TIAF 2018

Alexandra Mekhanik; "Unfinished phrase of my brush gives the opportunity to enlarge the viewers’ imagination."

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Artist and Photographer Alexandra Mekhanik was born in Moscow in October ’78 in the 4th generation of architects and artists of her father’s family. Graduated as a Master of Technology and Interior Designer of Architectural spaces. Alexandra has been working as an interior designer and decorator for 15 years making public and private spaces in mainly in France, Russia, and Germany.

She describes her artwork as Monochrome. Minimalism. Elegance. Harmony.

"Unfinished phrase of my brush gives the opportunity to enlarge the viewers’ imagination. In general the message of my works is to Welcome to the Harmony of your Mind and Soul!"

How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?

Clearly readable minimalism and harmony in everything. Dignity is highly appreciated in my heart. About myself,.. open hearted, easygoing and understanding. My credo is “treat others as you want to be treated”.

My works are slightly unfinished to offer the space for the viewers’ imagination and fantasy.

As to photography, they are taken in a special way to show out the idea, to make the viewers appreciate even tiny details which we could hardly ever notice in our fast life. Color combinations are chosen to be so delicious to give a pleasure to the viewers looking at them longer and longer, discovering more interesting unusual details.: 

What is your definition of art?

Art has no rules. Endless quantity of different technics and mixed media of art now allows the artist’s heart speak genuinely to the viewers, becoming one of international language of peace and life philosophy. Art is a mission living deep inside while artist is collecting his inspiration until the explosion of  his feelings and emotions.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Night is the most inspiring time for me to create.

Talking about collecting the inspiring moments, I find them everywhere. And of course, I need to travel. Comparing cultural deference, learning all the time, looking, noticing beauty in unexpected places, in hardly visible details..

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

Ideally it’s going to become a multifunctional capsular atelier for different art media such as painting, drawings, sculpture, photography, installations, furniture design, homeware and home wear. As far as, anyway, all this connected with printing, it would be great to organize a publishing/typographical space there for making coffee table art books, fine art photography books, as well as coffee tables themselves, which I have patented recently. I also see my own gallery where I would be happy to gather the works of the most interesting artists from all over the world, to organize Art Exhibitions, Art Fairs, and Charity Galas for those who appreciate art of any kind and see the depth of the artworks as well as their message to the world.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

One of the most exciting project for me now is Four Elements on canvas. It’s a kind of challenge for me, because I’ve never worked in this style. But astrology has always been an attractive subject for me, as well as the knowledge about zodiac signs, different associations around it. The moon power gives me a lot of inspiration and motivation to dare. Hopefully It will grow into an extraordinary project in collaboration with a great Astro scientist.

Florencia Zampieri composing her dynamic world at the Tokyo International Art Fair

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Florencia Zampieri (22nd March 1973) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since she was a little girl she used to spend her time painting and drawing. She was inspired by all kind of art expressions, so, while she was studying at primary school she started dancing Classic and Contemporary Dance as a hobby. When she finished school she became a Dance teacher at only 17 years old.

Her passion and love to all artistic expressions, inspired her to study Architecture and then Image and Visual Merchandising. In 1998 she graduated from The Buenos Aires University of Architecture and Urbanism.

When she was 24 years old, she started as a University Design Professor and she introduced her self into Habitat Theory Investigation.

Florencia studied different art expression with few teachers that gave her a solid basement to continue her career. Abstract, collage, colours, acrylic, oils, pencils, papers, textures are her tools to compose her dynamic world.

This is a Q & A with Florencia Zampieri, exhibitor at the Tokyo International Art Fair 2018.

Q: How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?
A: My artwork reflects what I am, a Woman in Movement. 

Q: What drives you? 
A: The pleasure that gives the power of art creation, play with colours and textures.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: Images, photos, traveling…life experiences, moments, topics…

Q: Where do you see your art going in ten years?
A: Trascending new frontiers, in constantly movement. 

Q: I know my artwork is finished when?
A: When I feel satisfied

Q: Best exhibition ever participated in?
A: The Next One!

Q: Would love to exhibit my work in?
A: No limits

Art painter and Art Fashion Designer Hiroko Saigusa from Tokyo expresses the power of life we create

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At first glance, Hiroko Saigusa’s vibrant paintings are mesmerizing. Working in predominantly acrylic on canvas, HIROKO seamlessly weaves bold lines, geometric planes, and energetic fields of color that comprise her dynamically abstract oeuvre. Her works are at once playful and emotive. In paintings such as Power, curved organic shapes composed of bright red, chartreuse, and navy tones dance and writhe around each other in a nearly dizzying manner. HIROKO’s The 60s evokes a similar playfulness, incorporating bright tones of orange, green and yellow contained within shapes that are reminiscent of the Flower Power movement. Passion elicits a mood of cheerful frenzy as contrasting shades of red, blue, orange, and yellow endlessly twirl around each other.

Born in Japan, the artist is heavily influenced by activities such as drawing, textiles, fashion design, graphic design, and space design. Throughout much of her oeuvre, HIROKO frequently incorporates the color red. She states: “[Red] represents human blood and I feel that I can expresses the power of life we create. It represents vitality, capability, and emotions of human beings.” The artist currently resides in Japan.

This is a short Q&A with HIROKO SAIGUSA.

Q: What is your definition of art?

A: I think that what is alive is art. I am very active and I want to make friends with people all over the world.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

A: Passion and fashion

Q: How do you deal with artist's block?

A: Never experienced it 

Q: Where do you see your art going in ten years?

A: Paris collection; That my art makes it to fashion.

Q: Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

A: Study of psychiatry

Q: Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is?

A: Have my own shop and say thank you my memories friends and family

Q: Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

A: Received the Grand Prize at the Japan-China-Korea Art Exhibition. And interview with magazines

Q: Which are your favourite artists?

A: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Q: Greatest achievements so far…?

A: My paintings are currently designed on clothes on show in San Francisco.

Q: Would love to exhibit my work in...?

A: I am praying for activities in New York, Berlin, France and around the world.

Website url: www.hirokosaigusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hiroko.saigusa