Alexa Meade, the Politician who preferred Art

Alexa Meade is one of the coolest artists I’ve discovered this year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science but fortunately she decided to put an end to her bureaucratic career to pursue her dream to become a professional artist in 2009.  Nowadays, she is a curious installation artist, best known for her portraits painted directly onto the human body.

Alexa takes an innovative approach to art. She describes her style of painting as a reverse Trompe-L’Oeil. Unlike a traditional Trompe-L’oeil painting which tricks the eye into thinking a 2D canvas might be a real 3D space, Alexa does the opposite, she takes the 3D world and creates the illusion that it is a 2D painting.

This Goddess travels the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits. She has exhibited her art at the Grand Palais in Paris, painted a MINI Cooper on the streets of Tokyo, Graffiti-ed Living Murals in San Francisco and also delivered a TED Talk which I really recommend.

Below, my favorite Living Paintings.

If you want to know more about this Great artist, visit Alexa’s webpage: http://www.alexameade.com/

Seth Globepainter – Oh la la, What an Artist!

The Parisian artist Julien Malland, better known as Seth Globepainter, travels around the world transforming boring buildings into Colorful Masterpieces. His works are mainly in Paris, but he has taken his fantastic large scale murals also to distant countries such as India, China, Mexico, Indonesia, and Vietnam. ‘Seth’ usually works with local artists to give his pieces a local flavor.  Most of his works depicts murals of children surrounded by rainbows and vibrant colors in an surrealist athmosphere.

He released two books about his travels and street art. The last one is called “Extramuros”. It captures 3 years of his “globepainting” when he was travelling and creating around the world.

These are my favourite murals! But I super recommend you to check them all on his Flickr: SETH Globe-Painter Enjoy!

 

Cool German art by Matthias Weischer

Matthias Weischer is a German painter who has lived and worked in Leipzig since 1995. He is considered to be one of the most talented members of the new Leipzig school, a loose assembly of artists whose works are regarded as the next generation in the rich history of German painting. However, there is no doubt that Weischer’s works stand out as unique. He called my attention because his cool works oscillate between abstract and figurative painting.

Until 2006, his paintings depicted deserted interiors like stage settings that are infused by abstract elements. Furniture, everyday objects and large-scale ornaments stylistically refer to the 1950s and 1960s. In their collage-like appearance they establish a complex and ambiguous relationship.

During his residency in Rome in 2007, Weischer concentrated on drawing and studies on nature and landscape. Since then, he predominantly works on and with paper, in smaller formats and with a lighter range of colours. He also explores different printing techniques and, recently, three-dimensional sculptural arrangements.

His work has been exhibited worldwide. If you want to know more about this artist please visit his webpage: http://www.matthiasweischer.de/en/2014.html

Children Power painted by the Incredible Craig Davison

Yesterday I was having a coffee at a pub, and all of a sudden I began chatting with the two English men that were sitting next to me watching a football match. I don’t remember why we began talking about art, but I love it happened. One of them introduced me to his favorite artist: Craig Davison. Now is my turn to introduce him to you.

Born in Sheffield in 1965, Craig Davidson drew even from a very early age. He began working as a cartoonist, moving to the animations world as a Games Designer and finally became a Freelance Sculptor.

More years passed by and sculpting work became increasingly harder to find and in a quick rush painted a piece for a contest in which the famous fine artist Alexander Millar would select the winner as his apprentice. Surprisingly, Davidson finished in the top three and from the encouragement of his near-victory began painting with a passion. Davidson has been painting as a professional artist for galleries ever since.

Memories are everything. Golden. And if you were a child of the 1970s it’s a safe bet to assume that those memories centered on carefree summer afternoon riding your Raleigh Chopper bike, bouncing around on a spacehopper or climbing trees. All whilst clad in your Batman or Darth Vader costume.

The works of Davidson are set within a child’s mind, the children in the images take on the forms of famous fictional characters and stereotypes. The character’s shadow standing atop the image to depict the child’s mind as the child takes on the character’s posture and attitude below. The paintings capture a distinctive style of painting, helping to reveal an aspect of the imagination that can only be seen through art.

If you want to know more about this great artist visit his webpage: http://www.craigdavisonart.com/

Painting the Neighbors! By Brett Amory (@brettamory7)

Painting the Neighbors! By @brettamory7

Brett Amory is an american artist. He began the Waiting series in 2001 with paintings depicting commuter subjects seemingly detached from their fellow passengers and surrounding environments, inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and inhabitants of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco (where the artist lived for fifthteen years). Figures and places in Amory’s work are based on photographs the artist has taken of ordinary city architecture and random people who he sees on a daily basis but never speaks to.
He feels especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward—those who don’t appear to fit in socially.

In the past year he’s had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York and San Jose.

If you want to know more about this great artist, you should visit his website!

Hit the road Ray!

Hit the road Ray!

Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business”. Although his difficult life, Ray always had THE BRIGHTEST SMILE. I think this great musician deserves a portrait, and here is my version!

BTW, the movie “Ray” is strongly recommended! It’s the story of the life and career of the legendary musician.

Radiating Color with Regina Calcaterra (@RegiCalca)

Regina is a talented Argentinean Artist. She began painting in the workshop of Ana Armendariz when she was only a little girl. Since 2012, in search of a fresh eye, she commenced working with Alejandra Roux, where she shares an artistic space with a group of young and creative people.

With only 24 years old, she has developed a very unique style, combining on the canvas her talent with the pencil & brushes and what she captures with her camera, surrounded by powerful colors. Her paintings are Mix technique.

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Regina is also a great photographer. Below you can find a selection of what I consider her best pictures from her trip to Asia.

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Nobody can doubt that this girl has a special gift. She radiates art!

I hope you like her work as much as I do! You can find more about Regina Calcaterra in her webpage http://www.reginacalcaterra.com.ar/ and her blog: http://enelnombredelarte.com.ar/

 

#Painting a Fairy tale on the Streets by David Zinn @davidzinn_art

Painting a Fairy tale on the Streets by David Zinn @davidzinn_art

David’s improvised street art is composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects, and is always improvised on location. Most of these drawings have appeared on sidewalks in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan, but some have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan and construction debris in the Sonoran Desert. His most frequent characters are Sluggo, a bright green monster with stalk eyes and irreverent habits, and Philomena, a phlegmatic flying pig. As of 2013, there have been a lot of mice as well.