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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 31 May 1947, in the Haute-Garonne.

Painter (mixed media).

Abadie has lived and worked in Paris since 1985, after art and sculpture studies in Toulouse. She also studied fresco techniques in Venice. In Paris, she has exhibited at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in ...

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Israeli, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 11 November 1961, in Umm el Fahm.

Painter (including mixed media), draughtsman. Military subjects, figures, still-lifes, animals.

Asim Abu-Shakra was educated at the college of fine arts in Tel Aviv, where he worked as a teacher in 1987 and ...

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Swedish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953.

Painter (mixed media).

Stockholm, 30 May 1989: The Original Electric Desert Hotel (1987, mixed media/paper, 21 × 26¼ ins/52.5 × 66.5 cm) SEK 7,200

Stockholm, 19 May 1992: Composition (mixed media, 56¾ × 86½ ins/144 × 220 cm) ...

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Polish, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in France from 1988.

Born 1953.

Painter (mixed media).

Ewa Adamowicz graduated from the university college of Cracow. Her work featured in the Salon Comparaisons in Paris in 1990, and she had two solo exhibitions in Poland in 1984...

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 3 August 1955, in Bristol (Pennsylvania).

Painter, sculptor, video artist, installation artist.

Lisa Adams studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1976; Scripps College, Claremont, California, obtaining a BA in 1977; and Claremont Graduate University, receiving an MFA in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 November 1948, in Kankakee (Illinois).

Painter (mixed media). Scenes with figures, figures.

Born into a family of Sicilian immigrants, Nicholas Africano was raised in Kankakee, a small town south of Chicago. He studied art and literature at Illinois State University, graduating in ...

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Togolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 February 1977, in Lomé.

Painter (mixed media).

Félix Agbokou studied under Sokey Edoth between 1996 and 1999. He abandoned realism in favour of depicting a fantasy world, and his paintings are spontaneous to the extent that they have no predefined theme. Painted at night and by candlelight, each series of paintings is directly inspired by its immediate surroundings: Lomé, Kouma, Abouri or Ghana. Agbokou uses materials that come readily to hand - leaves of indigenous plants or the bark of local trees - and mixes them with acrylic paint, outlining his forms and individual colours with a black line obtained from a mixture of coconut milk and old nails. His work has featured at group exhibitions, including the ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1953, in Troyes.

Sculptor, draughtsman, installation artist, video artist.

Hélène Agofroy lives and works in Paris. The origins of Hélène Agofroy's sculptures can be found in the paintings of the Quattrocento. She is interested in the positioning of objects in Italian frescoes and paintings. She studies their multiple perspectival effects, then incorporates them into her sculpture. From common elements, such as wood, plaster and resin, Agofroy builds light, open worked sculptures of complex geometric design. They invoke overturned hulls, light cradles, or, as in ...

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Beninese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1964.

Painter (mixed media).

Simplice Ahouansou is self-taught. In a manner that shows affinities with Surrealism, some of his paintings comment with irony on certain aspects of modern Western civilisation, such as communication, or protection of private property, while other works seem more firmly anchored in the artistic traditions of his native country of Benin....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 June 1952, in Bordeaux.

Painter (including mixed media), sculptor, potter. Stage sets.

At the age of 24, Philippe Aïni gave up his job as a pastry cook to become an artist, although he lacked any training. At first, he was supported and encouraged to exhibit by Jean-Pierre Roche of the Galerie Émergences in Bordeaux (...

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Turkish, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active also active in France.

Born 2 September 1953, in Izmit.

Painter, collage artist. Landscapes, urban landscapes.

Groupe Art-cloche.

Neveser Aksoy studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Mattey de l’Étang and received a DEA in fine arts from the University of Paris I....

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Syrian, 21st century, female.

Born 1981, in Aleppo, Syria.

Sculpture, painting, installation.

The Syrian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid is best known for creating meticulous large-scale works through which she investigates architecture and historical and mythological narratives. Al-Hadid received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from Kent State University in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1966, in New York.

Sculptor, painter, installation artist. Murals.

Ricci Albenda studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, including courses in architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. His interest in architecture (as well as in graphic design and physics) figures prominently in his installation art, in which he creates environments which challenge the viewer's spatial perceptions. He uses such materials as fibreglass, wallboard, aluminium and acrylic paint. In his exhibition ...

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Aurélie Verdier

(b Saïda, Algeria, 1953).

French painter, sculptor, photographer, film maker, writer and installation artist of Algerian birth. Born to Spanish parents, he was much affected by North African as well as Southern European culture. He trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre. Despite a pervasive and diverse use of media, Alberola often stressed the coexistence of his different artistic practices as leading to painting alone. His paintings relied heavily on evocative narratives, at once personal and ‘historical’. Alberola conceived of his role as a storyteller, on the model of African oral cultures. Convinced that narratives could not be renewed, he argued that a painter’s main task was to reactivate his work through contact with his pictorial heritage. The main points of reference for his paintings of the early 1980s were Velázquez, Manet or Matisse, whose works he quoted in a personal way. In the early 1980s he undertook a series of paintings inspired by mythological subjects, which he combined with his own history as the principal subject-matter of his work. The biblical story of Susannah and the Elders as well as the Greek myth of Actaeon provided his most enduring subjects, both referring to the act of looking as taboo, as in ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951, in Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria.

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, mixed media.

New British Sculpture.

Edward Allington was educated at the Lancaster College of Art (1968-1971), the Central School of Art and Design, London (1971-1974) and the Royal College of Art (...

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Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy

American installation artists, active also in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Allora (b Philadelphia, Mar 20, 1974) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Richmond, Virginia (1996), and Guillermo Calzadilla (b Havana, Cuba, Jan 10, 1971) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Escuela de Artes Plastica in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996). Allora and Calzadilla met in Italy in 1995 during a study abroad program in Florence. They then lived together in San Juan for a year before moving to New York City where they started working collaboratively while each participated in different residency and study programs. In 1998–1999, Allora participated in the year-long Whitney Independent Study Program, while Calzadilla participated in the P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center National Studio Program.

Allora & Calzadilla’s first important international exhibition was the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo in 1998 curated by Paulo Herkenhoff, which investigated the idea of cultural cannibalism known in Brazilian literature as ...

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Canadian, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in Montreal.

Born 8 February 1947, in Quebec.

Installation artist, sculptor, draughtswoman, photographer.

Jocelyne Alloucherie studied at the Visual Arts School at the University of Laval in Quebec and at the University of Concordia in Montreal. In 2002 she was awarded the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas for her contribution to the cultural life of Quebec....

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Guatemalan, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in the USA.

Born 1950, in Guatemala City.

Painter (mixed media), watercolourist, draughtswoman. Figure compositions.

Carmen Almon studied in New Orleans from 1968 to 1969, at the Newport College of Art in England from 1969 to 1970 and at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Cologne.

Born 1966, in Cologne.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, installation artist. Figures, portraits, scenes with figures.

Kai Althoff is a self-taught artist. He seeks a way to describe the world about him in the setting of its historical and religious references and to portray its characters, without putting anything into his painting other than this kind of nostalgic description. To achieve this, he borrows from different genres, depending on the often dramatic contents of his images. He employs a wide variety of themes, references and historical quotations, and shows a particular interest in the 1970s, medieval imagery and popular culture. He uses a number of different techniques, creating installations for which he writes accompanying texts, as well as writing scenarios for performances, videos and the cinema. His installations are made up of composite elements, such as piles of paintings or drawings covered in plastic. Painting is thus only one of many means of expression for him, and he experiments with many styles, alternating caricature with Romantic sensitivity, Expressionist distortions or even Abstraction. His palette is sombre, consisting mainly of variations on greys, browns and greens, accentuating the harrowing melancholy of a universe that is haunted by the constant resurgence of history. He sometimes treats his canvases with resins that make the paint blister in places and seem to threaten its preservation. He is also a musician....

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Angolan, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Belgium from 1987.

Born 8 August 1963, in Luanda, Angola, of Portuguese origin.

Painter, collage artist, installation artist.

Fernando Alvim has lived and worked in Luanda, Brussels and Johannesburg. In Brussels he founded Camouflage, Europe's first centre of contemporary African art, the counterpart of the centre in Johannesburg. His work derives from memory, particularly of the war liberating Angola from colonialism, a war whose horror and misery he lived through. A particular vision of African tradition expresses itself through his painting....