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Tim Eitel (b. 1971, Leonburg Germany) studied German language, literature, and philosophy at the University of Stuttgart from 1993- 1994. Eitel studied painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig from 1997- 2001, and was a Meisterschüler in the class of Professor Arno Rink from 2001- 2003. 

Tim Eitel uses photographs that he takes of urban spaces as the basis for his paintings, resulting in works that are both realistic and detached from reality. Many of Eitel’s paintings and lithographs are of figures or obscured objects taken out of context and placed in an ambiguous background painted in muted, industrial colors. 

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In a world focused on youth and beauty, New Jersey figurative painter Michael De Brito takes his creative cue from all that is homely, comfortable and comforting—namely his Portuguese grandmother’s ever-open kitchen and welcoming table that come with a constantly reconfiguring, but full and fascinating, cast of characters.

Michael DeBrito’s paintings document evocative group gatherings, characters in solitude, unconventional portraits and ominous still lifes.  His paintings display an acute sensitivity to human interaction in conventional settings. The characters contribute to a sense of conflicting moods and dissonance or provoke the viewer by forcing eye contact. There is a voyeuristic element to his works which are rarely staged and capture everyday life that are at once nostalgic, foreboding, and deeply complex open-ended scenes. His works mark an authoritative departure from traditional figurative art while preserving a recognizable influence from historical epochs.

Michael De Brito received his degree from Parsons School of Design and did postgraduate work at New York Academy of Art. Since 2004, he has been awarded Best of Show from the Audubon Artist Annual Exhibition as well as the Allied Artists of America 92nd Annual Exhibition.

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Born in Damascus, Syria in 1980, Tammam Azzam received his artistic training from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus with a concentration in oil painting. Alongside a successful career as a painter in Syria, Azzam was a prolific graphic designer, an experience that would inform his digital media work after relocating to Dubai with the start of the country’s conflict.

(…) Following the start of the uprising in Syria, Azzam turned to digital media and graphic art to create visual composites of the conflict that resonated with international viewers. These widely distributed works are informed by his interest in the interventionist potential of digital photography and street art as powerful and direct forms of protest that are difficult to suppress. In early 2013, Azzam made worldwide headlines when his Freedom Graffiti print went viral on social media.

Recently, he has returned to painting with Storeys, a series of monumental works on canvas that communicate the magnitude of devastation experienced across his native country through expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes. Chronicling the current state of his homeland, Azzam delves into a cathartic exercise of reconstruction, storey by storey. Alongside these new paintings, he has produced a significant body of giclée prints and installations that depict the facets of cities through similar themes.

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Gonçalo Mabunda (b. Maputo 1975) is interested in the collective memory of his country, Mozambique, which has only recently emerged from a long and terrible civil war. He works with arms recovered in 1992 at the end of the sixteen-year conflict that divided the region.

In his sculpture, he gives anthropomorphic forms to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols and other objects of destruction. While the masks could be said to draw on a local history of traditional African art, Mabunda’s work takes on a striking Modernist edge akin to imagery by Braque and Picasso. The deactivated weapons of war carry strong political connotations, yet the beautiful objects he creates also convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civilian societies.

“If we destroy the weapons, the same weapon’s not going to kill anymore.” He says his art is “trying to represent each [person] who died with this same material.”

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Born in Zhejiang, 1973, Yuan Yuan studied in the Oil Painting Department of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where he gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1996 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2008. 

Lives and works in Hangzhou.

Hangzhou artist Yuan Yuan is gaining critical acclaim on the international art scene thanks to his distinctive paintings focusing on architectural subjects, executed with impeccable technique and conveying a unique atmosphere.