About the Artists


"OPEN MINDED" Group Exhibition Artists

Anne-Kristin Vaudour, Hong Kong

"Inspired by the countless fairy tale books I immersed myself into as a child, it was my greatest dream to become a magician and have all my wishes fulfilled by snipping a finger or saying a magic spell. Growing up, I had to realise that it doesn’t quite work that way.

I still loved to dwell in fantasy worlds and meet fancy characters. Soon I started to create my own worlds and creatures, using coloured pencils and later oil paint. My canvas became my magic wand where everything was possible with a free flow of imagination.

In my adult life reality took over and I started to work as a manger for corporate companies, never loosing sight of my artistic passion. Only about 2 years ago, I finally became a full time artist.
My pop surrealist figurative painting focuses on fantasy worlds and imaginary creatures. My background in fashion & costume design and children book illustration, combined with my love for the old masters, fairy tales and Asian tradition result in creating a blend of classic storytelling, fashion magazine advertising and Surrealism. My goal is to provoke the viewer to see beyond our conventional perception of reality.


My art is an exploration of my inner world. I create things that I wish would exist. I also want to tell a story to entertain the viewer, just like everyone loves a good story".

Anne was born in 1974, in the former East Germany. She studied Journalism and PR in Shanghai and Children Book Illustration and Oil Painting in Italy. For most of her career, she worked in luxury retail in Hong Kong and Singapore, where she is currently residing.

Just about 2 years ago, Anne had the opportunity to quit her corporate job in luxury retail to finally realise her long desired dream of becoming an artist.


For Anne the bizarre beauty and dreamy world of Pop Surrealism provides the perfect outlet to give shape to her imaginary world. That’s why she adopted this genre for her artwork. Anne paints in oil on canvas, using the traditional technique of the old masters that she acquired during her studies in Italy. Recently she is producing digital artwork.

Among others, Anne’s artwork has been exhibited at the ANIMA MUNDI Festival during the Biennale in Venice, the London Contemporary International Art Fair and the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong. Recently, her artwork has been shown at The Hive Spring as part of the Le French May festival.


Arzu Arslan, Turkey

"As I started Çini (Traditional Turkish Iznik Ceramics), the traditional art in which Turks have been using the similar motifs for 600 years, I realized that it was time to integrate these motifs into today's modern designs with the help of ceramic forms. First, I changed the colors. Changing the colors changed the design as well. They become more sophisticated and this is a welcomed sign recognized by the authorities. Secondly,  I wanted to adapt Turkish symbols used such as in rugs, carpets, fabrics, mosques, palaces etc I searched for the meanings of symbols, Turkish mithology, epics and finally The Orhun Inscriptions. The Orhun Inscriptions affected me so much that I decided to use these inscriptions.  In my works, I combined traditional Turkish symbols with the inscriptions in The Old Turkic alphabet (Göktürk Alphabet). Especially I love to use woman symbols. I plan to use old alphabet with Ottoman motifs in my new works.


My goal is to add emotion to 600 years old motifs with my colors, with modern ceramic forms; to open a new turnout in Çini by using 3000 years old Turkish Culture and esoteric symbolism. Mostly, I use black, red and Turkish Blue: Turqoise in my works . Black was ignored in Çini for ages. I believe that these colors and symbols will start a new era.


I’m deeply in love with this art, loosing myself while working. Everytime i find myself thinking or searching  symbols to create new designs. Changing the general perception for traditional arts by creatingtradicontemporaryartwork is what I am trying to accomplish".

Arzu was born in 14th of January 1975 in Ankara, Turkey. After graduated from Yukselis College in 1993, she studied Business Administration in Anatolia University – Eskisehir. She graduated in 1998 and started her finance career at Akbank this year. For 10 years she worked in various departments. She quited her finance career in 2008. Since 2010 she has been attending to State’s various art courses such as ceramics and Traditional Turkish Ceramic Art: Çini , also she has got private lessons from çini artists . She is participating in art auctions in Turkey in wellknown art galleries.


Ashly Sypherd, USA

"Power wears many masks.  These works explore how power may present yourself in expected and unexpected ways.  Within African tradition, Purple symbolizes passion, spirituality, and wealth in all aspects of life.  Find yourselves and your power within these works, as I find myself."

Ashly Sypherd is a BIPOC multimedia collage artist working with organic and inorganic materials. Her work seeks to bridge the gap between the natural and artificial, the conscious and subconscious, the body and the spirit.


As a current graduate student, community worker, and applied behavioral therapist, she works from a socio-racial perspective to challenge the impersonal as the interpersonal. Originally from Upland, California (approximately 30 miles from Los Angeles) racial disparities were glaring. This sparked her desire to look inward as well as outward through her medium. Every piece is created based on her emotional state; she's guided by her feelings.


She currently is working with Its-In-Scope and their fellowship cohort to re-imagine a future that delineates and challenges the hegemonic ways of knowing and being that are so pervasive in the United States. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a sociology degree, Ashly sought to socially uplift her community with her table talk, The Ebony Table. Coupling social justice and art, she is currently creating an art collective with local artists. Her work is highly personal and tells a tale from an individualistic communal perspective.


Cristina Ciccone, UK

Cristina Ciccone is a northern artist currently living and working in South London. She studied an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design and a PGCE in Art and Design Education at Goldsmiths College, London. She currently works in art education alongside her practise.

Her current work explores our relationship and reconnection with the concept and physicality of the 'Home' in both its tangible and emotional states, through use of wallpaper print taken directly from the home environment, alongside layered organic forms –Her most recent ‘Surbiton Hill Series” was created during lockdown where 'Home' was finally made accessible to many of us who have failed to experience its' rewards and challenges with such intensity in 'normal' everyday life.


Christina Geoghegan, Ireland

"I'm an Irish artist interested in the psychology of colour and landscape. The time in the Netherlands completing a BA in Fine Art instigated my interest in changing urban spaces to engage and impact the perceiver through landscapes.

The ongoing series depict the environment and its direct influence on people in the space. These Artworks explore the introspective moments in galleries and the threshold of the public space and the ambiguity between observer and art." 



Ekaterina Nikidis, Russia

"I always emphasise the decorative side of my artworks. But as is often the case in life, behind the luxury cover there is something that one had particularly carefully wanted to hide. Perhaps only the detail will tell you this. And the thing which is usually considered a simple decoration can also be important. I let an ordinary addition play a major role and watch it change along with its status.

The best moments are painful because they will never happen again. The beauty captured in my artworks has never existed at all — it is just a game of consciousness transferred to the material. It is an illusion created with a longing for the past or the never-past.

The figures of the artworks are connected by thin threads of mutual stories. I suggest to the viewer discover them. What are they: some fancy jewellery or a tear disguised as a pearl in gold? I left the question open.

Can art be decorative, but conceal a layer of ideas and be a source for thoughts at the same time? I want to prove that it can. Just let’s see more behind a cover.

I do pay a lot of attention to aesthetics and the concept of beauty. And there is another reason for that. There is a lot of problems and darkness in the world around us. Many artists focus on them. But I think that it is also important to show an alternative. It is important to offer a positive path, and not just condemn reality. So, in addition to philosophy, my art is just the territory of a beautiful life. And I believe that we all need to visit this place sometimes".

Ekaterina started her creative path in 2007 with a private course in academic drawing. She wanted to go into the arts because she could never imagine living without creating anything. In the early period, it was difficult for her to choose a technique and style, as well as determine the direction of her creativity. She was also attracted to the ability to influence the world through design.

She received a degree in computer graphics in 2009. For 8 years she was involved in graphic design for business — she first worked in the Advertising Department of a trading company, then she was a freelance designer. 

2016-2018 years she spent in jewellery, most of all for learning different techniques. She also received a degree in jewellery from the Art Lyceum named after K. Faberge.

She studied a lot of art history on her own and then entered the Department of art history and theory at the St. Petersburg Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.

So after studying art, design, and history, working with different materials, combining knowledge and techniques from various fields, she finally came to the stage of a stable creating her own concepts and art objects.

Nowadays Ekaterina is a full-time self-employed artist. She creates series of graphics and paintings, jewellery designs, engravings on metal, installations. 


Emma Coyle, UK

A recipient of International Art Market’s 'Gold List' award, ‘top international contemporary artists of today', 'most talented, inspiring, and promising artists operating in the world today. Recommended artists to invest in and to be inspired by’, with work acquired by Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton.

Coyle has been working within art for over 20 years and been based in London since 2006. She has exhibited in numerous galleries and art fairs throughout the city. Coyle’s work has appeared within many publications including The Times (UK), London's Mayfair Times (UK), Avari art (USA), A5 (UK), Al-Tiba9 (Spain), M&Art (Sweden) and Visions Libres (Germany). Also on the covers of Level 25 art journal (USA), Emergo (Netherlands), Litro (UK), and Kapa magazine (Greece). 

Coyle’ work was selected by Los Angeles curator Bridget Carron for her collection Power Popon Saatchi’ online gallery in 2014. In 2018 Coyle’ painting 12.16.07 won the Artness Magazine cover competition and also won her an Artist of the Year 2019; Honorable Mention Award from Circle Foundation in France. In April 2020 painting Linda no.1 receive a review from Dab Art Co. Los Angeles.

Earlier in her career in Ireland Coyle exhibited in many galleries in Ireland and exhibited for the Irish National Portrait exhibition in 2005. Coyle also exhibited for charities in the Royal Hibernian Academy and Adam’s Fine Art auctioneers. Just before moving to London Coyle had solo exhibitions in the Signal Art Centre in Co. Wicklow and the Bank of Ireland’s art centre in Dublin, and was described as ‘one of the city’s most promising new artist’ {Metro Life newspaper- January 2006}, and a ‘rising young artist’ {Irish Independent- May 2006}. 

Although Coyle’s first interest in art in the late 1990’s included an introduction to 1stwave American Pop Art of the 1950’s, her figurative work focuses on contemporary imagery to push ideas and produce accomplished paintings of a Fine Art standard using process and execution of ideas. Most recently her figurative painting series ‘12.16’ won her a Special Artist Award from BESTART. 

Coyle is also working on an ongoing abstract painting project which commenced in 2002. In recent years this project branched into installation work and in 2018 the individual pieces received a special recognition and an award for excellence from Florida art gallery LightSpaceTime. In 2019 the ongoing work won an Honorable Mention Award from New Jersey’s J.Mane Gallery and NYC’s Grey Cube Gallery.  Most recently in 2020 her three dimensional painting ‘Expansion’ won an Honorable Mention Award from Art Room Gallery.

While exhibiting in London since 2006, Coyle has expanded her audience exhibiting in America where her work has been positively received. She has also exhibited in NYC charity events alongside artists such as Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith and renowned composer Philip Glass. 

This year Coyle continues her work in figurative Pop art and abstraction. She has also started working on woodblock prints and after 16 years has now returned to photography, focusing in Polaroid and 120mm camera formats. The work deals with ideas in capturing and using negative space as a focal point. 


FERRO, Spain

 "When I was 9 years old, a teacher told us in class to draw whatever we wanted, it occurred to me to paint an abstract expression with many colours that was exactly what I liked and made me feel. Very proud of my drawing, I presented it to the teacher and tore it into as many pieces as he could. That moment marked my artistic life forever and until many years later I was not able to express myself like that again. 

When I decided to do it, I started painting on canvas and presenting my works in small galleries and places such as restaurants, Pub’s, etc. 

Last year 2019 was one of the most active in terms of exhibitions in my career as I have been in the Chapel of the Cangas hospital, in the restaurant "Las Tapas de Jose", in the Spazo art gallery in A Coruña, in the Marquis hotel in Granada and in "Expo metro" in London. 

This year 2020, I participated in several exhibitions: individual exhibitions in the circle of businessmen of Galicia in Vigo and at the restaurant “El Barco” in Granada. Collective exhibitions at the Hotel “El Privilegio de Tena” in Huesca, “Casa Palacio María Luisa” in Cádiz, in the M.A.D.S. gallery in Milan, in Mundoarti Musseum and at the Hotel “Oca Puerta del Camino” in Santiago de Compostela. 

My artistic training is based on observing what I feel and capturing it. I learn from any type of art and I try to advance every day and that my works evolve with me." 


France Daffon, Philippines

"Triad reminisces the familiar affection shared with our closest friends. By chance, moments in Manila composed the thought that ‘three people are most intimate’. The form is not enough to fill a circle but stable to build a bond that is easily revived. It recognizes the different points in our lives that no one place can triads be found."

France Daffon is a videographer that’s passionate in screenwriting. At the same time, she explores abstract art and portraiture. The themes of her work orbits around the fluidity of femininity and intimacy of human connection. Her degree in film has influenced the way her works are composed, in mid-movement. 

France Daffon’s work is influenced by her eager exploration of the impermanent definition of beauty. The self-reflective process initiates the acceptance of 'what is' and 'what was' without overthinking the outcome and reducing the inherent beauty of every subject. Daffon’s introspective approach is a response to create an intimate relationship between solitude and connection that then highlights imperfection.


Cinema and travel plays an important role in her creative process to remain affectionate in the mundane and the simplicity of the everyday.


ghomon,  Italy

" My work heavily involves improvisation but it is always concerned with the creation of objects trying to stimulate an epiphany. My hope is that through the artistic object, an epiphany can be communicated and shared. I am constantly exploring the relationship between inner spiritual experiences and the modern world, trying to balance these two aspects of our life to find a healthy path of growth and progress".


Aldo, born in Sicily in 1991, studied literature and philosophy, worked in China, travelled by tent and hitchhiking for a while, studied art and modern philology.


To make sense of his inner conflict between philosophy and art, western and eastern thought, order and chaos, he gave birth to ghomon, that in PIE means "human", "earthling". Both an extension and a projection of aldo, ghomon is a multi-media contemporary art project that aims at expanding the possibilities of art by bringing together philosophy, science, mindfulness/awareness and human experience into a coherent vision of the world.


Jeremy Wolf, UK

"Much of my figurative work explores themes of identity, power dynamics, and relationships between persons and groups. Recent paintings continue to react to the seismic shifts in the current American political landscape, the subsequent effect on society in and outside of the United States, and the changing concept of what it means, and has meant, to be an American both at home and abroad. Recent paintings build on these themes and incorporate reactions to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and protests for social justice across the globe.


American moral authority (whether real or imagined) and influence has waned across the globe with the rise of neo-conservative and then alt-right views in the mainstream body politic. By blurring the lines between truth and falsehood, these actors have created a society of mutual distrust and suspicion. I try in my work to capture and reflect on the resultant layers of disappointment, fear, and exhaustion present in these times. 


However, in dealing with such relentlessly negative topics I regularly find myself on the precipice of simultaneously beating a dead horse and screaming into the void. To avoid bludgeoning the viewer with more of what they see on cable news each day, I have sought to develop a visual language that makes these subjects more easily countenanced. In this way the audience can consider them over again and with a fresh perspective. Bright, candy colors stand in stark contrast to the weight of the scenes unfolding in the images. In some instances, vaguely suburban settings for these strange and disturbing happenings turn the post-war American Dream on its ear and make reference to my own somewhat idyllic childhood. Imagery cribbed from historical paintings reflect my interest in art history as well as drawing a line connecting the brutality of the old world and that of our own supposedly more enlightened, connected, and egalitarian age.


While I hope that all of these elements add up to something that is visually interesting and thought provoking for the audience, I don’t have all (or any) of the answers and thus attempt not to draw any obvious conclusions in my work. Today’s world is as confusing for me as it is for anyone else, and more than anything I think my pieces reflect that reality. "

Jeremy Wolf (b. 1989) is an artist living and working in London by way of New York City. Although he has always had an avid interest in drawing, by and large, he is untrained as a fine artist. Instead, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University (2011). As a result he processes aesthetic information in a way that is unique if also rough around the edges. However, the absence of a more narrowly focused art education has contributed to his practice by allowing him to explore multitudes of different styles, media, and subject matter unburdened by dogmatic ideas of art history and style.