About STOA Gallery:
STOA gallery was opened in 2006. Located in the Port of Estepona, in the South of Spain, it has 360 square meters just above the Town Hall. The gallery is actively involved in the cultural life of the area, which is a benchmark of quality and professionalism, working on local and regional cultural programs on radio and TV, organizing educational activities with children and adults, collaborating in the urban art in the city, with three murals by artists from the gallery on a Route of Murals (Eric Aman, Javier Infantes and Conchi Alvarez). The gallery takes four to five exhibitions a year, most of them curated and it is focused on emerging art and mid-career artists, and only in the primary market. The gallery works basically with paintings, sculptures, works on paper (mainly unique pieces), photography and digital art, and participates in six-seven international art fairs last years. STOA is also an editorial (STOA Spain S.L.) specialized in art books, the majority of them catalogs of exhibitions. The gallery has curated external exhibitions like “Icons of The Passion” in The Palace of Congress and Exhibitions of Estepona, “Icons of the Passion of Malaga” in Museum of Holy Week of Malaga, and the second performance of “El Cante se hace Color”, fusion of paintings and flamenco music as the closing of the III Biennial of Flamenco of Malaga.
In our booth in Context Miami Art Fair 2018, we present a project based on four artists:
About Astrid Sommer:
Born in México City, where she gets a bachelor’s degree in advertising and studies plastic arts with Alfredo Nieto. In 1996 participates in her first group show in the I.M.S.S. That same year she moves to Guadalajara, Jalisco, where she participates in the etching atelier of Cornelio García, and learns drawing with José Fors. In 2009 she returns to México City, where she lives and works now. She has participated in more than 50 group and solo exhibitions in México as well as abroad. She works with the STOA Gallery since 2014.
Astrid is an artist whose works belongs to the most colorful and elegant abstraction. Paintings done in acrylic on canvas, large size, in which she unfolds a torrent of spontaneity, vibrant color, and beautiful plasticity, which are the basis of her painting. In her paintings you can perceive that "vibration of the soul", without which, as Kandinsky used to say, the work cannot be produced. Her titles, succinct, concise, usually of a single word, represent concepts. Works of an abstraction dominated by light, color and a formally harmonic expressionism. The forms oscillate from spontaneous strokes apparently devoid of meaning, to features that configure knowable forms, from the world of figuration. Indeed, most of the canvases populate certain signs that, as Eliot used to say, "they do not have to describe, but, like its essence, condense an entire emotional complex". Characters that could be symbols represent, perhaps, memories, feelings, longings... or chained form, born of the subconscious, far from the thought, fruit of the restlessness, which is what "renews the creative faculty" (Odilon Redon). Therefore, the contemplation of the artworks of Astrid invites to the evasion of reality, to be carried away by the reverie, making a reverse path to the one she made. But on that trip, from the certainty that her work is gestated from sincerity and authenticity, we must follow the advice of J. Plazaola, and proceed to set aside our prejudices, expand the field of taste, reach the "loss of self", and try to enjoy each and every one of her works.
About Paz Aymerich:
Spanish artist, her academic training was in Fine Arts and Interior Design. She has worked first as an Interior designer. She works with the STOA Gallery since 2006. The urban landscape is the protagonist of her paintings. She was born in Madrid and lives and works in that city. The dialogue between them, the city and Paz, is notorious, and she becomes the interpreter of those conversations. Paz´s paintings provoke a very strong impression. It seems that our eyes are before an integral nude, a nude from the soul, a pure interior world. Her cityscapes reflect her vision of life: lover and friend of people, her friends, but afraid of people, even though when she needs them.
She is working in a new series, about the disappearance of the small buildings in the big cities, engulfed by the skyscrapers. The growth of cities in recent times, and the disappearance of neighborhood urban life, in which neighbors know each other, talk to each other, communicate, give way to isolate, in communication, selfishness and the loss of quality of life. That's why the small buildings that see how the big ones invade their space, projecting their long shadow over them denounce in the paintings of Paz their disappearance.
Her look is a beautiful and a silent vision of the great city but we perceive its human heart beat, its essences, nearly its interior hubbub, but there is no one visible. It is a bespoke world in which every single spectator gives every sight of oneself provoking a different sensation. She is able to get tangible atmospheres in which you can predict the dialogues, murmurs, laughs, and tears... horizons with silhouettes of a forceful plasticity that become the ownership identity of each city.
About Eric Aman:
French artist born in Argelia. He is a professional sculptor and painter. He lives and works between Spain and Italy. Sculptor trained in France first, in the principles of French classicism, later he completed his training in Italy, the country where he lived for 17 years and where he still has a workshop in Carrara. Represented by STOA from 2014. He has an extensive curriculum and important awards.
During the last years he is working on in a new series. The original idea comes from the book "Iconology" by Cesare Ripa, the great classic of the seventeenth century on the theory of images, essential to enter the world of allegories, as well as the reason of the images in a determined context. Eric takes Ripa´s text as a starting point to elaborate his own mythology, in which anthropomorphic beings represent concepts, states of mind, virtues, vices, passions...For Ripa, any allegory must be enigmatic, and it should not be easily understood. Faithful to that advice, Eric endows his works with enigmatic letters and signs. Therefore, they are epigraphic sculptures in which they appear with incised letters and signs of ancient alphabets not deciphered, or legible, like the Iberian or the Etruscan, whose reading is possible, but not its translation. As Ripa used for his book numerous sources of information, emphasizing the classic mythology, Eric recurs to multiple channels, product of his formation, eminently classic.
About Conchi Alvarez:
Artist from Spain. Her academic and professional training was in Ancient History and Archaeology. She has worked as an Art History Professor, later, she changed, professionally speaking, in the Art World. She lives and works in Spain. Represented by STOA Gallery since 2006. She has made numerous solo exhibitions, and has also exhibited in many international art fairs such as Art New York (USA), Scope Miami (USA), Scope Basel (Switzerland), LA Art Show (USA), KIAF (Seoul, South Korea), Art on paper New York (USA), Art Marbella (Spain), Art Zurich (Switzerland).
This Spanish artist and curator reinterprets the urban landscape genre. Her acrylics on panel make up the series "Urban Daydreams". Paintings of a subjective and capricious magic realism, only by cities lived and enjoyed, and always in the historical center, a place where the urban history is concentrated, where they are superimposed, like layers, essences and experiences that explode in their paintings in a metamorphosis of color that does not affect the forms, because the corners and streets are recognized.
Moments and solitary spaces, without people, but laden with that absent humanity that seems to have lived them only to wait to be revealed to the artist. Their emotional cities, saturated with color and overflowing with light, illuminate a personal and solitary journey, as an urban itinerary, to become a vital itinerary because the artist's gaze towards the city becomes a mirror of her own existence, or of her own longing, in a self-portrait in an urban key. Urban landscapes, self-portraits of her soul in which the artist looks for herself in a synthesis process that eliminates people and noise.