About the Artists
Solo Exhibition Artist
Pollyanna is a 25 year old Filipina visual artist & illustrator. Her artworks are made from her own traditional drawings and photography which she transforms by using digital art tools. She recently shifted into full digital illustration on her works and illustrations.
She took up Certificate of Fine Arts majoring in Visual Communication in the University of the Philippines. And has started to participate in group exhibitions Internationally. She also won international awards for some of her works.
She creates resonating art - most of her works are portraits inspired by the concept of subtle emotionality, highlighting the beauty and strength of vulnerability and human emotions. Which often displays a mix of distorted abstract, figurative elements blending in with the subject matter creating dreamlike surreal pieces.
Karen Grosman, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.