ARTISTS REVEAL THEIR BREAKTHROUGH WORK | MICHAEL VAN ZEYL

My Magnolia series started when I was painting a model in my studio in profile the same day my Magnolia tree was blooming. The blooms were so beautiful and I wanted to preserve them. I was at a point where I wanted to take the look of my work from classic to more contemporary. I liked the idea of fusing figure and portrait with nature and looked to the garden of florals I had planted in my yard for inspiration.

10 QUESTIONS FOR ALEKSANDRA KALISZ

Aleksandra Kalisz 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 received a Masters degree in the studio of Maciej Świeszewski in 2016. In 2014/15 stipendist of LPP Erasmus programme in Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a finalist of competitions in Poland “Ale sztuka!” and “Promotions” where she received 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 the United States, Germany, Denmark and Poland. She specializes in painting and installation.

ARTISTS REVEAL THEIR BREAKTHROUGH WORK | JULIE BELL

Julie Bell was born in Beaumont, Texas. A former competitive bodybuilder, Julie applies the same discipline and intensity to her art career. Her knowledge of anatomy has allowed her to imbue her figures of humans and animals with grace and strength. At the heart of her work is an element of empowerment and independence.  She has been named a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center

10 QUESTIONS FOR MIGUEL ANGEL MOYA

MIGUEL ANGEL MOYA was born in Valencia in 1970. He began his Fine Arts degree at the Facultad Politécnica de Valencia in the late 80s, giving up two years later, disappointed by the method of teaching at the Faculty. Around the same time he met the realistic painter Francisco Ugeda, in whose workshop he learned the technical fundamentals of painting. In 1992 he has his first exhibition in Denia, Spain. Moya also studied the Violin receiving an advanced degree in the discipline. He combined painting with his work as a musician for years, but left the violin in 2002 to fully focus on his career as a painter. Since then, Moya has exhibited his work across Europe, United States and China. In 2008 he has his first solo exhibition in Madrid (Santiago Echeberría Gallery) in 2011 he had a solo exhibition in New York.

10 QUESTIONS FOR SHAINA CRAFT | PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW

Shaina Craft is a visual artist living and working in Chicago. She graduated with an MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2015 and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Shaina creates figurative oil paintings and works on paper that explore contemporary and classical techniques.

Shaina's painting "Wonder" was recently on view at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art for their inaugural exhibition, curated by Alyssa Monks. She has also recently received the Blick/InLiquid Microgrant for her series of Petite Paintings. She recently exhibited in Winged Woman; the Art of Arlene Love and Contemporary Parallels at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown in galleries across the United States as well as the Affordable Art Fair NYC with SaatchiArt. Shaina exhibited in a group show of drawings at Lacey & Phillips curated by InLiquid in early 2017. Shaina’s work has been recognized by publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, and PoetsArtists.

10 QUESTIONS FOR ERIN MILAN | PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW

Erin Milan was born in a small town in Kansas. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles where she studied painting. After a hiatus from painting to focus on having children and on family, she is painting full time from her studio on Mercer Island, near Seattle. Milan’s high realism figurative oil paintings explore desire, nourishment, and loss, and what it feels like to be human. She hopes her work expresses the value of the human, and especially female, form. Her work has recently been exhibited at RJD Gallery in New York, the new Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Sirona Fine Art, as well as Suzanne Zahr near Seattle for a solo exhibit.