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kiefer-200Anselm Kiefer (Germany, 1945-) Critic Simon Shama describes the neo-expressionist work of Anselm Kiefer; "Kiefer is incapable of doing anything trivial" and "contemporary art doesn't get any better than this." Born into war-torn Germany, Kiefer says his work is difficult and serious. The sculptor, painter and larger-scale installationist does not create entertainment or non-art like so many of his contemporaries, rather his works provoke a wide range of deep emotional responses.

Simon Schama on Anselm Kiefer | Alex Needham on Anselm Kiefer |Kiefer @ Wikipedia | Kiefer @ Yahoo Images



paulos-abuela-con-derrame-200Santiago Paulós (b.1983- Uruguay) Young Uruguayan Santiago Paulós is an extraordinary portrait painter whose style has morphed considerably over the past decade. His early works 2003-05 show an inclination towards deep, heavily textured somber palettes and serious poses ala Lucien Freud. As Paulós progresses, his works have evolved into loose and vibrant contemporary compositions. See for yourself by clicking through the images below.

To view more of Paulós' work, please visit his website  http://www.santiagopaulos.com/



Jiyen Lee


Korean artist, Jiyen Lee , studied at Goldsmiths Faculty of Arts, London, UK. His panoramic photographic works elicit references to Andres Gursky in scale and complexity. The also show similarities through their use of forms, patterns and the digital manipulation of either repetitive or symmetrical design elements.


donner-200Diego Donner (Montevideo, 1959-) is a materials painter, a painter's painter in the purest sense. While symbols and objects characterize much of his otherwise abstract work, Donner's work seems to emit unconscious spiritual underpinnings. Working primarily in the somber earthy tones so popular in the southern cone, the work is texturally organic, pure, and speaks to viewers on various planes even though he clearly defines a 2D space. Excellent work, Donner has exhibited widely both locally and internationally ever since his early days in the Nelson Ramos studio. For more information about Diego Donner, visit the artist's website at http://www.diegodonner.com


bassi-200Javier Bassi (Montevideo, 1964-) Although Javier Bassi has been exhibiting his works for decades and established an international following after stints in New York and Europe, we were particularly impressed by a 2011 solo exhibition at the National Museum of Visual Arts (MNAV.) Expansive minimalist canvasses primarly in black with white accents are actually very intricately prepared layers of newsprint and classified ads covered methodically with black print toner. The intimate connection with both the past and the present is prevalent in Bassi's work, accumulated nostalgic memories over time. Bassi's work seems dark and perplexing, appropriate for a thinking man's artist. Visit his blog at http://javierbassi.blogspot.com/