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Italian etchings 1 (ZALIANI, FARAONI, GORLATO)

Agostino Zaliani

This collection of engravings and etchings are designed and created by hand by Italian contemporary master, Agostino Zaliani, born in Pavia in 1932. These unusual compositions are executed in the traditional manner and are the product of a master's unfailing eye for composition, artistic integrity and craft. Rarely exhibited in the United States, Zaliani's etchings and engravings are released in extremely low editions and are pencil signed and numbered by the artist, accompanied by Certificates guaranteeing authenticity. Considered one of the most important of Italian engravers, Agostino Zaliani has exhibited in major museums and European Biennales.   

From 1977 in all important Galleries, Museums and private collections in Italy and Europe: Gabinetto dei disegni e delle stampe degli Uffizi a Firenze, Accademia dei Geogofili, Florence, International Triennialls of prints, Krakow, Polland, Museum Seledi, Milan, Italy, etc…

Zaliani receivced Prix Leonardo Scascia 2003 

Enzo Faraoni

(S. Stefano Magra, La Spezia, 1920 - Florence, 2017)

Enzo Faraoni is a great painter and engraver from Florence; he expresses the poetic everyday life of simple and concrete things throughout a delicate chromatic range. Among his numerous and prestigious exhibitions in Italy and abroad, there are the Biennali: International Art Biennale, Venice (1948,1950,1954,1957,1959,1961,1968), 959-61: 

The Parker Exhibition of Contemporary Italian Painting, New York, Chicago, S.Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas

Major official exhibitions:
2001 "Enzo Faraoni. Figure", Academy of Drawing Arts, Florence.
In 2011 Pitti Palace-Gallery of Modern Art has held an important retrospective titled "Natura e verità nella pittura di Enzo Faraoni", with catalogue. 

Still in 2011, "Enzo Faraoni. Il carico del segno", Academy of Drawing Arts, Florence.
2013 "Enzo Faraoni. Dipinti", Impruneta, Florence
2014 "Enzo Faraoni. Un "antico" maestro d'oggi", Sesto Fiorentino, Florence

MUSEUMS
Firenze, Uffizi Gallery – Department of Prints and Drawings
Firenze, Uffizi Gallery – Selfportraits Collection
Firenze, Pitti Palace-Gallery of Modern Art
Firenze, The Florentine Civic Museums
Monsummano Terme, Pistoia - Museo di Arte Contemporanea e del Novecento

Bruno Gorlato

  

Bruno Gorlato was born in Padua on 12 February 1940. In 1958 he graduated from the Art School of Venice and enrolled at the University of Architecture.

He began teaching Artistic Education in middle school, collaborating with architecture and urban studies. 

In 1967 he took part in the National Competition for the new Museum of Padua. In these years he deepens his experience as an engraver. In 1982 the Municipality of Padua organized the first anthology "La Favola Metafisica di Bruno Gorlato" curated by Giorgio Segato and Franco Solmi. 

In 1991 he created the large cloth painted for the Palio of the 10 Municipalities of Montagnana, preserved in the municipality of Masi. 

A few years later he was awarded the National Award for engraving "La Matita di Busan".

In 2003, the Province of Padua invited him to exhibit in Montreal and Poitiers on the occasion of the twinning between cities, a year later he was invited by the municipality of Freiburg in the Alten Rathaus. 

For "Il Mese della Pittura" of the Province of Padua he exhibited in Este paintings and engravings in two anthological exhibitions. Since 2008 he has been part of the "Dialogo" group of 10 Paduan engravers. 

In 2009 he was invited with the group "Dialogo" to represent Italy in the VI biennial of Novosibirsk graphics
In 2010 with the group "Dialogo" he was invited to exhibit in Tokyo in NANWA GALLERY and in 2011 he exhibited in Padua in the exhibition "DIALOGHI INCISI" THE ART OF SIGN between PADUA AND JAPAN in the cultural center Altinate.San-Gaetano. 

In 2012 he was invited to the 5th Biennial of Contemporary Engravers in the Barco Mocenigo of the Castle of Godego (TV). 

He has exhibited in fifty solo shows and forty collective exhibitions. Seven monographs on his works have been published.

COLLECTION OF ETCHINGS - GUEST ARTISTS

SAFET ZEC

Safet Zec, the painter and engraver from Bosnia-Herzegovina, was born in Rogatica in 1943. At the age of twelve, he dedicated himself to the art of painting and drawing in which he showed a great talent. Upon the graduation from the Art High School in Sarajevo, he continued his studies in Belgrade where he graduated from the Academy of the Fine Arts in 1969. He obtained his postgraduate diploma in 1972. He became exponent of the new orientation called "The Poetic Realism". At the beginning of 90's he was the one of the most important artists in the country and its representative on many international exhibitions. He had lived and worked in Belgrade until 1989. Following few years he spent in Sarajevo. When the war started in 1992 he left his country.   

In 1992 Safet Zec came to Udine, Italy. All of his works were left in his studio in Sarajevo. In Italy Zec had to rebuild his identity. He started to work on new paintings, drawings and engravings. In the 1994 he showed his new works at he first museum exhibition together with a few old ones from a German gallery. He won the Grand Prix "Alpe Adria" for drawing in Ljubljana in 1996. The monograph "Safet Zec" was promoted in Ljubljana in 1998 on the occasion of his exhibition "Paintings, drawings and Engravings 1992-1998". He exhibits currently in Italy, France and throughout the world. 

Today he lives and works in Venice. 

CURT LABITZKE

 Curt Labitzke was born in Queens, New York, 1958. He first learned to draw and paint by apprenticing with his father who was a painter/graphic designer in New York City. He received his MFA from The University of Notre Dame in 1984 with a focus on printmaking, painting and drawin. Labitzke’s work is primarily influenced by his interest in using the portrait and posture of the figure as a means of conveying an implied narrative. These large-scale images encourage a wide variety of interpretations that often provoke empathy for the subject within the viewer. His work is also informed by an ongoing interest in art history to include Roman portrait busts, Renaissance drawing, Neo-classical painting and the world of contemporary photography. 

For the past fifteen years Labitzke has traveled extensively throughout Europe, leading study abroad groups for the University of Washington to Rome, Florence, and Venice Italy, as well as Madrid, Barcelona and Leon, Spain. The work, romantic and at times melancholy, is inspired by numerous sources including dilapidated ancient wall frescos, medieval tempera panels, drawings from the quattrocento and a variety of restoration projects experienced while traveling throughout Italy and Spain. His color palate is reminiscent of the Rococo period, often soft and atmospheric, with suggestions of the opulence of gilded medieval and byzantine panel paintings.

SAM ZUMIAN

  Sam Zumian was born in 1953. As an artist he builds his own understanding of life and illustrates it through his art. Over ten years he has mastered paintings and black-and-white art of engraving. With the enthusiasm, dedication and drive that Sam Zumian has, he is able to make his own creative interpretation of reality. He makes his own findings in life and discoveries his own ideas of law. In his work, he focuses on claiming of the aesthetics of the unconscious and the laws of nature which lies beneath it. He doesn’t waste time on the plot, instead uses one or two figures for crucial forces. All the art that Sam Zumian has created, they all share something deviously dreadful, clear and mysterious at the same time.

FATIH MIKA

 Fatih Mika was born in Istanbul in 1956. He studied at the Philosophy Department in the Faculty of Letters at Istanbul University, but he discontinued and went to Yugoslavia, where he studied at the Gravure Department in the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts. He pursued his study on gravure techniques at Roma Academy of Fine Arts from 2008 to 2011. Mika has had many solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. Mika currently teachs at Foggia Academy of Fine Arts.

AMERIGO TOT

  Amerigo Tot (specifically Imre Tóth) was born on September 27, 1909, in Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Tot moved to Rome and received a stipend from the Roman Hungarian Academy. In Rome, Tot participated in many design competitions for memorials.  Tot's early graphical work shows the influence of the Bauhaus and his teachers Paul Klee and Moholy-Nagy. In his famous series "Kieselsteinfrauen" ("Pebble Women"), Tot displayed his interest in grotesque configurations. At the end of the Second World War, he became an advisor for the Roman Hungarian Academy. As a sculptor, he was recognized for the first time internationally for his work on the frieze for the Termini Station in Rome. Tot's deep interest in Renaissance art led him to develop a form language which played with elements of Renaissance art but also dexterously combined those with abstract form elements of Bauhau.  Tot's eclectic work methods and his confident style decisions had an enormous impact on the sculpture in his homeland. Amerigo Tot died on December 13, 1984, in Rome.

PETROS

Born in Athens, Petros (Papavassiliou) studied at the School of Fine Arts (1949-1955) with Yannis Mo

  

Born in Athens, Petros (Papavassiliou) studied at the School of Fine Arts (1949-1955) with Yannis Moralis (painting) and Yannis Kefallinos (etching). Subsequently, with the help of an Italian scholarship he continued his studies in Perugia (1958) and Urbino – Milan (1959-1966). He had his first one-man exhibition at Perugia (1958). Other solo and group shows followed both in Greece and abroad.  Starting from a surrealist frame, his work shows theever moving philosophical quest of the Pre-Socrates era that inspires him somuch .He lives and work in Milan.

painters

EDWARD BEYER

 Ed studied Art at Augustana College, Sioux Fall, SD; Fine Art at the Institute of Chicago; Religious Art at UCLA and Industrial Design at the Center College of Design, L.A. During the Korean conflict, as a camouflage expert for the US Army, Ed received special commendation for his careful attention to color, light and shadow. Douglas Aircraft called upon his insight to paint detailed space concepts for the aerospace industry. He spent several years as a package designer for Max Factor and then developed his own design and consultancy business. Now retired, he paints full time, and resides in San Clemente, CA. His work is unique and inspiring 

SANDY CLARK

  Represented in many private and corporate collections, Sandy holds a BA from the University of Arizona and a MFA from the University of California at Long Beach. Intrigued by the use of various water media, Sandy has embarked on a journey into abstract naturalism, applying nontraditional techniques. Interpreting nature and the physical world around us, she invites her viewer to share in her discovery and to participate further in their own visual journey.

CHAHAB

 Chahab was born in1951 in Teheran ( Iran). In 1974 he went to France to study. Chahab was educated in France from 1974 to 1982, decorative arts in Nice then sculptural art in Aix-en-Provence. From 1986 to 1990 Chahab studied sculpture and ceramics at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Since 1994 Chahab lives in France in the small town Nay at the foot of the Pyrenees. There he lives in an old flour mill that he changed into studios, gallery and an artotheque in Dutch style.
Chahab has become known for his bright and intense colours due to the use of pure pigments in his paintings. He also makes graphics, colour etchings, and sculpture in bronze and steel
His inspiration he finds in caveman’s painting, in archaeological site and in primitive art. 

CURT LABITZKE

  Curt Labitzke was born in Queens, New York, 1958. He first learned to draw and paint by apprenticing with his father who was a painter/graphic designer in New York City. He received his MFA from The University of Notre Dame in 1984 with a focus on printmaking,painting and drawing.

For the past fifteen years Labitzke has traveled extensively throughout Europe, leading study abroad groups for the University of Washington to Rome, Florence, and Venice Italy, as well as Madrid, Barcelona and Leon, Spain. The work, romantic and at times melancholy, is inspired by numerous sources including dilapidated ancient wall frescos, medieval tempera panels, drawings from the quattrocento and a variety of restoration projects experienced while traveling throughout Italy and Spain. His color palate is reminiscent of the Rococo period, often soft and atmospheric, with suggestions of the opulence of gilded medieval and byzantine panel paintings.

TEGUH

 Teguh Wahyudi Biography Born in Surbaya, Indonesia, in 1971, Teguh began showing great talent as an artist from an early age. He began his art education as apprentice to the palace painter of the Indonesia President. Here he would learn the foundations of realism, impressionism, and surrealism at the feet of a master painter.   Over the last twenty years Teguh has exhibited internationally and is collected by corporations and art lovers in Bali, Jakatra, Germany, Dubai, and Australia. As his art star continues to rise Teguh is gaining interest from galleries worldwide 

MILOVAN STANIC

Omis, Croatia 1929-Santa Barbara, California 1989

SCULPTORS

EDWARD EYTH

Edward Eyth is a California-based creative director, designer, sculptor and visual arts educator.  He has worked closely with film makers, artists, start-ups, developers, architects, museum curators, community representatives and amphibians.  Currently Edward consults on  creative projects and acts as a visiting educator, teaching design & digital art courses and sculpture workshops.

With over twenty-five years experience he has conceived & implemented creative initiatives working in physical and digital environments across entertainment, technology, product, and with an overarching philosophy: to make elegant, simple work – work that’s based on user experience.  

His client list of leading innovators, celebrated artists, Fortune 500 companies and internationally recognized organizations documents his passion for successful creative problem solving. 

Edward's career included residences in New York City and Los Angeles; he currently resides in central California with his wife and two sons.

VITO ASCENCIO

Mexican Architect, Painter and Sculptor


CHRIS SCHULZ

 Selected Shows, Exhibitions and Art Fairs
2018 'Contemporary Curated' Sothebys/Joseph Gross, LA; AAFNY, NY; Scope Art Fair, NY; 'Up In Arms' group show, Samuel Owen Gallery, CT; Art Wynwood, Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton
2017 Scope Miami / Joseph Gross / Oliver Cole Gallery, Miami, FL; Mirus Gallery / Joseph Gross - Versailles Now, Group, SF, CA; MyersKovich / Group show, Palm Springs, CA
2016 CK Contemporary / One man show, San Francisco, CA; Joseph Gross / NYC, two man show, Chelsea, NY; Scope Miami / Joseph Gross, Miami, FL
2015 CK Contemporary / Two man show - SF, CA; George Billis Gallery LA / Two man show - LA, CA; George Billis Gallery / Two man show, NY

2014 Van Dunn Gallery / Group show, Oisterwijk, Netherlands; DTR Modern Gallery / Solo show Boston, MA
2013 CK Contemporary / Solo show San Francisco,CA; Hohmann Gallery / Two man show Palm Desert,CA

2012 Hohmann Gallery, Red Dot Art Fair - Miami, FL; 2012-2014 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA; 2011, 12 Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair

2010 Rachelle Ryan Gallery/ Solo exhibition -LA, CA

BAGHDAGYLIAN

Born in Armenia 1980. In 1997 he was accepted to Yerevan State Fine Art Academy, in 2001 earned a Bachelors in Art, and in 2003 he graduated from the Academy with a Masters in Sculpting.

His teachers were Tereza Mirzoyan and Garegin Davtyan. (T. Mirzoyan received her education at the Georgian Art Academy and worked in Moscow with famous Russian sculptors Mukhina and Merkurov; D. Davtyan is one of the leading sculptors in Armenia.)

Since 1977 Baghdagylian has participated in many thematic and period-related exhibitions as a sculptor. In 1999 he became a member of the Crossroads Art Group. His work has been shown in many countries throughout the world.

In 2001 Baghdagylian “First seen” composition participated in the Christian Armenia 1700 exhibition in Yerevan. Thed scuylpture was recognized and in 2001 was sent to Italy, by the Armenian Government to participate in the “Dante in Armenia” exhibition in Ravenna (Italy). His sculpture was well received an gained the publican’s attention.

GUILLERMO VALENTIN

Guillermo Valentín was born in Michoacán, México. He studied art at “Bellas Artes”, Academy of Art in Baja Ca. México, and continued his art education at Centro Cultural "El Nigromante", in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. His professor and mentor, German sculptor Lothar Kestenbaum, constantly encouraged Valentín on the experimentation and exploration of different art techniques.


For the past forty years Valentín’s work has been widely exhibited in México and the United States. Art collectors from México, United States, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Cuba have acquired his work through his numerous collective and individual exhibitions.

MARIE-PIERRE PHILIPPE-LOHEZIC

Born in Paris, Marie-Pierre studied at l’École des Beaux-Arts  where her artistic mastery began with a  thorough immersion in sketching and oil painting
Mother of three girls, she followed her husband wherever his employment lead and had the unique opportunity of exploring various countries in Asia. The immersion in such different cultures, so fully rich and diverse, had a profound influence over her sensitivity and allowed her to discover and master different procedures that she uses to express herself as appropriate. Now settled in Southern California, Marie-Pierre continuously adds new skills to her palette: Printmaking, Sculpture, Bronze Casting, Stone Carving, Wax, Wood Carving, all contributing to her liberty to elect the medium that will most aptly convey her message or reflect her feelings.
Creatively inspired by the moderns like Picasso, Buffet, Cézanne, Rodin and Archipenko, Marie-Pierre is attracted to cubism and abstract art, but may also elect to be figurative according to the emotion she wants to portray or the mood of the moment. Her work has been exhibited in the States, France and Singapore. She received some national awards and her work is collected internationally, US, Canada, Europe and Asia.

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