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Roberto Acosta (WON), Cuba
Born in San Cristobal de la Habana, in 1961. Graduated in 1981 from the Academy of Art "San Alejandro," Habana, Cuba. Acosta's work has been internationally known. Some of his works have been displayed throughout Cuba, Colombia, USA. He presented his work in a collective setting and individual exhibits.
David Michael Amoroso, USA
Ana Andres, Spain
Luis Caram, Argentina
Born in El Galpon, Salta. He studied architecture at Tucuman National University. In 1992 he was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to study with maestro Leo Vinci. He also trained in Italy, and his works belong in private and public collections all over the world.
Nazha Caram, Argentina
She was born in El Galpon, Salta. Since her early years she showed a deep vocation for fine arts, studying sculpture with Luis Caram and painting with masters Osores and Cifre. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and her works belong to several private collections.
Joseph Vera Carpenter, U.S.A.
Born in Southern California in 1954. He studied Commercial Art and Photography at V.C.U. in . . Richmond, VA. Since moving to Washington, D.C. in 1979, he has been primarily concerned with portraiture and live models in the studio. He has participated in several staff art shows at the National Gallery of Art and works mainly on commission.
Armando Cecilio Chapelli, Cuba
Born in Havana, Cuba on November 22, 1917. Mr. Chapelli began to paint in the mid-70's. He came to the U.S. in 1961 and resided in New York City. A self-taught painter, he painted both modern and ethnic works, all inspired by the Cuban tradition.
Carlos Cifre, Argentina
Born in Tucumam. He studied fine arts at the Tucuman National University. He did several solo and collective shows. He was the recipient of the first award of the Young Art Show in Rosario, Santa Fe, 1991, Jury First Award at the IX and 2nd award at the Xl Salon National of AzuL
Judith Colton Skolnick, U.S.A.
Born in 1947 in Washington, D.C., BA honors, University of Maryland, Work in corporate and private collections. Career biographer, World's Who's Who of Women, 14th and 24th edition., Who's Who of American Women, 19th edition, Represented in New York and Washington, D.C. Exhibited in the U.S. and abroad.
Carlos Deupi AIA, Cuba
Born in Havana in 1936. Studied Architecture at The University of Havana. Came to Washington. D.C. in 1961. Practiced Architecture and Interior Design until 1994. Wrote a novel that was published in 1992. His work is presently displayed in Hanau, Germany, and was recently exhibited in Miami, Florida at the Museum of Latin American Art.
Carlos Di Laudo, Argentina
Born in Buenos Aires, he moved to Washington, D.C., 10 years ago and started studying painting with Kathy Keler. His works express the untamed latin moods.
Felisa Federman, Argentina
Graduated from the National Fine Arts Academy, Buenos Aires. Since 1986 she has actively participated in many solo, group shows and juried exhibitions in Argentina, Brazil and the U.S.A. she was honored with an award in the 1988 National Show of Fiber Art in Argentina. Latest shows: Eklektikos Gallery, Washington, D.C., Small Works Rockville Art Place.
Hernol Flores Vargas, Chile
Born in Blumen, he is a self made artist with an extraordinary sensibility His works reflect the tradition and myths of the Chilean countryside. His colorful works show at the same time the urban and maritime life. His paintings belong to private collections in several countries.
Margarita Fragnito, Argentina
Born in Buenos Aires. She began in plastic arts with the Australian-Hungarian master, Rafael Sceczi. Her work with other masters and with the aborigines of the Americas have profoundly influenced her art work. Her paintings are in private collections in Latin America, Europe and the U.S.A. She exhibited in O.A.S., P.A.H.O. and Washington, D.C. Post Office
Micheline Frank, U.S.A.
Frank painted with Alfredo Echeverria in Paris, and with Gene Davis and William Newman at the Corcoran, where she was awarded the Vera Lester Memorial Prize. Her work has been featured in solo and group shows, and is in a number of private collections around the U.S. and in Europe.
Charo Garaigorta, Spain
Born in 1961. Education: MFA University of the Basque Country and Colombia University, New York. 1997-solo exhibition, Centro Cultural Sao Paolo, Brazil. 1996-Caelum Gallery, N.Y.; BBK Foundation, Spain.1994-Rekalade Gallery, Bilbao, Spain. 1990 AIM Program, The Bronx Husguti of The Art, N.Y.; BBK Foundations and Diputacion de Vilcays Fellowships.
Sofia Gawer, Argentina
Graduated from "Prilidiano Pueyr- edon" National School of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, with two degrees: one in Printing and Engraving and the other in Sculpture. Her works have been shown in many exhibitions in Argentina and U.S.A. Since 1991, she has been teaching classes and workshops for the Corcoran Gallery, of Art Education Department; and at the Art Museum of the Americas.
Teresa Ghiglino-Sueiro, Peru
She holds a M.F.A. from the American University and is the recipient of the 1988 Alma Thomas Award and the 1990 Glassman Award. In the last three years, she has received multiple grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts for her artistic talent and contribution to the development of Bilingual Studio Art courses in Washington, D.C.
Tomas Gomez, Peru
Tomas Gomez is native of Peru. Tomas is an HIV/AIDS activist. He has played key roles on the committees of several orgamizations that address HIV/AIDS. Currently, Tomas is a senior student at the American University, Graphic Design Program. Tomas contributes to this Auction, with "Red Ribbon, Red Tape", a piece that is a testimony of how the bureaucratic congress has transformed the Red Ribbon symbol into "red tape".
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Elizabeth A. Goodman, U.S.A.
Elizabeth Goodman was born in New York City and currently resides in Washington, D.C. Her highly evocative mixed of media photographs explore language and relationship through emphasis on context and abstraction.
Rodolfo Harding, Chile
Born in Santiago, and now works in Caracas, Venezuela. He is one of the most loyal representatives of the Chilean School of Realism. He shined from surrealism to hyper-realism, and currently focus_ es on the abstraction of the essence of realism. The artist makes attractive and original compositions throughout with the enjoyment of tom and folded fabrics.
"Holver" Alberto Revelo, Colombia
His art compositions reflect his personality as an incredible dreamer and a sensitive person who has been inspired and influenced by the Andina region of Colombia. He has studied the Arts of Plastics and Art History. In Colombia he has been widely recognized and has been awarded many prestigious prizes. His creations celebrate the cultural encounters of the American-African-European heritage.
B.F. Jonas, U.S.A.
After receiving a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Mr. Jonas pursued post graduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, where his work was exhibited. A figurist whose paintings are known for vivid use of color Ed whimsy, is sought by art collectors internationally.
"Karlisima", El Salvador
In 1984, Karlisima came to the U.S.A. She attended Washington University in Missouri, where she studied art. Her spiritual mentors are Camille Claudel and Van Gogh. "With intensity of color my paintings bring forth an invented world, as that of a myth or a ritual, echoing my royal Mayan ancestry. I explore the themes of prayer, meditation and the worship of the sacred, for I believe that there is something sacred within all of us. It is this FIRE within me the one that is shedding its light onto my canvas."
Bryan King, U.S.A.
He has been working in the Washington area as a muralist and decorative painter since 1985. Trained in fine painting at Carnegie Mellon University, with an MFA from Cranbrook Academy, Bryan has brought his skill, technique and broad knowledge of the medium to the walls of many of Washington's finest homes and institutions. Bryan's business, Artifice, Inc., specializes in "trompe l'oeil" and illusionistic painting.
Suzanne Logo, Puerto Rico
Born on March 5, 1974 to Cuban parents in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art, Suzanne's work has been featured in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Gallery K and the Martin Luther King Library. This is her second year in the "Art for Life" Auction.
Eduardo Marquez, Argentina
Originally from Cordoba, he now lives in Buenos Aires. A figurative painter with traces of expressionism, he focuses on painting what is around him everyday in his studio. His works, then, in acrylics have few humam figures. The current show includes many studies of "bodegones" (Argentina pubs), using neo-realism as a starting point.
Rene Maynez, Mexico
Rene Maynez was born in Mexico in 1959, and has been in New York City since 1981.
Elena Maza, Cuba
She came to the U.S.A. in 1961. She studied Architecture at the Catholic University, where she became involved with art while working at Walter Hopp's Washington Gallery of Modem Art. Currently, she is President of the Women's Caucus for Arts of Greater Washington.
Mirta Meltzer, Argentina
Bom in Buenos Aires. She focuses on art boxes, paintings, engravings and making specialty papers, receiving numerous awards for her works. Her art pieces are collected in different museums around the world, such as: The National museum of Women In the Arts, Washington, D.C.; National Engraving Museum, Argentina; Tama Art University, Tokyo and Cultural Institute of Puerto Rico.
Gustavo Mogollon, Ecuador
Gustavo's work is a constant search for the world of form; forms which, from the geometric and chromatic perspective, are part of his inner world. He finds that his objectives help his works become authentic, simple and universal in its creativity.
Ivan Moreno, Colombia
Moreno is a self taught artist. At the early age of nine, he began to experiment with color and the human form. He has developed his own style and themes for his art work. Moreno mixes mythology with nature and people. His work has been displayed in New York, Canada, Checojlo Vaquia and his native country.
Julia Ninio. Argentina
Ms. Ninio was born in Argentina and has studied at the National School, "Femando Faber." Her art work has been exhibited in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and has included Zerography, oil on canvas, and other mixed techniques.
Cristina Noriegu, Colombia
She holds a Master in Painting from the National Univesitvy in Colombia. Her paintings have been shown in many exhibits in Colombia. She is one of the founding members of the Group, JISCA in Santa Fe de Bogota. She researched Latin-American art at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., working as a special tour guide.
Naul Ojedu, Uruguay
He has had solo shows since 1965, and group shows since 1961. He has been awarded with the District of Columbia's Commission of the Arts and Humanities Visual Arts fellowship, 1981, 1987 and 1988. His Printmaking works have been exhibited at the Smithsonian, Trinity College and Glen Echo Park as well as other schools and cultural groups.
Claudia Olivos" Chile
She has exhibited in Switzerland, Australia, Chile, amd the U.S. Her works are in collections throughout the world. She is the Director of Special Programs at International Visions-The Gallery in Washington, D.C. and recently curated an exhibit of Latin-Americam Artists at the Fredericksburg Area Museum.
Born in Santiago. She believes in the ancient knowledge that the artist is merely a vehicle used by the gods. Pia attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Santiago and received further training from The Corcoran School of Art in Washington. She has exhibited in Buenos Aires, the Strathmore Hall in Maryland and the O.A.S. Museum in Washington.
Maria Martha Pichel, Argentina
Born in Buenos Aires. She studied under South America's greatest masters, such as Hemmenegildo Sabat, Raul Mazzoni, Pablo Edelstein and Walter Gavito. Ms. Pichel has received international critical acclaim for her exhibitions in Berlin, Germany; Troyes, France; Paris, France; Hamburg, Germany; Bremen, Germany; Argentina; Amsterdam, Holland; and Corsica.
Omar Ramirez Alonso. Mexico
Mr. Ramirez is a student of architecture at the national University of Mexico where he has also studied set design, paint and wood restoration. Some of his works are currently at El Chopo Museum in Mexico City.
Alfredo Rutinoff. Argentina
Studied art at the Manuel Belgrono Art School, Prilidiano Pueyrrendon Superior College of Art, and the national Ceramics School of Buenos Aires. He received two fellowships from the Massana Art School in Barcelona and the Art Institute of Florence where he received his Ph.D. in Art History. Following six yeas as a professional ceramics artist in Miami, he lives and works in Reston, Virginia.
Monica C. Reyes, Chile
Ms. Reyes has held several exhibits in the Washington area, winning a city competition at D.C.A.C. Her work can be defined as realist-abstract-a combination of feelings and colors.
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Aurora Rincon, Venezuela
She received her BFA from the Corcoran Schoof of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1995 arid has been working consistently with the figure throughout her artistic career. She loves exploring the figures from creating disproportionate appearances with deep expressions, textured marks and movement. Her work has been exhibited at the Cultural Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art and World Bank.
Rafael Rosario, Puerto Rico
Mr. Rosario has been a resident of Washington, D.C. since 1985. He has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington. He has had numerous exhibits on the east coast and in Puerto Rico. He has been awarded the Martha Bacon Award and the J.E. Walker Memorial Design Award.
Renato Salazar, Chile
Born in Santiago in the core of a highly artistic family of painters, sculptors, performers and musicians. He participating in numerous exhibits in the Washington metropolitan area, including the former "The Collector Gallery" and the Annual State Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. He has also successfully experimented in the fields of sculpture and theater.
Jesus Sanchez Urbina, Mexico
He presently resides in Mexico, began his studies at the Potosino Institute of Fine Arts in 1966. In 1981 he was the recipient of a scholarship to study at the Superior National School in Paris, France. The artist has received many prestigious awards and his work belongs to many private and public collections.
Begonia Santa Cecilia, Spain
For thirteen years, Ms. Cecilia has been painting as well as traveling and living in different parts of the world, observing the stillness through the movement and capturing those reflections in her paintings. She exhibits her work in Spain, Germany, Belgium and the U.S. She now lives and works in New York.
Deborah Schindler, U.S.A.
Raised in Los Angeles, Ms. Schindler studied with Richard Diebenkom at UCLA and received her MFA in Printmaking from Ohio State University. Since arriving in 1978, her artistic activities include participating in numerous juried national/international competitions. Under sponsorship of Partners of the Americas, she has given lectures and exhibited in Brasilia (1995).
Maria de las Mercedes Sehoenemaml, Argentina
Bom and educated in Argentina. her art work has been exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, France, U.S.A. Korea, Mexico, Italy, Colombia, Japan and Great Britain. Since 1994 her work is under the management of "The Praxis Collection, International Art" Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 1983 she has received several prizes, awards and distinctions.
Virginia Schofield, Cuba
She received her training at The American University and the Washington Studio School. She paints rapidly as if to make up for lost time, with an urgency that translates into a rough unfinished quality in her larger pieces. Her colors speak of her Cuban roots and her longing to return.
Alberto Schunk, Uruguay
He began his art studies in 1958 in Uruguay with Alecu Ribeiro. In 1996, after receiving his degree in architecture, he travelled to Europe, including Italy, where he studied with Pomaro, Fasolato and Radice until 1979. His career in art began in the Veneto region. He now resides in Washington, D.C.
Robert Schwarz, U.S.A.
Born in Great Neck N.Y. He has been painting since his early teens and works in a variety of mediums, with his primary subject being landscapes and seascape. He has formal training in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is a lover of nature and arts.
Helga Thomson, Argentina
Studied drawing, painting and printmaking in Buenos Aires and Europe. In the U.S., attended the Corcoran School of Art. Has exhibited in international juried shows, group and solo shows. Her works are included in private and public collections. Received national and regional awards in the U.S.A. Her work reflects a visual story of symbols amd creatures with surreal magic.
Heloisa Helena Tigre, Brazil
The etchings of the artist reflect the earthy color sense of her homeland, Brazil. In these magically wholesome works, the artist takes the role of storyteller/mythmaker, and each visual story is readily accessible, even to the most naive eye.
Hector Torres, Puerto Rico
Has a degree in Art Education from St. John's University and has taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York City School System and was a lecturer at St. John's University. His works have been displayed in a number of galleries in the D.C. area and New York City.
Jessamine Toste, Puerto Rico
Born in Puerto Rico in 1970. Her paintings reflect the colors of her island. It is through color that she expresses emotions and ideas. Though a young painter, she has had several exhibits in San Juan including a solo exhibit in Los Altos de Chavon and Texas. Jessamine works from her studio in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Miguel Trelles, Puerto Rico
Educated in France, New York and Connecticut He developed a successful art career. In 1995, he won the "Somerville Art Pirze" from Hunter College in New York. In 1992, he won the First Prize, Silk-screen: "You don't Look Porrorican". He has exhibited his work throughout New York, Puerto Rico, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
Andres Tremols, Cuban-American
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1960. He received his B.F.A. in Communications, Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983. His commitment to his heritage, insight from overseas travels and persistent social change worldwide, are embodied in his current prunings. His works are in private collections in Europe and the U.S.A.
Carmen Trujillo, Cuba
She received her B.A. and B.S. from Baldor, and an M.EA. from the University of Havana before settling in Washing, D.C. in 1962. Associated with the Corcoran School of Art since 1984 Was named the first female Hispanic member of the facility. Carmen says, "My work is intense with passion and expresses the experiences of my Hispamic-Cuban-Amencan culture.
Alfredo Velarde, Peru
As a self-educated artist born in Lima, Mr. Velarde has specialized in forming the traditional and romantic style and theme of "casonas", describing Olde Lima, which is known for its unique articture. The artist is well known not only for the delicate touch he depicts in his art, but also for the the unique techniques he expresses in his work. His work hangs in private collections throughout the world. His work has been highly recognized and he is known as "Lima's Artist".
Diego Vegezzi, Venezuela
Bom in Venezuela, and now resides in Paris. His art work has been exhibited in the U.S.A., Paris, London, Germany and Switzerland. He has also worked in mural restoration in churches and castles in France since 1990.
Marite Vidales, Costa Rica
Born in 1963. A permanent U.S. resident. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Costa Rica. Awarded Honorable Mention in 1985-"Galena Sophia Wanamaker", S.J-C.R. 5th Annual "Fausto Pacheco" Contest. Her expositions include: Irazu Art Gallery, Columbia, MD, 1993, 94-97; O.A.S., Washington, D.C., 1989; amd Galleria Jose Figueres S.J.C.R., 1988.
Camilo Villamizar, Colombia
Born in Cartagena, Colombia. Studied in Europe and the U.S.A. Began serious work under Ron Schaeffer in print making, and Ellen Ayong at the Silversmith University of North Dakota. Continued working in printmaking at the University of Iowa under Mauricio Lasansky and Chamgi Choo in metalsmith. The theme changes in his drawings, where the main topic becomes a combination of SouthAmerican mythology and nature.
Jorge Zamorano, Cuba Zamorano, a self-taught artist, left Cuba as a child to live in Puerto Rico with his family. In San Juan, at the early age of ten, he began to experiment with color and the human form. It is in the intensity of his use of color that he demonstrates a close affinity with his Caribbean heritage. His mastery and command of purples and reds reveal the nature of his AfroCuban cultural influences. Many of Zamorano's works are displayed in private and public collections throughout the world.