Phillip Hua is an artist living and working in San Francisco. His work has been exhibited in galleries and art fairs nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was selected by Kenneth Baker, former art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, as one of five artists to exhibit at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. In the same year, we was shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize, a non-profit wing of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery (London), which recognizes young artists who reference old masters.
Among jurors who have included his work into group exhibitions are Lucinda Barnes (Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive), Betti Sue Hertz (YBCA), Karin Adams (Oakland Museum), Caitlin Haskill (SFMOMA), Naima J. Keith (The Studio Museum), Meg Shiffler and JD Beltran (SF Arts Commission). His work has been reviewed by Art Practical, The San Francisco Chronicle, SFWeekly, California Home + Design magazine, White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Interior Design magazine, and 7x7 magazine, among others. Hua is adjunct faculty at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he teaches Digital Media.
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Craig LaRotonda received his BFA in 1992 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober. Currently working as a professional painter, illustrator, and sculptor, Craig divides his time between each endeavor.
LaRotonda's richly layered paintings are provocative; his signature iconic style is reminiscent of Renaissance and Byzantine art while remaining boldly contemporary. His work possesses a dark narrative and grotesque elegance. These distorted creatures are captured in a timeless space — surviving the brutality and beauty of existence. Craig's ability to make deformities and oddities become aesthetically magnificent is what makes his art so unique.
His paintings and sculptures incorporate mixed media and aging techniques, ultimately creating surreal figurative works. LaRotonda's artwork graces the walls of famous homes including collectors in France, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
Through his relationship with Film Art LA, his acclaimed art appears prominently in television and five feature-length motion pictures - including the Academy Award winning film "Traffic" directed by Steven Soderbergh, and "The Other Guys" with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
LaRotonda's striking and unique art has been featured in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Juxtapoz, The New York Times and numerous other publications. This commercial work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators (in New York and Los Angeles), Communication Arts and Print Magazine.
Exhibitions include solo shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Paris. Craig also exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad.
Lee Harvey Roswell is a self-taught artist from Freefall, New York, whose work is noted for its blend of angst and humor. Themes of death and entropy, tribulation and futility run amok in his distinctly surreal, often-slapstick/ often-nightmarish world. The result is at once mocking and melancholic. For the past decade plus his attention has turned almost exclusively to oil painting, though it's always a surprise what direction he'll steer things next. Lee now lives in San Francisco, and his work is shown, collected and published internationally.