Our Artists at Art Expo NY 2024

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On the occasion of AGI Fine Art’s premiere at Art Expo New York, we present highlights from our gallery artists, featuring a rich collection of contemporary paintings, sculptures, and mixed media work. 

AGI Fine Art will make its debut at Art Expo, held at Pier 36 in New York from April 4 to 7, 2024. AGI will showcase a rich selection of work from its recent collection, encompassing abstract and figurative work as well as sculptures by 32 local and international artists. 

With a mission to champion budding talent, AGI Fine Art is a steady presence at reputable art fairs year-round, including Art Expo and Red Dot Miami. Art fairs guarantee abundant exposure and connections with art enthusiasts, collectors, and curators from around the world. This allows AGI Fine Art to foster meaningful relationships within the art community while providing a platform for emerging artists to gain global recognition and appreciation. 

Here we offer a glimpse of our booth standouts and invite you to view the entire collection at Art Expo at booth #103. 

Affirming Women’s Power With Aigerim Bektayeva and Irene Van Celestine 

Aigerim Bektayeva and Irene Van Celestine explore female identity in contemporary society, with works rooted in personal tales of fortitude and victory. 

Aigerim Bektayeva is a Kazakh mixed-media artist whose work expresses her profound appreciation for her native people and land. At Art Expo, Bektayeva will display paintings from Bee-Loved: A Journey to Self-Acceptance and Self-Love. The series celebrates the beauty and resilience of bees and their queen, each piece representing a stage in the journey toward self-love. Vibrant colors and intricate details symbolize inherent worth, encouraging viewers to embrace uniqueness and fostering love for oneself and the world, echoing the symbiotic relationship between bees and their hive.

Aigerim Bektayeva, Nymph of the Bee Kingdom, 2023, oil on canvas, 75″ x 63″
Aigerim Bektayeva, Honey Peak, 2024, oil on canvas, 75″ x 59″

Irene Van Celestine “Irene who is heavenly connected” is a Russian painter based in Melbourne, Florida. The booth will showcase three of the artist’s paintings, investigating themes of female resilience and empowerment. In Van Celestine’s fantastical worlds, our demons take the form of ferocious beasts like fire-spitting dragons or sharp-fanged wolves. The female protagonists, winged and bewitching, tower over the evil forces indomitably, rising above life’s tragedies. Van Celestine’s emotionally laden narratives are a cathartic journey to the light, a promise of love’s triumph above all else. 

Irene Van Celestine, She Who Holds The Diamond Orlov, 2021, oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″
Irene Van Celestine, Mother Of All Dragons, 2021,
oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″

Enchanting Storytelling with Ece Abay and Yael Izrai   

Ece Abay and Yael Izrai unearth powerful narratives across cultures and history, investigating the enduring influence of time and our shared human experience. 

Ece Abay is a Turkish multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam. At Art Expo, Abay presents Goddess of Liberty, which is part of a series of woodcuts entitled Ancient Memories. The work serves as a bridge between heritage and future generations, embodying themes of birth, growth, and consciousness maturity. Inspired by Göbeklitepe, Stonehenge, and Karahan Tepe, Abay connects her personal journey with our shared human heritage, urging unity and embracing all humanity as interconnected reflections of our ancestors on Earth.

Ece Abay, Goddess of Liberty, 2023, woodcut on canvas, 47.5″ x 47.5″

Long Island-based painter Yael Izrai crafts allegorical paintings reflecting her emotions and perceptions of the world. Drawing from her experience as a ceramicist, she imbues two-dimensional works with depth using diverse materials and techniques. Her subjects, spanning cultures and epochs, ponder fundamental questions of human existence. Believing art unveils ideal truths, Izrai aims to reveal beauty amid joy or pain, resonating as soulful guides amid life’s chaos. Yael Izrai will showcase pieces from her latest collection, Jazz (Mustard) and Danse Macabre, centered on the themes of renewal after personal tragedy. 

Yael Izrai, Jazz (Mustard), 2024, oil pastel, 15″ x 15″
Yael Izrai, Danse Macabre, oil pastel and black ink Thai gossamer mulberry paper (chine collé), 49″ x 59″

Transcending the Canvas with Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue and JD Caceres

JD Caceres and Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue dive into the intricacies of the human condition with compassion and playfulness, moving beyond the traditional canvas. 

JD Caceres, a self-taught Peruvian artist based in Westchester County, offers a humorous yet authentic perspective on his Latin American heritage and immigrant life in the US. AGI will feature a series of mixed media pieces on canvas, made with materials ranging from acrylic and oil to designer boots, tempered glass, and modeling paste. Through a unique visual language of stylized forms and saturated primary colors, Caceres offers an ironic view of everyday life, while illustrating the drama of the human condition. 

JD Caceres, Loose Legs, 2018, oil, acrylic, enamel, leather painting, and designer boots on canvas, 48″ x 48″
JD Caceres, Trouble, 2019, oil, acrylic, enamel, tempered glass, and modeling paste on canvas, 48″ x 60″

AGI will showcase paintings and sculptures by Iacobuzio-Donahue, inspired by the artist’s Tibetan Buddhist practice. With structures and palettes evocative of Buddhist temples and Japanese Zen gardens, such as stupas and gold paint, Iacobuzio-Donahue’s oeuvre invites contemplation, while provoking thought. Exploring the nuanced aspects of human existence, her pieces delve into truths often overlooked: the transient and random nature of the universe, the intricate dynamics of societal connections, and the inherent contradictions within and around us in the natural world.

Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, Prehistoric Meets Blue 1, 2021, wood, 6″ x 6″ x 4″
Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, Orthoceras Stupa, 2021, marble, 4″ x 2.5″ x 2″

Contemplative Geometry with Studio Fleia and Ramin Barzegar 

Studio Fleia and Ramin Barzegar craft meditative collages that cast a poetic spell and encourage viewers to look beyond our mundane surroundings. 

AGI will feature several pieces from Studio Fleia’s latest digital collage series. Born of the fancy of Eszter Takács, a Hungarian artist with global influences, Studio Fleia’s ethereal creations evoke nature’s beauty with mindful intentionality. Each piece holds a unique message–a blessing, a reminder, or a specific kind of energy–which the artist infuses during moments of quiet reflection. Her graceful designs are love letters to Mother Earth, attuning the mind, body, and soul to the omnipresent divine source.

Studio Fleia, Amulette (Lilac) 03, 2021, giclée print on Hahnemühle hemp paper, 28″ x 20″
Studio Fleia, Deep Down 03, 2020, giclée print on Hahnemühle hemp paper, 28″ x 20″

In the same vein, the work of Iranian photographer Ramin Barzegar enhances the beauty of urban environments exploring the interplay between humankind and nature. Influenced by Modernism, Postmodernism, and Surrealism, he harmonizes aesthetics and storytelling, achieving a delicate blend of light, form, and space. His kaleidoscopic patterns offer a unique angle on our architectural landscape, embodying elegance and balance. 

Ramin Barzegar, Symphony, 2020, digital print, 32″ x 48″
Ramin Barzegar, Orbit of Distance, 2018, digital print, 32″ x 48″


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