Alister Benn loves travelling. Bird watching also held his fancy since his boyhood days. For years he crisscrossed the planet and visited some of the treacherous mountains in Himalayan range. In the process framing the frozen moments of many a menacing beauties such as Mt Everest, Mt Kailash, Dhaulagiri etc. Slowly but surely he started becoming increasingly curious about the mysteries of the night sky. He forayed into night photography capturing the faint whispers of the blinking stars up above from behind the camera lenses. On his many adventures since 2000, his wife Juanli Sun, an accomplished photographer herself, has been his active ally. To borrow Juanli’s words from her poem ‘Once’, they are ‘picturing this mysterious illusion’ of life treading the path together.
Born in 1969, Havana, Cuba, Cesar Augusto’s introduction to photography has been early through his father, a professional photographer himself. Throughout his teenage years he actively assisted and later worked for many of the studios in Havana. After graduating from Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba’s most prestigious art university, with a major in Motion Picture Directing, in 1994 Cesar embarked on his journey to explore motion pictures and subsequently full time photography.
Through her art Ann Weber explores the ‘Infinite Possibilities’ helping the audience realise the ‘Miracles and Wonders’ of life that are encapsulated in her large cardboard sculptures. Artist in Residence, de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Artist in Residence, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California, 2010; Oberpfalzer Kunslerhaus Resident Artist Award, Schwandorf, Germany, 2007; winner of Public Art Award, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network, Year in Review Ann Weber was born in Jackson, Michigan, 1950. An artist who reinvented herself from her early days of ceramics Ann Weber’s life is an example of what her favourite author Ann Pachett has to say in What Now, ‘Coming back is the thing that enables you to see how all the dots in your life are connected, how one decision leads you to another, how one twist of fate, good or bad, brings you to a door that later takes you to another door, which aided by several detours, long hallways and unforeseen stairwells, eventually puts you in the place you are now’.
Adam S Doyle transcends borders through his unique brushstrokes and vision. Born in Boston in 1975, Adam earned his BFA at The Rhode Island School of Design, with a year of study in Rome, and a decade later his MFA at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. From New York to Los Angeles to Cologne to New Zealand, and as far away as Hong Kong, his work is appreciated worldwide. Besides his fine art paintings he also receives much accolade for his illustrations, which recently included book covers such as ‘The Raven Boys’ and upcoming ‘The Scorpio Races’, his portrait of Barack Obama for MoveOn.org, and a contribution to the politically charged ‘52 Shades of Greed’ deck of playing cards.