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INTERIORS X ART

THE ARTISTS

  OLYMPIO   Olympio was born into a large family of six children in Lomé, Togo, West Africa. As far as he can remember, he has always been creating. He began his work by using building scraps to make sculptures. By the time he was in high school, he started to experiment with mixed media and collage. Olympio’s work has been shown in many places in Togo and neighboring countries. A few places include the city art center in Lomé and the largest hotel in the country, Hotel Sarakawa. He then went on to show and sell his work in Paris, France. Olympio moved to the US in 2003 and has continued to paint and show his work in many galleries.  Painting, for Olympio, is following a feeling. It is discovering the internal balance of a piece and recognizing beauty when it is unveiled, a happy accident. He starts with the blank canvas, a splash of blue, red, or whatever color speaks to him and goes from there. He uses oil, acrylic, brushes, his hands—anything he is inspired by. He scratches the canvas and uses paint straight from the tube. For him, there is no hidden story or elusive meaning behind each painting. It’s just a piece: it is everything and nothing. It is as simple as a heartbeat, as complex as a hurricane. 

OLYMPIO

Olympio was born into a large family of six children in Lomé, Togo, West Africa. As far as he can remember, he has always been creating. He began his work by using building scraps to make sculptures. By the time he was in high school, he started to experiment with mixed media and collage.
Olympio’s work has been shown in many places in Togo and neighboring countries. A few places include the city art center in Lomé and the largest hotel in the country, Hotel Sarakawa. He then went on to show and sell his work in Paris, France. Olympio moved to the US in 2003 and has continued to paint and show his work in many galleries. 
Painting, for Olympio, is following a feeling. It is discovering the internal balance of a piece and recognizing beauty when it is unveiled, a happy accident. He starts with the blank canvas, a splash of blue, red, or whatever color speaks to him and goes from there. He uses oil, acrylic, brushes, his hands—anything he is inspired by. He scratches the canvas and uses paint straight from the tube. For him, there is no hidden story or elusive meaning behind each painting. It’s just a piece: it is everything and nothing. It is as simple as a heartbeat, as complex as a hurricane. 

  KRISTA AUGIUS   Krista Augius is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Her artwork includes working with oil painting, sculpture, installation, photography and short film.   She has exhibited in national and international art shows and her art has appeared in movies such as Iron Man III and Fast and Furious 7.  She has an art studio at the Santa Monica Art Studios in Santa Monica, CA.  Her artwork explores capturing the surreal and magical moments of nature, mythology and science related to human perception.  “One of the my favorite aspects of creating art is the connection to a magical feeling or space in time whether it be spiritual, emotional or imaginative. "Entering this type of realm is a way of showing things in a new light, a new dimension that gives perspective to the life around us,” Krista Augius.

KRISTA AUGIUS

Krista Augius is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Her artwork includes working with oil painting, sculpture, installation, photography and short film. 

She has exhibited in national and international art shows and her art has appeared in movies such as Iron Man III and Fast and Furious 7.  She has an art studio at the Santa Monica Art Studios in Santa Monica, CA.

Her artwork explores capturing the surreal and magical moments of nature, mythology and science related to human perception.  “One of the my favorite aspects of creating art is the connection to a magical feeling or space in time whether it be spiritual, emotional or imaginative. "Entering this type of realm is a way of showing things in a new light, a new dimension that gives perspective to the life around us,” Krista Augius.

  LinLin Hu   Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, my family is a mixture of Taiwanese, Hakkanese, Cantonese and Japanese. Before moving to the United States, I was a Chinese history major at National Taiwan University; I picked up art outside of the school system by learning from an artist at her studio every Sunday from age 10-16, but I never had a formal academic art training.  I came to San Francisco to study at Academy of Art University;  Painting, is my soul's calling. It’s my doorway, my key, to open myself up to receive higher inspirations. I interpret my inner journey as an observer of light onto the surface through the movement of colors and brushstrokes. My art is inspired by The Source Energy of the cosmos and within each of us. I think Light is the most magnificent manifestation of that energy and everything reflects or resonates with it as its own unique color sequences and characters. The dance between light and shadow fascinates me. Since childhood I grew up with odd eyesight; with -10.0 myopia vision I see everything blurry. I used to think it would be an obstacle for me to be an artist, but now I consider it a blessing in disguise. I naturally see colors without fixating them within the refined shapes, in everything, like the objects having a glowing aura. Now with corrected vision I see clearly, but I yearn to reveal my true vision in art. From realistic styles to loose strokes to just patterns, my style evolves as I grow less serious about the perceived reality.  I am an artist who has no known style statement, but that's the statement I make - I am honest, and I welcome changes. Lin Lin Hu resides in San Pedro, CA

LinLin Hu

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, my family is a mixture of Taiwanese, Hakkanese, Cantonese and Japanese. Before moving to the United States, I was a Chinese history major at National Taiwan University; I picked up art outside of the school system by learning from an artist at her studio every Sunday from age 10-16, but I never had a formal academic art training.  I came to San Francisco to study at Academy of Art University;  Painting, is my soul's calling. It’s my doorway, my key, to open myself up to receive higher inspirations. I interpret my inner journey as an observer of light onto the surface through the movement of colors and brushstrokes. My art is inspired by The Source Energy of the cosmos and within each of us. I think Light is the most magnificent manifestation of that energy and everything reflects or resonates with it as its own unique color sequences and characters. The dance between light and shadow fascinates me. Since childhood I grew up with odd eyesight; with -10.0 myopia vision I see everything blurry. I used to think it would be an obstacle for me to be an artist, but now I consider it a blessing in disguise. I naturally see colors without fixating them within the refined shapes, in everything, like the objects having a glowing aura. Now with corrected vision I see clearly, but I yearn to reveal my true vision in art. From realistic styles to loose strokes to just patterns, my style evolves as I grow less serious about the perceived reality.  I am an artist who has no known style statement, but that's the statement I make - I am honest, and I welcome changes. Lin Lin Hu resides in San Pedro, CA

 Ruben Tomas  Ruben Tomas is a Spanish photographer based in LA.Starting his career as an actor and model, Ruben Tomas turned behind the camera to become photographer some time after he moved to Belgium on an impulse and decided to take up a new challenge.   Through his earlier career, he taught himself the basics of photography while shooting portraits of friends. Ruben Tomas then honed his skills being an autodidact and studying at 'Atelier Contraste' in Brussels. Ruben Tomas captures and absorbs all that he loves, cinema, modern art and contemporary dance, capturing moments that are, by their nature, fleeting and elusive.   His work consistently reflects a strong sense of composition, styling and beauty coupled with a flair of subtle mystery drawn out through his ability to connect with his models and subjects.   His work is internationally published in magazines as L’Officiel Homme, Schon!!, The Ones2Watch, Wylde Magazine, TENMAG, Refinery 29, Fuck- ing Young, Fave Magazine, Lab Homme, Desire Homme Magazine, Odalisque, Behind The Blinds.

Ruben Tomas

Ruben Tomas is a Spanish photographer based in LA.Starting his career as an actor and model, Ruben Tomas turned behind the camera to become photographer some time after he moved to Belgium on an impulse and decided to take up a new challenge. 

Through his earlier career, he taught himself the basics of photography while shooting portraits of friends. Ruben Tomas then honed his skills being an autodidact and studying at 'Atelier Contraste' in Brussels.
Ruben Tomas captures and absorbs all that he loves, cinema, modern art and contemporary dance, capturing moments that are, by their nature, fleeting and elusive. 

His work consistently reflects a strong sense of composition, styling and beauty coupled with a flair of subtle mystery drawn out through his ability to connect with his models and subjects. 

His work is internationally published in magazines as L’Officiel Homme, Schon!!, The Ones2Watch, Wylde Magazine, TENMAG, Refinery 29, Fuck- ing Young, Fave Magazine, Lab Homme, Desire Homme Magazine, Odalisque, Behind The Blinds.

  LUIS SANCHEZ   Luis Sanchez is an artist who is not limited to any one genre, rather, he is a master at many. Sanchez's works are grim and sublime, realistic and idealistic. The result is a profound statement of light and dark, life and death, and the role we play in it. A true Renaissance man, he excels at figurative and abstract painting, found object mixed-media work, delicate shadowboxes, bronze figurative sculpture, murals, and has even designed a line of artful ceramic clocks.  Born in 1968, Luis lived the first ten years of his life in Mexico City with his family (a Cuban born father who was also a fine artist, a Mexican-Lebanese mother, and an older brother and sister.) It seems art was always his destiny, as his mother had very strong dreams and visions of him as a sculptor during her pregnancy, and in fact wanted to name him Michelangelo. Thankfully, his father intervened, but her premonition was in fact, accurate.   Luis is best known for his realistic paintings of subjects (his friends) set in somewhat surreal circumstances, painted on his signature highly-textured canvases that resemble degraded stucco. This recreation of the walls he remembers from his childhood in Mexico City gives his work a most unusual quality – melding the ancient past with present day fashionable participants, and a question about what the future holds in the mysterious scenes he paints. His usually large works are mesmerizing examples of trompe l'oeil, leaving viewers with the impression that he has used photography, collage, or other techniques, when he has only dexterously used the brush.   The Sanchez family immigrated to the United States in 1979, and after graduating from high school in 1987, Luis attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. But after a lifetime of chronic kidney disease and years of dialysis, Luis was forced to drop out of school to receive a kidney transplant in 1993. Unable to return to school, Luis focused on refining his drawing techniques, and began painting from his bed. He learned the subtleties of human anatomy through books, sometimes sketching for up to twelve hours a day. "My transplant was a rebirth. It is difficult to explain, but it certainly put life, everyone in it, and everything, in crystal clear perspective." His work emanates the energy, discipline, and drive of someone who has gotten a third chance, and now lives life to the fullest, continually creating. Luis had a second successful kidney transplant in 2011, which continues to enrich his life, with an innate positive attitude that is certainly inspiring and infectious.   Recently, his mother’s intuition ignited something new to emerge. A seemingly random comment, “You should stop painting and focus on sculpture,” struck a nerve in the artist, who had been contemplating this himself. Instinctually knowing it to be the correct move, he embarked upon a new journey, and has since created a completely original body of complex figurative work in bronze. “The New Alchemy” is a series that is inspired in part by the Industrial Revolution, and in part highlights the powerful machine of mankind itself.   - Dale Youngman 

LUIS SANCHEZ

Luis Sanchez is an artist who is not limited to any one genre, rather, he is a master at many. Sanchez's works are grim and sublime, realistic and idealistic. The result is a profound statement of light and dark, life and death, and the role we play in it. A true Renaissance man, he excels at figurative and abstract painting, found object mixed-media work, delicate shadowboxes, bronze figurative sculpture, murals, and has even designed a line of artful ceramic clocks.

Born in 1968, Luis lived the first ten years of his life in Mexico City with his family (a Cuban born father who was also a fine artist, a Mexican-Lebanese mother, and an older brother and sister.) It seems art was always his destiny, as his mother had very strong dreams and visions of him as a sculptor during her pregnancy, and in fact wanted to name him Michelangelo. Thankfully, his father intervened, but her premonition was in fact, accurate. 

Luis is best known for his realistic paintings of subjects (his friends) set in somewhat surreal circumstances, painted on his signature highly-textured canvases that resemble degraded stucco. This recreation of the walls he remembers from his childhood in Mexico City gives his work a most unusual quality – melding the ancient past with present day fashionable participants, and a question about what the future holds in the mysterious scenes he paints. His usually large works are mesmerizing examples of trompe l'oeil, leaving viewers with the impression that he has used photography, collage, or other techniques, when he has only dexterously used the brush. 

The Sanchez family immigrated to the United States in 1979, and after graduating from high school in 1987, Luis attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. But after a lifetime of chronic kidney disease and years of dialysis, Luis was forced to drop out of school to receive a kidney transplant in 1993. Unable to return to school, Luis focused on refining his drawing techniques, and began painting from his bed. He learned the subtleties of human anatomy through books, sometimes sketching for up to twelve hours a day. "My transplant was a rebirth. It is difficult to explain, but it certainly put life, everyone in it, and everything, in crystal clear perspective." His work emanates the energy, discipline, and drive of someone who has gotten a third chance, and now lives life to the fullest, continually creating. Luis had a second successful kidney transplant in 2011, which continues to enrich his life, with an innate positive attitude that is certainly inspiring and infectious. 

Recently, his mother’s intuition ignited something new to emerge. A seemingly random comment, “You should stop painting and focus on sculpture,” struck a nerve in the artist, who had been contemplating this himself. Instinctually knowing it to be the correct move, he embarked upon a new journey, and has since created a completely original body of complex figurative work in bronze. “The New Alchemy” is a series that is inspired in part by the Industrial Revolution, and in part highlights the powerful machine of mankind itself. 

- Dale Youngman 

  SONA MIRZAEI   Sona Mirzaei is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California. Building on an innate interest in art evident since her early childhood, Sona took advantage of a rather unorthodox liberal upbringing and indulged her interest in the arts and sports. Exposure to the LA & New York art community led her to finding full expression through her own artwork, producing a series of collages, acrylics, oil paintings, performance art, etchings and sculptures that would presage her career as an artist that has become collected by many high-profile patrons today.   Most recently she was featured in the  Huffington Post  and was awarded artist of the year in 2014 with  Art for Progress  (AFP), based in New York City. AFP seeks to increase the visibility of talented artists, to raise the awareness of the importance of arts education and creativity throughout the United States. In making the award to Sona, AFP found her paintings consist of great layers, depth, and texture that manifest dimensions, liveliness and joy that her works bestows onto others. She is currently working in abstract expressionism, pop art, sculpture, street art, creative design, mixed media, figurative, conceptual, 3dimensional, and on public art.  Sona interest extends to public art as she believes that people should be able to experience art anywhere and place and this notion of working dimensional and outdoors opened a great opportunity for her to have experienced a  Sotheby's  auction with her elephant  Triumph of Unity  in Singapore which was sponsored by  Air France  in 2012. The last couple of years have brought more awareness to Sona's career in the form of public art exhibitions and these experiences have also allowed for Sona to have her first museum exhibition at the  Asian Civilization of Art Museum , following the  Milton Museum  in Massachusetts, later the  Petersen Auto Museum  in Los Angeles with the  Warner Brothers Marvel  comic book collection.  Having had a museum experience was the fuel to keep propelling forward with her art design practice to invite more public interactive opportunities that does not happen in art galleries often necessarily, and to become a regular factor with her art because of the genuine interest and conversations that happen in public spaces – social interaction – the purpose of art.   Sona has become a vibrant force in the International art community and has exhibited her works in London, Singapore, Copenhagen, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Paris, Miami, Hong Kong, New York City, Dubai, San Francisco, and numerous venues and galleries all over Southern California. She has a genuine artistically pure goal of continuing to evolve and create magic thorough the lens of the visual medium which she believes has the power to transform and transcend virtually any space.    Sona is certainly an artist of our times. As stated by Los Angeles based art critic, Peter Frank, “Sona Mirzaei paints like a cross between a house on fire and a bat out of hell. She seems almost literally to whip her abstract paintings into shape. The results of her furious brush-wielding are roiled surfaces and foreign materials brought to a sudden, almost revelatory visual coherency, exciting to witness.” 

SONA MIRZAEI

Sona Mirzaei is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California. Building on an innate interest in art evident since her early childhood, Sona took advantage of a rather unorthodox liberal upbringing and indulged her interest in the arts and sports. Exposure to the LA & New York art community led her to finding full expression through her own artwork, producing a series of collages, acrylics, oil paintings, performance art, etchings and sculptures that would presage her career as an artist that has become collected by many high-profile patrons today. 

Most recently she was featured in the Huffington Post and was awarded artist of the year in 2014 with Art for Progress (AFP), based in New York City. AFP seeks to increase the visibility of talented artists, to raise the awareness of the importance of arts education and creativity throughout the United States. In making the award to Sona, AFP found her paintings consist of great layers, depth, and texture that manifest dimensions, liveliness and joy that her works bestows onto others. She is currently working in abstract expressionism, pop art, sculpture, street art, creative design, mixed media, figurative, conceptual, 3dimensional, and on public art.

Sona interest extends to public art as she believes that people should be able to experience art anywhere and place and this notion of working dimensional and outdoors opened a great opportunity for her to have experienced a Sotheby's auction with her elephant Triumph of Unity in Singapore which was sponsored by Air France in 2012. The last couple of years have brought more awareness to Sona's career in the form of public art exhibitions and these experiences have also allowed for Sona to have her first museum exhibition at the Asian Civilization of Art Museum, following the Milton Museum in Massachusetts, later the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles with the Warner Brothers Marvel comic book collection.

Having had a museum experience was the fuel to keep propelling forward with her art design practice to invite more public interactive opportunities that does not happen in art galleries often necessarily, and to become a regular factor with her art because of the genuine interest and conversations that happen in public spaces – social interaction – the purpose of art. 

Sona has become a vibrant force in the International art community and has exhibited her works in London, Singapore, Copenhagen, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Paris, Miami, Hong Kong, New York City, Dubai, San Francisco, and numerous venues and galleries all over Southern California. She has a genuine artistically pure goal of continuing to evolve and create magic thorough the lens of the visual medium which she believes has the power to transform and transcend virtually any space. 

Sona is certainly an artist of our times. As stated by Los Angeles based art critic, Peter Frank, “Sona Mirzaei paints like a cross between a house on fire and a bat out of hell. She seems almost literally to whip her abstract paintings into shape. The results of her furious brush-wielding are roiled surfaces and foreign materials brought to a sudden, almost revelatory visual coherency, exciting to witness.” 

  REGINA ARGENTIN   Regina Argentin explores the subconscious in saturated color creating distilled imagery layered into abstract form. Her paintings reflect the narrative with a mystic quality. Using parts of nature, wildlife and nudes, she creates an ethereal landscape in multi layers of translucent glaze gradations of vibrant color.  Regina Argentin received her BFA at Art Center College in Pasadena. Upon graduation she moved to NYC to pursue her passion as a fine artist. She participated in several shows and fellowship residencies. She then returned to to her native city of Los Angeles to work in the film industry as an art director. As a professional working artist, she exhibits, teaches, and has also established her own fine and decorative arts business.  Her collectors include   Lee Iacocca, F. Lee Bailey, Neil Diamond, Liz and Allen Johnson, Norman Lear, Wendy Goldberg, Robert Radcliffe, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Lord Montague, Citibank, and the Four

REGINA ARGENTIN

Regina Argentin explores the subconscious in saturated color creating distilled imagery layered into abstract form. Her paintings reflect the narrative with a mystic quality. Using parts of nature, wildlife and nudes, she creates an ethereal landscape in multi layers of translucent glaze gradations of vibrant color.

Regina Argentin received her BFA at Art Center College in Pasadena. Upon graduation she moved to NYC to pursue her passion as a fine artist. She participated in several shows and fellowship residencies. She then returned to to her native city of Los Angeles to work in the film industry as an art director. As a professional working artist, she exhibits, teaches, and has also established her own fine and decorative arts business.

Her collectors include 

Lee Iacocca, F. Lee Bailey, Neil Diamond, Liz and Allen Johnson, Norman Lear, Wendy Goldberg, Robert Radcliffe, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Lord Montague, Citibank, and the Four

 YOSSI GOVRIN  Yossi Govrin is an artist with a diverse cultural background who has exhibited both nationally and internationally for his multimedia work including hemp and cement sculptures, bronze sculptures, paintings, photography and film.    In the "Night Watch" series the sculptures relate directly to "human conductivity" and are made from hemp and cement; emphasizing the transient nature of humans and their environment, and a single mold reflecting our common origin. The added elements such as chandeliers, stones, and rope suggest the sense of individuality and uniqueness and resonate across cultural and national boundaries.  Yossi Govrin has been awarded numerous commissions, most notably a monument in honor of the late Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin (installed in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv City Hall, the site of the Prime Minster's assassination) and the bust of General James H. Doolittle, placed at the Santa Monica Museum of Aviation.   Yossi Govrin is also the Director of Santa Monica Art Studios and Arena 1 Gallery. The Arts Leadership Award for the Innovative Artist in the Community was awarded to Yossi in 2014 by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.  This honor was awarded to him by the mayor of the city of Santa Monica, Pam O’Connor and State Assembly, Richard Bloom.

YOSSI GOVRIN

Yossi Govrin is an artist with a diverse cultural background who has exhibited both nationally and internationally for his multimedia work including hemp and cement sculptures, bronze sculptures, paintings, photography and film.  

In the "Night Watch" series the sculptures relate directly to "human conductivity" and are made from hemp and cement; emphasizing the transient nature of humans and their environment, and a single mold reflecting our common origin. The added elements such as chandeliers, stones, and rope suggest the sense of individuality and uniqueness and resonate across cultural and national boundaries.

Yossi Govrin has been awarded numerous commissions, most notably a monument in honor of the late Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin (installed in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv City Hall, the site of the Prime Minster's assassination) and the bust of General James H. Doolittle, placed at the Santa Monica Museum of Aviation. 

Yossi Govrin is also the Director of Santa Monica Art Studios and Arena 1 Gallery. The Arts Leadership Award for the Innovative Artist in the Community was awarded to Yossi in 2014 by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.  This honor was awarded to him by the mayor of the city of Santa Monica, Pam O’Connor and State Assembly, Richard Bloom.

  JAMES PORSCHEN   James Porschen’s (b 1983. Santa Monica) work abstracts reality, transcending the literal and focusing on the underlying essence of nature, letting it’s sublime reflection emerge. These images stand as a meditation on the balance of nature’s furious and fragile modes. In this world of chaos and illusion, Porschen manages to capture moments of meaning with the quiet assurance of one hand finding the other in the dark. This is achieved by a reduction of specific elements so that the whole dominates the frame rather than any one point. In order to establish a common link in which past, present and future are blurred the landscapes remain void of notions that deal directly with time and space. A visual interference and a breakdown of context is intentional. Having a disorienting effect at times, the perspective of the print is transformed by removing references to scale and origin. With the loss of narrative associations, these images may then serve as vessels for contemplation. Porschen’s influences range from the spiritual connection found in works by Mark Rothko, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Zen art, to the emotive power of abstract expressionists, as well as universal symbols seen in Jungian Archetypes.

JAMES PORSCHEN

James Porschen’s (b 1983. Santa Monica) work abstracts reality, transcending the literal and focusing on the underlying essence of nature, letting it’s sublime reflection emerge. These images stand as a meditation on the balance of nature’s furious and fragile modes. In this world of chaos and illusion, Porschen manages to capture moments of meaning with the quiet assurance of one hand finding the other in the dark. This is achieved by a reduction of specific elements so that the whole dominates the frame rather than any one point. In order to establish a common link in which past, present and future are blurred the landscapes remain void of notions that deal directly with time and space. A visual interference and a breakdown of context is intentional. Having a disorienting effect at times, the perspective of the print is transformed by removing references to scale and origin. With the loss of narrative associations, these images may then serve as vessels for contemplation. Porschen’s influences range from the spiritual connection found in works by Mark Rothko, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Zen art, to the emotive power of abstract expressionists, as well as universal symbols seen in Jungian Archetypes.

  FERNANDO MASTRANGELO   Fernando Mastrangelo uses atypically commonplace materials- such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement- to cast sculpture objects that inextricably entangle fine art and design disciplines. Amalgamating commodity materials and pure geometric form, the works are intriguingly contradictory; they are both rugged and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional. Precisely because of their hybrid natures, each work shatters the potential for contextual singularity.  Fernando Mastrangelo has exhibited extensively throughout the US and internationally. His work has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, LUXE, Juxtapoz, Fast Company, Frame, Modern Painters, Interview Magazine, Cultured Magazine, where he is also a contributing editor, Flaunt, Whitewall and others. In 2008, the Brooklyn Museum acquired one of his works, subsequently exhibiting it in their critically acclaimed 2012 Connecting Cultures show. Additionally, Mastrangelo is the founder of a design firm MMATERIAL that runs out of his Brooklyn studio. Prior to pursuing his career in the arts & design, he worked as an assistant to Matthew Barney.   

FERNANDO MASTRANGELO

Fernando Mastrangelo uses atypically commonplace materials- such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement- to cast sculpture objects that inextricably entangle fine art and design disciplines. Amalgamating commodity materials and pure geometric form, the works are intriguingly contradictory; they are both rugged and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional. Precisely because of their hybrid natures, each work shatters the potential for contextual singularity.

Fernando Mastrangelo has exhibited extensively throughout the US and internationally. His work has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, LUXE, Juxtapoz, Fast Company, Frame, Modern Painters, Interview Magazine, Cultured Magazine, where he is also a contributing editor, Flaunt, Whitewall and others. In 2008, the Brooklyn Museum acquired one of his works, subsequently exhibiting it in their critically acclaimed 2012 Connecting Cultures show. Additionally, Mastrangelo is the founder of a design firm MMATERIAL that runs out of his Brooklyn studio. Prior to pursuing his career in the arts & design, he worked as an assistant to Matthew Barney.

 

  APRIL DAWN PARKER   In my paintings, I create environments comprised of both abstract and natural elements. I am influenced by geometry and am intrigued by the idea of perfect objects, such as Platonic solids. Yet as soon as I depict a geometric form, the mathematical aspects have morphed into something organic.    On the conceptual side, my work is inspired by polyhedrons, tiling patterns, and parametric structures. On the organic side, I study root systems, crystal formations, geodes and plant architecture. These disparate but intimately related elements, such as a crystal cave and the properties of polyhedrons, compel me to compare them. Which aspects do they share? When do they create tension with one another? My paintings combine these elements and function as metaphors for actual environments, where mental constructs coexist with the imperfect reality of all things material.   In creating my work, I use gouache and paint freehand without rulers or guides. The lines may appear “straight," but are not strictly so. This process demonstrates my preoccupation with mathematical concepts contrasted with physical expressions of geometric form, which reveals that, indeed, I cannot draw a straight line. 

APRIL DAWN PARKER

In my paintings, I create environments comprised of both abstract and natural elements. I am influenced by geometry and am intrigued by the idea of perfect objects, such as Platonic solids. Yet as soon as I depict a geometric form, the mathematical aspects have morphed into something organic.  

On the conceptual side, my work is inspired by polyhedrons, tiling patterns, and parametric structures. On the organic side, I study root systems, crystal formations, geodes and plant architecture. These disparate but intimately related elements, such as a crystal cave and the properties of polyhedrons, compel me to compare them. Which aspects do they share? When do they create tension with one another? My paintings combine these elements and function as metaphors for actual environments, where mental constructs coexist with the imperfect reality of all things material. 

In creating my work, I use gouache and paint freehand without rulers or guides. The lines may appear “straight," but are not strictly so. This process demonstrates my preoccupation with mathematical concepts contrasted with physical expressions of geometric form, which reveals that, indeed, I cannot draw a straight line. 

 HIROKO YOSHIMOTO  Hiroko Yoshimoto is a visual artist residing in Southern California. She was born and raised in Japan and moved to Los Angeles as a teen. She has BA and MA (summa cum laude) in Art from UCLA.  She was the featured solo artist for Ventura Chamber Music Festival in 1996 and the Visual Art Curator for VCMF Art Exhibitions ’98. She designed the stage set and costumes for the opera “Magic Flute” for Ventura College/Ventura County Master Chorale opera production in 1990, for “Unicorn” production by Ventura County Master Chorale in 1991 and for “L’histoire du Soldat” for Ventura Chamber Music Festival in 2000. She was a member of the Ventura Municipal Art Acquisition Committee 2001-2002. She curated many exhibitions including the Contemporary Asian American Art Exhibition at SCIAC in 2003 and “Four Legends - Four Masters” for Museum of Ventura County in 2010-2011.  Her third museum solo exhibition, "Biodiversity", at Carnegie Art Museum of Oxnard was one of the highest attended exhibitions in recent history.  Yoshimoto was one of the founders of Studio 83 (1983-1999), an artists’ co-op group and for the Ventura College Friends of the Arts, a non-profit art scholarship fund-raising organization.   

HIROKO YOSHIMOTO

Hiroko Yoshimoto is a visual artist residing in Southern California. She was born and raised in Japan and moved to Los Angeles as a teen. She has BA and MA (summa cum laude) in Art from UCLA.

She was the featured solo artist for Ventura Chamber Music Festival in 1996 and the Visual Art Curator for VCMF Art Exhibitions ’98. She designed the stage set and costumes for the opera “Magic Flute” for Ventura College/Ventura County Master Chorale opera production in 1990, for “Unicorn” production by Ventura County Master Chorale in 1991 and for “L’histoire du Soldat” for Ventura Chamber Music Festival in 2000. She was a member of the Ventura Municipal Art Acquisition Committee 2001-2002. She curated many exhibitions including the Contemporary Asian American Art Exhibition at SCIAC in 2003 and “Four Legends - Four Masters” for Museum of Ventura County in 2010-2011.

Her third museum solo exhibition, "Biodiversity", at Carnegie Art Museum of Oxnard was one of the highest attended exhibitions in recent history.

Yoshimoto was one of the founders of Studio 83 (1983-1999), an artists’ co-op group and for the Ventura College Friends of the Arts, a non-profit art scholarship fund-raising organization.