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The purpose of art is to wash the dust
of daily lives off our souls. ~Picasso
Nick Paciorek (USA)
The city of Chicago (its colors, shapes and sounds) shaped young Nick Paciorek’s world.
As a teenager, Paciorek spent countless hours at art exhibits. He continually returned to his favorite, an impressionism collection at a museum in downtown Chicago. It was then that Matisse became his central influence.
As an artist, Paciorek aligns himself with a new generation of Fauvists. He uses broad strokes of brilliant color for their emotional impact.
Each of his pieces is a celebration of light and color, a vivid interpretation of his subjects. For him, choosing the exact combination of hues for each painting is foremost.
Large cities with active skylines, busy streets and hard edges are some of Pacioreks’s favorite subjects. He’s influenced by the relationship of one building to another and the immediacy of light hitting in a certain way. Painting cafés is another means for him to represent the mood of a city.
His favorite medium is oil on canvas. Some of his best original works are also available as limited editions canvas prints, hand embellished by him. He now maintains a studio in Providence.
A. Moreau (France)
Aurélie Moreau calls herself a citizen of the Universe, a daughter of the Sun and of the Ocean.
She was born and raised in Paris alternately by her mother, a painter, her father, an architect, and an uncle who was a painter and engraver, and who very early on initiated her into the secrets of drawing, with daily exercises.
At the age of 13, she was already working with clay. After high school, she attended “l’Ecole de Beaux Arts” in Paris for three years, then “l’Académie de la Grande Chaumière” for one year.
She worked in architecture for a while, which she found very enlightening. At the same time, she met with the French sculptor René Coutelle and started carving stone under his tutellage in his workshop/garden in Paris’ 20th district. She also practiced African dance in Le Marais.After this, she gave up architecture and went back to sculpture. Aurélie is constantly striving to express deep feelings or visions through her art.
She speaks all the langages of sculpture: giving permanency to a concept with clay, then translating it with bronze; carving wood, giving life to stone.
Her recurrent themes are reflection, balance, taking flight, elevation, water, the Universe, opening up.
She lives and works in Lyon, France where she also teaches the rudiments of sculpture.
About water, one of her major themes, she says:
“Water is poured from one container to the other. Water dissolves in water.
Water always returns to its sources or to the sea.”
Hessam Abrishami was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1951. he was greatly influenced by the ancient history surrounding him in his childhood. Seeking freedom from the limitations imposed on contemporary Iranian society, Hessam left his home country to expand his knowledge and awareness of the outside, changing world. His quest for artistic excellent took him to Italy where he began his higher education at the Academia di Belle Arti Pietro Vanucci in Perugia, Italy.
Hessam Abrishami is master of vibrant colors, dynamic composition, and powerful expression. He has been professionally contributing to the contemporary art scene for more than forty years. Today, Hessam has countless private collectors worldwide and has exhibited in over 100 one-man shows, over 25 International Exhibitions and multiple museum exhibits. Some include Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran, Museum of Arts and Sciences Daytona Beach, and Museum of Contemporary Art of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Hessam’s oeuvre has become much more than a grand collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. It has become a legacy.
Marieke Rolland (USA)
Marieke Rolland (USA) was born in the Netherlands in 1951. She graduated from Hervormd Lyceum, a language school in Amsterdam. She moved to the USA in 1972, got married, worked in real estate and became a part time tennis teacher, while pursuing her passion for the arts, and for decorative painting in particular.
Currently residing in South Florida, Marieke sees life through a happy and abstract lens, full of color and with a passion for composition.