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Figurative artists

  1. 1. PicassoPablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was aSpanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of hisadult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, heis widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructedsculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helpeddevelop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les DemoisellesdAvignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernicaduring the Spanish Civil War.Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are commonly regarded as the three artists whomost defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking andceramics.Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realisticmanner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century,his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. Hisrevolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune,making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.Francis BaconFrancis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, Kt., KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was anEnglish philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author. He served both as AttorneyGeneral and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, heremained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate andpractitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.Bacon has been called the creator of empiricism. His works established andpopularizedinductive methodologies for scientific inquiry, often called the Baconian method,or simply the scientific method. His demand for a planned procedure of investigating allthings natural marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science,much of which still surrounds conceptions of proper methodology today.
  2. 2. Gustav KlimtGustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna in Austria-Hungary, the second of sevenchildren—three boys and four girls. All three sons displayed artistic talent early on. Klimtsyounger brothers were Ernst Klimt and Georg Klimt. His father, Ernst Klimt the Elder,formerly from Bohemia, was a gold engraver. Ernst married Anna Klimt (néeFinster), whoseunrealized ambition was to be a musical performer.Klimt lived in poverty while attending the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts where he studiedarchitectural painting until 1883. He revered the foremost history painter of the time, HansMakart. Klimt readily accepted the principles of a conservative training; his early work maybe classified as academic. In 1877 his brother Ernst, who, like his father, would become anengraver, also enrolled in the school. The two brothers and their friend Franz Matsch beganworking together; by 1880 they had received numerous commissions as a team they calledthe "Company of Artists", and helped their teacher in painting murals in theKunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Klimt began his professional career painting interiormurals and ceilings in large public buildings on the Ringstraße including a successful seriesof "Allegories and Emblems".Jason deCaires TaylorBorn in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia, wherehe spent much of his early childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia. Educated in the SouthEast of England, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours inSculpture and went on to become a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. Withover 17 years diving experience under his belt, Taylor is also an award winning underwaterphotographer, famous for his dramatic images, which capture the metamorphosing effects of theocean on his evolving sculptures
  3. 3. Eric ZenerZener was born in 1968 in Astoria, Oregon, to a psychologist father and a violinist motherwho played for the San Francisco Symphony. He grew up in the seaside community ofEncinitas, California. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara he worked briefly as a buyer for a department store,before backpacking around the world for nearly two years, bartering paintings for room andboard. In 1991 he settled in San Francisco, where he was still living as of 2004.Zener has three children, the first born in approximately 1998, the second in approximately2002, and the 3rd in 2009. As of 2009 he lives with his wife, business partner, and frequentmodel, Julie, in Mill Valley, California. He paints mostly out of a studio in San Francisco.Steve AdamsAfter studying graphic design, Steve traveled to Europe to see illustration and design from adifferent point of view. Upon his return, he began collaborating with various clients such asThe Wall Street Journal, Havard Business Review, Citigroup, American Lawyer, CAMagazine, The Globe & Mail, La Presse, L’actualité, Barefoot Books, Penguins Books,Dominique et compagnie. He also teaches illustration at Université du Québec à Montréal.Steve lives in Montreal with his wife, two kids and their cat.
  4. 4. Raymundo AndradeA Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Letters in History, Raymundo Andrade fuses a unique academicbackground with his art. His canvases are veiled in a delicate sense of nostalgia, and warm mutedtones seem to further suspend his images is timeless reverie. His works clearly pay tribute to both thenative and Spanish cultures that are such a part of Mexico’s vast cultural history. Spiritual, cultural,and natural richness and fertility are themes that pervade the themes of this artist. His works havebeen exhibited extensively in California, Arizona, Washington, and Mexico.Tracy BoydGrowing up in the 1970s and 1980s on a 66-acre old farm outside of Philadelphia allowed Tracy todevelop her ability to be independent and introspective. Raised by parents who expected success,she excelled in academics, sports and art, which continued through high school and college. Whileworking toward her BFA in Design, she continued to study painting yet made the decision to moveinto the emerging technology field. Upon obtaining her college degree, while also receiving her USArmy Officer Reserve Commission, she lived in various areas of the country including Atlanta,Chicago, San Francisco and ultimately Seattle where she has been for the past 13 years.Tracy began to aggressively pursue painting in the 1990s and 2000s, moving from the basement andgarage of her home to a dedicated studio space in the industrial district of Seattle. In the comingyears, she was selected to exhibit solo shows and participated in multiple group shows in the area.She also now participates in pivotal developments within the community, focusing on fundraising,education and collaborative forums with additional artists. Her original and fearless style of painting
  5. 5. can be attributed to her story of independence, determination, taking risks and a desire to learnthrough life experiences. Her high work ethic and self-sufficiency have continued to be a motivator,driving her to reach goals, challenge thought and emotion, and break new ground.Jorge SantosJorge Santos was born in 1959, and spent his childhood in Luanda, Angola on the coast ofAfrica. In 1975, Angola exploded in the violent political turmoil of decolonization forcingSantos family to flee the country. At the formative age of 16, Santos found himself thrust intothe equally turbulent and unknown culture of Lisbon, Portugal as that country slid into its ownrevolution. The national struggle paralleled Santos own personal one and fueled his passionfor drawing. At this early stage, pencil drawing, the most simple and direct form ofexpression, perfectly suited his complicated and dramatic images and expressed his uniquevision.Ana BayónAna Bayón is a figurative artist who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was educated inNew York City at the Art Students League, the Frank J. Reilly School of Art and privately. Mostrecently, her work has been exhibited in the Philadelphia area. Her work is also in private andcorporate collections throughout the United States.