ARTISTS

Biography and selected artworks

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Norbu Lhatso

Norbu Lhatso is a Tibetan painter who migrated to the US in her twenties. She currently lives in Vermont, breeding silkworms and cultivating currants on her forest farm. Lhatso’s works reveal influences from her practices of dream yoga and meditation, exploring her dreamscape and pursuit of selflessness. Her series of landscapes incorporate traditional techniques (Buddhist Thangka painting) into the modern context of Surrealism and Post-humanism.

Main interests: Tibetan Buddhism, meditation practices, dreamscape, simple living

Dreamscape
Dreamscape

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Namaskar
Namaskar

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Ridge 4
Ridge 4

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Dreamscape
Dreamscape

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Orukotan Jemilohun

Orukotan Jemilohun is a Yoruba artist who lives and works in Ifẹ, Nigeria. Describing himself as a “court painter for the forgotten people,” Jemilohun’s artworks primarily revolve around the problem of anonymity ingrained in African art. In the contemporary art market, the value of an artwork is often determined by the name value of its creator. Although several museums exhibit artworks from the African diaspora, their authorship was rarely sought in the field and even deemed unnecessary by many collectors. Jemilohun deliberately questions this paradox. He visualizes the obscure sense of identity in his portraits, which are characterized by blurred, unrecognizable facial features.

Main interests: anonymity in African art, the representation of the subalternity

Erasure: Mirage
Erasure: Mirage

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Where Were We
Where Were We

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Memory Lane
Memory Lane

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Erasure: Mirage
Erasure: Mirage

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Anatolie Dascălu

Main interests: fears and insecurities, the original sin, the end of civilization

Stillborn Free
Stillborn Free

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Embryonic Regrets
Embryonic Regrets

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Understandable_2x

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Stillborn Free
Stillborn Free

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Arapysandú Salvatierra

Arapysandú Salvatierra is a Paraguayan painter and musician from Asunción. As a synesthete, Salvatierra experiences an involuntary joining of her sensory perceptions–especially hearing and vision. She explains that her abstract paintings are not a faithful replica of what she experiences; rather, when she listens to music, she perceives more colorful textures than she normally does. Many of her paintings bear the names of musical pieces because her main source of inspiration comes from sounds of nature such as the chirping of birds or the falling raindrops. With exuberant drawings in bright colors, Salvatierra's recent series Fuga de la Tierra (Fugue of the Earth) visualize the exploration of her sensory panorama.

Main interests: synesthesia, patterns of nature

Fuga de la Tierra No.1
Fuga de la Tierra No.1

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Fuga de la Tierra No.2
Fuga de la Tierra No.2

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Ripples 2
Ripples 2

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Fuga de la Tierra No.1
Fuga de la Tierra No.1

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Anatolie Dascălu is a Romanian-French painter recognized for his unsettling imagery. Rejecting various classifications of his work, Dascălu states that he has strived to render “the mirror before our innermost feelings.” After drifting as an alcoholic and a compulsive gambler, Dascălu began painting in his late thirties. Dascălu says that his artistic career was delayed because he spent too long looking for subject matter that could sustain his interest. In 2008, Dascălu underwent alcohol treatment and discovered his talent for painting during art therapy sessions. Since then, he has been establishing himself as a full-time artist.