Michael Cuomo is an interdisciplinary artist whose areas of expression include painting, illustration, improvisational sculpture with found materials. His work is a representation of accessing spirit through creative expression.
My work reflects a pop sensibility that I’ve always had. I’m a member of the first TV generation, after all and soaked up quite a bit! It was further shaped by years of working in the Music and
Entertainment industry in New York City. I approach painting with a conscious sense of color, but using unconventional materials. I put to use the blingy, shiny effects of various foils, glitters and metallic paints. I would term it “Semi-faux Precious” for the use of imagery such as crowns, and a playful use of cheap plastic gemstones, decorative tapes, patterned papers, etc.. Imagine a Mardi Gras float in a mash-up collision with a billboard for a casino. Thats where the action begins — In the vivid world of color and sparkle that contribute to an overall sense of revelry and fun.
Born in New York City, Emily Stedman’s family moved to France when she was in first grade. She has lived in a number of places since, including Swarthmore PA, Tenafly, NJ, and Hartford, Conn. Emily is represented at NOHO/M55 Gallery in New York City. Her oil and watercolor paintings, exploring imagined narrative memories, have been shown in group and solo shows including The Brooklyn Museum; The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; Historic Northampton Museum, Northampton, MA; and numerous other galleries, publications and collections. She was Painter-in-Residence at Bryant Park in the summer of 2016 and created a street art mural for the City of Yonkers.
Emily received a B.F.A from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where her painting teacher was Jacob Lawrence.
For 31 years Donald Silverman was a Director of Tv Spots and Corporate Films. Now, he paints whatever interests him. And, he accepts commissions (but, not portraits). And, he's a funny guy. You should visit him in his studio one of these days.
Mr. Gutiérrez is an artist, photographer, editor, art director, illustrator and curator.
The most recent curated exhibitions in 2017 are THE INDEPENDENTS: 13 ARTISTS and THE IRASCIBLES: 12 ARTISTS at The Gallery at SUNY Purchase PC4, Center for Community and Culture and THEM APPLES, HISTORIC TIMES and WINTER TIMES at The Philipse Manor Historic Site.
His work in other media includes drawing, illustration, album cover art, collage, painting, and assemblage. His work has been published in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Village Voice, and other periodicals and publications.
Born and raised in NYC, Mr. Gutiérrez has a studio in Yonkers, NY and is part of the YoHo Artists Group.
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Patricia Santos is a lifelong Yonkers resident that expresses herself through abstract paintings and collages. She is a curator, an educator, supporter and lover of the Arts.
Her passion for the Arts has led her to become a powerful voice and key role in bringing healing and change to communities, that have little to no access to the arts.
Patricia is a self-taught Artist. She absorbs knowledge from her surroundings, and most importantly from life, which is reflected in her work. Her use of texture and color along with other elements of design, convey a pleasant remembrance from the heart and soul. Her work stimulates the viewers eye with an intimate familiarity and a sense of Tranquility and peace.Her work has been featured in the Blue Door Gallery, and several local businesses in Down town Yonkers. Ariana Dancu said it best: “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible.She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.”
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Noel Hennelly, born NYC, BFA Pratt Institute , MDiv Yale University,
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Aleksandar Sasha Pilipovic-Wengler
Born in 1992, Sasha builds his images from fragments into a cohesion of charcoal and color. While every artist is unique, it’s fun to look at Sasha’s work and detect the strong influences of Southpark, Basquiat, and Yugoslav naive art from which he emerged.
Bio. In her decrepit drafty studio in a former carpet mill factory, Deborah Holcombe has been exploring the boundaries of still life painting. The focus of this recent work is on the distortion of objects due to the refraction of light through glass. Her goal is to share a vision of common items in a way that will heighten the observers’ experience of everyday things.
Diagnostic ultrasound is another passion and she is experienced in abdomen, vascular and obstetrical applications of this modality. She has also taught ultrasound and is presently practicing in veterinary medicine, applying this skill to cats, dogs, snakes, ferrets and the occasional alligator! It is an interesting parallel to note that this diagnostic tool uses the reflection and refraction of sound echoes to see into a living body.
Holcombe is nearsighted and has worn glasses since childhood. A physical difficulty in seeing has pushed her into looking deeply. Both of her arts require visual concentration.
Previous art endeavors have been portrait painting and a spiritually based body of work created at the time of the rediscovery of her Christian faith. She occasionally works in photography and cyanotype depending on the requirements of a project.
Holcombe has earned a BFA degree at Tyler School of Art, Temple University studying with influential professors such as Margo Margolis and Stanley Whitney. Admiration for graphic novel illustrators such as Frank Miller and medical illustrators such as Frank Netter have influenced the more exacting side of her painting and the idea of how pictures can tell a story.
Born in Hopewell NJ, Holcombe was eager to exchange the bucolic lifestyle for an urban one living in Philadelphia, New York City, and staying on in Rome after studying art there with the Temple University program. Today she lives in Yonkers with her family and eclectic menagerie of rescued pets.
Holcombe has exhibited in solo and group shows where she has received awards. Her work has been published in magazines. Numerous paintings and commissions are in private collections.
“The Refraction Series”, 2012 to the present
The focus of interest in this body of work is not the objects that fill the canvas but what can’t be touched; light, refraction, reflection, shadow and how the application of marks and color shapes describe these things to our eyes. Through these common objects the intrigues of light and color, fluid and distortion are rendered. The subjects are painted as I observe them. The method used is a classical method of setting up an intriguing still life and painting it by eye.
Another aspect to this work is the choice of subjects and the narrative they create. Although the paintings join together everyday things such as a dish towel, a bread knife and glass objects such as wine bottles and glasses, there are elements of mystery and discord: Why is the wine glass toppled? How did the glass break? And was the knife used for something other than slicing bread? The unseen action in these paintings creates both a story and questions for the viewer.
Jose A Gonzalez
Jose A. Gonzalez is a professional Artist based in Yonkers, New York. Growing up Jose struggled with Anxiety, which in turn effected his public communication. It was through Art, that allowed Jose to expand and be able to communicate and impact people’s lives. Through his creative skill and imagination, Jose has been able to portray beauty, emotional power, and portray life settings using vibrant colors alongside whimsical characters.
Jose was inspired by the circumstances of being raised in South Yonkers; where he experienced hard times. He grew up with a rough crowd, in a decaying environment where it all forced him to “Be Creative!” Tenement buildings, housing projects, abandoned lots all became a playground.
“The single struggling mothers who walk to and from the supermarket with their kids, the father who managed to beat the odds and support his family. The graffiti on the walls, the wide variety of music heard through apartment windows and passing cars.” “Through the rough surface there still is a soft core, with beautiful resilient and resourceful people who manage to have a good time no matter how hard they have it.”
Jose doesn’t limit himself to just one style because like his environment his creative energy is diverse, it changes. He is fascinated by how quick the scenery changes from just a ride down Broadway. The ride from sleepy river towns; like Hastings, all the way down to Times Square is an experience.
It is equally beautiful and ironic how much diversity, how much culture and how many different neighborhoods exist on this one road.
Executive Director, YoFi Fest, Inc.
Since 2013, YoFiFest has been presenting movies from both established and up-and-coming filmmakers that celebrate the independent, artistic spirit from around the globe, and right in Westchester's own back yard. We strive to bring our audience diverse, compelling and well told stories they might not otherwise see.
YoFiFest was awarded the Best of Westchester's "Best New Film Festival" and recently named one of 39 "Most Notable Events" by Westchester Magazine. It was also named as one of the “Top 10 Hippest Things About Yonkers" when Yonkers was dubbed Hippest Town by lohud.com /The Journal News.
Each year, the annual festival offers something for everyone of all ages, with a full schedule of screenings, panels, lectures and workshops for filmmakers and film fans alike. YoFiFest is also dedicated to creating a community of film enthusiasts, so each day has receptions and parties for filmmakers and attendees to connect and converse. YoFiFest is an inclusive film festival and all are welcome.
YoFiFest 2018 is November 2nd through 8th in downtown Yonkers.
Librado Romero, born in Los Angeles, in 1942, has been drawing and painting since childhood, exhibiting both photography and paintings in Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States.
In 1965, after art school in San Francisco, he enlisted in the U.S Army and while stationed in West Germany, he was assigned as the Regimental Photographer. This marked the beginning of his fifty-year career in photojournalism.
Upon returning stateside he was hired as a staff photographer for the Providence Journal. Two years later in 1969, he joined the staff of The New York Times, but resigned four years later to pursue magazine work. He worked for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsweek and Time Magazines and others. In 1976 he was offered an opportunity to work as a consultant to El Sol de Mexico newspaper in Mexico City which he accepted and then decided to try his hand at painting full time and returned to his home-state of California where he opened and operated an art gallery in Venice. The gallery failed and he took a summer job with the Los Angeles Times and then settled into a staff position at the San Francisco Examiner where he remained for the next six years.
In 1985 he returned to New York and was rehired at The New York Times where he worked until his retirement in 2013.In 2002, he was a awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News as a staff member of The New York Times’ series on “Race In America”.
He is presently spending his retirement painting full time in his Yonkers studio.
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Shelley Haven can be found most days in her Yonkers studio at Yoho, surrounded by an abundant collection of nature objects and lush plants, painting favorite moments in nature. Created with layer on layer of color and mark, Shelley’s artworks chronicle a journey of discovery and memory that explores nature’s hues and shapes, its patterns and rhythms, transparencies and reflections – all transformed by light and time, in one moment, barely discernible, in another, explosive.
Warm weather lures her to paint outdoors at favorite local gardens or parks - Untermyer, Wave Hill, New York Botanical and Heather Gardens – as well as fantastic sites discovered on hiking adventures. As she works amidst nature’s cacophony, light and temperature shift, petals and leaves dance, birds and insects sing, waters flow and occasionally boulders shift. The hours and days reveal secret transformations special to each place.
Shelley was the Summer 2017 teaching-artist-in-resident at the Hudson River Museum. And she has previously taught at Wave Hill. In our community, her artwork has recently been exhibited at the Riverfront Gallery, Blue Door Art Center; and at Iona College Chapman Gallery and Media Loft Gallery in New Rochelle.
Ms. Haven’s works are included at the Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Special Collections, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum as well as university, corporate and private collections. Her artworks have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. And she has received arts grants and artist residency fellowships locally, nationally and internationally. Shelley currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts and independently.
Shelley Haven, a native New Yorker, engages with her local and global community as an artist, educator, hiker and nature enthusiast.