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Conversations by George Goodridge, Acrylic on Resin Soaked Stretch Canvas, 12h x 30w x 9d
 
VENTUS CALIDUS
 
 GROUP EXHIBITION
January 21-31, 2015
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, January 22, 6:00-9:00pm
 
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 
Featured Artists

Guillermo Barreto, Ted Barr, Marco Beria, George Goodridge, Rebecca Kane, David Paul Kay, Alexandra Momin, Renee Philips, Rafael Santiago, Mary Saran and Leslie Wagner.

 
ARTIST BIOS

Guillermo Barreto: (1957-2013) Born in Caracas, Venezuela Guillermo Barreto Studied at Cristobal Rojas school of art and Pedro Leon Castro University. In 1980  Guillermo arrived in New York City. Upon arrival he enrolled in courses at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts. His works have been exhibited throughout France,  Monaco,  Germany,  Belgium,  and the Galerie Schlassgoart in Luxembourg. Guillermo’s works have been on display at Cornell University,  New York University,  the Venezuelan Consulate,  and forms part of the permanent art collection of the Chilean Mission before the United Nations.

Ted Barr: began a 7-year study period in 1995 with the Israeli master Shlomo Tzafrir. Prior to that and over the years he also researched subjects such as: Symbolism, Ancient Egypt, Numerology, and spiritual rituals of various religions. Inspired by his training and research, Barr created 3 painting series.  Deep Space – celestial elements such as galaxies, quasars, red giants and supernovas based on Hubble telescope images; Human Formation – embryos, sperms and ovum inspired by Lennart Nilsson photography and Cycle of Life – allegoric images for human development, dreams and emotions. Most recently he’s also been involved in developing fashion projects with Tifa Design Center in Israel and AOF fashion house in London. Barr is the founder of the Current Art Group, an organization that unites 5,000 artists worldwide. He currently lives and works on his art in Israel.

Marco Beria: is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked as an actor, producer and director in theater, film and video in NYC. As a painter, Beria's approach to geometrical abstraction has been most influenced by the Fauvist/Purist movement and later by kinetic artists such as Soto and Cruz Diez. He prefers a more organic and minimalist composition and the use of vibrant, contrasting colors.  His brushwork tends to be very clean, marked by meticulous attention to detail. Since 2012, Beria has lived in the Miami Art District.  As one of the artists selected to join the prestigious Fountainhead Studios, he has been participating in several exhibitions in Wynwood Art District. Currently, he is working on the hurricane project, a series of abstract paintings depicting the four seasons, and on a multimedia aromatic project related to the Seven Deadly Sins. His work can be found in numerous national and international collections. 

George Goodridge: son of an architectural engineer is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, New York and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was awarded the position of Senior Technical Adviser to the Student Body at the School of the Art Institute and has taught Visual Techniques at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Best know for his three dimensional stretched canvas works, George has relocated several times between NYC, Los Angeles and Miami. He is a member of the Sculptors Guild, New York and has participated in the Art Center South Florida’s artist residency program. He is listed in White Columns, Percent For Art, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a regular showcase winner and juried winner for Artslant.com. His work has been shown in numerous galleries, museums, Art Fairs and corporate collections including the Korean Embassy in Washington DC and multiple works purchased for the United Airlines Corporate Collection, showcased at the Miami International Airport. He has been recently featured on the Syndicated News Network, featured and reviewed in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art, The Examiner, multiple feature articles for The Miami Herald, Art South Florida, Xs Magazine, New Times Magazine and has been featured in multiple programs for PBS with his artworks. He considers his current works three-dimensional paintings or object paintings. These new works are supported by the artist’s prior studies in geometric reconstruction, three-dimensional painting and conceptual installations. 

Rebecca Kane: is an abstract impressionist painter and collagist who was born in New York City. Her passion for art originated during childhood while visiting the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. She began painting in 2004 when inspired by the night skies and landscapes of the desert while living in Arizona. Most of her paintings are inspired by nature and travels mixed with the unexpected vibrancy of street graffiti and the fantasy of abstraction. Using an assortment of materials and all varieties of paint, the artworks are always created with interior design in mind, and that the space they will occupy with be transformed into a happier, more dynamic, more beautiful setting. She lives and works in New York City and maintains a studio in midtown Manhattan.

David Paul Kay: is a New York City based contemporary artist. Born in former USSR David fled to the United States in 2008. As a self-taught artist he developed his black and white signature style few years ago. David’s work is translated into different mediums, small ink drawings on paper, sharpie, acrylic or enamel paint on canvas or fabric. He was first discovered after executing large scale murals throughout NYC including a rooftop mural “HK52” in hell’s kitchen and 5000+ sq. ft. mural in Chelsea at G Lounge & Gallery. David has participated in several group exhibitions in New York and hosted a solo show on Fire Island in 2014. His work is included in private collections in the United States, Europe and Middle East. David is collaborating with luxury brands and will be launching private collations by the end of 2015.

Alexandra Momin: was born in Belleville, New Jersey, and completed a degree in Fine Art at New Jersey City University, May 1998. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe, notably As The Eye Is Formed, Parrish Art Museum (2013), Curious Matter Gallery’s Dividing Light, Measuring Darkness, Jersey City, NJ (2011); and Luna Nera/Post Industrial Baroques Live Media Art Exhibition & Concert at Raum 18, Berlin, Germany (2009). In 2012 she had a one-woman show, Energeia at The Coffee Cave in Newark, NJ. Her work has also appeared in Streaming Festival, Sixth Edition, The Hague, Netherlands (2011); Rafskinna Magazine, Reyjaavik, Iceland (2009); Mudfish (2000). Interested in the encounter between different mediums and the evocative allusions that emerge from their overlap, she combines various mediums – painting, film, and photography – to create suggestive images of environments that point to a new reality while alluding to deeper realities in search of resolution. Whether through photography, film, painting, or all three layered upon each other, her eye is squarely focused on the emotional power of form and movement - how they represent human complexity, promise, and alienation. She attempts to capture the mystery and magic of the frantic movement that embodies our contemporary lives, while inviting the viewer to reflect on how her textural interplay reveal the intimacy and unruliness of our inner lives.

Renee Phillips: Alchemy, science, nature and the awareness of natural life cycles - growth, decay, evolution and rebirth - play a prominent role in Renee Phillips work. Guided by a deeply intuitive process, alchemical experiments are built up and removed, layer by layer, to reveal hidden moments that open up a world of possibility in the observer. Renee is recognized for her energetic, expressive technique utilizing diverse media such as enamel, acrylic, papers and photography. Renee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Miami, FL, continuing her art education at the University of Paris, France. Renee recently completed the School of Visual Arts Mixed Media Residency in New York City. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions throughout the Northeast including Art and Cultural Center of South Florida and the High Line Open Studios in NYC. She lives and works in Chelsea, NYC.

Rafael Santiago: (1980, NY) lives and works in New York City.  He received his BA in Arts from The New School. Mr. Santiago works with mixed media ranging from collage, photography, appropriation, and video.  Themes include personal history and experience, self-portraiture, gender identity, and abstraction. Group exhibitions include 'A Collage Show', (Scene) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI (2014); ‘HELL’, envoy enterprises, New York, NY (2012); ‘In Like a Lion’, 443PAS, New York, NY, (2011); ‘small works’, NYU 30th Small Works, New York, NY (2007)

Mary Saran: grew up in Naperville, Illinois and left home at a young age. She began to seriously pursue art at Culver Academies, a boarding school in Indiana, exploring 2-D art and charcoal portraits. Most of the time, she spent multiple hours painting the walls of her studio, instead of her assigned work, in order to create a unique colorful space that became well known on campus. “In college, painting became a way to unleash my mind, and my unique style began to solidify as I explored color theory and geometric shapes.” She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2012, and received a Bachelors Degree in Art and Design and a Minor in Art History. Soon after, she moved to New York to pursue an art career. Mary continued to paint and build her portfolio from her home studio in Brooklyn and promoting her work in solo shows, international competitions, group shows and commission projects.

Leslie Wagner: creates art on and in multiple mediums, and has been exhibiting since 1991. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City, and studied at Parsons in Paris. Her creative process has been informed by meditation in various spiritual traditions and as such she has traveled extensively on pilgrimage to natural and urban landscapes. Her work brought her to a residency at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon, where meditation practice formed interests in impermanence, and the direct experience of each moment.  As a practicing Zen Buddhist, she investigates this intention in her paintings by the dispersion of material, content, light and by the activity of painting itself. Interests in Quantum Physics as connected to Zen practice also informs her work, particularly the reduction of the most basic bits of everything, full and empty at the same time.  Leslie Wagnerwas awarded a Scholarship to an artist residency on the Azores Island of Flores, and received a Fellowship tothe Vermont Studio Center. She was born on 14th street in New York City.

 
 
 
Leslie Wagner Renee Philips David Paul Kay Mary Saran Marco Beria Rebecca Kane Alexandra Momin Rafael Santiago Guillermo Barreto Ted Barr