Ramon Pablo Vidali
RAMON PABLO VIDALI painted life in the Castro in the 1970s and 1980s which included expressive street scenes, store fronts, nudes, drag queens as well as one of his favorite subjects, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
These vibrant paintings artistically and historically chronicled a now-important era of gay activity in the United States, uniquely capturing the cultural and political expression of the time -- particularly in San Francisco which had become a gay mecca for men and women around the world.
On Canvas, Ramon artistically captured a historical moment gay history in San Francisco that he himself was experiencing, including the important literary expression of the time with Armistead Maupin's Tales of the Cityand the epic political expression of the time with the movement that was occurring around Harvey Milk.
It has been said that Ramon's paintings are an absolute representation of the Castro at the time and his work has historical importance.
An Luke Nguyen
An Luke Nguyen is a Vietnamese American artist based in San Francisco.
He grew up in the Central Valley of California and began exploring art as a teenager. An's signature color pallet of blues and greens, which he established in his early work, is still evident in his recent paintings. His experiences as a chemistry & art student sparked an interest in intaglio printmaking; the etching process uses chemical reactions to create an image on a metal plate. After finishing college at UC Davis, he studied drawing & painting in Paris & the French Riviera. After he pursued graduate studies in chemistry at UC San Diego, An then moved to Nob Hill in San Francisco to continue his career in science & art.
I have been involed in the San Antonio Arts Community for a number of years. Serving on the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Board of Directors, McNay Art Museum MCCF Executive Committee, and the San Antonio Area Foudation's Arts and Culture Committee. I volunteered on the decoration committee for a number of fund raisers. It was during that time that I started using acrylic on plastic card board (colorplast) since the images were used outside. I created large scale shadow boxes. With family and friends encouragement I returned to painting on canvas with a focus of figures that are telling a story. I paint the canvas first with a primary color like the colorplast. It gives the paintings a tone that sneaks through the work.
Whimsical line and wash paintings of San Francisco and beyond. Playful interpretations of everyday scenes, celebrating what is. I am a self-taught watercolor artist in love with streetscapes, places and people around the world. I have always dabbled in art, finding joy, fulfillment, and peace when my hands are busy making things. Born in Korea, raised in New York City and San Francisco, and married into a French family, you can see the effects of all these cultural influences in my artwork.
I often hear that my art is joyful, light and happy. It amuses me to hear these comments because I am much heavier in spirit than what my art portrays. But the fact remains, when I am in my studio, creating these whimsical pieces, I am truly happy. It puts a smile on my face. Life is grave and serious too often, my art transports me out of the heaviness and into a state of childlike simplicity and wonder.
I hope my pieces will do the same for viewers. For me, there is character in the haphazard lines; there is joy and freedom in the imperfections of my quick sketches; there is humility and warmth in the loose drops of color in my art. I am no longer seeking perfection in my art, but accepting what is - demanding less, and enjoying it more.
In my mid-40s, I have rediscovered art and am enjoying it immensely. I live in the Bay Area with my husband, 2 teenagers, 2 cats and a dog.
Sabrina is a self-taught artist and illustrator who started creating art as a young teenager. Inspired by the emerging punk scene in the early 80’s, she had a fascination with aspects of beauty found in community of misfits and junkies. At age 46, she graduated Delancey Street Foundation with an appreciation of life that is reflected in her work today. Personal aesthetics and the comfort of colors drive most pieces and her style and design vary with each subject. Although she has been creating art for over 30 years this is the first time she has shown her work to the public. “Finding beauty and levity in the midst of political angst is sometimes the driving force that sparks the first idea of a new piece”.
Sabrina lives in San Francisco, where she has lived most of her life and works in Restorative Justice, helping returning citizens, coming out of the prison system obtain employment. “To be able to do the two things I love the most is amazing and it reflects in most of my work