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Artists

The list of artists presented here is by no means exhaustive and is only a representative overview of associated artists. Some work closely together as friends or in exhibitions or group projects. Others may not even agree on the associations that that others apply to them. That is in part the aim of Fantastic Visions is to document the history and weave of relationships. The other intent is to present the wealth of creativity, imagination and skill of these artists.

Prateep Kochabua

Prateep Kochabua

Prateep Kochabua is a surrealist artist originally from Bangkok, Thailand. He studied for a Bachelors degree in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Silpakorn University.

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Alain Margotton

Alain Margotton

In the 1980′s and 90′s, Alain Margotton (born 1948 in Argenton sur Creuse) exhibited alongside Di-Maccio, Ruppert, Dietrich and Thomas in Hervé Sérane’s Galerie Râ.

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Michel Henricot

Michel Henricot

Michel Henricot was born in 1940 in Douai. Fascinated with the work of Gustave Moreau, Max Klinger, Max Ernst, Egyptian art, and Renaissance Italian painting. Henricot was a close friend of Leonor Fini, Constantin Jelenski, and Stanislao Lepri. His first individual show was in 1961, in Galerie Marignan, Paris.

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Željko Đjurović

Željko Đjurović (photo: Anica Raskovic)

Željko Đjurović was born in the former Yugoslavia and completed his studies of Art and post-graduate studies at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. He lives and works in Montenegro producing graphic works and paintings.

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Gregory Pettit

Gregory Pettit

Gregory Pettit is an American artist born in 1980 in Plano, TX. In 2003 he moved to Austin, TX and after completing his basic studies decided to enroll in the University of Texas College of Fine Arts. Graduating with a degree in Studio Art in 2008, he has since maintained his studio in Austin.

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Lucy Hardie

Lucy Hardie

Lucy Hardie is an Australian artist based in Ocean Grove, Victoria. Her work has since been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally and published in a variety of books.

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Max Ernst

Max Ernst 1964

Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was one of the primary pioneers of the Dada movement and Surrealism.

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Eli Tiunine

Eli Tiunine

Tiunine Eli was born in 1957 in Warsaw to a family of painters. In 1976 she left Poland for France and was admitted to the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She graduated in 1981.

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Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade

Carrie Ann Baade is an internationally exhibiting artist whose surreal oil paintings are rich with allegorical meta-narratives inspired by literature and art history. Exhibiting widely with the Pop Surrealists and her paintings have been featured in Metamorphosis, a survey of the top, contemporary Visionary Surrealists.

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Gromyko Semper

Gromyko Semper

Gromyko Semper is an artist based in Cabantuan City, Philippines. Largely self taught, his work has been exhibited in Germany, the United States, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Semper’s drawings are executed to imitate woodcut prints, embody a personal, invented mythology after the fashion of William Blake in the early nineteenth century; the symbolists, surrealists and decadents.

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Philip Rubinov Jacobson

Philip Rubinov Jacobson (photo: Peter Gric)

Painter, author, artist, teacher, philosopher and traveler, Philip Rubinov Jacobson is a recognizable figure in both the ‘Fantastic and Visionary genres’ of art. His writings and art work have been the focus of numerous magazine articles, television and radio interviews and featured in books. Prof. Phil has been holding his international painting seminars: “Old Masters-New Visions” since 1997.

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Pedro De Kastro

Pedro-De-Kastro

Pedro De Kastro’s imaginary landscapes are created with china ink techniques that recollect the European engraving techniques from the 18th and 19th centuries. His china ink drawings and etchings draw their oneiric atmosphere from the works of the great masters of engraving and illustration like, Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi or Gustave Doré.

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Wolfgang Widmoser

Wolfgang Widmoser

Wolfgang Widmoser born 1945 in Munich, is a painter living in Bali. He studied with Ernst Fuchs in Vienna and was later sent for some weeks from Fuchs to Cadaques in Spain to study with Salvador Dali.

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Tetsuya Ishida

Tetsuya Ishida

Tetsuya Ishida was a Japanese painter, best known for his surreal portrayal of an ordinary Japanese life. He was accidentally killed by a train in 2005. Ishida’s works feature three major themes: Japan’s identity and role in today’s world; Japan’s social and academic educational structures, and Japanese people’s struggles to adapt to social and technological changes in Japan’s contemporary life.

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Wessi

Wessi

Wessi graduated with honors for painting and graphics from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In the following year, she was invited to exhibit at the H.R. Giger Museum in Switzerland.

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Benedetto Fellin

Benedetto Fellin

Fellin Benedetto was born in 1956 in Merano, South Tyrol, and studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Professor Rudolf Hausner.

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Maura Holden

Maura Holden

Maura has never had formal painting instruction but has learned from friends, and pieced together her own education from a combination of book research, experiments with art materials and techniques, looking at other artists’ work, and a lot of time at the easel, becoming one with the paint.

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Elke Wassmann

Elke Wassmann

Elke Wassmann was born 1937 in Kiel, she studied at the Werkkunstschule Mannheim with Prof. Paul Berger Bergner and Prof. Geissler Kasmekat. She lives and works in Heidelberg and is a founding member and current officer of the Heidelberg painters circle.

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Siegfried Zademack

Siegfried Zademack

Siegfried Zademack had his first exhibition in the Bremen Town Hall. Since 1980 he has worked as a self employed artist and devoted himself entirely to painting.

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Otto Rapp

Otto Rapp (photo: Leo Plaw)

Born in Felixdorf, Lower Austria, Otto Rapp lived and was educated in Vienna. As a painter Otto was initially self taught, spending time studying in the various galleries and museums. He graduated from the Uofl Canada in 1982 with a Bachelor in Fine Art.

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Brigid Marlin

Brigid Marlin (photo: Peter Gric)

Brigid Marlin was born in Washington, D.C., studied in Dublin, Paris and New York, and now lives and works in England. She eventually travelled to Vienna, specifically to learn the Mische Technique from Ernst Fuchs. She is the founder of the Society for the Art of Imagination.

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Dennis Konstantin

Dennis Konstantin

Dennis Konstantin Gerigk was born 1979 in Wiesbaden, Germany and studied Interior Architecture before he in 2006 settled as a full time artist in Hamburg.

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Agostino Arrivabene

Agostino Arrivabene

Agostino Arrivabene creates visions of the ancient rich in symbolism, drawing upon subjects dear to him -”animals, natural wonders, landscapes, vanitates, still lifes and portraits – depicting imaginary worlds, that the artist himself defines as “a modern virtual Wunderkammern. “

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Shoji Tanaka

Shoji Tanaka

Shoji Tanaka was born 1957 in Toyama, Japan. From 1977 he spent three years living and studying in France. His paintings draw upon images from the Middle Ages, while also re-interpreting various sources of literature. After discovering the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, he then commenced researching classical painting techniques.

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Laurence Caruana

Laurence Caruana

Laurence Caruana was born 1962 in Toronto Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Philosophy, and then studied painting at die Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. In the year 2000 he apprenticed directly under Ernst Fuchs, working as his assistant in his studios in Monaco and Castillon.

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Amanda Sage

Amanda Sage

Amanda Sage is primarily a painter based in Vienna. She trained and worked with the Fuchs dynasty of artists, being one of the more notable students.

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De Es Schwertberger

De Es Schwertberger

De Es was born in 1942 in Gresten, Lower-Austria as Dieter Schwertberger, the second son of two teachers. His father died during World War II, leaving his mother to bring him, and his elder brother, up. He graduated from the Engineering School of Vienna in 1962, aged 19. Art Studies He studied at the Akademie […]

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Rosaleen Norton

Rosaleen Norton

Once a fringe figure of a very conservative Australian society, Rosaleen Norton since her death in 1979, has become cult figure in esoteric circles for her visionary artwork. In her time she was portrayed as the epitome of wickedness. This was a facade she was quite happy to flaunt to the public and media, loving […]

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Satoshi Sakamoto

Satoshi Sakamoto

The inspiration for his artwork is often drawn from common everyday things, sometimes even rubbish that people don’t notice. He magnifies the neglected senses into a grand scale, through a process similar to divination or mediumism. Philosophically he is influenced by Rudolf Steiner.

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Bernard Dumaine

Bernard Dumaine

Bernard Dumaine born August 20, 1953 in Angoulême, France, still lives to this day in the same town with his wife and children. From an early age he was working to master drawing still-lifes with correct proportions between the objects, good shading, and volume. Dumaine’s passion for drawing was learnt from his father. He never […]

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Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzislaw Beksinski

Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter,photographer, and sculptor. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his ‘fantastic realism‘ period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, […]

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Viktor Safonkin

Viktor Safonkin

Viktor Safonkin was born August 22nd in Sarnask, the capital of the Russian Republic of Morodovia. Today he lives in Prague where he has his studio and gallery. Safonkin’s unique artwork has been exhibited the world over, in the U.S.A., Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Austria and Germany. He is often a guest at many international Fantastic Art gatherings.

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Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She attended art classes in school but hated what the teachers showed her. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing; she also graduated with honors.

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Madeline von Foerster

Madelinevon Foerster

Madeline von Foerster (b. 1973 U.S.A) studied illustration at the Californian College of Arts in San Francisco. After completing her studies, she relocated to New York city at the suggestion of one of her teachers and resides there to this day. At first she was frustrated with painting her artworks al a prima, but then […]

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Lukáš Kándl

Lukáš Kándl

Lukáš Kándl is a Czech born painter that now resides in France and uses Old Masters painting techniques. He has won numerous prizes. Kándl is also very busy with his with wife organising regular exhibitions for his artist group Libellule.

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Johfra

Johfra

Johannes Franciscus Gijsbertus van den Berg (15 December 1919 in Rotterdam – 6 November 1998 in Fleurac) or just Johfra Bosschart was a Dutch modern artist. Johfra and his wife, Ellen Lórien, established in Fleurac (Dordogne – France) in 1962. They lived in the Netherlands before that. Johfra described his works as “Surrealism based on […]

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James Gleeson

James Gleeson

James Gleeson (22 November 1915 – 20 October 2008) was Australia’s foremost surrealist painter, being widely known as the “father of Australian surrealism”. Best known for his series of monumental and apocalyptic organic surrealist paintings, he was also a renowned poet, critic, writer and curator. He played a significant role in the Australian art scene, including serving […]

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H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger

H. R. Giger (Hans Rudolf Giger) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost artists of Fantastic Realism. Born in 1940 to a chemist’s family in Chur, Switzerland, he moved in 1962 to Zurich, where he studied architecture and industrial design at the School of Applied Arts. By 1964 he was producing his first artworks, mostly […]

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Peter Gric

Peter Gric

Peter Gric was born 1968 in former Czechoslovakia. When he was a boy, his family were granted permission to holiday outside of the strictly controlled socialist territories. Unbeknown to him, his parents never planned to return, and driving to Austria instead of their state approved holiday destination, where they applied for residency. Studies He studied […]

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Ernst Fuchs

Ernst Fuchs

Ernst Fuchs is an Austrian artist famous as a co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism and mastering and teaching the Mischtechnik to others. Many other artists have studied under and have been influenced by him and his work.

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Martina Hoffmann

Martina Hoffmann

Martina Hoffmann works as a painter and sculptress. Hoffmann has spoken at international conference and has taught painting workshops worldwide.

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Robert Venosa

Robert Venosa

Robert Venosa was an American artist residing in Boulder, Colorado, USA. He studied with what are termed the New Masters. His artworks reside in collections around the world. Venosa began his career as a commercial artist, designing album covers for Columbia Records as an art director in the 1960s. In all, Venosa has designed more than 50 album covers for […]

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Bruno Weber

Bruno Weber

Swiss born Bruno Weber turned a family plot of land into his own studio and sculpture park. He was commissioned to produce numerous public works of sculpture.

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Odd Nerdrum

Odd Nerdrum

Odd Nerdrum and his artwork are in direct conflict with the abstraction and conceptual art considered acceptable in much of his native Norway, and in opposition to the art of the time.

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Alexander Kostetsky

Aleksander Kostetsky

Alexander Kostetsky was born into a family of artists in Kiev. During the Soviet era he participated in underground exhibitions. Afterwards he travelled and exhibited in Germany and the U.S.A.

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Werner Tübke

Werner Tübke

Werner Tübke (b. 30 July 1929 in Schönebeck, Germany, d. 27 May 2004 in Leipzig, Germany) was a German painter, best known for his monumental Peasants’ War Panorama located in Bad Frankenhausen.

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Olivier Zappelli

Olivier Zapelli

Born in 1966 in Lausanne (Switzerland), Olivier Zappelli, “OZ” studied at the Sion Fine Art school, and at the Maximilien de Meuron Academy,Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Olivier has always been fascinated by the study of religion. During a stay in Haïti, he researched the “voodoo” religion and its rituals. He discovered the naïve and fantastic art of […]

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Kris Kuksi

Kris Kuksi

“A post-industrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes. The political, spiritual, and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of […]

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Mati Karwein

Mati Klarwein

Matthias (Mati) Klarwein (1932 – 2002) was born to a Jewish family in Hamburg, Germany. Two years after the National Socialists came into power, his parents fled with him to Palestine. “I grew up in three different cultures, the Jewish, Islamic and the Christian. These circumstances and my family’s stern resistance against being part of […]

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Hanno Karlhuber

Hanno Karlhuber

Born 1946 in Dresden. 1950 emigrates to Austria 1972 Studies at the Academy for Visual Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Künste), Vienna under Professor Rudolf Hausner, completing his Diploma for Painting. 1980 – 82 Stipendium for Japan, studies Japanese painting technique at the Tokyo Geidai, experimental video and film. 2000 – 2005 artistic director of Galerie […]

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Alex Grey

Alex Grey

Alex Grey (born November 29, 1953) is best known for his paintings, which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. Grey’s visual meditation on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, is contained in five books. His two monographs, Sacred Mirrors and Transfigurations, follow the […]

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Leonor Fini

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she was raised in Trieste, Italy. She moved to Milan at the age of 17, and then to Paris, in either 1931 or 1932. There, she became acquainted with, among many others, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Georges Bataille, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Picasso, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, and Salvador Dalí. She traveled […]

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Martin Stensaas

The vibrant, fluid, and complex works of Martin Stensaas can be described as mystical classicism, psychedelic neo-symbolism, or magical figural maximalism. Originally from Salt Lake City, Martin moved throughout the western United States, including Colorado and Southern and Northern California. His work has been collected internationally and featured in film and festival culture.

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Featured Artist Peter Gric