Karin van Ommeren

Karin van Ommeren studied sculpture at Brussels’ Academy for Fine Art, with a dedicated focus in stone sculpture. In 1993, she won her first prize at an international stone sculpture competition in Taiwan, for which she created a new work for the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

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Karin van Ommeren studied sculpture at Brussels’ Academy for Fine Art, with a dedicated focus in stone sculpture. In 1993, she won her first prize at an international stone sculpture competition in Taiwan, for which she created a new work for the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. From 1993 to 1999, she was a regular participant in Japan’s Toyamura Sculpture Biennale.

In 2013, van Ommeren was the recipient of the Liu Kaiqu Excellence Award in Wuhu, China. She has exhibited widely and participated in more than 50 international sculpture symposiums. Most recently, solo exhibitions of her works have been held at Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Netherlands; DML Gallery, Oostduinkerke, Belgium and Galerie Delfi Form, Zwolle, Netherlands.

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Rajaa Alshafee

Rajaa Alshafae has a Diploma in Arts from the Penn Foster Career School, Scranton, U.S. (2008) and BA in English Language from King Faisal University, Al-ahsa, Saudi Arabia (2014). She also attended many accredited technical courses in the field of sculpture, shaping, wood engraving, silkscreen printing, and Arabic calligraphy courses.

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Rajaa Alshafae has a Diploma in Arts from the Penn Foster Career School, Scranton, U.S. (2008) and BA in English Language from King Faisal University, Al-ahsa, Saudi Arabia (2014). She also attended many accredited technical courses in the field of sculpture, shaping, wood engraving, silkscreen printing, and Arabic calligraphy courses. Alshafae has participated in many group exhibitions in Saudi Arabia since 1998, in addition to exhibitions in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Jordan, the UAE and the U.S. In 2018, she held her first solo exhibition, ‘Maqamat’ at Abdullah Al-Sheikh Hall, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. She has received several awards, including the ministry of culture’s prize in 2015.

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Wafa Al-Qunibit

Wafa Al Qunibit (b. 1967) is an artist and trainer with a Masters degree in sculpture from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, U.S. (2016) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbus University (2009).

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Wafa Al Qunibit (b. 1967) is an artist and trainer with a Masters degree in sculpture from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, U.S. (2016) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbus University (2009).

Al Qunibit works in in large scale format using natural materials extracted from the ground like minerals and rocks to create a relationship between the creator and the world around us. Al Qunibit believes in the power of art as a tool to bridge cultural divides. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Saudi Arabia and internationally. Selected exhibitions include Davos Economic Forum, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland (2018); World Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE (2017); SOOQ OKAZ, Taif, Saudi Arabia (2017); the National Day exhibition at the Saudi Embassy in London, UK (2017) and Power of the Name, Granite Room, Atlanta, USA (2016).

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Haider Alawi Al-Alawi

Calligrapher and sculptor Haidar Alawi Al-Alawi (b. 1979) holds an undergraduate degree in art education from King Saud University in Riyadh. Haider Al-Alawi entered the world of sculpture by attending a course of sculpting on marble with the Italian artist, Dionisio Cimarelli, and began by making small wood carvings.

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Calligrapher and sculptor Haidar Alawi Al-Alawi (b. 1979) holds an undergraduate degree in art education from King Saud University in Riyadh. He is also a member of both the Arabic Calligraphy Group in Qatif and the Society for Culture and Arts in Dammam. Haider Al-Alawi entered the world of sculpture by attending a course of sculpting on marble with the Italian artist, Dionisio Cimarelli, and began by making small wood carvings.

Al-Alawi has organized and participated in exhibitions and won awards in local and international competitions. He has also participated in several international events including: the Gulf Sculptors Forum, Bahrain, Manama (2015) and Saudi Arabia (2015); the International Sculptors Camp, Oman (2016-2017-2019); live sculpture at Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jubail (2018) and East Coast Festival, Dammam, Saudi Arabia (2018).

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Alessio Ranaldi

Alessio Ranaldi (b. 1974) is a visual artist currently living in Berlin, Germany whose current research practice focuses on the interaction between two or more seemingly opposite elements.

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Alessio Ranaldi (b. 1974) is a visual artist currently living in Berlin, Germany whose current research practice focuses on the interaction between two or more seemingly opposite elements. His work aims to generate a joining link between nature and urban civilization, highlighting the complex intertwinement in which nature and artifice collaborate in architectural construction.

Ranaldi has previously taken part in international sculpture symposiums in countries such as: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S.

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Jo Kley

Jo Kley (b. 1964) is founder of his own company, Ars Magnifica, and has participated in over 30 solo and 80 group exhibitions, as well as more than 60 international sculpture symposiums in 25 countries.

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Jo Kley (b. 1964) trained as stone mason and stone sculptor in Ulm before formally studying sculpture under Prof. Jan Koblasa, Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany (1991) and graduated as a Doctor of Liberal Arts from the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts of the University of Pécs, Hungary (2012), supervised by Prof. Colin Foster.

Kley is founder of his own company, Ars Magnifica, and has participated in over 30 solo and 80 group exhibitions, as well as more than 60 international sculpture symposiums in 25 countries. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his work, such as the NordArt Public Choice Award (2016) and the Liu Kaiqu Award, China (2015), and has some 90 medium- and large-scale sculptures in public spaces around the world.

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Isabel H. Langtry

Isabel H Langtry was born in Lagos, Nigeria from a Galician-Spanish and British heritage, which forms an essential part of her cultural DNA. Her objective as a sculptor is to produce large-scale works for public spaces.

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Isabel H Langtry was born in Lagos, Nigeria from a Galician-Spanish and British heritage, which forms an essential part of her cultural DNA. She studied at the Faculty of Art and Design at Hull University and then at the celebrated Advanced Course at St Martin’s School of Art, London. Her objective as a sculptor is to produce large-scale works for public spaces.

Langtry’s first major exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Education Gallery, London (1987). Her series of 2.5 meter works Picassos Petals, have been exhibited on Hampstead Heath, London, and large bronzes are installed in West London, the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca and Camden, London. Langtry also works collaboratively with architects and scientists and often responds to site specific commissions. She is the Principal of the historic Hampstead School of Art, whose first patron was Henry Moore, and works closely with the art school's current artist patrons Frank Bowling OBE,RA, Alan Gouk and Francisco Gazitua.

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Kim De Ruysscher

Kim De Ruysscher (b. 1973) is known for his impressive sculptures and installations. Since 2014, De Ruysscher has been based in Varese, Italy with his work divided into several themes: time, nature, society, family and friendship.

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Kim De Ruysscher (b. 1973) is known for his impressive sculptures and installations. After his graduation from the Sint-Lucas University in Gent, Belgium with a Masters diploma (1996), he moved to Carrara, Italy to specialize in sculpting techniques with marble in Accademia Di Belle Arte Carrara and Scuola del Marmo. He worked in various sculpting studios for a further 10 years before locating to The Netherlands.

Since 2014, De Ruysscher has been based in Varese, Italy with his work divided into several themes: time, nature, society, family and friendship. His sculptures are mostly made of natural stone and often inspired by everyday surroundings objects. His work has been exhibited in Europe such as Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia and outside Europe in Peru, Turkey, Canada, China.

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Nando Alvarez

Nando Alvarez (b. 1975) graduated in History of Art, Santiago de Compostela University (1999) before going on to study for an MA in Sculpture at Mestre Mateo Arts School, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2001). He has participated in more than 90 international sculpture symposiums and competitions in 24 different countries.

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Nando Alvarez (b. 1975) graduated in History of Art, Santiago de Compostela University (1999) before going on to study for an MA in Sculpture at Mestre Mateo Arts School, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2001).

He has participated in more than 90 international sculpture symposiums and competitions in 24 different countries, most recently: LihPao International Sculpture Biennial Awards, Taiwan (2021); China Beichuan Yuqiang International Sculpture Exhibition, Chengdu, China (2021); the Gold Medal at Silk Road Dream Meeting Sculpture Competition, China (2020); Wood Varna Sculpture Symposium, Bulgaria (2019); the Sculpture Park Exhibition, Minqin, China (2019); International Sculpture Symposium, Cavriglia, Italy (2019); Donghai University ‘Art with Us’, International Sculpture Symposium, Donghai, Taiwan (2019); Arte na Foresta, Wood Sculpture Symposium, Leiria,  Portugal (2018); International Sculpture Symposium of the Kingdom of Morocco (2018) and the International Sculpture Festival in Hualien, Taiwan (2017). 

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Mohammed Al Thagafi

Muhammad Al Thagafi (born in 1975) is a founding member of the Saudi Society for Fine Arts. Among the pioneers of the Saudi art scene, he is a well-known sculptor locally and internationally. He holds a master’s degree in sculpture from Umm Al-Qura University (2016).

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Muhammad Al Thagafi (born in 1975) is a founding member of the Saudi Society for Fine Arts. Among the pioneers of the Saudi art scene, he is a well-known sculptor locally and internationally. He holds a master's degree in sculpture from Umm Al-Qura University (2016).

Al Thagafi's work has been shown in group exhibitions including: Misk International Symposium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2018); Saudi Anamel exhibition in Germany (2008); UNESCO Exhibition in Austria (2007); And many more in Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Morocco, Russia, China, Senegal, Syria and Turkey. Solo exhibitions include: "Tajjalyat" exhibition in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia (2016), Naqa' exhibition in Jeddah (2016), and "Legend and Stone"; exhibition at Shubra Palace, Taif, Saudi Arabia (2007).

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Jhon Gogaberishvili

Jhon Gogaberishvili (b. 1953), is a senior figure and mentor in the Georgian sculpture scene. Graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts in 1983 (postgraduate studies), he has been invited as an associated professor at the academy as well.

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Jhon Gogaberishvili (b. 1953), is a senior figure and mentor in the Georgian sculpture scene. Graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts in 1983 (postgraduate studies), he has been invited as an associated professor at the academy as well.

Gogaberishvili's more than 90 monumental sculptures are installed all over the world in 30 different countries. His sculptures are kept in many private collections throughout the world, as well as in national galleries and museums in Europe and Asia. He has participated in over 45 international sculpture symposiums, and won many prizes at international exhibitions, including Project Winner for the Memorial of Srebrenica Genocide, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); The 3-rd International stone sculpture symposium, Tehran, Iran (2011) and The 6th Hui’an Carving Art festival, China (2011).

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Carlos Monge

Carlos Monge (b. 1947) lives between Mexico and Spain. He is the Mexican and Spanish representative of the International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events (AIESM). Monge has participated in 100+ symposiums around the world since 1990.

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Carlos Monge (b. 1947) lives between Mexico and Spain. He graduated in film studies (1979) before pursuing sculpture with an undergraduate in Sculpture at Secure Social Institute, México D.F. (1983). Monge is the Mexican and Spanish representative of the International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events (AIESM). The main objective of his work is to go beyond the creation and realization of a sculpture as a simple art object. It is a permanent reflection, as a way of weaving art and life, with which to give meaning to specific sites and expand discussion scenarios from the perspective of the multiple cultural, ecological, and economic practices existing in different parts of the world.

Monge has participated in 100+ symposiums around the world since 1990. Recent events include: Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2019); Symposium International Sculpture Santiago de Chile, Chile (2019, 2018); International Symposium Sculpture in the Desert Minqin, China (2018) and International Sculpture Symposium Un Cuyo University, Mendoza, Argentina (2018). Monge has also showcased at notable international symposiums in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and more.

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Damjan Komel

Damjan Komel (b. 1971) graduated in sculpture and ceramic from the Famul Stuart School of Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2004). In his artistic research he seeks to tell his own story, his experiences, personal responses and feelings, as well as those of people and situations he encounters in his daily life.

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Damjan Komel (b. 1971) graduated in sculpture and ceramic from the Famul Stuart School of Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2004). In his artistic research he seeks to tell his own story, his experiences, personal responses and feelings, as well as those of people and situations he encounters in his daily life. He uses traditional hand tools, such as the chisel on stone that leaves a unique trail, reflective of the sculptor’s strength and artistic thoughts. He also works with white marble, preferring to sand the marble over a perfectly polished look, leaving the surface soft, flowing and undulating. As well as stone and marble, he works in the classic materials of bronze, wood and ceramics.

Komel has participated in international sculpture symposiums in countries such as Italy, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Slovenia and the Czeck Republic. His work has also been exhibited as part of group exhibitions in countries such as China, Czech Republic, Italy, U.K. and many more.

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Georgi Minchev

Georgi Minchev (b. 1965) has a Master’s degree in sculpture and theoretical disciplines from St. Cyril and Methodius University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (1991), and is a professor in sculpture and theoretical disciplines at the same university, he is the head of the Sculpture Department and a member of UBA, Bulgaria.

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Georgi Minchev (b. 1965) has a Master's degree in sculpture and theoretical disciplines from St. Cyril and Methodius University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (1991), and is a professor in sculpture and theoretical disciplines at the same university, he is the head of the Sculpture Department and a member of UBA, Bulgaria. He often uses contrasting geometric shapes, such as spheres and cubes. Minchev believes that as a result of technology developed in the modern world, visual perception evolves at a faster pace, and that these forms provoke natural human reactions and rely on them in their own practice.

His preferred material is stone and he has participated in more than 20 solo exhibitions and won several awards for his creativity. He has been exhibited internationally in group exhibitions in countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Japan, and USA.

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Fernando Pinto

Fernando Pinto (b. 1975) studied industrial design at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (1999), Colombia before moving to Pietrasanta in Italy to study stone sculpture with sculptors Pasquale Martini and Cesare Riva.

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Fernando Pinto (b. 1975) studied industrial design at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (1999), Colombia before moving to Pietrasanta in Italy to study stone sculpture with sculptors Pasquale Martini and Cesare Riva. Between 2001 and 2008, he lived and worked from his own studio in Barcelona, Spain before returning to Bogotá where he currently lives and works.

Pinto has exhibited widely in Spain and Colombia, as well as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Italy, Japan and Taiwan; and his monumental works are installed in public spaces in Argentina, China, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.

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