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Nina Pancheva [Certified Visual Artist – Woking, Surray, UK]

Nina Pancheva [Certified Visual Artist – Woking, Surray, UK]

Nina Pancheva is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Woking, Surray, United Kingdom.

Nina Pancheva’s art practice is an intersection between painting, art installations, and research. Her practice-based PhD research project at the University of Southampton marked the beginning of her specific approach to fine art as a method which explores the world by both written and visual means.

Nina’s paintings usually include realistic elements which are juxtaposed with abstract ones or with a specific way of perception developed by the space of the art installation.

Background and Experience

For her education, Nina took Fine Art in the University of Southampton where she earned a Master’s degree with distinction. Her works have been shortlisted for the final exhibitions of the Sunny Art Prize, London; Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London; Beep International Painting Prize, Swansea; and DAAD Art Competition, Vienna.

Nina’s paintings have been included in private and public art collections in the United Kingdom, USA, Bulgaria, and Austria. Her papers were published in two books: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: European Perspectives, edited by Cassandra Sciortino, Cambridge Scholars Press and Making Pictures, edited by Beth Harland, London: RGAP & Camberwell.

She presented papers from her practice-based research at international conferences and seminars in the United Kingdom, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Canada.

See more work, visit ninapancheva.com

Nina Pancheva

Nina Pancheva

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Christina Mitterhuber [Certified Visual Artist – Vienna, Austria]

Christina Mitterhuber [Certified Visual Artist – Vienna, Austria]

Christina Mitterhuber is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Vienna, Austria.

Christina Mitterhuber was born on 29 December 1975 in Wels, Austria, Europe and is based in 1180 Vienna, Austria.

Christina is a painter focused on oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas of various sizes. She has been creating self-studies since childhood with her first oil paintings created at the age of twelve. She has created over one thousand paintings. Her favorite painters and sculptors are Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Rafael, and Rodin.

Christina has self-studies at galleries around the world including galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Melbourne, Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Sidney, Brisbane, Paris, Cannes, London, Manchester, Rome, Florence, Milan, Dublin, Cork Island, Berlin, Hamburg, Malaga, Prague, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo, Kopenhagen, Genf, Zürich, Antibes, Venice, Nice and in the center of the cultural world, Vienna.

See more work, visit christinamitterhuber.at

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Rabi Soltani [Certified Visual Artist – Irvine, CA]

Rabi Soltani [Certified Visual Artist – Irvine, CA]

Rabi Soltani is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Irvine, California.

Rabi Soltani lives in California and loves painting which they started doing when they were ten years old. Rabi went to private art classes for three years and enjoys abstract style because colors give them calm and positive energy.

For artwork inquiries, email rabi2323@yahoo.com.

Rabi Soltani

Rabi Soltani

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Charles Hall [Certified Visual Artist – Windsor Locks, CT]

Charles Hall [Certified Visual Artist – Windsor Locks, CT]

Charles Hall is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Charles Hall is a Vietnam Veteran who does photography as therapy to help cope with PTSD. He has been photographing for several years. It is a reason to get out of the house, enjoy himself, and forget issues during that time.

Charles has been in over forty galleries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and California. He has been published in two books. Two of his photos are installed permanently at the Ronald McDonald house in Baltimore, Maryland.

See more work, visit fineartamerica.com/profiles/5-charles-hall

Charles Hall

Charles Hall

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Evy Halvorsen [Certified Visual Artist – Kingston, WA]

Evy Halvorsen [Certified Visual Artist – Kingston, WA]

Evy Halvorsen is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Kingston, Washington.

Evy Olsen Halvorsen (aka Halvorsen Holstein) was born in northern Norway and currently lives in Kingston, Washington. She and her parents immigrated in 1956 to the neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle. She graduated from high school, attended some community college, and lived in San Francisco before moving to Kitsap County.

After raising her daughters and owning a couple of businesses, Evy continued her education at Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking.

“Perhaps because of the landscape of my childhood, I am drawn to creating a sense of space and color. Norway is a dramatic country, especially the islands I come from which are above the Arctic circle. I love that open country, sharp mountains rising out of the sea, and the quickly changing sky. Not unlike the home I have in Kingston which has water, mountains, and open skies.”

See more work, visit evyolsenhalvorsen.com

 

Evy Halvorsen

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Richard Heiens [Certified Visual Artist – Greenacres, FL]

Richard Heiens [Certified Visual Artist – Greenacres, FL]

Dr. Richard Heiens is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Greenacres, Florida.

Dr. Richard Heiens is an accomplished international artist whose colorful abstract expressionist works solicit an emotional reaction from the viewer. His paintings are mostly abstract in nature with some figurative art. His abstracts highlight shapes and colors. Using color intensity and simplicity of composition, his works make a big impact without crowding the canvas.

His paintings have a wonderful balance and handling of the acrylics. They catch the eye of the beholder with their colors and shapes which tell a story. His paintings have a balance of warm, cold, and neutral color composition with a mix of different round and edged components. There are clear boundaries filled with soft shifting nuances. He uses layering of the paints to create the richness in the colors with light and darks being well-placed.

Background

In Rome, Italy, Dr. Heiens took lessons from Professor Sergio Graziani, a famous artist and actor, on how to paint in oil and acrylics. When Dr. Heiens returned to the United States, he taught art to seventh graders in Illinois. He obtained a Doctorate Degree in Education Technology in 2006.

Dr. Heiens obtained gallery representation in Texas and London after selling his works on Instagram. He has had private commissions from clients in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, California, Florida, and Washington.

See more work, visit dochartist.com

Richard Heiens

Richard Heiens

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Qrcky [Certified Visual Artist – Baltimore, MD]

Qrcky [Certified Visual Artist – Baltimore, MD]

Qrcky is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Baltimore, Maryland.

Qrcky was born in southern Virginia during the seventies to a family where art was not practiced or encouraged. He was drawn instinctively to Chuck Jones’ cartoons, Norman Rockwell’s art, and Bob Ross’ PBS show. He would try to imitate their art while watching cartoons. Twenty years later, Qrcky began to paint – reverting to the kinds of self-expression he felt closest to as a child. Finding freedom in his art, he found his voice but exiled himself away from friends and family. Discovering that under emotional distress and displacement, he was able to focus and paint at his strongest while feeling content and whole.

Qrcky has six years of related work experience and a portfolio of varied accomplishments including exhibitions and academic achievements. He possesses a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking that is displayed consistently across all art pieces. He is capable of communicating with clients regarding specifications for customized art pieces.

See more work, visit qrcky.net

Qrcky

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Leslie Jeffery [Certified Visual Artist – Largo, FL]

Leslie Jeffery [Certified Visual Artist – Largo, FL]

Leslie Jeffery is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Largo, FL.

Leslie Jeffery was born in Jacksonville, FL, and became aware of art at a young age painting from her grandmother, an accomplished oil painter. She studied painting, art history, and constructive design at Florida State University and holds a BS in Art Education from FSU. Her large acrylic abstracts are exhibited widely and have received numerous awards.

Leslie works from her studios in Largo, FL, and Highlands, NC, where she spends the summer. Leslie’s paintings are primarily large format acrylic abstract compositions. The early Abstract Expressionists are her greatest influence, especially Franz Klein, Joan Mitchell, and Lee Krasner. Her work is about the process and features texture – light or heavy, marks of all kinds, deep colors, many layers, patterned backgrounds, drips, and various mediums. They convey energy and mood, and are lyrical. She creates interest and curiosity through the simplicity or complexity of the piece. Leslie finds the painting process exhilarating and loves to talk to viewers about their reaction and perception to her work. She feels successful when she believes the last one is her best. While a few are difficult to plan and execute and others come easily, she usually thinks, “What fun that was!”

Leslie is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and The Florida Artists Group (FLAG). She is a Past President of Las Damas de Arte, a Tampa based group of women who exhibit together and raise money for art scholarships. Leslie was co-founder of The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art in Highlands, NC, and in August, 2019, was the Presenter for the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers at The Bascom in Highlands, NC.

  • November 2019 – April 2020: Solo show at Galleria Misto at Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St Petersburg, FL
  • April 2020: Participated in the FLAG exhibition at Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, FL
  • May 2020: Won First Place at Art Center Sarasota juried exhibition “UNCHARTED” (out of 270 entries)
  • Dec 2020: Solo exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL – “Adios 2020”

See more work, visit lesliejeffery.art

Leslie Jeffery

Leslie Jeffery

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Edna Santiago [Certified Visual Artist – Media, PA]

Edna Santiago [Certified Visual Artist – Media, PA]

Edna Santiago is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Media, PA.

Edna Santiago, a self taught artist, started painting in 2006 after the tragic loss of her only son. Direct, alive, tells a story, and colorful … these are descriptions of her works in oil and acrylic.

Edna expresses life’s elements and stories in color and movement. She is a retired physical therapist and interested in assisting women and children find “their way” to reach their potential through arts. She volunteers at several Philadelphia area art centers such as the Mainline Art Center and Darlington Art Center.

Edna curated and opened an art exhibition, “Nor Wind Nor Waters” at the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in August 2019. This was the first of a series of exhibitions in support of Puerto Rican artists.

Medium: Printmaking, Gourd Art, Painting
Styles: Artesana, Expressive Impressionism, Abstract

See more work, visit ednasantiago.com

Edna Santiago

Edna Santiago

 

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John Michael Keating [Certified Visual Artist – Grass Valley, CA]

John Michael Keating [Certified Visual Artist – Grass Valley, CA]

John Michael Keating is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Grass Valley, California.

John Michael Keating, an oil, acrylic, watercolor, monotype, and digital print artist, is Professor Emeritus of Art and Humanities at Sierra College in Northern California. He has twice been Visiting Artist at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. He has lectured on Art at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and at various arts clubs and organizations.

John has lived in Switzerland and Spain and exhibited award-winning oils, watercolors, and prints in the United States and Spain. His works have been purchased by Marriott, Bank of America, San Francisco General Hospital, and the Toyota Motor Corporation. His paintings hang in the Firehouse Restaurant in Sacramento, Napa Valley Museum in Yountville and Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, California.

See more work, visit johnmichaelkeating.com

John Michael Keating

John Michael Keating

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