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Marcella Nesom-Sirhandi

(b Delhi, India, Feb 4, 1941; d Lahore, Pakistan, Jan 18, 1999).

Pakistani painter, sculptor and printmaker. Educated in Pakistan and abroad, he has consciously and successfully synthesized Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions. In 1963, a year after graduating from the National College of Arts, Lahore, he joined the faculty as a lecturer in art, later becoming a professor and head of the Department of Fine Arts. His studies abroad have included post-graduate work in London (1966–7, 1968–9) and the United States (1987–9).

Like many of his colleagues, Zahoor was influenced by his mentor, Shakir ‛Ali, principal of the National College of Art from 1961 to 1975. Both artists were motivated by art history, philosophy and aesthetics. Zahoor’s non-figurative paintings of the 1960s evolved into tangible—though not always realistic—images addressing the dualities of space and time, East and West. Most of his triptychs and single canvases were conceived within a grid that provides a stabilizing structure for their compositions. This grid refers to Zahoor’s admiration for the American artist ...

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South African, 20th–21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 11 August 1962, in Johannesburg.

Printmaker, choreographer, performance artist. Identity politics.

Living Art.

Steven Cohen was the first South African artist under apartheid to create confrontational performance art engaging with sexual and cultural identity. He began his career in the 1980s, while conscripted into the South African army, when he went absent without leave and learnt how to screenprint at Cape Town’s Ruth Prowse School of Art....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Marcilly-sur-Eure from 1984.

Born 10 March 1946, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), installation artist, sculptor, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Mythological subjects, religious subjects, figure compositions, genre scenes, portraits, nudes, landscapes, still-lifes. Wall decorations, stage sets.

Nouvelle Figuration.

Gérard Garouste was mostly self-taught. He went to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris for a brief period in ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 27 March 1958, in London.

Painter, printmaker. Figures, military subjects, religious subjects.

New Glasgow Boys.

Peter Howson moved to Scotland at the age of four. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1975 to 1976, but left to join the Lothian branch of the Royal Highland Fusiliers for nine months. He worked as a nightclub bouncer before returning to Glasgow School of Art where he was taught by Alexander 'Sandy' Moffat. He graduated in 1981 and became a key figure in the revival of figurative painting in Glasgow, along with Adrian Wiszniewski, Ken Currie and Stephen Campbell who became collectively known as the ...

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Malang  

full name: Mauro Malang Santos

Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1928, in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, cartoonist, illustrator, printmaker. Local genre scenes, figures, landscapes, flora and fauna, folk art.

Saturday Group of Artists.

Malang (Mauro Malang Santos) learned how to draw at the age of ten from a private tutor. In 1946, he studied briefly at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, and then he started working in the art department of the Manila Chronicle newspaper. He created the cartoon Kosme, the Cop, the first daily comic strip in English for the evening edition of the Chronicle. In 1955, together with other cartoonists, he opened the Bughouse, a gallery specializing in cartoons. He also worked at the magazine This Week, where he met the Neo-Realist artist H.R. Ocampo, who noticed his talent and encouraged him to paint. Following Ocampo’s advice, Malang focused wholly on painting beginning in 1965. In that year, together with Ocampo and other artists, he established Gallery Seven. He also took art classes at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, in ...

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Spanish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1950, in Binisalem, Majorca.

Painter, engraver. Religious subjects, figures.

Michel Martí Company was a pupil at the school of art and artistic professions in Palma, Majorca, then at the Sant Jordi school of fine art in Barcelona. He lives and works in Paris....

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(b Najaf, 1944).

Iraqi calligrapher, painter, printmaker and writer, active in Paris (see fig.). He studied painting and calligraphy in Baghdad from 1960 to 1969, and in 1969 exhibited his work at the Iraqi Artists’ Society exhibition and at the French Cultural Centre in Baghdad. The same year he went to Paris and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts until 1975. Thereafter he lived in Paris. Although influenced by traditional calligraphy, he developed his own calligraphic style, which incorporated painterly elements. In many of his works, for example Je suis le feu tapi dans la pierre. Si tu es de ceux qui font jailler l’étincelle alors frappe (1984; Paris, Inst. Monde Arab.), he employed proverbs and quotations from a range of sources. He also researched and wrote about Arabic calligraphy.

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Native American (Gordon First Nation), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Regina (Saskatchewan).

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, installation artist, performance artist.

A highly regarded figure in the field of First Nations/Native American contemporary art in Canada, Edward Poitras was the first indigenous artist to gain the distinction of representing his country at the Venice Biennale in ...

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Peruvian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Collao.

Collage artist, engraver, draughtsman, mixed media.

Eduardo Ponce Rangel studied engraving in Lima in 1968 and then at the Catholic University in Lima from 1973 to 1975. He started as an engraver and went on to incorporate a variety of other techniques including drawing, charcoal and collage as well as other materials such as kraft paper, Japanese paper, gauze and cloth. Ponce Rangel has taken part in collective exhibitions, including: Lima (...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Chicago.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, lithographer. Religious subjects, musical subjects.

Archie Rand first studied at the Chicago Art Institute and then at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. He established his position as a contemporary artist while still a teenager, with his ...