Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rodrigo Arenas Betancur - Colombian sculptor

Most known in Colombia and Mexico, I think he deserves to be more widely known. He created incredible sculptural groups, sometimes representing the independence battles in Colombia, sometimes just mankind rising to the height of their potential.

Rodrigo Arenas Betancur was born on October 23, 1919 in Fredonia, Antioquia. At the time of his death in 1995 he was recognized as one of the most important sculptors in Colombia and Latin America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodrigo_Arenas

Suramericana



Suramericana

Suramericana

Suramericana

Bolivar de Manizales

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Centro Administrativo Alpujarra - Medellin

Centro Administrativo Alpujarra - Medellin

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Noewi

A great artist and a wonderful person, Noewi shares a lot of her creative process with her fans through the Facebook page. Her paintings are playful and naughty (but nice) expressions of intimacy, beauty, femininity and masculinity.
Personally, I love this one, which her fans were able to see evolve from the initial drawing to the final painting.
Exposed, by Noewi
Exposed, by Noewi

Noewi (Jindra) was born and raised in Czech Republic, and currently resides in the Tampa Bay area. Besides her paintings, she creates murals and faux finish, and is available for commissions.


Website: http://noewisart.com/

Online store: http://jindra-noewi.fineartamerica.com/

eBay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Noewis-Art

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NoewiArtist?sk=info

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fannybunda @ Flickr

Bruce states in his profile: "many of my pictures involve nudity, I hope tastefully done. I believe that nudity need not be sexual. It can simply be an expression of the beauty and natural goodness of all creation"

"Photography is fun. It's a chance to express oneself and be creative in new ways. I like to experiment and try different things. But I also try not to take myself seriously. I am sure that many times I will play the fool--either intentionally or unintentionally."

Some of his self portraits are very inspiring, such as the one below. He has quite an extensive photo stream, including festivals in San Francisco, nude beaches, landscape, etc etc.



Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fannybunda/

Infinite - by Alonso Arias Vanegas

Sculpture in Medellin by Alonso Arias Vanegas (of whom I have not been able to find any information)

I used to stare at this sculpture with curiosity back in the 70's, when I was in kindergarten and my school bus drove by that street. A couple of years ago I had to make a point of walking by and taking a couple of pictures of it. This, however, is not the photo I took. I grabbed this one from http://medellinrevista.blogspot.com/

infinito

Monday, July 11, 2011

Facundo Cabral - Argentina

While this blog is dedicated to visual arts, a very painful event happened in the latin american music scene last Saturday July 9th. Argentinean singer Facundo Cabral was murdered in Guatemala after his tour, while he was traveling to the airport.

Facundo Cabral was 74 years old. His songs have inspired generations. It's hard to believe that anyone could have raised a weapon against this wonderful man who always sang to happiness, love and freedom.



For an extended version:



He used to say that he hoped that the day of his death would find him totally alive. He also used to say that in spite of all the suicidal and homicidal [men], this world is still a paradise.

Rest in peace, Facundo Cabral. Thank you for all your beautiful songs, you made our lives happier.

The singers should never die.

Friday, July 8, 2011

William Wegman: Flo Day - Lift Off

As we watch the last launch of a space shuttle, William Wegman posted this wonderful image on his blog:



http://wegmanworld.typepad.com/wegman_world/2011/07/flo-day-lift-off.html

Casey Anthony Plain Nude Pancakes Art Auction by Dan Lacey

As Florida and the country got obsessed with the trial of Casey Anthony, Dan Lacey, the Painter of Pancakes, graces us with a series of paintings of Casey Anthony with pancakes, duct tape, etc. This and other Casey Anthony paintings are currently listed on eBay, just visit Dan Lacey's blog to see more.



http://faithmouse.blogspot.com/2011/07/casey-anthony-plain-nude-pancakes-art.html

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rik Garrett - Photography and Magic Together

I've been following Rik Garrett on blogspot and livejournal for a while. What first caught my attention was his use of traditional techniques, like wet plate photography. In our time of digital photography and photoshop, finding artists that take the time to work with real materials is always a treat.

But beyond that, Rik was expressing something more primal with his work. His dedication to create books that were allegorical to Alchemy and Magic, whether a spiritual quest or a metaphor for the photographic process and the artistic creation, is very thought provoking.

From his Earth Magic series:



More recently, Rik created a hand made book called Symbiosis, in a limited edition. The images were created by painting with acrylic paints over original photographs. This is one of the images from the Symbiosis series:



Website: http://www.rikgarrett.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rikgarrettphotography

Blogspot: http://rikgarrett.blogspot.com