PoetsArtists was inspired by the poem by Frank O'Hara Why I am Not a Painter. This poem resonated with Didi Menendez who is also a poet and artist. To her, publishing is an art form just as is painting and poetry. Born in Havana almost a year to the date after the Revolution, she was raised thinking always in duality of both the customs of the country her family left behind and the one she loves, digs her hands into and calls home. She works from a tiny desk in the Midwest filled with big ideas and her canvas is the world wide web. She wears many hats at PA including editor, curator, writer, web designer and publisher.
Previous Curated Exhibitions
Dutch-Argentine artist Lorena Kloosterboer (the Netherlands, 1962) creates contemporary realist still lifes, focusing on glass and ceramic pieces, sometimes accompanied by birds.
During the last 3+ decades, Kloosterboer has participated in over 100 gallery and museum exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, winning numerous awards. Her artwork has been published in books, catalogues, and US and international art magazines, including Southwest Art, International Artist, and American Art Collector. In 2014, Kloosterboer’s book entitled Painting in Acrylics—the Indispensable Guide, was published worldwide under different titles and in several languages. Five of her bronze statues enjoy permanent public installation in Wassenaar, the Netherlands.
Walt Morton has thirty years experience in advertising as a designer, art director and creative director. His personal art-making includes photography, film, and oil painting. He writes cultural criticism and fiction. Among his favorite influences are long working associations with tattoo legend Ed Hardy, critic John Berger, and the painter Phil Hale.
Steven DaLuz isknown for figurative works and imagined landscapes, largely usinga process he devised with metal leaf, oil, and mixed media. Born in Hanford, California, Steve retired from the Air Force afterliving 13 years abroad. He completed a BA degree in Social Psychology, and an MA degree in Management, before earning a BFA in 2003. His drawings and paintings are represented in private and corporate collections in 30 States and overseas. He was a featured speaker at The Representational Art Conference, 2014, and his work was in the International Masters of Fine Art exhibition in 2014. He has exhibited internationally, and his work has been published in Art in America, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Huffington Post, Encaustic Art, ProfessionalArtist, the International Drawing Annual, and The Artists. DaLuz was a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Hunting Art Prize. He is represented by An Arte Gallery in San Antonio and The Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, Az.
Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He received a Mas- ter of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. Sergio’s work has been subject of solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy, Mexico and Vienna. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, Cairo, London, Korea, Mexico and the US. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among other public and private collections.
Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt
Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt is the co-curator of The Bennett Collection, a collection of contemporary figurative realist paintings of women that she co-created with her collaborator and spouse, Steven Alan Bennett. She is a student of classical mythology and well-known presence among collectors of figurative realist paintings. Portrait credit by Katie O'Hagen
Feminist painter Daena Title's colorist, expressionist work centers on the seductive force of modern female icons. Her work, which reflects the on-going love/hate relationship between women, societal standards, and self-esteem, has been shown in gallery and museum spaces since 1998, including recent group exhibitions at The Oceanside Museum, the Riverside Museum, the Torrance Art Museum and the LA Art Fair. Title is proud that her work has been showcased in several PoetsArtists publications and shows, is included in the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Online Feminist Art base and the Tullman Collection of Chicago.
Victoria Selbach is a contemporary New York painter best known for her powerful life-size nude depictions of women caught at the intersection of light and shadow. Selbach’s gaze is directed through a deep connection to the women who bring their complex identity into the moment, and carry their unique strength and presence into the painting.
The complexity of light surrounding and emanating from the subject is investigated through a unique approach to seeing and painting – one that involves breaking down the light into layers of color and restructuring them, one pigment at a time, in multiple layers, to create her signature luminous glow and pools of rich shadow.
Alia El-Bermani received her BFA in 2000 from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach CA, where she also taught for several years following. This talented figurative painter has had several solo exhibitions. Most recently in 2016, Texas A&M University’s Reynolds Gallery featured over 20 paintings in a solo exhibition titled Natural Forms & Figures. El-Bermani’s work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country. Her paintings and drawings have been showcased in museums such as the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina.
In 2015 her painting Paper Wishes was acquired by the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM), in Barcelona, Spain for their permanent collection. In May 2017 she will have work featured in the Alb in Polasek Museum in FL. She is also a seasoned instructor who has taught at both the college and workshop level. She currently teaches ongoing classes at her teaching studio in Raleigh, NC as well as workshops around the country.
She has been honored as a guest lecturer at several universities including East Carolina University, Meredith College, Laguna College of Art and Design and Texas A&M University as well as for the 2016 Symposium for Women in the Arts. El-Bermani is a member of the Portrait Society of America as well as a co-founder of the important blog Women Painting Women. Several articles and interviews have been featured in such periodicals as American Art Collector, iArtistas, PoetsArtists, ArtSee, Art Week, The Independent, the Savvy Painter Podcast and LA Weekly. She currently lives and works in Apex, NC.
Daniel Maidman is best known for his vivid depiction of the figure. Maidman’s drawings and paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. His art and writing on art have been featured in PoetsArtists, ARTnews, Forbes, W, Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, American Art Collector, International Artist, and Manifest. His art criticism appears regularly in The Huffington Post. He lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York.
Art Collector Randel Shadid
John Seed is a professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California. Seed has written about art and artists for Arts of Asia, Art Ltd., Catamaran, Harvard Magazine, International Artist, The HuffingtonPost and PoetsArtists. An archive of his writings can be found at www.johnseed.com