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2019 Contributing Artists

Painting Today at the MEAM

Painting Today | International Women's Day

Tanya Atanasova is a contemporary realist artist born in Pirdop, Bulgaria in 1978. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the National Academy of Art (Sofia, Bulgaria). Tanya graduated with the maximum score for final work and complemented her studies with one-year Erasmus-stay at Sint-Lucas Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium and a Master Class by artist Eloy Morales (Madrid, 2016).

Tanya has been a finalist in several Belgian national competitions such as "Painting of the Year—Belgium" 2013 and 2014, "Grote Prijs Piet Staut" 2017, "Ongezien" 2018 and has been selected for some of the most prestigious contests in the world, such as "Figurativas" at MEAM in Barcelona in 2017. She has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur (USA), PoetsArtists (USA), The Guide Artists (Spain), Artelibre (Spain), and Clatia (China). Her works have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and art fairs in Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Dedicated to big size non-traditional portraits, Tanya currently works from her own studio in Antwerp, Belgium—one of Europe’s most important cities for art and culture. www.atanasova.be

Kelly Birkenruth grew up in Northeastern Pa and attended Penn State University. After graduating she moved to Southern California and attended Otis College of Art in Los Angeles. She then continued her studies through workshops and private study with renowned artists such as Daniel Sprick, Steven Assael and Jesus Emmanuel Villarreal. Kelly’s painting Guarding Her Heart was exhibited at the Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in Wausau, Wisconsin. Her painting Homage to New York was exhibited at the American Women Artists 2018 show Perspectives of the American Experience at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, N.Y. Her painting Venus Contemplating Her Adolescence was exhibited at the PoetsArtists exhibition “Visions of Venus/Venus’s Vision curated by Dr. Elaine Melottis Schmidt in April, 2018 at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.

Kelly’s painting The City Awaits received the Award of Excellence at the American Women Artists 2017 Exhibition at the Tucson Desert Art Museum. She was also awarded 2nd place at the Portrait Society of America’s 2015 Juried Exhibition in the Still Life Category and Honorable Mention at the Portrait Society of America’s 2012 Juried Exhibition. She won Best of Show Award in the CT+6 2012 Juried Exhibition at the West Hartford Art League. She was a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon in 2011, 2016 and 2018. Her painting Limes and Laughs has been selected as a finalist in the Still Life/Interior category of The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition. Artists Magazine named her as Artist of the month for February 2017 and featured a profile of her for their online publication. Her work has also been featured in American Art Collector and Art New England. Her paintings are in public and private collections throughout the U.S She currently lives and paints in Central CT.

Melinda Borysevicz, a New York native, received a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA) magna cum laude. She was an active part of the Savannah art scene for nearly 20 years. In 2015, a chance encounter led her to her a small town near her ancestral home in Italy, where she now lives and paints, focusing primarily on narrative portraits and figures. Awards received for her work include a coveted Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s International Competition in 2013. Borysevicz has exhibited her work at Museo MEAM in Barcelona and Museo Pablo Serrano In Zaragoza Spain, at various venues in New York, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Texas, and Italy. www.melindaborysevicz.com

Jen Brown was born near Toronto, Canada in 1978. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and a Curatorial Diploma from York University in Toronto (class of 2004). She has lived in Japan and Mexico, and currently resides in Portland, OR, where she is active in the art community hosting a monthly salon, curating independently, lecturing at the People’s Colloquium, and regularly exhibiting her work. She is a self-taught painter; however her education in Art History bears insight into the subject and style of her narrative paintings. Brown was a finalist in the 2018 Art Renewal Center’s annual Salon Competition and is exhibiting with Poets&Artists at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in 2019. Her work can be found in private collections in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Australia. www.brownjen.com

Teresa Brutcher was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1955. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a BA in Studio Art and continued her studies at the University, San Fernando, in Madrid. While studying, she collaborated at “Grupo 15”, a well-known print studio and gallery in Madrid, where she learned etching and lithography from master printers, techniques which she employed during the early years of her career. She returned to the US in the early 80´s where she taught painting and drawing at Yavapai College in Northern Arizona. For the past three decades, she has lived and worked in the North of Spain showing her figurative oil paintings in museums and galleries including Spain, Portugal, Germany and the US. She is currently represented by the Ceferino Navarro Gallery (Granada), The Blueant Gallery, Madrid, and Espacio 36, Zamora.

Stephanie Deshpande (b. 1975) is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Deshpande graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art and has received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, RayMar Art, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. Her paintings have appeared in several issues of Poets Artists Magazine and in the book 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann. In 2014, the New Britain Museum of American Art acquired her painting “Assembling the Pieces” for their Post Contemporary collection. She is represented by Haynes Galleries in the U.S. and by Arundel Contemporary in West Sussex, England. www.stephaniedeshpande.com

Kimberly Dow has been gallery-represented and selling her work since she was 19. She has been published in PoetsArtists and shown in online exclusives through the Zhou B Art Center. The narrative figures, nudes, and portrait commissions she paints from her mountaintop studio in North Carolina hang in collections around the world.

Teresa Elliott is a contemporary realist who has shown in many galleries and museums nationally and internationally. The MEAM Museum in Barcelona, The Salmagundi Club, The World Art Museum in Beijing and The Butler Institute Of Art all have exhibited her oil paintings to name a few.

After completing a Fine Art BFA from the University Of Kansas she moved to Dallas, Texas working as an artist designing intricate scrollwork for Colt, Winchester firearms and Buck knives for an etching company. Soon, she saw an opportunity to become self-employed as a graphic designer and illustrator. Many years as an illustrator prepared her for her true calling as a fine art painter. In 2006, she had a sold out gallery show in Ft. Worth, Texas which launched her career and afforded her to devote every day to her studio practice.

Currently, she is working and living in the badlands of West Texas with a continuing fascination with agrarian, rural life in the Texas countryside. Her studio in the hills sits on a bed of ancient lava rock looking over a vast old ranch. teresa-elliott.com

With two decades of professional experience, Nanette Fluhr has created portraits that hang in private and public collections worldwide. She has received honors and awards from The Artist’s Magazine, The Catherine Lorilland Wolfe Art Club, The Art Renewal Center, The Portrait Society of America, and the School of Visual Arts, where she studied the techniques of the Old Masters under John Frederick Murray. During this time, she painted museum-quality replicas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her work has been displayed at The Salmagundi Club, The Butler Institute of American Art, The National Arts Club, and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also been featured in a special Workshop Issue of American Artists Magazine as well as in a six-museum exhibit on contemporary American realism in China. Nanette shares her knowledge through teaching at The Art League of Long Island and The Teaching Studios of Art.

Tanja Gant (b. 1972), a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) is a contemporary realist portrait artist who currently resides in Texas. Being self-taught she drew throughout her childhood and later on during the Bosnian war. Since becoming a full-time artist in 2010 she has won numerous awards in regional, national, and international competitions and has had her work exhibited in as many shows throughout the country. Her work has also been published in several books and magazines, most notably: PoetsArtists, Southwest Art Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine and a series of Strokes of Genius books. Tanja's work is in the permanent collection of the Art Renewal Center (ARC), as well as several private collections throughout the US.

Aleksandra Kalisz is a contemporary figurative artist. She was born in Gdynia, Poland in 1992. Currently living and working in Guimarães, Portugal. Studied Painting in Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk where she got a Master degree in the studio of Maciej Świeszewski in 2016. In 2014/15 stipendist of LPP Erasmus programme in Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Finalist of competitions in Poland, "Eibisch Prize 2018", “Ale sztuka!” and “Promotions” where she got a distinction of “Center of Contemporary Art in Toruń”. In 2017 she was selected for an Art Residency in Marrakech, Morocco. She took part in exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Her works are held in private collections in United States, Germany, Denmark, Morocco and Poland. Specializes in painting, drawing and installation. aleksandrakalisz.com

Lorena Kloosterboer (the Netherlands, 1962) creates contemporary realist still lifes, focusing on glass and ceramic pieces, sometimes accompanied by birds.  She studied at the art academy Beato Angélico in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During her thirty + year career Kloosterboer’s artwork has won numerous awards and has participated in over 100 gallery and museum exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Five of her bronze statues enjoy permanent public installation in Wassenaar, the Netherlands.

Recent exhibition highlights include Painting Today/Pintando Hoy celebrating International Women's Day, curated by Didi Menendez, at the Museum of Modern Art MEAM in Barcelona, Spain (2019), Galería Artelibre's twentieth anniversary exhibition 20 años en 20x20 held at the Palacio Bantierra in Zaragoza, Spain (2019), WTF at the PoetsArtists' booth, hosted by Sirona Fine Art, held at the 21st Annual Art Palm Beach International, Palm Beach (2018), We Are Food Exhibition held at Museum Jan Cunen, in Oss, the Netherlands (2018), 28th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show at Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado (2018), Size Doesn't Matter: Small Works Exhibition, curated by Susan Meisel, held at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City (2017), Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View at the 33 Contemporary Gallery / Zhou B Art Center in Chicago (2016), Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism, at the Albany Museum of Art, in Albany, Georgia (2016). 

Kloosterboer’s artwork has been published in US and international art magazines, including Southwest Art, International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, The Artist Magazine (UK), and PoetsArtists, as well as in several books and art catalogs, including the Dutch book entitled Beeldend Wassenaar, a children’s book entitled Artikel 12* published by the Center for Peace in Belgium, Lexi Sundell’s book Acrylic Artist's Guide to Exceptional Colour, Rheni Tauchid’s book Acrylic Painting – Mediums & Methods, the museum catalog entitled The Reality of Things: Trompe l’Oeil in America published by the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Dutch museum catalog entitled We Are Food published by Museum Jan Cunen, in Arte y Libertad XII published by Galería Artelibre, and she has been named as one among 100 most noteworthy women artists of the Low Countries in the art history book by Professor Katlijne Van der Stighelen entitled Vrouwenstreken, Unforgettable Female Painters from the Low Countries from 1550 until today (Dutch language, published in Belgium and the Netherlands).

Kloosterboer’s book Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide was first published worldwide in American English in 2014 and has since appeared in three additional languages under different titles and covers.

During the past several years Kloosterboer has regularly been writing art and exhibition reviews for PoetsArtists, as well as catalog and exhibition introductions, and engaged in several curatorial projects. Lorena Kloosterboer currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. www.art-lorena.com

Francien Krieg (b. 1973) is a Dutch artist who lives in the countryside in the middle of The Netherlands. She is living there with her two children and husband, working fulltime in her studio.

She graduated from the Royal art academy in The Hague in 1998, obtaining a degree in Monumental art, which brought her to think conceptually and during which she discovered her fascination for the human body. Francien Krieg expressed her thoughts in these academic years with meat installations and human skins made of rubber.

A few years later, she picked up her passion for painting at The Free Academy of The Hague. She expressed her fascination for the human body in paintings with unusual body perspectives.
Soon, her work was picked up by art collectors and art galleries. Her work became part of important Dutch art collections like the ING Collection and the former Scheringa collection. One of the better galleries in The Netherlands, Gallery Mokum in Amsterdam, picked up on the quality of her work and initiated a cooperation.

Francien’s career development brought her works to be shown at exhibitions like the art fair Scope Basel, the art fair Realisme Amsterdam, Robert Lange Studios in Charleston USA, From motion to Stillness Chicago at Zhou B art center, Townsend atelier Women painting women [r]evolution Tennessee US and recently an exhibition at Gallery Beinart named Strak realisme featuring Effie Pryer and Ville Lopponen .
In 2017, she was nominated for the Dutch Portrait Award and shortlisted for the Figurativas 2017 at MEAM in Barcelona.
Additionally, her work was published in the Austrian art magazine Milionart Kaleidoscope featuring a three-page article. Also recently, her work was in the family issue of PoetsArtists, curated by Shana Levenson and David Kassan. www.francienkrieg.com

Born in 1989 in Indiana, Rachel Linnemeier creates her figurative paintings in the medium of oil paint. In 2013 she completed her undergraduate BFA with an emphasis in Painting and a minor in Art History from Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis. She has studied in workshops with painters Alyssa Monks and David Kassan.

Rachel has participated in group exhibitions at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY, Abend Gallery in Denver, CO, and The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. In 2019 she will show in “Painting Today, International Women’s Day,” an exhibition at the prestigious MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector and in several issues of PoetsArtists. Through PoetsArtists she has participated in online exclusive exhibitions on Artsy with the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. Rachel currently lives and paints in Tucson, Arizona.

Alexandra Manukyan was born and raised in Armenia. She graduated from Fine Art College, and subsequently State Pedagogical University, where she majored in Teaching Fine Arts. 

Upon Immigrating to Los Angeles in 1990, Alexandra's focus turned towards fashion. She graduated from fashion school and worked in the industry for two decades, taking courses at UCLA, and private classes. Her experience in Graphic Design gave her the opportunity to branch into the entertainment industry by becoming a freelancer for movie posters for various agencies. 

Alexandra began participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions in 2006. In 2012, Alexandra left the fashion and entertainment industries to focus on fine art. Today, she teaches from her studio and creates artwork using the technical experience she has gained over the years. alexandramanukyan.com

Christina Grace Mastrangelo (b. 1983) grew up in Western Massachusetts. Immediately following graduation from James Madison University in 2006 (BA in Studio Art, Honors College) she moved to Florence, Italy to study at the Angel Academy of Art from 2006-2009. Christina has shown at The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, the Villa Bardini in Florence, and has had two solo shows in Florence as well as one at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Art in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her most recent awards were from the Art Renewal Center, Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, and the Salmagundi Club. She is currently represented by the Guild of Boston Artists, Williams Fine Art Dealers, Zhou B Arts Center (The New Nude, Artsy), and PoetsArtists (Adorn Me). She lives in Jacksonville, Florida and Wilbraham, Massachusetts with her artist husband, Nicholas McNally. www.christinamastrangelo.com

Dulce Menendez (Curator for Painting Today) also known as Didi was born in Cuba (1960) and is an American publisher, curator, artist, and author. She has been active on the Internet since 1995 including setting up poetry forums, podcasts, and creating online websites for various projects including buying domain names with typos such as www.mipoesias.com. Her poetry has been exhibited in I AMerican, and her digital video self-portrait at the Zhou B Art Center. Her publications have been featured in various Best American Poetry anthologies and THE Pushcart Prize. Her poetry has been published in various journals in print and online including Gargoyle Magazine and No Tell Motel. Many of the works she has published or shown have been acquired by private and public collections. She currently is actively pursuing exhibitions, creating social media content, and writing articles while overseeing the tribe at PoetsArtists at www.poetsandartists.com.

Megan Elizabeth Read (b. 1982) is an American figurative artist living and working in Charlottesville, Virginia. Though largely self-taught she began drawing at a young age and was introduced to oil painting quite early as well. Over the past years, her focus has shifted sharply from drawing to painting and she now works almost exclusively in oil with pieces ranging from small still life to large scale paintings focusing on the female form. Mae has exhibited nationally including multiple solo shows in her region and most recently has been included in “Painting Today/Pintando Hoy” in celebration of International Women's Day at the Museum of Modern Art MEAM in Barcelona, Spain (2019). Her work is held in a number of private collections and has been selected for several issues of PoetsArtists of which she is a member. www.maeread.com

Born in Jamestown, NY, Luanne Redeye grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at the University of New Mexico receiving her MFA in 2011. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the US and abroad, including Travois in Kansas City, MO, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, the Rainmaker Gallery in Bristol, UK, and the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain. She has been featured in First American Art Magazine and has also been a participant of various residencies including most recently the Truth and Reconciliation Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Luanne currently lives in Albuquerque, NM, and teaches at the Central New Mexico Community College.

Stephanie Rew (b.1971) is a figurative painter born in Carlisle, England and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rew earned a BFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and soon after graduating was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield Bursary. She was awarded the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art (RGI) Cuthbert Young Artist Award in 2008. Her paintings are included in the collections of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Standard Chartered Bank plc. Rew curated the Women Painting Women (R)evolution in the UK in 2015. Her paintings have received recognition from RayMar Art, BoldBrush, and International Artist Magazine competitions. She has been published in Practique Des Artes, PoetsArtists (100 Great Drawings and The Power of Drawing) and International Artist Magazine. Rew was a finalist in Scottish Portrait Awards 2018, ModPortrait 2018 and was awarded ‘Best Nude Painting’ in the 13th ARC Salon in 2018. She is represented by Thompsons Galleries, Fotheringham Gallery, UK and Galerie L’Oeil du Prince, France. She lives and works in Edinburgh.

Nadine Robbins is an internationally known artist who works in a photorealistic style, painting nudes, portraits, and still lifes of oysters. Robbins earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz and owned a successful boutique graphic design for many years. In 2008, she closed her business and devoted herself full time to painting, a medium in which she is largely self-taught.

Named one of Buzzfeed’s “Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now” in 2017 and 2018, Robbins has shown her paintings throughout the country and in Europe. She is represented in prestigious private collections including the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago and the Count-Ibex Collection in Germany. Robbins’ work has been shown at several of the premier galleries for hyper-realist art, including Louis K. Meisel Gallery and RJD Gallery. The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art (WMOCA) in Wisconsin; the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York (a Smithsonian affiliate); and the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, have all selected her work for exhibitions. Publications featuring Robbins’ work include Artsy, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and the Huffington Post. Nadine Robbins lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and son. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton, New York, represents the artist. www.nadinerobbinsart.com

Anne-Christine Roda, born in 1974, grew up in Paris and now lives near Geneva in the French Alps.
She studied art restoration and graduated with honours in 1997. She worked for about ten years for museums, antique dealers and collectors in France, and became  teacher in 2002 in an art school near Geneva. Responsible for the painting workshops for nearly 15 years, she began a more personal work in 2011. 
Her large portraits painted in the manner of the old masters describe men and women in their most sincere truth. She began to exhibit them in contemporary art fairs and was quickly noticed by Parisian galleries.
She exhibits in galleries (Paris, Geneva), art centers and contemporary art fairs (Mac Paris, St'art, YIA Paris...) in France. 
In 2015 she participated to the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Edinburgh and the Ulster Museum in Belfast.  The same year she won the Special Jury Prize at the Gemlucart in Monaco.
This year she is participating to the exhibition Painting today, International's women's day at the prestigious Meam in Barcelona, curated by Didi Menendez.
Artist's works were featured in publications ( Poets Artists, Hyperrealism Magazine, The Guide Artists, Miroir de l'art) and online on Artsy, Artnet, catawiki.
Her work is present in private collections in France, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong. www.annechristineroda.com

Viktoria Savenkova b.1979 based in Belarus. Gratuated from art college with honor in 1998 (Painting) and Academy of Art (Design) in 2003, Minsk,Belarus. In 2014 she went back to figurative painting working primarily in large formats. Finalist of the next competitions: 11 Arte Laguna Prize 16.17, Modportrait 2016, Modportrait 2018, 13 International ARC Salon 17.18. Viktoria has participated in international group exhibitions at: Arsenal, Venice (Arte Laguna Prize 2017); Abend Gallery, Denver (Annual Holiday Show 2018); RGD Gallery, New York (Woman Painting Woman 2018); New York (Single Fare 4, 2017); Pablo Serano museum in Zaragoza and MEAM Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain (Modportrait 2016); 'Zhou B' Art Center, Chicago (Chronicles of a Future Foretold 2018 curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta). Recent exhibitions include ‘Painting Today/Pintando Hoy’ celebrating International Women's Day, curated by Didi Menendez, at the Museum of Modern Art MEAM in Barcelona, Spain (2019).
Artist’s works were featured in PoetsArtists publications and online exclusives on Artsy and Artnet including Adorn Me, curated by Carol Hodes through the 'Zhou B' Art Center and Figurative Realism curated by Dirk Dzimirsky. www.savenkovaviktoria.com

Tina Spratt is best known for her paintings of the female figure, either in oils or pastel, her subjects are lost in introspection, or surrounded by the fascinating textures of a myriad of fabrics. “ I have always been drawn to the female figure in my work,” she has said, “ and I hope to recreate the beauty and integrity of a simple, everyday intimacy.” With an emphasis on beautiful fabrics or domestic scenes , she is influenced by artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Spratt currently lives in Somerset, England, and studied Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton. She has three times been a finalist in the prestigious International ARC Salon Competition, and also been awarded ‘Honourable Mention’ in 2018, she will be taking part in the Live Arc Salon touring exhibition for a second time this year. She has also been the overall winner of the Pastel Journal Pastel 100 Competition, and is proud to be included in exhibitions and publications by PoetsArtists. She is represented by galleries in the UK and USA. tinaspratt.com

June Stratton (b.1959 Honolulu, Hawaii), a self-taught oil painter, is known for representational figurative paintings that incorporate the female figure with natural landscapes.
Her work is collected by art collectors and art galleries internationally including recent solo shows with Robert Lange Studios SC and Distinction Gallery CA.
Select Collections include Bennett Collection of Women Realists, Texaco Incorporated, US Department of State, Bank of America, The Mayo Clinic, and The St Regis Hotel.
Recently published in PoetsArtists Figurative Realism, Issue #100. Also, American Art Collector, Cover, October Issue 2016
June Stratton’s studio looks over salt water marshes a few steps from her home in a lush sub-tropical coastal area near Savannah Georgia USA. www.junestratton.com

Vicki Sullivan is an Australian contemporary realist painter who lives on the Mornington Peninsula surrounded by the Southern Ocean on one side and Port Phillip Bay on the other. Vicki has been recognized as an Art Renewal Centre Associate Living Master and her work has been exhibited in many exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. She was invited to exhibit her work in the “Artelibre 20x20” exhibition at the European Museum of Modern Art {MEAM} museum in Barcelona, Spain in 2019 and was Selected for the “Painting Now” Exhibition at the MEAM in March 2019. Vicki’s work was also selected for the Women painting Women, Men painting Men, show at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton New York.

Her work recently won an Art Renewal Center Publication Award in Collections Magazine, China and has also been published in online exclusive exhibitions with Poets Artists, including The New Nude, Anything but painting the figure, Adorn Me & Figurative Realism . Vicki’s Drawing has been selected for publication in Strokes of Genius Book 10, by Northlight books in the USA. She has won awards in Australia, the USA, and the UK. vickisullivan.com

Kimberly A. Torres (b. 1993) Is an emerging realistic portrait painter. In 2016 she completed her undergraduate BFA with an emphasis in Painting at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. She has apprenticed with Maria Teicher and currently works as a full time artist.

Kimberly has shown in local shows around the city. Such as the “Philly Let’s Connect” residency competition at The Barnes Foundation. Through PoetsArtists, she has shown at Jo Hay Gallery for “Studio 54” exhibition and has been publicized on buzzfeed for their list of “50 Badass Figurative Painters to follow on Instagram”. Currently she is showing in “Painting Today, International Women’s Day,” an exhibition at the prestigious MEAM - European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona. Kimberly currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pamela Wilson is an American contemporary realist artist. She received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was awarded a Regents Fellowship, the Abrams Project Grant, and a Regents Award for her Thesis Exhibition. She is currently Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna, CA, as part of the MFA Program.

Exhibiting consistently since 1992, her work has been the subject of 23 solo exhibitions, spanning the United States, and Australia. She has exhibited in many museums, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC, Customs House Museum, TN and a solo exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum, NY. Her work is included in many prestigious collections, including The Bennet Collection and Howard Tullman. She is currently represented by RJD Gallery, NY. She has held the cover of several prominent magazines in the recent past, including American Art Collector Magazine, twice.

Anna Wypych is a Polish contemporary figurative artist, her work is held in private collections such as The Bennett Collection, The Basil Alkazzi & Halima Nalecz Purchase Foundation; Marie Marek Pienkowski Foundation and Ergo Hestia group. Career highlights include representation in the permanent collection of The European Museum of Modern Art, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Museum in Gdansk, Poland. Wypych won the Grand Prix in the national Polish art competition The Artistic Journey of Hestia 2010 and The Pomeranian Artistic Hope 2011. She has been a finalist in the prestigious: the 13th and 11th International ARC Salon Competition; 9 Figurativas Painting & Sculpture Competition; 2nd and 6th Modportrait; and BP Portrait Award 2014. Wypych was published in such magazines as PoetsArtists, The Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, The American Art Collector, The Guide Artists, The International Artist, and „Artysta i Sztuka”. In 2018 her portrait of Stefan Zeromski was chosen by The National Museum in Gdansk for flag work of the exhibition "Wiatr od morza" as well as for the cover of reedition of famous writer's book. Wypych's paintings were presented in numerous Museums and Galleries worldwide. Since 2015 Recognized as the ARC Living Master the Art Renewal Center. Remain a member of Poets Artists Association since 2017. She lives and works in Gdynia, Poland. annawypych.pl

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