About the Artists
"SPEECHLESS" Group Exhibition Artists
Adam Starr, USA
Indianapolis based photographer and painter, Adam Starr, has been creating abstract works for the past several years. He first started producing artwork after attending a photography class while studying at Indiana University.
Adam feels spiritually called to create art. His practice is cathartic for him. The stream of consciousness method he utilizes helps him fully express and release his emotions.
His work has been shown at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis, IN and R Gallery in Boulder, CO among others. He’s proud to be a finalist in the Passepartout Photo Prize in Rome 2020. In addition, he was honored to show his work at Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, IL (March-May 2020) and is looking forward to showing work at Siilk Gallery in Athens, Greece (Summer 2021).
Aigerim Bektayeva, KAZAKHSTAN
Aigerim Bektayeva is a daughter of the Kazakh steppes, a mother of four children, a modern woman, steps confidently into the future, welcoming the new, but not forgetting about the origins. She draws strength and inspiration in love for her people, her native land.
She was born in Kazakhstan (Shymkent city) on January 27, 1986. Mother is a candidate of physical and mathematical sciences; father is a historian by education - an entrepreneur. Aigerim grew up in love of the family, which gave her a great safety margin where the action is.
Grandfather, a man with a dramatic destiny, had a tremendous influence on the formation of her character. In 1939, Akhmet Bektayev was drafted into the Soviet Army, and in 1941 - the war with Nazi Germany and the concentration camp. There he managed to save 97 people by organizing an escape. After the Victory in his homeland, a concentration camp awaited him again. After Stalin's death he was released and rehabilitated.
A. Bektayev was patient in adversity, and retained his cordiality and love for people. She inherited kindness and love in her heart, perseverance in achieving aims and vitality from him.
The girl has loved to draw since childhood, and her mother sent her to an art school. Here the path to the profession of an artist began.
Today Bektayeva A.E. is a Bachelor of Economics (Academy of Humanities, RF, Kazakhstan), student of the Faculty of Painting at ASU. She passed painting courses: France, 2018 (ATELIER ALUPI); Italy, 2018 (Aсademia D'ARTE-FIRENZE); Russia ("ART Factory"). She studied individually with N. Samiyeva and A. Akanayev (Full member of the International Association of Critics and Art Critics at UNESCO), Andrea Baccalini - an expert at Accademia d'Arte Firenze.
Bektayeva A.E is a Doctor of Fine Arts, founder of the school “ZERE arts”, member of the Academy of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, laureate of international competitions. She actively uses ART THERAPY. She passed many seminars, for example, "Cognitive-behavioral therapy", mastered the "PSYCH-K" method.
This year she was awarded two international awards in the field of education, culture and art: "ORDER of MERIT for EDUCATION, CULTURE and ARTS" and "ORDER of MERIT for SCIENCE, CULTURE and ARTS". (International Academy of Sciences, Culture and Art. Paris, France)
Akgün Tokatli , Turkey
Akgün Tokatli was born in 1979 and lives in Istanbul. He studied Industrial Design at Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture and developed doctoral thesis at the same department. He started his career as research associate in YTÜ art & Design Faculty photography and video department.
Throughout his design career he has managed and produced lots of interaction and experience design projects for leading companies from various sectors in Turkey. He is currently working as the head at Visual Comunication Design of Medipol Univesity Art & Design Faculty. He is Assistant Professor at the same department and gives lectures on interaction, service and experience design.
ANA MARIA GUTA, ROMANIA
Ana Maria Guta was born in Onesti, Bacau, Romania, on January 20, 1990, shortly after the fall of communism and lives in Constanta, Romania. She spent her childhood in the countryside with her adoptive grandparents, who gave her a lot of unconditional love and the freedom to explore nature and to establish authentic relationships with the environment she came in contact with. She seeks solitude, inner peace and comprehension that have been found in nature.
She studies natural sciences at the “Vasile Alecsandri National College”, Bacau, Romania, and then she goes to Iasi to study journalism and mass communication at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza University”. After two years of journalism, Ana renounce at university because she can not express herself as she would have liked and does not want to be part of a world where there seems to be less ethical values and truth.
“I remember wanting to be more when I was little, but the first word I said to the curious people who asked me this question was painter. Then came the nun, the skater, the doctor ( but I was afraid of blood ), the journalist and the gymnast.", says Ana.
As a teenager, Ana Maria, works in different fields, learns new skills, where she seeks to be able to express herself through creativity and to serve human interests. After giving up a career in a fine jewellery multinational, in 2019 she decides that she needs to express herself doing what she loves the most, what her soul loves, try to express what she feels, thinks and tell her own truth.
Thus, she pursues her childhood desire to be a painter and also a holistic energy therapist, which can be interpreted as a meeting between a nun and a doctor. The paths of destiny are mysterious. Ana wants to contribute to changing the world for the better, to inspire and give love, courage and hope through her art and to give compassion and help through holistic energy therapy as many people as possible.
In the field of the art, Ana Maria Guta is a self-taugh artist. As an emerging artist, Ana seeks to explore more about Universe, consciousness, divinity, life journey and energy around and inside us. The visions, dreams and feelings are transposed in a very expressive way that shares the emotion energy of that unique present moment creation to the viewer, to send him into another world, without any kind of limitations. She loves to analyze the hidden parts of our indentities, through an immersive experience inside the universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The influences found in her art are from abstract art, nature, spirituality, the Universe, works by Vincent van Gogh, science, abstract expressionism, conceptual art and contemporary art.
Chao Li , Germany
Li Chao, an artist in Germany, graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts, currently lives and works in Berlin and Beijing.
Member of Berlin Artists Association, member of Chinese Stage Artists Association. Distinguished artist of the Chinese and Foreign Art Research Institute . Artist-in-residence at Red Gate Gallery; contracted artist of Shanghai Second Gallery; contracted artist of German Art in Living Spaces
Artnet recommends China's most influential artists; People's Daily "People Watch Painting" recommends artists;
Won the 7th Marley Art Creation Award, China Art Yearbook Excellence Award, Chinese and Foreign Art Literature Nomination Award, Chinese Crystal Kylin Award for Furnishings, Asian Young Artist Finalist Award, National Youth Photographic Excellence Award, etc.
Many works have been selected into "Chinese Contemporary Art Yearbook", "Chinese Sculpture Yearbook", "Chinese and Foreign Art Documents" and other documents and books.
His works were selected in Paris International Art Salon in France, Art Basel in Switzerland, Spoleto Art Festival in Italy, "35x35" Art Project of Copelouuzos Family Art Museum in Greece, Contemporary Art Exhibition in Florence, The Lift-Off Sessions Film Festival in Britain and other important foreign art events .
Participated in more than 70 exhibitions. Many works have been collected by private individuals, galleries and museum.
Served as the curator of Pingyao Art, the curator of the International Artists Invitation Exhibition of Art in Context, the curator of the Chinese Young Artists Exchange Exhibition, the curator of the foreign group of the 18th Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, the art broker of Young Art 100 , Criticists of the Expert Committee of Chinese Critics Cross-border performance "Speak across borders" in cooperation with the sound sculpture band.
China, Germany and Austria co-produced the drama "Howling Dogs" as the assistant director and prop design.