Awareness through Art

Emigrando (Emigrants) - Alonso Rey Emigrando (Emigrants) – Alonso Rey
Immigrando (Immigrants) – Alonso Rey Immigrando (Immigrants) – Alonso Rey

Alonso Rey

Born in Lima, Peru in 1967
Lives in Austin, Texas

Education: Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes del Perú, School of Fine Arts of Peru, specialization in Painting, Lima, Peru 1990-1994; Instituto Joe de León, School of Graphic Design, Lima, Peru,1988-1990; Instituto de Arte en Publicidad, Commercial Art Institute, Lima, Peru, 1985-1988

Residencies: Studied with Master Artist Arturo Rivera, 2005-2006

I draw the inspiration for my art from a reflection about my life and my actions. The art functions as an X-ray of my state of being; the ability to look into myself and others is the gift of the artist.

I experimented with different media: acrylic, watercolor, pencils, pastels and oil. In my eyes, oil is the mother of all media because it allows for a very finely tuned relation between feelings and color.

The art historical and stylistic as well as technical inspiration of my work is derived from a long study of the great master painters throughout the centuries. In particular, but in no particular order, the following: Chagall, Kokoschka, Klimt, Schiele, Munch, Ensor, Dix, Grosz for the modern period, but also Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones. Last but not least, there is always Goya and Caravaggio.

My art shall speak for itself even though I like to give the paintings a psychological edge, imbue them with sensuality and dark humor and let them communicate their ambiguous meanings and double-entendres. I, on the other hand, love to hear the explanations of the viewers which resonate within me and may well have an influence on future paintings.

Neda of Iran - Shabnam Miller The Neda of Iran – Shabnam Miller

Shabnam is a European artist born in Frankfurt Germany to an Iranian mother and a German father. Growing up in a household with two religions, two cultures and two languages, Shabnam always felt as if she was standing between worlds that can never meet on mutual ground. This however planted the seed to express herself as a painter. Growing up outside of Frankfurt in a little village she was surrounded by beautiful Sculptures, Fountains, Cathedrals and European art. And her mother a Persian rug merchant and artist herself instilled the love for Middle Eastern Arts and Poetry in her daughter. She moved to Austin Texas 4 years ago and has flourished as an artist since.

Shabnam had no formal training as a painter, but being torn between two cultures that are so very different from one another she consequently developed an innovative artistic style that brings the east and west conflict together.

Shabnams art focuses on the Middle Eastern woman. She brings their emotions and pain to life and expresses the conflict and where they fit into modern life and society.