International Women Artists
3 July - 30 October 2020
Official Opening 3 July at 11 pm.
My Linh Mac
Camilla Texeira Nunez Dutra
Elaine T. Nguyen
MY LINH MAC, VIETNAM
is a multi-media artist, visual designer and art educator based in Chicago. Mac is best known for her digital paintings, traditional oil paintings and her series of contemporary ‘galactic /no-brush’ paintings-Ranbu. As an accomplished painter, her works portray beauty in humble places with her signature style of deep and vibrant accent colors. While Mac’s paintings have varied genres, from conceptual, abstract, and figurative to contemporary, her digital and visual design works are commercial.
Mac discovered nontraditional techniques bring further variety to her paintings through the use of color ma-nipulation and the manipulation of materials and presentation platforms. Her niche is the ability to produce art within one medium that looks as if it were created within a different medium. Each of Mac’s artworks “speak for itself”, her unique approach of combining elements and medium gives her the credibility of an inventive artist and visual designer. What makes her work stand out among young emerging artists is how she incorporates not only technical skills and knowledge from multiple creative fields of design, art, and technolo-gies; but also, her personal experience and cultural exposure from different parts of the world as a traveler.
Mac is originally from Vietnam and pursued her art education in Singapore, Australia, and the United States.
Mac received her Bachelor of Art in Digital Media & Painting in 2016 from Valparaiso University and her Master’s in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2019 Mac’s multi-media artworks are represented by En Foco and RubberNeck Gallery in Chicago, Mona Niko Gallery- California,
Brauer Museum- Indiana, Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery- Australia, INTACT international- Canada,
Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum- South Korea and in many private collections across the United States and around the world. Through her creative works, she is currently a member of National Oil and Acrylic Painting Society (NOAPS), Oil Painting of America (OAP) and jury committee member of International Biennial of Contemporary Art & Design for Lorenzo Il Magnifico Award & The Leonarfo Da Vinci Award in Florence Biennale, Italy.
FEDERICA FRATI, ITALY
was born in Brescia in 1977 where she lives and works. She graduated from art school Foppa where she learned the main artistic techniques.
After two years of attendance at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, she graduated
in art at the University of Milan in modern literature. Since 2009 Federica creates
engraving prints at the Luciano Pea laboratory.
In parallel to the works of engraving, the artist produced, from 2010 paintings following models and techniques of medieval painting: the synthesis and the solemnity of some frescoes, the non-descriptive urgency, the glimmers of gold, and “verdaccio” backgrounds, mark the pictorial production of Federica. The sign becomes prevalent and predominant in her paintings as in her prints, so often the paintings and engraving prints were exhibited together.
ERICA ENTROP, USA
was born in Roswell, New Mexico and graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with her BFA. While attending the university, she participated in the Land Arts of the American West program through which she was able to being defining her own style working under the guidance of artists Erika Osborne and Bill Gilbert. After completing her studies, she began traveling across the United States exhibiting in different locations including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.
While living in Los Angeles, she began creating her most current collection. Working with galleries in Santa Monica, she began to develop a theme focused on public spaces and personal interactions. Traveling on the public transit system in Los Angeles was a unique experience as it is a large city whose population generally does not rely on the trains or buses to get around. This relationship inspired her investigation into these shared spaces and their affect on our experience of place.
After connecting with an artist from Havana, Cuba, she now lives part- time in Cuba creating new works that capture a different perspective on the same theme. In collaboration with artist Darwin Estacio Martinez, she has participated in the 13th Annual Havana Biennial, in Havana Cuba and the 25th Romerias de Mayo in Holguin, Cuba.
Her work is based on a series of images she captured while riding public transportation. The original theme dealt with the nature of public spaces and the behavior of individuals while using the Los Angeles mass transit system. She has recently relocated to Havana, where she is evolving this concept and working to incorporate more perspectives.
KYONG-JU PARK 朴朴珠, KOREA/GERMANY
born 1968, Seoul) graduated from the Printmaking Department, Collage of Fine arts, Hongik University in Korea and got a Master degree of film and photography from the HBK Braunschweig in Germany. Since when she studied in Germany, she has worked on
'migration'. She worked as a visual artist, filmmaker, playwright, theater director, journalist and social designer. She is an artist involved in diverse fields such as art, media art, experimental film, playwriting, photography, and journalism. Her major art projects are Internet Broadcast for Migrants in Korea, Salad TV, Social Theater Salad, real time play and film project titled <Theater without Actor> and <Yeosu Begging Middle and End>.
Currently, she is focusing on production and distribution of multicultural creative contents as a President of creative group Salad.
Kuong-Ju Park about her work ‘Migrant workers in Berlin (1999)’:
"I did not have a concrete idea to work on the theme of 'migration' or migrant workers' when I first started the photographs in 1999 While trying to find ways to resist discriminations that I witnessed in Berlin, I just wanted to picture migrant workers.
I decided the Berlin Immigration Bureau as the shooting place for my photographs. The Immigration Bureau is the place where every foreigner living in Berlin has to visit for his or her residence permissions. Foreigners experience insults at the place and the offended memories are usually strong enough to remain as unforgetful ones. Visiting the place gives us clear answers to such questions as 'who we are' and 'where we came from.' I visited the Immigration Bureau office every day and took pictures of migrant workers who visited there. I asked them to 'pose' in front of a camera rather than photographing them unnoticed. 'Posing' means that the photographed watches the 'unknown watcher' through the lens of the camera. For two months, I visited the Immigration office at the time of
opening. At the beginning. I had difficulties to ask people for a photograph but soon I could meet many people who were willing to be portrayed. As a way to return my gratitude for their permissions, I sent them their photographs of a postcard size by mail." - Kyongju
RADOSLAVA HRABROVSKA, SLOVAKIA
She studied at the Department of Fine Arts Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she graduated in 2002. Her work is very fruitful, expressive, using experiment, as if it records everyday life in the form of graphics, sculpture and current and soft sculptures. Her passion also includes book illustration. She has presented at several exhibitions at home and abroad. participated also several international art competitions and symposia, most recently in China and the Czech Republic. She was nominated for the Biennial of Graphic Arts where she played the role of women at international exhibitions in Bucharest, China, USA ...
Since 2004 he has been working at High school of Fine Arts Hlohovec in the studios of drawing and graphics.
BARBARA NATI, ITALY/BRITAIN
Born in Rome, Italy in 1980.
Lives and works between Britain and Italy
Over the last decade Barbara Nati’s work has faced social and environmental
issues with a very personal approach where history, visual art and advertising
approach mix up in new formula where art fulfills its goal becoming a playful
tool, speaking in a versatile and universal alphabet.
Every setting, as a matter of fact, invites the viewer to look again at those things
we take for granted while pulverizing the naïve trust in what we consider real
but may be not.
The thick messages concentrate on the idea of “inversion”, that is, on the
possibility of offering to the spectator the opposite point of view from the
expected or predicted one.
In her attempt to analyze the chaos reigning underneath the surface of reality
she combines conceptually interesting visual landscapes that blur fantasy and
The technical skills through which Barbara achieves her result provide a
primary role to the editing phase instead of the shooting itself.
On the other hand, the picture cannot be properly defined artificial; far from
being the result of a digital technique, it is the propaedeutic condition that
opens up to the possibility of digital intervention.
Barbara Nati’s oeuvre lies beyond what is commonly intended as photography,
mostly standing out for its estranging effect.
Her profoundly lyric investigation takes shape through a wise and skillful use
of digital and technological tools.
Her language always hovers between poetic and ironic, delivering essential
social and ethical messages, with a particular focus on environmental issues.
JENNY CHERNANSKY, U.S.A.
Drawing from historical, symbolic, religious and mythological imagery, Jenny Chernansky traces anew an ontology of woman representation and inequality, by translating contemporary feminist ideas into installations where new media is often paired with traditional techniques. Using mixed media painting and photography, the inner landscape of our minds is explored weaving a labyrinth of dream-like images. Concepts of the shadow self, feminine archetypes, and cross-cultural symbolism are often present. Allusions to the past are while being brought into a contemporary and futuristic context; incorporating the past with the future, creating a friction and symbiosis between the two. Other themes include the transformation of the female archetype of the virgin/whore dichotomy which pervades most of western art and religion.
Jenny has attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and has received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
CAMILA NUNEZ, BRASIL
Born in the countryside of Rio Grande do Sul/BR, lives in the city of Santa Maria, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in visual arts at PPGART/UFSM. She’s got her bachelor degree in visual arts and has experience in areas of drawing, photography, installation, ceramics and tattoo art. The focus of her master’s research is the traces of the body throughout its movement. Among her artistic references are Jackson Pollock, Francis Alÿs, Claudia Comte and Carla Chaim.
The line as drawing and projects was present in the work that the artist developed since graduate school. In the beginning being a min part of the abstract draws, done only through the line’s movement and the later from a physicality of the string, a broader creation was made possible, with the movement if the body becoming a main element in the making of the drawing that ends up being a reframed through actions that take the body as a brush to draw on a surface installed in the exhibition space. Such photographs presented involve and are the results of such actions involving the drawing, support and the body itself.
ELAINE T. NGUYEN, U.S.A.
is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist living in the SF Bay Area. She is a curator, activist, and community builder, working to connect Asian creatives in the Bay Area and has curated the show Conversations in Identity which was located at The Salesforce Tower, blending art and technology. She is born from Vietnamese refugees who have instilled a fierce dedication to achieving the American Dream. Her work centers around mental health and intimate relationships. Elaine is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned a dual degree in Painting and Humanities.
STÉPHANIE POPPE, BELGIUM/FRANCE
Born in 1984 in Antwerp, Stéphanie P.J.E. Poppe is a paper & embroidery artist,
influenced by her family’s history (textile industry during the 20th century).
Occasionally, she likes to implement techniques from her profession into
her artwork. Besides creating art, she’s professionally active as a writer & restorer/
conservator of works on paper.
Stéphanie lives and works between Belgium & France.
Since 2013, she started developing her own artistic style, calculated yet intuitive, always remaining curious about the synergistic relationship between art and architecture, nature and culture, history and the present. The harmonious state of coexistence between a more permanent condition and the ephemeral. Like a spider, she creates intricate yet minimalistic structures that reflect this fragile equilibrium.
SHANIE PRASAD, FIJI/NEW ZEALAND
Born in Lautoka , Fiji and currently based in South Auckland, New Zealand and studying full time at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. She mostly works with mixed mediums and found objects, she finds the way materials feel and testing their limits, strengths and
weaknesses interesting and engaging. Similar to the way she enjoys analyzing human behaviour and understanding peoples nature. Her work is a balance between complex layering, depth, texture and fun, playful colours and comedy. Her key interests can be
found within the services that art provides to our society.
ZUZANA PETRÁKOVÁ, SLOVAKIA
Born in 1983. She works with panting, predominantly with oils. Working with canvas pushes her to dive into her psyche and connect to the outer world at once. Zuzana’s primary focus is investigating the expressive forms and nuances of an intimate relationship. Each work contains a multitude of intense moments, feelings and experiences. Relationships, as well as solitude, are mirrors of the human soul. Searching for oneself and subsequently creating one's identity are fascinating subjects for her.
Visually her works evolved from years of exploring abstract painting. Usually, she is working simultaneously on more paintings, layering paint on canvas and allowing work to gradually reveal itself. Conscious and slow work with a brush allows her to be present in a moment.
Previously working in different fields, creative work has become her core focus and she has settled down in visual arts. She enjoy's sharing her vision and wishes to continue her life journey as an artist.
Zuzana currently lives in Bratislava, Slovakia.