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Wet Paint NYC founder and Chief Curator Paul Zepeda was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has painted his way across the country and beyond, relentlessly pursuing his love of color and form. Through more than 200 solo and group shows and live painting events he has shared his work with the world, and his unique approach has been featured in Forbes, BBC World News, CNN, The New York Times and his work has been sold to benefit numerous local and global charities in galleries and major museums. Currently based in New York City, his perspective is global and Paul continues to learn about the infinite beauty of the world on a daily basis in order to feed his creative process. In 2015 he founded Wet Paint NYC to focus attention on a highly curated group of Contemporary Artists.
Artist, scholar, and writer Ellen Frank has received many awards in painting, book design, and scholarship including a Fulbright Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Award in Painting, New York State Council on the Arts, and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant.
Dr. Frank studied art history and connoisseurship at Yale University, the Courtauld and Warburg Institutes, and holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in English Literature and the Visual Arts from Stanford University. In 2015 she received an honorary doctorate for her work Cities of Peace from the Russian Armenian (Slavonic) University.
Dr. Frank was Assistant Professor of English Literature at UC Berkeley where she co-designed and created the first interdisciplinary major "Literature and the Visual Arts"; she was guest Associate Professor at Barnard College and Rutgers University; Visiting Professor at School of Visual Arts and Tyler School of Art. Her first book, Literary Architecure: Essays Toward Tradition (University of California Press), was awarded the New York Institute for Graphic Arts 50 Best Books; Ronce & Coffin Club Design Award; and "Best Book in 50 Years" by Uiversity of California Press.
In 2005, Dr. Frank founded Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc., a non-profit global organization deicated to the transformative power of art to builld a culture of understanding and peace. CITIES OF PEACE is its primary initiative. As artistic director, Dr. Frank has trained artist-interns from more than 25 countries, and unites scholars and experts to worrk on its joint creations.
Michael Serafino is a Brooklyn-based painter whose wide ranging interests, from physics to fashion, influence the direction of his painterly attention. Since graduating from School of Visual Arts he has exhibited in numerous galleries & pop-up shows, bars & restaurants, and many other unique spaces throughout New York City.
Like the artist, the paintings are energetic, intense and fundamentally optimistic as they celebrate extremities of human achievement.
Karla de Lara is an outstanding Mexican artist who has had more than 200 exhibitions in 36 countries. She has led large projects including ROSAFEST, MAYAN PARADE and INSTRUMENTS OF THE SOUL, for which she included the participation of many important arists of the international scene. Considered the most recognized Mexican Pop artist today, art critics have called her "The Mother of Hyperrealist Pop Art".
Karla has won prestigious prizes in Mexico and abroad for her outstanding contribution to the Fine Arts and maintains an exciting joint venture with KLM-Air France and Bentley. She also created the largest mural in Jalisco, Mexico for the 30th anniversary of "Expo Guadalajara".
Her market is global and in Mexico her work is collected by those in the entertainment and political fields, and she has been commissioned to paint portraits of many prominent figures including musicians, filmmakers, designers and creators.
James is an illustrator with an interest in story and whimsical fantasy. Elements from an eccentric and eclectic range of interests combine in his work to create intricately familiar mysteries that appeal for varied, personal reasons. Vast tableaux that are simultaneously inviting and unfathomable are sure to be present in the bright and cheerful works which also house a subtle, melancholy seriousness. You are encouraged to use the elements in these works as a jumping off point for your own imaginations.
James is currently hard at work on his first picture book to be published with Penguin Randomhouse in the spring of 2019.
For Brad Huck being raised in Colorado was a mix of classic suburbia, camping weekends and afternoons spent at the families’ candy factory.
These experiences have marked him with respect for the natural world and the belief that humble ingredients blended together with honest hands and creativity will yield more than the sum of their parts.
Upon completion of his degree from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Brad moved west to Sonoma County California where he found inspiration in the works of Manuel Neri, Nathan Olivera and others associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Creating process driven mixed media panels, Brad hit his creative stride while participating in invitational and juried shows throughout Northern California. Currently making Maui his home, the artist is intriqued with the Islands’ many micro-climates and has developed vast respect for the omnipresent ocean that surrounds him. In 2011 Brad created a large scale painting titled “Awaii” for the exhibition “The Legacy of Land” held at the Schaefer International Gallery. Acnowledgment of “Awaii” prompted an invitation to create a body of work based on the idea, “deconstructed landscape”. The resulting collection of mixed media panels was exhibited on Ohau, at The Contemporary Museum the following year.
In 2018 Brads work “Morning Solace” was selected to be purchased by the State Foundation and placed into Hawaii’s permanent collection.
Born in 1986, Brandon Sines was exposed to many cultures while growing up in New York City, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Shortly after moving to New York City in 2010 to pursue art, Brandon combined his use of mythological creatures, pop icons, and made up characters into a new character called Frank Ape. The success of Frank gave Sines the ability to work intensively as a full-time artist in New York City for the past seven years in which he has developed a visual language that is raw, mysterious, and playful.
He mixes Pop Art’s mass culture, Surrealism’s private associations, and inventive paint handling to create dreamlike environments. His mark making ranges from experimental techniques to illustrative precision. Parts of the paintings are crystal clear, and other parts reach abstraction. This juxtaposition gives the imagery in his paintings the feeling of being recalled from memory, whether it is a personal or a collective memory is sometimes elusive to determine. These paintings were recently featured in a book about his work called Lips and Drips
Frank Ape is a Sasquatch who lives in New York City amongst the humans and is the creation of artist Brandon Sines. Frank can be seen all over the city on any given day and has been spotted on streets and in homes around the world. He embodies positivity and equality, and cares about all living things. Frank believes in "creating your own universe" and inspiring people and animals every day. Shortly after moving to New York City in 2010, Sines combined his use of mythological creatures, pop icons, and made up characters into a new character called Frank. Frank is an ´´ape´´ that often takes the form of a cartoon, but is no doubt a reference to Sines himself. Frank explores human conditions without human restrictions.
The birth of Frank and the move to New York City was a pivotal time for Sines. His inspiration soared from the constant stimulus of the city. He began installing Frank around the city, and Frank became an instant street art favorite most likely due to Sines' special gift of empathy. With Frank, he had found a way to bring the autobiographical undertones in his work to the surface with a playful character who was instantly accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Much like New York enables both anonymity and stardom simultaneously, Frank gave Sines the ability to be invisible yet fully present in his work. This added a deeper sincerity to his paintings, and thus a deeper connection to viewers.
Rose's abstract work is a fresh and exciting mix of abstraction and surrealism with a contemporary mix of mediums. Music, meditation and breath-work are key components to the creation of Rose's paintings that take the viewer on a colorful journey of electrifying visual energy to meditative imagined worlds. These worlds tap into a primal feeling that the viewer is both shaken and settled by; it is both truth and illusion. Rose explores the limitless possibilities of universes and existence with deep intuition, passion and wonder.
Rose was commissioned to create artwork for Dot Demo's album, 'Outer Body Experience' which was the beginning of mixing her photorealistic portraiture and surrealism. Rose's art has been featured in several art publications and is in both editions of the 'Yo New York' book for the MoMa PS1. Rose's New York has been featured in Forbes and her work is collected worldwide. Her murals can be found in New York, London, El Salvador and Cuba including a 90ft library mural for Yeshiva University, NYC. In 2014 Rose was chosen for the British TV show Sky Arts Portrait of the Year, and her work has been in numerous group shows internationally. In October 2014 she had her first solo show in London at Julian Hartnoll Gallery, Mayfair and in November 216 she had her first NYC solo show at One Art Space Gallery, TriBeCa.
Rose's current project involves painting and interiewing the world's most inspirational and influential women. The paintings will be sold at auction, giving a percentage to a chaity of each celebrity's choice. Her studio is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Joseph is a visual artist born and raised in New York City. Working in a style he coined “Vandal Expressionism”, his particular brand of post-graffiti abstraction draws heavily from AbEx, art brut, surrealism, cave painting and pop art, invoking primal elements of graffiti and the iconography of damage and intrusion from street art to turn the calligraphic scribbles of the street into a medium for artistic divination. Unencumbered by distinctions between the abstract and the figurative, his work delves into the impulses of the subconscious, transcribing them spontaneously onto canvas, paper and wall in an otherworldly yet distinctly urban visual language.
Over the last decade Ari Lankin has extensively developed painted languages exploring abstraction, concepts, and realism. His current paintings are intentionally open to interpretation and rich in visual sensation. They hover on a slippery line between mystical and scientific. Paint handling, invention, and exploration of the picture plane are crucial aspects of his search.
His interest in material, process, and creative consulting have led him to collaborations with Adidas, MTV x Trojan, Burt’s Bees, Red Bull, and Tino Sehgal during his solo show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Using his unique skill set and experience he has created commissioned paintings, one-of-a-kind programming, and custom tailored consulting with an emphasis on branding.
Lankin was recently profiled in a mini documentary of his painting process by MTV. He has been featured by Forbes, Vice Creator's Project, Studio Visit Magazine, and newspapers around the world. His recent painting solo show in New York City, a collection of large-scale abstractions, completely sold out.
He worked at the Guggenheim for over seven years as an educator spending countless hours engaged with art objects and patrons. He had thousands of conversations with complete strangers about works of art. He credits that time to truly learning the universal magic of art. His interest in other artists and art history is passionate. Education and curation are important aspects of his practice
Lankin lives in Manhattan where he has had his studio for the past twelve years.
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