A Dutch artist working from Amsterdam Frans Muhren creates his sculptures from a variety of materials including wood, plastic and iron. He wants to “avoid clichés to create something that does not yet exist” and his use of color sets him apart.
These two talented artists began their furniture artistic venture in 1994, but their partnership began in Pietrasanta, Italy in 1986 as marble sculptors. Ingela Noren studied arts and crafts in Sweden and Daniel Grant studied art and philosophy on California. They were both accomplished artists before combining their talents to create functional art.
Lionel Chapital found his calling when he left San Francisco for New York City where he was introduced to glass work and apprenticed in the art under Milon Townsend, a renowned glass artist. He then moved to Spain where he further improved his craft and immersed himself into Spanish culture.
Graphic designer by day and an artist by night, Dan Voinea is a graduate of the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania. His most recent work was inspired in part by street-performers and while the paintings can be labeled as “realist”, they maintain an element of hyper-realism.
A native of South Korea, So Young Park graduated with a MFA in metal and jewelry design, both at Kon-Kuk University in Seoul and the Rochester Institute of Technology In New York. Currently, she is running her own jewelry and metals studio. She found inspiration for her collection in plant life and the sea life she grew up with in the small town where she grew up.
A living legend, Esther Wertheimer has exhibited her work all around the world and you can admire her large scale sculptures in Japan, Canada, Singapore, Shanghai, China, Australia and the United States. She began studying at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts when she was in her 30’s and soon she won many scholarships and grants including a one-year scholarship to attend the Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy.
Peggy Skemp grew up in family of environmentalists in rural southeastern Minnesota and you can see how much it influenced her work. She learned metalsmithing and gemology at The Gemological Institute of America and earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her jewelry is inspired by human anatomy and biology and maybe thanks to her natural science studies at De Paul University, it is extremely detailed.