Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, Juan spent most of his childhood with his grandparents, It was there in the kitchen that he fell in love with cooking and tango. Soon he pursued studies in culinary arts under the supervision of L’école de Cuisine Lenotre and soon started working in professional kitchens were he found cooking as an art outlet. By 2007, working at Palacio Duhau had the opportunity to collaborate with the French artist Laurent Moriceau in his ephemeral art series titled Proyecto Deguste, which involved the creation of chocolate sculptures for an exhibit at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art. This project made a great impression on Juan and inspired him to begin integrating plastic arts into his cooking.
Juan’s culinary career has taken him around the world, cooking both in restaurants and on stage at some of the most exclusive events such as Taste of Auckland and New Zealand Chocolate Festival. He has been mentioned in the New Zealand Herald and Cuisine Magazine, and even featured on an episode of Hangi Masters on Māori Television.
Although he’s known for his achievements and accolades as a chef, Juan is also a talented saxophone player, and has performed at the popular Sundeck in Queenstown with DJs Guillem Ribera and Murry Sweetpants. Juan himself is also an acclaimed electronic music DJ, playing under the stage names Ship Shape, Chupa Trance and Electric Rush at acclaimed clubs such as Ink Bar.
In addition to the culinary and musical arts, Juan is now taking his artistic talents to canvas. His paintings were recently displayed at a private event at Studio Dinner in Auckland.
Amongst other projects, he’s currently working on a photo portrait project involving 100+ people, a commission for a mural artpiece for a new restaurant in Auckland. Juan is comfortable with abstract, mixing techniques and medias.
These works are all meditations on solitude in some way. Solitude has a thousand faces: it can be experienced in all kinds of states and situations. Sometimes solitude is a blessing, because it can allow for artistic self-reflection and self-representation, as my Self-Portrait suggests. But solitude can also comprise of moments where anxieties or fears jump out at us as in Study in Blue.
A little bit about the artist:
Beatriz Santos is a 23-year-old artist based in London. She has a BA English from Clare College Cambridge and a Graduate Diploma in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her practice is mainly two-dimensional and figural. Beatriz’s love of literature leads her to populate her works with characters, metaphors, and delicate visual ironies. Her visual practice is centred on the similarities and the misalignments between narrative, poetry and visual image. She is fascinated by how people use paintings (in galleries, in campaigns, at home, on social media) to tell their own stories. The importance of telling new stories is something her works actively promote, with their enigmatic yet mundane characters. Derived from song lyrics or poetic fragments, they are representations of nobody – but hopefully everyone can use them to question, to reflect or to remember.
‘Symbolism is a big part of the process and as life is surreal and, at times mad, so are the paintings… ‘
Funny, crude, and surreal imagery help to bring dark humour to the work, acknowledging its’ obscure, psychological nature.
A little bit about the artist:
Zoë uses art to process times of physical and mental vulnerability from relationships with others and herself. These personal ‘thought pictures’ give a feeling of ownership of the stories she tells; reinforcing a sense of security and identity to the viewer. The relationship between the body and mind is always in the forefront of Zoë’s artistic exploration. The fragility and feral nature of what it is to be human, mentally, and physically. Zoë is also a strong believer in art therapy and hopes to encourage others to go forth and get creative in the name of well-being.
Alfred Ramsden, 20 , is an aspiring artist from Medway, Kent.
He does a wide variety of works in photography, graphic design and fine art. Alfred Attended the Howard school in Rainham and studied fine art there until he graduated to 6th Form at the school and began to study Graphics design and Photography until the age of 18. Alfred left school however continued to work on developing his art portfolio which contains all of his worlds from during and after his time in education. Alfred’s Art contains a wide variety of influences and ideas mainly conveyed and found through his love of music.
The art piece submitted by Alfred does not have a title, the first ideas Alfred had about the theme of ‘solitude’ all conveyed very dark dingy images.
However, after researching Alfred found that solitude does not always convey an image of isolation and loneliness.
The first ideas that Alfred had were the ideas of empty Mediterranean swimming pools. The image submitted was heavily influenced primarily by the work of a London born artist called Johnny pockets, the image submitted was created by Alfred, he created the image by painting it on a canvas using acrylic paints. He then scanned the image on a printer and re-worked and edited it digitally on photoshop where he improved the colour, brightness.