Biography: Christopher Skoczylas
Petros Martin was born in Canada, in 1951.
After studying in Italy and extensive travel in Europe, he eventually settled in Toronto, in 1986, where he continues to live and work.
Biography of Brian Wyers
In 1987, Brian showed the 65 faux finishing and specialty paint techniques he had learned at the Day Studio of California for the International Interior Design Exposition at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. An immediate success, he went on to specialty paint finish some of Toronto's most famous landmark buildings and for its more prestigious inhabitants. To this day, he retains a reputation of diverse abilities, design skills, and colour acuity.
For the 20 years prior to this, Brian enjoyed a career of window dressing and trade show exhibition. He worked freelance mainly in the Yonge, Bloor and Yorkville areas as well as department stores including Eatons, Holts, and the Bay. He became known for his innovation and trend setting styles.
In the mid-sixties, Brian studied Architecture at Ryerson, with the honour of having his renderings displayed at trade shows to represent the school.
From an early age, he painted canvases that he sold privately. His first public showing was at the Toronto Art Expo in 2005, where he received tremendous accolades and invitations to show his oil paintings in Canadian and U.S. galleries.
At present, he has culminated these skills and created a body of work, mainly florals, that are large, colourful, and dramatic, in a look he refers to as "Powerful Serenity."
Brian Porter - Biography
Brian Porter is no stranger to the art industry, having spent over fifteen years working as a graffiti artist in major metropolitan cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Tokyo. Porter is an artist whose work has evolved from the street to the gallery and from the wall to the canvas. The blend of pop culture icons and an explosive colour palette give Porter’s work a “timeless” appeal and sensibility.
Born in Cambridge, Ontario, Porter was encouraged to express his creativity at an early age. Porter’s first encounter with graffiti art was in grade four which ignited his imagination and inspired him to begin sketching in charcoal, which then progressed into experimentation with aerosol, acrylic and oil paint. Porter’s versatility and eagerness to dabble in a variety of mediums and techniques has allowed his body of work to maintain a strong relevance in the contemporary art scene.
Porter’s immediate environment, life experiences and music have always been his primary inspiration and motivation. As an artist he thrives on the experience of painting for the public and is continuously invited to lend his artistic hand to public murals.
Brian’s work has been featured in a number of publications including Concrete Powder, Under Pressure and Always Fresh and has also won both public art prizes and competitions including Warner Brothers “The Watchmen” graffiti contest and The Williams Mill Art Prize.
Medium : mixed media
Born in 1968 in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, a land of vineyards, forests, lakes and fields.
His childhood was spent in a village with his grandfather. It was at that time that his interest in art began. Later he graduated from the Moscow Peoples University of Art, where he attended the Fine Arts Department. Influenced by his childhood memories, he creates paintings that capture places and scenes from his native home.
His first exhibition was held in 1987 in Moldova, where he received a warm reaction from art critics and viewers alike. Then he participated in the Moscow International Exhibition where he was noticed by critics as the best painter in show. Victor's experiments in art lead him to paint in style of avant-garde, surrealism, and impressionism. His travels brought him in constant search of interesting places that capture the heart of the countryside.
Recently, he discovered exciting views and landscapes of Italy, France, Moldova, USA, and Canada. Victor uses mixed media to create his scenes on canvas and board. His latest collection was recently presented at some of the biggest Art Shows in Atlanta, New York and Toronto. His paintings have become a part of personal collections in many countries.
The idea of thresholds has permeated all of my work for over a decade. By threshold I am referring specifically to a state of uncertainty / possibility which comes from the act of abstract painting. A nexus is to me, a threshold that not only implies an inside and an outside, a universal truth, but also a point of intersecting forces. I find this to be an astounding concept that a nexus is both a beginning and an end for the variables involved. In respect to the paintings, I feel that the viewer completes each work by bringing their perception into the nexus.
René Gruau’s illustrations were a favourite of the haute couture world and during his life-long career he collaborated with fashion houses such as Givenchy, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Schiaperelli and Dior.
Born Count Renato Zavagli-Riccardelli in Rimini, Italy in 1909 his father was an Italian aristocrat and his mother, whose last name he adopted, was a French Socialite. He moved to Paris in 1924 and commenced his career as a fashion illustrator. In the 30s he began to sketch for Parisian magazines and newspapers such as Femina and Le Figaro and soon began working with high style magazines such as Marie-Claire and L’Officiel.
In 1948 he moved to America. He contributed to Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and became the exclusive artist for Flair magazine. His advertising campaigns for Moulin Rouge and Lido de Paris utilised an old-world aesthetic, celebrating the traditional poster-art graphics of Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard and the pre-1900 Parisian artists. He continued to work in advertising, designing the hugely influential cinema poster for Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in 1959 and working on campaigns for names such as Dior, Air France, Martini and Omega watches. He has been exhibited internationally at the Paris Musée du Costume (1989) and The Musée de la Publicite (1999).
Gruau died in 2004 aged 95.
Claude Fauchère was born in Paris in 1936. This artist has the distinction of graduating from both the College des Arts Appliqués and the École Supèrieure Nationale des Maitres des Arts.
Fauchère's vibrant portrayals of everyday life in France have elevated his status to a national treasure. From street markets to romantic café scenes, Fauchère's art captures the essence of beautiful France.
Fauchère has won a number of awards including the Gold and Silver Medals of French Artists, the Medal of the General Counsel of Seine-
John Laford is an accomplished and successful native artist. John makes his home by the shores of Lake Superior where many of his inspirations come. John Laford has been the recipient of a Canada Council award which enabled him to travel and gain exposure internationally. His works have been shown across Canada and from Phoenix to New York in the USA. He has shown in Barcelona, Spain and many corporations have John Laford paintings adorning their walls.
His works are, perhaps, the most vibrant statement of the natural and spiritual world.