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Henri Cartier-Bresson: 1908 – 2004

Born on August 22, 1908, in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, near Paris, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered by many to be the father of modern photo-journalism. In 1927, Cartier-Bresson studied painting at the Lhote Academy in Paris under Cubist painter and sculptor André Lhote. He turned to photography in 1931 when he acquired a Leica 35mm camera – […]

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Marc Chagall: 1887 – 1985

Happy Birthday to one of my favourite painters, Marc Chagall!  Móyshe Shagáll, Chagall was born on July 7, 1887 in Liozno, near Vitebsk, Russia (now Belarus). As a child, he showed promise as an artist and in 1907, after moving to St. Petersburg, he studied at the Imperial School of Fine Arts, and privately under […]

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Andrea Petrachi: Cyber Sculptures

Born in Lecce, Italy in 1975, Andrea Petrachi a.k.a. Himatic creates cyber sculptures from things most of people simply throw away. His work is based on the assembly of everyday items,  discarded electronics, gadgets and toys. Himatic sees his work as a symbol of our out-of-control desire to buy things. Petrachi will be exhibiting at […]

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Jean Paul Riopelle: 1923 – 2002

Born on October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Canada, Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of Canada’s most famous painters. Riopelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1942, and then at the École du Meuble, graduating in 1945. He studied with Paul-Émile Borduas under whose direction Riopelle created his first abstract painting. Riopelle was a […]

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Annie Leibovitz: Photography

Born on October 2, 1949,  in Waterbury, Connecticut, Annie Leibovitz has been documenting American popular culture since the 1970’s and is one of the most sought after portrait photographers today. The Leibovitz family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments in the US Air Force and Annie took her first photos when they were stationed […]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 1571-1610

Born in Milan, Italy on September 29, 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is considered one of the first great painters of the Baroque school and a revolutionary figure in European art. Caravaggio trained in Milan under the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano, a pupil of Titian – the leading painter of the 16th century Venetian school […]

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Lee Jeffries: Photography

Based in Manchester, UK, photographer Lee Jeffries began his career in sports photography.   A chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changed his artistic approach forever. Jeffries recalls that, initially, he had stolen a photo from a young girl huddled in a sleeping bag. The photographer knew that the girl […]

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Matt Small: Recognition – Merry Karnowsky Gallery

UK artist Matt Small is exhibiting for the first time in the US at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles.  Recognition is a collection of paintings, drawings, and mixed media, depicting vibrant portraiture of what the artist views as “the marginalized and voiceless in society, those who are socially excluded.” Small portrays those on the […]