Maria Calandra was born in London, UK in 1976. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is the artist and writer behind the blog Pencil in the Studio, which she started in 2011. In this new body of work, originated during a retreat on the coast of Maine, Calandra is tapping into her subconscious to convey affections for the natural world, using automatic drawing as a more direct approach to capture nature’s spirit. Calandra holds a BFA from Ohio University and received an MFA from Cornell University in 2006. She has shown in both New York City and across the United States previously exhibiting with Andrew Edlin Gallery, Shrine Gallery, Romeo, White Columns, Arts and Leisure, Geoffrey Young Gallery and Sardine.
Andy Cross was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1979. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Cross received a MFA from Hunter College in 2005. A self-proclaimed wanderer, Cross culls memories, objects, and impressions from travels around the world, synthesizing them into compositions that blend art historical, spiritual, and cultural references. Cross has had solo exhibitions in NY with Kravits Wehby, and Martos Gallery. In Brooklyn with Sardine and Cathouse FUNeral. In Boston with Mario Diacono at Ars Libri, and internationally with the Max Mara, Marramotti Family Collection. Cross has also been included in numerous groups shows, with the above mentioned galleries as well as with Peter Blum, ATM, Museum 52, Ortega y Gasset, and in Berlin with Galerie Mikael Andersen. Cross’ work has been featured and reviewed in the Art in America, Art News, Contemporary Art Daily, Hyperallergic, Art Newspaper (Russia online edition), Italian Vogue (online edition), as well as Pencil in the Studio blog. Cross is also an Adj. Prof at KBCC in Brooklyn teaching Painting and Drawing.
Jules De Balincourt was born in Paris, France in 1972 but primarily grew up near Malibou Lake in the Santa Monica Mountains. De Balincourt is known for his idiosyncratic atmospheric paintings with saturated colors, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. He got his MFA from Hunter College, NYC in 2005. His work has been exhibited at prominent international galleries and museums including Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Mori Museum in Tokyo (solo) and has been featured in high-profile exhibitions including, “Greater New York” at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and MOMA in New York, and “USA Today” at the Royal Academy in London. His work is in prominent collections, including the Oppenheimer – JCCC Collection for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery, Brooklyn museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Erik den Breejen was born in Berkeley, California in 1976. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received his MFA in 2006, and California College of the Arts, where he received his BFA in 1999. Den Breejen’s paintings use texts and song lyrics as a jumping-off point for making hallucinatory and complex visual and color experiences. Recent solo exhibitions include Image, Music, Text at the Untitled art fair in Miami Beach (2012) and There’s a Riot Goin’ On at Freight and Volume, NYC (2014). Den Breejen has exhibited internationally, and his work is in collections throughout the world, including the Kistefos Collection in Norway. He recently completed a two story mural of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, commissioned by the label for their new headquarters in New York. Den Breejen is a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Painting and is preparing for a solo exhibition at F+V in October, 2016. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Franklin Evans was born in 1967 in Reno Nevada. He creates paintings and painting installations focusing on the studio process and its relationship to art and art history. He uses past art to make his paintings, with a recent focus on Matisse and Cezanne. He lives and works in New York, NY. He has degrees from Stanford University, University of Iowa, and Columbia University. Since 2005, he has had two dozen solo exhibition internationally and numerous group exhibitions at venues, which include, among others: MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; DiverseWorks, Houston, TX; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Futura, Prague, Czech Republic; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. He is represented by Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY and FL Gallery, Milan, Italy.
Sue Havens was born 1972 in Rochester, New York. She is based in New York and Tampa. Havens has recently developed a new body of ceramic work which expands upon her paintings. Inspired by subway platforms, Deco buildings, seersucker plaids, a thrift store dotted skirt, Turkish embroidery and the ruins of Ephesus. Havens received her BFA in Art from The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art from 1990-1995, and her MFA in painting from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2003. Havens is a 2008 Fellowship recipient in Painting from The New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently a recipient of the 2017 McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship. She is currently an assistant Professor of Art at The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
James Hyde was born 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an American painter, sculptor and photographer who has worked in New York City since the early 1980s. He is represented by Horton Gallery in New York and exhibits internationally with Schau Ort, Zurich, Switzerland and Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France. He also has works in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum and has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Hyde often employs unconventional materials when painting that range from plaster, nylon, chrome, steel to styrofoam and glass. His practice has been described as an “exploration of physicality” in his experimentations with different textures and planes that often re-evaluate and expand the limits and boundaries of painting.
Samuel Jablon was born in 1980 in Binghamton, NY. He is an artist and poet who lives and works in New York City. Jablon’s work explores the discursive and sensual visuality of art and poetry and the ways in which these forms serve as sources of disinformation and openness. Jablon received his MFA from Brooklyn College/CUNY (2013) and his BA from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado (2009). He has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Museum of Modern Art, The Queens Museum, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Kitchen, Artists Space, and Yours Mine & Ours. Solo exhibitions include Freight + Volume (NY), Arts + Leisure (NY), and Diane Rosenstein (LA). His work has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Interview Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Hyperallergic, BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail and others.
Ezra Johnson was born in 1975 in Wenatchee Washington and is currently living and working in Tampa Florida. He is a painter who expands into animation and sculpture adding complication and energy to his painting through the synthesis of different mediums. He received an MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York in 2006 and has exhibited his work at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Site Santa Fe, the ICA in Philadelphia the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas, Tampa Museum of Art, Freight & Volume Gallery in New York, Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York and many others.