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International Figurative Biennale




Thursday, 1 September 2016 to Saturday, 24 September 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016 - 7:00pm


Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz – Spain

International Figurative Biennale Comes to Davis

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts presents the International Figurative Biennale, August 31st through September 24th, 2016. The exhibition shows how the figure in contemporary painting is handled, spanning from the Middle East to Asia to Europe to the United States.


For the public at large, the opportunity to experience avant-garde, worldwide trends in art outside international arenas such as the Venice Biennale is a rare occurrence.

The great writer, Edward Lucie-Smith, has contributed an essay and has chosen several contemporary, cutting-edge artists dealing with issues of concern today. The contemporary artist from Cypress, Christine Chrisofi, deals with her culture and is addressing the issues of being a modern woman in a society that doesn’t want to change. There are more classical artists, such as Italian artist Ilarea Rosselli Del Turco, who has incorporated the figure and still life in a loose and traditional way of painting. Ilarea, as well as California artists Frank Damiano and John Tarahteeff, give homage to important classical artists. This exhibition displays both neoclassical and surreal works — such as “Lullaby” by Avery Palmer. “Lullaby” depicts a windblown nude female figure playing a piano in a field with no vegetation. Instead of plants, bald men’s heads slumber on pillows, sprouting out of the ground. Libyan artist Najla Shawkat Fitouri’s painting shows a traditional Syrian wedding that gives a feeling of abstraction and collage in spite of being a painting. Najla successfully creates a relationship between her past and present culture. In the same vein of paying respect to classical painters, Spanish artist Jose Luis Cena Ruiz depicts a young man with a backpack listening to an audio recording, while California artist, Kim Frohsin’s “L. D. Blue,” is a tribute to Picasso’s “blue period.”

These figurative painters give an incredible walkthrough of the past, present and cutting edge in over three floors and 100 figurative paintings from around the globe, this is a rare opportunity you don’t want to miss!

We have a new, beautiful new catalog of our celebrated International Figurative Biennale. The catalog includes an essay by Edward Lucie-Smith and will be available during the exhibition and online at

Artist ( Description ): 

Dingo Babusch – Germany
James Bland – England
Theophilus Brown – California
James Chaffee – California
Christina Christofi – Cyprus
Dan Corbin – California
Frank Damiano – California
Amanda Danitschek – California
Ilarea Rosselli Del Turco – Italy
Yousef Fetis – Libya
Najla Shawkat Fitouri – Libya
Deanna Forbes – California
Kim Frohsin – California
Philippe Gandiol – California
Boyd Gavin – California
Irene Cuadrado Hernandez – Spain
Musba Kabeer – Libya
Chris Liberti – North Carolin
Pat Mahony – California
Guillette Monchy – France
Ti-a Thuy Nyugen – Vietnam
Gage Opdenbrouw – California
Avery Palmer – California
Roland Petersen – California
Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz – Spain
Eduardo Alvarado Sánchez Cortés – Spain
Robert Schlegal – Oregon
Julie Smiley – California
Laikas Stavrou – Cyprus
John Tarahteeff – California
James Weeks – California
Carmen Mikel – Mexico

Venue ( Address ): 

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

521 First Street, Davis, Ca 95618


Dvorak Art , San Francisco

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