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Meet the Artists

Center for Art Law is pleased to have received donations from artists who support the Center’s core mission–the promotion of scholarship in the field of art law.

Kirill Abramov

Kirill Abramov is a contemporary American artist of Russian origins. His style is a characteristic mélange of Cyrillic calligraphy and abstraction. He was born in Moscow, Russia in 1995 into a family of artists and grew up amongst paints and paintings. Since 2013, he has been working as a graffiti painter. Compositions of juxtaposed Cyrillic symbols and abstract forms painted on canvas constitute the basis of his art. The wavy and fine symmetrical shapes of his painting reflect his unique vision of the world of the 21st century. He lives and works in New York City. @kirill_dws

Ekaterina Abramov

Ekaterina Abramova was born in Moscow where she graduated from art school and continued her studies at the Vasnetsov College of Fine Arts. She then received her MFA at I.E. Repin State Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded numerous awards for her accomplishments and has been featured in a number of exhibitions in New York and abroad. She specializes in painting and graphic arts in traditional technique using oil, acrylic, markets, etc. She is a multifaceted artist; her style could be described as going in two directions: 21st century Neo-Expressionism, and Spiritual Ornamental paintings, drawing from symbolic folk art of various peoples, most notably from Russian and Indian mythology. More at www.artabramova.com | @artabramova

Jacqueline Acker

Jacqueline Acker studied scenic design for theater at the University of Texas at Austin before going to law school at the University of Tulsa. Now living outside DC, she loves painting animals and painting art for charitable causes in her spare time. She has done “paint your pet” fundraisers to support animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey and auctioned art off to benefit victims of the California wildfires. Jackie believes everyone is an artist – they just might not know it yet! @ipainttherforeiart

Eli Bezimansky

Eli Bezimansky was born in Moscow in 1970. He was expected to become a chemist or a scientist and was accepted to the Moscow Institute of Chemical Technologies. At 19, the artist, along with his mother, immigrated to Israel. Suddenly Eli found himself in a very unfamiliar territory: Beer Sheva of 1989 was a deeply provincial, totally alien place where he knew no one. Regardless of these facts, he was absolutely thrilled to leave the Soviet Union and start a new life. Eli worked as a truck loader, dishwasher, road builder, and security guard. In 1993, he arrived to the U.S. where he met his future wife, Marina. They began working together as a creative team. In 1997, together with Marina’s mom, the couple organized an afterschool program for Russian speaking immigrants’ kids with a main focus on developing their creative personalities. Eli lives on Staten Island with his wife and two children.

Janeese Brooks

Janeese “Soulthundre” Brooks is a visual artist, singer and piercer. She uses all of these different outlets of communication and creativity as a way to manifest the images developed through her collages. Janeese’s attention to detail and the emotion she puts into each piece have been carrying her work throughout the past few years. The artist often describes her collage work by saying, “If I could paint, I would paint this. Since I don’t, here I am with a glue stick.” @soulthundre

Davide Cantoni

Over the years, Davide Cantoni’s artistic practice has focused on the ways our society presents images and how they are consumed.  Davide’s particular interest is in relation to news imagery published in the New York Times. Using photography as a basis for both the burned drawings and interference paintings, the artist creates works that mimic photography in their form and are also firmly rooted in the traditions of fine art. Drawings are made by sensitizing paper with pencil and then exposing it to sunlight through a lens; as a byproduct of the reflective qualities of the paints used, the paintings reveal themselves as both positive and negative images depending on from where they are viewed. In his most recent works, Davide is recreating parts of printed news images as paintings using what is normally considered the digital color system RGB (Red, Green, Blue), making a foray into the inevitable shift of information from the analogue world into the digital. Davide hosted a Center for Art Law studio visit in the Summer of 2017. More at www.davidecantoni.org | @davidecantoni

Mihail Chemiakin

Mihail Chemiakin is a Russian painter best known for his Nonconformist, Surrealist, brilliantly colored compositions of figures, iconography, and space. Eschewing formal conventions of style and formality, Mihail draws inspiration and imagery from the canon of Western art history, often citing disconnected periods, figures, tropes, and conventions in his canvases. In his 1977 print Philosophy of the Sea 1, for example, the artist includes the aesthetics of Cubism and Francis Bacon alongside the coded conventions of historical still-life painting. Born on May 4, 1943 in Moscow, Russia, the artist’s early life was marked by frequent travel, in part due to his family’s military service. After studying at the Il’ya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in present-day St. Petersburg, Mihail gained notoriety by renouncing the popular Soviet style of Socialist Realism and went on to become involved with the St. Petersburg Group of artists, wherein he developed the aesthetic treatise of Metaphysical Synthesism. Mihail currently lives and works in France.

Alexis Diaz

Alexis Diaz is a Puerto Rican painter and urban muralist, known for his chimerical and dreamlike depictions of animals in a state of metamorphosis. Inhabited mostly by phantasmagorical animals, Alexis Diaz’s captivating murals are characterized by a very detailed technique and line-by-line precision. Diaz’s signature style is the use of tiny black brushstrokes on white to render his creatures, making them look like highly-detailed pen-and-ink drawings. These “drawings” stand out all the more for being set against their bright teal, blue, and sunset-colored backdrops. He has a preference for wild animals, in general, more specifically those living in the Savannah, as he blends them in a fantastical image with creatures from the depths of the oceans, replaces paws with tentacles and wings with hands. @alexis_diaz

Daniel Doubrovkine

Daniel Doubrovkine (a.k.a. dB) is a seasoned entrepreneur, technologist, and former CTO at Artsy.net in New York, the largest online fine art marketplace and publication. Daniel graduated from the University of Geneva in the late ‘90s with a degree in Computer Science. Daniel is the creator and maintainer of many popular open-source projects and a lifetime artist. More at www.code.dblock.org | @artdblockdotorg

Stephanie Drawdy

Stephanie Drawdy is licensed to practice law in New York and South Carolina. She holds a B.A. in studio art and political science from the College of Charleston, a J.D. from New York Law School, and a diploma in arts professional, law, and ethics from London’s Institute of Art and Law. She paints mostly in oil and watercolor with a focus on representational work. @stephaniedrawdyart

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is an American graphic artist and social activist, part of the Street Art movement along with other artists including Banksy. Fairey blurs the boundary between traditional and commercial art through type and image, communicating his brand of social critique via prints, murals, stickers, and posters in public spaces. “Art is not always meant to be decorative or soothing, in fact, it can create uncomfortable conversations and stimulate uncomfortable emotions,” he stated. Born on February 15, 1970 in Charleston, SC, Fairey attended the Rhode Island School of Design, creating his seminal Obey series during the early 1990s. The artist is perhaps best known for his Hope (2008) campaign, which portrays in red, white, and blue, a portrait of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In 2017, the artist created a series of three posters— featuring portraits of culturally diverse women in red, white, and blue—in response to the xenophobic rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump. Fairey currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His works are included in the collections of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Floor Grootenhuis

Floor Grootenhuis is a Dutch/Kenyan artist whose contemporary art practice is conceptual and socially engaging, collaborative and gives new value to the ‘everyday’. Floor’s work often comes in the form of an invitation for participation. She makes subtle critiques of society’s structures at the micro and macro levels using different mediums in a variety of materials and sizes, ranging from sculptures, installations, found objects, everyday recyclable materials and performance. Her work points to divisive forces of consumerism, institutionalization, global corruption and chronic violence against humanity. Her art is inspired by the places in which she has worked and lived, ranging from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan to Barcelona, Jakarta and now New York City. Floor has an MFA in social practice from Queens College, CUNY and was a More Art Engaging Artist 2017 fellow. She completed the Studio Intensive Program at the National Academy School in New York. Her work has been shown at the Queens Museum and the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Five Myles Gallery in New York and has been exhibited at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona, Spain. Floor’s pieces live in private collections in Kenya, South Africa, Australia, USA, Thailand, Indonesia and the Netherlands. @fgrasa

Mahmoud Hamadani

Mahmoud Hamadani’s works have been shown at The British Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, as well as numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, London, Dubai, Lausanne and Hong Kong. He is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum. He is a recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Hamadani earned a BA in Mathematics from State University of New York and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He lives and works in New York City. More at www.mahmoudhamadani.com | @mahmoudhamadani

Heide Hatry

Heide Hatry grew up on a pig farm in the south of Germany. She left home at the age of 15 to enroll in a sports school. She studied art at various German art schools and art history at the University of Heidelberg. She taught at a private art school for 15 years while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller. Since moving to New York in 2003 she has curated numerous exhibitions and has shown her own work at museums and galleries around the world. She has produced about 200 artist’s books and edited more than two dozen books and art catalogues. Her book Skin was published by Kehrer, Heidelberg, in 2005, Heads and Tales and Not a Rose by Charta, Milan/New York in 2009 and 2012 and Icons in Ash by Station Hill Press, Barrytown, NY in 2017. More at www.heidehatry.com | @heidehatry

Marina Korenfeld

Marina was born in Odessa, Ukraine, to a musician father and a dramatist mother. Their home was visited by artists, musicians, actors and poets, creating an atmosphere that prepared her for a life in the arts. At Odessa’s Theater and Art College, she majored in puppetry. Ten days after graduating in 1992, Marina’s family immigrated to the U.S., where she was soon accepted into the School of Visual Arts, earning a B. A. in Fine Arts. Together with mother and her husband Eli, who is also an artist, she created “IDEA” – an aesthetic Center for children where she teaches painting, drawing and art history. Together they also organized “IDEA” art and theater camp and annual trips to Europe as a special cultural enrichment program. Marina lives on Staten Island with her husband Eli and their two sons Leo and Roman.

Milena Martinez

Milena Martinez has been creating art since she can remember, citing it as a source of great pleasure for her. She has lived in NYC most of her life and studied at The Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts, FIT and graduated from Parsons School of Design. She worked as a designer for many years and loves exploring different mediums. She has taught art as well to children. She feels art is a way to transcend the mundane into something quite spiritual.

Vincent Malta

Vincent Malta (1922-2015) was a New York artist who had a studio and gallery in Brooklyn. He was a professor at the Arts Students League in New York City for 35 years. He is listed in “Who Was Who In American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years Of Artists In America, Volume 3,” Falk, Peter H., Sound View Press 1999. In 1978, Marlene Schiller wrote an article published in American Artist magazine titled “Vincent Malta: Return to the Art Spirit.” The article features the artist, his painting style, and his artworks. It discusses the opinions of Stewart Klonis, Executive Director of the Art Students League, and painter Everett Raymond Kinstler about the artworks of Malta. The influence of such artists as Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Wayman Adams in the life of Malta as a painter is also cited. In October of 2005, The New York Times published an article about Malta titled “Success Finally Catches Up With an Artist.” The article discusses how, after nearly two decades of trying to get his career off the canvas, Malta finally cultivated a small but avid following across the region. The article further discusses how Malta’s works are influenced by Picasso and the 17th-century painters Johannes Vermeer and Peter Paul Rubens.

Alexander Ney

Though Alexander Ney works fluidly between a variety of mediums and materials, he is best known for his elaborate terracotta works, which are characterized by the use of simplified forms, representational subject matter, geometric patterns, and surfaces marked by incisions or depressions. Ney began his artistic career in his native Soviet Russia, and was mentored by the sculptor V. V. Lishev. In the 1970s he immigrated to the United States because of his stylistic differences with Russia’s then-dominant Socialist Realism. Ney’s style is heavily influenced by European modernist movements, as well as by Prehistoric artifacts and those of early civilizations. More at www.alexanderney.com

Eric Parnes

Eric Parnes (b. 1979) is a Persian-American artist, focusing on the compelling and substantive discourse resulting from the impact of commercialism and successive interaction between the Middle East (Orient) and the Western world (West). Parnes is well known for blending historic and popular culture motifs within the context of “Orientalism,” leading him to trademark the words Neo-Orientalism and Neo-Orientalist serving as the basis for Parnes’ narrative by incorporation of ancient, contemporaneous, and mystical characteristics. More at www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Parnes | @ericparnes

Alexander Petrov

A graduate of the renowned art school in Penza that nurtured such artistic luminaries as David Burliuk and Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Petrov continued his education at Stroganov Institute of Art and Design in Moscow. Very early on in his artistic career, Alexander participated in numerous exhibits on non-official art, including the infamous Bulldozer exhibition in 1974. In 1992, the artist settled in New York; he currently lives and works in Spain. His works are represented in the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris as well as in numerous public and private collections worldwide. The non-objective segment of Alexander’s work is a combination of the dynamism of kinetic art and the systematic configuration of abstract painting. His richly colored non-objective compositions bring to mind the architectural grace of works by the exponents of Russian Constructivism. Their graphic eye-catching images, geometric shapes and bright colors impacted the vision of artists and designers world-wide for generations to come. Alexander departs from Constructivist social pathos to create his stylish ornaments with rigorous inner structure. Spiraling, movement-engendering forms of the artist’s pastels born inside black contour outlines produce the effect of a strong figurative element. Allied with daring choice of colors, they exude the air of optimism and fascination with science, technology and innovation characteristic of Russian abstract art. Some of his filigree ornaments resemble a floating spaceship (Composition 26, 1992) others – movement of the microorganisms under a microscope (Composition 24, 1984); they simultaneously bear a strong note of decadent refinement.

Inna Rogatchi

Inna Rogatchi is an internationally acclaimed writer, scholar, lecturer, film-maker, art photographer and artist. In her work, she focuses on the interweaving of history, culture and mentality. Inna lives and works in Finland and Italy with her husband, the world renowned artist Michael Rogatchi, and she is related to the family of famous Austrian musicians Eleanor Rose and Gustav Mahler. Inna is twice laureate of the Italian National Il Volo di Pegaso Arts, Literature and Music Award (2017, 2018). She is also laureate of the New York Jewish Children’s Museum Outstanding Contribution into the Arts and Culture Award (with her husband Michael, 2013), and many other international Awards. She is regularly invited as a Special Guest Artist to the various international venues with her special projects, including the special culture & education art projects of the European Parliament (2012-2017), the cultural events and exhibitions at the Parliaments of Finland and Lithuania (2015, 2018), and many other. She has held numerous exhibitions around the globe, and her works have been collected by leading institutions and notable private collector throughout the world. Inna’s art collections are on permanent display at the Lithuanian Jewish Public Library, Vilnius; Ha Rambam Medical Campus, the biggest medical centre in the Middle East; at the Museum of the Italian National Institute for Health, Rome; the Academic Philharmonic of St Petersburg. Her forthcoming exhibitions are The Light of the First Day, a dual exhibition and international tour exploring Jewish Mysticism, with world-renown American-Israeli artist Yoram Raanan (December 2019 – December 2022, Jerusalem – USA – Europe); and the Divertimento-MAHLER special exhibition with her husband Michael Rogatchi, a month-length Finnish National Art Event at the European Court of Auditors (April 2020, Luxembourg). More at www.rogatchifoundation.org

Michael Rogatchi

Michael Rogatchi is a world-renowned artist and European master of metaphorical expressionism. He lives and works in Finland and Italy. Michael is co-founder and Chairman of The Rogatchi Foundation, and a member of the jury of the Italian National Il Volo di Pegaso Award for Arts, Literature and Music. He has held over 70 personal exhibitions, and his works belong to leading museums, public institutions and private collections worldwide, including the London Museum of Jewish Art; the UK National Art Collection; the New York Jewish Children’s Museum; the Simon Wiesenthal Jewish Documentation Centre art collection; the Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine Museum; the MHB SA Art collection, Paris; the Laogai Museum in Washington DC, and many others. In 2013, Michael Rogatchi has been awarded with the Award for the Outstanding Contribution in Arts and Culture by the New York Jewish Children’s Museum. Michael was the only living artist who had been invited to participate in the special Charity Gala of His Royal Highness Prince’s Trust in London in 2011. During the live charity auction, his work “Weaved by Light” was presented alongside Picasso’s work and originals by Dali, Chagall, Miro, Matisse and Renoir. More at www.rogatchifoundation.org

Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and attorney specializing in drawing and mixed media. Molly finds inspiration in our complex relationship with the natural world. Her drawings often explore texture and light, while her mixed media work frequently incorporates the written word. Molly is also a practicing attorney specializing in insurance defense. More at www.mollysullivanartist.com | @mollysullivanartist

Gladys Triana

Gladys Triana was born in Camagüey, Cuba, and has resided in New York City since 1975. Triana completed her B.A. at Mercy College in 1976 and M.A. at Long Island University in 1977. She also studied printmaking at San Fernando University in Madrid, Spain from 1970-1972. Her work has rebelled – in ways overt and subtle – against society’s attempts to stereotype women and impose limitations on their freedom of expression. Triana’s artwork includes prints, drawings, collages, works on canvas, photography, and installations. More at www.gladystriana.com

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams is a New York-based illustrator, courtroom artist, and author. She studied at Washington University St. Louis and graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in 1979. She began her career in Hollywood, California as a fashion illustrator but shifted her focus toward courtroom illustrations covering the 1980 trials of the Hillside Stranglers and the antitrust trial of Al Davis v. the National Football League. She is the author of The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art along with true crime author Sue Russell and has been published on the front page of newspapers such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, New York Newsday, and the National Law Journal. More at www.elizabethwilliamstudio.com

H Spencer Young

H Spencer Young (b. Cleveland, Ohio) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose lens-based practice employs drawing, painting, performativity, digital art, and use of the camera in unusual ways. He has a B.A. in Visual Media with a minor in Cinema Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C. Spencer was sponsored by Czech author and screenwriter Arnost Lustic to attend FAMU, the Czech National Film School in Prague. Additionally, he was one of the 13 students from across the U.S. chosen by author and presidential historian Dr. Douglas Brinkley, for the “Majic Bus,” a collegiate experiential learning program during which Spencer traveled most of the United States, studying American road literature, the geography of the American civil rights struggle, American intellectual history, and American Social history. More at www.hspenceryoung.com | @hspenceryoung

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