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In the Spotlight: Felix Carmelo Rios

WHO

I am a visual artist based in Miami, Florida.

WHAT + WHY

My work reveals my intense aesthetic gaze, forged in an endless search for forms’ intrinsic beauty. The study of languages derived from geometric abstraction and associated with minimalism has given me the expressive tools to carry out an artistic proposal that fulfills this fundamental interest. It looks to recreate the encounter with pure forms and the rhythms that their relationships produce – chasing the apparent chaos of the surrounding reality.

STYLE

I start from views formed by the architectural overlaps and interactions—e.g., facades, cornices, gates, objects, and landscape’s natural elements. These images captured photographically offered me an opening to undertake—via digital or through pencil sketches—a “shape hunt,” executed after thoroughly studying each detail. Focusing on those whose aesthetic quality escapes the naked eye, I create new compositions, accentuating, continuing, or combining their forms and rhythms with those from other images obtained similarly. Even these “found compositions” often act as sources for searching new details, in a process that persistently runs from the macro to the micro views. My intuition and sensitivity play a dominant role in this post-photographic practice of searching, encountering, selecting, combining, and creating.

GOALS

My goal is to articulate shapes, lines, spaces, colors, and the internal rhythm produced when traveling through the city, concatenating panoramic and quick views, with slow glances at nuance nooks.

PHILOSOPHY

With my art I want to bring an optimistic view of the world. I achieve it through my vibrant color palette.

Thank you, Felix.

Artist page

Instagram: @felix_carmelo

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In the Spotlight: Loferrie

WHO

Born August 1964 – Aveyron countryside, south of France. Self-taught creative type, certainly not conventional! Lived in Paris in the ’80s, moved to London in 1999. A Career in the British film industry, as a maker, for the past 18 years.

WHAT + WHY

Abstract painting with acrylic, since 2015. Because Art is essential to Freedom and Freedom is essential to Art!

STYLE

Hard-edge Abstract Geometric. Curves, lines, perspectives, shaped with colors, volumes, and orchestrated with an intuitive state of mindfulness.

GOALS

I would like to make people see my art with their heart, to be in the moment fully conscious, and shut the intellect for a minute… or two!

PHILOSOPHY

There is no roadmap to Freedom without self-discipline!

FINAL STATEMENT

A daily practice can make wonders to the soul, therefore creating happiness!

Thank you, Loferrie.

Artist page

Instagram: @loferrie_art

Web: loferrie.net

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In the Spotlight: Becks

WHO

I am an intuitive self-taught abstract contemporary mixed media artist. Abstract art is something that I’ve always been drawn towards since I was a lil’ kid but as I grew older, my focus shifted towards humanitarianism. As an active mental health and homelessness advocate and having struggled with mental health myself, I realized I cannot continue to help others if I do not focus on my spiritual journey to self healing.

WHAT + WHY

By exploring self expression through equating emotions with colours, shapes, and mediums, I have learnt to reconnect with my inner self; allowing myself to explore my childhood love of abstract art. I aim to emulate abstract ideas surrounding nature, society, spirituality, and the cosmos through intuitive contemporary and mixed media layering techniques.

STYLE

My creative process entails tapping into my intuitive self, with no real destination or plan around how the piece will turn out. The majority of my work is a representation of my inner dialogue, articulated as a visual story. The completion process of my works is similar to solving a puzzle; aiming to create harmony between calculated geometric symmetry and raw emotional release through abstraction.

GOALS

I aim to evoke a feeling and philosophical thought to the viewer. Through providing a glimpse into the creative process for all of my works, I am curious as to whether the viewer holds a similar perspective on a painting or whether a piece is perceived differently, and why.

PHILOSOPHY

Breathwork is a technique that is crucial to the creative process of my paintings as it influences the mental, emotional and physical state of my being in the present moment. Researchers have suggested a link between mindfulness meditation and increased creativity. Specifically, meditation seems to promote improved divergent thinking (Colzato et al., 2012). Dobbins and Jaime (2014) found that engaging in divergent thinking tasks helped increase effectiveness of art and writing therapy. My project called “Meditation” depicts this mindfulness breathwork technique in action.

FINAL STATEMENT

Art is a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. It holds the opportunity to influence thoughts, allowing new ideas to emerge. I feel art is a powerful tool that can manifest change on both an individual and societal level. Just one new idea can change a persons’ perception, inspiring me to continue to create.

Thank you, Becks.

Artist page

Instagram: @beckstudio_

Web: beckstudio.ca

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In the Spotlight: HMX

WHO

I am a Dutch based, self made artist. Around 2000 I was inspired by street art and decided to paint myself. I started with stencil art, comic-oriented images and was active in the sticker scene. To increase my can handling I also started designing and spraying letters. I never had a specific style, but there was always a recognisability in the structure of my letters. I am actually a doodler, curious and always trying to discover and develop shapes. Over the years I have started to work more and more abstractly, in which all my experience of the past years comes together.

WHAT + WHY

I am a very restless artist. I am constantly stimulated by my environment, what I hear and see, which translates into my work. I actually prefer to work in black and white with possibly a supporting color, but I also like to use multiple colors. I mostly work on canvas and paper and still enjoy doing creative interventions in public space. I find the noise that street art brings to the streetscape very inspiring. Behind every tag and piece is a story and a person who for various reasons feels the need to make themselves known in a creative way in the public space.

STYLE

In my artwork you can clearly see the influence of street art and graffiti. Over the years I have started to paint more and more abstractly, but I still enjoy drawing and painting comic like or figuratively. I also combine them. I like variety and to push myself in different styles. I am also very inspired by art movements such as Pop Art, De Stijl, Art Deco, Bauhaus and vintage anatomy drawings.

GOALS

The main goal is to continuously develop and surprise myself. I would also like to make my art more known to a wider audience and look forward to fun collaborations with artists all over the world.

PHILOSOPHY

I want to enjoy my creativity every day and resign myself to the qualities that I have at that moment. If I don’t and just focus on perfecting, I’m taking away a lot of fun. I don’t want to see a mistake as a mistake, but as an opportunity or a new insight. My best works of art came from mistakes.

FINAL STATEMENT

I am happy that years ago I was inspired by art on the streets and hope that my work inspires other artists or encourages people to get started with art.

Thank you, HMX.

Artist page

Instagram: @hmx_artwork

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In the Spotlight: Kicki

WHO

I have never studied art, I am all self taught. I am an artist, that was born in Berlin and lived in Hong Kong and London. No doubt my past has shaped me in beautiful ways. Now after working in the corporate world for some time, I re-discovered my love for art and I can not wait to see where this journey takes me.

WHAT + WHY

Art is my happy place, where I can create what and when I want. I gives me joy and I want to share that joy with other people and fellow artists. I have always been creative, even at a young age. But it is only now that I invest the time in myself to truly explore my skills and passion.

STYLE

I am at home with geometric shapes. But I always try to push the boundaries a little, add irritating small elements that make the painting that much more interesting. Mixing geometrics with fluid abstract shapes is next.

GOALS

I want to create beautiful art to make people smile, stop, wonder, think, look deeper, let their mind wonder and take them places. I want them to take time to appreciate a piece of art in a busy world like todays hectic environment.

PHILOSOPHY

Keep putting in the work, the rest will follow.

Thank you, Kicki.

Artist page

Instagram: @simply_kicki_art

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In the Spotlight: Turboblack777

WHO

I am an artist who lives in New York City, USA and I been drawing since the age of four. It started with cartoons and comic books, the love of them drew me into wanting to be an artist. I studied at the High school of Art and Design and at the School of Visual Arts learning cartooning, animation, and graphic design. Art history, drawing and painting were required as well. And of course living in NYC, museums visits were mandatory. Here I learned to be the eternal student, absorbing art everywhere I could find it. After working traditionally for years, I now embrace digital art on mobile platforms. All the colors, brushes, paints, and pencils all in one toolbox!

WHAT + WHY

I’ve been creating art in many forms for many years and never explored abstract art. As I look at the world around me seeing so much figurative images, I felt drawn to see abstract art as a means to grow as an artist. It’s so freeing and I love it!

STYLE

My style consists of digital abstractions created to have an analog feeling. I purposely make sure human imperfections appear in my work to express that union. Because I believe art is about exploration, I create abstracts that evolve as i work. A piece may start in a more expressionistic way and may end up hardedge. I like to have a conversation or dance with my work.

GOALS

My short term goal is complete 1000 original abstract inspired posts on social media,sharing my work with the world. After that monetize my creations, gallery shows etc. It’s been an incredible enjoyable experience.

PHILOSOPHY

My favorite # is “creative life happy life” and believe in it fully. We are in this life to create beautiful things and as artists we are compelled to do so.

FINAL STATEMENT

I’m pleased to be a part of the abstract community and hope I represent it well. Thanks hardedger.com for the opportunity to share.

Thank you, Turboblack777.

Artist page

Instagram: @turboblack777

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In the Spotlight: Ruth Powell

WHO

I am an artist, designer and maker based in Bath, UK, with an eclectic approach to my work both in terms of media and inspiration. I currently use paint, printmaking, digital platforms, books and fibre to create new work. My influences and inspirations range from architecture and science to language and identity and even the pure process of making itself.

WHAT + WHY

I create abstract works through play and experimentation. Sometimes this is purely intuition based and at other times it is a product of pre-defined boundaries. Taking source material and interrogating it in such a way as to create something new. The source material may be a walk, photos, data, lyrics, a colour, to name a few. Creating in this way is intrinsic to who I am. It is the way I process the world around me and within me. The playful aspect to my practice is a key part of keeping me moving forward.

STYLE

My work is concerned with balance, space and abstraction and is often either highly complex or highly minimal in nature.

GOALS

To keep creating and learning. Engaging with new processes, ideas and media to push my work forward into new places. I want to put works out into the world that bring joy and inspire new perspectives. My hope is that all those engaging with my art, no matter their age or background, feel the freedom to experience and interpret each piece in their own way, consequently giving them a sense of ownership over the piece. Over time I hope to develop ways of helping others to engage with and develop their own creative practice.

PHILOSOPHY

Create freely work that inspires new perspectives and wonder pursue truth find beauty execute elegantly

Thank you, Ruth.

Artist page

Instagram: @ruthpowellioart

Web: ruthpowell.org

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In the Spotlight: Lutz Schoenherr

WHO

Born in 1953, afterleaving school I seriously considered to study art and design. But life turned out differently: I became a social worker/social scientist and in a second universitary education I becam a linguist.

WHAT + WHY

In 2007 I changed my life completely to finally become a fulltime artist. I spent some time joining courses in acrylic painting, later in a privat art school to learn basics in screen printing. All the “rest”: self studies, self training, self made…

STYLE

It’s all about colours and forms: nothing in nature is strongly geometrical, like squares, triangles or circles. But everything humans desingned follows these schemes. This is where I usually start. I use basically these rudimentary forms, repeat and change and repeat and change. I change only slightly in each step – but in the end sometimes you can hardly see any more, where it all came from. Sometimes you will get the impression 3-dimensional pictures, of dizzying dynamics. Sometimes you’ll associate crowds of people.

GOALS

My art is a never ending story. Working on one project, the next will turn up in my mind. A friend of mine put in these words: “I think, I know only 1 picture of you.” – But in reality it may have been the same subject, but in new shape and design. All the time. Allways unique and new.

PHILOSOPHY

There is no special purpose hidden in my work. I seem to be playing with forms and colours. But any viewer will be invited to see more “in” or “behind” my work. And come up with own conclusions about the reality he/she is living in.

FINAL STATEMENT

Playing is an important part of life.

Thank you, Lutz.

Artist page

Instagram: @infoswwapp.art

Web: graphic-art-work.com

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In the Spotlight: Myriam Glatt

WHO

I am an artist who lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I have always had a studio at home to be close and raise my daughters. I have a degree in architecture but shortly after training I went to live in California and took several art courses and when I returned I dedicated myself to applied art in decoration and commercial establishments. As an extra training I studied painting and art theory for 5 years at an alternative school Parque Lage where great Brazilian artists passed. Recently I graduated in Art / Philosophy at Puc Rj University because I missed studying theories to philosophize in my work.

WHAT + WHY

I always had doubts in which language to fix myself in painting or sculpture. When I decided to leave the traditional painting on canvas support, I choose cardboard as a support for my painting after realizing the excess of them discarded in the city and seeing in them a possibility to satisfy my desire to be a painting and sculptor in the same work.

STYLE

In the beginning, cardboard was a base for my organic paintings. 2 years ago I started looking at cardboard no longer as a means but as an end, a theme and from then on I became geometric. I left the squares, rectangles and tabs to move around in the wall sculptures of the Abamóvel series awarded in 2020. At the end of 2020 I return to the canvas bringing the geometric theme in the collages of the Arquimetrias series.

GOALS

My goal, now that I have reached a maturity of my production, is to circulate my work and show it to the greatest number of people. Lay people but mostly enter the art market through galleries and collectors.

PHILOSOPHY

Accept the mistakes that happen in the day-to-day of the studio, it is through them that you artist will build your poetics, adding or discarding, but start from a point and follow. Often the trash can is the most important element within the studio, and over time, creating maturity and deepening you will know what is your research or what ideas should be thrown away.

FINAL STATEMENT

If you think you can live without art, give up and don’t waste time. I tried to stop but I came back, this is one of the reasons that I will insist and dedicate myself. The fact that Hardedger.com noticed my work on instagram in the midst of so many images is a sign that it is worth making art in this life and especially in this difficult moment that we are living in, after all, being in lockdown isn’tgreat to be concentrate on?

Thank you, Myriam.

Artist page

Instagram: @myriamglatt

Web: myriamglatt.com.br

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In the Spotlight: Jasmina Krajacic

WHO

I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb; Croatia. I continued exploring techniques and materials in order to develop a distinctive style of my own. My style remains recognizable regardless of whether the work is purely abstract or is figurative with abstract elements. Throughout all of my works, I use strong lines bright colors geometric patterns, and dynamic shapes that suggest both depth and movement.

WHAT + WHY

As a child, I was averse to mathematics found myself naturally drawn towards geometry, and soon applied developed, good technical drawing skills through patient practice and study. Eventually, I was able to draw straight lines and perfect circles freehand. For the past 25 years, I have settled upon acrylic paints as my preferred medium. I have found them to be the best-suited option for my style of painting. Being quick to dry and providing a dead matt layer, I have settled upon acrylic paints as my preferred medium.

STYLE

My style is formed as a result of the conflict between ordinary daily life and my rebellious nature, searching for new challenges from the past or in the pop culture, related to my personal experiences and tendencies. I paint figurative motifs as well as abstraction, combining the shapes, mostly geometrical. Figurative subjects are intertwined with geometric shapes and overlapping/concentric circles. This method of working produces dynamism movement and often a modern spin on the psychedelic imagery of the 60s.

GOALS

I feel having been born with the gift of art was a privilege. To be enabled to have a career doing something I love makes me feel very fortunate. I am attempting through my work to brighten the lives of those that see it. Furthermore, I strive to use my art to inspire viewers of it to look at both the world and the people in it with a higher sense of hope and curiosity. I hope my work can make the possibility of perfect order clear; the complexity of reality and fantasy being brought together in order to form a thing of beauty.

PHILOSOPHY

Work hard every day, and progress in every way.

FINAL STATEMENT

Having lived through a civil war and seen the very worst of human nature has had a profound and lasting effect on me both personally and subsequently upon my work. Either through my use of color or subject matter, I’ve striven to present a more optimistic, hopeful, tolerant and happy vision of our future as a species.

Thank you, Jasmina.

Artist page

Instagram: @jasminakrajacic

Facebook: @Jasmina-Krajacic-Art-154364718036312

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In the Spotlight: Boceto-

WHO

I started painting graffiti at the beginning of the 90s and I studied on my own reading art and architecture books. I did work for graphic design, I am self-taught and for 7 years, have been doing canvas for 3 years and I have sent my works abroad. Now I’m doing muralism, learning what I can best and color studies. I am 39 years old.

WHAT + WHY

I work on geometric structures because I really like architecture and the games of colors that the city gives.

STYLE

It is a mixture of everyday actions, you move through geometry and I try to bring that to art, we live in constant movement.

GOALS

To keep learning, growing in knowledge, to give a better example of myself in art.

PHILOSOPHY

You can learn everything in life.

FINAL STATEMENT

I hope to continue growing as a person and as an artist to be able to deliver what I have learned in life.

Thank you, Boceto-.

Artist page

Instagram: @boceto_one

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In the Spotlight: Tim Novara

WHO

I live in San Diego, California and make art that is itself a process. At first glance the viewer isn’t quite sure what they’re looking at and they get drawn into each painting to try and figure it out.

WHAT + WHY

I create paintings that looks at specific spaces around the world, not in a literal representative manner, but rather in an analytical or diagrammatic one. Each painting is a process of trying to understand or interpret buildings, monuments, and pieces of the urban fabric as they relate to the individual. I studied architecture in college and have a love of urban design and history, so my paintings are an expression of my own curiosity.

STYLE

My style draws heavily on my architecture background and uses a lot of the techniques from that field. There are straight lines in pencil as the underpinning or structure of the painting, which come from city grids and building shapes. Color gets used in a diagrammatic way to highlight elements, fields, zones, paths of movement, etc. All of these elements get layered on top of each other, but the work maintains a very flat appearance like that of a traditional architectural drawing.

GOALS

My main goal is to keep pushing myself creatively and technically. I never want to be a person who is completely satisfied with what they just created. Another goal I have is to just connect with more artists. I like hearing about what people are making, why, and what drives them.

PHILOSOPHY

For me, art is the process of trying to understand, investigate, and interpret the relationships between the individual and the constructed world. It’s not about trying to create a particular image.

FINAL STATEMENT

When I started making art, I wanted it to have a positive impact on the world in some small way and not just be a picture on the wall. I decided that for every piece I sold, whether it was a tiny print or an original painting, I would donate a portion of the proceeds to a local non-profit organization. I call it my “art-for-good” mentality. Currently, I’m making donations to the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Thank you, Tim.

Artist page

Instagram: @timnovara

Web: timnovara.com

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In the Spotlight: Nichole Gronvold Roller

WHO

I am a full-time artist and high school art educator living in Illinois. Originally from Minnesota, I received my B.F.A. in Art Education from Minnesota State University of Moorhead. Later I continued with my education completing an M.A. in Art Education from Boston University, and an M.A. in Painting from Bradley University.

WHAT + WHY

I have a boss that I never met. Every morning I wake up with a list of ideas of what I want to accomplish in my art-making whether I have a deadline or not. It can be maddening at times always pushing myself but I would rather be this way than bored.

STYLE

My current style is geometric abstraction with organic undertones. I like the push and pull of both deep and flat spaces. Color is an important component of my process and often comes from my personal experiences and surroundings.

GOALS

A few of my goals are to never be dishonest with my art and quit when I have nothing left to say.

PHILOSOPHY

Do not fear rejections. Get used to them and know that everyone has their unique preference in art. Once you get past fearing criticism you are free to experiment and create whatever feels natural.

FINAL STATEMENT

At the beginning of the pandemic, I became very focused on working with hard-edge paintings. Some artists needed release and were expressive in their mark-making during this time. I found comfort and solace in creating well-crafted shaped paintings that possess clean, precise areas of color.

Thank you, Nichole.

Artist page

Instagram: @gronvold_roller

Web: nicholesgallery.com

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In the Spotlight: Marcio Norberto

WHO

I’m a self-taught artist from Brazil now based in London with a love for fashion, music, and photography.

WHAT + WHY

My current interest is the exploration of suburban landscapes which may not be noticed by the casual observer and to draw attention to details often missed. Playing with symbols, shapes, and geometric forms, I am inspired by abstract landscape and nouveau brutalism.

STYLE

Working with hard-edges, I create sharp lines and colour contrasts that form geometric structures. Using materials including acrylic, gesso, chalk, enamel and copper, my artwork represents an abstraction of the suburban landscape.

GOALS

To continue making art that will hopefully inspire others to see the beauty in the everyday ordinary.

PHILOSOPHY

My art is an invitation for those who want to take the trouble to see the world through my eyes; elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Thank you, Marcio.

Artist page

Instagram: @marcionorberto_nineteen78

Web: marcionineteen78.com

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In the Spotlight: Tim Oder (aka ReDo)

WHO

I am an artist, designer and engineer. I grew up in Moscow, Russia, where I studied physics and mathematics. At 20, I moved to Israel and entered an engineering program at Shankar. I left after 2 years – to become an industrial designer at HIT. During my studies, I was inspired by the Bauhaus movement and minimalism. As an artist, I strive to show strength and beauty in basic elements such as line, shape and color.

WHAT + WHY

I create paintings, murals and paper sculptures. I exploring visual field through line, shape, color and texture, because I believe that Art more than a matter of optical effects, art aspires to transcendence.

STYLE

Simplicity, clarity, leanness, lightness, transparency, balance.

GOALS

My goal is to explore visual language and create artwork which provide the viewer with experience that were powerful, revelatory, and transcendent.

PHILOSOPHY

Too much freedom leads to wasted time and efforts. Limitation brings focus and control.

FINAL STATEMENT

TRAIN YOUR SOUL and FOLLOW YOURSELF

Thank you very much, Tim.

Artist page

Instagram: @redo.yourself

Facebook: @redo.yourself

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