About the Artists
Solo Exhibition Artist
PengPeng Wang, China
Pengpeng Wang, was born in 1991 in Heilongjiang, China. Ph.D. candidate in History of Art, Aesthetics, Languages of the Image at University of Salerno. In 2011 he studied Industrial Design at Beijing University of Chemical Technology. During his graduation period, he was an exchange student in Visual Communication and Art Market Design at Nantai University of Science and Technology and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.
He moved to Italy at 2016, studied Italian and Culture at Dante Alighieri Society in Florence, and subsequently studied Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages at Academy of Fine Arts in Florence with Master of Fine Arts graduation. He followed his second master in Cultural Planning, Art, Design, Cultural Enterprise at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Politecnico Milano from 2019 to 2020.
In 2019, he founded an international art company in Beijing and collaborated with A60 Contemporary Art Space in Milan and Florence. He has extensive experience in the world of contemporary art creating solo and group exhibitions together with the reporting of prizes and competitions.
His works have been exhibited in different countries: United States of America, China, Hong Kong (China), South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and so on.
Karen Grosman, Toronto, Canada
Karen Grosman is based in Toronto, Ontario.
Her practice concentrates on painting, ceramic sculptures and large scale ceramic art installations.
Recent paintings deal with concepts of death, rebirth, and impermanence. Ceramics explore ideas of superficiality, hidden meanings, the façade and the abject. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York and Toronto. Ceramic sculptures are represented by Coastal Eddy Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Her art installations have been exhibited throughout Toronto, including a solo show "300 Cones" at Roadside Attractions in 2017. She was selected for The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Semi-Finals in 2018.
Conferences she has participated in include the Feminist Conference at the University of Toronto with a solo show UTSC Feminism at Gallery 1265 and the Ryerson University Midwifery Conference with a group show Birth and its Meaning at Milk Glass Gallery.
She holds a BFA from OCAD University. Majoring in Drawing and Painting with a minor in Art History. Collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario Rare Books & Artists' Books Library, the corporate law office of Tenenbaum and Solomon, Robert Kananaj Gallery and private collections in New York, Maspeth, Vancouver, Toronto, Nova Scotia, Laguna Beach, Mexico, and Denmark.
Maxim Shishov, Arkhangelsk, Russia
Maxim Shishov is a visual artist, currently living in Arkhangelsk, Russia. He pursues ideas of social aesthetic through his artworks which are predominantly created from reused and recycled materials.
Shishov’s professional art path started as an artist-in-residence at the Shanye Dreaming Art Gallery in Qionghai, Hainan Island, China. During that time Shishov created artwork series “WE ARE THE SAME”. Artworks “SAY NO TO RACISM” was demonstrated at the finals of Walter Koschatzky Art-Award 2019 contest,Vienna, Austria.
Shishov's artworks are also represented in Boomer Gallery, London, UK.
Shishov’s motto is art must speak. He’s investigating eternal themes of mankind via artistic materials and artifacts. Shishov's artworks shows that art is for everyone. He pursues the goal to show that fashion art objects can be created from absolutely everything.
Anna Kerman, Isle of Wight, UK
Anna Kerman is a Swedish born (b.1980) emerging artist. Her style displays the influence of a variety of painters, such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon and Lee Krasner.
Kerman's paintings are characterized by her thick handling of acrylic paint in a fevered and immediate manner. She often begins with undercoats of black, white or aquamarine, and topcoats of brighter colours. These layers are then scraped, pushed, and dragged, then rearranged again. She paints by instinct, although she is naturally drawn to painting scenes of rough weather (storms) and ocean horizons. Combining a sense of sadness and stillness which is inspired by Nordic melancholy.
Kerman lives and works on the Isle of Wight, of the south coast of England.
Huiquan Jiang, Boston, USA
Huiquan Jiang was born in China, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Chinese traditional painting from the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, and an MFA in 2D painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston USA.
She currently lives and works in Boston.
Her sensory artwork conveys the splendor and resilience of queer love and the struggle to live in the Asian cultural context by being identified as queer.
Xavier Bellante, California, USA
Xavier Bellante is a contemporary artist from Southern California who works in a variety of styles. Bellante graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Public Art at California State University Monterey Bay in 2013.
Overcoming a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, Xavier spent many years living in distress bouncing back and forth between jobs, living situations, and time spent in hospitals and recovery programs. Painting and drawing for over 20 years, his work is quite diverse and mirrors the up and down rollercoaster his life has been.
Bellante uses no reference material, instead choosing to let imagination and energy flow guide the composition. Sometimes using a brush, other times using something as small as an eyedropper, he manipulates every inch of the canvas to achieve unique effects.
Currently, Xavier is experimenting with new pigments and paints to create art that looks different depending upon the light it is viewed in. Mixing techniques, he uses UV reactivity and phosphoresce to create work that demands attention in normal light, ultraviolet light, and again in full darkness. He calls it 3 lights style artwork and it is an entirely new experience.
Pia Nicotra, Florence, Italy
Born in 1986 in Argentina, lives and works in Florence, Italy.
Nicotra studied fashion design at Universidad Empresarial Siglo21, graduating in 2011 with a final project about wearable sculptures. She has worked in the fashion industry in Argentina and in Italy for 12 years.
In 2018 she started her studies in visual arts at Accademia d'Arte Ad'A (Florence), beginning with one year of painting lessons and completing her education with a Master's course (2019/2020).
Connecting with inner consciousness is what drives her to create. Her artistic practice is an expression of a spiritual journey, and reflects her interests in Kabbalah, meditation, metaphysics and cosmological theories.
Emily Shih, Republic of China, Taiwan
Emily Shih was born in Taiwan, holding a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Cinema and Drama .
Shih is a self-taught artist who lives in Taiwan. She work primarily in acrylic and watercolor and have been painting for 11 years. Her artworks have been shown in exhibitions in Taiwan, New York, South Korea, South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Shih fell in love with creating art at an early age and has never stopped in the pursuit of this passion. She said:" For me, art is about falling in love with something, it’s about the feelings it conjures up inside you".
Diletta Innocenti Fagni, Rome, Italy
Diletta Innocenti Fagni was born in Florence in 1988.
She started studying art during high school and later decided to continue her studies in Rome. She graduated from the University of Rome in art, theater and film. Her work draws on mnemonic images and visual resources as starting points, looking for intimacy, emotions and identity, between present and past, real and unreal.
She mostly paints portraits and bodies captured in private moments, seeking the evocative power of images and exploring relationships, psychologies, feelings, connected to memories and dreams. She lives and works between Rome and
Sarah Schneiderman, Connecticut, USA
When Sarah Schneiderman became aware of the mounds of garbage she generated, she decided to use these materials as her medium. Never a painter, her early work focused on assemblage sculptures and embellished photographs using fabric, glitter, and nail polish. Her current work is similar in that her creations come from non-traditional supplies – found and recycled objects and everyday trash. Her work investigates social, environmental, and political issues.
Schneiderman has shown across the United States from Georgia to Washington state and Maine to California. Solo exhibitions venues include the District of Columbia, Oregon, and Connecticut.
She received include a National Junior Scholastic Honorable Mention, First Place from the Art League of New Britain, Third Award from Connecticut Women Arts, and Gallery Sponsor Award from Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.
Schneiderman has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Thu Nguyen, Hawaii, USA
I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood hiding away in my bedroom painting, instead of playing with other children. My first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children's exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975 Saigon fell and in the resulting confusion, I was separated from my parents. I ended up in a refugee camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. After one very snowy and cold winter in Pennsylvania, I went to Los Angeles to stay with some relatives.
After getting her art degree, I have since settled down to pursue my art career in Los Angeles, later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being adopting my first daughter from China and my second daughter from Vietnam.
BFA in painting, California State University Long Beach.
Two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Three grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
My work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico.
Or Williams, United Kingdom
Or Williams’ practice is based on her medical condition and it is predominantly acknowledged by its confessional nature. As a surgeon of images, Williams remove huge chunks of data from the digital file, as if she was removing organs or tissues from one’s body. This act which resonates with her recent surgical experience, results in glitching and distorting in the original file and turning it into a reflection of her mental state. Williams no longer recognises her body and mind. She also seems to forget that not long ago she used to be “normal”. Folds and tips, discolorations and deformations took over her sponge-like body, a new Muppet version of herself.
Or Williams is a multidisciplinary artist based in the UK. Her work incorporates a low tech imagery and aesthetic, constructs of Digital and New-Media watercolor painting, photography and performance. With over 30 years of experience in ceramics and the 3D world, Or is currently in her final year of BFA from the University of Reading. She has presented her works in Open Hands Open Space (2019), and Tate Exchange (2018/19) as part of Reading Art Lab. In these exhibitions Or focused on new media participatory performances
Florencia Mabromata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Florencia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she currently lives. She studied art at the vocational art institute when she was little and continued her studies at the Prilidiano Pueyrredón School of Arts.
Her portraits reveal something like a gust of wind, a blowing, a spiritual accident. Emotion. The synthesis of involuntary movements of the body that manifest. Purely expressive expositions. The process of the gesture alone or as a language.
Phil Leith-Tetrault, Baltimore, USA
Phil Leith-Tetrault is a digital artist specializing in landscapes.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated RIT's New Media Design program in 2007.
Leith-Tetrault has worked for 10 years as a digital designer, and more recently, a digital artist. He currently lives and work in Brooklyn, New York.
Patricia Borges, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PATRICIA BORGES (Rio de Janeiro, 1974) Photographer and multimedia artist, she explores with images the details and fragments that mark the passage of time, both in nature and within the built environment.
From 2018, she started using photographs as a material for composing installations and three-dimensional art objects, many were discarded after being digitized, integrating her research on the ephemerality of matter. Graduated in architecture, photography, cinematography and screenplay.
Awarded at the biennials of Florence and Rome. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions around the world and it is part of major private collections. Recent exhibitions include Le 228e Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais - Paris (2018), Tokyo Art Fair - Japan (2018), Circuito de Arte Contemporânea de Curitiba - Brazil (2019), Luxembourg Art Fair (2019), Photo Israel - Tel Aviv (2019), Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition - Edinburgh (2019). In 2020, her works were selected for Photo Milano, Festival de Tiradentes (by Ateliê Oriente), Projectroom2020 Scotland (online), Copenhagen Photo Festival and Artexpo NY (by the New York Center for Photographic Art).