Since 1986, Arte Sella has used the open fields and woods of the Sella Valley in Trento, Italy with surreal nature installations. Over 200 contemporary artists from all around the world have come to this area to create original artworks using materials found right on the terrain with which they’re left.
Born in Shibuya, Tokyo in 1984. Meguru Yamaguchi currently works and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in culture hub of Tokyo, Shibuya, Japan, He was influenced by Japanese animations and manga such as “Dragon Ball,” “Akira” and Tokyo Street Culture. His artworks are rendered by numerous layers of different collages, sprays, acrylics and plastics. His unique “cut and paste” technique of color paints is reminiscent of Hip-Hop samplings from 70’s to the present day.
Artist Ekaterina Panikanova, was born in Saint Pietroburgo in 1975 and currently lives and works between Rome and San Pietroburgo. Panikanova’s work on books is an absolutely beautiful way of recycling materials to create beautiful work.
Haroshi, the extremely popular recycled skateboard artist has recently completed the new trophy for the Battle At The Berrics 6 skateboard competition. The trophy has a hand appropriately giving the finger on a plinth that says BATB 6.
Canadian painter James Wyper is well-known for his live painting performances in support of arts and cultural groups. “I see a painting as the record of a performance, and I like to share the performance with others. Painting for an audience encourages risk-taking which doesn’t necessarily occur when I’m alone in a studio”, he says.
Kevin Champeny is an unbelievably talented artist with plenty of range. His sculptural works are not only beautiful pieces but brilliantly executed with plenty of symbolism. Many of his sculptures utilize smaller elements as pieces of a puzzle which directly correlate to the completed work. From using candy for his “I Love Sugar” to miniature army men to make up his “Flag” piece.
Tom French is an artist who creates incredible black and white paintings that consist of a number of elements in the details to create a bigger unified picture. This “bigger picture” is usually a human skull.
Cao Hui‘s series of classic sculptures dissected for a solo show last year takes some of the most influential sculptures ever created and adds a fun yet creepy aspect to them. Pieces like the “Venus de Milo” and Michaelangelo’s “David” are chopped and cut up and may be pulled apart to see their internal organs.
Steve Powers aka “Espo” just opened a new solo show on May 18, 2013, entitled “Visual Blues” at Alice Gallery in Brussels. In Powers’s own words, “I’m in awe of the power and the reach of music. To compete with the majesty of music, I make paintings that are visual blues. I distill my everyday experience into paintings I call Daily Metaltations. They are painted very fast, fresh from the epiphanies that inspired them. The larger paintings draw from those metaltations and go to a deeper understanding of the transactions we make everyday to live our lives.”