“Cities sway between true and false, flesh and spirit, noise and silence. They are powerful and liquid at the same time, maintaining a certain structure but struggling to survive.”
Croce Taravella is the most important Sicilian artist of the last half century. Between 1982 and 1985 he came into contact with Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Maurizio Cattelan. He began to develop a unique experimental style using concrete, oil paints and resins, which anticipates his major Land Art installations with concrete, iron, wood and rag-impregnated scrap, made in the mountains of the Sicilian hinterland.
Croce has exhibited at the 51st Venice Biennale and at the 10th and 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2014 the Sant’Elia Foundation in Palermo organized his first retrospective. His works are in the collections of the Guttuso Museum in Bagheria and of the Pinacoteca in Marsala.
Eva Di Stefano, Croce Taravella: Opere 1983-2004, Falcone, Palermo, 2004. “Croce Taravella”. First Class House Magazine. First Class House, 2020. “Croce Taravella @ Rome Art Week”. Rome Art Week (in Italian), 2020. “Croce Taravella. Fermo Immagine – Mostra – Palermo – Palazzo Sant’Elia”, 2016. “Croce Taravella, Pittore Siciliano Alla Biennale di Venezia”, 2016.
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Born in Santa Clara in Cuba in 1989, Luis E. Toledo‘ work opens a door to a dreamlike magical world, where he creates a parallel universe, a personal reflection of reality. The characters living there emerge from a personal unconscious state, converging in this esoteric world where they have conflicts, express their different ideas in their own language, have traditions and goals; all based on their individual essence. “Not satisfied by the world we live in, I create a surreal refuge that helps me face everyday life…For me, every piece is a representation of a living memory. I remove organic and physical presences from my world and transfer them into this magical place as a creative recourse”.
Luis believes that the influence received during childhood and throughout the years is relevant for one’s personal growth. As a child, he saw his father study the great artists from the Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque among others. At the same time, his imagination expanded seeing his mother giving life to characters from short stories and comic books. As an actress performing in children’s theaters, her ability to communicate through puppets and marionettes foster Luis’ need to find spaces beyond reality. His grandmother’s children’s stories also influenced him; in them, we often held the leading roles. The series “A dream within a dream” births these characters by connecting ideas from the artist’s imagination with their own thoughts and desires.
“Lucky 13”, Miami, EEUU “5 years in Heaven”, New York, EEUU Opening in Natchez, EEUU “Midnight in the Garden of God and Evil”
“No method to our madness” , Miami, EEUU “Idols of the Tribe”, Miami EEUU. Hotel Colonnade, Coral Gables, EEUU “Hallucinations” Miami, EEUU “Escorpio 1969” Miami, EEUU Los Angeles, California, EEUU
“Return to Order” , Miami EEUU
Los Angeles, California EEUU “Sueños Lúcidos”, Posada del Tepozteco, Tepotzlan,Mx. “Context” New York “Visual Therapy”, Miami EEUU COCO Art Gallery, Miami EEUU The Frank C. Ortis Gallery, Pembroke Pines, EEUU Context, Art Basel, Miami EEUU
“Spectrum”, Miami, EEUU “ART New York” “Magical Tranquility”, Miami, EEUU. ”Technique Art Fair” at Shelborne Hotel, Miami EEUU “Art Basel” , Miami EEUU
“ART New York” “ART Santa Fe” EEUU
“Hotel Occidental Miramar “Ciudad Habana, Cuba “ART New York” EEUU “ART Santa FE” EEUU San Diego, California, Miami, EE UU “Spectrum”, Miami, EEUU
“Hotel Quinta Avenida” Ciudad Habana, Cuba
“Hotel Presidente” Ciudad Habana, Cuba “Hotel Occidental” Ciudad Habana, Cuba
Participación en la 11 Bienal de La Habana. Ciudad Habana, Cuba
Salón Provincial de Arte. Galería Provincial de Artes Plásticas Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba “Viaje a la Semilla”. Galería Provincial de Arte. Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba Galería “Tacones Lejanos” Mejunje Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba Galería “Pórtico”, Asociación Hermanos Sainz. Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
Salón de Estudiantes de la Escuela de Instructores de Arte “Manuel Ascunce Domenech”. Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba Galería Provincial de Remedios, Villa Clara, Cuba
Salón de Estudiantes de la Escuela de Instructores de Arte “Manuel Ascunce Domenech”. Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
Awards, Mentions & Publications
2018 Publication in front Ccover COCO magazine 2017 Publication in “Estatusuio” magazine Ecuador 2017 Publication in “Estatusuio” magazine Ecuador 2016 Publication in “ Luxury The Art Issue” magazine EEUU 2016 Publication in “ Opulence’’ magazine EEUU 2016 Publication in “Art World news” magazine EEUU 2015 Participación en el documental de arte cubano “Alumbrones” realizado en Ciudad Habana, Cuba, se hizo el lanzamiento en EE UU 2015 Publicación en la portada del “The Wall Street Journal”, EE UU 2015 Publication in “Opulence Extreme Cuisine’’ magazine EEUU 2010 Colaboración con la revista “Guamo” Centro de investigación “Samuel Feijoo” de Santa Clara. Villa Clara, Cuba 2010 Colaboración con la revista “Guamo” Centro de investigación “Samuel Feijoo” de Santa Clara. Villa Clara, Cuba 2009 Gran premio en el 7 salón en la Escuela de Instructores de Arte “Manuel Ascunce Domenech” Santa Clara. Villa Clara, Cuba 2008 Premio y mención en el 6to Salón en la Escuela de Instructores de Arte “Manuel Ascunce Domenech” Santa Clara. Villa Clara, Cuba
A lifelong lover of the image, Dominique got her first camera when he was 15 years old. He became interested in photography out of curiosity, then this practice took more and more place until becoming his profession.
Since 2010, Dominique has been running his own studio.
He’s been teaching at the International University of Monaco since 2014 and is also teaching at the School of Fine Arts in Menton and at the prestigious Sciences Po school also in Menton, France. He joined the EDAA team in 2018 and became teacher and corrector.
His work is very often viewed in exhibitions in France and abroad. Dominique is also the French ambassador for Phottix and Samyang.
Vanitas was born of a desire to combine Dominique’s passion for photography and his deep admiration for the classical Masters of painting. It is an homage to Caravaggio and De La Tour, these artists who understood how light works and who set a new era in art. These undisputed masters of chiaroscuro not only knew how to depict light, but they also mastered perspective and composition like never before. This science of perspective and of illumination of its rendering on materials, its dramatic side, its modeling and the volumes it highlights is nothing other than a photographic work ahead of times.
Vanitas shows some of the recurrent themes in Baroque paintings combined with an extremely precise composition to remain as faithful as possible to the work of these Masters. The characters are isolated on dark backgrounds, leaving a feeling of closeness, intimacy. All underlined by a precise illumination and an impeccable composition.
This series was technically very demanding. In order to produce images that are faithful to Baroque paintings, several images had to be put together to recreate chiaroscuro specific lighting. Only lit with flash, some scenes needed up to seven images to recreate candle light. Then there was a precise work on color grading. Using painting technics, it was important to respect the specific look of oil painting and reproduce deep shadows and accurate luminosity.
1st public prize “PhotoMenton 2015”
2nd place at the Mouans Sartoux photo festival in 2016 and 2017
2nd place at the 2017 Draguignan photo festival
3rd public prize at the Photo Menton 2017 festival
1st prize “Contest Pixedo European Awards Best Studio Photographer 2017”
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