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Lekha Singh channels her finely-honed artistry to expose life, death and the human condition. We experience her work as both serene and stunning. Singh has garnered acclaim for a body of work sourced from rich subject matter that challenges her audience to acknowledge and appreciate the familiar in the foreign and strange. Spanning multiple countries and diverse cultures, her work is a window to the world. Singh believes that within life's imperfection we have an opportunity to wonder and be amazed.
Lekha Singh contributed photographs to National Geographic’s The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope. Her major exhibitions — Created Equal, Nomadic Camera, African Journeys, and The Other Half: Women in Focus — have been shown in museums (including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.) and galleries throughout the United States. Lekha Singh’s work can be found in important private collections as well as public collections such as The Rubin Museum of Art in New York the University of California, Berkley, the International Center of Photography (ICP) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
– José Bedia
Painter / Sculptor
Jose Bedia is both a master painter and a multi-disciplined student of the arts. He studied at la Escuela de Artes Plasticas San Alejandro in 1976, and at el Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, in 1981. Bedia became the artist-in-residence at the State University of New York in Old Westbury in 1985.
Jose has trained himself through experiencing and studying tribal art and cultures both in the field and academically. From the age of 18, Bedia has immersed himself with cross-cultural customs and imagery that possess wondrous symbolic meaning. Whether he is living with the Sioux in North Dakota or witnessing the Holy Week Ceremonies of the Cora Indians in the Sierra Madre mountains, Bedia takes copious notes and sketches to supplement his memories. He also has a vast collection of tribal art and an impressive library. Upon his return to the studio, these become his muses for inspiration.
Jose Bedia won the 2010 Beijing Biennale with his celebrated work, “seguido por la tormenta intrepido”. His paintings are in many important private collections as well as the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Phoenix Art Museum, the PAMM, and many more. The artist currently lives and works in Miami, FL.
Dan Eldon was born in London, England in 1970. At the age of seven, a family move to Nairobi, Kenya ignited a lifelong fascination with the land and the people of Africa. Accompanying his journalist mother on her interviews, he observed the power of media to inform and inspire. His father’s work with local community leaders taught him how to transform ideas into action. As a teenager, Dan combined his passion for art, adventure and activism into a personal philosophy that he called, “Safari as a way of Life.”
Although Dan explored more than 40 countries, he was always drawn back to Africa. It was this love that would eventually lead to his death. On July 12th, 1993, Dan one of the youngest Reuters photojournalists ever, along with three colleagues, was stoned and beaten to death while covering the tragic conﬂict in Mogadishu, Somalia.
At 22, Dan Eldon’s safari came to a sudden end. However he left behind seventeen black-bound journals ﬁlled with drawings, writings and photographs… vivid collages that chronicle a child’s journey into manhood and a lifelong struggle with the forces of good and evil. While Dan’s photos are works of journalism, his journals are works of art… a celebration of adventure and a testament of desire to live life to its fullest. Now, through his art, sense of adventure and creative activism, his journey continues. And if the journey truly is the destination, then Dan Eldon has certainly arrived.
– DAMIáN SiQUeiROS
The photographs of· Damián Siqueiros illustrate his recurring concerns surrounding the construction of identity. Doing so by the represented elements, as well as the technique that he uses. Content and form are woven into a fabric of continuous reflection and open to questioning of· our self'-representation and the world – of what we consider to be essential and true. Each image constitutes the aestheticized shaping of a struggle that is at the same time intimate and social.
The creation of his images brings him to have a multidisciplinary practice: he becomes a make-up artist, stage designer, director, photographer and digital artist. The fist stage, the pre-production, concentrates on creating the character. The choices made on the styling and the make-up are fundamental. The photo shoots comes right after, either on the studio or on set. The last part of the process is the postproduction, where the image is slightly retouched or constructed according to each project. But most importantly it is an aspect of· the process where the images receive much of their richness of texture.
Based in Montreal, Siqueiros works with events and products in ways that are emotionally and visually engaging. Clients and collaborators such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ford, Cas Public, Vogue Mx have allowed him to create a visual voice that is specific to them and a form of sustainable advertisement: a kind of publicity that stimulates their public beyond a transactional relationship. Furthermore, Sequieros has a strong resume of exhibitions, residencies and distinguished awards within the field.
Photographer / Painter
BOSCAR is an Art project founded by Vicky Steckel. A collaboration between the artist and her subject - creatives with a kindred spirit resulting in a mixed media art revolution. With a diverse and expansive image making careers, Vicky broadens the scope with the undeniable urge to create her own wonderland. BOSCAR, from the performance art to the final piece, comes to life through the prowess of the creator's balance of abandon and constraint. The process includes live painting of people and objects combined with photography to create the final artwork. Vicky Steckel has been a makeup artist for the past 25 years and is represented by Bryan Bantry in New York. The artist resides in New York City.
– Misha Tyutyunik
Misha Tyutyunik is a Brooklyn based Contemporary painter working mostly in acrylics and mixed media. Born in Soviet Ukraine, Misha came to the United States with his family in the summer of 1991. He is a Pratt Institute Graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. Misha's art is figurative in nature, blending elements of pop culture with social/political satire. Misha blends graphic, figurative painting with sweeping landscapes and nostalgic environments that speak to the sensibilities of the human condition. Influenced by Social Realism, German Expressionism and Japanese prints, Misha utilizes subdued colors, intense brush strokes, and detailed patterns. Misha creates reflections of American culture that reveal deep personal hopes and fears. Be it a false sense of security or the inspirations that keep us fighting on, Misha delves into the human condition and psyche.
Besides being an accomplished painter, Tyutyunik has an extensive resume including a mural collaboration with prominent street artist SWOON on the famous Bowery Wall, a commissioned mural for NBC's hit show The Blacklist, numerous illustrations for Vibe Magazine, collaborations with Crown Royale, CAT Footwear, Coca-Cola, The History Channel and A&E. Tyutyunik was also commissioned by Amtrak to do a large backlit mural inside the Barclay's Center. Tyutyunik has just finished a towering 150 ft mural in SoHo commissioned by avid art collector and real estate developer Aby Rosen on his new hotel 11 Howard. Tyutyunik has exhibited his paintings all over New York, Austin, Miami and abroad.
– Fletcher Benton
For more than three decades, Fletcher Benton has been refining and redefining geometric sculpture. The result is one of the major oeuvres of our era. In art, geometry is almost always an appeal to timeless absolutes. For him, geometric form is not so much abstract as immediate, resourceful, alive. From blunt simplicity, he generates buoyancy. From disparity, unity.
Benton calls himself a "builder." His material is steel. His forms are geometric: planar, angular, circular. This material and these forms imply modernity. Steel, after all, did not become a common industrial material until the middle of the nineteenth century. Geometric forms, on the other hand, provide the structural premises of just about every building ever built, including the simplest hut. Fletcher Benton's work is nothing short of timeless.
Benton's work is included in the collections of the MET, Brooklyn Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Whitney Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stand=ford Museum of ARt, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Denver Art Museum, The Victoria and ALbert Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, The Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany, The Rockefeller Collection and many more.