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KATHLEEN MUNN (1887/1974), CANADIAN PAINTER – When art is an adventure, not a habit

KATHLEEN MUNN 1/3 – She was born to a middle-class family in Toronto in 1887. Her family ran a store, living in the apartment above. Creating abstract paintings in the 1910s, she was one of the first in Canada who used abstraction. In 1904 she began art education, attending the Westbourne School in Toronto. In 1909, she began to show ...

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THE KEYHOLE – Poem, by Chiyo Kitahara

CHIYO KITAHARA loves music and ballet. She plays her poems in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and she began writing poetry at the age of 16. At the age of 20 she gave up writing, concentrating on how to play the piano. In 2002 there was a key moment in her life, when she grew up in a local poetry after raising ...

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KOKORO – Romance, by Natsume Sōseki

He is considered to be the greatest writer in modern Japan. NATSUME SOSEKI was born in Tokyo in 1867. He studied at the Imperial University of Tokyo and after graduating, he went to England, where he studied English literature. Despite his poverty, loneliness, and mental problems, he solidified his knowledge of English literature and returned to in 1903. His literary ...

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I CAN EXPRESS MY PAIN AND ANGER THROUGH MUSIC. WELL, HAPPINESS TOO –Yoshiki Hayashi

In a music-oriented family, his father was a dancer and jazz pianist, while his mother was a shamisen playwright. He started to take piano lessons and learn music theory at the age of four. At the age about ten years old, he began to compose piano songs. His solo career includes two albums Eternal Melody and Eternal Melody II. YOSHIKI ...

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IZUMI KATO (1969), JAPENESE SURREALIST PAINTER – When finger paintings earn high praise

IZUMI KATO 1/3 – The place, where he was born is very important for him, because it is one of the oldest shrines in Japan. Although in 1992 he graduated in Department of Oil Painting at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University, he was not naturally drawn to art at an early age. He paints with his fingers, wearing plastic gloves and ...

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MEETING IN THE OLD PATH – Poem, by Shu Ting

SHU TING was born in 1952 in Jinjiang (Fujian District). In the mid-1980s, she started experimenting with images of modernity. She won the National Poetry Prize in 1981 and 1983. Her poetry appeared in an underground literary magazine. During the “Cultural Revolution”, her father was accused of non-ideological compliance, which she sent to the countryside. Returning home, SHU TING had ...

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SUMMER OF BETRAYAL – Romance, by Hong Ying

HONG YING is the wife of a banker and entrepreneur turned into a writer, a man who belongs to the fourth generation of a British family with colonial ties to the Far East. The two have been married since 2009 and live between London and the Marche (central Italian region). She is author of many novels translated into many languages ...

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SPECIAL CHINESE ROCK SINGER FROM BEIJING – Tian Zhen

She is one of the most important female singers in mainland China. Unlike other singers in her country, she writes and composes her songs. TIAN ZHEN is Chinese rock singer born in Beijing in 1966. She described Tina Turner as her favorite singer. This famous singer has released 11 albums in 14 years. She premiered for the first time in ...

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WANG YI GUANG (1962), CHINESE PAINTER– Tibet’s vigorous yaks, winding railways and cheerful girls

WANG YI GUANG 1/3 – It is difficult to imagine, that the art of this painter is the work of a man, who grew up on the plain of northern China. He is modern Chinese painter famous for his Tibetan paintings of people, yaks and sheeps. He was born in Linyi (Shandong, China). In 1990 he graduated at the Beijing ...

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IN THE LAND OF ETERNAL YOUTH – Shahid Kalandar, born and singing Shangri-lá

Shahid Qalandar is a pioneer in the use of traditional instruments and modern electrical instruments. His song “Thala Thala” has become a hymn of younger generations. His grandfather played traditional instruments, but he learned to draw before he could write. His personal interests include songs and poetry, musical composition and interior design, photography, antique collections and furniture. His passion for ...

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