He has been the director of Dogrush Studios, partner of IDv Labs, self-taught 3d artist, programmer, technology developer, art director, and show manager. With 18 years of experience leading teams for the entertainment industry, developing software and control systems, including video mapping, interactive installations, virtual reality, and art pieces.
From his architectural thesis in 2004-2005, Alejandro has been exploring technologies in real time, including virtual reality and video game engines. Among other things, he developed an interactive and immersive mixed reality device that was patented and won a national competition for technological innovation in Argentina. He has been exploring the edge of visual technologies in the last 20 years, and applied that knowledge mainly in the private sector. He has also participated in a large number of artistic events and festivals, giving many workshops and lectures in different countries.
Andrea Björsell is a Hong Kong based experienced photographer. Born in Korea and raised in Sweden, Andrea has worked in London, Los Angeles and New York City. Nothing creates more of a stimulation in creativity than travelling to a bustling city to meet new people, visit new places, embark on new adventures and experience all sensory elements of every moment. Andrea was first introduced to photography at the age of seven when she was gifted her first camera. After completing Photography Studies at London College of Communications, she decided to pursue a career in professional photography. The ability to translate brand visions enables Andrea to create dynamic ambience with great attention to the details of her surroundings. Through Andrea’s lens, she creates an illusionary experience through connections with the subjects and keeps searching the meaning in life.
CARLOS GARCÍA DE LA NUEZ
Carlos García de la Nuez is a member of the renowned 1980s generation of Cuban artists, whose works differentiated from other contemporaries, noticeably in their intentional distancing from political criticism as a form of expression. This generation was interested in establishing and legitimizing new values of art for art’s sake, gathering inspiration from art movements happening outside of Cuba. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1959, the artist’s paintings explore abstraction and semiotics through the use of color, texture and scale. García de la Nuez participated in the historic 1982 exhibition titled "4x4" with colleagues Gustavo Acosta, José Franco and Moses Finalé.
In 1979 García de la Nuez entered the San Alejandro Academy of Arts and in 1983 completed his studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. He received his Masters of Arts in 1988 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, upon receiving a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation. He spent a decade working and living in Paris, where he exhibited across Europe and was selected to participate in a silkscreen portfolio, Kinderstem, published by Domberger-Edition in Germany that featured García de la Nuez along with Max Bill, Sol LeWitt, Keith Haring, Christo, among others. In the early 1990’s García de la Nuez relocated in Mexico City, where he currently works and lives.
My father once told me about my grandfather who liked to make toys for my father when he was little before his parent separated and my father came to live with his new family. My grandfather worked in the railway, I never found out exactly what was his job there. What I know is that I inherited my drawing talent from him. I have always loved to make things since I was small. Drawing, painting, sewing, gardening. Anything. It pleases me to make things, to give life. It would please me even more when what I have made pleases others.
Eighteen years ago I moved to Finlandia. It doesn't change my love to make things. No wonder I could stay in a foreign country with such a different culture from my own for a long time. I love adventure; I consider it a challenge. There are a lot to learn from the experience: how to live in a place so different as a foreigner. What I found to be very important is how I learn more about myself through it all.
In his evocative figurative paintings, British artist Jack Penny depicts contemporary urban life from the perspective of a rural-dwelling outsider. Penny’s largely improvised and haphazard compositions question the sustainability of modern society, established systems, and the nine-to-five hustle of the blue-collar and white-collar workers as they go about their daily lives. Penny’s creative practice is motivated by a search for authenticity. He is driven by capturing a real sense of humanity within his work.
Viewing himself as a 21st century documentarian of city life, like George Grosz did before him, Penny paints uniform and seemingly anonymous figures clustered together, as if they were searching for validation in numbers. Rather than relying on manipulative techniques to develop a painting, Jack is conscious of trying to spark his audience’s sensory awareness as they experience his work.
Roland Hagenberg is a writer, photographer and filmmaker who grew up in Vienna, Austria. After his training as a psychiatric nurse, he started to write and take photographs for German publications like STERN and Berliner Kunstblatt. In the 1970s he founded the literary magazine “Die Klinge” (“The Blade”). Contributors were renowned Austrian poets and novelists such as Friederike Mayröcker, Ernst Jandl and Robert Menasse. At that time Elfriede Jelinek – who later became a Nobel Prize recipient, was part of this Austrian literary circle.
Roland left Vienna in 1979 and moved to Berlin where he stayed for four years. The city was still divided and surrounded by “The Wall” – a surreal setting that attracted artists from all over the world. With many of them Roland got acquainted - described in his book “Maler in Berlin” (Painters in Berlin). Already at that time his preferred medium was not only photography: poetry and short literary essays complimented his work, which led to his explorations of New York in the 1980s – where his photo-series on Jean-Michel Basquiat originated.
SIN SIN MAN 冼倩文
Sin Sin Man’s passion is to transform raw materials into beautiful things, elevating them into art that we should surround ourselves with in our daily life. Art, for her, is a way to live; to communicate without words in expressing our authentic selves. Over the past decades, Sin Sin Man has created many things as her inspiration knows no boundaries. Her particular love for textile and three-dimensional shapes results in elegant silhouettes with unexpected details that make up her signature style.
In the early 80’s, after China opened its doors, Sin Sin Man traveled to Shantau in Guangdong Province and discovered many hidden gems. The beauty of indigenous crafts and culture there enthralled her. Inspired by the skilfull craftspeople and their handiworks, Sin Sin Man explored and collaborated with them in their home-workshops to create artefacts. This lead her to begin designing bags in 1984. Later she branched out to accessories and jewellery. By 1999, she was an internationally successful designer and developer for products of well-known multinational corporations, top brands and licenses such as: MTV, Star TV, Warner Brothers, Disney, Billabong, Fossil, Guess, Stussy, Quicksilver, and more...
WENSEN QI 文森漆
Wensen Qi, AKA Vincent Cazeneuve, studied at Ecole des Metiers d’Art in Revel with an expertise in wood cabinet making, marquetry and gilding. Lacquer painting, one of the most ancient arts in China, acted like a strong magnet to him. So Wensen committed himself to live in China and with his own language deciphering the work of lacquer, learning and drawing lessons from traditional Chinese lacquer paintings. Simultaneously, he blends his own creativity into Chinese lacquer traditions, mixing elements of Western modern art into his lacquer works. Wensen is deeply touched by natural objects and natural beauty that contain endless stories and mysteries that he would like to recount through his lacquer paintings. Besides Chinese lacquer, he makes extensive use of various natural elements such as mud, linen, silver, gold, tin, lead, shells, stone, wood, and so on. Wensen also adopts various texture effects, including lithography, engraving, relief piling, mosaic collage and incrustations, lending his artworks abundant tactile feelings.
ZHANG XIAODONG 張曉棟
Zhang Xiaodong is the inheritor of intangible cultural heritage – Dragon-Scale
Binding. The Dragon Scale Binding, which derives its name from the scale like appearance the pages have when it is opened, disappeared from the world since Tang Dynasty. The most recent surviving book of dragon scale binding is 《唐人刊谬补缺切 韵》 , a 1,000-year-old report by Wang Renxu (王仁煦), handcopied by his wife and master
calligrapher Wu Cailuan (吳彩鸞) housed as private collection at the National Palace
Museum in Beijing.
In 2010 Zhang Xiaodong brought back the lost art form in life with dragon scale
binding “Diamond Sutra”. Now Zhang lives and works in Beijing.