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Untitled #5 by Javier Infantes, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48x36
 
INITIUM NOVUM
Abstract Exhibition
 
Group Exhibition
January 16 to February 7, 2014
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, January 16, 6:00 - 9:00pm
 
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 
Featured Artists
Ted Barr, Michael Benevenia, Dor Confino, Sabin Filip, Javier Infantes, Artur Pashkov, Avner Sher, Soyeon Shin and Sandra Vucicevic.
 
 
ARTIST BIOS

Ted Barr was born in Constanta, Romania and lives in Israel, he is a painter, published author, teacher, lecturer and curator.  In 1980 after his release from his regular army service as a battalion commander, Barr started seven years period of studies with the Emin esoteric group based in London. His main areas of research were; Symbolism, Ancient Egypt, Numerology, mathematical relations as well as traditional academic studies. He holds an M.B.A degree in economy and marketing from the Tel Aviv University.  Barr has written several books, ‘Krombie’ - a children book and ‘Frau Gruber's Camp’ an allegory about fascism which was published in Hebrew in 2006 and translated into English in 2011. In 1995 Barr began his drawing lessons under the Israeli master Shlomo Tzafrir in Old Jaffa where his first exhibition was opened to the public in 2001. Since then Barr has had exhibitions in New York, Montreal, Palo Alto, Guadalajara, Detroit MI., Chianciano Terme, Cannes, Paris, Istanbul, Izmir, Cheshme, Hayward,CA., Dallas TX., Miami FL. and the Burning Man festival in Nevada. Barr does not sign his name on his canvases. Instead he developed a private symbol that encapsulates his esoteric studies experience.

Dor Confino is no newcomer to touching people's innermost emotions.  She's been doing it for the past 25 years in her practice as a highly successful architect, designing luxurious private and public spaces.  Renown for her innovative use of light, color and materials, creating spaces of instinctive harmony, Confino now brings these qualities to her art. With vast architectural experience and exposure to art within this field, Confino has won several awards including 'Most Influential Architect Award 2009', sponsored by BVD, Israel, and Frame and Mark, the Netherlands.  Her works have appeared in leading Israeli and international architecture and design magazines, and she has published articles in XNet, a global news platform. Dor Confino , a well-known figure in Israel, has appeared on TV, in news and current event programs, an expert and key opinion leader in culture and luxurious living. She orchestrates processes from idea to fruition, while carefully maintaining a minimalistic style that has become her trademark.  Designing projects initiated by real estate and banking entrepreneurs, such as Mr. Eliezer Fishman, one of Israel's most prominent businessmen, Confino's work reflects high-style living and a sensual asthetic. Participating in Art Monaco 2013 provided a perfect platform for Confino's artwork, exposing visitors to her blasting energy and creative spirit.  Beginning with random inspirations embedded in her memory, Confino's art is expressed in a highly physical manner, full of temperament and passion.  Laying the canvas on the floor, Confino allows the materials to permeate her skin and form a symbiotic bond, as she ardently spreads them with her hands, knives and spatulas.  Using the force of her body with movement and rhythm, she creates layers of color and texture with an interesting mix of higher materials – oil and acrylic artist paints – and lower materials, like plaster, wall paint, filler, varnish and glue - the very same materials used by the builders and renovators with whom she works in architecture. Creating depth and perspective, Dor Confino invites her viewers to enter a world of harmony, sensuality and light, touching emotions and firing senses.

Sabin Filip, born in 1976 in Romania, is an artist living and working in San Francisco Bay.  He got his degree in Art History, at University of Arts Bucharest, in 2003. Sabin’s work can be found in some public and private art collections in the United States and abroad, and his name was part of few personal and group exhibitions in Europe and USA.

Michael Benevenia is an artist working out of North New Jersey. His work is predominately in steel and primarily interested personally reflective, meditative forms. He received his BFA in 2010 from Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick and worked for The Sculpture Foundation installing and building monumental metal sculpture between 2011 and 2013. He currently works out of his studio in Montclair, NJ.

Javier Infantes was born in Estepona (Spain). Lives in NYC since 2007. He studied painting in Seville and Madrid obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Certificate in Education. He studied graphic design, photography and drawing in Spain and in the USA. Javier worked as a teacher of painting and photography in his country as well as an interior decorative painter. Since 1997 he has published his work in various Spanish media including ABC Newspaper and Claves de Razon Practica ( Madrid), El Viejo Topo (Barcelona) and Extramuros (Granada). He illustrated texts of Noam Chomsky, Stephen Jay Gould and the former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero among other illustrious public figures. Moreover, he has been showing his work in art galleries and international art fairs in Europe and also here in the USA (Miami and NYC) for the last two decades, including ArtExpo NY and NY Couture Fashion Week. In addition, his works are part of some art private’s collections in the USA, England and Spain.

Artur Pashkov is an artist originally from Russia. He arrived to New York in 2001 to explore the land of the opportunity in his career and passion. Here, Artur Pashkov wants to pursue a goal of a successful artist that can reach an audience by expressing his feelings and emotions through his Art. Artur graduated with BFA from Pace University in 2007. Fine Art is Artur's gateway to share with other people his way of seeing everything around him. In this way some people can perceive through his representations and visions the world in different perspective and color. It's not easy for Artur to describe his creativity, because it's a process that he's not fully aware of. His visions are like dreams, and are not easily understood or explained. Every time he takes a brush in hand, his visions are coming from nowhere, and he does not know where they will take him. Some of Artur's paintings appear to come from another world, crazy and even scary. Artur Pashkov is a painter practically from birth, when other kids wanted a bike or a plane Artur wanted to paint. Over the last few years Artur Pashkov have sold a large part of his repertoire to private collectors and friends throughout the world. Today, years of experience and extensive training in Art have given Artur the confidence to share Art to the world. He is highly respectful to life's limitations and to the lines society has drawn about the expression of feelings and emotions, but when it comes to Art Artur wants to be free from any barriers and obstacles. Art is a place where he can express himself without any limitations, or any hindrance. Art allows Artur to feel free and independent in his thoughts and feelings.

Avner Sher(born 1951, Israel)one of Israel's most successful architects of public spaces, has earned his B. Arch, Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and graduated in Art studies at Haifa university. During the early years of his career, sher's style was mainly inspired by an urban and architectural aesthetic. An encounter with graffiti and vandalism on a public restroom's wall sparked the birth of a new artistic form of creation. Faced with the uninhibited expression of obscene wishes and desires that are normally kept a secret, Sher was fascinated by the raw strength and violence of the vandalistic act. He embraced the violent nature of vandalism and utilized it to set his emotions free and to ultimately create a new style. The art of Avner Sher is a universal in nature. His works combine Pre-historic motifs and elements with child-like symbolism and style. At the same time, it is a sophisticated art of a well-trained architect that retains the freshness of autodidact artist. The composition of the works is an over-all dense and hectic composition which covers almost the entire surface of the cork sheets on which Sher works. They seem ridged and simple in craftsmanship, although the outcome is a fruit of hard labor and mastering of the unique technique developed by the artist. Sher's works are the result of a very physically demanding process. The injury to the cork surface forces him to invest a great effort in the creating process, Blood, sweat and tears literally go into the work as he struggles to burn scratch and create total chaos on the cork surface. Avner Sher’s paintings have been the subject of various solo and group exhibitions including his latest solo show Atelier Sher at Art Monaco Fair on 2013 and at Art Laren, Netherlands. His exhibitions were reviewed in magazines such as the Arts Observer and Auction. His work is represented in public and private collections throughout the world, including Israel, Germany, France, Belgium, NY and Florida.

Soyeon Shin is a visual artist from Seoul, South Korea. She received her MFA at the Pratt Institute in February 2013 and her BFA at the Seoul National University in 2007. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Sandra Vucicevic is NY based Serbian painter, poet, and performance artist. She was born in Belgrade in 1977. Sandra holds a B.A. in Studio Art (Painting) from Hunter College, CUNY, and a law degree from University of Belgrade, Serbia. Her earliest work was published in the book of poetry and drawings - The Gate (Kapija) in 1995. Most recently, she was awarded a 2013 Queens Arts Fund Grant for her multidimensional performance piece "BRUSH-VOTES - CREATING THE CREATOR". This project was made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 
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