|Flowering by Jee Young Choi, Oil on Canvas, 48x60|
Meet the artists @ opening reception
Jee Young Choi was born in South Korea where she spent her time painting and drawing. She studied Eastern painting at Chung-ang University in South Korea. At the age of 22, she had the opportunity to study abroad as an exchange student in Dallas, TX. This experience in Western painting helped her to decide to go to graduate school at Boston University and received an MFA in Painting in 2010. Her paintings represent her emotional experience from a female perspective, and she often like to capture the mood of the moment as a particular subject. Jee lives and works on her art in New York City.
Jane Hugentober is an American abstract / figurative painter. Jane graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and studied Fine Arts Painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She was recently accepted into the Masters of Fine Arts program at UCLA, of which only four artists were selected. Born in Indiana, Jane now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Jane’s work can be seen in numerous galleries and private collections on the east coast.
Peggy Klineman was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Ceramics. Klineman now resides in New York City where she follows her true vocation in drawing and painting at her art studio. Her paintings have been included in group shows such as Abstraction Now at Fireman Plaza Art Gallery, Nassau Community College, Thaw at the Lana Santorelli Gallery and Process: Abstract Painters at the Brooklyn Artists Gym. Klineman received an award of merit for her paintings from the Art Student League and two first prize awards for her ceramics. She was awarded the Wallace Library Purchase Prize Award and is in the collection of Rochester Institute of Technology, Strong Memorial Hospital and private collections.
Yuri Leonov was born in St Petersburg, Russia. He started making art from an early age, and kept becoming increasingly fascinated with the process of its creation and the outcome. In his adolescence he moved to New York, attended LaGuardia High school and is now receiving his BFA in illustration from The School of Visual Arts. His work has been featured in a number of group shows at SVA, and in the college magazine The Visual Opinion. He recently partook in a group show at The White Rabbit with the Anagnorisis art group.
Richard Lund was born in Coney Island and raised in Upstate New York. He later spent his high school days on a Navajo Indian reservation in Parker, AZ in the early 60’s. Richard served in the Marines and did two 13-month tours in RVN. After the Marines, he took some time to travel around the country and explore. Richard became a professional games player in the mid 70’s and went back to school. He later worked with a New York-based utility company and retired to pursue his artistic interests.
John Ratajkowski grew up in San Diego, CA and discovered painting at an early age, he was fascinated all varieties of materials and extended his artistic talent to sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and lithography. He received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a large series of portraits of Alzheimer’s patients allowing him to demonstrate the unique power of his artistic vision. Ratajkovski’s abstract work took him to Ireland for a two-year sabbatical to work on landscapes; whick resulted in two major exhibitions in Dublin. John also became a resident artist at “Dom Polonia”, a national arts council in Poland, and then to Bulgaria to exhibit in the Triennial. During this time he traveled through Eastern Europe painting and sketching Rom (gypsy) communities and producing a series of painted collages of Rom life. The exhibits that followed were sponsored by the Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies and presented through a grant form the California Council for Humanities. Ratajkovski’s artwork appears in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. John currently lives and works on his art in Del Mar, California.
Jimmy Rhea is originally from Newnan, Georgia, where he developed skills in welding, casting, and ceramics. He worked at the Inferno Art Foundry for three years as a founder, and as a freelance carpenter after completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of West Georgia. Jimmy moved to Massachusetts to attend the UMASS, Amherst, and received a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture in 2008. His work, which is mostly figurative steel sculpture, has been shown and collected in Germany and throughout the eastern United States. Jimmy is currently teaching sculpture, blacksmithing and metal casting at the Harford Art School in Connecticut. He also teaches workshops in bronze casting at the New England School of Metalwork and metal fabrication at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.