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ALBERTO MARTINI (1876/1954), ITALIAN SURREALIST PAINTER – The mysteries of life, inside black symbolic evocations

When pictorial activity combines surrealism and verism Born in Oderzo on a November day, ALBERTO MARTINI was an Italian painter, engraver, lithographer, illustrator and graphic designer. That of his father (a naturalist painter and professor of drawing), was an ancient noble family from Treviso. With him he began to paint, thus continuing the family tradition. In 1898 he had stayed …

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EINAR HAKONARSON (1945), ICELANDIC ESPRESSIONISTIC FIGURATIVE PAINTER

The crusader of the painting EINAR HAKONARSON 1/3 – He was the director of the National Art School of Iceland, and the artistic head of the Reykjavik City museum. He claims that he gets influenced by feeling for nature. In his motherland, he is a pioneer art scene and art education. Born in in Reykjavík, is one of Iceland’s best …

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JOHANNES SVEINSSON KJARVAL (1885/1972), ICELANDIC EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER – The first professional painter that appeared in Iceland in the 19th century

The grandfather of Icelandic artistic tradition JOHANNES SVEINSSON KJARVAL 1/3 – He was adopted and worked as a fisherman, but he spent every spare time drawing and painting. This artist born in an October day, is considered one of the most important Icelandic artists. At age 27 was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and during the …

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THOMAS JONES (1742/1803), WELSH PAINTER – Important testimony of the eighteenth-century artistic world

Painting, favoring the direct observation THOMAS JONES 1/3 – His autobiography is recognized as an important testimony of the eighteenth-century artistic world. He was born in Cefnllys (now Powys in Wales) in 1742, becoming famous for his landscapes in Wales and Italy. Cefnllys was a medieval town in central Wales. Close by on the hill (known as Castle Rock), http://www.ecastles.co.uk/cefnllys.html …

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AUGUSTUS JOHN (1878/1961), WELSH PAINTER – His work was compared with Gauguin and Matisse

Brilliant figure drawings and a new technique of oil sketching AUGUSTUS JOHN 1/3 – Around 1910, for a short time, he was an important exponent of post-Impressionism in the UK. To become a painter and engraver he had studied at the Liverpool Academy and at the London art school. Thanks to his fame, in 1921 he was appointed a member …

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CHRISTER KARLSTAD (1974), NORWEGIAN PAINTER – Intriguing interpretation of Nature and Man

When paintings show a confrontation between life and death CHRISTER KARLSTAD 1/3 – Sometimes his paintings show a confrontation between life and death. Visual figurative artist who lives and works in Drammen, graduated from Rogaland’s Norwegian School of Art, but he was born in Rælingen. The absence of architectural structures, is part of his staged mysticism, the same that contributes …

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HANS DAHL (1849/1937), NORWEGIAN PAINTER

sun and smiling people in national costume HANS DAHL 1/3 – His talent was evident already when he was 16, but was after the military service he received artistic education. He was educated to become an official and became a lieutenant in 1871. His first performance was held in Düsseldorf in 1876. The painter, who from 1888 lived in Germany. …

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ANDERS ZORN (1860/1920), SWEDISH PAINTER – When it comes to the skills that need to capture the light and colors

Bequally equally skillful in watercolor, oil and etching ANDERS ZORN 1/3 – He was one of the most prominent Swedish artists, painter and sculptor, best known for his nude studies and portraits (especially of the common and working class). He was born in 1860 in Mora to a young unmarried peasant woman and his life was not easy, because he …

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PERCY TREZISE (1923/2005), AUSTRALIAN PAINTER

One man’s passion for Rock Art PERCY TREZISE 1/3 – He was a painter and writer, historian and documenter of Aboriginal rock art. He was born in Tallangatta (Victoria) in 1923 and is associated with Far North Queensland and the rock art galleries of the Cape York Peninsula. He attended a bush school and his interest in Aboriginal people began, …

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DONALD FRIEND (1915/1989), AUSTRALIAN PAINTER – The Duke of Bali

Driven by the feeling of the insufficiency of life DONALD FRIEND 1/3 – Born in Sydney in 1915, he was a mid 20th century painter, cartoonist and author. His diaries (he kept from the age of 13), show his determination to become an artist. At the age 17 he lived for some time with North Queensland family, beginning a series …

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