Imagine a “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” type situation where a young punk rock kid from Brooklyn finds himself time traveling back to 17th century Holland and stumbles into the painting studio of one of the classic Dutch Masters. Accepting this odd twist of fate, he dutifully studies the teachings and techniques of his mentor and eventually breaks out on his own, painting images of his earlier life in the future. Pure fiction perhaps, but the result is all real. Dan Witz has been painting just such work in his New York studio for decades.
Masterfully composed scenes of epic mosh pits pieced together from reference photos take by the artist himself at punk-rock shows are painted with the detail and delicacy he cultivated during his studies as a classical painter. To the trained eye, one can spot extreme consideration for lighting and geometry in his works painted with the buttery goodness typical of oil paint. To everyone else, they’re just dope paintings of cool shit!
What’s possibly most impressive about Dan is his ability to straddle the high-end gallery market and the ever changing street art world without compromising either one and still managing to make all the work relate and stay consistent.
Where most artist have a “thing” they are best known for, Dan seems to create a new “thing” every couple of years. From his mosh pit paintings, to his street sign “interventions” and lamp-post candle vigils, to his genius series of “caged” people trapped behind vents and hidden throughout the city, the work of Dan Witz is nothing short of spectacular and promises to only get better with time.
Till Rabus Born in Neuchâtel in 1975 Live and work in Neuchâtel Switzerland
Nicola Caredda was born in Cagliari in 1981. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari and undertake an independent and singular pictorial search path rather secluded compared to the most popular movements by local artists of his age
Carlos Revilla was born August 19, 1940 in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the son of a Peruvian diplomat and a French mother. His father’s profession took young Revilla to several countries in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Between 1956 and 1961 he was a student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam with his first exhibitions presented in Brussels, Paris and Rome. While living in Cadaqués, Spain, he formed a strong friendship with Salvador Dali, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp who had great creative impact on him and his surrealist style. In search of his roots, from 1960 he traveled to Peru, the country he felt was his true home.
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Pedro Covo was born in Cartagena de Indias -Colombia on 1988, graduated from Visual Arts in the Javeriana University of Bogota in 2011, made an online visual essay course in schoolism Canada on 2013 and have worked for several magazines and companies since 2008 in Colombia and abroad, such as EuroDisney, Der Spiegel, Tv Channel Historia in Quebec, Detroit Business, Reveu Long Course, Semana, El Tiempo, and many others
Tristan Pigott‘s work is incredibly striking, provocative, and awkward. These oil paintings are blatant reflections of contemporary youth culture, revealing the careful narcissism of selfies and social media. The concept of portraiture is intertwined with the curated nature of the presentation of the self. Tristan is a British artist who takes traditional portraiture and turns it on its head, making calculated distortions from interesting perspectives to let personalities and personas shine through. The way he portrays his subjects, who are often his friends, is not necessarily flattering. (With no filter, so to speak.)
Milan-based artist Thomas Cian is extraordinarily talented with a pencil, and lucky for us he has chosen to open the pages of his sketchbook to share a wide variety of drawings and experiments online.