Influenced early on by Picasso and Matisse, Appel made a great stir in his home country when he founded the Cobra avant-garde group, emphasizing expressive compositions inspired by folk and children’s art. Eventually he moved to France where he established himself as a foremost artist, with numerous solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.
Ann Chwatsky is a photographer who has exhibited worldwide, in China, Russia, Argentina as well as New York City and the Hamptons. Ann has been awarded grants and has been a visiting artist in many Universities in the USA and abroad. The large photographic work is concerned with the merging of text and imagery as in the series, CURTAINS.
Born 1926, Alton, IL
Jazz legend Miles Davis is not as well known for his artwork as he is for his music. That is not to say his paintings are in any way inferior. On the contrary, when he picked up a paintbrush in his late 50s, Davis demonstrated a keen understanding of color and balance and applied the same concentration and determination with his abstract, muscular artistic compositions as he did with his musical ones. His resulting paintings are full of energy, musical notes permeating the rich colors.
Born 1958, Reading, PA
The work of the social activist and artist Haring is some of the most iconic of the 20th century. Inspired by the likes of Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney, Haring’s work transcends its cartoonish façade, invoking poignant socio-political messages that remain timelessly relevant to modern society.
Born 1940, Rome, Italy
Giancarlo Impiglia’s paintings, sculptures, and assemblages are façades that point to society’s preoccupation with materialism, and hint at greater socio-political trends. Born in Rome, Impiglia studied at the Academy of Fine Arts before opening up a design studio and creating record covers and posters for many notable musicians. His participation in the arte povera movement in the ’60s saw the creation of his first “blue jeans” assemblages, which commented upon the globalizing effect of mass marketing. In the ’70s, Impiglia moved to New York and continued this series, which evolved into a stark critique of the Vietnam War. In the U.S., Impiglia developed his signature style on the shoulders of Futurism and Cubism, his classical education and technical skill underpinning his eclecticism. His eye for graphic design, meanwhile, never waned: in 1982 he created a poster for the UN’s March for Peace, now at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in 1991 he created an ad for Absolut Vodka, part of the groundbreaking campaign that also featured work by Andy Warhol.
Born 1925, Jacksonville, FL
King's stylized, figurative work in various materials earned him numerous solo exhibitions and awards. Most notably, in 2007, King was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award given by the International Sculpture Center. He taught at the University of California, Berkley and elsewhere before settling down in the Hamptons, NY, where he continued to create until his death in 2015.
Born 1944, Havana, Cuba
One of the preeminent Afro-Cuban artists, Manuel Mendive’s paintings and assemblages hark back to the Santeria origins of the artist, which were being pulled away from the Cuban people of African heritage during Castro’s Revolution.
Born 1951, Brooklyn, NY
Renowned artist and filmmaker Schnabel attended the Whitney Museum of Art’s ISP program, and gained initial recognition at the Mary Boone gallery in 1979. Since then he has become a major exponent of the Neo-expressionist movement, defining himself with visually powerful and dynamic compositions both on the canvas and on the silver screen.