Painting

Laura Bifano's whimsical nature

Growing up on Vancouver Island and spending summer weeks in epic surroundings (when going camping with the family in the middle of the woods) gave Canadian artist Laura Bifano a special sense of nature displayed in her vibrant, whimsical gouache paintings. An avid drawer since childhood, when she entertained her friends and family with her imagination, Laura fancies surrealist art, graphic narrative including Pokemon cartoons and retro video games, and “cheesy 70's science fiction”.

Laura Bifano, HunterLaura Bifano, Hunter

The imaginarium of Agnes Boulloche

Agnes Boulloche lives in a fantasy world (partially located in Ile de Re) where phantasmagorical creatures tell tales about humanity. Her colorful oil paintings full of elaborate allegorical details recall the Old Masters, while her art comes out as a unique mix of Modern Renaissance, contemporary Surrealism and Symbolism.

Agnes Boulloche, Licorne Rouge, 2005Agnes Boulloche, Licorne Rouge, 2005

Painting limericks: Duy Huynh

For Duy Huynh (pronounced Yee Wun) drawing was his way of settling in a strange world as a youngster immigrant. Years passed and the Vietnamese-born artist kept his childhood passion as a means of living after graduating from UNC Charlotte, North Carolina with a degree in painting and illustration.

Duy Huynh, Flightless Birds Of A FeatherDuy Huynh, Flightless Birds Of A Feather

Heather Mattoon's fashionable cats

"We should be more like cats: soulful, stylish, and entirely unconcerned with others’ opinions" says artist Heather Mattoon, motivating her lovely Cats in Clothes series of paintings. Each portrait shows a unique character, each cat having a distinct personality and an outfit to match. Also every art piece comes with a brief description, a teaser to a fun possible story.

Savannah by Heather Mattoon, Cats in ClothesSavannah by Heather Mattoon, Cats in Clothes

Girls with hearts on a sleeve

Nom Kinnear-King is a young British painter focused on female imagery, as projections of her passion for literature, travelling, folklore. Some of her works are results of special encounters; others are inspired by theatre, circus, and Balkan music, films of Jean Pierre Jeunet or famous artists like Toulouse Lautrec, Marc Chagall and Frieda Kahlo.

Nom Kinnear-King, Cafe RoseNom Kinnear-King, Cafe Rose

Optimistic brushes of color

Sad experiences can be very inspiring in art but Estera prefers feeding her creativity with happiness, meeting nice people, enjoying beautiful mornings with good cups of coffee. It seems familiar, so far, I might say. Estera is a young Romanian painter who uses acrylics, watercolors, colored pens, sometimes make-up, to create splendid, cheerful paintings.

Estera, Perfect MorningEstera, Perfect Morning

Melancholic vision of desire

Audrey Kawasaki’s artworks are based on splendid contradictions. Her painted heroines and heroes are erotic and innocent, young but wise, disturbingly beautiful, intentionally ambiguous. Audrey’s style is influenced by both Manga comics and Art Nouveau, her ideas being brought to life with unique, flawless painting techniques.

Audrey Kawasaki, My Dishonest HeartAudrey Kawasaki, My Dishonest Heart

Spring solo shows at London Miles

If you happen to be in London at the second half of March you must make a stop at the London Miles contemporary art gallery. UK's top venue for surrealist, pop, lowbrow, comic book and illustration art will put on show the works of two amazing American artists Stella Im Hultberg and Scott Belcastro.

"Fragmented is the highly anticipated solo show from Stella Im Hultberg. Her paintings are conceived in varying combinations of ink, watercolor, and oils on paper, wood and canvas. Her portraits of women are rendered in easy, flowing lines with soft hues that transcend the typical critiques of feminine beauty, inherent in today's self conscious society."

Fragmented, by Stella Im HultbergFragmented, by Stella Im Hultberg

Marie Larkin's unapologetic quirky girls

Inspired by fairytales and nursery rhymes Australian artist Marie Larkin creates dainty feminine art with a dark humorous twist. Richly colored and detailed like a lavish couture embroidery Marie’s oil and acrylic paintings weave quirky little narratives. Fragile, dollish heroines with fascinating eyes subtly wink at us as they get their sweet revenge.

Later Jack by Marie LarkinLater Jack by Marie Larkin

Monster trance

Before imagining cute and funny monsters, Shane Devries worked for Showpony Advertising agency, in Adelaide, Australia. This 26 year old artist was as an illustrator, did storyboards, magazine ads, postcards and posters, but ended his job in order to develop his career as a painter. His artworks are absolutely beautiful.

Shane Devries, Mother and ChildShane Devries, Mother and Child

Forceful feminine visions

I am very fond of surrealistic art, as a form of expressing pure, genuine emotions. That is probably why these otherworldly girls, painted by Lori Earley, gained my full interest. Born and raised in New York, Lori studied at School of Visual Arts from NY City and from 2004 began exhibiting her works all over USA and in Europe.

Lori Earley, Ms VLori Earley, Ms V

A story about little rabbits

I simply love Kristiana Pärn's drawings. Her cute forest animal-characters make me think of children books and imagine all sorts of stories like the unlikely couple taking a stroll (lady badger with mister rabbit) or the little bear brothers exploring the trees and perhaps, I don't know, getting into trouble and fighting with the foxes?

Kristiana Pärn, Rabbits in vermilionKristiana Pärn, Rabbits in vermilion

Dienzo's cute & creepy adolescents

I find Rick "Dienzo" Blanco's characters are delightfully charming. Creepy & Cute is what defines Dienzo's style in fine art, this American artist being inspired in creating his acrylic characters by his work for Disney, Mattel and Cartoon Network. His dark and odd young things are meant to intrigue and cause anxiety, also suggesting that we all have a darker side coming to the surface when we are expecting the least.

Dienzo, Bella RegrettingDienzo, Bella Regretting

Sylvia Ji and her sad fairies

Sylvia Ji constantly surprises us with her beautiful paintings. Focusing especially on feminine figures (perhaps her own alter-egos), Sylvia explores beauty, sensuality, social notions in provocative captivating artworks. Some of her heroines are, as I said before, symbolic reflections of her, others are fictional figures, juxtaposed with mystical landscapes, all bursting into passion and decay.

Sylvia Ji, Worm WoodSylvia Ji, Worm Wood

Among dreams and monster tales

Dan May's gentle, furry monsters have always maintained a level of humanity. And, surprisingly or not, May's recent collection, called "Into the wild" expands this humanity into a deeper emotional level. Living in Jacksonville, FL, Dan May has exhibited his haunting surreal visions in galleries throughout the US and abroad.

Dan May, Curious Dreamers Wander Thy SolitudeDan May, Curious Dreamers Wander Thy Solitude

Feminine icons and mythical symbolism

Kris Lewis grew up in a family that gathered seven brothers and one sister, and, although his father provided the artistic genes, it was his mother who actually influenced his work as a painter. She taught him about the importance of working hard, as he watched her raise an entirely family, after his parents' separation.

She encouraged him to cherish her Latvian heritage and that is until today a major influence in his work. Her mother's struggle has had a great meaning for him, and is probably the reason why women are a constant theme in his paintings. Both strength and fragility of them inspire and influence him in his quest of being a better human being.

Kris Lewis, Baltic SeaKris Lewis, Baltic Sea

Cars, vivid colors and ghosts

What I love most about Andreas M. Wiese's paintings is that each of them has a captivating scenario at its core. Whether is about old cars, lost cities, troubling, ghostly characters, each artwork opens a strange and unique world to the observer where all things are at the line between magic realism and surreal.

Andreas M. Wiese, The Emperor of Iona  (Der Herrscher von Iona)Andreas M. Wiese, The Emperor of Iona (Der Herrscher von Iona)

Caia Koopman's beautiful universe

She wanted to graduate in math but reconsidered and became fine arts major instead. And that was a really wise decision as Caia Koopman is nowadays one of the most appreciated young American artists. Born in Livermore, USA, Caia earned a BA at UC Santa Cruz, a place that also lured her to the local skateboarding scene.

Caia Koopman, The White RabbitCaia Koopman, The White Rabbit

Passionate about painting and life itself

Melissa Moss has a very interesting tale. In the past she worked in publishing, but a full-time job in that field didn't exactly trill her. Every day she felt more depressed for having to go over and over again to that job she didn't feel comfortable with. So one day she followed her husband's advice and quitted that job. And guess what? Afterwards, she founded her true passion in painting!

Melissa Moss, Too HappyMelissa Moss, Too Happy

True passion for fairytales

Michelle "Mia" Araujo is only 24 years old and has already astonished critics with her acrylic on wood paintings. Born in Los Angeles, Mia graduated Otis College of Art & Design and her works are being submitted in well-known art shows and galleries including Roq la Rue, Ad Hoc Art or Corey Helford Gallery. She also has a twin sister which is both her harshest critic and closest friend.

Mia Araujo, PersephoneMia Araujo, Persephone

Exploring mind's fears and obsessions

 Jonathan Viner's "Harem" collection explores themes of intimacy and vulnerability, control and voyeurism with its captivating, realistic representations of sensual girls listening to headphones; which, reminding me of John Fowles' s novel The Collector, are altered from independent individuals to vivid artifacts.

Jonathan Viner, IrinaJonathan Viner, Irina

Mysticism and sensuality with a fashion sense

It's hard to say that she's focusing on a certain area although sensual mystical women are her usual subjects. Martine Johanna's works are a combination of multiple feelings, sensations, and personal experiences. She also finds inspiration in the vastest of cultural, historical and mythological backgrounds she never ceases to explore.

Martine Johanna, DeeperMartine Johanna, Deeper

The magical world of sheepies and misos

If you're wondering what is Miso's art all about, I will tell you that her imagination is fascinated and stirred by ecocatastrophe, biology and evolution. Her strange creatures, subjects of her paintings, graphite artworks, ink drawings and sculptures, may be considered part of a new species, living here on Earth after an imminent catastrophe.

Miso, Teardrop 2Miso, Teardrop 2

Astonishing mind games

Nothing is what it seems at first sight. If you look closely enough you will see reality distorted in a beautiful, stunning way. Vladimir Kush's paintings and sculptures fascinate me. This talented Russian artist plays with our perceptions and makes startling connections I would never think possible.

Vladimir Kush, Breakfast on The LakeVladimir Kush, Breakfast on The Lake

A bouquet of positive sensations

It wasn't really "love at first sight". After trying various painting styles & mediums, Leonid Afremov decided it was time to focus mainly on oil painting and palette-knife techniques. Using rich, saturated colors his art is "alive and inspired by humanity".

Leonid Afremov, Amsterdam 5Leonid Afremov, Amsterdam 5

Can morbid be cute?

I would never have thought that creepy and cute could go together in a sentence. That was until I saw Kristen Tercek's incredible acrylic on wood paintings signed Cuddly Rigor Mortis. Jersey based artist, trained at NYU Film School lives in the woods with beloved husband and two chihuahuas, painting small pictures of "thoughts had in the dead of night".

Cuddly Rigor Mortis, MulliganCuddly Rigor Mortis, Mulligan

Sisters, farms and supernatural forces

Rural scenes, sad brides, strange sisters, crows, fire, superstitions and supernatural forces. These are what Andrea Kowch captures in her beautiful, mysterious paintings, shown all over in the United States and Canada.

Andrea Kowch, No Turning BackAndrea Kowch, No Turning Back

The new face of reality

Gage Opdenbrouw aims at painting "the exterior world in such a way as to evoke the mysterious richness & vastness of the interior world each of us carries within". Working especially with oil paints, this talented artist gets his inspiration from real life, but after studying and sketching his subjects he focuses on something not entirely visible. Because nothing seems to be what you thought, the second time you give it a glimpse.

Gage Opdenbrouw, Dead Couple, Dia de Los MuertosGage Opdenbrouw, Dead Couple, Dia de Los Muertos

Disturbing reality seen by Fred Einaudi

A happy woman carrying a devilish pan full of skulls, a little boy fishing a woman's corps out of the water, a girl analyzing a dead human fetus and many other troubling scenes are the subject of Fred Einaudi's dark paintings.

Fred Einaudi, The MermaidFred Einaudi, The Mermaid

Women, paintings and a Victorian self

Ray Caesar's paintings intrigue me in a way few artists do. You can consider them fantasy portrayals of beautiful, delicate youthful women, but if you look close enough you'll see that characters are not exactly what they seem to be. They are dark, sometimes cruel, they live at the limit between real and fantastic, subconscious life.

Ray Caesar, Arabesque, 2009Ray Caesar, Arabesque, 2009