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ROBERTO MATTA (1911/2002), CHILEAN PAINTER

To make the invisible visible ROBERTO MATTA 1/3 – Born in Santiago of Chile in 1911, he decided to study architecture at the Universidad Católica de Santiago. After studying architecture in 1934, he moved to Paris, contacting intellectuals such as Federico García Lorca, André Breton and Salvador Dalí. He is one of the great pioneers of modernist abstraction, with epic …

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PAUL DELVAUX (1897/1994), BELGIAN PAINTER

The man that in 1934 had met Surrealism PAUL DELVAUX 1/3 – He was born in Antheit (Belgium), and studied architecture and decorative painting at the Royal Academy of Beaux-Arts in Brussels. His early paintings were primarily naturalistic landscapes and between 1920 and 1925 he completed about 80 such compositions. He was associated with the Surrealism art movement (although he …

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KURT SELIGMANN (1900/1962), SWIZZ/AMERICAN PAINTER

The first messages, from the spirit world   of the objects KURT SELIGMANN 1/3 – He was a monumental figure within the Surrealist movement (especially in America). Born in Basel (Switzerland), his first employment as was in a local printer’s shop, where he was involved to apply color to pictures on glass. In 1918 he started to participate in exhibitions, and …

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FRANCIS PICABIA (1879/1953), FRENCH PAINTER

Abstract planar compositions, colourful and rich in contrasts FRANCIS PICABIA 1/3 – Born in Paris on a January day, dying 74 years later in the same city and home, on a November day. This was the existential frame in which this French-born French painter and writer who had studied at the High School of Fine Arts lived. The beginning of …

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TOSHIYUKI ENOKI (1961), JAPANESE PAINTER

Exploring the content, from fantasy and myth TOSHIYUKI ENOKI 1/3 – He was born in Tokyo and had studies Arts and Design at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He is a contemporary Japanese artist who works in the techniques of traditional lacquer painting (oil, acrylic, metal leaf and ink on canvas). With several different genres of traditional …

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LIU HONG YUAN (1976), CHINESE PAINTER

Her paintings look as if they are sculptured on the canvas LIU HONG YUAN 1/3 – She is a rare mixed media artist combining tradition and contemporary modernist trends. Her detailed works, consisted of every jewel worn by her lady, with the porcelains and fruit blossoms flowers on tables. This talented Chinese artist, was born in Baoding (Hebei Province). Her …

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GOPAL SWAMI KHETANCHI (1958), INDIAN REALIST PAINTER

GOPAL SWAMI KHETANCHI 1/3 – He hails from Sardarshahar town (in Churu district), and his father was a painter who worked as an art teacher. His appreciation of India’s history remains evident throughout his paintings. He grew up in Rajasthan and ventured into painting at the age of 15 (starting with portraits). He was inspired by the paintings of Leonardo …

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FAIZA KHAN (1975), PAKISTAN PAINTER

FAIZA KHAN 1/3 – Her father wrote several books and essays pertaining to the Pakistani poet and philosopher, Allama Iqbal. Her mother (also an artist), she gave up visual art after marriage to raise Faiza and her brothers. She is a Pakistani visual artist. Born in Abbottabad in August 1975, she is an expressionist and abstract oil painter, combining socio-political …

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KONSTANTIN KOROVIN (1861/1931), RUSSIAN IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER

KONSTANTIN KOROVIN 1/3 – He was born in Moscow on a December day by a family of savvy merchants, but because of his economic collapse his father committed suicide. He had at Moscow’s Fine Arts School. Since 1900, his artistic work was also in favor of theaters. Painter, engraver and theater decorator, can be classified among the most famous Russian …

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FRANCISCO DE ZURBARAN (1598/1664), SPANISH BAROQUE PAINTER

Paint figures closed in themselves, not portraits but symbols FRANCISCO DE ZURBARAN 1/3 – It is unknown if he has had the opportunity to see the paintings of Caravaggio, but his work presents, like that painter, a realistic use of chiaroscuro and darkness. Born in Fuente de Cantos, in Extremadura, this profoundly religious artist was able to represent the counter-reformist …

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