Albert Ramos Cortés was born in Barcelona and grew up in a nearby town, Argentona. In 1998 he began his illustration and graphic designer career until he moved to San Francisco, California, to study illustration and work on his skills at the Academy of Art University in 2004. While pursuing his B.F.A. he kept working for various clients back in Spain, as his curiosity for fine art grew stronger every day. In 2009 he graduated cum laude and decided to enroll in the Masters of Fine Art at his alma mater where he obtained his M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting in 2012. Albert has won many awards, his work has been published in magazines and books and he has had many group shows, in galleries such as Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, California, Modern Eden in San Francisco, California, and Galeria Artelibre in Zaragoza, Spain. Albert’s work depicts a realistic representation of his memories, people, places and situations he left back home, as he tries to paint them before they get lost in time.
Wanderlust is an international group exhibition inspired by travel, far-away places, adventurous experiences and fascinating destinations. Participating artists were given identical postcards and asked to create a unique piece for the show inspired by the theme “wanderlust”. Travel via boat, plane, foot, and yes, even jellyfish to your favorite destination in this eclectic and imaginative exhibition!
"I was born in Cherepovets, Russia and spent my childhood growing up in Ukraine before my mother and I immigrated to the United States when I was 6 years old. I fell in love with art before I could form complete sentences and discovered my passion for oils about five years ago. I enjoy sharing videos of my art and creative process on my youtube channel which currently has over 85,000 subscribers. The center of my work changes along with my fascinations and life, though I have always been deeply inspired by natural elements and the female form. I'm constantly learning and doing my best to grow. I learn best by experimentation, which is what makes painting so exciting for me, just allowing the brush and paint take you somewhere interesting and ending up somewhere new and unexpected. I always feel connected to my work." ~ Lena Danya
‘A great deal of my creative energy is focused on developing a visual language that uses elements of both realism and abstraction to describe a subject. ‘Our Ghosts Are Hungry, How About You?’ is a series of narrative paintings on childhood. Visually, these images explore the dissonance that arises when realism is paired with the abbreviation and exaggeration of form.’ - Matthew Robertson
Matthew Robertson was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2012 with a BFA in illustration. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California. Robertson’s technical oil paintings are simultaneously chaotic and controlled as he masterfully weaves the two components into one canvas to intuitively explore the tenuous balance between real and abstract forms. The new series vibrates with a sense of innocence described by bold colors, geometric forms, and spontaneous lines which merge together harmoniously with an expert sense of realism, to create a body of work that is both nostalgic and contemporary.