Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Interview with Ashish Soni – Artist in India

Ashish SoniAshish Soni is a self taught pencil sketch artist from India. He strives to make his sketches realistic, life like and natural. You can connect with Ashish on Facebook to learn more about him and to purchase his art.

View Ashish’s art portfolio. You can also view his art after the interview below.



ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey as an artist.

I live in a small town Durg near Raipur, capital of Chattisgarh. I have always been good at learning new things and I take it as a challenge to become good in any field. After learning guitar, I was looking for something different yet artistic which would allow me to capture my views in a different manner than music. I used to draw cartoons (Ducktales, Spiderman, Batman, Mogli, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck etc) when I was a kid and also did a lot of ‘Rangoli’ during Diwali time. My craziest work was the Scenes of Jurassic Park (When Dinosour breaks the Fencing) sketching out on paper when I saw the Movie. When I saw pencil sketches online two-three years ago, I got inspired to try my hands at it. I started by downloading a few e-books on sketching and learning from them, I got an idea but not that much help. Soon I realized I had a good eye for lighting, angle, shades, detailing etc. that helped me capture real essence in pictures. Now a days I strive to make my sketches as close to reality as possible. All my sketches have a life and they are realistic.

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Art Meets Vienna – A project that aims to unify artists worldwide

Art Meets ViennaArt Meets Vienna is a project that unifies artists of all nations and it’s goal is to hold an exhibition with artworks from artists all over the world in Vienna. The well observed art project “Art Meets Vienna”, founded by the Viennese artist Monika Mori on Facebook on March 15th 2010 will soon reach it’s goal: an exhibition in Vienna.

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Interview with Evi Apostolou – Artist from Patras, Greece


Evi ApostolouEvi Apostolou is an artist from Greece. Her recent art is about the consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality. Evi has studied both theology and art and is currently a theology teacher.

You can connect with Evi on Facebook or you can visit her website to find out more about her and to purchase her art.


View Evi Apostolou’s art portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.

Extraimaginary: We have Evi Apostolou here with us today. Evi, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your art.

Evi Apostolou: Well, I have studied theology in the University of Athens. This is about religions. Then I studied art in Athens School of Fine Arts. My interest in art came very early when I was a child. I have been always painting all my life and I love every kind of art and especially visual art.

My recent artwork ‘Boundaries at the age of surreal’ (2009) was made for my university diploma. It is about the radical consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality.

14-xenotransplantation-digital-110x140cmAll artworks are based on real facts, such as transplantation from animals, like pigs, to humans, the misuse of animals in order to find therapies for human diseases or for the science to go further, the very fast growing field of nanotechnology, the bionic brain (a brain with an artificial hippocampus) and the total artificial heart, which is going to be used by humans in the future.

At the same time all artworks are an open door to the imagination, real and surreal can be easily confused. I found very interesting to combine art with all this scientific knowledge I had after my two years research about these issues. I also believe that art can be a very strong communication tool, and I wanted to share everything I already knew with people. Something very important I have to say now about the unit ‘Boundaries’ is that I have tried a lot to represent everything in such a way so I would not cause very strong emotional reactions, because the purpose of this work is to represent the reality as it is, not to confuse, but to stimulate people for a clear thinking.

Apart from this unit, my artwork at the moment is painting, digital art and a combination of computer produced images, photographs with painting. I am mostly inspired from biology, exploring the interaction and coexistence of spirit and matter, as well as of the natural and the artificial world. I find very interesting to combine biological, organic with technological, inorganic elements. I also want to express a particular state of mind and soul. Human body, both internal and external, and every living matter could be transformed into images of a flowing energy, and, even though a still life could be seen as something breathing and alive. Everything in my art is living, can be connected, everything is like an organism, or a part of a bigger organism.

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Interview with Mosoti Kepha – Visual Artist from Nairobi, Kenya

Mosoti Kepha - Visual Artist - Nairobi, KenyaMosoti Kepha was born in Nyamira District, Kisii, Kenya. He went to school in Kitale, Kenya and majored in Drawing and Painting and also Fine Art at the Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts in Nairobi, Kenya. Mosoti is a painter as well as sculptor. His sculptures are made of wood, metal and tin and are inspired by expressions of humans figures and facial personalities. His paintings are semiabstract inspired by mother nature.

You can connect with Mosoti on Facebook or email him for further information or to purchase his art.


View Mosoti Kepha’s portfolio. You can also view his artwork after the interview below.


ExtraImaginary: Mosoti, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background in art?

Mosoti Kepha: Actually I’ve been interested in art since I was a young boy – thirteen years old in primary school … that was in 1993. That’s when I noticed that I’m good at figure drawing, nature drawing and landscapes. So my primary teacher noticed that I had that talent and she encouraged me to go on with it. So in 1996 when I joined high school, I was lucky to take art as a subject that is drawing and painting and fine art in general. I did it for four years until 1999 when I finished high school. My high school teacher also noticed that I am a briliant artist and I can do better If I took my talent more seriously. So when I finished high school, I joined Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts. That was in 2000 until 2003. After college, I decided to take art as my professional career and in 2005 that is when I joined the art scene officialy. Actually it is a good thing and I’m glad I chose that.

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Interview with Dennis Muraguri – Visual Artist – Nairobi, Kenya

Dennis Muraguri - Visual Artist - Nairobi, Kenya

Dennis Muraguri was born in Naivasha, Kenya, where he completed his primary school. He completed his high school in Kiambu and later moved to Nairobi where he went on to major in Drawing and Painting from the Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts. He topped his class with distinction. Dennis is currently a painter and sculptor. He uses wood and metal for his sculptures.

You can connect with Dennis on Facebook or you can email him for further information or to purchase his art.


View Dennis Muraguri’s gallery. You can also view his artwork after the interview below.


ExtraImaginary: Dennis, could you please give us a background of yourself and your art?

Dennis Muraguri: I started very young, I did not know what I was doing actually. Art came from the toy making, the drawing of matatus (Kenyan buses) when I was a kid, and it came to a point where it affected my work in school cause I would no longer take notes. I would draw instead of taking notes, so my books were filled with a lot of drawings. But I still did not know what that was. I did not know it was art. I did not know what that meant. So later on I was lucky to go to a high school where there was art lessons. Then I took that. After that I went to a college where they taught art called Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts. From there I came directly from college and started practicing.

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