CERCATORI DI BELLEZZA
BEAUTY SEEKERS (english version)
The CERCATORI DI BELLEZZA (Seekers of Beauty) calendar initiative, in its current form, is in its first edition, and we hope that with time it will become an eagerly awaited object, indispensable in our homes, with the presence of Italian and international artists, united by the same quest for the beautiful, the good, the true...for being in its purest nature.
This initiative is in support of Progetto San Gaetano, a project to redevelop the parish area of San Gaetano Thiene, in the village of the same name in the municipality of Caorle, in the province of Venice. A small reality, for years now, entrusted to the care of the monks and nuns of the nearby monastery of Marango di Caorle. The desire is to create an alternative way of inhabiting the world, with respect for creation, an example of a hospitable society, a place of fraternity and inclusion. Through the dissemination of culture, the accompaniment of young and old, the practice of hospitality, the promotion of small work activities and the acquisition of arts and crafts, it would like to set a sign of hope at the service of families and the territory. This is the soul of this ambitious project. An authoritative voice of our times states that: «Today, the Church does not only need to speak out loud the Truth; it always needs men and women who transform into concrete goods what the pastors preach and theologians teach; it also needs to set an example for the people of our time, who need to discover that they are not just 'takers' of good, but 'entrepreneurs' of charity».
We would like to thank all those who, with their artistic contribution, have participated in this small but significant initiative, donating part of their person, so that it may become a shared patrimony and all may be enriched in humanity.
The calendar is available
from the monastic community, a great gift for the upcoming Christmas holidays!
12 works for 12 months
different looks at beauty and diversity,
thus broadening horizons.
Thanks to the artists from
Patricia Guzmán is a Mexican painter known for her realistic portraits in watercolor, oil and acrylic. Patricia's work has been honored with more than thirty awards around the world, including first place in Artist's Magazine, first place in St. Petersburg Art Bridge, first place in the Beaux-Arts Watercolor Impressionism and Realism Competition, second place in Splash 22 Watercolor Competition, 2nd place in China World Glamor Prize, Bronze Award in IMWA Youth, Special Mention in the Fabriano Watercolor Award, twice first place in the Mexican Society of Watercolorists Award, two Tlacuilos by the National Watercolor Museum, among others . She has participated in more than one hundred international painting exhibitions in China, United States, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Peru, Greece, Thailand, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Bolivia, Albania, Korea, Colombia, Belgium and Mexico. Her work has been published in numerous books, catalogs and painting and art magazines such as The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Artist's & Illustrators Magazine, The Art of Watercolor, International Artist, among others. Patricia's work is included in permanent collections in America, Asia, and Europe, as well as numerous private collections around the world. Patricia Guzmán lives and works in Querétaro, teaches workshops, makes presentations. In 2023 she will have a solo exhibition in Beijing at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. She recently completed a degree in Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM.
Susana Abundis Espinosa was born in Coyoacán, D.F. in 1964. I studied Industrial Design at the Ibero-American University. From an early age I started drawing the human figure everyw here. Over the years I have practiced various artistic disciplines as autodidact. I had teachers such as Pedro de la Rosa (engraving) 1995, Humberto Oramas (oil) 1997, Patricia Guzmán (watercolor) 2016, Vladimir Islas Valdelamar (encaustic) 2019. I have been dedicating myself almost exclusively to watercolor since 2018, and not much to encaustic. Currently I dedicate myself to my paintings, I hold lectures and workshops e work on assignments. The figurative style is my main expressive form, but in the encaustic technique, the style is more abstract. What drives me to paint is beauty. The beauty that appears in everything that I see. The human figure has a special charm for me ... forms, expressions, personalities, stories. In this complicated world, it is important for me to save and express beauty, because it has transformed humanity throughout history and keeps doing it.
Diana Carolina López was born in Mexico City in 1982. Graduated as a graphic designer in 2006. Always with a deep interest in art, I earned a diploma in Drawing and Painting and studied with artists who reside in Queretaro. In 2016 I expanded my studies with continuing education courses, specializing in the theory of color, light and portrait at the NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART and THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE in NY. I followed workshops with renowned international artists, dedicated to realistic painting like ELOY MORALES in BARCELONA. MAX GINSBURG, LEE PRICE, ALYSSA MONKS and DAVID KASSAN in New York. In 2021 I was selected in the prestigious ModPortrait international competition and my painting is exhibited together with artists from all over the world in the Free Art Galleryin Zaragoza and at the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain. I am part of the Milenio Arte Collection, coordinated by the well-known Mexican art critic Aveline Lesper. I participated in the "Moon, Sun Duality" projects exhibited at the College of San Ildefonso in CDMX in 2017 and in 2022 in “El arte de la Canción” exhibited at Toluca Museum of Modern Art, State of Mexico. My work has been selected in Mexican Biennials as Alfredo Zalce in 2016 and 2020 and in 2021 at the Biennale of self-portrait by Rubén Herrera. In 2017 and 2020 I was selected in the renowned FIGURATIVAS competition by the MEAM in Barcelona. In 2017 I received a Special Mention in DELUSIONAL: JONATHAN LEVINE'S SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST in NY, organized by the Jonathan LeVine Projects Gallery In 2015 I presented my first solo exhibition VIRTUE STATIONS consisting of ten portraits and a self-portrait in oil. My paintings have been exhibited in cities such as Querétaro, Morelia, Puebla, CDMX, London, NY, Chicago, Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona and in international art fairs such as ART BASEL MIAMI and LITTLETOPIA in LOS ANGELES. I have been organizing courses and workshops in my studio since 2015.
Luis Delgado Jiménez is a Mexican artist born in 1961, specialized in illustration at the National School of Plastic Arts, UNAM. In 2015 he gained the first place in the Amateur Watercolor Competition at the National Museum of Watercolor Alfredo Guati Rojo with the work “Two reasons for life”. In the same year he obtained a Special Mention at the Annual Watercolor Competition, Tláloc prize of the Mexican State Museum of Watercolor with the work "Disappear?" and in 2017 again a Special Mention at the Annual Prize of the Watercolor competition Mexican Society of Watercolors, at the National Watercolor Museum Alfredo Guati Rojo, with the work "The lady of the theater". He exhibited his works in Solo exhibitions: in 1998 "Between the illustration technique and expressive painting" at the National Polytechnic Institute, Center for Scientific and Technological Studies; in 2018 “Evolución” at the José Martí Cultural Center Collective exhibitions:
- in 2015 Contest of Contemporary Painting based on watercolor
- in 2019 XIII International Watercolor Biennial; 3rd Biennial of the International Watercolor Society in India; VIZart International Biennial “Self portrait“ at the Historical Museum of Tirana in Albania
- in 2020 Acuarela Mexicana in Moscow
- in 2021 Color made Poetry, at the Museum of Mexico City; Member of the jury for the XXII Children's Watercolor Competition "I paint myself ..."
Alfredo Ravelo 25 Collective exibitions and 7 Solo Exibitions National Watercolor Award Tlacuilo, 2003 and 2005; Special Mention, 2004, 2007 and 2014; VI International Watercolor Biennial, Mexico 2004; Bienal México, Russia 2008; Echoes of the Bicentenary, Russia 2010; Alma Corazón y Vida de México, Russia 2014; Xl International Watercolor Biennial, Mexico 2015; International Watercolor Exibition, Mexico City 2015; IV Spanish-American Biennial, Madrid, Spain 2015; “Fabriano in Acquerello”, Italy 2015; “World Watercolour Trienniale”, Korea 2015; “Love@rth Watercolour Exhibition”, Indonesia 2015; Harmony through Watercolor, India 2015; 17th place at “Top Selected Participants of the 1st International Watercolor Society”, India Biennial 2015; VIII International Watercolor Bridge of Art Biennial, Saint Petersburg, Russia 2015; Large Size Thinking big, Mexico 2016; International Watercolor Meeting Asia-México, 10 Masters of the Orient, 10 Mexican Masters, Mexico 2016; National Watercolor Award, Tlacuilo 2016
Yuko Nagayama 1963 Born in Tokyo. 1985 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts Oil Painting Department; received the Ataka prize and the Ohashi prize. 1987 Completed the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate Course (studying under Hiroshi Kanosue). Solo Exhibitions:1990 Weber Gallery (Switzerland) - 1991 West Gallery (Switzerland) 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 Tokyo Central Art Museum (Japan) 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 Central Art Museum Ginza (Japan) 2018 Ming Gallery of Art (China) and Many others
Matteo Bertomoro born in 1985 in Mestre and I live in Quarto d’Altino, in the province of Venice. I have always drawn but I approached watercolors for the first time in 2016. After starting out as a sketcher and illustrator, starting from the middle of 2017 I have given a decidedly more pictorial direction to my path, thanks to the study of the masters of Impressionist watercolor contemporary and open air activity. To date I have participated in group exhibitions in various cities of Italy (Venice, Modena, Genoa, Cagliari, Mestre) and in various solo exhibitions, obtaining excellent results; I exhibited my works in the international festival of "Fabriano in Acquarello" (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) and, by invitation, in the exhibitions organized by "Acquerello del Doge" in Codroipo (Ud). I regularly teach watercolor courses and workshops. In 2021 I exhibited some pages of my sketchbooks at the international event "Pencils in travel". The main theme of my research is the landscape in its various meanings (urban, natural, human) which I try to tell through impressions that are especially attentive to the light and atmosphere of the subject.
Michael Solovyev is often called a “sunny watercolorist” – his airy, transparent artworks look as though they emit the sunlight. His traditional academic art education, extensive experience as a head theater stage designer, and oil painter career now inform his priority as a watercolor artist – light. His main belief is that sometimes even a pile of rubbish with beautiful lighting can become an artwork. Michael is a watercolor artist of great renown, with exhibitions and workshops all over the world, from Bolivia to France to Australia.
Raúl Barajas is a photographer born in Mexico City in 1961. Photography has led him to discover unfathomable scenes and landscapes, people from other cultures, from other times. Photography has always been with him even when he was a television producer as well as a cultural promoter, co-creator of the Cultural Space LUCC (The Last Laugh of Cumbancha). Selected in the 2nd edition of the 'México de los Mexicanos' International Photography Competition, 2014. Barajas's vision is like a fan, able to capture and project the essence of the subject, be it a person, an ethnic group, a dish or a landscape.
Marina Mian is a Venetian artist, she lives in San Gaetano (Caorle) and works between Venice and Rome. The passion for drawing, intense from an early age, after personal studies and research, led her to expand and increase her artistic knowledge. She collaborates with various Roman and Venetian art studios and since 2012 she takes part frequently in solo and group exhibitions, both in galleries and in events.
Pietro Battistella, born in Buenos Aires in 1958, simply a curious and passionate observer of what can bring joy to eyes and heart. The works of Andy Warhol, Hugo Pratt and Renato Casaro are for him important references that led , from is childhood, to prefer illustration as a form of expression.
Maria Angelova was born in Sofia in 1969. Since she was a child, her greatest passion has been painting and at the age of twelve she began to attend drawing, watercolor and composition courses. In 1988, in her hometown, she graduated in Artistic Design for Textiles and afterwards she graduated in Dental Technology. As a designer she has created numerous designs for the textile industry, for the world of children as well, with projects that were later carried on in different countries of the world. Her artistic career ranges from book illustrations, drawings on silk, figurative and abstract painting and botanical drawings. In recent years she has returned to the first love of hers, watercolor. Her works have been exhibited in solo exhibitions (Bulgaria and Italy) and in many group and international exhibitions (including Fabriano in Acquerello 2020 and 2022 and III International "Watercolor & Spirit" Triennal, Bulgaria Varna 2022). At present she carries out several watercolor workshops for adults and children in Padua and in the Veneto region, where she has been living with her family since 2004.