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About the Artists

             

"SPEECHLESS" Group Exhibition Artists

ADAM STARR

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

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. 

AKGUN TOKATLI

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.

ANA MARIA GUTA