I am a MINIMAL REALIST artist.
"Life a smile, nature poem, a musical note, a picture and all reflected in the family...
Abstract Expressionist Oil Painiting
Recently we followed up with one of our winners Anya Rubin to see what she is up to.
Check out Anya Rubin’s work http://www.anyarubin.com/ and get inspired!
We also asked Anya to reflect on the 2013 Art Competition. Here is what she shared with us.
ANYA RUBIN: I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. When I was six years old my mother and I immigrated to Israel leaving behind all our family. Having spent two years in Israel we then moved to Germany, and after a year’s stay there we arrived in the US. Going through such extensive immigration and three languages left a huge impression on me. As a fellow immigrant once said, you lose more than half of your personality through this process.
I learned to understand different cultures, rules, people and languages. As I look back at that time I realize immigration had taught me how to use my senses. Those indescribable, intuitive feelings; a way of looking not with your eyes. Although I believe I was an artist from a young age, I didn’t start painting until after the birth of my triplets. I am a self-taught artist.
My goal is to explore the human condition through paint and technology. I reflect upon the social, political, and spiritual conditions of contemporary culture as it is mediated by today’s fast-paced technology where information about the world is available at a moment’s notice. Working in paint and digital rendering, I try to create an expressionist record of this current zeitgeist, using figures, historical references, and fragments of everyday life and through them I try to reveal what could be called the collective consciousness of contemporary society. For me the human spirit is the key to making sense of society’s fractured world and noting that in reality everything is interconnected.
I have been showing my art for the past 11 years. It has been a grueling road and a lot of the time a lonely one. Not only do artists need to create and consistently work on their skills, but in today’s market they also have to promote themselves. I find that while artists are living it is not only their art that is scrutinized but also their persona. This is a road one doesn’t choose -- it chooses you!
As an artist I try to find as many quality venues as possible to show my work. I enjoy the idea of a competition because then the work is chosen out of many submitted works and that says something about the work selected. I won the International Art Competition and was then invited to participate in The Art Festival. The event was well organized and the large space was overflowing with people. received a write-up in Fine Art Magazine on pp 14-15 (http://issuu.com/fineartmagazine/docs/winter_2013/1?e=1208886/5891660) , as well as receiving a lot of social media and on-line promotion. I met a wonderful array of artists and art lovers. I was able to invite my own collectors as well, who in return had the chance to see my latest work. I would encourage emerging and mid-career artists to participate in the Festival because it is a great way to have your work introduced to many different people from varied backgrounds. My participation in the Festival was a wonderful experience because there were many people seeing my work and I was able to meet people from the press as well as artists from different countries. After the competition I was invited to show at Museum of Russian Art which was a great honor.
Currently I have an opening at Alberto Liner Gallery in Miami (http://myemail.constantcontact.com/APPRAISAL---ANYA-RUBIN---FEBRUARY-15TH---28TH.html?soid=1104248386839&aid=kzjy1Y7qYBU)
I am continuing with my work exploring the human condition through technology and paint.
Spinning Color Video from ARTIFACT, New York
Reception: March 7, 2014, 7–9 PM
Dates: March 7–30, 2014
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6 PM
ARTIFACT is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by a Madrid (Spain) based artist Carlos Aquilino. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday March 7, from 7 to 9 PM.
Carlos Aquilino’s paintings and sculptures announce themselves with a playful confidence and exuberance. At the heart of this artist's work is his evident impulse to offer the viewer an experience that is grounded in material reality (hence the strongly felt use of silhouette-like outlines that remind us of objects of cultic value) yet keenly aware of the need for an interplay of immateriality, and a reference to a transcendent reality to co-exist within each work.
Carlos Aquilino is a Madrid (Spain) based artist currently in residence at Point B Worklodge, Williamsburg, Brooklyn,NY.