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    João Sousa

    Portfolio of the week

    March 27, 2020

    This week, our Portfolio of the Week is brought to you by João Sousa. A travel photographer based in Beirut, Lebanon.

     

    Originally from Portugal, João Sousa has travelled far and wide, capturing some of the most remote places on earth. His passion began 12 years ago where he was inspired by friends and family who were in the same industry. After taking time off work and backpacking through North Africa and the Balkans in 2015, João has found his calling and brings his audience places and people we never thought existed. 

     

    João tells us some of his experiences, as well as why he has chosen to pursue travel photography and why Portfoliobox is his go-to online platform.

     

    Q: First of all, thank you for joining us on Portfolio of the Week. Could you please tell us how you got in to travel photography and why you love it so much?

     

    A: My love and fascination for travel photography goes back to when I was a kid, a time when my father had a monthly subscription of National Geographic. I used to stare at those evocative covers and immerse myself in the content of the magazine, which would stimulate my imagination and the dream to one day travel to remote and unusual locations. And this happened when, five years ago, I decided to leave my permanent job and hit the road on a tight budget. Me, my backpack and my camera with two lenses. 

    My aim was to shoot every day, especially something that would capture the essence and feel of the places and faces I would encounter on my way. I haven’t stopped ever since and this continuous journey has taken me to some truly incredible adventures. I also love doing travel photography to show people the unusual places I go to and to hopefully inspire them to one day go there.

     

     

    Q: Could you please tell us a little bit more about 'photo essays'?

     

    A: The photo essays on my page were published as a way to showcase the different themes I’ve been working on during my travels. I’m particularly interested in people and their stories, so essays like the one about the refugees in Tskhaltubo, Georgia or the struggles of the less privileged in Tripoli, Lebanon have a very special meaning to me, as they allowed me to understand their living realities. Lately, I’ve been based in Beirut, so I was able to cover part of the Thawra (Lebanese Revolution) and collaborate with the local press.

     

    Q: It seems as though you have travelled to many places. What is the most interesting city you have been to and why? What is the most remote place you have been?

     

    A: It’s difficult to elect one single place I found the most interesting, but Beirut is certainly among the most exciting ones. It’s a buzzing, lively city filled with history, diversity in people, cultures, religions, traditions and it has some of the best food we can ever taste. Due to its turbulent history across the last decades, Beirut is also the home of genuine storytellers, resilient people who lived through incredible experiences and who are eager to share their stories. Beirut is also very stimulating for street photography – there is always something unexpected around the corner waiting to be photographed.

     

    As for the most remote place I’ve been, I would say, Chinguetti and Ouadane in Mauritania are among the top ones. They were both important trading of the old trans-Saharian trade routes and are located very deep into the desert and they still preserve fascinating ancient constructions, including beautiful mosques built with dry-stones. It’s not easy or fast to get there, which adds more interest to the journey.

     

     

    Q: What is the craziest experience you have had while travelling?

     

    A: I always try to trust my instinct as a traveler, but I also try to be as open to experiences as possible, including being outside my comfort zone. Over the years, I hitchhiked a lot - especially in North Africa – and I stayed with strangers in their homes. This gives a wide scope for unexpected adventures, such as staying with Moroccan nomads in the High Atlas Mountains, spending an afternoon with drugs and weapons smugglers in Lebanon, hitchhiking a cargo train across a part of the Sahara Desert and living with punk anarchist squatters in Slovenia where we were attacked by neo-Nazis with molotov cocktails. I don’t seek extreme experiences, but sometimes they simply happen.

     

    Q: I see your favourite camera is the Fujifilm X Mirrorglass System. Is there a particular reason why you have chosen this gear?

     

    A: My lifestyle for the past half a decade has been dedicated to continuously backpack, which means I must prioritize what I take with me. And this extends to the gear I carry in my bag. I had been looking for various options and decided to go with the Fujifilm X mirrorless system. It’s light and compact, rugged and weather resistant. Suffice to say, I love their glass and the way they took my photography to the next level after I started using Fujifilm. The silent shutter is now something I cannot be without, especially while shooting documentary photography and the easy way to transfer files straight from the camera to the phone via WIFI. Simply a game changer for me!

     

    Q: Are you able to give us some perspective as to what lenses you use for different situations and settings?

     

    A: I usually carry with me the Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8 for its quickness and versatility (having a zoom lens is always important, especially for photojournalism) and the Fujifilm 23mm f/2, for street photography. For portraits, I absolutely love the older but gorgeous Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 and Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 lenses. Some of my best portraits were shot with these two.

    For wide angle shots I also use the Laowa 9mm f/2.8. This lens is very small and portable and barely has any distortion, despite the 9mm length. It has manual focus only, but after some practice it becomes easier to use.

     

    Q: What inspires you to capture the images you do?

     

    A: My main drive in photography is to continuously follow my curiosity. Almost everything around me makes me curious and eager to learn about what I observe. It is a humbling exercise to go to a new place and spend time with people who are very different from me and learn about their reality. Photography, then, becomes my tool to visually narrate how I see their reality in order to tell their unique stories.

     

    Q: Why have you chosen Portfoliobox as your preferred online platform?

     

    A: I’ve been using Portfoliobox for nearly two years and I’ve been thoroughly satisfied with the platform. It’s very easy and intuitive to use, especially for someone like me who doesn’t want to spend much time working online. It allows me to display my photography in the way I want and the positive feedback my page has been receiving by my visitors and customers is the sheer proof of that.

    The SEO tools work perfectly and on that note, it was thanks to my page on Portfoliobox that my photos got spotted by L’Orient Le Jour, a Lebanese daily newspaper, which then published my content and invited me for a collaboration with them as a photojournalist!

     


     

    Thank you very much João, you have given us a quick look at a world most never knew existed. The work you produce is awe-inspiring and definitely tells a story when putting in the context of the society we all know today. To keep up to date with João’s travels and latest work, please do check out his website in the link below!

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    Kev Munday

    Portfolio of the week

    March 20, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that this week’s Portfolio of the Week is brought to you by Kev Munday, a canvas artist from Hampshire in the United Kingdom. 

     

    From collaborating with homewares giant, IKEA, to designing for Walt Disney and drawing on a police car, Kev Munday has had a highly fruitful career to date. Starting out as a street artist at 16 years of age, Kev has found his love with canvas. He has also been featured in a wealth of prestigious exhibitions and publications throughout his time. As a result, he was nominated by The Telegraph as a ‘British artist to invest in right now’, as well as the best British artist of the year on Artfinder. 

     

    Let’s find out a bit more about Kev and explore what motivates him to design the work he does, as well as why he has chosen Portfoliobox as his preferred online portfolio!

     

    Q: Thank you for kindly agreeing to feature in our Portfolio of the Week! Your work is simply stunning and highly unique. What inspires you to come up with your designs?

     

    A: Thank you very much! My main sources of inspiration are – nature, people watching, animals and crowds. I sketch ideas relentlessly and am constantly trying to create new characters and images to express my ideas. 

     

    Q: From drawing on a police car to collaborating with IKEA! How did it feel to draw on a Police car and working with the world's most well-known homewares brand?

     

    A: Drawing on the police car was fantastic, it's definitely the most unusual canvas I've been asked to work on. It was commissioned by my local police force and they had me draw my images all over it in black marker pen and then they took it to pride events across the county and encouraged visitors to colour in the illustrations. They still use the car as one of their front-line vehicles and I'm regularly sent photos from people who have spotted it out and about on patrol.

     

     

    Working with IKEA was a dream come true. Every time I post a photo of one of my black and white artworks online, I get comments from people saying they want to colour it in, so getting to collaborate with IKEA on the colouring poster meant that we could make this possible on a big scale. They've sold over 30,000 copies of it worldwide and I love seeing photos of how different people have customised theirs.

     

     

    Q: Your work has featured in many prestigious publications and exhibitions, which one is your favorite and why?

     

    A: Probably exhibiting in The Royal Academy Of Arts Summer Exhibition. Me and my partner visit the show every year, and getting to take her there and show her that one of my paintings had made it onto the walls alongside so many of my art heroes was a proud moment.

     

    Q: If you could sum up the style of your work in one sentence, what would it be? Why?

     

    A: Colourful, fun, bold, simple paintings that brighten up your day.

     

    Q: What is next on the cards for Kev Munday? Do you have any spoilers?

     

    A: This month I have an exhibition with a gallery in Paris and am also showing a new collection of paintings at The Affordable Art Fair in Brussels. See my Portfoliobox website for more information.

     

    Q: I love your online portfolio with us, it could not be designed any better to feature the style of your work. What attracted you to Portfoliobox?

     

    A: For years I used design software to build and maintain my own website, but when I found Portfoliobox I knew I needed to switch over to it. I love the simplicity of the templates and how it lets the images do the talking so visitors can immediately see the work in a clear and straight forward way. The mobile website is also very handy to show collectors more of my work when talking face to face at exhibitions.

     


     

    We would like to extend our thanks to Kev for allowing us to interview him. Knowing what inspires him to produce the quality and nature of work he does. Furthermore, collaborating with such brands is such a great achievement so it is great to hear, directly from the source, what it means to him. Recently, he has uploaded a few free colouring posters to his website for those who have been subjected to self-isolation due to the current pandemic. He hopes that the posters will help the people to get through the boredom and this difficult period. You can download the posters here.

     

    Please do check out his work, his further achievements and the rest of his online portfolio on his website.

     

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    Alex Fruehmann

    Portfolio of the week

    March 13, 2020

    Welcome to another edition of our Portfolio of the Week series. This week, it is our pleasure to feature fine arts photographer, Alex Fruehmann.

     

    Based in Vienna, Austria, Alex is a self-taught fine art photographer. Soon after graduating from the prestigious Yale Law School in the United States, Alex discovered his passion for photography. While pursuing a completely different career pathway, Alex prides himself on not being influenced by or compared to other artists. Hence, his rather unconventional yet awe-inspiring work has remained unique to his name and brand. 

     

    Read on to find out more about Alex, his work and why he has chosen Portfoliobox as his online platform!

     

    Q: First off, thank you so much for agreeing to feature on our Portfolio of the Week! Your work is truly amazing and very unique. Can you please tell me a bit more about why you have chosen to produce the kind of work you do?

     

    A: I am not sure whether I have truly chosen the work or whether the images have chosen me. I never made a conscious decision to have “one style” or do one specific sort of photography. It really is an emerging process.

     

    Q: I must say, your 'About Me' section on your portfolio is perhaps like no other that I have seen before. Was photography a hobby that turned into a career? How did it come about for you?

     

    A: Photography is not any kind of career for me. It was also never really a hobby. If it was ever anything than an outlet that allowed me to do something creative which was not restricted by anything except for my boundaries. I am still amazed how much attention some of my works got. Maybe it is because I really avoid being inspired by others. We all copy unconsciously but I have no interest in consciously copying anyone. I just want to do my work in whatever way I wish. If I feel like only photographing candles for a few months, then I will do that.

     

    Q: I've noticed you have a contrast of locations; outdoors, inside, airports and so on. What is your favorite setting to shoot and why?

     

    A: I don’t have any favorite setting.

     

     

    Q: Your work was featured in the International Photo Expo in Paris 2018 among other well-known art publications. That must have been a surreal feeling and experience! Can you shed some light on your experience here and what it's like to have your work featured in such publications?

     

    A: Seeing your works featured by others is a very humbling experience for me. I never thought I would see a photograph of mine in an online magazine, not to speak about having a feature of several pages in the print edition of an international art magazine. It feels more surreal than the most surreal images I have produced myself.

     

    Q: What is your most favorite project to date and why?

     

    A: My surreal realities series because it is like an unconscious mirror of my own thoughts over the last 3 years.

     

     

    Q: What big projects do you have planned? 

     

    A: One of my images will be exhibited at a group exhibition in Paris later this year. ImageNation is giving me another opportunity at their “Ethereal” exhibition and I will be featuring my “Mullholland Drive Fantasy” in large scale format for the first time. I am very excited. My other big plan for this year is to go into larger formats and see how this works out.

     

    Q: Why have you chosen Portfoliobox as the online platform to showcase your work?

     

    A: I checked about all available platforms when I was in need for a website. I did not know Portfoliobox back then but found it by coincidence. It checked all my boxes, though. Especially one box which was to not make my website a lookalike and still give me the freedom to control it independently without having to be an IT guru.

     


     

    We would like to thank Alex for taking the time to allow us to interview him, as well as give us a brief insight into his career and online portfolio. His unorthodox planning and methodology really comes into its own when you come to understand a little bit more about him as a person and artist. 

     

    To find out more about Alex and his work, please do visit his website.

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    Johan Jansson

    Portfolio of the week

    March 06, 2020

    On this week’s issue of Portfolio of the Week, we are joined by Johan Jansson, who is based out of Montreal, Canada.

     

    Johan is a Swedish born, Montreal based photographer who captures the true essence of human life. Through his extensive portfolio of up-close and ultra-high definition shots, he really seizes the moment and brings his images to life. Despite starting out his professional life as an international aerobic trainer and web designer, Johan always had a burning passion for photography since a young age. He took this passion and has created something truly special, and has been lucky enough to form his life around photography.

     

    Let’s get to know Johan some more, how he came to operate a successful business and find out why he has chosen Portfoliobox to display his work.

     

     

    Q: Hello Johan, we are really happy to have you as our Portfolio of the Week. Can you tell me a little bit of yourself?

     

    A: I was born in Sweden but left for Munich, Germany, when I was 23 to pursue a career as an international aerobic trainer. Although I started experimenting with a camera when I was around 12, the real passion for photography started in the late 90s. Parallel to my fitness career, I studied communication design and photography at the university of applied science in Augsburg, Germany. After some years working as a graphic and web designer parallel to teaching and the slowly growing photography business, love brought me to Canada (unfortunately it didn't last). For some years now, I’ve made my living solely from photography. I can't be happier!

     

    Q: What was the first camera that you received or bought?

     

    A: My brother had an old Minolta. It was lying around unused so I "stole" it! Haha. 

     


    Q: The competition in the photography industry is very fierce - how did you break into this industry?

     

    A: It is indeed but tenacity is the key. Never give up. Keep shooting. Refine your work and keep letting people know about your work. Be humble and authentic. Kindness will always take you the furthest.

     


    Q: I saw that in your online portfolio, you are doing different kinds of photography, like fashion, advertising, beauty and so on. If you could only choose one favourite type of photography, what would it be and why?

     

    A: Editorial (fashion) photography because of the storytelling. This is what photography is all about to me. Capture beauty but also tell a story.  

     


    Q: What is your favourite camera & lens combination?

     

    A: Nikon D850 24-70. 

     


    Q: What is your next project?

     

    A: I'll be shooting some store posters for a big retail company here in Montreal with some amazing models! Very excited about that!

     


    Q: I really like your online portfolio. The images are stunning and the portfolio design makes them stand out. Why did you choose Portfoliobox and what do you like about it?

     

    A: Thank you! I needed an online platform that had nice looking design templates and with an intuitive content management system. Also, you let your clients test your site for as long as you want. I kept building and testing until I knew this was the right place to host my work. 

     


     

    From the team at Portfoliobox to Johan, we would like to express our thanks and appreciation for allowing us to interview him. He has given us a very informative analysis on his works and how he came to base his life around photography after starting his professional life in a completely different industry.

     

    We really hope you enjoyed our interview with Johan today and invite you to check out his online portfolio to find out more!

     

    Don’t forget to tune in to next week’s episode of Portfolio of the Week!

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    Marianna Raikkala

    Portfolio of the week

    February 28, 2020

    Our special guest on this week’s edition of "Portfolio of the Week" is a Finnish artist, Marianna Raikkala.

     

    As a self-taught artist, Marianna expresses her personality through her work. She has a personal and sentimental connection with each and every piece and is not bound by any limitations. By placing brush to canvas without prior thought or planning, it is Marianna’s mindset that each individual will see her work in a unique way and believes by doing this, her piece will convey the purest of emotions. Nevertheless, every single piece of art produced by Marianna captures her feelings, thoughts and emotions of that particular moment in time and is nothing short of spectacular.


    So, without any further ado, let’s find out a little bit more about Marianna, why her work holds a special relationship with her personality and why she has come to love Portfoliobox!

     

     

    Q: Hi Marianna, first of all, I am so glad to hear that you would like to be our Portfoliobox of the Week. I am truly impressed by your work. First of all, can you tell me more about yourself?

     

    A: Hey, thank you so much and of course! I’m a self-taught artist living in Helsinki, Finland. My regular day is a combination of painting, creating and spending time with my friends and family. My perfect day starts with a long run or walk with my dog Waldo and blasting music in the background, drinking a cup of coffee while I get ready for the day.

     

    Q: There are so many amazing paintings in your portfolio. Which one is your favourite? What were you trying to communicate with this piece of painting?

     

    A: I guess I have a special connection to all my paintings and they all have a personal meaning for me. But I’d say that my current favorite is a piece called ’Heaven on Earth”. The name can be a bit confusing considering the style and color palette of the artwork. Yet the backstory is something that gets me smiling every time. The piece was literally inspired by a piece of rock I found on a secluded beach in a small town called Orivesi, here in Finland. I just couldn’t leave it there so I picked it up and carried the stone in my pocket back to Helsinki. When I came to my studio I was really inspired by the texture and emotion the simple piece of nature held so I decided to paint inspired by this very piece of rock. I loved the end result and so did my followers. I can’t think of a better way to respect the nature than by painting it.

     

    A piece of rock that she found on a secluded beach in Orivesi, Finland inspired her to create her recent favourite painting, "Heaven on Earth".

     

    "Heaven on Earth"

     

    Q: What are your thoughts about learning how to paint in an art school vs. self-learning? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each way?

     

    A: I think educating yourself in any way is always valuable, respectful and worth the time. When it comes to art I have only experience in learning myself by searching and trying out different materials and techniques over time. For me the advantage is that I have the freedom to create what I want and how I want, with only inspiration as my guidance. Would an art school education limit me more than inspire me? That’s a question I have asked myself many times. Regardless of what your background is I recommend everyone to do what they love.

     

    Q: Have you ever experienced “artist block”, a period that you seemed to have no inspiration? If yes, how did you overcome it?

     

    A: I have noticed that stress or the lack of natural light has an immediate effect on my inspiration. Therefore the long and dark Finnish winter is always a challenging time for me. I think the key is to not get too stressed about it and just keep going, maybe keep a day off and spend it doing other things you love and try again later. You can’t really force inspiration.

     

    Q: What are you working on at the moment?

     

    A: I’m working on a new collection of medium and mini sized paintings I will release on the opening of my web shop.

     

    Q: What is / are your goal(s) in 2020?

     

    A: My main goals for the year is to open my own web shop and challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone more often artistically speaking. Trying out new methods is scary and exciting at the same time.

     

    Q: I really like your website, by the way. It is so minimalistic. It makes your artworks stand out. Why do you choose Portfoliobox to build your portfolio website?

     

    A: Thank you! My friend who is a photographer recommended Portfoliobox to me after I was frustrated with my previous website. It didn’t take long to notice that Porfoliobox is the best fit for me since it’s so quick and easy to use. Updating my site takes only a second and I get the simplistic look I want.

     


    We would like to thank Marianna for taking the time to answer our questions, and we do hope that you gained an incredible insight in to her work. Not to mention the unique methodology she uses to produce some simply stunning work. If you would like to know more about Marianna, or check out some of her work, head to her online portfolio!

     

    We will see you next week with another Portfolio of the Week. Who will it be?  

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    Peyman Naderi

    Portfolio of the week

    November 04, 2019

     

    Who are you?

    My name is Peyman Naderi, and I am a contemporary Persian fine art and portrait photographer. I am a self-taught photographer who started his first professional projects in the year 2013. As I began my career as a professional photographer, my first moto was to create original and creative photos through which my own perceptions of the world and art could be understood. Also, I am eager to represent a unique way of looking to various concepts in the world.

     

    My first experience as a subject of portrait photography was quite funny though. I remember that I was only six years old, and I was terrified by seeing various equipment and cameras. Trying to make me calmer, the photographer gave me a toy camera to play with while sitting on the chair. This memory, somehow, triggered my curiosity and interest in this art. I bought my first camera years later, in 2010, and started to take photos of my friends and family members. The more I got engaged in this art, the more I found out about my artistic talents and the passion I have for photography. I remember that I used to go to a burnt cotton factory located on the outskirt of Tehran, my hometown. Although the fire had ruined almost everything in the factory, a small hall with a high ceiling and golden walls was left intact. When I first entered this building, seeing this magnificent scenery inside a totally destroyed and abandoned building took my breath away and provoked my first fine art ideas inside me. As I started my first project, I used to go to this place every day to try different photography techniques and become master in them.

     

    Then, I started studio photography to learn about various lighting techniques. I tried to include my own ideas and perceptions here, and manipulate the lighting based on my perceptions and concepts. Winning the silver medal in the Victor Polynsky competition for one of my photos called Oblivion, further increased my self-confidence and my persistence in photography. In the years after that, I won several awards in many competitions like Moscow International Foto Awards, Chromatic Awards, ND Awards, Tokyo International Foto Awards, PX3 and IPA, and I had my works published in various international magazines like Harper’s Bazaar.

     


     

    “Concept” is one of the most important parts of my photography projects, and I try to spend enough time and energy on finding the right concept. To create and discover the right idea I usually listen to classical music during my free time or at nights. Such high-quality music can inspire me and help me to concentrate on finding ways to present the world in ways that I see. Besides, the colors that I use in my photos create the illusion of a painting, and, hence, most people usually mistake my works as paintings. 

     

    What are you working on at the moment?

    Right now, I'm working on two editorial conceptual projects; one takes place in rococo's age, a short period of baroque, presenting "the fight with that luxury-oriented time" and the other one is about “Misogyny". By referring to very old paintings and searching for helpful elements in museums, I tried to be as accurate as I could. We built masks to use as muzzles that were uncommonly used against women to show how misogyny was like, in those days. Personally, this project was very different for me than my other works, yet so precious.

     

    How would you describe your work in 2 words?

    Originative, Artistic.

     

     

    Who are your biggest influences in the industry?

    Jan Saudek, he is considered a leading Czech photographer, best known for his depictions of nudes and youthful figures arranged in dreamlike spaces. His compositions evoke the dramatic tableaus of early photography, with subjects artificially posed in front of the viewer.

     

     

    What was the last thing that inspired you?

    listening to music and looking at paintings have always helped me to show a different and better point of view via taking pictures. just awhile ago, I saw some surrealistic paintings which became my muse. after finding my muse, I try to nurture my ideas into ,somehow, more completed version of themselves, then I try to improve my mood-board and statement using my imagination and I work with the most completed version of my idea to achieve my goals in the project.

     

     

    What do you like about Portfoliobox?

    Portfoliobox is the best platform I have ever seen. You can create your own website with an amazing object and so many different things. And also I really like the friendly customer care that immediately respond to your question, I recommend Portfoliobox to everyone that loves to create your own website.

     

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    Caitlin Pepper

    Portfolio of the week

    October 20, 2019

     

    Who are you?

    My name Is Cate Pepper and I am a Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator from Australia but am currently based in the USA. I have been working as a freelance artist for the past 10 years working predominantly in the music industry (doing posters, tour art and band merchandise) and specialising in detailed illustrative work. 

     

     

    What are you working on at the moment?

    This week I’m working on tour art and merch for bands; The John Butler Trio and The Butterfly Effect and a couple of branding jobs, one for a music production company and another for a new music festival in Australia.

     

     

    Who are your biggest influences in the industry?

    Shepard Fairey has always been a huge influence of mine.

     

    What was the last thing that inspired you?

    The Beyond the Streets exhibition in LA. It was full of so many amazing and diverse artists. All with quite interesting back stories of where they’ve been and how they began. 

     

    What do you like about Portfoliobox?

    What I like most about Portfoliobox is that I felt it really is made for artists/creatives of all kinds, giving them the perfect platform to showcase their work in the best way possible.

     

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    Joe Escobar

    Portfolio of the week

    September 09, 2019

     

    Who are you?

    I believe in a world full of magic, full of fantasy. I believe in seeing the world as it is not, as it is not for everyone but it is for me. I believe that the impossible does not exist, that the real is only the basis of what really comes into existence through our mind. That the imagination is the interpretation of the soul. I believe that dreams are a refuge from reality, that gives us strength to live in this cold and hard land. I believe that goodness exists in those who live it from within. I believe that love is freedom, I believe that happiness is a decision, I believe that life is short and that the most important moment of our lives is the present.

     

    I'm a multimedia artist who dreams a lot and loves to share my art and thoughts. I use my social media to share it and to interact with the world around me. I consider myself a surrealist, who loves fantasy artworks and experimental shortfilms.

     

     

    What is your next creative project?

    I'm writing my first script of a movie. As always, the theme surrounds fantasy and the world as it is not seen with the eyes, but with the heart. I have the medium-term project to begin to heal my work to create a print publication about photographic surrealism. I try to outdo myself every day.

     

     

    What do you like about Portfoliobox?

    What I like the most is the intuitiveness of its interface, it's almost a visual translation of what you want to modify or create for your web page. The tools of social integration are fabulous. And above all, the Portfoliobox has unparalleled good taste in the design of its templates that are so elegant and versatile. Portfoliobox is undoubtedly the best tool for any visual artist interested in sharing his work with the world.

     

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    Reilly Ribeiro

    Portfolio of the week

    September 02, 2019

     

    Who are you?

    I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia and have grown up heavily influenced by performing and visual arts. Currently, I am going into my final year in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During my time at SAIC, I have taken courses in the photography, sculpture, print media, fibers, and art history departments. My practice revolves around the idea of creating a sense of community by connecting seemingly unrelated people through a common experience. My inflatable sculptural work is mostly interactive as I create the work itself and then allow the audience to choose how it should be perceived. I believe that examining how viewers physically engage with my sculptures is the most beneficial part of the process because their actions give a specific type of unspoken feedback that is most effective to me. The way in which people feed off of the energies of each other and how the actions of one influence how another understands the work is a notion I place great importance on.

     

     

    What are you working on at the moment?

    In the spring of 2020, I will exhibit my largest interactive inflatable piece for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition at the Sullivan Gallery in Chicago. It requires a lot of preparation and installation instructions, so I have begun that process almost a year in advance. 

     

    Who are your biggest influences in the industry?

    My art hero and biggest influence is Claire Ashley, who coincidentally happens to also be one of my teachers and mentors. She creates colorful, bigger than life inflatables that resemble the human body and vessels which sustain life. Claire is amazing!

     

     

    What was the last thing that inspired you?

    A lot of my sculptural work is strongly connected to installations and the elements of production designs, so the last thing that inspired me was David Korins' set for the new broadway musical "Beetlejuice". Its essence is incredible whimsical and otherworldly, yet so tangible. Some of the pieces, especially one black and white striped chair, even look inflatable-esque and embody a new design I have never seen before on a broadway set.

     

    What do you like about Portfoliobox?

    I love the freedom that Portfoliobox gives to artists or other creators when it comes to show casing their work or products. It is very reliable and every representative I have communicated with over the site has been both friendly and helpful.

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    KESINEE ONGKSIRIMEMONGKOL

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    August 12, 2019

     

    Who are you?

    “Spikkik” is my artist name. I’m a graphic designer and illustrator who enjoy traveling and writing some poetry. I’m based in Bangkok, Thailand. I used to work with an agency and magazines in Thailand. Now I work in a retail business as a section manager of content strategist team as well as a freelance illustrator. 

     

    Even though I do graphics and other kind of arts, but I love painting the most because painting can keep me calm, stay focused and live in the moment. My works mostly inspired from words, poetry, people, nature and everything around me or what I felt at that moment. But I like to come up with concept by playing with words and illustrate the concept through my paintings. I believe a simple word can have more than one true meaning.

     

     

    What are you working on at the moment?

    I’m working on my own experimental project call “a ticket to mars”, trying to use my illustrations to apply on different materials, use many kinds of techniques like painting, printmaking, embroidery with great concept and unique, fun ideas. If it works, I will move on to build my own brand. 

     

     

    Who are your biggest influences in the industry?

    I’m impressed by Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali and David Hockney’s techniques and styles. Their works inspire me so much. 

     

    What was the last thing that inspired you?

    Lately, I’m inspired by stars, universe and passionate to travel to some where I’ve never been to. Especially strange places that look like we live in another world.

     

     

     

    What do you like about Portfoliobox?

    The platforms are so nice and clean. Easy to use. Various layouts to choose so that you can match with your works and your style. 

     

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