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Geometric Abstract Impressionist Artist Fino showing at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017

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Artist Fino is a geometric abstract impressionist and a portrait painter, from Portugal currently living in Amsterdam. Fino spent the first 15 years of his career dedicated to stage arts and music, with painting and drawing as a constant presence. In 2014, he began dedicating his time exclusively to painting.

"My work is based on the following premise: chaos to order, instinct to reason, trial and error, dance, movement, gesture, color, poetry, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Mark! Repeat…"

A short film on Fino's approach can be found here.

What drives you? 

Beauty. Craftsmanship. The notion of the ephemeral and a constant need to learn, to challenge myself and feed my curiosity for the processes of creating something.  

What is your definition of art?

I don’t have a definition for art. I have a personal notion of beauty, of aesthetics and a wide range of feelings and I strongly believe it’s the gathering and balance between these elements and strong craftsmanship, a total dedication to the craft that creates the organic being that is a good work of art.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Music plays a major role in my approach to paint, because it embodies the same principles: rhythm, harmony, contrast, and rigor, balanced with freedom and storytelling. I always have music on the background when I start a piece, and I like to let the first passages to be influenced by it. Other source of inspiration include viewing works of other artists, spending time in nature or in the city, taking in the various sights and sounds and scents, and finally the images that come to mind from reading poetry and literature.

How do you deal with artist's block?

I don’t think I’ve ever had artist’s block. I’ve had good and bad days in the studio, but I show up for work everyday and paint.

Sometimes I’ll wander off to my guitar, or I’ll enjoy watching other people work, or sometimes a simple conversation with someone will get creativity regenerated.

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

Ten years is a long time, so I dare not to plan so far ahead. But I´d love to have the financial possibility to open an academy of arts for younger kids in my hometown to help create the underpainting of a brighter, more educated future in Portugal. I also see my theatrical universe becoming closer to the painting one. I had to completely break with the first for a while to reinvent myself. In the future I see myself bringing them together. But for now my future is drawn a day at a time in the Netherlands, and I love it here.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

Planning my big show in Oporto, Portugal for November, where I’ll present pieces from the past year, while creating two new shows for the USA for March 2018.  I’m also currently painting commissions for clients in Portugal while starting a new body of work to present to collectors, agents or galleries in Amsterdam in the coming year.

I´m also navigating the processes of self promotion, re-imagining a career after 15 years dedicated to the stage, and finding a voice and a recognizable style across different mediums and themes.  I am working to build relationships with galleries in two new countries, as we have recently relocated to the Netherlands from Portugal, and we often visit the USA.

In total, I am working to build  a coherent string of recognisable work and entering the gallery market and finding an agent.  

Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is?

Visit Africa, Japan, Iceland and Vietnam. Raise a family, plant a tree, continue painting.

I know my artwork is finished when…?

When aesthetically it feels balanced. I like to leave space for interpretation and dont like rendering too much. But like a baker or a carpenter, with experience comes the notion when a piece is ready and to not overwork it. It is something that requires time I believe, and a lot of bad paintings. Fortunately we’re painters, not surgeons, so if we screw up, no one dies.

Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

A 2x5m diptych for a private collector, with “Cosmos” as the base theme. I have also painted a couple of portraits I´m really proud of.

Which are your favorite artists?

There are so many. I have found comfort and knowledge in different aspects of so many different forms of art.

I love street art, having started in the streets myself as a performer, and I like paintings that carry that soulful freedom in it. But I also love craftsmanship and elegance so, art nouveaux and portraiture are amongst my favorite styles. And I love abstraction more and more everyday, so within these parameters I´d say Basquiat, Picasso, Klimt, Mucha, Rutenberg, Mann, Osamu Obi, Cesar Santos, Vhils, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Yoko Shimitzu, Rembrandt, and the list would go on. Sometimes my most cherished influences are from people I know personally - musicians and playwrights and actors or even sportsman, of which there are great artists also.

Best exhibition ever participated in…?

This will be my first group exhibit and I‘m honoured to be participating after just one month on arriving to Amsterdam. So I’d say this one.

I’ve mostly worked on commissions, but I’m really proud of the show I assembled in Portugal in 2015.  Fifteen paintings were shown in the beautiful main room of a 17th century palace right in the center of Oporto.  Each piece was illuminated individually with theatrical spot lights, making it appear that the paintings were floating in mid air. I do believe lighting plays a major role in a show of paintings, just as it has in theatre. Because it was held in the school where I studied theatre, it carried a great meaning for me. Plus, we did it in the same weekend as my wedding!

Greatest achievements so far…?

In my career has a painter, my greatest achievement was finding my own methodology and voice. I´ve done a few things I’m proud of artistically, but I’ll share that with you in a dinner conversation with some good food and wine.

Would love to exhibit my work in …

Anywhere with walls, some wine and cheese, good people and good lighting.

Ruxandra Cristina Bocin-Dumitriu breathing mysteries into her works of art

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Ruxandra Cristina Bocin-Dumitriu (born in Romania, living in Amsterdam)

"I am an artist. A human being that explores life with awe and curiosity, with perseverance and delicacy so to be able to breathe its mysteries into works of art."

My works come out of these epiphany moments, delicate balances of momentous closeness between two separate entities: the viewer and the portrayed, the performer and the observer. Be it photography, etching, installations or hybrid dancing; be it portraiture or abstraction, my work contemplates intimacy.

What drives you? 

Intimacy is my drive. I long for the intimate connection, that brief moment that makes the world comprehensible, when two personal spaces interact and disagree, mixing their vulnerabilities and powers.

Having both classical art academic formation as well as computer science and automation, I am at ease in both digital and classical media. I am not attached to any given medium, but choose the one that is able to breathe my powerful thought into existence.

What is your definition of art?

Art is mystery. In creating, the artist is crudely exploring her own depth, darkness and light and turns them into tangible gasping moments for the world to explore. It’s freedom and fragility in one.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

Beside the feature of THE PERCEPTiVE I (http://www.theperceptivei.com/ art performance installation with hybrid forms of dance) at the THE ARTBOX.PROJECT Basel 1.0, and the participation at the AIAF 2017 in Amsterdam August 25th-26th, I am currently getting DIALOGUE photographic series ready for the participation at the Berlin exhibition “Once upon a time” in September 9th - 30th, 2017 at Marzia Frozen Gallery. The opening will be on September 9th, and takes part in the series of art events to happen in Berlin during the Berlin Art Week. 

Which are your favorite artists?

Malevich for the massive abstraction power of his white and black squares and Brancusi for being able to catch the essence of natural form within abstract means. Magritte for the semiotics, Vermeer for his mastery in creating intimate spaces and Velasquez for his subtle dissolution of spaces. Marianne Amacher for her breath-taking work ‘TEO! A sonic sculpture’ that brilliantly broke through a new art medium – the inner ear.

Would love to exhibit my work in …

MoMA, MoMA, MoMA.


Come and see Ruxandra's photography art at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 25-26 August 2017 at the Beurs van Berlage, Damrak, Amsterdam. Ruxandra will be at allocation stand #051.

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Derde editie ‘street art’ kunstbeurs Amsterdam International Art Fair - Beurs van Berlage

25 en 26 augustus in Beurs van Berlage  

Derde editie ‘street art’ kunstbeurs Amsterdam International Art Fair. Werken te zien van Damien Hirst, Mr Brainwash, Tracy Emin en Loes van Delft

In de Beurs van Berlage vindt op 25 en 26 augustus de internationale kunstbeurs Amsterdam International Art Fair plaats. Ruim 150 exposanten tonen onder meer werk van bekende en opkomende schilders, beeldhouwers, fotografen en street art-kunstenaars uit de Verenigde Staten, Australië, Frankrijk, Japan, Engeland en Nederland. Het accent ligt op hedendaagse, moderne kunst met een speciale focus op street art.

Zo zijn er werken te zien van Ishi Tashiro (Japan) en Loes van Delft (NL). De beurs, die de vorige editie 7000 aantal bezoekers trok, is een initiatief van Global Art Agency en zet, na succesvolle edities in Wenen, Tokyo, Miami en Oxford, nu weer voet aan de grond in Amsterdam.

“Het evenement trekt onder andere galerijen aan, culturele instellingen, kunstcritici en natuurlijk veel verzamelaars. Tijdens de fair worden er meer dan 3.000 kunstwerken tentoongesteld voor de verkoop. Dit is dan ook een uitstekende gelegenheid om zich in een rijke collectie van de wereldwijde kunst te verwonderen als investeerder, dealer, bewonderaar of als koper” aldus organisatoren Joëlle Dinnage en Natal Vallve van Global Art Agency.

Op de beurs worden onder meer werken getoond van de volgende (inter)nationale kunstenaars:

  • Loes van Delft (NL): haar creaties bieden een mix van cartoon, Pop Art en illustraties.

  • Ichi Tashiro (J): Japanse Pop Art kunstenaar die graag met collages werkt.

  • Jean-Yves Le Breton (F): Franse schilder bekend van zijn surrealistische landschappen.

Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017 . 25 en 26 augustus 2017 in de Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam.  

Vrijdag 25 augustus: vernissage met champagne receptie en dj muziek van 18.00 uur tot 21.00 uur (entree: € 10,- of op uitnodiging).

Zaterdag 26 augustus: openingstijden van 11.00 uur tot 17.00 uur (gratis entree). Zaterdag om 16.00 uur vindt de uitreiking ‘Best Artist Award’ plaats door een driekoppige jury bestaande uit Henk Veen (kunstenaar), Annemarie de Wildt (conservator Amsterdam Museum) en Ruurd Hallema (beeldhouwer).

Kaartverkoop via de website of aan de kassa.

www.amsterdamartfair.com

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New international art fair brings Street Art to Amsterdam

28th and August 29th at the Beurs van Berlage.

Work by street art legends, Mr Brainwash, Shepard Fairey and Shane Bowden. 

On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th August, the art event "Amsterdam International Art Fair" will take place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam with more than 150 exhibitors showing contemporary artworks for the purpose of sale and investment opportunity. The show includes work by well-known and emerging artists, sculptors, photographers and Street Artists from the United States, Australia, France, Belgium, England, Iran and the Netherlands. The emphasis is showcasing contemporary art with a special focus on street art. Thus there are works by the Street Art legends Banksy (UK), Shepard Fairey (USA), Shane Bowden (AUS) and Mr Brainwash (F). The exhibition is an initiative of Global Art Agency, and after successful editions in Barcelona, Vienna, Tokyo, Miami and Oxford they set foot in Amsterdam. Organizers Joëlle Dinnage and Natal Vallve:

"We find that there is very much interest in buying and investing in contemporary art. With 150 galleries and artists from over 30 countries the Amsterdam International Art Fair is a great platform for Dutch lovers of modern art to invest in art."

The art fair will include works from the following (inter)national artists:
. Souren Mousavi (UK): Arrested for her art expressions back in Iran. Her work intersects with Frida Khalo and Salvador Dali.
. Mr Brainwash (F): Pop graffiti artist and star of Oscar nominated "Exit through the gift shop" by Banksy, operates from Los Angeles.
. Shane Bowden (AUS): Street Art artist, is also called "Andy Warhol on steroids."
. Loes van Delft (NL): her creations are a mix of cartoon, pop art and illustrations.
. Blair Martin Cahill (UK): British multimedia artist from the movie world.
. Henk Veen (NL): Works of spray paint and acrylics inspired by the city of Amsterdam.
. Glenn Bracke (B): Photographer and sculptor. His photographs of celebrities like Grace Jones, Alain Delon and Shaggy were recently exhibited at the Festival de Cannes.
. Live painting performance by artist Christine Walters (USA) to the music of DJ Lady Luxxx.

View all Exhibitors here.

Amsterdam International Art Fair 2015

. 28 and August 29, 2015.
. Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam.
. Friday 28 August: opening with champagne reception from 18:00 am to 21:00 pm (€ 10 EUR).
. Saturday August 29: opening hours of 11:00 am to 17:00 pm (free entrance).
. Ticket sales via the website or at the door Beurs van Berlage.
. More information on www.amsterdamartfair.com
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For PR/Press queries please contact De PR Boutique, drs. Marie-Claire Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, M 06 460 36 297 en E marieclaire@deprboutique.nl 

Nieuwe internationale kunstbeurs brengt Street Art naar Amsterdam

Persbericht // Augustus 2015

Werk te zien van Street Art legendes Banksy, Mr Brainwash, Shepard Fairey en Shane Bowden

Op 28 en 29 augustus vindt de internationale kunstbeurs Amsterdam International Art Fair plaats
in de Beurs van Berlage te Amsterdam. Ruim 150 exposanten tonen onder meer werk van
bekende en opkomende schilders, beeldhouwers, fotografen en Street Art kunstenaars uit de
Verenigde Staten, Australië, Frankrijk, België, Engeland, Iran en Nederland. Het accent ligt op
hedendaagse kunst met een speciale focus op Street Art. Zo zijn er werken te zien van de Street
Art legendes Shane Bowden (AUS) en Mr Brainwash (F). De beurs is een initiatief van Global Art Agency en zet, na succesvolle edities in Wenen, Tokyo, Miami en Oxford, voet aan de grond in Amsterdam.

Organisatoren Joëlle Dinnage en Natal Vallve
“we merken dat er bijzonder veel interesse is voor het kopen van en investeren in hedendaagse kunst. Met 150 exposanten uit meer dan 30 landen biedt de Amsterdam International Art Fair een mooi platform voor de Nederlandse liefhebber van hedendaagse kunst."

Op de beurs worden onder meer werken getoond van de volgende (inter)nationale kunstenaars:
. Souren Mousavi (UK): gevluchte Iraanse kunstenares wiens werk raakvlakken heeft met Frida Khalo en Salvador Dali.
. Mr Brainwash (F): Pop graffiti kunstenaar en filmmaker, actief vanuit Los Angeles.
. Shane Bowden (AUS): Street Art kunstenaar, wordt ook ‘Andy Warhol on steroids’ genoemd.
. Loes van Delft (NL): haar creaties bieden een mix van cartoon, Pop Art en illustraties.
. Blair Martin Cahill (UK): Britse multimedia kunstenares afkomstig uit de filmwereld.
. Henk Veen (NL): zijn werken van spuitverf en acrylverf zijn geïnspireerd op de stad Amsterdam.
. Glenn Bracke (B): fotograaf en beeldhouwer. Zijn foto’s van celebrities als Grace Jones, Alain Delon en Shaggy zijn recent geëxposeerd op het Festival de Cannes.
. Live schilderperformance van kunstenares Christine Walters (USA) op de muziek van DJ Lady Luxxx. 

Bekijk alle exposanten hier.

Amsterdam International Art Fair 2015

. 28 en 29 augustus 2015.
. Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam.
. Vrijdag 28 augustus: vernissage met champagne receptie van 18.00 uur tot 21.00 uur (€ 10,-).
. Zaterdag 29 augustus: openingstijden van 11.00 uur tot 17.00 uur (gratis entree).
. Kaartverkoop via de website of aan de kassa.
. Meer informatie via www.amsterdamartfair.com

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Niet voor publicatie: neem contact op met De PR Boutique, drs. Marie-Claire Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, M 06 460 36 297 en E marieclaire@deprboutique.nl voor meer informatie, interviews en beeldmateriaal.