Stivi: Extreme Portraiture at Agora Gallery NYC

Top Quote Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Belgian painter Stivi in Forms and Formalities. Agora Gallery opens its doors for public viewing of this exhibition on April 1st with a reception on Thursday April 7, from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) March 18, 2016 - Belgian painter Stivi takes portraiture to its extreme in her oil works. She presents her subjects in dramatic close-up, filling the frame so much with their faces that even their hair and necks - identifying features in most portraits - are often cropped out by the canvas, and the body is rarely visible. It is clear that Stivi is most interested in faces: expressions, skin, eyes, lips, the distinctive bend of a nose bridge, the wrinkle of a forehead. Her portraits confront the viewer head on with a range of emotions from thoughtful to searching to anxious. They are not smiling for the camera, but revealing a piece of themselves with affecting rawness.

    Stivi aims to represent a wide range of ethnicities and personalities with her body of work. She paints in a hyperrealistic technique, with the smallest detail accounted for. Chiaroscuro lighting and bold, graphic elements add to the emotional atmosphere.

    Born in the Balkans, Stivi today lives in the town of Liège, Belgium, where she is a student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She is also skilled in photography, sculpture, and printmaking.

    Exhibition Dates: April 1, 2016 - April 21, 2016
    Reception: Thursday April 7, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am - 6:00pm
    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
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    Featured Artists:
    Forms and Formalities
    Amber Rhyanne Bayham | Darla Rewers | Joan Criscione | Linda Roffel | Mobarick Abdullah III | John-Paul Zarba | Gülay Yüksel | Deanna Fligg | Noel Ortiz | Daniela Friederike Lüers | Isabel Conde Marín | Caro Ward | Fariba Baghi | Julie Warren Conn | Edmonde Bizelli | Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell | Jean Lahoud | Leilani | Stivi

    About the Exhibition
    Forms and Formalities: A New Exhibition at Agora Gallery
    Artists of all walks of life come together in the exhibition Forms and Formalities to express their inner visions, personal stories, and hopes and dreams for the future. Ranging from the highly representational to the highly abstract, the works on display encompass a great collection of exciting colors and motions. With an expert hand, these artists exercise their talents with intoxicating results. As clear subjects emerge from a haze of abstraction and emotion, we explore what we can see in art, how we come to these interpretations, and why we identify with them.

    About Agora Gallery
    Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea's fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery's expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization's specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

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