. Sorry no date is available.

Roberto Cardinale builds remarkable buildings, religious in nature, out of wood. The buildings aren’t an architectural rendering or model, they are built from love and appreciation of the style of architecture involved. Its his artistic representation of the buildings that makes them truly great works of art.

The wood is aged to give a great feeling of timelessness by the artist who paints, sands, and scrapes the wood to get his desired aged look.

In keeping with painting or making art with what you love, Cardinale is a great example as he was a Benedictine monk for half a decade.

For his collegiate education he studied math and physics whilst being a monk, he earned bachelors degrees in both. Cardinale went on to earn a masters degree in art from the University of Northern Colorado.

price range information: Most works range from $2,000 to $8,000.

What is great about this artist is his knowledge of the subject. I encourage you to check out this link to the Jane Sauer Gallery of Sante Fe, New Mexico that represents the artist. You will find not only pictures, but a brief background of the style of architecture and where the building was located.

Roberto Cardinale is based out of Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Cardinale has been a professor at the collegiate level.

In this clip we view the artist at work: