Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was born in Berlin and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 21. Famous American photographer of German origins, he published a mocking collage about Hitler in 1930. He emigrated to Paris in 1936, but was then deported to a concentration camp in 1940 during the German occupation, because he was Jewish. During the later 40′s and 50′s he became famous for his artistic nudes and fashion photography, and worked for magazines such as Vogue and Harper Bazaar. In 1960 he started working on his autobiography which was only published after his death as it found no editor since it was considered to be too ironic towards society. During his career the German photographer experimented the different technical possibilities of photographies, moving from solarization to multiple exposures, from print toning to distorsion. The main topics of his work were women and death. Through his artistic light both of these subjects merge in every image, reminding us of the lure and mistery that bind them.
Sylvie Fleury, born in 1961, lives and works in Geneva. She is a contemporary Swiss pop artist known for her provocative artworks that criticize the consumer society and its values. The sentence “Yes to All” is a recurring theme in much of Fleury's objects (including gold plated waste baskets and Swarovski crystal embellished signs). She usually exhibits fashion and luxury products such as luxurious american cars, sculptures representing giant lipstics or other cosmetics, and installations of Shopping Bags. The subject of “superficial beauty” is recurring in her artworks. Most of her works are covered with synthetic fur or are painted using the principle of “capitonnage” recalling the decorative process of the Industrial production.
She clearly references to Marcel Duchamp’s readymades and Andy Warhol’s obsession with shopping. Critics have labeled her work "post-appropriationist," and her books The art of survival, First Spaceship on Venus and Other Vehicles, and Parkett #58 (with Jason Rhoades and James Rosenquist), have been featured internationally. In 2015, she won the Prix de la Société des arts de Genève.
Although beginning his artistic journey with the school of Piazza del Popolo, on the line of Roman Pop Art, Raimondo Galeano quickly moves away from it, to follow a very personal use of phosphorescence and light reactive luminescent paints. Galeano has been named the “painter of light” due to his prerogative of overturning the traditional concept of light reflected painting for one of transmitted light, by skillfully using luminescent paints. Starting with the paradox that colors don’t exist since they are revealed by the light reflected on paintings, the artist totally nullifies such value by only working on the distinction between light and shadow for the plastic interpretation of the images. In daylight, Galeano’s works look like white canvas, and it is only in darkness that his phosphorent paints reveal the pictorial campitures defining the images of the paintings. Such ambivalence unveils the fleeting essence of perception and relity.
Thomas Glassford was born in Laredo (Texas) in 1963. He studied art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BFA in 1987.After three years he moved to Mexico City where he joined a young avant-garde of Mexican, European, and American artists living in the city. Since the early 1990s, Glassford has used everyday materials--ranging from gourds to broomsticks, anodized aluminum to melamine plates--to create architectural or installation-scale works. He has the ability to transform these materials into rhythmic and often abstract creations, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture and Op Art paintings of the 1960s.
Tracey Moffatt was born in 1960 in Brisbane, Australia. She received her BA in visual communications from the Queensland College of Art in 1982. After graduating, Moffatt moved to Sydney, where she commenced her stylistically diverse body of films and photography that investigate issues such as race, childhood trauma, and the media. In 1996 Moffatt exhibited a series of black-and-white photographs of aboriginal dancers entitled Some Lads (1986) alongside the color photograph The Movie Star (1985). In the latter work, the aboriginal actor David Gulpili drinks a beer and reclines lazily across a car hood, appropriating the stance of white Australian surfers as they are popularly displayed in the media. The photographic series Something More (1989) presents a rich fragmented narrative with suggestive images of violence, glamour, and disappointed dreams. In her film Night Cries:, Moffatt became the ultimate voyeur as she videotaped and goaded male surfers publicly dressing and undressing on Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Moffatt engaged with a new medium in 1998 with her series of photogravures entitled Laudanum. On the occasion of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Moffatt distilled the empty expressions of athletes who ranked an anticlimactic fourth-place in their events. The ten large-scale pieces that comprise Moffatt’s Adventure Series (2004) draw from the melodramatic, hyper-sexualized, and violent world of comics and B-movies. In Under the Sign of Scorpio (2005), Moffatt disguises herself as forty famous women (Catherine Deneuve, Georgia O’Keefe, Bjork, etc.), all born under the sign of Scorpio, posed before various backdrops of romantic splendor or cataclysmic explosions
Roberto Pietrosanti was born in L’Aquila in 1967. He now lives and works in Rome. His artistic path unfolded from the beginning within a rigorous monocrome, broadening in a lively relation with architecture. Since 1999 Pietrosanti’s research lead to several interventions and participations in important architectural projects. In the year 2000 he won the concept contest for the re-arrangement of Piazza Augusto Imperatore in Rome. At the same time, the artist carried out a number of projects in the environment of theatre and contemporary dance. He was highly appreciated for a remarkable monumental piece of work in Ravenna. On that occasion, Pietrosanti worked for the “Compagnia del Progetto”, together with the architects Franco Purini and Carlo Maria Sadich and the artistic management of Professor Francesco Moschini, A.A.M. Architettura Arte Moderna Roma. In the latest years it is important to mention his participation at the international exhibition “Monocromos. De Malevic al presente”, held in 2004 and curated by Barbara Rose at the Centro de Arte Contemporanea Reina Sofia in Madrid, where Pietrosanti gave a shape to a small stone architecture. He was also invited to show his works at the Tenth Edition of the “Biennale di Architettura” in Venice.
Maria Pizzi was born in Soriano nel Cimino in 1954. With a degree in Architecture, Mary is a video artist and is considered to be the leading figure of the Roman “trans avant-garde”. She was awarded the ABO in 2006. She creates animation videos in black and white made using handicraft techniques, freeze frames, processed photos printed on paper or cloth and video stills of aluminium. Though reluctant to display her work in public, preferring a more intimate dimension, when she does exhibit her work, she aims to make the spectators take an active approach, using tricks in their organisation and participative and alienating performances. She also adopts an alternative approach in her identifying of issues, often in the form of black stamps, veiled in tragic irony and subtle allusions to newspaper.
Born in Palermo in 1966, Nicola Pucci boasts a skilful technique which he has honed over time. His technique has already attracted the attention of world-renowned art dealers, including American Larry Gagosian and connoisseurs such as Carlo Bilotti, renowned art Collector. In 2008, Rome City Hall organised a solo exhibition for Pucci at the Museo Carlo Bilotti, which saw this public place open for the first time to an Italian contemporary artist
Oliviero Rainaldi vive e lavora a Roma. Nasce a Caramanico Terme nel 1956, studia presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia con Emilio Vedova, si diploma poi all’Accademia di Belle Arti dell’Aquila con Fabio Mauri. Tra il 1998-1999 approfondisce il suo personale interesse per il rapporto tra Arte e Liturgia seguendo il biennio di studi presso l’Istituto Teologico Sant’Anselmo e il triennio di Teologia per laici a Roma. Fin dagli esordi nel 1976, l’opera di Rainaldi è incentrata sulla figura umana, analizzata attraverso i diversi linguaggi del disegno e della grafica, della pittura e della scultura. Dopo avere iniziato con composizioni di carattere velatamente narrativo, attorno agli anni ’90 passa alla rappresentazione di figure isolate, fissate attraverso un segno lineare nella loro essenzialità ideale, in cui corpi e frammenti di corpi manifestano sottili e sotterranei congiungimenti con le culture arcaiche e medievali. Il suo lavoro è stato presentato in rassegne d’arte e spazi museali in Italia ed all’estero, tra i quali: GAM, Roma (1990); Otis Parson, Los Angeles (1991); Schirn Kunstalle, Francoforte (1993); Polk Museum, Florida (1996); Museum Beelden Aan Zee, Scheveningen (2000); Museum of Modern Art Rupertinum, Salisburgo (2000); Museum National Jakarta, Indonesia (2001); Mücsarnok Kunstalle Budapest (2002); Tokyo Design Genter, Gotanda (2004); Museo Bizantino e Cristiano, Atene (2006); Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park di Grand Rapids, Michigan (2006); MASP – Museo d’Arte di San Paolo, São Paulo (2008); Museo Nazionale delle Belle Arti, Buenos Aires (2008); Museo José Luis Cuevas, Città del Mexico (2009); Expò, Shanghai (2010); Blickachsen 8, Bad Homburg e Francoforte (2011); Sue opere sono inoltre presenti in importanti istituzioni pubbliche nazionali ed internazionali: Battesimi Umani, sede del Premio Nobel, Palazzo Municipale, Stoccolma (1995); Battesimi Umani, Palazzo dell’ONU, Ginevra (1998); Engagement, MACRO, Roma (2000).
Katharina Sieverding (born 1944) is a photographer known for her self-portraiture. Sieverding lives and works in Berlin and Düsseldorf. She is a professor at the University of the arts Berlin. Sieverding was born in Prague. She began studying art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1964. There she started studying stage design alongside Georg Klusemann and Jörg Immendorff under Teo Otto, but later joined the sculpture class taught by Joseph Beuys in 1967. Her fellow students included Blinky Palermo and Imi Knoebel. Between 1971 and 1974, she was part of the film class at the Kunstakademie. In 1976, she took part in the Independent Study Program at the Withney Museum of American art
He graduated at the Istituto di Stato per la Cinematografia e la Televisione Roberto Rossellini, Rome, and attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Cinecitta’, Rome inin Film Directing. Together with his artist’s activity, Valeri has a 15 years experience in advertising which took him to different countries such as Italy, France, US and the Arab Emirates, working for: Agip, Alitalia, Armani, Audi, Banca Intesa, BMW, BNL Paris Bas, Citroen, Eni, Enel, Fendi, Iceberg, Nokia, Pirelli, Renault, Rolex, Telecom Triumph, Universal Studios e Vodaphone. He realised advertisements for: Italian Navy, Italian Ministry of Transport, Geox, Lebole Marzotto, Maserati and Playtex. He worked as a director, DOP, theatre unit still photographer, and wrote editorials for prestigious magazines such as Vogue Italia. He received various awards such as: New York Academy Festival, d&d London, and the Italian Art Directors Club Iapis Award for his campaign on street safety commissioned by the Italian Ministry of Public Infrastructures.