Artist of the moment……………Chuang Che


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Chuang Che is a contemporary abstract painter from China. Chuang Che was born in Beijing, China in the year 1934. The artist’s father was the vice director of the National Palace Museum in Beijing.

Price range information: Most works priced between $10,000 and $100,000. The artist works in acrylics, ink, and oils.

Che graduated from the Fine Arts Department at National Taiwan Normal University. He also studied art history at in the United States at the University of Michigan.

The artist received a grant from the John D. Rockefeller III foundation that allowed him to study in the United States. He has remained in the States since this occasion.

Calligraphy plays an important role in the artist’s work.

Che is based out of New York.

Below an interview with Chuang Che with subtitles in French:


Works by Chuang Che can be found in the permanent collections of the Detroit Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Chuang Che’s work although abstract seems to have the feel of a weather event or even a landscape. Chuang Che has an excellent sense of design and always leaves a portion of his surface rather empty thus giving it feeling of motion and movement.

His work reminds me of the painter Etel Adnan, who also works with a similar abstracted landscape theme.



Artist of the moment………Minerva Cuevas


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Minerva Cuevas is a contemporary painter, installation, and conceptual artist. Minerva Cuevas was born in Mexico in the year 1975.

Cuevas attended the National School of Plastic Arts.

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Cuevas often uses a type of asphalt called chapopote in her landscapes that portray landscapes ruined by oil spills.

The artist is based out of Mexico City, Mexico.

One recurring theme of Minerva Cuevas is that of industrialized capitalism and the effect it has on the lives of local workers.

In this clip a look at some of her work via the public television series Art 21:

Works by Minerva Cuevas are part of many prestigious collections including the Tate Museum of London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou located in Paris, France.

Minerva Cuevas is a wonderful example of how great art can make people think. She does a great job at showing the damage of  super charged industrialized capitalism. Her landscapes that have been ruined by the oil economy are interesting as they portray the beauty of the earth, and the damage caused by mankind. Many artists only paint the beauty, not the reality of what they see.





Artist of the moment…….Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi


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Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi was an Italian painter. Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi was born in Sicily, Italy in the year 1900. The earlier part of his career he was renown for his large figurative murals. The latter part of his painting career the artist became one of the first painters using a geometric abstract approach.

The artist moved to the United States with his family when he was ten years of age. De Giorgio Crimi attended the National Academy of Design, and the Beaux-Art Institute of Design both located in New York City. The artist also studied fresco painting in Italy.

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De Giorgio Crimio enjoyed portraying the new industrial landscape of the United States at the time. Some critically acclaimed series include the mail, both the sorting in the mail room, and the transportation of the mail.

Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi passed away in 1994.

Alfredo de Giorgio Crimi had an interesting career. Although he was capable of painting realistically and telling a great story, the artist was at his best working with the new style of geometric abstraction. My favorite painter of this genre is the now deceased Shirley Jaffe.



Artist of the moment…………Gabrielle Belz


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Gabrielle Belz is a contemporary Maori painter, printmaker, and designer. Gabrielle Belz was born in the year 1947.

Belz enjoys using the ancestry of painting in her work. Another theme Belz focuses on is how actions of the past affect our current thought process.

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Belz was trained as a commercial artist and has become a master printmaker as a result. She enjoys playing up the texture side of painting by using many different layers of paint.

The artist has received many commissions for art in public spaces.

Belz is based out of Taranaki, New Zealand.

Gabrielle Belz’s style is a great mixture of realism and abstraction. Her layering of many different textures adds a great design element to her work.





Artist of the moment………..Pacita Abad






Pacita Abad was a painter from the Philipines. Pacita Abad was born in Basco, Batanes, Philippines in the year 1946. She went on to earn a masters in Asian history from Lone Mountain College.

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The artist worked in many mediums including oils, acrylics, and prints.

Abad began her collegiate career by earning a degree in political science from the University of the Philippines. She then moved to the United States and planned to study law. Abad ended up earning a degree in Asian history from Lone Mountain College.

The artist also attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Abad placed an emphasis on color and considered herself an ambassador of color. In this clip a brief interview with the artist:

Pacita Abad passed away in 2004. She was 58 years of age.

Pacita Abad had a great style that incorporated vivid color with interesting design patterns. Her work has a great feeling of movement.


Artist of the moment……….Street Artist Carolina Falkholt


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Carolina Falkholt is a contemporary artist from the country of Sweden. Carolina Falkholt was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in the year 1977.

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Falkholt has worked in many mediums including drawing, painting, film, collage, sculpture, installation, and photography.

The artist also goes by the nickname of Blue. 

Below the artist creates a controversial mural:

Falkholt began her career making paintings around New York City for the record company Rawkus. The artist returned to Sweden after spending four years in the United States.

One recurring theme in her work is the hand. The hand is often performing Swedish sign language.

In this clip Falkholt creates a giant mural:

Falkholt is also an accomplished musician with several albums released.

The artist uses nearly the same vibrant colors no matter what she’s painting. Falkholt’s pallet is very modern and pure colors without grays help to give her work a lively feeling.

Carolina Falkholt’s work leans toward the Surrealist side. She does a great job in giving her work many varieties of texture. Her idea of using hands to portray sign language was used by American graffiti icon Martin Wong in New York City a few decades ago.


Artist of the moment………Jose Benito Ortega


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Jose Benito Ortego was a carver of Jesus Christ and other religious figures made out of scrap and found wood. Jose Benito Ortega was born in the year 1858.

The artist fought an uphill battle as the leading members of the Catholic church wanted to replace all hand carved works with mass produced plaster casts. Ortega was one of the last santeros, a person who hand creates religious figures.

Price range information: Sorry none available. As far as collecting works by the artist outnumber any known Mexican santero of the 1800’s.

In 1907 Ortega’s wife passed away. After this event he quit making santos and worked in the home building industry.

Ortega passed away in 1941.

Jose Benito Ortega was one of the best and prolific santeros to ever carve a figure. Before industrialized capitalism brought mass production of religious memorabilia to everyone, Ortega was a great example of a successful visual artist. Ortega was very prolific despite leaving the santero lifestyle after his wife passed away.




Artist of the moment……….Fiber Artist Carol Eckert


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Carol Eckert is a contemporary fiber artist who creates fantastic scenes with animals. Carolo Eckert was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Eckert uses coil and wire to create many of her animals. The artist is self taught. She finds ideas for her work from classic myths, legends, and stories. Some examples of themes include Adam and Eve, themes of good versus evil, and Peter and the Wolf.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Two recurring animals that show up repeatedly in Eckert’s work are the wolf and the bird.

Eckert draws out her work entirely and figures out her color palette before she begins the coiled wire portion of creating her artwork. She uses a coiled wire technique that is also used by basket makers.

Works by Carol Eckert can be found in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Erie Art Museum in Pennsylvania, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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What a unique and incredible style of art. If you get the chance to see Carol Eckert’s artwork in person don’t pass it up! In a very quiet museum her work seems to be alive. From a distance a viewer might think animals from a children’s book are fleeing!


Artist of the moment………..Street Artist Apex


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Apex is a contemporary street artist with an abstract style. Apex was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1978. The artist is also known as Apexer.

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Apex is part of the San Francisco based Gestalt Collective which creates mural collaborations.

Below a brief interview with the artist talking about what inspired him to pursue an art career:

The artist’s government name is Ricardo Richey.

Apex is based out of San Francisco.

The artist served as artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2007.

Apex does a great job at using organic shapes, using vivid color, and creating fluid movement in his work. In some works he creates interesting visual patterns that remind me of the Australian artist Howard Arkley.




Artist of the moment………Dean Mitchell


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Dean Mitchell is a contemporary realist painter and printmaker from the United States. Dean Mitchell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the year 1957.

Mitchell attended the Columbus College of Art and Design located in Ohio.

Mitchell is renown for his watercolor landscapes and portraits. Below a great montage of works by Dean Mitchell set to jazz:

Price range information: Many prints range from $300 to $1,500.

Mitchell works in many mediums including watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastel, and egg tempera.

The artist is a member of the American Watercolor Society.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Works by Dean Mitchell can be found in many prestigious collections including the Kemper Museum of Art located in Kansas City, Missouri. His work can also be found in the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Dean Mitchell is a very accomplished artist who has been winning awards since he was in his twenties. The artist is a master painter capable of painting an excellent portraits, still life, or landscape.