Cuban-American Photographer Abelardo Morell Blends Photography with Surrealism in Exploration of Traditional Techniques and Subjects 

Boston-based photographer Abelardo Morell is a true jack of all photographic trades – and a master of every single one.

"View of Central Park Looking North - Fall, 2008"

“View of Central Park Looking North – Fall, 2008”

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Morell immigrated to the United States as a young adult, where he attended both Bowdoin College and Yale School of Art. A quick scan of his resumé reveals a lifetime of artistic achievements in the form of multiple exhibitions and awards from a multitude of international institutions. Continue reading

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Indian Artist Nilima Sheikh Wraps Up “Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams” Exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago 

"Dying Dreaming", 2003 - 2010

“Dying Dreaming”, 2007 – 2010

A sensational exhibition by esteemed Indian painter Nilima Sheikh has just wrapped up at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition, entitled “Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams”, ran from March 8 – May 18, 2014. It consisted of eight varied scrolling paintings Ms. Sheikh created over the past decade, each of which served to juxtapose the tension and violence that characterises modern Kashmir with its uniquely “magical” historical past, all the while doting on its timeless cultural wealth. Continue reading

Trending in Japan: Fireflies in Photography and Installations, Featuring Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama 

At least four Japanese artists have been internationally acknowledged for their work recently – threein the past month alone. In addition to their shared heritage, Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama also share a passion for a certain curious, effulgent insect that has captivated almost every child at one point or another: the lambent firefly.

While little personal information is available on Mr. Cyan, he seems to be an amateur on the local Japanese photography scene, having only surfaced with the publication of his firefly photos this past year.

"Last Dance of the Fireflies", Yume Cyan

“Last Dance of the Fireflies”, Yume Cyan

His photos were taken in the forests surrounding Nagoya, a central Japanese city that is said to be named for its peaceful – nagoyaka (なごやか) – aura. Leaving his shutter open for nearly 30 seconds, Mr. Cyan has created a short series of magical photographs featuring fireflies at dusk. Continue reading

Italian-Senegalese Artist Maïmouna Guerresi Blends Sculpture and Photography in her Explorations of the Female Condition, Spirituality and Identity 

"Genitilla al-Wilada" and "Mother Minaret"

“Genitilla al-Wilada” and “Mother Minaret”

Known informally as the “Sufi Frida Kahlo”, Maïmouna Guerresi is an Italian artist who is most known for her blending of different mediums, primarily sculpture video, installation pieces and photography.

Originally born in Italy, Mr. Guerresi converted to Islam after an inspirational trip to Senegal in the early 1990s, joining the Murid community there. Continue reading

Spanish Artist Fernando Vincente Transforms Maps into Geographical Portraits in his “Atlas” Series 

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Atlas #9

Spanish artist Fernando Vincente has adopted a very unique approach to portraiture in incorporating cartography and geography into his “Atlas” series. To achieve the finished product, Mr. Vincente gathered old maps which he then painted over with semi-transluscent layers of acrylic paint into portraits of humans, animals and skulls. Continue reading

Chilean Artist Guillermo Bert Weaves Traditional Native American Symbols With Technology in “Encoded Textiles” Project 

Guillermo Bert with Mapuche weaver

Guillermo Bert with Mapuche weaver

Guillermo Bert, a Chilean Artist based in Los Angeles, CA, USA, is currently working on a project called “Encoded Textiles” which will soon be ripe and ready for global presentation. The exhibit is the first of its kind in that it examines the link between technology and tradition in the comparison of Native American tribal images to Quick Response (QR) Code boxes.  Continue reading

Iranian and Arab Female Photographers On Display in Upcoming Photography Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, USA: “She Who Tells a Story” 

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, USA is opening yet another magnificent photography exhibition this week.

"Hiba, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut 2010" from "A Girl and Her Room" by Rania Matar

“Hiba, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut 2010” from “A Girl and Her Room” by Rania Matar

Entitled “She Who Tells a Story” – the literal translation of the word rawia, Arabic for the feminine form of a storyteller – the exhibition consists of works submitted solely by female photographers hailing from the Arab world, Iran and beyond. Continue reading

“Austrian Symbolism” on Display at Vienna’s Belvedere Museum for Duration of Summer 2013 

"Roter Engel" (Red Angel) by Karl Mediz, 1902

“Roter Engel” (Red Angel) by Karl Mediz, 1902

The famed Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria is hosting an exhibition entitled “Decadence: Aspects of Austrian Symbolism”. Noted as being the first large-scale exhibition of its kind, “Decadence” explores the artistic movement of symbolism which took hold of the Austrian art scene in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue reading