International Artist and Gallery Owner
Architect and Painter, John Benzel lived a life full of richness, compassion, and adventure. His paintings exude his respect and love for the every day man, the underprivileged, and his friends who enriched his life. Technically his paintings are masterful, combining a sense of color, composition, and style that allows each work to sing in harmony. Much of his work imbued a strong view of social justice and political overtone. Many of these views molded from his time in South America, primarily Chile, during his time in the Peace Corps.
John Caputo began his formal study of art 50 years ago in American universities, earning his Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1976 from the University of Florida. Initially trained in Printmaking/Graphics, his love of immediacy transformed him into a committed Painter by 1987. As a dedicated Academician he has taught at nine institutions of higher learning, most notably the esteemed Skidmore College in upstate New York, ranked as the top Studio Art Program in the country based in a Liberal Arts University.
Mr. Caputo’s Exhibition Record is extensive, being included in 72 shows internationally and nationally in the Unites States. These include Solo, Juried, Group, and Regional venues including the Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea, New York, the South Carolina State Museum, the Greenville Museum of Art, the Munson-Proctor Institute, and The Academy of Art in Lodz, Poland. In addition the artist has received 17 Grants related to his creative work, and has lectured on art panels with luminous artists such as Leon Golub. His personal interactions with other artists of note include David True, Toshiko Takaezu, Eric Fischl, and April Gornik; the latter three own his artwork. Like Hokusai, he continues to believe that his best work is ahead of him.
8th Ave. Gallery is excited to announce the representation of German artist Sabrina Pohl. Based out of Stuttgar, German and Vienna, Austria, Pohl‘s delicate pencil renderings of landscapes and every day objects ooze with a sensitivity and sense of design that burst with energy well beyond their stature. Using other materials such as pastel and crayons, she inserts an ephemeral tone to each work, transporting the viewer into a dream-like setting. At the mere age of 26, Pohl exhibits a maturity in her craft, well beyond her years. Looking forward to seeing her career blossom.
The Cliff Series, produces by Edith Wiles, represents an investigation in natural rock formations, inspired by the artist’s travels, then transformed into a complex but soothing body of geometric abstractions. Perfect in painting quality, arrange in linear and kaleidoscopic patterns, Edith Wiles opens the door to how natural elements can inspire the senses. These pieces also soar in originality as they are interchangeable and can be displayed in a multitude or arrangements. Wiles perfected a symmetry and design, within her astute painting technique, that opens up endless possibilities within the context of each piece. This combination of quality, inspiration, and design...make owning a Wiles’ painting an unlimited joy and powerful connection to the beauty all around us.
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