KUMASI J. BARNETT

Kumasi J. Barnett was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned a Bachelors of Arts with Honors in Art History and Archaeology and a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Maryland as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University.


AUDREY FRANK ANASTASI

Audrey Frank Anastasi paints the human face, figures, animals, and nature. As a feminist, her narratives focus on the female figure, exploring existential subjects such as sexuality, identity, body-image, innocence, violence, relationships and childhood. One of the unusual aspects of her process, is that although Audrey is right-handed, she has switched to working with her left hand, almost exclusively, for all the figure and portrait work.


PHILOMENA MARANO

Artist Philomena Marano is a daughter of Brooklyn. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, is an intimate of the visual poetry of Coney Island, created the winning poster for the first Spirit of Brooklyn poster competition, and is a master of papier collé, the elegant cut paper technique she learned as a studio assistant to eminent artist Robert Indiana. 


STEPHEN BASSO

Stephen Basso was born in Brooklyn New York. He attended evening sessions at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for several years but by his own admission has been largely self taught drawing influence from various sources. He credits many of his early mentors from Beckmann, Guston  Hartley de Koonig and Goya to Rubens Robert Crumb and Max Fleisher.

Some of his artistic pursuits include humorous assessments of the old masters as well as fresh insights on the mystical visions of Latin America with whom he shares a deep sense of affection


DONOVAN NELSON

Donovan Nelson works out of his studio in the blossoming art scene that is the mother borough of Brooklyn, NYC. Showing his work at various galleries, art shows, competitions and symposia nationwide, Nelson studied figurative painting for the past decade, working commercially for many years and showing his work artistically as well. Also a high school art teacher in Brooklyn, Nelson has been taking time off to launch his fine art career with solo and group shows recently, everywhere from NYC to Philadelphia, from the West Indies to the Northeast.


ELLEN SIEBERS

Ellen Siebers is a painter currently living and working in New York. Siebers was born in and raised in the Midwest. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Siebers has taught as a Lecturer at the University of Iowa (2009-12) and also as Visiting Faculty at UW Madison (2012-13).


LEON NICHOLAS KALAS

Painting to me is a life force not a career. My work consist mostly of figurative and portrait paintings, however, I do experiment in various art movements; pure abstract, abstract expressionism, minimalism, symbolism, and conceptualism. All art movements interest me. I have studied portraiture and human anatomy at the New York academy of Art, the Art Students League of New York, and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology).


VICKI SHER

Vicki Sher has been making art and exhibiting throughout the United States for over two decades.   She has participated in numerous art fairs, including NADA, Pulse and Scope in New York and Miami.  Most recently, her solo show, Always Bring Flowers, at Frosch&Portmann Gallery, included video as a moving element in drawings and paintings that celebrated domestic life and quotidian pleasures.  A previous solo show: Yes/No, used a personal narrative, her grandmother’s stroke, as a catalyst for art with a reduced vocabulary.


ERIC PESSO

A tree falls in Brooklyn.  Sometimes that tree is harvested by a craftsman who recycles it into something completely new.  Prospect Park and the streets of Ditmas Park are the sources from which I harvest the oak, maple, sycamore, ash, and other species that are the raw material for my work.


RAMONA CANDY

Born in Brooklyn NY, Ramona began creating as a child. Her mother was a dressmaker and, in her family’s tiny apartment, Ramona and her siblings were surrounded by fabrics, colors, and patterns which, she says, had a great influence on her life, and helped developed her love for the arts. Growing up in a tight knit family, she also had a young aunt who regularly put her through the motions of dance and song. Although Ramona never inherited great sewing technique, she definitely inherited her mother’s creativity.


MICHELA MARTELLO

Artist Michela Martello was born in Grosseto, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in illustration from Europe Institute of Design, after which she published works in over 30 books, primarily children’s book illustrations. In 1993 she shifted her focus to painting and had her first exhibition in Milano and New York.


MLJ JOHNSON

A native of Washington, D.C., artist, educator, exhibition coordinator, and consultant, who grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; born 1947.  Art being a universal language, I use it as a form of visual communication, morphing words into images, pictograms of life’s phenomenon.  With a very direct, minimal design, my art demands the viewers’ response; which is more personal than looking at a painting. 


CARLOS RODRIGUEZ

Carlos Rodriguez is an artist currently working in Brooklyn, New York. In 2003 he was awarded the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency. Carlos has a combined BFA from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and The School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. He also earned an MFA from Brooklyn College in New York. He has also done several curatorial projects and his work has been shown in venues such as the Queens Museum, Athens Intitute of Contemporary Art, The Drawing Center in Boston, galleries in New York, Latin America and Europe. 


BRUCE ZEINES

I dreamt I swam in a lake of india ink and with my finger, drew pictures on the sky.

—Bruce Zeines 


FEDRECIA HARTLEY

Born July 1958 in Brooklyn New York.  Bedford Stuyvesant has always been home to this artist. Her work is abstract, mixed media and figurative.  Her MA in art was received from New York University. She is a founding member and President of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Artists’ Association. She opened Zion Gallery in 2005. Her work was featured on HGTV. She has exhibited locally and internationally.


HAYLEY SEVERNS

Hayley Severns grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her BFA in painting from Drake University and continues on to study with her teachers at a non-traditional masters level via Rose Shakinovsky and Clarie Gavronsky in Italy and South Africa.  She’s been living and working in Brooklyn, New York for a decade, and it’s through rich artistic study that Hayley finds artists of many different media inspiring. Artists such as Sigmar Polke, Chuck Close, Sophie Calle, Ellen Gallager, Jenny Holzer…  and many other artists influence her.


WILLIE MAE BROWN

Willie Mae Brown was born and raised in Selma, Alabama durning the early years of the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties (50's). The charisma of the times and the excitement,released a creative energy inside her and she began to write the unfolding the stories of the times.

Ms. Brown is currently working on a children's book chronicling her experiences.


OTTO NEALS

OTTO NEALS, PAINTER, SCULPTOR AND PRINTMAKER WAS BORN DECEMBER 11, 1931 TO GUS AND DELLA NEALS IN LAKE CITY, S.C.  WHEN HE WAS FOUR YEARS OF AGE, HIS FAMILY LEFT THE FARM AND MOVED TO BROOKLYN, NEW YORK WHERE HE HAS LIVED EVER SINCE.


JAMES CATHCART

James Cathcart was born in Medellin Colombia.

He has been living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1988.

With a focus on social and urban change, Cathcart has been photographing the streets of Brooklyn since he moved to New York. He uses a variety of film formats as well as pinhole cameras.


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