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Painting and Drawing

In this page you can discover the top 3 artists for the
Painting and Drawing discipline in the Blue Area (Mediterranean to Ocean) selected by the qualified judges and the audience are invited to the Semi-final event in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The winners of the Semi-final event in each discipline will take part in the MArteLive Biennial in October 2022 in Rome, Italy. They will also have the chance to participate in Art residencies and get relevant prizes.

Artists selected from Mediterranean to Ocean

Myrto Papadaki

Chania, Greece

I am a visual artist and educator, born in Chania, Greece. I hold a Master’s degree with distinction in Visual Communication (2014) and a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design (2013) from the University of Derby, as well as, a certificate in Illustration and Comics from Ornerakis School of Applied Arts.
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In 2017 I was awarded the Erasmus Mundus JMD scholarship to study Adult Education at the Universities of Glasgow and Malta, where I obtained a Postgraduate Diploma (2018) with a focus in community arts, participatory practice and trauma-informed arts education. I have traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America and worked in community projects in different countries. Since 2015 my work has been presented in various shows in Greece, the UK and the USA.
Artwork presentation

The selected paintings have been inspired by the pandemic and political events of 2020-2021, namely the isolation and need for human contact brought about by the various lockdowns, the murder of George Floyd and the important social and political issues it brought forth. They were created as a creative response to the changes and challenges that this time has posed for all of us.
-“Embrace II” -2020, mixed media on canvas.
-“The Harlequin’s Dream” – 2020, mixed media on canvas.
-“Acceptance” – 2021, mixed media on canvas.
-“The Green Room”, 2020, mixed media canvas.

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Iva

 Splitu, Croatia

Iva Martinović was born on September 26th, 1995. in Splitu. She attended Art Academy in Split where she graduated 2019. in the class of professor Viktor Popović. She was a part of several group exhibitions, some of the latest: exhibition in MKC, Split, June, 2018., 100 years of Bauhauss, Club Kocka, Split, January, 2019., Cash and carry, Fortress Gripe, Split, February, 2019., Work, text, context, Old Town Hall, Split, March, 2019., Colors, University gallery Vasko Lipovac, Split, April, 2019., Graduating exhibition, University gallery Vasko Lipovac, Split, September, 2019. 

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Temporary work exhibited in KULTURNI KLUB/KULTURNI/SPEKTAR, Zagreb, 2018, New horizonts, Gallery Ružić, Slavonski Brod, November, 2020. Art and erotica, Galerija HDLUI, Pula, Februray, 2022. Solo show: The Great Ones, Culture center Zlatna Vrata, Split, November, 2019., The Great Ones, Hotel Cornaro, Split, December, 2019. Destructiveness, organisation of Klub Mladih, Split, November, 2020., Synergy, part of a Posvoji prostor, Praznine 2021 project, CHC, Split, February, 2021. Interior, Klub Mladih, Split, November, 2021. Nude, Klub Kocka, December, 2021. She participated at the Privrednikova likovna kolonija, 2021., at the river Zrmanja. She is a memeber of a HULU organisation.
Artwork presentation
Television, as the most influential medium from the group of mass media, has a strong influence in shaping the world we live in, its nature is its program, and its content is electric light. Television is a medium that changes social norms, creates and shapes new social values, while at the same time the same medium is prone to various manipulations by the capital that finances it or by politics. The media, among which television stands out in particular, have participated or are participating in the process of educating generations throughout history, from the advent of the printing press to television and the Internet according to the “collective simulation of consciousness.” Television as an object does not have a language with which it can communicate and be something more than an object. itself, what determines the character and strength of television as the final point of signal reception is the content and character of the program it shows and which has a strong influence, which raises the question of its multi-meaning origin. Dimensions 180×130, oil on canvas .. The girl in the painting is my girlfriend Natasa at the beach in Bray, only a few months after moving to Ireland. With many thoughts passing through our minds, we decided to take a break and travel to Bray with a couple of friends. She was standing there, looking at the open sea lost in her own thoughts, which I thought presented a perfect portrayal of how we felt at the time and it is why this portrait had to be painted. I used studied and calm brush strokes to get an insight into the psychological character of the model. The horizontal composition is outlined by the sea line which captures a peaceful moment in the surroundings. The face of the model is pensive which gives compatibility between the portrait and its surroundings. Dimensions 90×120, oil on canvas.
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Albi Yzo

Tirana, Albania

Born in Korçë, Albania in 1993. Live and work in Tiranë.
EDUCATION
2022 : Master 2 in UA Universitety of Arts in Tirana
2015 : Licence 1 à l’Université De Lorraine – Faculté d’Arts Plastiques

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Albi YZO

-Born in Korçë, Albania, 1993
-Live and work in Tiranë


EDUCATION

2022 : Master 2 in UA Universitety of Arts in Tirana
2015 : Licence 1 à l’Université De Lorraine – Faculté d’Arts Plastiques


PERSONAL EXHIBITION (selected)

2017 : « Miti i dashurisë » , YeReBlu Art Studio, Tiranë
2014 : « Exposition, Journéé de Patrimoine » , Metz , Francë
2011 : « Ekspozitë Nr 1 » , Shkolla Tefta Tashko Koço, Korçë


COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION (selected)

2022 : « Biseda në Gjuhën Time » Promenadë Galery , Vlorë
2021 : « Arti përmes vështrimit të të rinjve» Tiranë
2017 : « Ekspozita e fundvitit” , Tiranë
2016 : « Atelieri I Pikturës” , Tiranë
2014 : « Exposition Peinture / Sculpture”, Longeville-lès-Metz
2013 : « Skulptura në hapësirat publike” , Tiranë
2013 : « Ura me Tri Harqe ” , Tiranë


ACTIVITIES / PUBLICATIONS / PRICES (selected)

2020 : «Art Teacher», Shkolla « Kristaq Rama », Tiranë
2018 : «First Price “Skënderbeu ne Kohë” », Universiteti Metropolitan, Tiranë
2017 : «Workshop “Mural Art”», Kalari, Itali
2017 : «Workshop “Street Talk France-Albania”», Paris, FR
2015 : «Asistent Prof», Metz ,Francë
2010 : «Third Price “Shqipëria është kulturë” », Apolloni, Fier

Artwork presentation

1- Apocatastasis
2022
Oil on canvas, 130 x 160 cm
In this work is the continuous renewal (apocatastasis) of the society.

2-Nostalgie
2022
Oil on canvas 83 x 103 cm
Reminiscing of a childhood moment eaitng dinner under the candle light.

3-Memory traces
2022
Oil on canvas, 83 x 103 cm
This picture calls for life and life beyond death, but not in a religious context, but in the context that even life after death is lived throughout life. This proves the existence of time towards a flowing progress.

4- Scream in theatre
2020
Oil on canvas ,100 x 80 cm
The subject of the theatrical performance in which I am based on , is this : It’s about the pain the character goes through after losing something very valuable. 
The scream in this case is addressed to the human consciousness to show what is really happening in a shaftless , shallow society that is led by the reason of the unreasonable. 
So , let this be a proclamation of the hope that “ after the rain the sun will always rise “ and that beyond the theatre the life of the man exalted by the power of great knowledge goes on.

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Other artists selected from Mediterranean to Ocean

Tea

Belgrade, Serbia

Teodora Nikolic was born in 1997. She graduated in 2020. at the Department of Painting, at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She is currently attending a master’s degree in painting at the mentioned faculty.

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Awards:
2021. Second prize for painting, within the exhibition “Art Salon of Youth”
2020. Third place in the Batut Award Art Competition for the conceptual design of posters on the topic “Prevention of tobacco use” for 2020
2018. Second prize for drawing on the theme “Belgrade”, within the exhibition “That wonderful world of canvas”
2017. FLU Award for drawing – large format study, first year of basic studies

Solo exhibitions:
2021. Exhibition “Relations”, Modern Gallery Lazarevac

Collective exhibitions:
2021. Group exhibition “Artist in residence”, Cultural Center City, Belgrade
2021. Youth Art Salon, Mmc Gallery, Novi Pazar
2021. Group exhibition “Masterpieces”, Gallery U10, Belgrade
2021. Group exhibition “Look into the Unexpected”, Pavilion “Cvijeta Zuzorić”, Belgrade
2020. Exhibition “Inter / action”, Gallery “DOB”, Belgrade
2020. IX Biennial of Mosaics “Beauty of Tradition”, Gallery SKC New Belgrade
2019. Group exhibition “In the spirit of the Master”, Kustendil, Bulgaria
2017. Exhibition of works by awarded FLU students for the school year 2016/17, FLU Gallery, Belgrade

Artwork presentation

The everpresent motif of skin in Teodora Nikolić’s art-works represents a symbolic display of tactility, with its quality as a surface over which we feel everything, every person, every stimulation. All things that are exclusively ours, personally special and unique, simultaneously in-dividual and something each person possesses. These works of art introduce the viewer to multiple meanings they allow the skin to be perceived as purely physical and anatomical as the largest organ in the human body as well as a philosophically and metaphorically separate structure, as a sense through which we experience the world, as well as the agent through which the world experiences us.
Although her artwork isn’t a direct commentary on any particular contemporary event, it may be interpreted as an exploration of man’s individual nature in a world where it is increasingly easy to incorporate oneself into an anonymous whole.
A profound feeling of intimacy is present, a gaze at something that we shouldn’t see, an intrusion into some-one’s personal space. Some of her work has an erotic element that can be understood as a contemporary artistic manoeuvre where the remainder of the body is left to the imagination of the viewer.

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Petar Mrdak

Podgorica, Montenegro

My name is Petar Mrdak, I’m a 19 year old young and talented painter, drawer and sculptor from Montenegro. Since the day I was born I was surrounded by art and artists, my father and my grandfather, so im a third generation artist in the family. You can say that the art is in our DNA. Inspired by them i decided to follow their footsteps and become a successful and well known artist. The first step was going to a Art highschooll “Petar Lubarda” in Cetinje at the age of 15 , where I officially started my journey. Since the first day of highschooll I showed great talent and dedication. 

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My work was getting better and better and great artists from my country started recognizing me as one of the greatest talents in the country considering my age. That is always a great motivation to me to get better and to become world-wide known artist. In March of 2021. At the age of 17 I was contacted by NGO “Zinak” to have my first online exibition because of COVID-19 pandemic that was my only option to show my art to people. I was published on web page Fenomeni.me which is a page about talented people from the art community from Balkan region. I’m fascineted with portraits, human figures, and animales, and these are my favorite motives to paint and draw. This year I finished highschooll with the average grade of 5.0 which is the best you can get. In May this year, i won the second place prize for the design of a jubilee money for Museum of Money at Cetinje where my painting and the work of other people competing was exibited. In June 2022. I was honored to exibit my art at Cue hotel in Podgorica on a group exibition with my colleagues as we finished highschooll. Now my plan is to countinue my studies at faculty of fine arts in Cetinje.

Artwork presentation

The painting of a women sitting is a acrylic on canvas that was exibited at Cue hotel in Podgorica on group exibition. The dimensions are 100x80cm. The second painting is a male figure sculpture painted with acrylic on cardboard and by looking at I think you can notice my fascination with impresionist way of painting with pure brush strokes and the overall atmosphere of a dramatic renesanse painting, dimensions are 100×70 cm. The third painting is two portraits of a elderly couple painted with acrylic on canvas and the dimensions are 80x70cm. The fourth painting is a Raven done in combined technic with acrylic, black ink and sepia, dimensions are 17.5×25 cm. And the last but definitely nkt the least important painting is a portrait of my grandfather, and the painting that cought the eye of many people including the NGO that exibited my work, it is not the best painting I ever made, but it's most certainly the painting that means the most for me. For me this painting shows the power of art and why I love it, it shows how we can bring our loved ones to life, and it shows the real beuty of art and what we can do with it. Dimensions are 70×50 cm.

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De Tripas aerosol

Valencia, Spain

The abstract themed mural will be created with plastic paint and spray details. being able to attach the design to different surfaces and different sizes.
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This project began (2018) with a simple observation: look towards my neighbors’ windows at night, while walking in the deserted streets of my village or in Brussels. This observation revealed several aspects: the position of the “voyeur”, bringing back to the point of view of the narrator; the window, this field or space delimited with its mullions, its panes, its outside and its inside; and the nightlife of the people. In reality, we do not see much except the play of black surfaces, which is why the fantasy and the narration of things perceived or felt are “released” in the surface of the paper. Then, with the confinement, investigations appeared at the level of the human being folded in on himself. Windows are sources of light where we can see life go on, but also see the fragility of our fellow human beings.

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Barbara Aslamazi

Tiblisi, Georgia

I’m painter and teacher at The Apollon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. I’m actively working as theater and film designer.
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I want to introduce you Norah. Norah is fictional character, which is painted in a way to give her an ability to express herself. My wish as a painter is to initiate in people a desire to care for Norah.
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Tom Whitty

Lisbon/London, United Kingdom

im a painter and teacher living in lisbon. i have been painting since high school and have lived in budapest, istanbul and now portugal. i paint abstract work , concerned with a connection between visual memories and their connection to our emotions that they evoke.
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concept. my paintings are concerned with the connection between visual memories and the emotions that they evoke. my paintings are created from the layers of memories to create a new dreamscape, the forms and colours evoking the feelings that i had in those moments and memories. The forms and colours in my memories therefore creating something new from my mind to create an architecture in my mind, memories both good and painful to produce a new creation that can evoke new feelings in the present.

levity. 90 x 150 cm acrylic and oil based paints mix on canvas
rift 90 x 150 cm acrylic and oil based paints mix on canvas
cascade 120 x 180 cm acrylic and oil based paints mix on canvas
marseille 160 x 100 cm acrylic and oil based paints mix on canvas
invasion 90 x 150 cm acrylic and oil based paints mix on canvas

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Be Jus

Belfast, Ireland

Working with the imagery of both the natural landscape and historical urbanscape photographs taken in my home country, I try to bring the history and personal memories to the present, with the use of textured surfaces, heavy layers of paint and fluid, chaotic brushstrokes. The specifically prepared surfaces and thick paint, mixed from pigments, help me manifest the vague past to something material and real, something having a presence of its own- a history, seducing viewers to come closer, almost touch it and get lost in the work itself.

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My practice combines an exploration of the history of my motherland, as well as my personal experiences of growing up within it. Within each work I try to contain different histories from the past. For several years I have been living with a question lingering in the back of my head- why can't I escape the memories from the past? What does the past mean to me? Why are so many people so fixated with and stuck in it? Unable to break the chain of repeating fragments and scenarios from the past, I wanted to face the history of my habitats and explore its landscape as well as my relationship to it, in hopes of 'releasing' it in the medium of oil paint. Painting has allowed me to manifest the past into the present world, revive it, and bring it closer to the viewers, inviting them to 'walk' through various hidden histories contained within each work, as well as introduce them to the landscape full of secrets and danger.

Working with the imagery of both the natural landscape and historical urbanscape photographs taken in my home country, I try to bring the history and personal memories to the present, with the use of textured surfaces, heavy layers of paint and fluid, chaotic brushstrokes. The specifically prepared surfaces and thick paint, mixed from pigments, help me manifest the vague past to something material and real, something having a presence of its own- a history, seducing viewers to come closer, almost touch it and get lost in the work itself.

A- “Untitled”, Oil on canvas, 165×120 cm, 2022
B- “Sibire”, Oil on canvas, 175×120 cm, 2022
C- “Memelio vėliavnešys”, Oil on canvas, 55×55 cm, 2022
D- “Untitled”, Oil on canvas, 55×55 cm, 2022
E- “Untitled”, Oil on canvas, 185x122cm, 2021

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Ivan Matancevic

Vinkovci, Croatia

Ivan Matancevic (b.1988) attended the Academy of Arts in Osijek, Croatia, where he received a Masters in Fine Art. He received the Academy of Arts Award for Painting in 2013 and the Award for Multimedia in 2013. He has exhibited at various exhibitions in Croatia including Galerija Prica, Samobor and Art is fact (Dorf) Slavko Kopač Vinkovci in 2014 and Kulturni centar Novog Sada, Novi Sad in 2013. In 2016 he exhibited at Motley, the MART Members Exhibition in Rathmines, Dublin as well as in Hennessy Portrait Prize | National Gallery of Ireland.
Artwork presentation
Television, as the most influential medium from the group of mass media, has a strong influence in shaping the world we live in, its nature is its program, and its content is electric light. Television is a medium that changes social norms, creates and shapes new social values, while at the same time the same medium is prone to various manipulations by the capital that finances it or by politics. The media, among which television stands out in particular, have participated or are participating in the process of educating generations throughout history, from the advent of the printing press to television and the Internet according to the “collective simulation of consciousness.” Television as an object does not have a language with which it can communicate and be something more than an object. itself, what determines the character and strength of television as the final point of signal reception is the content and character of the program it shows and which has a strong influence, which raises the question of its multi-meaning origin. Dimensions 180×130, oil on canvas .. The girl in the painting is my girlfriend Natasa at the beach in Bray, only a few months after moving to Ireland. With many thoughts passing through our minds, we decided to take a break and travel to Bray with a couple of friends. She was standing there, looking at the open sea lost in her own thoughts, which I thought presented a perfect portrayal of how we felt at the time and it is why this portrait had to be painted. I used studied and calm brush strokes to get an insight into the psychological character of the model. The horizontal composition is outlined by the sea line which captures a peaceful moment in the surroundings. The face of the model is pensive which gives compatibility between the portrait and its surroundings. Dimensions 90×120, oil on canvas.
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Rikardo

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Erzegovina

Rikardo Druškić was born in 1990. in Zagreb and has spent all his adult life living in Sarajevo. His interest for art began during high school years with main focus on illustration and digital art. Rikardo uses combination of art techniques such as painting, street art, drawing and digital art. His works have been exhibited, both independently and in collective exhibitions in many art galleries and public spaces in the world such as: Sarajevo, Mostar, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Dubai, Taiwan, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna. 

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He was one of the finalists in the Art Revolution Competition Taipei in 2014 and the same year his works Madness Continuous and Depth were selected by visual art platform see.mee to be presented at the famous Times Square in New York. First solo exhibition Tales of Love took place at the Gallery Boris Smoje in 2014. in Sarajevo. Later that year the same exhibition was presented in Memorial Home of Svetozar Corovic in Mostar. One of his most significant professional exhibitions were: “Initiation”, Collegium Artisticum – Sarajevo, Gallery 25N – New York, “The Wall” – Historical Museum in Sarajevo, Post-election Trauma – Sarajevo, “Where is the Exit” – Gallery JAVA in Sarajevo, “Diggin”, Maineouevre – Berlin. Some of his projects include illustrations of the books as well. He was one the main participants of the first Festival of Street Art (FUU) in Sarajevo, during which his creative work was transmitted into public space. After that, he soon joined forces with the important street art initiative for Mostar Street Art Festival. In 2016 he was invited to paint a mural inside the Sarajevo Youth Theater expanding his field of interest into the world of public art. Next step was first video exhibition Children Joy in Sarajevo projected on 1000m2 screen. Exhibition “Suscitans Conscientia” was held in City Hall of Sarajevo which marks the beginning of his new artistic expression and plans for the two new exhibitions in Brussels and Vienna. In 2019 he painted a mural in Brussels and in 2020 started residential program at Almuñécar, Spain. In february, Rikardo paints a replica of an airplane from WW2, which is exhibited in Historical Museum of BiH in Sarajevo. Later on, for the birthday of his hometown Sarajevo, he organises exhibition “Was is Walter“, where the “replica“ was firstly shown to the public. During the start of the Covid Pandemic, Rikardo makes his first video exhibition, through  which he collects money for a charity organization “Pomozi.ba“. After that he starts  working on his new project “Awakening Solidarity“, in which he paints 5 murals in 5 different cities in Bosnia&Herzegovina. Rikardo lives and works in Sarajevo.

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My creative world is intuitive. My expression is connected with the lens through which I look at the world. What I see are political, racial, ideological polarizations all around. People don’t seem to be able to live with each other. We ( contemporary man and women) dont accept the differences and have lack of respect for other people`s opinions, world views. This results with endless quarrels and never greater polarization. My artworld is different. Ii is inclusive . Through my art I try to make my microworld a better place. On canvas, I a paint a world as I imagine it. People, all races, animals,beings, all different but all working together in harmonius ways, together. I use my art as a platform, through which I collect money for charity organizations in my country. We had three projects so far (Awakening of Conciousness) and luckily had great succes. One of the great contemporary problems as I see it is materialization, which results with great spiritual loss. Without spiritual guidance people dont have deeper meaning and their sense of purpose is loss. That problem is also adressed in my artworld. In my stories I try to bring ancient wisdom to life.

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