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Interview: Sara Hupas

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Interview: Sara Hupas

Luca Curci talks with Sara Hupas during ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 5TH EDITION 2017.

Sara Hupas was born in 1987 in Prudnik (Poland). She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts Jan Matejko in Krakow at the Faculty of Sculpture. In 2017 she received a diploma (awarded with a medal), in the Sculpture Studio IV, conducted by Prof. Józef Murzyn. Annex to the diploma at the Sculpture Studio in Metal under the direction of Prof. Krzysztof Nitsch and in the Drawing Studio III, run by Prof. Ewa Janus. In the years 2007-2010 she was a student at the Opole Art Institute in the field of Artistic Education in the Field of Fine Arts, where she obtained a Bachelors degree in 2011, in the studio of Prof. Marian Molendy. Her works have been presented at many group exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including Arte Laguna Prize in Venice, Art Prize CBM in Turin, VI International Textile Triennial in Serbia.

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interview: Luz Bañón

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interview: Luz Bañón

Luca Curci talks with Luz Bañón during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Luz Bañón, pseudonym of María Luz Ruiz Bañón, was born in Murcia (Spain) in 1969. Multidisciplinary artist from Murcia who experiences his artistic work in disciplines such as painting, sculpture or video-installation. Graduated in Fine Arts by the Faculty of Murcia and Higher Technician in Plastic Arts and Design in Arts Applied to Sculpture by the School of Art of Murcia, receiving the first extraordinary prize of the Region of Murcia awarded by the Ministry of Education and Universities of the CARM in this specialty. She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Murcia (Spain). In the last few years, he has held several important individual exhibitions and has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. Committed to research, she works on the relationship between landscape-art-culture from different disciplines such as video and painting.

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Interview: Yulianus Yaps

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Interview: Yulianus Yaps

Luca Curci talks with Yulianus Yaps during PLACES and SPACES of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Yulianus Yaps is the artist name of Julianus. He was born at Belinyu village, Bangka Island, Indonesia. When he was born his country was only five years free from colonialism from the Dutch and Japanese colonialism . His country became independent in 1945. the political situation was not stable and the country is still poor. He was the youngest of 12 brothers. At the age of 5 his father passed away, his mother replaced his father as the head of the family. To finance the family’s life his mother made a wet cakes. Since he was 7 years old he helped his mother sell cakes to the age of 16, so he became late going to school. At the age of 13 a Dutchman named Hermanus was assisted him to join in the Catholic school Xaverius I. Because he was 13 years old, he immediately sat on class III. Three years later, at the age of 16 he graduated from elementary school. He wanted go to high school but because his mother was unable to pay, he finally did not continue school. After not going to school, his daily activities toured the city looking for used viny recorder dishes and then painted landscapes using wood paint and sold them on the roadside. He spent among 2 years as a street painter .

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Interview: Gloria Keh

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Interview: Gloria Keh

Luca Curci talks with the artist Gloria Keh, the winner of HONORABLE MENTION of ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 5TH EDITION 2017.

Gloria Keh is Born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon, in 1952, she was exposed to art from childhood. Her late father, the oil painter, Martin Fu, was her first art teacher, and since the family was dead pan poor, Gloria began to sell her artworks on paper when she was in primary school, to supplement her pocket money. Her father always encouraged her to paint with abandon and not to be afraid to express. He said that there were no mistakes in art, and encouraged her to delve into abstract art. To go beyond form. As it was difficult to earn a living as an artist, Gloria took on other forms of employment, but her heart was always with her art. More than 50 years later, Gloria founded Circles of Love, in 2008, an art-based non-profit charity outreach programme, using her art in the service to humanity.

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Interview: Marek Jaśkowiec

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Interview: Marek Jaśkowiec

Luca Curci talks with Marek Jaśkowiec during PLACES and SPACES, the second and third appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018, in Venice.

Jaśkowiec, in full Marek Jerzy Jaśkowiec, was born in Myslenice near Cracow, in Poland, in 1974. He studied interior design, Maintenance architecture as well as painting in Cracow (1999-2003). Unruly artist who changed schools and workshops many times. He has never belonged to any artistic organization or group. As he says, he respects the heritage of academic art. He gained reliable workshop and education thanks to it; however, he chose his own, more difficult path. A complete independence and creative freedom. Without any influences and inspirations from other artists: ” we consist of the same kind of particles, energy. Everyone has got their Japan and Moon inside. All you need to do is reach it, walking the bumpy road “. He stays in various countries, various cities. He lived in Italy, England, Sweden. For many years he was experimentig with different techniques. Now he concentrates on his own speciale technique. In 2004, he mounted a big individual exhibition at Wawel Royal Castle ( Cracow, Poland ). The exhibition at Wawel Royal Castle speaks for itself. Of course there were next big exhibitions and projects in Poland, Germany, England, Sweden, Japan. Paintings of the artist can be found in private collections throughout the world, government offices, as well as in the of museum collections.

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Interview: Emmanuel Monzies

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Interview: Emmanuel Monzies

Luca Curci talks with the artist Emmanuel Monzies, winner of the Painting Category of ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 5TH EDITION 2017.

Emmanuel Monziès is transposing living material like plants and bodies on paper or on canvas with a predilection for monotypes. This complex living world we neglect, if not destroy, is revealed by shadows, imprints and drawings. “Printing life” is becoming the common thread of his artworks. “Rebel Plants” is one of his last exhibition: These monotypes transform imprint of plants into abstraction. The printing plate is reused several times with additional inking and drawings which create an intriguing complexity from successive compositions. “Single Pose” was an exhibition a few years ago with a unique model painted with the same point of view. Acrylics, etchings, inks and watercolors were medium used to explore this single pose. Each artwork became a piece in a chain link which question us about perception. The tree has also been a research theme in recent months with the exploration of tortured forms of trunks and branches using various techniques such as ink, watercolor or monotype. These artworks have been presented at personal and collective exhibitions in France, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Dubai and other countries.

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Interview: Bernhard Lang

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Interview: Bernhard Lang

Luca Curci talks with the artist Bernhard Lang, the winner of HONORABLE MENTION of ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 5TH EDITION 2017.

Bernhard Lang is born in 1970 in Crailsheim in the South of Germany. From 1993 he’s based in Munich. He is married and has two sons. From 1993-1996 he made an official 3 year apprenticeship as photographer at Photostudio Anker, a photostudio specialized in advertising photography in Munich. After the apprenticeship, from 1996-2000 he worked as a freelance photo-assistent for various international freelance photographers in advertising and fashion photography. From 2000 he is working as freelance photographer. Until 2010 he was mainly doing people / advertising photography for various international clients. From 2010 Photographer Bernhard Lang is working on his project “Aerial Views”. He takes aerial photos out of open doors of helicopters or other small aircrafts. The Aerial Views project received numerous awards, such as 1st place at Sony World Photography 2015, 1st place International Photography Awards (ipa) 2015 and was nominated for Prix Pictet 2016. Lang has had work published in Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN and Wired and has produced artistic content for Apple, Aston Martin, Carnival Cruiseline, Akris. He’s aiming to find interesting looking patterns and structures on the surface of our planet. He also takes particular interest in capturing images, that show the impact of human’s activities on the nature and environment. Lang’s images free us from the bonds of gravity and allow us to take a more detached look at the world and our effect on it — both good and bad. It is this duality that lang is most interested in investigating through his work, the strange balance between beauty and destruction, and the ongoing struggle for symbiosis between human kind and the earth we inhabit. He is using a medium formate camera to receive high-resolution files to be able to print large-scale photographs, and thereby to differ from the minor chip resolution of consumer drones. Lang’s work has been shown in several exhibitions worldwide, and his exclusively limited, museum quality Fine Art Prints are held in corporate and private collections.

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