Ray Villafane was born in Queens, New York to Reinaldo Villafane and Virginia (Guzman) Villafane. He spent his childhood on Long Island and was raised alongside two sisters and one brother. At a very young age Ray showed a knack for art; a passion that his mother approvingly encouraged him to pursue. Throughout his academic career, Ray’s classmates and teachers also recognized his natural artistic abilities.Ray graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991. fRay decided to pursue a career in teaching. Ray taught Art for students grade K-12 in Bellaire, Michigan. It was during his teaching tenure that Ray began “dabbling” in pumpkin sculpting, initially as projects with his students. After several custom-carved requests from students’ parents, Ray realized he was on to something with his pumpkins and started offering them to local hotels and restaurants. It became his fall hobby for several years.
Ray’s first “practice” sculpture became his first professional sculpture. In 2004, Ray was sculpting a Logan version of the X-Men character, Wolverine. He researched online sculpting forums for tips and posted his work-in-progress, requesting feedback from other sculptors. His piece caught the attention of popular sculpting icon Randy Bowen of Bowen Designs. Bowen contacted Ray and offered to produce the statue. Between 2004 and 2005, Ray went on to sculpt several statues for Bowen Designs, including such Marvel characters as Sabretooth, Magneto (the companion piece to his Logan) and The Punisher. After undertaking a commissioned piece for the collectibles division of DC Comics, DC Direct, Ray was offered a two-year exclusive contract with DC in 2006. He renewed the contract in 2008 for another two years. Within a year of trying his hand at sculpting he had gained notable clients such as Warner Bros./DC Comics, Marvel, McFarlane Toys, Hasbro and Sideshow Collectibles.
Ray’s hobby of pumpkin sculpting was brought to an entirely new level in 2007 when he was contacted by High Noon Entertainment and asked to participate in the Food Network’s Challenge Show, Outrageous Pumpkins. Ray competed as one of four professional pumpkin sculptors, impressed the judges enough to sweep all three rounds and was awarded the Grand Prize. Outrageous Pumpkins logged the highest ratings of any other Challenge episode, and a second invitation was extended to Ray in 2009. They wanted him to come back and defend his title in their Outrageous Pumpkins Challenge II. Ray defended his 2008 title and took home the 2010 Grand Prize from the Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge II.
The exposure of Ray’s style, talent and creativity amassed an all-new appreciation for pumpkin carving, and his artistic take on the traditional jack-o-lantern has granted him invitations from across the globe for VIP Galleries (Very Impressive Pumpkins). From the President’s quarters in the White House to Bermuda’s Sousa’s Gardens, Ray’s pumpkins have gathered a cult-like following.
After seeing him compete on the first of the Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge Shows, Ray was contacted by a professional sand sculpting company and invited to Jesolo, Italy. He was to participate in their annual holiday sand sculpting project. Though Ray had never sculpted in sand, he took the opportunity that was offered. In November 2008, Ray traveled to Jesolo and created his first sand sculptures. His performance was exceptional, and he was invited back the following summer where he participated in bringing “Dante’s Inferno” to the beach. He was given the most pivotal sculpture of the show, and his effort did not disappoint. A trip to Russia followed, where Ray sandsculpted just blocks away from Red Square and the Kremlin. It was commissioned by Cathedral of Christ our Saviour, one of Moscows largest Cathedrals.
Riley was born at Norwood, London, the daughter of a businessman. Her childhood was spent in Cornwall and Lincolnshire. She studied at Goldsmiths' College from 1949 to 1952, and at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955. She began figure painting subjects with an impressionist influence, then changed to pointillism around 1958 landscapes. In 1960 she evolved a style in which she explored the dynamic potentialities of optical illusions. These Op Art works, such as Fall, 1963, produce a disorienting physical effect on the eye.
Riley taught children for two years before joining the Loughborough School of Art, where she initiated a basic design course in 1959. She then taught at Hornsey School of Art, and from 1962 at Croydon School of Art. She worked for the J. Walter Thompson Group advertising agency from 1960, but gave up teaching and advertising agency work in 1963-4.
Riley was awarded the AICA Critics Prize in 1963 and also that year a John Moores', Liverpool Open Section prize. In 1964 she was awarded a Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Travel bursary to the USA. In 1968 she won an International Painting Prize at the Venice Biennale.
Her first solo exhibition was held at Gallery One in 1962 with a second solo show the following year. Other solo shows were held at Nottingham University, 1963; Richard Feigen Gallery, New York and Feigen Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, 1965; Museum of Modern Art, New York, with US tour, 1966; Venice Biennale, British Pavilion (with Phillip King), 1968; Hayward Gallery, London, 1971; National Gallery, Prague, 1971; Hayward Gallery and Kunsthalle Nuremberg, 1992; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 1995; and Waddington Galleries, London, 1996.
Benny Andrews’s narrative paintings tell stories of social injustice. Inspired by his youth in the segregated American South, Andrews created a body of work showing scenes from the Civil Rights movement, American Indian relocation, antiwar protests, and other cultural struggles. He described himself as a “people’s painter". His political series show paintings of everyday people and moments, expressing aview of the human condition in times of conflict. He tried to express authentic emotion by using a painterly style like folk art, often incorporating collaged elements pulled from daily life. “I started working with collage because I found oil paint so sophisticated, and I didn’t want to lose my sense of rawness,” Andrews said.
This is a statement by Mr. Montgomery, "I have known from the first time I picked up a crayon that I wanted to be an artist. In 1992, I received Bachelor of Arts with honors with concentrations in Graphic Design, and Drawing & Painting from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. That same year enrolled in the Illustration program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1994 winning several awards and honors. I was soon hired as an on staff illustrator for a small design firm for a year and a half, then struck out on my own. From 1998-2012 I taught and shared my craft as an adjunct Illustration Professor. Now for the past 20+ years I have tremendously enjoyed being able to pursue my love for art professionally as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer. I work/play from my home studio near Atlanta, GA."
Hans Rudolf Giger (ghee-gur) 5 February 1940 – 12 May 2014) was a Swiss painter, whose style was adapted for many forms of media, including record-albums, furniture and tattoo-art.
The Zurich-based artist was best known for airbrush images of humans and machines linked together in a 'biomechanical' relationship. Later he abandoned airbrush work for pastels, markers or ink. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film "Alien".
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Born in 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee, Margaret has always loved to paint and draw since an early age. She first made her paintings famous in San Francisco’s North Beach in the 1950s.
Margaret’s work drew little accolades from art critics but was loved and admired by the world. Andy Warhol said, “I think what Keane has done is terrific! If it were bad, so many people wouldn’t like it.” Margaret went on to become one of the most successful living artist in the early 60s.
Margaret’s art gained wide favor and started a big-eyed movement in the early 60s, influencing a large crop of big-eyed artist such as Lee, Gig, Maio, Ozz Franca, Igor Pantuhoff, and Eve. Margaret has created a legacy of Big Eyes influencing many toy designs and cartoons, such as the cartoon Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken. And more recently numerous illustrators, New Contemporary and Pop Surrealism artist such as, Yoshitomo Nara, Mark Ryden, and Tim Burton.
One of Margaret’s favorite artist is Amedeo Modigliani, and His art has had a major influence in the way she’s painted women since circa 1959. Throughout the years Margaret has also been influenced by Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Leonardo da Vinci, Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas, Picasso, Sandro Botticelli and Paul Gauguin. Each of these artist have influenced Margaret’s use of color, dimension and composition. Along with these great and awe inspiring artist, Margaret’s own creative genius of Big Eyes and women has continued to influence and inspire countless artist today.
Adored by fans and collectors Worldwide, at 87 years old, Margaret continues to paint almost daily in Northern California. Margaret is one of the most prolific and influential artist ever, and is an American Icon and Modern Master. Learn more about Margaret Keane at www.keane-eyes.com
Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist best known for his boldly-colored parodies of comic strips and advertisements.
American artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27, 1923, and grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In the 1960s, Lichtenstein became a leading figure of the new Pop Art movement. Inspired by advertisements and comic strips, Lichtenstein's bright, graphic works parodied American popular culture and the art world itself. He died in New York City on September 29, 1997.
Les Levine was born in Dublin in 1935.
Considered a major originator of the conceptual movement, he was one of the first artists to use video tapes for artistic purposes.This “media sculptor” incorporated many technological and information tools into his art, such as the television, radio, billboards, telephone and other means of mass communication. His 1973 show entitled The Troubles: An Artist’s Document of Ulster introduced the concept of art as a sociological tool. Les Levine is the recipient of many awards, including the first prize for sculpture in the Canadian Sculpture Biennal. He is also a writer, lecturer and panelist. During the 1970s, he was the Associate Professor at NYU and the Distinguished Professor of Video Art at William Patterson College.
Diego Rivera was one of Mexico's most famous artists. He rebelled against the traditional school of painting and developed a style that combined historical, social, and political ideas. He is famous for his controversial murals. His great body of work reflects cultural changes taking place in Mexico and around the world during the 20th century.