The Spotlight Artist Program provides collectors a focused look at several cutting-edge artists recognized for their skill and achievement in the visual arts.
Whether capturing the towering beauty of aspen trees, finding humanity in the ordinary in his figurative works, or taking a meta approach in his thought-provoking “Art in Art” series, Gary Kim leaves a lasting impression with his artwork.
Born in 1958 in South Korea, Kim showed outstanding artistic talent early on, attending art school after graduating from high school. After receiving his BFA, Kim got a master’s degree in advertising design, then went on to become an acclaimed illustrator and art director for 17 years. Kim also taught art and design at art colleges during that time. While working in the advertising field, he spent a lot of time sharpening his drawing skills by studying human anatomy and figurative.
In 1999, Kim moved to New York with his family to further his education at the prestigious Pratt Institute. While there, he often visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One day, after seeing John Singer Sargent’s master paintings, Kim knew he had to pursue his lifetime goal of being a fine artist. At first, he concentrated on portrait paintings, and had his first huge portrait exhibition in 2003. Since then, his reputation as a portrait artist has grown, garnering him commissions to paint portraits of prominent corporate and political subjects. Kim has exhibited his work at galleries across the country and participated in several painting competitions. In 2012, he was given the honor of being invited to the first World of Art Showcase in Las Vegas, one of the largest gatherings of today’s master artists in history.
Kim now lives in Santa Fe, where he and his wife have been running Gary Kim Fine Art Gallery in the city’s historic downtown art district for several years. Aside from painting and teaching in the gallery, Kim continues to show his work at solo exhibitions around the country, most recently at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery in Colorado.
Collaborators both in life and on the canvas, Gabriel Collazo and Angela Brooks of Collazo Collection capture the meaning of partnership in its fullest sense. “In our everyday lives,” they explain, “there are so many things we have to do, so we wanted to make our studio a place of letting go and being free to create. For us, painting is not a job, it comes from our souls. It’s something we love doing together, dedicating our time with each piece until it is complete.”
Collazo, the owner of Aztec Scenic Design, Inc., a decorative art, custom finishes, 3D printing, and fabrication company, met his match in Brooks, the design principal of Brooks Design Studio, a full-service interior design firm. “We are a team, we are soulmates, and we believe in love and we love what we do,” say the multi-talented pair. Collazo and Brooks create large-scale paintings together in a process that can take weeks per piece, as they witness the reaction of each added layer before progressing or deeming the work complete. Their evocative abstract works display incredible texture, visual balance, and movement, and the harmony between the two artists is evident in the work’s seamless style.
Collazo Collection’s work has been featured in galleries in California, Florida, and Illinois, as well as international exhibitions such as Artexpo New York.
Born in the West African country of Ghana in 1975 into a family of artists, Alfred Addo was exposed to art from infancy on. His primary inspiration came from his father, who exhibited his own work regularly and challenged Addo to produce unique artwork. And though Addo was passionate about art, he also possessed a keen interest in the physical sciences, a field he found satisfyingly challenging. He was torn between going to college to study medicine and becoming a professional artist. In 1997, he decided to follow his passion and pursue art full-time.
Since then, Addo has specialized in sculpture as the core of his art profession. Interestingly, his physical science background led him to experiment with different materials, including sawdust, which he’d played in throughout his childhood at the sawmill where his father bought and cut wood for his sculpture pieces. Just as many kids creatively use sand on the beach to build sand castles, Addo had used moistened sawdust as a child to build wondrous creations. Incorporating such a familiar medium into his work in adulthood came naturally to Addo.
Additionally, it was important for Addo to use environmentally friendly materials. Passionate about the sustainability of the planet and leaving the environment intact for the next generation and beyond, he produces 95 percent of his artworks using environmentally preferred materials. He has now perfected the method of recycling sawdust to create various types of sculpture and relief works.
Currently, Alfaddo Art Studio is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, yet nearly all of Addo’s work is produced in Ghana. He has successfully exhibited all over Africa and in New York City, and is excited to be represented in Santa Fe for the first time this summer.
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