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Monica E. Kupfer

Panamian painter. A graduate of the University of Panama’s Architecture School, he became a full time painter following his first solo exhibition in 1979. From 1980 to 1983 he studied at the Art Students League in New York, his only formal training as an artist. Alfaro is best known for his beautifully rendered oil paintings but has also produced drawings, pastels and three-dimensional pieces. His first images were portraits of young women surrounded by surreal elements or in dream settings. From ...

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Francis Summers and Martin R. Patrick

Belgian-born interdisciplinary artist, active in Mexico. He studied architecture at the Institut d’Architecture de Tournai in Belgium (1978–83) and at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice (1983–6). Alÿs moved to Mexico in 1987 and his art practice initially concentrated on Mexico City as a laboratory of urban living, often documented in the form of evocative, conceptually layered photographs, sculptures, and videos. In the slide series ...

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Robert M. Craig

American architectural firm incorporated in 1977 by Bernardo Fort-Brescia (b Lima, Peru, 19 Nov 1950), Laurinda Hope Spear (b Rochester, MN, 23 Aug 1950), Hervin Romney (b Havana, Cuba, 9 Feb 1941), Andres Duany (b New York, 7 Sept 1949...

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Jorge Glusberg

Argentine sculptor and architect. After studying architecture he began in 1967 to make multiple colour projections of shadows, continuing in 1968 to work with light apparatuses. He then travelled on a French Government scholarship to Paris, where he began to create multiple superimposed images using acrylic shapes laid on top of flat mirrors. He became involved with the ...

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Jorge Glusberg

Argentine painter, draughtsman and collagist. She studied at the Escuela Provincial de Artes Visuales in Paraná and at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes ‘Ernesto de la Cárcova’ in Buenos Aires. Taking the cue for her well-crafted works from Surrealism but concentrating her attention on fortuitous encounters in everyday life, she fluctuated between a meticulously detailed photographic realism and an artificial imagery of old porcelain dolls and turn-of-the-century postcards, posters and advertising handbills. Generally working in series, she combined the sinister and the humorous, sometimes in a single work, as in ...

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Mexican, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Guadalajara.

Painter, sculptor. Figures, scenes with figures, circus scenes.

In 1971, Alejandro Colunga gave up studying architecture in order to join a circus.

He depicts figures, magicians, imaginary creatures and incredible scenes which border on caricature and display elements of Expressionism, Surrealism and a fantastical imagination. His technique is very elaborate and displays a particularly rich appreciation of colour, harmony and contrast. He beautifies ugliness, horror and the monstrous....

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Milan Ivelić

Chilean painter, printmaker and video artist. He studied architecture at the Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and printmaking at Taller 99, a workshop in Santiago run by Nemesio Antúnez, where he explored new technical methods for representing machine imagery and energy. In 1962 he travelled to Spain and then to Paris, where he studied at ...

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Mexican, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active also active in the USA.

Born 1958 or 1959, in Muzquiz (Coahuila).

Painter.

As a young man, Julio Galan moved to Monterrey in northern Mexico. From 1978 to 1982 he studied architecture.

Galan was an admirer of Frida Kahlo and his painting shows similarities with her work. He uses themes of popular and Mexican Catholic imagery but always with a Surrealist irony, combining these with other images, intimate evocations, children's illustrations and Pre-Columbian icons. It is often difficult to find a common meaning in his work as the temptation to see it as simply narrative is thwarted by the clear interplay of mysterious associations....

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J. Harwood

Mexican painter. Galán moved with his family to Monterrey in 1970 and after studying architecture there in 1978–82 became a full-time artist. Following a trip to New York in 1984, during which he met Andy Warhol, Galán subsequently spent part of each year in the USA. Known for his figurative paintings with collages and added objects, Galán is one of a generation of Mexican artists including Nahum B. Zenil (...

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Gensler  

Sara Stevens

American architectural firm started by Arthur Gensler Drue Gensler, and Jim Follett in 1965 in San Francisco, CA. M. Arthur Gensler jr (b Brooklyn, New York, 1935) attended Cornell University to study architecture (BArch, 1957). The firm began doing build-outs for retail stores and corporate offices, and initially established itself in the unglamorous area of interior architecture. Thirty years later and without mergers or acquisitions, it had grown to become one of the largest architecture firms in the world, having pioneered the global consultancy firm specializing in coordinated rollouts of multi-site building programmes. By ...