Anastassia Syv

Anastassia Syv studied the skills of academic and traditional painting in Tallinn Art School in Estonia. She paints mostly with acrylic on canvas and the subjects vary from animal and human portraits to abstract and ornamental art.

For me, the most important part of the painting is not the end result but the process. It brings me great joy and a sense of living. Creating art is a meditation, allowing me to escape the sometimes frustrating and boring daily routine.

I appreciate the decorative part of art, and knowing that my art as is a piece of personal experience, colors and, as a result, emotions can revive the space and even positively interfere with it.

In my art I like to insert archaic ornamental motives and to remaster them using paint brush and canvas instead of yarn and fabric, as well borrow different animal portrait pictures and place them in abstract eternal and unclear space.

As a person who knows how much waste an artist is able to produce, I always try to keep my leftovers from the canvases and reuse them later. I usually use leftover parts of the canvas fabric as the pallets for color mixing while working on other art projects and in the end I develop a fast unpredictable mostly small size abstract painting which later is framed. The inspiration for this works comes in a moment and is a depiction of my current mood.

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Eleny Kasemets

Eleny Kasemets is an artist and a co-founder of BrutalArt platform. She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in Fine Arts and also has a degree from Tallinn Technical University in Business Administration.

Although painting is her primary medium, she has also curated international group exhibition series Wire+Art and monthly exhibitions at JÄÄ-ÄÄR Cafe/Gallery in Berlin. She owns a sustainable brand called Vill Vill where she applies her love towards painting on the hand-knitted garments.

The influence when I’m painting comes from the subconscious. Momentary sensations and subconscious emotions are intertwined, taking final abstract form only on paper in front of me. In order to create unexpectedness and drama, I leave a lot to chance. This is carried by the wish to leave the viewers some room for their wanderings, and freedom to interpret the works the way that speaks to them. Beauty is a mere reflection of its observer.

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Eva-Maria Unglaube

Eva-Maria Unglaube was born in the German province of Franconia and has ever since liked to exchange her small pond for a bigger one. Beginning her academic education in Art History and Social Sciences, her creative spirit soon compelled her to switch trains to Illustration studies and get into art production herself. While currently working on her degree in Visual Communication at Kunsthochschule Weissensee Berlin, as a freelance artist she focuses exclusively on fine art. Eva-Maria Unglaube lives and works in Berlin.

I look for the tender poetry in the paint-scapes. To me the imagery is above all an expression of emotion, it is an attempt to approach the intangible without trying to hold onto it.

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Ivar Kaasik

Ivar Kaasik (born 1965 in Kuressaare) is an Estonian painter and jewellery artist, who lives and works in Berlin (since 1992). Kaasik studied architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts but graduated as a metal and jewellery artist. Meanwhile, he continued his art studies at the University of Art and Design in Halle (1989-1992).
For his extraordinary jewellery, Ivar Kaasik has won the De Beers grand Prix at “The Diamonds International Awards” in Paris (1996). To demonstrate his dedication and productivity, Kaasik has had more than 70 solo exhibitions and the same amount of group exhibitions, in more than 20 countries. He is a member of the Berlin Professional Painters’ Association (since 2001).
The range of his painting ability seems limitless – from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and fragments of photographs and films, he masters them all. His works amplify the influence of the era throw artists’ ironic perspectives. The obscure conceptual narratives and connotations are depicted with oil on canvases.

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Jan Herdlicka

Born in 1987, in Dachau, Germany Jan Herdlicka has studied photography and interdisciplinary Arts with Anna Strand and Per-Anders Hilgren at K3 Malmo. He is currently working on his PhD thesis at the Institute of Artistic Research (IKB) at Humboldt-Universitat in Berlin, focussing on the sensing of human/nonhuman relations via installation art. He is a member of the Enter Art Foundation, Finding Berlin, Photo Agency Bobsairport, and VG-Bildkunst.

My artistic roots lie in analogue black and white photography. For years I exclusively chose this medium and tried to extend my boundaries with it via experimental approaches such as long and multi exposures or chemical manipulation processes. I noticed that my interest in photography as a means to picture reality was limited and that I furthermore started to use different techniques to create new topics, aesthetics, and compositions.

Many of my works from the early years could be described as being dreamlike and surrealistic. Contentwise these times were dominated by the search for forgotten days und the impossibility to stop time from disappearing. Losing every single moment of my life and working with the recycled and recombined products that are called memories has always been one of my main interests.

The way back to colour photography, which I started to reconnect in 2015, also marked a general artistic extension when it comes to content, techniques, and the use of different media. Since then, I focus more and more on the ever-changing relationship between humans, nature, and technology. My strong interest in ecology and utopian concepts and topics such as climate change, the Anthropocene, or terraforming began to play a dominant role in my artistic approaches that since then included colour photography, collage, mixed media, and installations.

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Jana Marie Cariddi

Jana Cariddi is an American artist residing in Berlin. She has received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the Spring of 2015. She has since participated in two residency programs in Berlin, and one in Japan. She has exhibited her work in North America, Germany, and Japan. Through painting, drawing and installation, Cariddi’s work explores memory, nostalgia, play and fantasy. Her paintings are in multiple private collections. Currently, Cariddi is working on various projects from her Alt-Treptow flat. She enjoys spending time with her toy poodle Sid Vicious, drinking strong coffee, cooking and doodling/painting into the evening.

My work is influenced by my narratives and memories. I frequently revisit child-hood and contrive imagery that is equally haunting and engaging—lonely yet vibrant. Through painting, drawing, and installation I create visual memoirs revealing imaginary worlds that exist to humourise, heal and counterbalance the mundane.

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Joe Wray

Joe Wray works as an artist from his studio in Berlin, transforming his pen and ink drawings into colourful digital prints. His artwork reflects his passion for pattern, decorative Asian illustration, tribal African imagery and traditional Japanese printmaking amongst many other things. His artwork might be described as a contemporary mashup of past and present, of the figurative and the abstract. He has had solo and group exhibitions of his work in London, Barcelona and Berlin.

The inspiration for this ongoing series ‘Art of the Floating Planet’ comes principally from the Japanese woodblock print tradition of Ukiyo-e (translated as ‘the floating world’), Japanese tattoo culture known as Irezumi and pop art. Many Ukiyo-e prints were depictions of figures in interior scenes, intended to portray the carefree and hedonistic spirit of a time of sudden wealth amongst the merchant classes in Japan in the late 17th century.
Ukiyo-e depicted in some sense, a dream world detached from the world outside. There is a lineage between this floating world and our own image-saturated culture which we experience in a solitary manner largely via our computer screens. We quietly curate these private dream worlds comprised of countless disassociated images. Some of us may even tattoo this visual mash-up onto our own skins.

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Kadri Pihlakas

Kadri Pihlakas was born on a cold winter day in the year 1984 when Estonia was still in the Soviet Union. Today she lives in Tallinn. Kadri graduated Estonian Academy of Arts (2017), with degrees (BA) in Fine Arts and (MA) in Painting.

I am intrigued by hyperrealistic and post expressionism painting styles.

While painting my favourite subjects – interiors, I noticed my fascination with different sounds and soundless spaces. I get inspiration from empty rooms, for me, the most important is to face the fear of being alone, to see what is behind the husk inside me, that the space echos.
Petrifying objects can stop time. When the time “stops”, the curtain around the illusion of time falls.

My motifs are affected by my memories that come to life when seeing the things I played in my childhood. Children do not feel the need to pretend. They just are; therefore, they can be more in the present moment. In order to do that in your grown-up life, you need to empty your head, do nothing, observe and be present at this very moment.

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Kathrin Bauer

Kathrin Bauer is a German artist, born in Nauen. She has studied Fine Arts in Universidad Complutense Madrid, Hunter College (NYC) and in UdK (Berlin) and in addition to that also philosophy in Humboldt University (Berlin). Group shows in Berlin, Mexico, Madrid, Japan, Cologne and solo exhibitions in Berlin and Mexico. She’s been granted with Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Erasmus and Nika Travel Grants.

For me, working artistically means to investigate and to understand how the world is constructed. Especially in these works on paper, I am observing how structures are created, where and how something gets tight and dense and where and how transparent. The structures of my drawings are somehow an image of how the world is built and of its endless possibilities.

In fact, my drawing process has a lot to do with writing. I usually use ink pens and quite normal paper with a grid. The creating structures have something of a textile but also of a text. The old connection of text (Latin: weaving) and textile is underlying my work. As in texts, every trace builds up endless connections and references to other traces.

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Katrin Valgemäe

Katrin Valgemäe (1979) is an Estonian painter and ceramic-artist. Graduated from Estonian Academy in Painting, she has also studied ceramics and spent a year with Erasmus exchange in Latvian Art Academy.

Valgemäe’s works are somehow irrational, not in technique, but in some psychological way. At first sight, they are beautiful, decorative and well painted. But in the long run, more layers are revealing, and the intriguing storylines begin to unfold. Depicted figures are often classically painted, beautiful women, who simultaneously expose menacing grotesqueness. The technical sensuousness of the figures keeps them on the fine line between attraction and repulsion.

For me, the theme of the female role in the modern world has become a significant preoccupation, and these feminine narratives tie my works together.

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