Jayn Anderson is a North Carolina based abstract painter. She spent her childhood on the East Coast before moving to England to study. During her years there, Jayn was afforded many opportunities to travel, including several solo trips. Some of her most memorable travels were to Mallorca, Ireland, Israel, Uruguay and the Czech Republic, as well as many other spectacular locations. These deeply meaningful experiences continue to shape the work that Jayn creates today.
Jayn embraces the inherent chaos of life, thriving in ever-changing environments. Her work mirrors this spontaneity and energy in every mark that she paints. Jayn has a fiercely independent spirit, with an empathetic, old soul. She uses music as a vessel to channel her experiences and the emotions they evoke into her artwork. She prefers not to think about what she’s creating but instead letting intuition and automation be her guide.
When she’s not creating, Jayn enjoys reading, exploring nature and staying active while spending time with her family.
Irena is a Czech based photographer who loves observing the world and portraying it through her feelings, dreams and moods.
The world is extremely interesting. And everyone is interesting.
She favors an individual approach and imaginative projects, bold ideas, original places and moody weather.
I've always found a refuge in words. Writings take care of what bodies fear: caresses and blows. Words materialize my sensations and weave a skin that is put outside my mouth on pages. I've studied philosophy and literature in Arts Faculty at the University of Geneva to grasp myself through texts and to penetrate and analyze others' language, in their sinuous paths. I became more and more attached to styles of writing, as well as to individuals because I felt an authentic discourse that revealed rich inner lands. However, my studies lacked the body. Theatre made me realize that my body spoke more than my words in a language that no one could translate, including me. Dance and performance sketched inimitable movements. The scores can be reproduced indefinitely, but the embodiment changes each time and it's this uniqueness that animates me. During my professional training as an actress at the Geneva Conservatory and at the Ecole Supérieure des Teintureries de Lausanne, encounters with artists such as Frédéric Fonteyne, Gian Manuel Rau, Emilie Blaser, Marco Cantalupo, Olivier Dubois, Jean-Baptiste Roybon and Massimo Furlan have carved rich inner grooves. The body in space is essential to me. My visual influences converge as much with Sophie Calle, who transcends private space by immersing the public, as with Spencer Tunick, who saturates public space with a crowd of individuals, blurring the boundaries between private and public. The art in which I identify myself is an art that gives an equal importance to places, objects, lights and people, whether this art is performative, choreographic, cinematographic or theatrical. I created the substance brute project from what I call Traum-a, a place between dream (Traum) and trauma. The result is a raw, unaltered material, bringing together my creations in various artistic fields.
Ilze is a visual artist based in Latvia. She was born into a family of artists; her mother ceramic artist Mara Ranka, and father famous sculptor Indulis Ranka. She holds two Masters of Arts and a European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. She spent one year living with nuns in a monastery in France and studied art in Italy.
She participated in group and solo exhibitions since Art School in 1990. She was an art manager and curator and when her children were small. Today she is a member of the Latvian Union of Artists and since 2016 she works as an artist, as well as teaching art.
Andrea Ehret's ethereal paintings draw on her studies of Art and Art Therapy practice, using intuition, expression and gesture as tools for self-transformation. She is Slovak but based in Prague, Czechia.
Leila Angelina Freiburg
Leila Angelina Freiburg is a self-taught visual artist, who concentrates on female character studies and the theme of personal growth, emotional wellbeing, and mental health. She was born in Berlin, near the National Gallery, where she spent a lot of time admiring the old masters paintings and dreaming of a creative career. Nevertheless, she studied law and became a lawyer. She believed it was an either-or decision and stopped making art until her first child was born. The experience of being a mother renewed the urge to lean more into creativity, empathy, and intuition. She started taking art classes again and found a unique way of expressing emotions and stories of personal development in acrylic portraits. She lives in Düsseldorf, Germany with her husband and two kids and balances family life, working for an NGO and painting.
Ishika Guha is a self-taught abstract artist with a strong focus on abstract expressionism. She lives in London, originally from Bangladesh. Ishika is diverse in her choice of mediums. She allows her colour palettes to run free! Acrylics, Oils, Watercolours- all are included in her team.
Laura is a self-taught abstract painter using the power of the colors found in nature to put her soul on canvas. Born in Romania, she grew up in the heart of Rome which is still a great inspiration for her. Currently living in Brno, a multicultural city of Czech Republic where she participated in numerous exhibitions. Feelings and emotions expressed through color and its variation, the landscapes are the box containing it all.
Ellen Holleman is a painter, mixed-media visual artist and spatial designer, based in the Netherlands. She was trained as a spatial designer at the Utrecht School of the Arts (the Netherlands). After graduating she took off to work in Mérida, Mexico, with the design team of Mexico Mágico, a new entertainment park that was being developed at the time. Later on she joined the muralists team on site in Cancún. It was there she totally fell in love with colours and painting. When the park was shut down, she went back to the Netherlands where she returned to her design career. During the following twenty-five+ years she worked mainly as a spatial designer on urban planning projects. Curiosity about how people live and move about, and how this is affected or controlled by the urban environment is what thrives her. Besides her work as an urban design professional she did several applied art projects, worked as a cultural producer and initiated multiple grass roots urban projects. Painting always remained her personal creative outlet but over the years the urge to paint more grew stronger and stronger. After working as a visiting artist at a local artists initiative in 2020, she decided to start focussing on building a serious painting practice, shifting her career from the urban design field towards the arts. Since 2021 she works in a studio in Zaltbommel, where she participates in a local artists initiative and had her first solo (cultural centre De Poorterij, September 2021) since the nineties. Ellen prefers to work with oil paints and traditional painting techniques, but also enjoys experimenting and using contemporary techniques, like (digital)collages and photography, as part of her creative process. The themes in her artworks are strongly affected by her work and experience as an urban design professional.
Katarína Sujová Kalmanová - Mixed media and abstract artist, Fine Art teacher and lecturer; was born in Lučenec, Slovakia, nowadays residing in Bratislava. She graduated from the Faculty of Education in Fine Arts, Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa in Nitra, Slovakia. In her professional career she has been concurrently working at the marketing field and developing her art language as well. Since 2011 she has been participating in collective and solo art shows or Art Fairs in Europe and USA ( E.g.Italy, Lithuania, Czech and Slovak Republic). Her paintings can be found in many private collections worldwide. Nowadays Katarína lives with her husband and children in Bratislava and she is teaching, lecturing and leading her small "Art school" named ART Studio River in Old City of Bratislava. She loves to inspire, guide and help others discover and unleash their unique creative voice. During her art courses, she shares her own developed and specific supportive creative techniques.
Kristi Lei Lescinski
Kristi Lei is an American singer-songwriter living in Brno, Czech Republic. She specializes in pop-folk music with influences from Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles, and Taylor Swift. Kristi has performed throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and central North Carolina, frequently accompanied by her two younger sisters, and has appeared at folk festivals, radio shows, wineries, and private events. She moved to Brno, Czech Republic after graduating in 2021 with a B.A. in Political Science and History and a minor in music from the University of North Carolina. There Kristi was deeply involved in the folk music community and led an all-women a capella group. With a continued passion for teaching and creating community, Kristi is now teaching singing lessons and music production in Brno. She has also just recorded her EP album, Becoming Memories, which focuses on authentic lyricism and personal identity through Kristi’s acoustic music.
Kristine Narvida is a Latvian academic visual artist born in 1977. She graduated in 2006 as a Magister at the Latvian Art Academy in Riga. She lives and works in Germany in Potsdam and Berlin. Kristine is mother of four daughters. She is an active member of the Brandenburg Association of Artists. She presents and sells her fine artwork throughout Europe and globally with online galleries. This year she presented her fine art series “Look how I move” at three galleries in Potsdam and at the Rhy Art Salon Basel. The here presented new series “The study of annoyance” you may find at the Art A10 exhibition in Wildau near Berlin from 20 October – 5 November and at art fair of the Frauenmuseum Bonn from 11-13 November 2022. Kristine prefers working with oil on linen, using models as her subjects.
Hana is a Czech artists who started to take photography more seriously while studying at the Secondary School of Arts, studying applied photography. Her interest in photography also led her to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, majoring in Body Design which provided a new point of view for the work.
Martina Petrovičová is a self-taught Slovak artist based in Brno, Czech Republic. She works mainly in watercolor which she loves because of its gentle yet powerful expressiveness and unpredictability.
Martina‘s aim is to translate the subjects of the states of mind, emotions, femininity, and relationships into colorful, dynamic, and spontaneous visual language. In her work, Martina is intrigued beyond the aesthetics and aims to communicate various aspects of women's existence and provoke thought. She believes art to be a space where she can reconcile life’s polarities and ambiguities. It can be simultaneously an authentic form of communication, a joyful playground, and a mindful therapy.
Martina received her Master’s degree in French Literature and Art History. Although she always desired to be an artist, it’s only motherhood that gave her the confidence to become a full-time artist. Apart from that, she traveled a lot and lived abroad for quite some time. Seeing the world and meeting people of different cultures, as well as becoming a mother formed her personality and philosophy of life which reflects in her paintings to this day.
Paulina Ree is a visual artist focusing primarily on portraiture and figurative work. Her current body of work revolves around themes of memory, rumination, mental health, and human experience, with particular focus on the emotions of raising children in the absence of a “village.” She was raised in Ecuador and now lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and 3 daughters.
Petra Schott is a German contemporary artist whose recent works oscillate between subtle figuration and lyrical abstraction. When she was 15 years old, she wanted to become a yogini in the Himalayas. However, life had different plans. After studying law in Göttingen, she turned to fine art, studying in Kassel. For almost three decades, Schott has exhibited her work both domestically and internationally. She has been living in Frankfurt since mid-2015.