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Artists of the Month - May 2021 WINNERS!

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

©Cover image courtesy of Lionel Cruet, Dusk Daybreak Series, All Rights Reserved

ART from HEART is excited to announce the Winners of the Artist of the Month - May 2021!

4 Artists, 4 Mediums, 4 Countries:

Lidia Krawczyk - Printmaking, Illustration, Drawing - Poland

Lorena Herrero - Printmaking, Mixed Media - Spain

Lionel Cruet - Digital Art - USA

Cristina Pieropan - Illustration, Etching - Italy

The competition is open to multimedia artists worldwide and created to showcase, promote and raised the visibility of the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The winners are featured on our website and social media platforms and considered for any upcoming curatorial projects by ART from HEART. Artworks are selected based on creativity, originality, quality of work, and overall artistic ability.

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Lidia Krawczyk - Printmaking, Illustration, Drawing - Poland

© Lidia Krawczyk, All Rights Reserved.

From Left to Right Top:

Image 1 TOGETHER & Image 2 Pose DWA both from the Series 'Alone'

Image 3 Untitled from the Series 'Blue Lies'

Image 4 Untitled from the Series 'Falling'

Image 5 Sleeping, from the Series 'Womanhood'

Lidia Krawczyk is a visual artist, curator, art critic and theoretician. Her main areas of ​​interest are the spaces of conflict and tension within cultural mechanisms and identity formation systems. She is at ease in both the theory and practice of capturing gaps in the everyday tangle of events.

She uses drawing, photography, video and animation in her works which often take the form of intimate confessions or stories about the experiences of other women.

In the Series 'Alone' - a series of drawings and riso print - Krawczyk explored the feeling of loneliness; in the Series 'Falling' - riso print and serigraphs- she explored women relationships; and in the 'Blue Lies' drawing Series, she explored the rules to wear the mask in order to be present in visual culture.

I am curious, brave and never bored. I am trying to figure out the way in which we construct ourselves and find the mechanisms that are used to express our feelings and fears.
Focus on underlying the power of cultural and social forces within which we become who we are, or even who we wanted to be. Our visual patchwork culture is full of diverse elements which are helpful to maintain the masks we wear, still change, and develop.

For over a decade, she was associated with the Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery in Krakow, for which she realized many projects in the form of exhibitions, individual shows, books, research projects and experimental installations.

Krawczyk is currently doing a PhD in the Pedagogical University in Krakow.

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Lorena Herrero - Printmaking, Mixed Media - Spain

© Lorena Herrero, 'The Environmental Project' Series. All Rights Reserved.

From top left to right: I Had a Concept I Was Here Before - Before the too-late I - Before the too-late II - Mar Brava - The Equilibrium Line - Artist Book

Lorena Herrero is a Spanish artist based in London. Working as a printmaker for several years and recently extending her practice to a wider range of techniques and media. With intaglio printmaking still at the core of her work, Herrero likes to explore a more contemporary approach to the traditional printing techniques, experimenting with new material, compositions and processes.

Nature is changing at a scary and dangerous speed with very catastrophic consequences and yet, beauty remains throughout these changes. These works from 'The Environmental Project' Series represent the beauty and fragility of nature.

My aim is to capture and represent both aspects of this transformation as well as questioning the kind of future we are building and the changes we are making.

Lorena has participated in many exhibitions across UK, including the Royal Academy Winter Exhibition in 2020. She has been a keyholder member of East London Printmakers since 2012.

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Lionel Cruet - Digital Art - USA

© Lionel Cruet, Dusk Daybreak Series. All Rights Reserved.

Artist Lionel Cruet b. in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and based in New York City. His artworks deal with unresolved social and environmental issues that are currently happening. The effects of climate change have sparked new ways of thinking as well as reestablished new relationships with Earth and the environment.

All Lionel's artworks are executed in mediums that translate from installations, drawings to experimental photography. Some of the elements that he employs, are based on the use of memories and experiences through images of natural spaces as metaphors to understand the complex and interconnected realities in which we live.

In Dusk/Daybreak Cruet's focuses on the ecological state of coastal spaces creating a Series of experimental digital prints that capture daylight transitions using bi-tone pigmented gradations. These artworks emerge from a photographic source - a log of a day on a coast, layered with fragmented screenshots from social media, as well as views of the sky and the sand.

When I create my artworks I aim to offer the spectator visibility to the invisible, with the objective of bringing justice between all the forms of life that inhabit the Earth.
This creative process is informed by a conceptual framework that comes from my experiences as a Caribbean human being who is in constant dialogue with the rest of the world.

Cruet received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas en Puerto Rico and a Master in Fine Arts from CUNY - The City College of New York, and a Masters in Education from the College of Saint Rose. He was the recipient of the Juan Downey Audiovisual Award in 2013 at the 11th Media Arts Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile and in 2021 he continued research to art projects at a residency in the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito, Ecuador.

Cruet's artworks have been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2017); Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse (2017); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (2013); and Universidad de Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico (2014); and a solo exhibition at the Bronx River Art Center (2015).

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Cristina Pieropan - Illustration, Etching - Italy

© Cristina Pieropan. All Images Untitled. All Rights Reserved.

Etching and Aquatint printed and colored by hand with watercolors

Artist Cristina Pieropan creates her illustrations using the etching and aquatint technique. She colors the prints with watercolor. Her favorite themes are cities with crowded streets and windows that tell stories of characters, animals and children; descriptions of plants and flowers, and details of fabrics, taken from her previous experience as a Fashion Designer.

I lived for many years in a big city like Milan, which is part of me, but when the children were born I was lucky enough to move to the countryside, where I can go for a walk surrounded by nature.
I would like to raise public awareness of the love for nature, which is a fundamental part of our survival. I wish people could and want to experience it, with all five senses. This is why my workshops and my art are linked to experience and nature.

Pieropan has illustrated over 25 Albi in Italy and abroad for major publishing houses and have been selected in numerous international exhibitions. In 2015 her book for Editions Notari was selected for White Ravens; in 2016 she made a book on Degas for the MoMA in New York. In 2018 her illustrations for 'Cenerentola' was awarded 'Best Illustrations for Children's Books' in Moscow Union of Artists, Book Illustration and Design Deoartment. One of her engravings is now part of the Buckingham Palace Royal Collection.

She conducts painting and engraving workshops for children and adults in museums, libraries and bookstores.

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