Clara Fialho is a Brazilian born and New York based artist, that she calls home since she moved there with her family as a teenager.
Her whimsical and colorful abstract paintings are a feast for the eye and invite the viewer to relax and meditate. She explains that she “became interested in the ideas of the collective unconscious and how we function as individuals within larger organisms”. The round shapes that appears in her works “could be tiny cells, or giant stars, but they are all important as part of a larger image”.
“Putting artists in the public realm is essential.”— Barbara Goldstein
Barbara Goldstein is an independent consultant that focuses on creative placemaking and public art planning. She has been working in the field of art for over 30 years and has held positions includinge Public Art Director for both the City of Seattle and the City of San Jose. In 2016 she was honored with the Public Art Network Award by Americans for the Arts.
His path demonstrates that passion and curiosity can go a long way. He studied sciences and came to art later in life. He learnt about art by visiting art shows and learning little by little. This got him to be referred to as ‘the people’s art critic’ by his colleagues at Londonist and he shares that “I can observe, critique and write about the art world with one foot firmly outside it”. Tabish is a true supporter of artists through his writings and as a trustee of ArtCan, a non-profit arts organisation that supports artists through profile raising activities and exhibitions. He is now frequently solicited to be a judge for art prizes such as the Curious Duke Gallery Secret Art Prize or Art Rooms.
Recently, I had the chance to be invited by Repaint History to a webinar where Tabish was a guest speaker, sharing tips with emerging artists. I reached out to him and I’m grateful he agreed to share with me about his path and views on the art world in general and the role of an art critic.