Our first Art competition “Weather” started in September 2020 and concluded on October 20, 2020. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Germany, Canada, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, Russia, China, Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Guatemala, UK. The weather theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, photography, pastel, mixed media, digital, watercolor, crayon, gouache, fiber glass sculpture, charcoal and ink). The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 104 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
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Diana Fernandez is a recognized Guatemalan sculptor with 290 national and international exhibitions and 43 international awards. The International Sculpture Center said she revitalizes alabaster with a contemporary language. It is for me to recognize what can be unearthed: to reveal what magnificence of light and colors of form discover the sensuality that lies within. With a courage gained through experience, I can break into these alabaster stones, revealing their secrets subdued, cloaked in the dusts of our Planet evolution, which is why I love stone sculpture. And my bronze sculptures are also a summary for the concept of art responsibility because are very durable, able to withstand the elements for many years when properly prepared. Finally, the ability to use corrosive materials to create a patina allows to create a vibrant coating, because bronze is an incredibly important historical art medium for sustainable sculpture. To develop cosmic visions in fiberglass, is to create new visions of outer space with inner material, that is why in fiberglass I developed Red Moons and many other possibilities and much more that sculpturally merge with color and shape in a different way of my other sculptures in alabaster and bronze, which also represent the universal experiences that surround us.
Dave Martsolf has been drawing and painting for over 40 years, since turning away from studies in architecture at MIT, circa 1967-70, to focus on the Fine Arts. Initially, he was intrigued by surrealism, and applied skills in photorealism to create complex surreal oil canvases with a dark flair. In the 1980’s these abilities earned him the Juror’s Prize at the “UNH Revisited” Alumni Show in 1981, and the Sawyer Award for Painting at the 38th Annual New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition at the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH (1985). Later, this same time period of his artistic career was awarded the Grand Prize in the Art List’s worldwide on-line Artist of the Month Contest in 2018. More recently, in terms of two-dimensional abstracts Martsolf has focused his inherent playfulness in creation to the dancelike quality of his drawing style. Imagine a modern dancer in a dark room with a flashlight in fingertips, tracing arcing curves through space, seen by the observer as transient motion, but recorded by Martsolf as an EKG-like record of the totality of the dance’s energy, emotional direction, and purpose. At the same time Martsolf continues to devote major energies in the direction of his original style of realism and surrealism. The images for “Weather” are of large oil on canvas works depicting the power and presence of nature in our world. He is currently working on large canvases of great complexity in a realistic surrealish style. These are not works of fantasy, but combinations of objects that push physical and metaphysical questions of reality to the forefront.
Monica Sanchezrobles - Iceberg III 2016, Greenland 2016 (photography)
Mónica Sánchez-Robles is a multidisciplinary artist who at the moment resides in Madrid, though she has lived in France and Italy too. She’s licensed in Fine Arts by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in BBAA of Granada, she studies for a doctorate, she continues her digital photography formation in Escuela de Fotografía EFTI of Madrid, and she did her postgraduate in Parsons Paris School of Design in Paris. She has exhibited individually in galleries in Spain and France. She has also exhibited collectively in diverse exhibitions and fairs in France, Spain, Miami, London and Switzerland collaborates in different projects with professionals in design and architecture, like the one with Patricia Urquiola or being the director of the Master Classes of Miami Fashion Week . She created and interactive test about the study of the impact in the relation of colour and emotions, of universal character, www.colorofemotions.com. From my beginnings as an artist, I began to experiment with shapes and textures, maintaining the color and light as main protagonists. My artistic interests fluctuate between different disciplines; from photography to video, passing through installation and drawing. Nature, travel and the human being are my laboratory of experimentation. I am sensitive to climate change because of all the current pollution of ecosystems.