Ludwig Angerer der Ältere

Angerer studierte von 1957 bis 1961 Architektur in München und dann weitere vier Jahre an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste. Nach seiner Zeit als Entwurfsarchitekt im Büro von Alexander von Branca arbeitete er ab 1975 in freiberuflicher Tätigkeit. Zu seinen zahlreichen Arbeiten in verschiedenen Genres zählt die künstlerische Ausstattung des Films Die unendliche Geschichte II – Auf der Suche nach Phantásien nach dem Roman von Michael Ende. Dafür wurde Angerer mit dem Bayerischen Filmpreis ausgezeichnet. Er gestaltete auch das Grabmal Michael Endes auf dem Münchner Waldfriedhof. Angerer arbeitet für das Theater, als Filmemacher und Schriftsteller. 1996 war er Gründungsmitglied des Zentrums für Phantastische Künstler. Im Jahr 2000 wurde die von Angerer dem Älteren erbaute Erlöserkapelle in Biburg, ein christliches Gesamtkunstwerk aus Architektur, Malerei und Bildhauerei, ökumenisch eingeweiht. Papst Benedikt XVI. verfasste noch als Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger ein handschriftliches Grußwort. Angerer nahm 2003 zusammen mit 43 anderen Personen an der Initiative „Botschafter Niederbayerns“ des Projekts Regionalmarketing im Bezirk Niederbayern teil.[1] 2006 wurde er offizieller Pate des Wortes Schönheit, verliehen vom Verein Deutsche Sprache e. V. 2007 wurde Angerers Triptychon „Seele Europa“ im Europäischen Parlament in Brüssel ausgestellt. Ermöglicht hatte diese Ausstellung Manfred Weber, MdEP, die Eröffnungsrede hielt der EU-Kommissar Ján Figeľ.

2008 wurde Angerer der Französische Kunstpreis Trophée Apocalypse Dore des Europäischen Phantastensalons SAFE 2008 verliehen, überreicht von Louis Giscard d’Estaing in Le Mont-Dore. Im April 2008 erhielt er den Kunst- und Kulturpreis des Landkreises Kelheim. Im Jahr 2011 bekam Angerer erneut die Trophée Apocalypse Dore.

Für die geplante 55 Meter hohe Christus-Statue auf dem Predigtstuhl in Bad Reichenhall, eine Initiative der „Christlichen Initiative Predigtstuhl“ (CIP) von Harry Vossberg, hat Angerer die Entwürfe geschaffen, die in einer Pressekonferenz und im Bayerischen Fernsehen vorgestellt wurden.[2] Eine Christus-Statue als Christus-Dom, die leibhaftige Menschwerdung Christi, die Botschaft „sein Leib sei unser Tempel“ – dieser Gedanke läßt Angerer nicht los, und so nahm die Idee Gestalt an. In zweijähriger Arbeitszeit entstand das Modell einer Christus-Statue als Christus-Dom. 2013 erhielt er beim Pariser Salon Art en Capital für sein ausgestelltes Werk „Don Quijote“ die Bronzemedaille. 2014 erhielt er dort die Silbermedaille für sein christliches Themengemälde „Absoluter Höllensturz“, ein Bekenntnis zum christlichen Abendland.

 

Kathrina Sofie Baumgartner (1986). Schon in jungen Jahren entdeckt sie ihre große Leidenschaft für die Kunst, malt und fertigt Zeichnungen als Autodidakt. 2003 beginnt Kathrina ihre Vollzeitausbildung zur Holz- und Steinbildhauerin in Österreich / Innsbruck. 2007 beschließt sie ihre Ausbildung mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg von 1,0 und beginnt ihre Tätigkeit als freischaffende Künstlerin. Es folgen Studienreisen nach Paris und Florenz, um das Können alter Meister zu studieren. 2009 reist Kathrina Sofie Baumgartner nach Indonesien, um sich dort in die Techniken und Geheimnisse indonesischer Bildhauer einweihen zu lassen, erlernt Holzbatiken und arbeitet mit landestypischen Hölzern und Werkzeugen.

2010 wird Prof. Ernst Fuchs auf die junge Künstlerin aufmerksam und lädt sie nach Klagenfurt am Wörthersee ein. Dort bekommt sie die Möglichkeit, als Assistentin an seinem Lebenswerk, der Fuchs-Kapelle der Stadtpfarrkirche St. Egid in Klagenfurt, bis zu ihrer Eröffnung am 30. September 2010 mitzuarbeiten.

2012 erscheint zum ersten mal eine limitierte Bronze-Edition von Kathrina Sofie bei dem internationalen Kunstkatalog “Ars Mundi”.

Im Rahmen des Palm Art Award 2012, Kunstpreis in Leipzig, wird der Künstlerin ein "Certificate of Excellence" zuerkannt. 2013 im Januar erscheint das neue internationale Lexikon Surreal von Prof. Gerhard Habarta.

 

Karol Bąk was born on 30 May 1961 in Koło in the Wielkopolska Region. He graduated from the Fine Arts High School of Poznań with a degree in Interior Exhibition Arrangement. In 1984, he was admitted to the Graphics Department of the State College of Art (currently the University of Arts in Poznań). He already knew what direction he wanted to take in his studies - painting, graphics and sculpture were perceived as a prestigious pursuit of “searching for pure art.” He was confident he had made the best choice. He graduated in 1989 with distinction, with two degrees in Graphics, under Prof. Tadeusz Jackowski, and Drawing in the studio of Prof. Jarosław Kozłowski.

He received the “Best Graduation Work 1989” Award in Toruń. In the following year, he took part in the 21st exhibition of the graphics and drawings of the year, receiving the Jan Wroniecki medal. He garnered the top award for his graphics.

In the following years, the artist focused on the commercial design of, for example, magazine covers, exhibition stands for the Poznań International Fair, the first billboards and tram advertisements, perfume packaging, company logos, tattoos and public and private interiors. The world was not receptive to more artistic creations.

In the early 1990s, Karol Bąk set out on a number of travels to explore and experience the uniqueness of sites which are key for Western European art. In addition to the museums in Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain included in his scheduled itinerary, there were others which he visited spontaneously, without prior planning. The artist earned money during these travels by drawing portraits.

In the late 1990s, the artist shifted his focus towards oil painting, which he has pursued professionally since 2000. Over the last dozen plus years, Karol Bąk has painted hundreds of oil paintings. These make up the lion’s share, if not the totality of his artistic achievement. The artist has also produced graphics, ink drawings, pastel portraits, pencil sketches and frescos. His works vary not only in technique, but also in the way they are viewed. Oil painting may well be considered the brightest and most cheerful side of his artistic soul, whereas his drawings and sketches constitute a shadier and more sinister aspect of his art. Both have been coming together for years, in the thematic series Sailing Ships and Dialogues. His other oil painting themes include Cocoons, Aureoles, The Four Elements, Judith and Salome,Prima Mobilia as well as the Nocturnes series inspired by the music of Frederic Chopin, made to mark Chopin Year, 2010.

Since 1988, the artist has held over a dozen individual exhibitions and taken part in tens of collective displays. The latter included Polish Surrealists (Warsaw 2008), ART.-EXPO (New York, Las Vegas 2008), Primavera (Rotterdam, the Netherlands 2008 and 2009), The Charm of Women. The Allure of Flowers (Sopot 2009), Magical Dreams(Włocławek 2011), Art Revolution Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan 2012 and 2013), ARTEUOMO (Rome, Italy 2012), and Magical Dreams II (Szczyrk 2013). His works have inspired students of the Warsaw School of Arts, who used costumes from the paintings to design their own creations. He has taken part in international plein-air workshops at home and abroad, including Segovia, Spain.

 

Claus Brusen self-taught painter, who started to paint in 1976 with drawings heavily inspired by Salvador Dali and Record album covers. From this year he participated in great numer of individual and collective exhibitions in Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden, USA, Poland. He is a member of A.O.I. (society for Art Of Imagination), founder of C.A.I.I.R. (Center for Art of International Imaginary Realism) and founder of Danish Biennale for Magic Realism.

His paintings was sold to HRH Prince Henri of Denmark on several occasions, have permanent display at Amalienborg & Fredensborg Slot, the Royal Palace of Her Majesty and The Prince. In 2016 delivered a portrait of HRH Prince Henri of Denmark painted over a period from 2013 – 2015 Claus Brusen has sold paintings to private collections in Scandinavia, England, France, Switzerland, Sicily, Germany, The Netherlands and USA.

 

Bronislaw Giefert - is a graduate of the glass academy at Krosno Glassworks. He has worked at many glass studios throughout Poland, with his most recent position being with Glass Studio Borowski for 20 years. The artist has held a great number of individual and collective exhibitions in Poland and foreign.

 

Igor Grechanyk was born in Kiev, Ukraine on 10 August 1960. Raised in an artistic family and taking great interest in art and drawing from his early years, he went to the Republican Art School and graduated from it in 1978. In 1984 he graduated from the State Art Institute in Kiev, Sculpture Faculty. From his childhood Igor had an inner inclination to mystical stories, the mysterious, to the world of the unknown and the unperceived. His aspiration to understand the origins of human civilization, its values, the deeper levels of consciousness, interrelations between the astral - and the material world inspired him to undertake a study of esoteric doctrines and ancient mythology and motivated him to start his journey into the world of the collective unconscious, the storehouse of images and symbols of the whole of humanity and all times. 
The artist transcends the boundaries of ordinary existence and causes a dialogue with another more ancient world, which looks on us intently. This ancient world directs our search. It gives birth to three-dimensional material images, filled with strong inner energy and realizing themselves a part of a mysterious and magical universe. 
Igor Grechanyk is a member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine, member of the Society for Art of Imagination under Honorary Presidency of Prof. Ernst Fuchs and he is a leader of the Creative Association “The Golden Gate”, founded in 1997 in Kiev. Igor Grechanyk is a participant of many exhibitions and art shows in many countries of the world. He also works on large monuments. He currently resides and works in Kiev, Ukraine.

 

Peter Gric is Austrian painter, drawer and illustrator originally from Czech Republic. In his art appear motives of futuristic landscapes and architecture, biomechanical surrealism and Fantastic realism. Gric is member of the art groups Libellule and Labyrinthe.

Peter Gric was born in 1968 in Brno, former Czechoslovakia. He was the only child of artists Ludmila Gric (1942, Pitín) and Jaroslav Gric (1937, Brno). They already supported his talent in painting and drawing, which he exhibited when he was young. In 1980 he traveled with his parents under the pretense described as vacation travel, they emigrated through Hungary and Yugoslavia to Austria.

They spend one year in the countryside of Reichenau an der Rax. They soon moved to Linz where Gric finished primary school and studied graphic design at the Höhere Technische Lehranstalt. In 1988 he moved to Vienna where he began to study under Arik Brauer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He finished his studies with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1993. While still in college, he participated in several exhibitions and started to sell his work successfully. In 1996, Gric presented his work about the connection of painting and computer graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He has two daughters Emilia (b. 2002) and Natalia (b. 2005). Later in 2009, he moved from Vienna to Höflein an der Hohen Wand.

 

Mariola Jaśko lives and works in Cracow , Poland. Her surreal painting is a journey from ancient times into film noir world, where both nature and cultural heritage are inspirations in search of unknown. Her latest series of works is influenced by cinema especially film noir motives where the poetry of old movies transforms into new meanings.

She graduated from Academy of Fine arts in Cracow in 1994. She received award "Promotions" in Legnica Art Gallery in 1995. In 1998-1999 she received a grant from Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York.

She received award "Promotions" in Legnica Art Gallery in 1995. In 1998-1999 she received a grant of Pollock- Krasner Foundation in New York.

She exhibits in many group shows in Poland and abroad, among others in Warsaw, Bonn, Budapest, Birmingham, Seoul, Katowice, Szczecin.

 

Jarosław Jaśnikowski – Polish artist, painter born in 1976 in Legnica. He has been engaged in painting since 1991. His first works are composed of science-fiction art. Nevertheless, in 1998 under the influence of an exhibition of the painter Wojtek Siudmak in his own hometown and meetings with the very artist, Jaśnikowski started experimenting with surrealism.

Jarosław Jaśnikowski is a very popular and well thought artist in Poland. He is also the most important and well known author of Polish steampunk in painting. He has created the most recognizing style, hence his works are characterized as an excellent atelier. The very painter pays a serious attention to the care of details, a proper matching of colors and a right composition.

Jaśnikowski has achieved success in the field of an individual and collective exhibitions as his paintings appear all over the world.

 

Joseph Kaliher (1970 California)

Joseph received training in the classical fine art tradition from the Master Maurizio Martelli, professor at The Fine Arts Academy of Florence. He then attended the world reknown: "Institute Superieur de Peinture Van Der Kelen et Logelain", in Bruxelles. Where he specialized his painting technique in the art of "Trompe L'Oeil", under the guide of Master Clemente Van der Kelen.

He has been working as a professional artist since more than twenty years. Exhibiting his art worldwide and attracting the attention of many important appraisers. His work may be found in many prestigious private art collections, as well as in foundations and museums. For example the Coveri Foundation in Florence, the Museum of Villa Demidoff just outside Florence, as well as the MDM Museum in Porto Cervo, on the island of Sardinia. In the year 2007, he held an important exhibition at the "Museo delle Regole", in Cortina. The world famous italian ski resort, frequented by international VIP's.

In the spring of 2016 several of his works are showing in the group show titled : "MAGICAL DREAMS". This show brings toghether some of the most talented names in the worldwide panorama of art dedicated to the genre defined as : "MAGICAL REALISM ". Still in the spring of 2016,the artist has also been invited to show his work at the "Museo Michetti", during The Carneval of Abruzzo. An important event that in the past has hosted some of the most significant comtemporary artists on a global scale.

JWK currently works and lives in Milano,Italy.

 

Marcin Kołpanowicz. Born in 1963 in Krakow. Graduated in the Academy of Fine Arts (Painting Faculty) in Krakow in 1987.The artist uses oil and pastel. His pictures merge unlimited imagination, metaphorical poetry and philosophical messages.His works are in private collections in Poland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, France, USA and Australia. His pictures were featured in Polish TV series film "Settlement" (directed by Janusz Majewski) and were reproduced on numerous book and CD covers. He organized over 20 one-man-shows (among others in Paris, New York, Cologne, Wuppertal, Linz, Krakow, Warsaw).

 

Tomasz Alen Kopera was born in Kozuchow, Poland in 1976. He attended the University of Technology in Wroclaw, where he gained a degree in Engineering. Tomasz paints in oil on canvas. Human nature and the mysteries of the Universe are his inspiration. Each painting motivates thought, challenging our initial response. Sometimes darkness will prevail, at other times, light. He is celebrated in visionary art circles for his acute attention to detail, mastery of color and bold use of subject matter. From 2010 member of "Libellule Group" formed by Lucas Kandl.

 

Jarosław Kukowski (born 11 April 1972 in Tczew) Polish contemporary painter dealing with moral and social issues in a controversial manner. His works were displayed in The Department of The National Museum ”Królikarnia”, Salons of the Auction House Rempex, "Gallery BP", Gallery "Tamka", "Gallery SD", "Gallery Bellotto"- in Warsaw; Museum of Galicia, Bunker of Art, Gallery "Turlej Foundation"- in Kraków; Voergaard Castle, Gallery Herning, Gallery Kolding - in Denmark; Art Expo in New York, and many other galleries and museums. The majority of Kukowski’s paintings were catalogued in the albums published by the auction houses, galleries and publishing houses.

In the early stage of his artistic career the climate of his works, regarded as symbolic ones, is filled with drama and sadness. Full of pain, deformed human figures along with mystic creatures are depicted against the background of surrealistic landscapes. This series of works was defined as Udreams by its author. During another period Kukowski definitely enlightened his palette; the artist became interested in nudes, nevertheless even here a viewer can perceive the brand of disintegration and passing time. These works were painted in a form of frescos being destroyed by time and revealing other pictures looking as if they had been painted behind them. In another stage of his artistic career, Kukowski moved back to his early works, but despite fairer coloring, his works were becoming more and more ironic and provocative. In 2001 some of Kukowski's works were removed from the exhibition in The Gallery SD due to resentment of the audience. The most important series of his works are: Undreams, Dreams and Frescos.

Rick Lelieveld (1963) lives and works as a professional artist in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands. At the end of the nineteen eighties he started  as  a water-colourist and designer of the local carnival. During this feast the daily live is depicted on a surreal way. In this he was able to present his fantasy and imagination. In his current work this theme is still present and nowadays he paints with oil on panel. His realistic painted figures are often placed in a surreal environment in which geometric patterns of surfaces, blocks and bulbs are used. His paintings do often have a dreamy atmosphere. The basic idea is showing humans with their emotions, the attraction between male and female often with an addition of some half hidden humour.

 

Jack Lipowczan wurde im Jahre 1951 in Polen geboren. Sein Studium an der bekannten Kunstakademie in Krakau schloss er 1976 mit dem Diplom in Graphik und Design ab. Anschließend arbeitete er als Szenen – Design Assistent im Film und hat in dieser Zeit mit seinen ersten Werken an verschiedenen Ausstellungen teilgenommen.

Jack hat 1981 Polen verlassen und lebte in Schweden und Australien, bis er sich letztendlich in Deutschland niedergelassen hat. Bis 2002 war er als Art - Direktor, zuerst im Film Studio in Sydney und danach in verschiedenen Werbeagenturen in Deutschland beschäftigt.

2004 hat Jack sich endgültig entschlossen, sein Leben der Malerei zu widmen und ist seither als selbständiger Kunst-Maler und Illustrator tätig.

Jack Lipowczan war immer von der Malerei des Peter Breughel, Holbein, und auch von der Kunst der Italienischen Renaissance fasziniert. Diesen Einfluss merkt man manchmal in seinen Werken. Seine Bilder charakterisieren eine übergenaue Beachtung des Details, der Komposition und Farbe. Seine Maltechnik ähnelt der zeitaufwändigen Harzöl-Lasur Technik der alten Meister.

Jacks Malstil kann man am besten als phantastisch-realistischen Surrealismus bezeichnen.

Seine Bilder sind jedoch keine Abbilder der Realität, sondern eine ironische aber doch mitfühlende Synthese des Lebens, gesehen durch den Spiegel der Seele.

Jedes von Jacks Bildern hat einige allegorische Geschichten zu erzählen, wobei er die Interpretation alleine dem Betrachter überlässt. Nur der Titel des Bildes verrät seine eigenen Überlegungen.

Jack Lipowczan ist Mitglied der Society of Art of Imagination in London, Syrlin International e.V. Baden Württemberg.

Seine Bilder sind im Besitz von privaten Personen in Polen, Schweden, Österreich, Deutschland, England, Australien und in USA.

Seine Arbeiten wurden in Polen, Deutschland, England, USA, Österreich, Frankreich, Italien Dänemark und in der Schweiz ausgestellt.

 

Micha Lobi was born in Siberia in 1966, and lives and works in Russia. Already as a boy he enjoyed painting against the advice of his parents. Lobi studied Physics and Mathematics at the university, then after military service, he entered the academy of arts. His thoughts and inspiration, but also his ideal of beauty have been influenced by the German painters Dürer and Holbein, as well as by Flemish art of the 15th and 16th century. In contrast to the medieval painters, who often worked by order, Micha Lobi paints only following his inspiration. He contemplates his works as a kind of still life, where he puts instead of vases and fruits different elements and figures from the Middle Ages and the modern epoch. Micha´s opinion is: “Firstly it’s of great importance to me to provide every spectator with his own association combined with every painting. It can be compared with a piece of music, which sets off different emotions for each of us.” Lobi concentrates his artistic activities mainly on oil painting, but also as an illustrator, graphic artist and portraitist he has achieved something truly amazing.

 

Jose Parra

Born in Guadalajara Mexico in 1975. He studied Art at the Art Student´s League of New York, University of Guadalajara, and Carlos Vargas Pons and Parrech´s Studios, he also studied Marketing at ITESO Jesuit, University.

After painting for more than 20 years his work has been published on books and catalogues in México, United States and Europe. Among the last group exhibitions are:” International Carrefour” in NY, “New Great Masters, Classic Contemporary” at Centenario Museum in Monterrey, “Comparisons” at the Grand Palais of Paris, “Dreamscapes” at Alden Biesen-Rijkhoven and “Zodiac” in Chaumont and Viechtach.

He participated weekly for University of Guadalajara Radio in Ocotlán for 2014 – 2015.

He´s participated on theatre as actor and writer since 2011, his last play: “Flamingo” was presented in Guadalajara at Chaplin Theatre on March 2015.

He´s currently working on the organization of “Mexican Lottery”: An encounter of international figurative, contemporary Art; Along with “Libellule” Collective in France, with exhibitions in Guadalajara, Querétaro and Sedan, FR.

He´s participating also with the project: “Mural of the Millennium” for “Milenio” Group in Mexico to be presented by the second half of 2015 – 2016.

 

Graszka Paulska - lives in Poland. Since 2011, she is a member of Society for Art of Imagination. She participated in individual and group exhibition both in Poland and abroad. Graszka's favourite technique is dry pastel.

My paintings are a kind of diary, record of emotions, dreams, memories which are very personal. In my works, I'm looking for the relationship between what is real and transcendental, metaphysical. Painting is my passion. It's a kind of a meditation, emotional and spiritual cleansing. It's the thing that lives deep inside me far beyond the consciousness, that I bring into the day light. In this way, I'm getting to know myself.

 

Lech Pierchała was born in Rybnik (Poland), in 1980.

He studied Painting at the Silesian University in Cieszyn Art Institute.

Beginning in 2000, graduated in 2005 (prof. Jerzy Wroński studio).

He works as Art Director in the Central Public Library in Rybnik for ten years.

After work he comes back to the world of personal art.

He paints and draws in the first place. His favorite tool is black ballpoint.

Lately, he is more involved with metalwork.

In his artwork he refers to the supernatural, mysticism, grotesque and sensuous eroticism.

Lech Pierchała presented his works at approximately ten individual exhibitions in Poland.

 

Leo Plaw is self-taught in many creative fields. He has had studios in Brisbane, Sydney, London, Berlin and Vienna. His artwork has been exhibited internationally in Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal and the U.S.A.

Leo’s early creative career was dominated by multi-media. He started out with computer graphics and animation, which led him into video production. Seeking to improve his animation skills he sought out training with a traditional animator. Later he became involved in a computer game production contracted to an American company. After finishing the game project he left digital media for a number of years and started to work with oil paints. Over the course of the next four years he exhibited and sold originals and reporductions of his artwork throughout Australia.

With the Internet starting to come to the attention the general public and business, he once more became involved in digital media production. He became an active member of the Queensland Multi-media Arts Centre (QMAC) and worked on Queensland’s first multi-media arts festival. Living in Sydney was also an intense period of painting, exhibiting and selling artwork for Leo.

In 2003 Leo left Australia and traveled to Europe. He eventually settled in Berlin where he focused solely on painting. Leo also started to travel extensively to meet and network with other artists working similarly to himself.

By 2007 his artwork was published alongside some of the greats of Fantastic Visionary art in Jon’s book Metamorphosis. Working with Jon Beinart and being published in his book also brought Leo into contact with a global network of artists. Later in that year, Leo came into contact with Shoji Tanka and the International Fantastic Art Association (IFAA) in Japan. In April 2008, Leo was invited along with Luigi La Speranza to exhibit with the IFAA in Kyoto. Later that year, he returned to Berlin and secured himself a studio in the Atelierhaus Mengerzeile artist studio project. In the final half of that year he travelled to various exhibitions and events throughout Europe, meeting many more of his peers.

2009 brought more exhibitions and publications including his artwork. He started his own project website to document Fantastic and Visionary art, Fantastic Visions (http://FantasticVisions.net).

He was invited in 2011 to participate in the Atelier an der Donau, artist symposium in Austria.Leo was also on the steering committee for the Atelierhaus Mengerzeile for three years, helping to make decisions on the daily administration of the building, along with specialised events.

 

Otto Rapp

Born in 1944 in Felixdorf, Lower Austria, Otto lived and was educated in Vienna, where later he worked as a clerk in the Transport and Insurance Business. After completing service in the Austrian Air Force, he traveled throughout Europe, eventually settling in Stockholm, Sweden.

As a Painter he was initially self taught, studying in the various Galleries and Museums. In Vienna, Otto was often ‘hanging out’ at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, where he admired the work of the Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus represented there by the Professors Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner and Arik Brauer.

Traveling around in 1968, Otto wound up in Western Canada where he eventually settled in Lethbridge, Alberta, the place Otto still calls home today. It was in Canada where the majority of Otto's mature work was produced (under the sponsorship of a small Lethbridge Gallery).

Working for the Canadian Pacific Railway, he quit in 1977 to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at the University of Lethbridge, graduating (with great distinction) in 1982.

In Canada, Otto participated in many exhibitions, and held several Solo Shows, culminating in the pivotal 1994 showing at The Prairie Art Gallery in Grande Prairie, Alberta, which earned him the moniker The Mystic .

Throughout his years in Canada, Otto had been the subject of many reviews and newspaper articles as well as local television shows in Calgary and Lethbridge while being active as an Artist, Art Instructor, Curator, Studio Technician, Art Critic and Juror.

2009 Otto founded a private network for Fantastic, Visionary and Surrealist artists and makes them available publicly on the web site "Visionary Art Gallery".

Summer 2011 Otto returned to his roots in Vienna. He currently lives in Vienna and works in his studio in the KunstQuartier Wien.

 

Fabrizio Riccardi was born in Rome on March 18 , 1942; ten years later he moved with his family to Turin where he attended the Liceo Artistico dell'Accademia Albertina; in 1961 he enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture but dropped out in 1966 in order to settle in Chianti, at San Casciano Val di Pesa: here he got married and had two children, Costanza and Mathias, and alternated his artistic activity with teaching.
He has been on study stays in USA, France, Switzerland and Belgium where he encountered a good deal of appreciarion from criticizing operating in the fantastic and visionary area.

In 1975, sponsored by Luigi Carluccio, the "La mela verde" Gallery of Turin published "Il Bestiario di Fabrizio Riccardi " .
In 1980 he went to live in the historic centre of Florence where the world of gnomes, masks and grotesque animals was enriched, after studies about Renassaiment's art, by madonnas, pages and jesters. In 1993,after his marriage with Fantaye Ashengo, he moved back to Turin where he is still living and working.

Fabrizio Riccardi's pictures are permanently exhibited at the C.F.M. Gallery of New York, at Galerie Brueghel in Amsterdam, at Galerie Alternance Hardelot, inFrance without forgetting Vaas Foudation of Vence and Centro d'Arte del Ponte,Susa , in Italy.

From 1997 Jean-Pierre Giraudo's artistic organization shows his works in Africa, New Caledonia and Emirati Arabi.
In 2000 le Centre Internationale de l'Art Fantastique de Gruyère, in Switzerland, acquired a number of his works for a permanent exhibition at the Arte Fantastica Museum.
In 2002 for his fourty years of work, with regards of his wife Fantaye, he published for Edizioni Polistampa in Florence "La Sindrome dell'Onirico".

Fabrizio Riccardi masterpieces can be found mainly in France at the "Galerie Alternance Hardelot" and in Italy at the "Davico Arte" Gallery....

Recently he was awarded the following prizes : in 2011 bronze medal, La Societe' des Artistes Francais, Le Salon de Paris
In 2012 silver medal, La Societe' des Artistes Francais, Le Salon de Paris , and also the Grand Prix of the Lower Normandy Regional Council.

 

Tim Roosen (Sint-Truiden, Belgium °1972) Blacksmith and metalsculptor.

“Self-taugh artist, MAG and TIG welder, dreamer and illigitimate son of Hephaestos. Let Tim Roosen take you into his strange world of angels, warriors, demons and androids.”

After finishing the ‘Strange Fruit’ series, a collection of plant-like wrought iron metalsculptures, and building the largest artistic scale model of our solar system in the world - which consists of 11 monumental sculptures in 9 Belgian cities - he returns to what he likes doing most: figurative art.

He is currently working on his 'Asylum’-series, a collection of life-size heroic warrior women and twisted creatures made of a variety and combination of metals, such as mild steel, burnt copper, stainless steel, cast bronze and aluminium. Inspired by an overdose of Sci-Fi movies in his youth, tons of fantasy literature and more weird dreams than he cares for, these creatures have a definate dark, warrior-like feel. Metal, a cold and lifeless material, is cut, hammered, shaped and welded into organic, living creatures of dreams and nightmares. 

On the lighter side, he has also created ‘Roboville’, a new series of geeky, colourful robots.
Tim Roosen has been an active member of the art world since 1997, and has participated in various group exhibitions, in Belgium, Holland, France, Luxemburg, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Poland, the UK and the USA, as well as a number of solo and duo shows.
His works are in private collections in Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic and the USA.

 

Iskren Semkov was born  in Oriahovo, a town in North-West Bulgaria,situated on the Danube river bank.He was drawn by the brush and paint during his adolescent years when he participated in local juvenile painting contests and exhibitions. Currently Iskren lives and works in Versoix, canton Geneva, Switzerland.

Iskren Semkov began painting as graffiti artist. His paintings represent personal stories based on memories and impressions, bent through the artist’s imagination and reproduced in delicate compositions with trompe l’oeil technique. His contemporary realism is influenced by the old masters’ technique mixed with ideas bearing the spirit of today. Iskren’s works are realistic, not in photo or hyper realistic, but in its own visionary way. 

Working with oil paints, first he applies the base of the painting and gradually builds the details, multiple layers and velatures to achieve satisfactory result. This is one consistent process that requires patience and precision.

 

Zbigniew Seweryn (born in 1956 in Cracow)

Polish painter, illustrator of children's books.

He studied industrial forms of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. It creates a magic convention fantastic realism, based on the precise pattern from former masters technique as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel. Prefers old painting techniques like oil and acrylic on canvas, tempera, ink. Since 1994 he collaborates with a number of publishing houses in Poland and abroad.

 

Leszek Sokół

Born in Warsaw, Poland where he still resides today. Leszek Sokol has been a professional artist for 30 years. He graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts where he focused on interior design and graphic art. His passion for painting, however, eventually overruled his other artistic interests. His voyage of discovery of his own personal creative path has always been inspired by paintings from the European artists of the 14th to 17th centuries. His fascination with the 17th century paintings of the Dutch masters led him initially to paint still life compositions in the Dutch style. However, his constant study of the techniques of the old masters in general, led him more recent years to become completely entranced with the figurative works of the early Italian Renaissance, the influence of which can so readily be seen in this current body work.

In 2005, Sokol receive a significant grant from Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since 1985, Leszek Sokol has been honored with 10 solo exhibitions in Poland, Germany, USA and has been represented in more than 30 group shows in museums, arts institutions and galleries throughout Poland, Germany, Italy, France, USA and Japan. In recent years Sokol has established an enthusiastic base of collectors through The Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Liba Waring Stambollion was born to American parents but grew up in South East Asia. She moved to the USA in her teenage years and currently lives in Paris France.

She did a year of art and environmental studies at Simons Rock of Bard College and went on to receive a scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, wood working and bookbinding. She graduated in 1988 and stayed in Chicago exhibiting, teaching art and working for a cabinet maker until she was swept off her feet by a handsome and charming Frenchman. Today they have two sons and a company - Matahati which employs a network of artisans to hand make their designs in recycled and renewable materials.

Liba has been living in Paris since 1993 where she paints, writes, makes books and designs furniture.
Ecology, erotica and the sacred are the recurrent themes in her work.

Liba and her husband have designed furniture for prestegious customers such as AVEDA body Shops, Thiou Restaurants, Marriot Hotel, Royalty from Bahrain, and many clients in the music and movie industry. She is a co founder and president of Matahati. 

Liba is the founder of Dreams and Divinities, a project which unites International visionary, fantastic and surrealist artists in the name of community and Love. The project showcases an eclectic mix of creativity through a series of books and exhibits in prestegious sites and museums.

She is head of AOI Europe (Art of Imagination founded in 1961) 
She is an administrator for Otto Rapp's Visionary Ning Community and a blogger for the VA site.
She is on the board of directors as art advisor for Spoon Live, 
She is a working part of Santiago Ribeiro's Surrealism Now.

Liba's art has exhibited in both galleries and museums in Europe, South America, Asia and the USA.

 

Józef Stolorz, born 1950 in Katowice (Poland), a professional artist painter, member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus University and History of Art. At Catholic University of Lublin. He has received multiple awards and honors, including major awards granted by the government of Poland. He regularly participates in the plein air gatherings of leading polish artists.

The Jozef Stolorz’s artworks has been exhibited since 1971 at over 140 exhibitions worldwide, including over 60 individual expositions. His paintings and drawings are included in public and private collections worldwide, including Poland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, the United States. His art. Has been collected by many proviment people, such as world renowned compositors of classical music and professors, including Nobel Prize laureate.

Józef Stolorz is pleased to be the first independent artist, who lives in Poland, to be featured at the International Art Exhibition ARTEXPO in New York in February 2009.

 

Dariusz Ślusarski was born (1979) and works in Częstochowa.

He graduated from Jacek Malczewski High School of Fine Arts and thereafter he continued his education at Jan Długosz University. The artist has been painting for more than 20 years and in the art market he has been known as a representative of surrealism - magical realism.

Through his works Dariusz takes us to his magical world, to which he has devoted his whole life. Although the track he has chosen is windy and twisty, he has been perfecting his painting skills and techniques all the way through it, learning from the best masters in this field. The painter has accomplished a high position on the art market, mostly due to his skills and incredible imagination. He neither keeps to the beaten track nor conforms to external influences. The artist’s paintings present stories which take us to the surreal world of his own.

The painter has already presented his works on numerous exhibitions and art fairs of high importance, among others in London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Cracow and most often, in his home town of Częstochowa, where the artist lives and works. Dariusz’s paintings can be found in the best galleries across the whole Poland as well as in private collections both home and abroad.

 

Roch Urbaniak

Born in 1986 in Cracow. In 2011 he graduated with honors from the Painting Division of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. His graduation diploma was also awarded a medal from the Fine Arts Association in Cracow for the best diploma in painting art 2011. His biggest passion, apart from painting and mythology is backpacking around the world.

 

Adam Widełka, polish painter born in 1961. He is the winner of Third National Bienniale of Pastels in Nowy Sacz.

The artist specializes in pastel painting. His artworks are drawn on the fiber cement panels using his own unique technique, resistant to weather conditions.

Adam Widełka has already presented his works on numerous exhibitions, his paintings can be found in private collactions in Poland.

 

Krzysztof Wiśniewski born in 1960 in Chełmża (Poland). He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. He studied painting under the guidance of Prof. Mieczyslaw Ziomek. He is the member of Polish Association of Visual Artists in Torun. He has received multiple awards, including major award granted by the President of Toruń City. He realizes his paintings of illusory space integrated into buildings, requisites of everyday life, where the signs and the symbols create a metaphysical landscape. His artwork is part of a trend of surrealist painting with a touch of poetic metaphor.

 

Mariusz Zdybał was born in 1955 in Warsaw. In this capital city, he spent his youth and completed his education, not artistic in the least. Personal, existential in nature perturbations, made the 26-year-old then Zdybał completely overvalue his as yet life. After moving to Jelenia Góra, he decided that he would make a living painting. Aware of his talent and filled with the zest of a neophyte, he started off from studying and copying well-known paintings of famous creators, which he would then successfully sell. "The best of the best" became his teachers and masters– outstanding European artists creating since the Middle Ages down to contemporary times. 

 In 1988, the first individual exhibition of Mariusz Zdybał's paintings was held in gallery "A" in Cracow. The same year, the freshly-baked artist confirmed high aspirations at the completely successful display of his works in Warsaw's gallery "Intraco II". The rest went smoothly. In 1955 Zdybał is admitted into the ranks of the members of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers. He displays in numerous domestic and foreign galleries, among many, in Gdańsk, Gdynia, Jelenia Góra, Düsseldorf, Doesburg. In 1998, a big retrospective exhibition takes place of his paintings at the gallery of Ulrich Gronert, a renown Berlin's art dealer and art patron and simultaneously the editor of the first luxury catalogue of the artist's works. He achieves a meaningful success in 1999 in Marseille by winning a gold medal in the international painting competition "MCA". A subsequent foreign trophy is the Grand Prix prize in the category of painting, received in Cannes in 2000. The years 2001 - 2008 is the period of certain artistic stagnation. At that time, Zdybał moves to Zielona Góra- he has been living and working there to date- concentrating mainly on individual orders. He also sells single works in a network of domestic and foreign galleries, however, he does not engage in bigger exhibitory enterprises. A successful return takes place in October 2009, when over 20 new canvas are exhibited in the Warsaw's gallery "TAB". The latest bigger presentation of Mariusz Zdybał's works took place in May 2011 during III Promotion Auction, organized under the auspices of the Warsaw branch of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers at the association's gallery "DAP".

To sum up this short biography of the painter, his own statement from years back is worth quoting. He then said that he started the real life the moment he became an artist. Ars est philosophia vitae – could be added after Cicero.