Artists

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Bartosz Kowal (b.1995 Poland) lives and works in Warsaw and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with an MFA in 2022. His artistic exploration is driven by affection for the quiet and the ordinary. He is inspired by found footage, which tends to evoke memories of a common moment encased and faded by the hectic nature of everyday life. Kowal depicts moments of stillness, often lacking context, leaving only a hint of circumstances attachable equally to a daily occurrence or a dream. For Kowal, being constantly distracted is an easily accessible pleasure, and he aims to counter this with stillness and ambiguity in his paintings.
Ryo Koike is a Japanese self-taught painter based in Berlin.

His artistic practice entails a translation of inner worlds, which include emotional, preconscious and translucid realities as well as charming arrangements and figurations His artistic practice permeates preconscious realms, fairy tales and the emotional movement of mind that translates into surreal landscapes and fusions that combine beings of this world and that of the supernatural.

The painting itself becomes a shift gesture in which the subject dissolves, and the paper absorbs the painter as if he were the essence of fluidity, temperature and colour. A dark, enchanted and multi-layered world is interspersed with recurring themes and motifs, each signifying distinct worlds within the body of Ryo’s work.

Within its frameworks, fantasy and reality coalesce – as they spark, transfix and interweave collective yet deeply personal imagination.

Erekle Chinchilakashvili was born on 21st May 1992 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a multidisciplinary artist. Concentrating on the intersections of reality and imagination, he attempts to explore human perception’s fragility, constant flux, and transformation. The young artist is active in different fields of media, such as painting, installation, and video. His works draw upon themes of individual and collective memory, cultural heritage, and anthropology.
Łukasz Stokłosa is a visual artist, painter. Born in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Poland in 1986. Based in Kraków, Poland.

Stokłosa graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 2010. His graduation work, entitled Death and Lust, was devoted to the motif of St. Sebastian in culture. His first individual exhibition was Winter’s Tale (2011) at the Zderzak gallery in Krakow, featuring works in which palace interiors, winter landscapes and portraits of film stars were kept in the artist’s favourite atmosphere of romanticism and decadence. In 2013, Stokłosa received the Lower Silesian Marshal’s Award in the Geppert Competition. In the following year, he was included in Kurt Beers’ compendium of 100 Painters of Tomorrow, published by Thames & Hudson London-New York, presenting a selection of the most promising contemporary painters. In 2015, he was featured at the exhibition Artists from Krakow, Generation 80-90 at the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow.

Eetu Sihvonen (b.1994) is an artist who lives and works in Helsinki. They often work with wood, metal, and objects created with digital tools like 3D modeling and animating. Sihvonen merges them into installations and singular works which are informed by traditional handicraft techniques, storytelling, and the world of role-playing games. Their works have been previously exhibited in the Community Centre in Paris, Holešovická Šachta in Prague, and Pitted Dates, Helsinki.

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Srijon Chowdhury (b. 1987 in Dhaka, Bangladesh) lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He highlights the structural role of symbolism in figurative painting and sculpture, while making a direct address to the viewer that feels visceral, emotional, and personal. He is concerned with the psychic resonances that motifs can generate. Using a lexicon of still life art – animals, flowers, fruit, and candles – his canvases capture a sharp yet sensuous tension between mystery and revelation, and between fear and hope.

Chowdhury refigures the world around us in emotive scenes that mine the history of representation. He combines both Realist and Symbolist tendencies in his application of a mythical overlay to domestic stories. Color, both vivid and muted, washes over his scenes to hypnotic effect; always in the foreground, color acts as a central protagonist in his work. He has said: “Color affects a person viscerally and quickly. I think about the chakras which begin with crimson that root us to this reality and this body.”

Srijon holds an MFA from the Otis College of Art and Design, and a BFA from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Romy Texier and Valentin Vie Binet, collectively known as Xolo Cuintle, navigate the realms of furniture, sculpture, and domestic spaces with their interdisciplinary works. Constructed from concrete, steel, and wood, their pieces encapsulate petrified scenes, evoking a sense of timeless, abandoned spaces.


Crafting complete domestic settings, Xolo Cuintle transforms each room into discreet spaces, continually re-interpreting, updating, and re-assembling their works. The assemblages revolve around furniture and decorative objects spanning various eras, forming families of styles that coexist and confront one another in harmonious dissonance. Utilizing both noble materials and substitutes, their objects strike a balance between completion and rawness. Through the successive montage of living-room settings, Xolo Cuintle aspires to achieve a unique form of harmony within their composite creations.

Romy Texier and Valentin Vie Binet live and work in Paris, France.

Before devoting himself to painting, Eli de Haas (b. 1999, Rotterdam) first studied photography. This shift in medium marks the first break with a form of representation of reality that would be seen as a single truth. Many of the recent works reflect a new evolution in the artist’s practice, who now prefers painting on wood to canvas. The rigidity of the surface allows him to multiply the number of layers, to scratch, to rub, to create and dissolve apparitions on the surface of the image, while maintaining the finesse of the material and the vibrancy of the colours. In this way, he further distances himself from a linear compositional framework whose sequential construction could be read at first glance. The image lives by itself, the hand moves faster than the mind, and what germinates for a moment in the painting may become an imperceptible spectre in a landscape that finally reveals itself before our eyes.
Roham Fayazi is a Berlin-based Iranian artist who creates expressionistic figurative works in oil on canvas and ink on paper, often exploring themes of mythology and embodiment. After working as a cinematographer in his hometown of Tehran, he received scholarships to pursue his passion and study painting abroad, first at the Academy of Fine Arts in Yerevan, Armenia, and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy from 2003 to 2007. In the years since, he has exhibited his work internationally, including several solo shows at the Art Center in Berlin from 2007-2010 and solo exhibitions in 2017 and 2018, titled respectively, “A Bad Land, but a Heroic One” and “Absenses” at the esteemed Dukley Gallery in Budva, Montenegro, where he was artist-in-residence under the mentorship of the legendary Russian gallerist, Murat Guelman. In addition to painting his own works, Roham has worked as an assistant to the acclaimed German stage designer and director Achim Freyer, helping to create set pieces for the production of “Siegfried” at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, “100 Years John Cage!” at the Staatsoper im Schiller in Berlin and “Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo” at the Staatsoper im Schillertheater in Berlin (season 2013/2014).
Wolfgang Günther (b. 1990, Munich) lives and works in Berlin. His artistic practice encompasses drawing and painting, with a focus on exploring fictitious scenarios through intense engagements with color and form. His works often intertwine figurative scenes with abstract compositions, featuring knights, mythical creatures, aliens, or monsters within mystical-abstract landscapes. Reminiscent of children’s drawings and comics, these motifs transport viewers into fantasy realms, offering commentary on daily life. The recurrent motif of the slightly helpless knight serves as both hero and anti-hero, symbolizing the uncertainties of contemporary human existence.

Günther’s creative process involves contemplation and control, where the unforeseeable and chance play pivotal roles in determining the outcome. Experimenting with various techniques, such as the use of liquid color, turning pictures between work steps, and employing quick, rough applications with brushes or spray paint, he achieves a focused chaos. The layering of color creates a relief-like surface, emphasizing the materiality of the painting. While some works display vibrant palettes, others adopt more subdued tones. Despite diverse methods, Günther’s signature style emerges, characterized by a dreamy, childishly playful atmosphere, subtle yet poignant humor, and a reflective approach to the medium of painting.

Christian John Munks (b.1985, he/him) studies at Funen Art Academy and lives and works in Copenhagen and Odense, Denmark. In his paintings he explores themes such as masculinity, loneliness, anxiety and vulnerability and their interconnectedness. His motifs are echoes of his surroundings and shadows of his friends and family. He finds inspiration in home recordings, world cinema, family photos, dreams and literature. The paintings take form over time and are constructed by various layers of distemper, pigments, charcoal and oil paint. The construction and deconstruction of layers is an integral part of the process and the ghosts of the earlier stages (pentimento) are just as important as the more visible top layers. 
Mateo Revillo (b. 1993, Madrid) navigates the intersections of contemporary abstraction, ancient history, and Mediterranean civilization in his art. Tracing a vast timeline, he connects primitive frescoes to the radical departure from rectangular formats seen in early Minimalism. His works strive to evoke a frenetic, immediate, and primal world, employing materials charged with energy and painted surfaces treated with a violent intensity, featuring knife cuts, burning wax, and unconventional wall fastenings.

Occupying a realm between painting and architecture, Revillo’s art aims at expanding the image beyond the painted surface, transforming the exhibition space itself. Embracing the concept of “pentimento,” he acknowledges the uncertainty within his artistic process, where elements blend seamlessly, reflecting regret and revision. This method allows painting to rewrite itself, borrowing from tradition while introducing new strips, grooves, colors, and techniques. His art becomes a perpetual rewriting of time upon its own body, holding the potential to transform materials into fresh manifestations even after completion.

TJ Rinoski’s work is an uncanny illusion touching on a humorous edge of his memory. He paints stories without clear narratives, as memories tend to be misleading and not always truthful. Rinoski’s images are preconceived and gathered from tattered handwritten notes that only make sense to him. The words inscribed on his pages refer to his own experiences, photographs, and the occasional film scene. 

Rinoski’s process starts with staining color on minimally gessoed canvas to create a dry foundation. By blotting his brush in a punch-like manner, he blurs color until a textured artifact emerges like a dusty postcard from your grandmother’s bookshelf. This matte texture mimics the palpable feeling of its subjects. 

While Rinoski’s works are derived from personal anecdotes, his paintings evoke shared experiences. Whether it is an elementary school field trip to the aquarium or watching sports on a sunday evening. The absence of details invites the viewer to momentarily live in the interpretation of his memories and build their own story within. Rinoski’s pieces convey the flexibility of a memory, that we are all mere visitors in the storytelling of one’s imagination.

Dennis Scholl (b. 1980, Hünfeld, Germany) resides and works in Berlin, showcasing a fascinating artistic evolution from monochrome pencil drawing to vibrant color on canvas. Beginning with chalk and crayon in 2015, he gradually transitioned to pastels, colored pencils, and, since 2017, fully embraced the oil paint technique. Scholl’s compositional intricacy invites viewers to navigate his paintings incrementally, uncovering hidden corners and assembling narrative fragments into captivating collages. Faces, bodies, plants, and organic elements converge in his cohesive compositions, offering an enigmatic, multilayered universe. In Scholl’s realm, viewers encounter characters with both humor and strangeness, gaining insight into their quarrels and romances. Hair and tongues morph into trees, and human forms pose amid metamorphic tapestries and meandering landscapes. Engaging with Scholl’s art means connecting with a circulatory system beyond the human, exploring visible and invisible connections, and experiencing the undulating energy of nature’s forces.

Dennis Scholl’s artistic prowess gained early recognition during his studies at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, culminating in exhibitions at major institutions such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Since then, his work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows, both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in New York City and at the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Berlin.

Nora Isabelle Zielinski, (b. 1990, Duesseldorf, Germany), is a versatile artist who combines classical painting as main medium with media and spatial installations in her work. Her artistic career began in Paris, where she spent her school years. She first studied fashion design in London and Duesseldorf before starting her studies at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf in 2018.

She lives and works in Berlin and Duesseldorf. Selected exhibitions include: Machines for seeing…, Brunette Coleman, London (2023), Es gibt sehr wenig Gesetze, Werkhaus, Berlin Art Week (2022), Project Mayhem, ES365, Duesseldorf (2022).

Night Walks

Tadashi Toyama’s (b.1985, Nagano) work naturally combines his idiosyncratic experiences with imagination, reality with fiction, and nature with culture to construct a unique visual world of his own. Intuitively blending colours, contours and compositions on canvas, he creates paintings that embody a strong sense of vibrancy. Toyama holds an MFA (Akademie Brief and Meisterschüler) from the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, and he has been exhibited at Y Art Gallery (Port of Spain, 2022), Kunstverein Bad Godesberg (Bonn, 2022), Kunst im Hafen (Düsseldorf, 2021), K21 Kunstsammlung NRW (Düsseldorf, 2020), and Open White Gallery (Berlin, 2020) among others. Toyama lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Søren Arildsen (b. 1996, He/Him ) is a Danish painter based in Copenhagen, currently studying for their MFA at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Working mostly with painting, drawing and ceramics, Arildsen tends to favour a figurative visual language to explore ideas. By embarking on an exploration of the interconnections between nature, memory, and the enigmatic realms of imagination. Through his work, he strives to unravel the intricate narratives that exist within the realms of landscapes, figures, and the ethereal spaces they inhabit.
Drawing inspiration from personal experiences, cultural influences, and the fleeting moments of everyday life,  Arildsen’s artistic process becomes a channel for introspection and reflection. By delving into the depths of memory and perception, aiming to capture the essence of fleeting impressions, the subtleties of light, and the intangible colourful emotions that permeate the human experience.
Thorben Gröbel (DE/93) is an architect and designer based in Berlin, his work is centered around the idea that spaces are constituted of various material and immaterial elements, agents, political factors and economical flows, that together create a whole. Consequently he aims to find entry points to gently intervene in an idiosyncratic aesthetic, yet consistently critical mode.
The work of Lukas Gschwandtner engages with the scale and measurement of the human body and its interaction with space, furniture and objects in both a historical and a contemporary context. He investigates the body language that a piece of furniture suggests and how this proposal is interrupted and repurposed by its use.
Hanae’s work is an autobiographical record of their experience of the world and the relationships they see and have with people around them. They seek to probe reality or what is commonly perceived as real. They are very interested in how culture influences perception and knowledge. It is this authenticity, regardless of how mundane, aged, unattractive, or unconventional it may be, that they find the most beautiful in portraiture.
Tadashi Toyama’s (b.1985, Nagano) work naturally combines his idiosyncratic experiences with imagination, reality with fiction, and nature with culture to construct a unique visual world of his own. Intuitively blending colours, contours and compositions on canvas, he creates paintings that embody a strong sense of vibrancy. Toyama holds an MFA (Akademie Brief and Meisterschüler) from the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, and he has been exhibited at Y Art Gallery (Port of Spain, 2022), Kunstverein Bad Godesberg (Bonn, 2022), Kunst im Hafen (Düsseldorf, 2021), K21 Kunstsammlung NRW (Düsseldorf, 2020), and Open White Gallery (Berlin, 2020) among others. Toyama lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Nicolas Zanoni was born in 1995 in Paris. He graduated from industrial design at La Cambre and now works between Paris and Brussels. His practice is based on a research process that leads to object shaped by listening to materials. He has a thoughful approach, working only with materials over-produced by the industry.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia’s collaboration starts at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, where they studied Interior Design together, between 1997 – 2003. In 2007, soon after graduating, Janberidze and Toloraia established the first female-run studio in Tbilisi, Georgia working primarily on collectible objects and designing various architectural spaces.

At the Edge of Everything

José Cuevas is a Mexican Berlin based photographer.
Barry Llewellyn (b. 1998) is an Irish designer, currently based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Barry received his BA from Design Academy Eindhoven, during which he established his practice centred around creating experimental objects for interior space. Often starting with remains as diverse as broken ceramic and discarded plastic, he balances a juxtaposition between the artefacts we consider waste and those that we treasure dearly. By binding these materials together, he grows new forms which are rich in colour, texture and diversity to shape stories that are both materially and socially relevant to our time.
Bram Vanderbeke is a Ghent-based, Belgian artist/designer. He graduated from the Design Academy, Eindhoven in 2016, complementing a prior training in Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent. His practice is diverse but consistent and stands out for its material, sculptural and monumental qualities.

Bram explores and transforms the possible interactions between an object, its architectural environment and its user, further challenged by raw materiality, form and functionality. His works are in the same time autonomous artistic manifestations and utile solutions, an ambiguity Bram deliberately aims for. He creates his Architectural Objects and rhythmic installations in varying dimensions, both in private and in public contexts. The works often influence the spatial perception of the environment they become part of, sometimes by extending an existing space through creating a new space within it.

Daniella Mooney is a South African artist currently living and working in Berlin. Mooney received a BA in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been included in the following exhibitions: Hot Mess, Prince Charles, Berlin (2020); AKAA, edition 4, Paris (2019); Re-Imagined Realities, OPEN 24 HRS, Cape Town (2019); Rocks, gallery, gallery in partnership with the gallery, Johannesburg (2019); Salad, SMITH, Cape Town (2018); All things Being Equal, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (2017); Design Miami/Basel, with Southern Guild, Florida (2016); Design Miami/Basel, with Southern Guild, Basel (2015); Outside the Lines: An Exploration of Abstract Materiality, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town (2012).
Vilmer Engelbrecht’s work is preoccupied with time and fragmentation. Below Elbow draws on personal memories, of a photograph of friends, in an exploration of record making. At the centre of the composition two figures look out over the expansive landscape, operating in a liminal space, the artist explores the passing of time through transition of childhood to adulthood.

He views his gestural figures as a vehicle for expression – conveying their own emotional states, but also symbolic of the psychology of the landscape.

Yasmin Bawa is a berlin based artist creating sculptures, furniture and interior spaces.

Drawing on careful observation of the topology of space she works sculpturally to explore the use of natural materials and traditional hand building techniques. Her work is created through a slow and layered process that allows space for meditation and reflection. Her sculptural installations create a world that we can enter, where object and user are seen as equal entities. Her forms articulating the voids and contours that exist between the body and its environment.

Her current work is an exploration into hemp lime, a term for the basic mixture of hemp shiv, clay and lime binder. together they tell a story of strength, renewability and versatility; fusing traditions of primitive and historical technologies to contemporary ideas for sustainability.

Noah Schneiderman’s paintings serve as mirrors to their inner life and as objects of spiritual utility. A guiding force in their practice is the act of co-creating with the “Other.” Assuming the role of a listener, they respond to chance and incidental mark-making, intuiting forms and arriving at discovered imagery. These discoveries play a vital role in cultivating an understanding of self and the world. This convergence of the internal and external realms acts as a bridge, revealing truths and raising questions about the essence of humanity and existence. Informed by nature, memory, and the mystical, their works aim to brush against that which lies just beneath the surface of everyday life.
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