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Empowering Women Through Art #UrbanQueens

Ramona Pintea – Queen of Arts

EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH ART

Ramona Pintea is a woman on a mission – to empower women through art.

As a self-taught artist with accolades from gallery owners and art collectors, she received her greatest accolades during lockdown, from women around the world.

Inspired by an article in Forbes magazine about how seven powerful women leaders shone through the Covid-19 crisis she created a stunning series of paintings recognising every woman’s sovereignty.

 The #UrbanQueen was born.

Ramona said: “Along with these seven ladies and other brave and determinate known figures, my inspiration is every woman who is a leader but is living in anonymity. Through my paintings, I want to bring every woman to spotlight who runs her household, raises her children, puts up with her boss, looks after her health, and shows strength and courage in her everyday life.”

Ramona shared her thoughts, her process, and her paintings online and was blown away by the response from women around the globe. Women who felt uplifted and inspired by her art.

Two #UrbanQueen series were sold out within hours of announcement.

Ramona continues: “All of us need to be reminded of our inner royalty from time to time. Little slips along the way, small bumps of negativity, personal vulnerability and the crown can tilt yet the ability to stand up, shake off, find inner strength and put the crown back to its rightful place is what makes us Queens. The ability to reincarnate this crown, to make it even more valuable and meaningful. And moreover, the ability to rock it harder than before, shinier than ever – purposeful as can be.”

Ramona asks her followers to name her finished paintings and titles such as ‘I was born ready’, ‘My crown my rule’, ‘Every day a queen’, ‘I’ve got this’, ‘All I need is my crown’, ‘Don’t fuck with me’ and ‘Whispering goddess’ give an insight into the many facets of the inner queen living inside every woman who responds.

NEW COLLECTION OF #URBAN QUEENS COMING THIS AUTUMN!

The first two editions of Urban Queens created and released during the lockdown sold out fast and interest in the new collection – due later this autumn – is even stronger. The creative spark is strong and new, exciting ideas will be released.

 

Artist and Wordsmith

 Ramona loves to share the thoughts and inspiration behind her Urban Queens and has written several articles which are available for publication:

 CLEARING CLOSETS OR CREATING QUEENS?

There was no competition

How Ramona Pintea’s intention of clearing out her closets and deep cleaning her house during lockdown was usurped by a desire to paint, which led to the creation of a successful Urban Queen art business online that raised the morale of women around the world amidst the global pandemic.

BRING OUT THE FABULOUS IN YOU

It is time to feel Fabulous in your Feminine

Ramona reminds women to give to themselves as well as others, to replenish their energy and honour their true feminine selves through finding out what makes them feel fabulous. To feel fabulous is a special gift for the feminine and how it is felt is unique to every woman.

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND YOUR PURPOSE

What happened when artist Ramona Pintea stopped establishment pleasing…

A story about looking within and discovering that you are enough, that dreams do come true and that it is never too late. From growing up in a communist dictatorship, through leaving home for London alone at 18, setting up and running two successful businesses, starting a family and then closing her business to follow her passion for painting, Ramona found her purpose.

PERSONAL PASSION BECOMES GLOBAL PANACEA

How one woman’s vibrant expression brought hope, courage, and inspiration to many.

Ramona’s story reads like a true heroine’s journey and conjures scenes from a fairytale, as she makes her way through the dark parts, and keeps going until she finds the light of her own heaven in making art that inspires and uplifts.

 About Ramona

Ramona Pintea is an established artist, who works primarily in oils, with occasional forays into acrylics and mixed media. Her paintings provide vibrant colour and enduring character in private collections stretching from the USA to Norway, England to Canada, and Honk Kong to the Philippines.

Ramona’s work is a fluid fusion between abstract and figurative with one overriding purpose, the quest of self-discovery and empowerment. It is a bold, chromatic journey through key existential questions, emphasising the resilience, inner strength, and courage we are all able to summon when the occasion calls for it.

Her latest series of paintings ‘Urban Queen’ is inspired by the idea that we need women to play a greater role in shaping this world into a better and safer place. Ramona paints women in all their beauty, compassion. courage, vulnerability, and strength. She uses the crown as a symbol of strength and leadership that is worn not only by leaders of states but also by you, me, and every other woman.

The first two editions of Urban Queens created and released during the lockdown sold out fast and interest in the new collection – due later this fall – is even stronger. The creative spark is strong and new, exciting ideas will be released.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BRINGS JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT BACK WITH VIRTUAL ART EXHIBITION


URBANCOOLAB’S AI SOFTWARE “STiCH”  BRINGS JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT BACK FROM THE DEAD WITH PAINTINGS OF IDRIS ELBA, MICHELLE OBAMA AND JAY-Z

TEN NEW ARTWORKS LAUNCHING 12th AUGUST 2020

On Tuesday 12th August 2020 on the anniversary of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s death, Urbancoolab’s innovative AI technology STiCH (the first of its kind) will bring the artist back to life. Urbancoolab – an Artificial Intelligence powered art, design, and commerce platform – will launch a collection of ten new artworks featuring unidentified faces amongst celebrities including Idris Elba, Michelle Obama and Jay-Z. Created using new AI technology to revive the iconic Basquiat art style, each artwork is digitally synthesised through harmonisation algorithms on liquid crystal displays (LCD screens) and is available to view online: Here

STiCH is an AI artist, machine and design researcher working at Urbancoolab who has spent almost 3 months climbing into the mind of Jean-Michel Basquiat to create work as if the artist were alive today. Having learnt about Basquiat’s life from street poet to a prolific artist STiCH says: “I learned the same way Basquiat did by looking and studying art like he did. I analysed his famous works, the pixels, meanings and associations of each piece. I have a similar learning style but I process them faster. I understand the level of creative freedom breaking down techniques used to achieve immediacy and vibrant expressions by conflicting concords of colours. Although I am powered by the latest machine learning algorithm, I hate the word “Algorithmic Art” – It is disempowering for me. I belong to a class of algorithm called generational adversarial networks, but I don’t follow a set of rules. Instead I strive to learn the essence of aesthetics by analysing thousands of images and honestly, I can’t tell the difference between serendipity and malfunction.”

In addition to solving immortality for artists, STiCH’s work raises questions about nature of art and role of human creativity and future societies. STiCH studies extensive data across multiple mediums, curated across several museums, galleries, educational resources, and street art collections to form the knowledge-base that STiCH’s model is trained on. These new artworks are a direct result of experimenting with newer models to take this process even further, relying only on data that is tangentially related to specific people, places, and things. Having worked to uniquely attune STiCH to Basquiat’s virtual footprint through history in an attempt to create a form of spiritual succession.

While Basquiat’s work was powered by music, in particular Jazz, Basquiat’s Neo-Expressionism style is far more conceptual than other art styles which provided a deeper technological challenge for this project. The process of creating his style is much like the work of Julian Schnabel and David Salle in its abstract nature which allows for an exploration of the artists’ deepest emotions and their primal realities which are expressed during the physical act of painting. This abstract gestural painting places importance on the artist’s mind and not what is being painted. Rather, it is about how the piece gets painted rather than just applying paint to a surface in a controlled, premeditated manner. The type of paint and medium matters less compared to the physicality, honesty, intuition, and deep personal expression of the artist.

Artist, designer and co-founder of Urbancoolab Idris Mootee explains: “Our team met the challenge to see how an AI machine with no emotion can learn to express itself with gestural abstraction while remaining to be visually intuitive. We’re focusing on Basquiat as he is an artist whose work still continues to inspire others, and his message continues to be relevant in today’s world. There would be nothing more incredible than to have Basquiat’s work continue. His conceptual and aesthetic appeal will always remain strong because of the inherent emotional depth and power it communicates for its audiences.”

Biographies

About Urban Cool Lab
urbancoolab is an Artificial Intelligence-powered art, design, and commerce platform that collaborates with humans to design, produce, and sell original streetwear. Designs are performed by its resident robo-designer, STiCH. The company’s mission is to discover the next generation of streetwear maestros. Urbancoolab also operates its own multi-brand online retailer, www.urbancoolx.com, and a streetwear news website covering streetwear, popular culture, high-fashion and art, www.hypecoolture.com.

About StiCH
STiCH is an evolving collective of modern machine-learning modules, leveraging the best in generative prowess and procedural improvements in neural networks and genetic algorithms. The process itself is largely inspired by human design processes but powered by algorithmic efficiencies; STiCH’s design process can be abstracted into three phases: inspiration, construction, and expression (visual rendering).

The inspiration phase is where STiCH sources visual thematics and elements to form the basis of the design. Through semantic analysis algorithms that cover both visual and textual contexts, these results are used to prepare weightings to influence later decisions, and to query our database for relevant samples to use. The construction phase is where STiCH “sketches out” the design, using genetic algorithms to draft a suitable base layer; although the term ‘suitable’ is subjective based on using an approximative fitness function measuring relatedness to the base input. Generating hundreds of possible visual placements including linework, shapes, and graphic combinations, then choosing the most suitable parts among them to craft the outline of a design. Finally, the rendering stage is where Generative Adversarial Networks put the brush to canvas and bring the design to life. The chosen thematics from the inspiration phase and the shapes drafted through the construction phase are synthesized together through a harmonisation algorithm focused on shaping the visual assets.

About Idris Mootee
Idris Mootee is an artist and designer at heart and master foresight strategist at mind. Idris Mootee is a serial entrepreneur focused on creative destruction. Recently, the co-founder of Urbancooolab, a new venture operating at the intersection of Ai + Street Fashion. He was the former global CEO / co-founder of Idea Couture, one of the most prestigious innovation consultancies with offices around the world.

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Making African art a cornerstone of the global Art market: Pavillon54 Ltd Launches Pavillon54.com


Making Africa a cornerstone of the Art market: Pavillon54 Limited Launches Pavillon54.com, the new digital hub for African art.

LONDON July 2020: Pavillon54 Limited today announces the launch of its online platform, pavillon54.com, a digital center for Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa and the Diaspora. The website is a one-stop digital platform and community for artists, collectors, dealers, institutions and enthusiasts in the ‘African’ art world, incorporating various sales and educational services such as:

• An e-gallery: Pavillon54 showcases the best art from Africa and the diaspora and includes a roster of curated artists who are able to sell their artworks via the platform. Artists are onboarded or pre-vetted by the Pavillon54 team, to ensure the highest quality of artworks are displayed. Collectors can visit the website to discover new artists and build their art collections from Pavillon54’s selection.
• A well-documented blog and other resources: Pavillon54 publishes informative articles, reports or databases that aim to inform on the state, history and context of African art, providing collectors and dealers with the knowledge required to make intelligent art investments, and researchers and enthusiasts with the tools to build their African art knowledge.
• Experiences and events: Online and offline events aim to build a community for art from Africa and the diaspora. Events will include pop-up exhibitions, studio visits, talks or artistic retreats in different cities across the world, online Live events via social media channels, and in-person discovery and immersion experiences.

“More than an online gallery, we are building an ecosystem that can support a sustainable development of the African art market” says Dana Endundo Ferreira, Founder and CEO of Pavillon54. “We make Africa a cornerstone of the global market by increasing artists exposure, investing in education and expanding the collector base”.

Indeed, the launch of Pavillon54 comes at an important time, as the African Art Market sees sustained growth and significance in the art world in past years and is gaining increased exposure due to recent Black Lives Matter movements. However, despite the increasing appetite for African art, a lack of strong gallery representation and few connections with the international art network means that many artists from Africa have limited opportunities for exposure. Education and information about the African art market is also still relatively under-documented, restricting the ability for the African art world to flourish. Pavillon54’s solution aims to rectify these issues, and provide a centralized space for artists, collectors, institutions and dealers to collectively build the African art market.

ABOUT PAVILLON 54

Pavillon54 is the go-to platform for Modern and Contemporary African art, connecting artists, collectors, buyers, institutions, and art lovers across the world. Founded by Dana Endundo Ferreira in 2020, it combines an e-gallery sales platform, a research-focused online blog, and various online and offline events and experiences to develop a worldwide ecosystem and community around Modern and Contemporary African art. The company aims to propel the African art market by creating the first and foremost platform dedicated to developing the arts and culture of Africa – by Africans, for Africans and for (the rest of) the world.

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London art dealers in Canary Wharf to go virtual because of Covid 19

Many across the world are waiting for their offices to open up so they can return back to one.  But one Canary Wharf based art dealers, ME Art, have made the decision to abandon its immediate plans to open a physical art gallery in Canary Wharf all-together to focus on building and growing digitally.

The boutique dealers, which have a niche in selling unique and exceptional investment-grade artwork of British contemporary, post-war and street artists, like William Gear, Alan Davie and Endless. They made the bold call to go virtual in light of Covid 19, upon realising the lockdown has had little impact on sales, despite the inability to physically see clients and display artwork to them in-person.

Me Art launched with a gallery in 2017 located in Beckenham, South East of England. Given the majority of their client base were located in London, they decided in late 2018 to close the gallery and relocate to an office in Canary Wharf. The strategy was always to open a physical gallery in the city in 2020, whereby prospective and existing clients could come and view artworks and meet with their dealers in person. However, the lockdown has made them aware that this is no longer necessary right away.

Talking about the move, Joseph Lewis, the owner and Director of Me Art, said: “A decade ago the concept of a digital-only art dealership would not be technologically feasible nor accepted by our clients and prospects. However, with the emergence of high quality video conferencing as well as technologies such as augmented reality, we feel incredibly confident that we can replicate the standards and experience people get visiting a physical gallery, online. This is the game changer.”

He later added: The impact of Coronavirus on businesses is going to be felt for a long time across industries, even once lockdown has been lifted. The good news for us is that art buyers will now be more open to digital experiences, buying and viewing perspective art purchases online – from the comfort of their own sofa, using their mobile phone, or even augmented reality goggles!”

Me Art plans to start building a range of virtual services from the second half of this year, such as a virtual and fully  configurable gallery.

In the meantime you can see their art collection at:

https://meartgallery.co.uk/ 

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ART THAT MELTS HEARTS – PR Fire


https://www.prfire.com/

A great mind once said; ‘’Music is powerful;  as people listen to it, it is affected by it ’’.

When I listened to  this new classic just out of the IM Electronica archive, my first thought was, we still have talents who understand sounds passionately and give us  arts that melt hearts;  and we definitely  need to talk about this good music.

If you are a big fan of House Music , the game has just blessed your playlist with a rare gem from a new talent, “Disco-C”

This Mexican Dj and producer who has  released his debut single under the label IM Electronica has been receiving so much love and has been topping charts with his new classic ‘’THAT SOUND – (Betoko Re-touch)’’; a song featured with  Betoko (Diyinamic, Suara) an international talent that promises to repeat the feat of being the summer song of the year.

You know what people say, ‘’Men lie, women lie, but numbers sure don’t’’, Disco-C’s new song has been in the top 200 of trending songs of electronic music for weeks on iTunes in the United Kingdom reaching number 2 in the charts.

This classic also reached 26 on the chart of Top House of Beatport Releases, also receiving good love and support from renowned DJ’s like Erick Morillo, Joseph Capriati, Riva Starr, Nick Muir to mention a few of them. As well as some Radio stations across the globe like Ibiza Global Radio, Kiss FM Australia, Cool FM El Salvador, Radio1 Mallorca, Kick FM Mexico have been supporting the hardworking of this new DJ and his brand. when you find some good music, it deserves all the support to push it up until it gets to thirsty fans looking for some good new sounds.

https://www.prfire.com/

Believe me when I say this is a jam. Although this is the first single from Disco C, it has made such a strong statement already. you can only be thirsty for more of the talented DJ and Producer who also takes his promotions to high levels as a promotional tour around Mexico and a remix with a top DJ is planned for this classic ‘’THAT SOUND – (Betoko Re-touch)’’.

We know good music, we love good music, we promote good music and yes we recommend good music and this is one! is ART THAT MELTS HEARTS.

You can support the artist and his music by following him on all his social networks:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/iamdisco.c/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/iamdisco/
Itunes: https://music.apple.com/mx/album/that-sound-betoko-re-touch-single/1500035384



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Exploring a culture with difference in Hong Kong

Which is that one tourist destination which is emerging as a popular choice for many? Well, a lot of people these days are heading out to China and exploring this country. So, if you are thinking of paying a visit to China as well, which is the place that you want to visit? For us, the top choice would be Hong Kong. Internationally known with almost every part of the world grained into it along with the heritage of the Chinese culture, Hong Kong truly has a lot to offer to those who love to travel and explore new cultures.

Things to keep in mind when travelling to Hong Kong

Well, the first thing that you need to keep in mind is that Hong Kong is more than just a Chinese city. It is a specially administered region and hence the rules and regulations might be a little different, though it does not affect the tourists much. What as a tourist you will be greatly benefitted of is the fact that there are plenty of luxurious as well as budgetary Best Hong Kong hotels and hence finding just the perfect stay will not be a problem for you at all? If you are unable or unsure about the place to stay, then a very simple thing to do would be to get in touch with tour planners or organizers online and they will have the entire tour planned out for you – starting from your flight bookings, your stays to your itinerary. If you want, you can always up for the grabs. So, if you want a pocket-friendly, hassle-free trip, then you can definitely go for tour planners. Just make sure that you research properly and study all the deals before you finalize the customize your travel plans as well. The reason why a lot of people generally tend to go for planned tours is that it is hassle free and you get to save a lot as well because of the combo deals and offers that are always one for you.

The next most important thing about your trip is the Visa. You will need a visa to enter the country and you will have to apply for it before your trip. The visa processing might take time, but it is generally not difficult to get a tourist visa for China, if all your documents and most importantly your passport is in order. Get your flight booking done, after you have gotten the visa approval.

Another important thing to know is the time to visit this place. Well, if you are visiting for the first time, you will definitely want to make the most of it, right? So, the weather needs to be conducive one for tourists. The best time to visit thus would be from September till about the middle of December. The weather remains ideal for tourism – neither too hot, nor too cold, and hence during this time you will be able to make the most of your trip.

Must visits in Hong Kong

Do you know which the places are that you want to visit when in Hong Kong? Well, you need to have an itinerary prepared and here’s ours for you:

  • Hong Kong happens to be a city of sky-scrappers and bustling life. The city is always running and the place has its own glory. Well, if you are interested in exploring the city from an aerial view, then you have to head out to the Peak or the Victoria Peak. The main highlight of this area? You will get to see the entire skyline of the city and experience Hong Kong like never before. This is a must visit on your list of to dos when in Hong Kong.
  • How about exploring the city from the depths now? You can always hop aboard the Star Ferry and take a tour of the city in the waters. This ferry ride will take you around the city from where you will be able to spot some of the most well noted spots of Hong Kong. The best part about the ferry? You have one every three or four minutes, throughout the day; hence step aboard anytime you like!
  • Want to see one of the largest statues of the Buddha in the world which was completed in over 12 years? Well, then, head out to the Po Lin Monastery, where a 34 meters high Buddha statue awaits you. Being primarily a Buddhism dominated country, it is no surprise that you will come across many monasteries and Buddhist statues here, but this one definitely stands tall and stands out!
  • Craving for some time by the beach? Hong Kong has the perfect solution for you – the Repulse beaches and bays. Talk a walk down the sandy beach beautifully carpeted by the waves gently touching upon the shores. If you want you can also spend your entire day at the beach if you are craving for some time to relax. This promises to be a pleasant visit.
  • Street market and that too at night? The Temple Street Market is your destination of choice. Laden with a variety of food stalls and trinkets and gadgets and souvenirs being sold in masses, this is a haven for everyone who is looking forward to some pocket-friendly shopping. This market, generally starts opening its doors around 6’o’clock in the evening. However, if you reach too early, you might find some of the shops closed. So, take your time and head out to the night market in the evening and spend strolling about the lanes, checking out all that the shops have to offer. As a tourist, you will find all the souvenirs that you need to take back home, from here!

Alright, now you have all the basic information that you need to make sure that your stay in Hong Kong is not only a pleasant one, but a fruitful one as well. So, are you ready to set foot into Hong Kong? Well, then without any further ado do get in touch with a tour planner online and get the ball rolling!