ARTISTS OF THE MONTH
Antonio Marra, born in 1959 in Volturara Irpina, Italy is an Italian artist. He completed his art studies in 1982 at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples and today is a representative of ‘Neo Op Art’ (short for Neo optical art) which is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. He lives and works in Offenbach, Germany.
As a Neo-Op artist, Marra has created his own visual language, working on three pieces, he paints the left side, front and right side of corrugated plaster over canvas. As one moves around there is an impression of three distinct images which appear to oscillate and react to each other, with repeating elements in each like a dynamic triptych. Marra delights in surface play, his work is created to amuse and excite. Clever and skilfully constructed, these pieces make the eyes dance over the picture as it constantly shifts and moves. There is a precise science to these geometric patterns with a painstaking process required to create these vibrant visual effects. Simply put the work is brilliantly constructed, magical and mesmerising.
ALISA LIM A PO
Alisa Julia Lim A Po (born 1975) was born to be an artist and studied at the prestigious Academy of Visual Arts in Holland. She makes semi-figurative pieces, which verge into abstraction. These heads are elemental outlines, non-expressive silhouettes, raw and textural. They are dark and brooding, reflecting upon solitude and the essential loneliness of the human condition.Lim A Po creates art that deals with the multifaceted nature of society and our place within it. Her distinctive technique working on copper makes for layered work, at times thick and rich in texture and at others almost transparent. The use of acrylic on a smooth hydrophobic surface creates an underlying tension between the paint and the surface.
What we have with Lim A Po’s work is a representation of the existential; these stunning pieces resonate with a profound sense of humanity combined with a distinctive technique.