I was born in Shkoder, Albania, a small sunny Mediterranean country. During childhood I was interested in music. Little by little I abandoned music for painting through which I better expressed myself.
Received my BFA from the Institute of Arts in Tirana, Albania in 1980. In January 1988 I escaped from Albania for political and artistic freedom. Same year emigrated to USA where I pursued my Master of Fine Arts at Michigan State University, I graduated in 1991. Now I live in North Stamford, CT. Presently I'm paintingat in my new studio, 89 Mill Spring Lane, Stamford, CT 06903.
My Paintings are colorful, textured, and technically executed. My images weave images of music, my past and remains of my daily life and experiences, colors shapes patterns and compositions. Expressionistic, painterly, and inspirational.
Michigan State University, Kresgee Art Center, 1989- 1992, Graduated, Master of Fine Arts
2012, Ralph J. Bellantoni Signs of Wonder, Ganett, 1 pages (color)
2010, Robin Fand On The Cover, Robin Fand, 1 pages (color)
2008, Ann Johnson Art In Ambassy, 2 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2005, Crnellia Sickle GR Art Gallery of Colors, Art Times, NYC, 1 pages
Museum of Music and Music Instruments, Phoenix, Arizona
Shkodra, Art Gallery, Shkoder, Albania
Winner of 2012 Leone'd'Oro dell'Arte (Golden Lion of Arts), Monte Carlo (Monaco)
Gallery 444, 444 Post Street, San Fransisco, California - [Gallery Representation]
Design Domain Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey - [Gallery Representation]
Aikona Gallery, Bermuda, On going [Gallery Representation]
Coconut Grove Gallery, 2790 Bird Ave., Miami, Florida 33133 - [Gallery Representation]
Ward Nasse Gallery, SOHO, 178 Prince Street, New York 10012, February 2008 (One man show)
Broome Street Gallery, SOHO, 2005-2006 (One man show)
Las Vegas ArtExpo, 2007
New York ArtExpo 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
IIIrd Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea 2007, 2008, 2010, Ermitage De Rioe, Mandelie, Cannes, FRANCE
Walnut Street Gallery, 221 East Walnut St., Springfield, MO 2002 [Represented ]
Broom Street Gallery, 498 Broome Street, SOHO, NYC, Sep.1st, 2003 (One man show)
Western Publishing, 350 Third Avenue, New York, NY - May- June 2003 (One man show)
Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, December 2004, Florence, ITALY
The International Academy of Modern Arts, March 2003, Rome, ITALY
Images of Art, 540 Nepperhan, Yonkers, NY, Nov16-Dec 30 2002, (One Man Show)
Gora Gallery, Montreal, Canada, June 19 - July 10, 2002
Purple Gallery, New Rochelle, Two Year Round Show, November 1997 - November 1999
Art Coalition of Manhattan, Group Show, 96 St. and Broadway, New York City, December 1996
The Wall Gallery, New York University, One Man Show, 44 West 4th St. SOHO New York City
Kresge Art Center, East Lansing Michigan, One Man Show, 1991
Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Group Exhibition, 1989
Group Exhibition: Albania 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987.
2003, Bienalle Internazionale Del Arte Contemporanea, Quarta Edizione, 2003
2005, Art Times, New York City, Cornelia Sickle, GR Art Gallery
2008, Art in Ambasies Program, US Deprtment of State Art Program, Ann Johnson
2009, Arte Collezionismo, Francesco Chetta
2010, Arte Collezionismo, Francesco Chetta
2011, International Contemporary Artist, Vol III, Eve Lemonidau
2012, Best Oil Painters of America, vol 3
2012 The Connection Magazine, On the Cover, Robin Fand
2012, Ralph J. Bellantoni, Signs of wonder, Ganett
Gallery 444, 444 Post Street, San Fransisco, California
Design Domain Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
Aikona Gallery, Bermuda, On going
Coconut Grove Gallery, 2790 Bird Ave., Miami, Florida 33133
Art Essex, Essex, Connecticut
Graduated from Michigan State University, Master in Fine Arts (Studio Arts). Right after graduation moved back to New York, NY had a major influence shaping me as an artist and is no better place to mature in visual arts. My work evolved to focus on the themes of music and memories, events shapes and colors that influence my daily life.
The prominence of the music and instruments as art objects is quite notable in my paintings. In my childhood I went to music school for
In 1991 I graduated from Michigan State University, Master in Fine Arts (Studio Arts). Right after graduation moved back to New York, NY had a major influence shaping me as an artist and is no better place to mature in visual arts. My work evolved to focus on the themes of music and memories, events shapes and colors that influence my daily life.
The prominence of the music and instruments as art objects is quite notable in my paintings. In my childhood I went to music school for eight years where I played the violin and guitar. I chose not to become a musician because my interest in colors and shapes was far more intense than the interest in sounds. But still, shapes and colors of instruments are very much "the music to my eyes."
I do consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed a mesmerizing (but now faded) culture so far removed our "modern" world. I studied folk costumography, motifs, and compositions which aided in the creation of my love for details, picturesque tones, and understanding of texture. At the folklore festivals, I witnessed some very unique scenes that still strongly impact my art work-drummers, dancers, singers of folk music are still vivid to this day in my memories. They are quite helpful and inspiring in my work directly and indirectly.
Many times I incorporate collages of musical notes in my paintings and other textured objects to create flat and two dimensional impressions. Real and unrecognized imagery, parts of musical instruments and other objects (related to them) give me the upper hand in creating interesting and spontaneous "Jazz" and "Classic" compositions.
Aside from music, everyday life, reading, traveling, visiting galleries and art museums, have a direct influence in my paintings.
I have been very fortunate to have quite a few Art Galleries representing me throughout US, and my oil paintings are collected in US, Europe and Asia.