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Born in 1983 in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, Gustavo Díaz Sosa graduated in 2002 with a Degree with Honors from
San Alejandro’s Fine Art Academy of Cuba, where he was teaching painting from 2000 until 2004.
In 2004 he came to Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, thanks to a scholarship granted by Arteleku. He studied
engraving, lithography and serigraphy between 2004 and 2007. In 2022 he worked as a visiting professor at
the Drawing Workshop of the University of Darmstadt, Germany.
Gustavo Díaz Sosa’s artistic goal is “to describe a lost, anonymous, global, surrendered and desperate society
functioning in a system which presumes to exist as a democracy on a global level.”
His characters “continue to run towards nowhere looking for doors or exits from the monumental walls that
keep them trapped under the burocratic and established rules.”
The artist uses architecture in his works like a tool or a symbol of power. “Architecture has always been used
to protect man, but also to dominate him”, states Gustavo Díaz Sosa. “Religion, myths, politics have always
relied on huge temples in order to confirm man’s fragility when faced to power. My intention is to get the
viewer to reflect upon these issues.”
Was born in 1969 in Borken, Germay
Claudia Ebbing's paintings are asian-like, meditative and somewhat nostalgic. The
design language and color palette are reduced to the essentials. She depicts the
emergence of a memory that blurs. Inspired by old photos, traces of thought and
current events mix to create new narratives.
Claudia uses ink and oil painting on canvas, and creates large paintings where the
viewers can immerse themselves.
The nature often appears abstract and surreal. And presence of children from an other
times, creates a poesy that arouses wonder.
The combination of these unreal landscapes and mysterious children creates the
necessary ambivalence and poetics to question the viewer in his relation with nature.
2003 - 2006
Studies at the ibkk, Institute for Visual Arts and Art Therapy in Bochum, among others with Era Freidzon
Guest student in the advanced training with Prof. Chung Guang Yang, Anhui Art College / PR China
2006 - 2008
Master class with Prof. Dr. Qi Yang, Bochum
Academy diploma - concentration on painting
Selected Exhibitions :
Members exhibition Kunstverein Duisburg Duisburg Art Association
Claudia Ebbing, painting (E)
In the context of a scholarship of the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of NRW Barnsfeld, 46342 Velen
Art space Ba Cologne, Cologne-Ehrenfeld Claudia Ebbing, painting (E)
Claudia Ebbing and Thomas Trute Open studio, Velen-Ramsdorf
«Playing with the object»
Member exhibition Kunstverein Duisburg
Duisburg Art Association (G)
27th Huntenkunst 2019, SSP-HAL, Ulft/ NL (G)
3rd art award of the city of Günzburg
Art-Off e.V. art association.
Günzburg Local Court, Award Ceremony 05/22/2019 (G).
Benjamin Grivot was born in 1994 in Dijon (France). He lives and works in Dijon.
He graduated from EMA (Fructidor 2014) and Ensa Dijon (2016).
In 2017, he won the prize of the Dijon-Dallas Residence.
Emerging artist, he exhibited in group exhibitions in the United States
In 2019, he has a solo show at the Espace Ricard (Dijon) for his exhibition :
"Anyone can play guitar".
His work evolves around the relationship between visual arts and music.
His different experiments are built around the matter of objects,
to their learning at first glance. He uses these materials as a support for
sliding between two universes.
Lino Lago was born in 1973 in Redondela, in Spain.
He lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
He graduated from the Fine Arts University of Madrid Complutense University, painting section.
Lino Lago has always been a painter. From an early age, he dedicates him to his vocation.
When he returns to university, he will be deeply shocked by the idea of «death» of painting,
which has spread over twenty years in contemporary art. Since then he has been tirelessly
questioning his status as an artist and his production.
Since 2015, the artist expresses his questions through two séries.
The first «Fake Abstract» confronts the minimalism of a monochrome with a detail of a masterpiece.
The overlay is unveiled by the trace of a child’s finger that would have erased the second layer of paint,
revealing a look, a mouth. With a humor that borders on the absurd, Lino puts in tension the
concept of beauty, in the aesthetic sense of the term. On the one hand, the canon sought by the
classic masters takes hold of the woman and brush it in details until splendor, on the other
the modernism of the 1970s seeks beauty in an «art that excludes the superfluous «(Carl André).
This juxtaposition creates a vibratory effect and raises the question of what beauty is today.
The second series, Pintura sobre Pintura, leaves more room for the master canvas. The viewer
must move away to understand the superposition. Painted in negative, a dog’s head holds in its
fangs the classic beauty. The beast eats the beautiful.
Lino Lago seems to be accompanied by the works of the old masters to understand and
apprehend contemporary issues. As if asking us to reconsider them, he paints them through a
keyhole, creating a whole new attraction. This fragmentation of the portrait opens our eyes to
Lino Lago is an international renown artist. His paintings are in several public and private collections.
Manu Muñoz. ( Cabo de Gata. Spain. 1977)
In an environment not very conducive to urban art, a small village in southern Spain,
Manu Muñoz began making their first murals and graffiti in the year 1990. Three years
later, a proposal to participate in a charity exhibition led him to make his first works on
canvas in a more formal style.
Since then, his work has described a line outside the dictates or art trends, a work without
complex, personal and pure, described in eclectic compositions or mixtures of conflicting
concepts creating images that could well be a stage for emotions more primitive or land to
cultivate new insights.
His work has undergone various changes, both in concepts and techniques, which do not concern
the artist, who defends the creative exercise as an act of freedom and commitment to the change
of time, also linked to individual personal experience constant interaction with the world.
Nature as a key element, as a starting point or final objective is the current focus of its work,
the recreation of the universal and timeless consisting of real elements used as mere forms
stripped of meaning. Order from chaos or vice versa. No dictates because everything is
unpredictable and changeable.
After almost 30 years of career, in which his works have been shown in galleries and fairs in Europe,
America and Asia, Manu Muñoz continues working tirelessly and immersed in what the artist
calls "endless learning": Experimentation, search for new languages that enrich his work and
thus broaden the discourse of his work in territories to be discovered.
Born in 1976, Madrid
Leaves and works in Madrid Spain)
Carlos Tárdez is a multidisciplinary artist who could be framed in figurative
art but with the added bonus that his paintings hide a deep symbolic layer behind an appearance
of everyday life. As Tárdez himself explains, «My work is born out of my experiences. I try to
always keep in mind the banality of what I do, because only from unpretentious sincerity does t
he idea arise. Every day new elements appear and reappear. That’s why I don’t set myself any
objectives. I paint out of an inner need. It is from my own work that new questions arise, new projects».
Both in painting and sculpture, he has achieved a high level of quality that has earned him,
among many other awards, the BMW Medal of Honor in 2010 and 2018.
Both in his paintings and his in sculptures there are mythological connotations, double meanings
and great irony in the reinterpretations of everyday scenes and objects.
This fact is particularly evident in his sculpture (in this case, in addition to the polychrome resins,
there are also pieces made of bronze), where he uses a preconceived idea or an object associated
with a meaning and turns it upside down.
On the canvas he tries to express the idea in the most direct way possible, his pictorial technique
and the realism employed are careful, generating simple and emphatic compositions in which
emptiness takes on a meaning and, in many cases, carries the conceptual weight in a treatment of s
pace that drinks directly from abstract painting.
Color also has a direct relationship with the distribution of space, atmosphere and depth. The
psychological influence and symbolic value of color are given great importance. It is also common
to see horizontal or vertical bands of matt black appearing in his paintings that delimit the space.
It is a symbolic figuration, with a series of resources that have enriched its own iconography.
The title of each of the works suggests and reinforces the idea on many occasions, always leaving
open the subjective interpretation of the viewer.
Was born in 1972. He is a Lithuanian painter. He lives and works in Vilnius since the late 1990s.
In 1998 he graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts, majoring in
painting and theatre set design. For several years he has been setting movie
design and painting at the same time. His most acclaimed work included creating
sets for the 2001 Werner Herzog film Invincible.
In 2004, he has devoted himself solely to painting.
‘The paradox is what I still like very much. An unexpected proposition is always very interesting.
Things that combine contradictory features or qualities lead to re-thinking. Looking at something
new makes us angry, nervous, sometimes happy. For me, a paradox means making an impact’,
Vytautas creates his story by counterposing small to large, bright to fuzzy,
colored to black and white, calm to expressive. ‘I like it so much and consider it
as means of expression. Dozens of colorful exotic birds in the landscapes of an
industrial city, graffiti-stained yaks in front of the mountains speak reminds us
about a changing world that we do not notice when we drown in our daily routine’,
In 2008 Tomaševicius was awarded First Place prize at the Baltic Art Biennial in
In 2019 he won an Excellence Award in the Open Category at the third Art Olympia
Biennale in Tokyo, with his work A Still Life with Two Objects (2016), the
painting was exhibited at the Metroplitan Museum of Art, of Tokyo the same year.
Tomaševicius is the first Lithuanian artist to be awarded this honor.