Nina is an accomplished artist dedicated to using life experience as a form of exploration. She has had an extensive career in equine photography, spanning from the shores of California across to the marshes in the South of France. Every collection has begun with her appreciation for these beautiful creatures that have roamed the world for centuries.
Born in Long Island, New York, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Long Island University, with a concentration in photography. She continued to pursue art in all different forms, graduating from the prestigious Parsons School of Design, as well as the New York School of Interior Design.
She began her photographic career on the back of a motorcycle, perusing the West Coast of the United States. It is here that she began to fall in love with not only the beauty of the sprawling lands, but the animals that inhabit them. This pivotal moment is what helped shaped her career in equine photography, and began her long span relationship with the souls of the horses. Photographing horses in both captivity and the wild, Nina has been able to uniquely express the untold story of each horse throughout her collections.
Through this work, Nina has become aware of the hardships of these animals as well. Because of this, she is a supporter of the non-profit horse rescue, Equine Outreach, which facilitates in the rescue, rehabilitation, and permanent placement of abused, neglected and unwanted horses.
Matthew was born in Stamford, Connecticut and spent most of his youth living in Delaware and Pennsylvania before moving to Brooklyn, New York to study at the Prestigious Pratt Institute. He graduated
in 2004 with a B.F.A. in Communication Arts.
After several years designing logos Matthew dropped everything and moved to South Korea for two years and then packed his bags for Kuwait where he taught photography and worked for Bazaar Magazine as a monthly columnist and photographer traveling throughout the
Middle East, East Africa, and the Indian Sub-Continent.
After returning to the United States Matthew’s work changed dramatically especially after becoming a father, as he now works primarily in Ballet and the Equine field.
He lectures a couple times a year on his life in the arts and his
body of work. Matthew is also a professor at Miami Ad School in Queens, New York teaching graduate students in Photography and video.
Matthew has been published in The Delaware News Journal, The Miami Herald, Spark Magazine, Bazaar Magazine (Kuwait), Eloquence Magazine (South Korea), Speak Easy Magazine (South Korea), Ego Miami, Concertblogger.com, Focus Magazine, Listenbeforeyoubuy.com, and Deli Magazine
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York 2003
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York 2004
ING Direct, Wilmington Delaware 2006
1715 Delaware Ave, Wilmington Delaware 2006
Raleigh Hotel, Miami 2007
Bundang, South Korea 2008
Dasman, Kuwait 2009
PLG Artisits Exhibition, Brooklyn New York 2011
8th & Union, Wilmington Delaware 2017
While having no formal education in the arts, Ida’s passion for equine photography has erupted into a passionate obsession. She has a sensitivity for physical presence that infuses drama into each image.
Her post work has invigorated an optic that is unparalleled, defining her unique visual signature.
Ida has spent twenty years in Medical Imaging where she learned dark room chemistry in the x-ray lab. The juxtaposition between the static nature of diagnostic imagery and the constant movement of her chosen subject brings wonderful chaos to her art.
A trip to Iceland, designed to shoot landscape, became transformative when she stumbled upon a heard of horses. She now traverses the world in search of equine magnificence.
Ida currently spends her time split between diagnostic imaging and equine photography.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Daniel decided to stay close to his roots and attend Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. There he received his BFA in Art Education and was teaching full time by the fall of 2001. After teaching at the prestigious Knox Boarding School, Daniel took a position in the public school system where he taught art to children of all ages. Though extremely rewarding, this was not his true calling. It was at this time Daniel decided to divert his attention from teaching art to creating art, and in the summer of 2005, he formed The Renaissance Workshop. Specializing in all things art, The Renaissance Workshop gave Daniel the opportunity to expand his horizons, creatively.
As demand for commissioned work increased, Daniel began developing his expressive style, implementing techniques that emphasized texture over realism. Though the work depicted realistic scenes, the effects produced an almost ethereal feeling. The imagery began to take a back seat to the memory of which the image represented.
Daniel Del Orfano’s work depicts life, not as it may be, but more as it is remembered- a snapshot, not of a particular moment but of an overall memory.
Born 1956, on December 7th (in honor of Pearl Harbor Day)
– Graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, earned the Faculty Scholarship Award.
– Proudly served as an Army Ranger
– Biggest boast, my marriage to the love of my life!
– Biggest influence, simply listening in church-and suspecting that my wife whispers things to me while I’m sleeping -Artistic mission, to contribute in helping to make our world a better and more beautiful place.
– Artistic statement, art should lift the viewer (or listener) a bit higher than what is normally seen, (or heard). It has the ability to guide someone along to a place where things are always better. To point out,(for example,”There is more to the sky than meets the eye).
– My sweetest passion, sharing a good bottle of wine and dark chocolate with my wife, especially in Paris or New York!
– Biggest artistic influence, the musical writings of Lennon and McCartney.
– Top three favorite artists, Van Gogh, Rockwell, and Picasso.
– Has had works collected internationally.
“I grew up on a dairy farm working with animals and earth, growing crops and building fences, all while learning to nurture life and respect nature. This is where my life as an artist began. The lessons of balance and harmony that I learned on the farm are invaluable in expressing my feelings and experiences on canvas.
Bella Rotta is the name I use to describe my technique. It is Italian for Beautiful Broken. In my art, the cracks are real; it is not a “crackle finish” and I encourage people to touch and feel the work. Most people are drawn to the tactile nature of the paintings and I want to encourage that sense of touch.
In order to replicate the effect of extreme age and texture, I use a complex ten-step process that allows me to manipulate my work to give it the essence of having survived centuries. I start by making my own canvas. When the canvas has been properly prepared, I am ready to paint using hand mixed oil paint.
Oils evoke a depth of richness in the color, and when carefully overlaid, will convey a mood in the art. My layering of color builds an effect unlike newly created art. I am sharing the deep emotion of the rich heritage I feel while working.
Throughout the whole painting process I use my hands to gently age the new image. Finally, I adhere the painting to a self-constructed wooden frame. I will continue adding more oil paint either in very thin applications or with a bold palette knife as the moment takes me and the image becomes alive within me. I want the image to look like you discovered an ancient fresco somewhere, and found a way to bring it home.”
Born and raised on Long Island, he has been creating and studing art his entire life. Since graduating from Hofstra University in 2012, he has been pursuing his passion in as many forms as he can. His clients Include Howard Johnson Hotels, Saf-t-swim Swim School, CITY arts, and various private homes and businesses through Long Island.
Since the beginning of the new millennium, literally thousands of collectors from around the world have added one or more of Alexei Butirskiy images to their collections.
What has caused this immediate and enthusiastic reception? As Aristotle once said, “Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.”
No one could have described Alexei’s complex painting technique more succinctly!
In his own unique way, Alexei Butirskiy achieves a marvelous transition from what is often unattractive source material through a masterful enhancement process of addition and subtraction, until he awakens the sleeping beauty in each composition.
“When I paint, I don’t just copy from any particular place. I try to memorize the original impression I had when I was somewhere, and then I recompose it in my head, based on how I feel about it. After that, I paint. I think it is very important for an artist to not just copy mechanically from nature. In that case, the artist could be replaced by a camera.
An artist should rather have a goal and then follow it to create the emotional images and a special atmosphere in the painting, and to thereby convey an individual message. Painting nature with all its many faces is always magnificent. To me, there is no such thing as bad weather.”
Alexei Butirskiy brings a genuine expression to the art world and a sense of both mystery and belonging to each of his paintings. “The source of my inspiration is life itself. I find peace and harmony all around me. I observe the beauty of my surroundings and love to share my appreciation of the world through my eyes and transfer it to my viewers by way of my canvas.” Born in Moscow in 1974, Alexei Butirskiy entered Moscow Art College in 1992. In 1996 he finished his studies at the Art College and graduated with an Excellence Diploma. In 1998 he completed the Russian Academy of the Arts where he studied under respected professor L.S. Hasyanova.
Since 2001, Butirskiy has participated in over 100 exhibitions. In 2007, Alexei was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Il Vittoriano in Italy. He has exhibited at one-man shows and auctions in Russia, England and the United States.
Most recently, Alexei has concentrated his efforts primarily on representing urban life around him in unembellished, truthful terms. A sense of tranquility is conveyed in each of his paintings. They are typically without action or conviviality, and most are uncannily still, with only light, space, shadows and color offering dialog.
The power and intensity of the relationship between light and dark are the profound forces of his work. The sophisticated application of light effects with color reinforce the majesty of his compositions. Butirskiy’s paintings are reminiscent of the works of Claude de Lorraine and Caravaggio with their luminescent qualities and skillful variations of light and dark.
Alexei Butirskiy’s ability to combine architecture, color and format is a refined skill normally reserved for artists much his senior. As a result, he ranks among Russia’s top emerging artists. His work is exhibited in galleries and private collections throughout France, England, Austria, Germany, Morocco, Switzerland, Russia, Canada and the United States. From Russia with Love!
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